Episode 86: The Secret Sauce - The β€œBest Of” Practices That Women Are Using To Elevate Their Joy and Their Careers

Jun 28, 2021

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The world is filled with distractions. 

Call it work, call it responsibility, call it what you want. But when we fill our days with only the things that our day planner reminds us to do, the emails that need answering, the countless text messages awaiting responses... those things take up space. 

Days become crowded. And our minds become weary. 

It's so deeply ingrained in us that being busy or doing more work makes us worthy because we live in a culture that values productivity. 

But humans need time to recharge.

And the antidote to performance pressure comes from unexpected places. 

It comes from sitting on your patio or in your garden with the sun warming your shoulders. The cool sweetness of ice cream as it melts in your mouth. Allowing your thoughts to drift away as your eyes follow a butterfly. A walk in the park. A cup of tea with a dear friend. 

 Experiencing the world around us brings us joy.  

But lasting joy takes practice.

In this week’s culmination episode, Karlee recaps the wisdom and the science around joy. You’ll hear why joy is important for your mind and body, and the physical and emotional tolls that mount up when you’re not getting enough of it. She shares a few practical ways that you can make space for experiencing more joy in your workday, and the surprising links between joy, sorrow, success, and even self-confidence.  

If you’re ready to find better balance and make more space for joy in your human experience, then this episode is for you!

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Why joy needs cultivating, rather than waiting (2:54)
  • Discerning the difference between joy and happiness (19:02)
  • The link between joy and self-confidence (20:48)
  • Why joy matters (23:02)
  • Where joy and sorrow meet (33:15)
  • How your body communicates what it needs (39:24)
  • Tapping into universal intelligence (44:12)

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People Mentioned in this Episode:

Erin Skahan

Sophie Cliff

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Book:  The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Douglas Carlton Abrams,  Desmond Tutu,  Dalai Lama

Study: Martín-María, Natalia et al. “The Impact of Subjective Well-being on Mortality: A Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Studies in the General Population.” Psychosomatic medicine vol. 79,5 (2017): 565-575. doi:10.1097/PSY.0000000000000444

Study: “Positive Intelligence.” Harvard Business Review, 8 Oct. 2014, hbr.org/2012/01/positive-intelligence.

Book: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran 

TED Talk: Where Joy Hides and Where to Find it with Ingrid Fetell Lee

Episode 1: One Word That Will Elevate Everything You Do

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