229 episodes

What is happiness? How do we find it? Why do some people seem happier than others? Is it really possible to live a happy life?

The Happiness Happens podcast is your weekly dose of motivation and inspiration to help you learn how to live on purpose, and find your inner peace so you can live a happier life.

Each week, I bring on soulful, expansive and industry-leading guests to help you uncover what happiness is, and tangible ways to transform your mindset and ultimately your life.

Connect with me at the links below!

www.instagram.com/happinesshappenspodcast
www.instagram.com/simona__costantini
www.simonacostantini.com
www.twitter.com/simona_cos

Happiness Happens Simona Costantini

    • Society & Culture
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What is happiness? How do we find it? Why do some people seem happier than others? Is it really possible to live a happy life?

The Happiness Happens podcast is your weekly dose of motivation and inspiration to help you learn how to live on purpose, and find your inner peace so you can live a happier life.

Each week, I bring on soulful, expansive and industry-leading guests to help you uncover what happiness is, and tangible ways to transform your mindset and ultimately your life.

Connect with me at the links below!

www.instagram.com/happinesshappenspodcast
www.instagram.com/simona__costantini
www.simonacostantini.com
www.twitter.com/simona_cos

    229: Finding Happiness Beyond the Norm with Krystal Small

    229: Finding Happiness Beyond the Norm with Krystal Small

    In this week's episode of Happiness Happens, I’m joined by Krystal Small, a former occupational therapist who transitioned into entrepreneurship to create more personal freedom and fulfillment. 
    We get into the importance of prioritizing oneself, especially for women, and the journey of stepping outside of one's comfort zone to discover true happiness. Krystal shares her personal transformation from a career in healthcare to starting her own business in health and wellness, highlighting the pivotal moments that inspired her to seek more from life.
    The conversation also covers the Driven Mom Summit, an event Krystal is hosting to empower women to dream bigger and embrace change. The episode aims to inspire listeners to consider what happiness means to them and how they can pursue it by being open to new opportunities and redefining their goals and priorities at any stage of life.
    We’ll touch on:
    00:00 Intro
    02:23 What Happiness Means to Krystal
    02:23 Exploring Happiness and Abundance
    06:54 Navigating Life's Changes and Finding New Paths
    12:56 The Drive Behind Starting a New Venture
    17:49 Creating the Driven Mom Summit: Empowering Women
    18:25 The Power of Community and Dreaming Big
    25:23 Happiness in Action


    Resources:
    Podcast Resources: https://www.simonacostantini.com/resources 
    Apply to be a podcast guest: https://forms.gle/
    Happiness Guide: https://simonacostantini.ck.page/happinesshub 
     
    Connect with Krystal 
    https://www.instagram.com/krystal_enjoythejourney
    https://www.facebook.com/krystal.c.small
    linktr.ee/KrystalSmall
    The Driven Mom Summit: https://thedrivenmomsummit.com/
     
    Connect with Simona
    www.instagram.com/simona__costantini 
    www.instagram.com/costantiniproductions 
    www.instagram.com/happinesshappenspodcast 
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXtOxOAuXxW7c5cYKdAEfWg 
    https://www.facebook.com/costantiniproductions 
    https://www.facebook.com/happinesshappenspodcast/ 
    www.simonacostantini.com 
     

    • 27 min
    228: Healing and Finding Strength After Surprise Heartbreak with Shanel Dubique and Ashley Orjiako

    228: Healing and Finding Strength After Surprise Heartbreak with Shanel Dubique and Ashley Orjiako

