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Welcome to the Hacking Happy podcast. I'm your host Penny Locaso and I'm the world's first Happiness Hacker with a bold mission to teach 10 million women how to flourish on their terms by 2025 without guilt.

This podcast is designed to help you reignite your spark so that you can channel it towards injecting more balance, presence and connection into each day without burnout.

If that sounds like something you could use a little more of let's get started!

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    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Welcome to the Hacking Happy podcast. I'm your host Penny Locaso and I'm the world's first Happiness Hacker with a bold mission to teach 10 million women how to flourish on their terms by 2025 without guilt.

This podcast is designed to help you reignite your spark so that you can channel it towards injecting more balance, presence and connection into each day without burnout.

If that sounds like something you could use a little more of let's get started!

    To feel is to heal

    To feel is to heal

    In this episode, we explore the power of feeling to heal. I share the concept of compassionate inquiry and how this trauma therapy approach provides a means to start to reconnect with your ability to feel whole again.

    We expose how suppressing feelings can have long-term negative effects on our health and happiness, and I share a practical process to help you cultivate a feeling practice for healing.

    Key takeaways from this episode:


    Allowing oneself to feel is a powerful way to heal and gain insight into emotions and experiences.
    Compassionate inquiry is a therapeutic approach that helps reveal unconscious dynamics and liberate oneself from self-generated suffering.
    Suppressing feelings can have long-term negative effects on health and happiness, and it is important to cultivate a practice of feeling and processing emotions.
    Practical practices for cultivating a feeling to heal include paying attention to tension in the body, dropping into the body, welcoming and exploring feelings, and integrating the experience through writing.



    Links & Resources


    Book a Breakthrough call with me here
    Find out more about Gabor Mate's profound work on trauma here
    Learn more about the trauma program I am on Compassionate Inquiry here



    Subscribe & Review The Hacking Happy Podcast

    Thanks for listening to this week's episode! If this podcast helped you in your journey to injecting more of what makes you feel good into each day please head over to iTunes, subscribe to the show, and leave us an honest review.

    It's your reviews that enable me to impact more lives for the happier!

    • 23 min
    If the body keeps the score, move it.

    If the body keeps the score, move it.

    Have you ever felt like you're constantly battling against invisible forces in your life, your work or your business? Wrestling with emotions, you can't quite explain and behaviours that seem out of your control?

    If the answer is hell yes, this week's podcast on trauma was made for you.

    I'm going to share how...


    Trauma isn't just about what happens to you but how it reshapes our inner world.
    Avoiding trauma processing can lead to disconnection from ourselves and hinder our path to fulfilment and our potential.
    Understanding trauma is pivotal for fostering self-compassion and empathy towards ourselves and others.

    Together, we'll explore...


    Insights into the invisible forces shaping your life and relationships.
    Simple yet powerful methods to reconnect with your body and start the journey towards healing.
    The transformative potential of embodiment and self-awareness in reclaiming your wholeness and stepping into your power.

    Join me as we learn how to listen to our body's whispers to heal.

    Links & Resources


    Read The Body Keeps The Score
    Find out more about Gabor Mate's profound work on trauma here
    Learn more about the trauma program I am on Compassionate Inquiry here

    Subscribe & Review The Hacking Happy Podcast

    Thanks for listening to this week's episode! If this podcast helped you in your journey to injecting more of what makes you feel good into each day please head over to iTunes, subscribe to the show, and leave us an honest review.

    Your reviews enable me to impact more lives for the happier!

    • 20 min
    The neuroscience of presence with Divya Darling

    The neuroscience of presence with Divya Darling

    Train your brain for calm.

    How would the decisions you make in the everyday shift if you didn't let your brain dominate and instead gave equal voice to your heart and gut?

    What if, the impact you seek, was not found in the speed at which you do things but in the intentionality of your actions?

    If you find yourself longing to inject more clarity, calm and meaning into your life but struggle to practice presence this podcast is for you.

    In this episode, I speak to Divya Darling a Neuroscientist and Transcendental Brain Trainer.

