131 episodes

Filled with heartfelt stories designed to light you up, Happiness Through Hardship - The Podcast provides you with inspirational stories of hope intended to bring happiness to your day while guiding you through life’s hardships. Thought-leaders, authors, health and wellness experts will share their personal stories and suggestions with each Tuesday release. Hosted by Caryn Sullivan, founder of Pretty Wellness, two-time breast cancer survivor thriving with stage IV disease and author of the book "Happiness through Hardship."

Subscribe Now to Discover Why You Don’t Need To Let Hardship Define You and Your Happiness.

Happiness through Hardship Caryn Sullivan

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    • 5.0 • 93 Ratings

Filled with heartfelt stories designed to light you up, Happiness Through Hardship - The Podcast provides you with inspirational stories of hope intended to bring happiness to your day while guiding you through life’s hardships. Thought-leaders, authors, health and wellness experts will share their personal stories and suggestions with each Tuesday release. Hosted by Caryn Sullivan, founder of Pretty Wellness, two-time breast cancer survivor thriving with stage IV disease and author of the book "Happiness through Hardship."

Subscribe Now to Discover Why You Don’t Need To Let Hardship Define You and Your Happiness.

    126. Billy Lahr: From Hustle to Harmony - Focusing on Mindfulness

    126. Billy Lahr: From Hustle to Harmony - Focusing on Mindfulness

    Caught up in the hustle of daily life, longing for deeper connections and a sense of purpose? Tune in to this episode of “Happiness Through Hardship” where we chat with Billy Lahr, a seasoned public school educator, meditation teacher, fitness trainer and the host of “The Mindful Midlife Crisis” podcast. Join us as we dive into the ways mindfulness, curiosity, and community support can lead to a more fulfilling life. Discover practical routines and insights for intentional living from someone devoted to empowering others on their journey of self-discovery.
    ++Please note, trigger warning - suicidal thoughts (16:39)++

    SHOW NOTES
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    5:11 – Mindfulness Definition
    7:36 – Mindfulness vs Meditation
    12:55 – Being-Mode
    16:28 – Billy’s Journey
    23:01 – Pursuing Curiosities
    26:40 – Combating Burnout
    27:17 – Purpose Into Passion
    30:28 – Confronting Career Autopilot
    32:09 – Networking Importance
    34:35 – Community Pros
    37:58 – The Grateful Game

    Latest Mindful Midlife Crisis Podcast Episode
    https://www.mindfulmidlifecrisis.com/episodes/

    The Total Health in Midlife Podcast by Elizabeth Sherman
    https://elizabethsherman.com/

    "Mindfulness: A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World" by Mark Williams
    https://amzn.to/3V7fgxU

    "Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers & Seize Success" by Dr. Dawn Graham
    https://amzn.to/3V9zbfr

    The Jordan Harbinger Show: 6-Minute Networking Course
    https://www.jordanharbinger.com/courses/

    Harvard Happiness & Community Study
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/01/harvard-happiness-study-relationships/672753/

    Yoga Ananda: Kru Nok
    https://www.yogaananda.net/

    CONNECT with Billy
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Mindful-Midlife-Crisis-Podcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mindful_midlife_crisis
    Website: https://billylahr.com/

    CONNECT with us
    Website: www.CarynSullivan.com/podcast
    Instagram: www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book: “Happiness through Hardship” - The Book:
    https://a.co/d/igHJmCZ

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
    www.CarynSullivan.com/book

    To Donate to Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Research:
    The Cancer Couch Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit (501c3) organization that has funded $5 million dollars in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research since our founding in 2016! 100% of donations and event proceeds are ​​​matched and go to fund MBC research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center!
    www.thecancercouch.com/donations.html

    • 48 min
    125. Dr. Jennifer Guttman: The Pursuit of Sustainable Happiness: Insights on Lasting Satisfaction

    125. Dr. Jennifer Guttman: The Pursuit of Sustainable Happiness: Insights on Lasting Satisfaction

    Discover the secrets to sustainable happiness in our latest episode of "Happiness Through Hardship" - The Podcast. Dr. Jennifer Guttman, a distinguished clinical psychologist, celebrated author, and influential YouTuber joins me to discuss her strategies for lifetime satisfaction. Learn six transformative techniques for authentic living, including how to avoid people-pleasing and master the art of closure. Don't miss out on these practical tools for genuine joy and fulfillment. Tune in now and unlock the power of living authentically!