    In this episode of Happiness Happens, I sit down with Shanel and Ashley, the duo behind the transformative podcast "Soothing H.E.R." Our conversation sheds light on the internal healing journey necessary for finding joy and resilience in life's most tumultuous time. 
    The Power of Resilience
    Shanel and Ashley's stories are nothing short of inspiring. We uncover the raw and often painful process of healing from life's inevitable heartbreaks. Ashley shares her harrowing experience of dealing with betrayal just a week before her wedding, finding the courage to call off the marriage despite societal pressures and personal agony. Shanel, on the other hand, speaks about her divorce after a seven-year marriage, describing the isolation and struggle of starting anew in a foreign land. Their stories, though unique, converge on a powerful theme - the incredible strength and resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
    The Catalyst for Change
    The conversation takes a deeper dive into the catalyst moments that propelled Shanel and Ashley to start their podcast. Ashley's traumatic heartbreak served as a profound wake-up call, pushing her towards intense therapy and self-reflection. Shanel, having gone through a similar journey of a painful divorce, became an unwavering source of support for Ashley, eventually leading them both to create "Soothing H.E.R" as an outlet for their healing and as a platform to support others going through similar challenges.
    Life on the Other Side
    They emphasize the beauty and liberation found in choosing oneself and walking away from toxic situations. Despite the fear and uncertainty that accompany such decisions, they assure listeners that liberation, strength, and happiness await on the other side. It's a message of hope for anyone feeling trapped or uncertain - that courage and self-love can lead to a richer, more fulfilling life.
    The episode closes with a poignant reminder about the importance of giving oneself grace and setting positive intentions for each day. For anyone navigating their own healing journey, their stories serve as a reminder that, despite the pain and challenges, happiness is attainable and often found in the most unexpected places.
     
    We’ll touch on:
    00:00 Intro
    02:07 What does happiness mean to Shanel and Ashley
    04:32 Is inner peace always accessible to everyone
    07:09 Catalyst moment that made them realize they needed to make their podcast to bring women together
    14:55 How to separate the action of the other person in your relationship and your own self worth
    19:49 The catch of finding yourself disappearing further into a relationship and feeling muted
    23:43 Life on the other side of choosing you
    25:48 Advice for women who are hearing from others that they're making the wrong decision even though they know it is the right one for themselves
    30:19 How to create more happiness in your day, every day, starting today


    Resources:
    Podcast Resources: https://www.simonacostantini.com/resources 
    Apply to be a podcast guest: https://forms.gle/
    Happiness Guide: https://simonacostantini.ck.page/happinesshub 
     
    Connect with Shanel and Ashley
    www.instagram.com/soothingh.e.r
    www.twitter.com/soothingher 
    Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/0sl1qOgvDZ6W0QiKs1o3Tr?si=4oCe3I6yQqimdnpMlqB3sw 
     
    Connect with Simona
    www.instagram.com/simona__costantini 
    www.instagram.com/costantiniproductions 
    www.instagram.com/happinesshappenspodcast 
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXtOxOAuXxW7c5cYKdAEfWg 
    https://www.facebook.com/costantiniproductions 
    https://www.facebook.com/happinesshappenspodcast/ 
    www.simonacostantini.com 
     

    • 34 min
    227: Being Introverted and Overcoming Your Mind with Lisa Anne

    227: Being Introverted and Overcoming Your Mind with Lisa Anne

    Embarking on an entrepreneurial journey presents its own set of challenges and rewards. When you factor in individual personality traits such as introversion, the experience becomes uniquely complex and intriguing. In a candid conversation on the "Happiness Happens" podcast, Simona, the host, delves deep into this subject with guest Lisa Ann, a digital marketing expert, podcaster, and self-described introvert thriving in the entrepreneurial world.
    The Introverted Entrepreneur
    We first talk about the often overlooked perspective of introverted entrepreneurs. Unlike their extroverted counterparts, who may thrive on networking and visibility, introverts like Lisa navigate the entrepreneurial landscape differently. Lisa shares her journey from a 'clueless entrepreneur' to a successful businesswoman, emphasizing the power of persistence, learning, and strategic investment. Her story is one of transformation, proving that introversion is not a barrier to success but rather a unique advantage when harnessed correctly.
    Authenticity in Business and Life
    A significant focus of their conversation revolves around authenticity, both in personal and professional realms. Lisa opens up about the misconceptions surrounding introverted entrepreneurs, particularly the erroneous stereotype that they can't be successful leaders or networkers. By sharing her achievements and the strategies she adopted to overcome her challenges, Lisa dismantles these myths, showcasing the strength that lies in authenticity and genuine connection.
    Finding Happiness in Structure
    Both Simona and Lisa touch on the concept of happiness, particularly its meaning and manifestation in an entrepreneur's life. Lisa candidly shares her definition of happiness as waking up without stress, looking forward to the day, and doing what one loves. This definition resonates with many, underscoring the importance of finding joy in the everyday and the pursuit of personal and professional fulfillment.

