Episode #115 Stop Chasing Happiness
Positive feelings and emotions are nice, but they shouldn’t be our greatest goal in life. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and counselor Steve Rieske count the cost of a life devoted to pursuing the wrong thing.
We’re trying to separate that which damages me – things like revenge or bitterness or malice – and we’re saying, "I’ll allow myself this one."Steve Rieske
We will not experience the positive outcomes of healthy choices if we fail to make healthy choices.
Pleasure makes us happy… until it doesn’t.
The pursuit of happiness without regard to the way we pursue it often leads to devastating long term results.
Happiness is not a momentary experience of pleasure but an elongated and enduring state of wellbeing.
It is far more helpful to pursue health and wholeness than it is to pursue happiness.
Leaning into grief often makes us more well than pretending to be happy.
If the consistent pursuit of your values leaves you feeling unwell, consider whether it is time to re-evaluate those very values.
Regularly pause, examine your life, and ask, “Is this working?”
Invite those who know you best to offer their insights into what choices would make you healthier and more whole.
In This Episode
Feed Your Soul
We are quite familiar with how to feed our bodies. But what does it look like to also – and perhaps even more importantly – feed our souls? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and spiritual leader Steve Rieske introduce a powerful analogy that offers insights into how we can become truly satisfied in life.
Own Your Joy
Happiness comes and goes as our external circumstances ebb and flow, but joy can be present and cultivated even on those days where everything goes wrong. Join Dr. Michael Brown and Amy Seiffert as they describe what it looks like to choose to live a joyful life.
See Pain Differently
Although pain is never comfortable, it’s not always bad. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and chiropractor Dr. Tyler Schwanz consider the perspective that discomfort may actually have a bright side.