    SHOW NOTES
    4:58 – Building Sustainable Life Satisfaction
    8:11 – Changing Neural Pathways
    11:54 – The Six Techniques
    15:02 – Reducing People Pleasing Behaviors
    17:48 – Resentment Check-Ins
    19:02 – Backhanded Indispensability
    22:58 – Finding Happiness
    24:38 – Happiness vs Satisfaction
    26:13 – The Importance Of Closing
    33:36 – Exercising: Meaning & Follow-Through
    38:15 – The Grateful Game

    Beyond Happiness: The 6 Secrets of Lifetime Satisfaction
    https://amzn.to/4bAdnPC

    CONNECT with Dr. Jennifer Guttman
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferGuttmanPsychologist/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guttman_psychology/

    Website: https://www.guttmanpsychology.com/


    CONNECT with us
    Website: www.CarynSullivan.com/podcast
    Instagram: www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book: “Happiness through Hardship” - The Book:
    https://a.co/d/igHJmCZ

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
    www.CarynSullivan.com/book

    To Donate to Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Research:
    The Cancer Couch Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit (501c3) organization that has funded $5 million dollars in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research since our founding in 2016! 100% of donations and event proceeds are ​​​matched and go to fund MBC research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center!
    www.thecancercouch.com/donations.html

    • 45 min
    124. Thandi Montgomery: Thriving Forward - Shifting from Existing to Living

    124. Thandi Montgomery: Thriving Forward - Shifting from Existing to Living

    Sometimes living a busy life we run through our day-to-day merely existing, which can lead to stress, burnout and disappointment. This week on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast, author, entrepreneur and former corporate exec, Thandi Montgomery shares her formula to empower women to shift from just existing to living. An expert in advertising for brands like AstraZeneca, Capital One, and Verizon Wireless, from her past career, Thandi is now an accomplished and prominent entrepreneur and, after overcoming her own hardship has dedicated her outreach to women’s health, wellness, and self-discovery.

    SHOW NOTES
    3:55 - How to do the work / reflection
    5:13 - Her Formula: SPACE - S (self reflection), P (plan)
    8:58 - Personal board of directors
    10:36 - A (acceptance)
    12:45 - C (community, courage, consistency)
    16:50 - Shift of perspective - books as community
    17:59 - E (exposure)
    20:22 - How to move forward when you want something different
    22:14 - Creating systems and simplifying tasks (for more time, more space, more creativity)
    28:35 - Just try using affirmations and taking action
    33:00 - The Grateful Game

    “Dare to Lead” - https://amzn.to/49cp8tO by Brene Brown - talking Personal Board of Directors

    “15 Positive Affirmations” by Thandi Montgomery: https://thandimonee.com/ebook

    Simon Sinek - What is your Why? https://youtu.be/tF7YLGpOoz8?si=t8w8AUIzN-i-EaJq

    CONNECT with Thandi
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thandimonee
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thandimonee/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@thandimonee

    Website: https://thandimonee.com/

    CONNECT with us
    Website: www.CarynSullivan.com/podcast
    Instagram: www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book: “Happiness through Hardship” - The Book:
    https://a.co/d/igHJmCZ

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
    www.CarynSullivan.com/book

    To Donate to Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Research:
    The Cancer Couch Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit (501c3) organization that has funded $5 million dollars in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research since our founding in 2016! 100% of donations and event proceeds are ​​​matched and go to fund MBC research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center!
    www.thecancercouch.com/donations.html

    • 37 min
    123. Francesca Falletta: Crafting A Safe Beauty Regimen

    123. Francesca Falletta: Crafting A Safe Beauty Regimen

    Our skin is our largest organ, so using products that limit toxins can improve health by preventing further illness, skin irritation, acne and more. Today’s episode of “Happiness through Hardship” - The Podcast focuses on crafting a safe beauty regimen with Green Glam Girl’s, Francesca Falletta. Francesca’s passion is to identify cleaner daily products that work well and limit toxins. In this episode she shares dozens of product recommendations and tons of tips so that you feel educated and inspired to shop clean for your beauty routine.