    The Role of Discipline and Mindset
    Throughout the podcast, the theme of discipline emerges as a cornerstone of both happiness and success. Lisa discusses the critical role of time management, structure, and setting boundaries in her day-to-day life to ensure she remains productive while balancing work and family. Moreover, Lisa's approach to overcoming obstacles and self-doubt through a disciplined mindset and scheduled self-care highlights the importance of taking intentional steps towards one's goals, regardless of the size.

    The Power of Listening and Leadership
    Towards the end of their conversation, Simona and Lisa explore the misconceptions around leadership, particularly the effectiveness of introverted leaders. Lisa emphasizes the strengths introverts bring to leadership roles, such as the ability to listen actively and create spaces for others to excel. By valuing and utilizing these traits, introverted entrepreneurs like Lisa can lead successfully, proving that leadership is not reserved for the loudest voice in the room.

    Our conversation highlights the diverse paths to success in entrepreneurship and the pursuit of happiness. Lisa’s journey exemplifies how introverted entrepreneurs can navigate the challenges of the business world by leaning into their authentic selves, embracing discipline, and fostering genuine connections. Through her insights and experiences, Lisa encourages all entrepreneurs, particularly introverts, to find their unique strengths and paths to happiness and success in the competitive arena of business.
    We’ll touch on:
    00:00 Intro
    03:39 What Happiness means to Lisa
    05:15 How to wake up in a less stressed state of mind
    06:39 How to fit yourself into your life without guilt
    08:27 Restructuring your days to fit the lifestyle you want versus letting all of your to do's run you
    13:20 Advice to tap into a goal and realize what you need to make it your reality
    15:57 The differentiating factor between different people in

    • 38 min
    226: Can We Be Done With Society’s Expectations and Judgments?

    226: Can We Be Done With Society’s Expectations and Judgments?

    In a world where judgments seem to lurk around every corner, it's crucial to stay true to yourself and prioritize your happiness above all else. In this episode, I open up about my journey lately and share insights on living authentically, embracing individuality, and navigating the pressures of societal expectations.
    Word of the Year: Embracing Authenticity
    I talk about the concept of a "Word of the Year." Rather than choosing a conventional term, I selected "fuck off" as my guiding phrase for this year. Embracing this mantra, I emphasize the importance of setting boundaries and letting go of anything that does not align with one's inner peace and authenticity.
    Living Your Life Authentically
    We also get into the challenges of social judgments and the pressure to conform to predetermined timelines and expectations. I reflect on my personal journey as a 32-year-old woman navigating divorce, unconventional life choices, and the constant scrutiny of others. Through my experiences, I talk about the significance of following your heart, staying true to your values, and embracing the unique path that feels right for you.
    Navigating External Opinions
    We also talk about the value of seeking guidance and support from loved ones while emphasizing the importance of distinguishing between constructive advice and unwarranted judgment. I highlight the fine line between offering guidance and imposing expectations on others, advocating for self-validation and empowerment in decision-making.
    Finding Inner Peace
    I encourage you to prioritize your inner peace and happiness above external validations. I stress the significance of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and intentional decision-making in shaping a fulfilling life. By acknowledging the impermanence of external judgments and focusing on personal growth and authenticity, we inspire a mindset shift towards self-compassion and self-empowerment.
    Embracing Your Truth
    Embrace your truth, live authentically, and prioritize your happiness unapologetically. Through these reflections, I invite you to challenge societal norms, embrace your unique identity, and cultivate a life that resonates with your deepest values and aspirations.
     