    We explore the power of presence and how to inject more of it into your life in simple and practical ways.

    Links & Resources


    Find Out More About Divya's Work
    ⁠⁠Join The Present Woman Challenge⁠⁠
    Download the Infinity Loop Presence tool here

    Subscribe & Review The Hacking Happy Podcast

    Thanks for listening to this week's episode! If this podcast helped you in your journey to injecting more of what makes you feel good into each day please head over to iTunes, subscribe to the show, and leave us an honest review.

    It's your reviews that enable me to impact more lives for the happier!

    • 36 min
    Creating the space to breathe again with Jessica Connor

    Creating the space to breathe again with Jessica Connor

    A lived experience of burnout.

    Imagine working 80-hour weeks consistently for years because you love your corporate job. Imagine then waking up one day and your body literally shutting down to the point where you are incapable of speaking or functioning without full-time care.

    This was the reality for Jess Conner.

    In this week's podcast episode. Jess bravely shares her journey into and out of burnout in the spirit of helping others listen to their bodies' warning signals before it's too late.

    Jess's story is nothing short of inspirational and provides a catalyst to create the space to breathe again in the day before you.

    Links & Resources


    ⁠Connect with Jessica on Instagram


    ⁠Join The Present Woman Challenge⁠

    Subscribe & Review The Hacking Happy Podcast

    Thanks for listening to this weeks episode! If this podcast helped you in your journey to injecting more of what makes you feel good into each day please head over to iTunes, subscribe to the show, and leave us an honest review.

    It's your reviews that enable me to impact more lives for the happier!

    • 31 min
    Downsize Your Mental Load with Mia Northrop

    Downsize Your Mental Load with Mia Northrop

    Downsize your mental load.

    Mental Load: The level of thinking, planning and anticipating that you do to keep chaos at bay in your life...ouch! I know this is a conversation we needed to have.

    In this week's episode of the Hacking Happy podcast, I've invited Mia Northrop, an expert in practical ways to downsize your mental load and co-founder of Life Admin Hacks.

    Together we explore what mental load is, where it comes from, why you need to understand yours and how to downsize it in practical ways so that you can create the space to be more present in 2024.

    Links & Resources


    Connect with Mia on LinkedIn
    Check out the Life Admin Website
    Join The Present Woman Challenge

    Subscribe & Review The Hacking Happy Podcast

    Thanks for listening to this weeks episode! If this podcast helped you in your journey to injecting more of what makes you feel good into each day please head over to iTunes, subscribe to the show, and leave us an honest review.

    It's your reviews that enable me to impact more lives for the happier!

    • 34 min
    Wonder Woman Vs The Present Woman. Which one will you choose?

    Wonder Woman Vs The Present Woman. Which one will you choose?

    Choose presence in 2024


    Are you suffering from Wonder Woman syndrome you feel like you’re never present in life because you’re so busy constantly making to-do lists in your head around all the things you "should" be doing that you’re not doing in the moment you're in.

    Do you long to be a more Present Woman but don’t know where to start and you've struggled to take action on your own?



    If you're ready to transform your tomorrow by embracing today this podcast is for you.

    Links & Resouces


    Join The Present Woman Challenge here.

    Subscribe & Review The Hacking Happy Podcast
    Thanks for listening to this weeks episode! If this podcast helped you in your journey to injecting more of what makes you feel good into each day please head over to iTunes, subscribe to the show, and leave us an honest review. It's your reviews that enable me to impact more lives for the happier!

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Deb Shepherd ,

An inspiring, supportive and thought provoking podcast

I love Penny’s energy and approach to life and business. Penny dives deep in each episode and gets to the heart of rediscovering yourself and unlocking happiness. I loved the episode about Wonder Woman versus being a Present woman. A fabulous show.

RoseTara ,

Very inspiring and thought provoking!

Penny is a great host and her podcast is a fantastic source of inspiration and guidance. Congratulations on reaching 100 episodes, Penny! Happiness looks good on you!

Caroline Patrick ,

So helpful

Penny’s podcasts are super helpful to trigger a different way of thinking or a different perspective.

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