    SHOW NOTES
    3:14 – Francesca’s Journey
    4:36 – Green Beauty Philosophy
    7:16 – Dangers Of The Unregulated Beauty Industry
    10:08 – Safe Beauty Practices
    11:48 – Healthy Skin Care Routines
    13:28 – Hydrated vs Oily Skin
    15:20 – Clean Beauty Apps
    19:18 – 2024 Beauty Trends
    22:54 – Everyday Glam
    26:54 – Francesca’s Favorite Brands
    32:22 – Matching Foundation & Palettes
    35:28 – Nail Beauty
    38:55 – Low-Priced Beauty Products
    42:42 – Green Washing
    45:32 – The Grateful Game

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    Kosmatology
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    Caryn’s Favorite Kosmatology Product: Rose Geranium Organic Facial Moisturizer/Oil for Dry and Aging Skin
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    The Honest Company
    https://www.honest.com/

    Leahlani
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    Beauty Counter
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    Erin's Faces: https://erinsfaces.com/products/radiant-firming-concealer?rfsn=3447944.ebf6f0

    Hynt Beauty Sun Prep
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    Solara Fortune Teller / Sunscreen
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    Ilia Beauty True Skin Serum Foundation
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    Kosas Beauty Air Brow
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    FitGlow Beauty
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    Olive & June Nail Polish
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    Zoya Nail Polish
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    Dazzle Dry Nail Polish
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    Well People Beauty
    https://www.wellpeople.com/

    Clover By Clove + Hallow Beauty
    https://cloverbyclove.com/
    Matte lipsticks like Lip Velvets
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    APPS to help:
    Think Dirty App
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/think-dirty-shop-clean/id687176839

    Environmental Healthy Living (EHL) App
    https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ewgs-healthy-living/id703155791

    EPISODES mentioned:
    Laura McCarthy Claiborne Episodes
    71 - https://soundcloud.com/user-182425052/71-laura-mccarthy-the-impact-of-wardrobe-on-joy-and-confidence?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing
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    CONNECT with Francesca
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100035389766452
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenglamgirl/?hl=en

    Website: https://greenglamgirlcom.wordpress.com/

    CONNECT with us
    Website: www.CarynSullivan.com/podcast
    Instagram: www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book: “Happiness through Hardship” - The Book:
    https://a.co/d/igHJmCZ

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
    www.CarynSullivan.com/book

    To Donate to Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Research:
    The Cancer Couch Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit (501c3) organization that has funded $5 million dollars in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research since our founding in 2016! 100% of donations and event proceeds are ​​​matched and go to fund MBC research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center!
    www.thecancercouch.com/donations.html

    • 48 min
    122. Dr. Bill Rawls: Nature's Pharmacy - Cellular Health and the Power of Herbs

    122. Dr. Bill Rawls: Nature's Pharmacy - Cellular Health and the Power of Herbs

    Curious about transforming your health from the inside out? This week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” - The Podcast, Dr. Bill Rawls, talks about improving your health through cellular healing with the science-backed power of herbs. Originally a specialist of obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Rawls experienced medical hardship that led him to the discovery of herbal remedies and holistic healing. Tune in as Dr. Rawls shares his philosophies and intel from his recent book, “The Cellular Wellness Solution,” about how to support your optimal health.