    In a world brimming with opinions and expectations, this episode serves as a poignant reminder to prioritize self-love, authenticity, and personal fulfillment. By embracing our true selves, navigating societal judgments with resilience, and honoring our individual journeys, we can embark on a path of self-discovery and genuine happiness. Remember, happiness truly happens when we embrace our authenticity and live in alignment with our deepest truths.
     
    We’ll touch on:
    00:00 Intro
    00:47 The other side of ‘word of the year’
    01:53 Living your life the most authentic way possible, reflecting on the judginess of people
    04:01 Knowing what’s best for you
    04:36 Where I sit as a 32 year old woman now with society's ideas
    05:49 Compassion and love for people
    07:22 Why are we so judgemental toward each other
    08:45 The internal complex I have noticed I have
    15:38 Happiness download
     
    Resources:
    Podcast Resources: https://www.simonacostantini.com/resources 
    Apply to be a podcast guest: https://forms.gle/
    Happiness Guide: https://simonacostantini.ck.page/happinesshub 
     
    Connect with Simona
    www.instagram.com/simona__costantini 
    www.instagram.com/costantiniproductions 
    www.instagram.com/happinesshappenspodcast 
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXtOxOAuXxW7c5cYKdAEfWg 
    https://www.facebook.com/costantiniproductions 
    https://www.facebook.com/happinesshappenspodcast/ 
    www.simonacostantini.com 
     

    • 17 min
    225: Become Less Stressed and Get Out of the Dopamine Trap with Mark Congdon

    225: Become Less Stressed and Get Out of the Dopamine Trap with Mark Congdon

    In a world where the pursuit of happiness seems to be the ultimate goal, have you ever stopped to consider what happiness truly means to you? How can we find joy amidst the struggles and challenges of everyday life? These are the questions that Mark Congdon and I dive into in this episode.
     
    Mark R. Congdon is the Forbes Books author of The Ideal Life: 7 Steps To Harness Your Stress, Discover Your Purpose, And Achieve Your Goals. He is the founder and CEO of Into the Ideal, an organization helping individuals find their purpose, joy, and the career they deserve. He earned a Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the Harvard Extension School and spent 10 years leading operations, sales, and strategic leadership in the transportation logistics industry. 
     
    Mark shared his insightful perspective on happiness, drawing from the wisdom of ancient philosophers like Aristotle. He discussed how happiness is not just about feeling good all the time but finding a balance between pleasure and pain while pursuing a meaningful life. He emphasized the importance of embracing the struggle and challenges as essential components of true joy.
     
    The conversation then shifted towards the concept of control and how our perception of control can impact our well-being. Mark highlighted the significance of having an internal locus of control, where we focus on what we can control within ourselves rather than external factors. He shared personal anecdotes, including his mother's inspiring journey of taking control of her health in the face of a dire diagnosis.
     
    One of the key takeaways from the discussion was the discussion around the dopamine trap, where the pursuit of rewards and goal achievement can lead to addiction. Mark explained how finding a balance between pushing oneself towards goals and experiencing flow states is essential for sustainable happiness. He introduced the concept of "dose 180," a practice that combines positive visualization with a realistic assessment of challenges to better prepare for achieving goals.
     
    Mark also shared insights from his recently launched book, "The Ideal Life," which explores his framework for deliberate flow and intentional stress management. The book offers practical tools and exercises to help readers align their long-term ideals with achievable goals, objectives, and tasks, thereby fostering a sense of purpose and joy in daily life.
     
    In essence, the path to joy lies in embracing stress, finding a balance between pleasure and pain, and intentionally pursuing goals that align with our ideals. By harnessing the power of deliberate practice and flow states, we can cultivate lasting happiness in our lives.
     
