SMM 035 | Gillian Mandich | How to Be Truly Happy and Lay a Strong Foundation for a Meaningful Life

In this episode, Carol interviews Gillian Mandich, Ph.D. and Lecturer, researching happiness and health at the Western University. Gillian shares some effective ways via which you can discover true happiness in your life.

This episode kickstarts with Gillian sharing WHY and HOW she chose to pursue her Ph.D. in health and happiness. Is happiness a factor of our genetic background or our environment? Does our inherently adaptive nature inhibit us from leading a truly meaningful life? Gillian reveals why it is necessary to slide out of our comfort zone in order to discover true happiness.

We also discuss some important lifestyle changes that can help you lead a happy life. You will learn the importance of incorporating exercise and alone time in your daily routine. What are some positive characteristics associated with happiness? Gillian shares how the power of gratitude can help you happiness in your quest.

Gillian’s data-driven approach is sure to appeal to you immensely. Tune in to discover how you can rise from your lows to ride the crest of joy and hope once again!  

What You Will Discover In This Episode:

  • How to be the best version of yourself without stressing yourself out
  • Why embracing change is necessary for leading a meaningful life
  • A Data-Driven Approach to finding true happiness
  • Effective lifestyle changes that will help you discover happiness


Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust – Authored by Viktor Frankl

Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul – Authored by Danielle LaPorte

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