    SHOW NOTES
    2:06 – Bill’s Story
    7:55 – The Power Of Herbs
    9:54 – Herbs History & Makeup
    14:16 – Medical Herb Alternatives
    18:14 – Promoting Herb Health
    20:36 – Bill’s Herb Suggestions
    21:56 – Antimicrobial Meaning
    27:24 – Daily Herbal Intake
    30:46 – Supplements vs Herbs
    35:00 – Starting With Herbs
    39:32 – Living A Healthy Life
    41:56 – The Grateful Game

    “The Cellular Wellness Solution” by Dr. Bill Rawls
    https://amzn.to/4ap81GZ

    Herbal Database:
    https://rawlsmd.com/herbs

    CONNECT with Bill
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rawlsmd/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rawlsmd/

    Website: https://rawlsmd.com/

    CONNECT with us
    Website: www.CarynSullivan.com/podcast
    Instagram: www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book: “Happiness through Hardship” - The Book:
    https://a.co/d/igHJmCZ

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
    www.CarynSullivan.com/book

    To Donate to Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Research:
    The Cancer Couch Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit (501c3) organization that has funded $5 million dollars in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research since our founding in 2016! 100% of donations and event proceeds are ​​​matched and go to fund MBC research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center!
    www.thecancercouch.com/donations.html

    • 45 min
    121. Andrea Owen: Growing from the Pitfalls of People Pleasing and Perfectionism

    121. Andrea Owen: Growing from the Pitfalls of People Pleasing and Perfectionism

    Perfectionism can be a familiar companion in our lives, yet it often undermines our well-being. On this episode of "Happiness Through Hardship" - The Podcast, we turn to well-known author and entrepreneur, Andrea Owen for insights on identifying and setting boundaries, and navigating the pitfalls of people-pleasing and perfectionism. As a seasoned podcast host, four-time author, and the visionary force behind the Your Kick-Ass Life brand, Andrea brings invaluable expertise to the table, drawing from her own journey of rising from Rock Bottom. Join us as Andrea teaches us how to thrive through wellness by molding a better self image, creating a better work/home environment, and redetermining your values.
    ***TRIGGER WARNING***AT 34:42 MINUTES

    SHOW NOTES
    2:52 – Andrea Owen’s Story
    7:43 – Putting In The “Work”
    10:19 – Identifying Boundaries
    12:00 – Setting Boundaries
    14:50 – Parenting/Family Boundaries
    17:20 – Coping With People Pleasing
    22:42 – The Danger Of Perfectionism
    26:32 – Coping Through Creativity // Coping Without Consumption
    31:25 – Reevaluating Values
    33:34 – For Those At “Rock Bottom”
    34:42 – ***Trigger Warning***
    39:52 – The Grateful Game

    “When The Body Says No” by Gabor Maté
    https://amzn.to/4ab2NOJ

    Dr. Brené Brown
    https://brenebrown.com/

    "Make Some Noise" by Andrea Owen
    https://amzn.to/43GWe43

    "How To Stop Feeling Like Sh*t" by Andrea Owen
    https://amzn.to/43GWe43

    "52 Ways To Live A Kick-Ass Life" by Andrea Owen
    https://amzn.to/3vppT5d

    "Getting Damn Good At Life" by Andrea Owen
    https://amzn.to/3Pyere7

    CONNECT with Andrea
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heyandreaowen/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heyandreaowen/

    Website: https://andreaowen.com/

    CONNECT with us
    Website: www.CarynSullivan.com/podcast
    Instagram: www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book: “Happiness through Hardship” - The Book:
    https://a.co/d/igHJmCZ

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
    www.CarynSullivan.com/book

    To Donate to Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Research:
    The Cancer Couch Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit (501c3) organization that has funded $5 million dollars in metastatic breast cancer (MBC) research since our founding in 2016! 100% of donations and event proceeds are ​​​matched and go to fund MBC research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center!
    www.thecancercouch.com/donations.html

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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93 Ratings

93 Ratings

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Love this show!

Hosted with warmth and wisdom, each episode serves as a testament to the human spirit. Through Caryn’s engaging interviews, insightful anecdotes, and practical advice, the podcast weaves a narrative of hope, resilience and the power of embracing life’s adversities. Must listen!

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