    We’ll touch on:
    00:00 Intro
    01:11 What happiness means to Mark
    02:55 The realization that a happy life includes learning how to coexist with stress, fear, worry, etc.
    05:09 Why can some people find the purpose in a hard situation versus those who get consumed by it
    10:31 How much does our need for control and our stress contributes to our dopamine trap
    13:01 How do we get stuck in a dopamine trap, and what is the effect it has on us
    16:42 Intentionally pursuing your goals ang pushing yourself out of your comfort zone
    17:41 The problem with an emphasis on rewards for goal achievement
    21:20 What would you say to someone stuck in the mindset of feeling they just keep facing down impossibility and is exhausted
    24:33 What he hopes readers gain from his book
    27:50 How to create a little more happiness in your day, every day, starting today
     
    Resources:
    Podcast Resources: https://www.simonacostantini.com/resources 
    Apply to be a podcast guest: https://forms.gle/
    Happiness Guide: https://simonacostantini.ck.page/happinesshub 


    Connect with Mark
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@theideallifeco
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-ideal-life/
    Courses: https://www.theideallife.mykajabi.com 
    In

    • 32 min
    224: Emotional Safety, Trauma, and Healing Amidst Crisis with Manny Nsien

    224: Emotional Safety, Trauma, and Healing Amidst Crisis with Manny Nsien

    In a world filled with challenges and uncertainties, one topic that often gets overlooked is the impact of safety on our well-being. Safety, whether it's physical, emotional, or mental, plays a crucial role in shaping our lives and how we interact with the world around us. This theme of safety and its profound effects were explored in a recent enlightening conversation on the "Happiness Happens" podcast with special guest Manny Nsien.
    Manny Nsien began his career working as an Operations Consultant within several Emergency Rooms across the United States. Manny's passion and goal for the Behavioral Health industry is to support Behavioral Health operators by reducing the stigma towards treatment and improving patient equity and knowledge on the different modalities of treatment. Through his work at Ripple Ranch, focusing on inpatient and outpatient care related to the opioid crisis and substance abuse, Manny emphasized the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for individuals facing mental health challenges and addiction.
    Our conversation got into various aspects of how safety influences our daily lives, how we navigate trauma, and the significance of cultivating positive coping mechanisms. Manny highlighted the need for introspection and self-reflection, emphasizing the importance of striving to be just 1% better every day. This approach to personal growth fosters resilience and a deeper sense of connection with oneself and others.
    One of the key takeaways from the discussion was the critical role of support and understanding in helping individuals struggling with substance abuse. By creating a non-judgmental and supportive environment, we can empower our loved ones to seek help and embark on a journey towards healing and recovery. Manny underscored the importance of being present for those in need, guiding them towards resources and assistance tailored to their specific challenges.
    In a world where the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction persists, conversations like this one shed light on the transformative power of empathy, acceptance, and proactive support. By addressing the root causes of addiction, such as underlying mental health issues and unmet needs for safety and connection, we can pave the way for holistic healing and positive change.
    As we navigate the complexities of life, it is essential to prioritize self-care, reflection, and growth. Taking small steps each day towards personal betterment can have a significant impact on our overall well-being and relationships. By fostering a culture of openness, empathy, and self-improvement, we can create a more supportive and nurturing environment for ourselves and those around us.
    In conclusion, Manny Nsien's insights on safety, trauma, and healing serve as a reminder of the power of compassion, understanding, and resilience in overcoming life's challenges. By embracing a mindset of continual growth and self-discovery, we can embark on a journey towards greater happiness, fulfillment, and well-being.
    Remember, happiness happens when we prioritize our mental and emotional well-being, connect with others authentically, and approach each day as an opportunity for growth and positive change. Let's continue to support one another on this journey towards a happier and healthier life.
    We’ll touch on:
    0:00 Intro
    2:10 What does Happiness mean to you
    4:07 What called him to invest in Ripple Ranch
    7:20 The current opioid crisis and why it's happening
    9:20 The underlying condition of the crisis is loneliness/need for safety
    11:22 How safety could change a person's life
    14:14 Raising kids with your lived experiences and the pressure that can leave on kids to act a certain way or perform at a certain level and what that pressure can cause kids turn to
    17:21 Evaluating the way you were raised and how that could have impacted your substance abuse
    19:38 The perspective of people going through something hard, from the out

    • 31 min

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