Ep. 45 Happiness with Kristin's Dad: Jim Hoddenbach
Today’s episode is extra special -- we have an interview with Kristin’s dad! Anyone who knows him knows that Jim Hoddenbach is an extraordinary person. He’s a pilot, expert aircraft mechanic, father of three, grandfather of six, and someone who influences every person he comes across for good.
In our conversation, we talked about the elusive concept of happiness. We talked about what it even means when we say we want to be happy and how we can create more happiness in our lives. We also talked about:
We talk about:
The 50/50 rule that life is half good, half bad -- and why that’s actually a good thing
How we can live with more acceptance and less resistance of the 50% bad
The four kinds of happiness
How to balance living in the present moment with remembering the good of the past and anticipation for the future
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links mentioned in this episode:
Kristin’s Favorite Thing: The Great Festive Baking Show on Netflix
Laura’s Favorite Thing: The Dawn Wall - Whether you’re into rock climbing or not this is such a great documentary all about perseverance.
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Highlights from our episode on Happiness
Four Kinds of Happiness:
These four words create a kind of package of the best kind of happiness -- as good as it gets
Happiness: observational, outside of ourselves, what happens when we notice that something is making us happy at that moment
Joy: service-oriented, helping someone, offering encouragement, changing someone’s day for the better
Peace: faith-based, the knowledge that all things will work out for our good
Pleasure: what we’re generally seeking to help us feel good, more self-oriented, seems to have a shorter shelf life
We often think that once we reach a certain point that everything will be great and we won’t have those problems or bad days anymore -- but that’s never what happens.
Resistance makes any kind of pain worse -- what you resist persists. When we are able to let go of resistance, life gets better almost instantly.
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