“What can you do today to feel more alive and fulfilled  with meaning and purpose?” 

Our pop culture and  the media is flooded with methods and strategies to help us become happy, or at least happier.  Today, let’s discuss this happiness trap and reconsider and reframe this relentless pursuit of happiness. 

Instead of searching for happiness, I suggest we pursue deeper meaning, purpose, significance and fulfillment in our lives. Feeling happy is a temporary state. Being driven by meaning and purpose is a lasting state, regardless of circumstance.

In this episode of Power Presence Academy, I talk about the pursuit of meaning over happiness, emphasizing that happiness is fleeting and often disconnected from a sense of fulfillment. I also talk about the importance of making a difference in our environments and how impactful actions may not always coincide with feelings of happiness. I remind listeners about the power of choice and encourage leaders to reflect on their strengths and use them to make a positive impact in the world. 

In this episode:

  • The pursuit of meaning over happiness
  • Importance of making a difference
  • The power of choice and reflection
  • Using your strengths for greater fulfillment and impact
  • And more!

Power Presence Academy: Practical Wisdom for Leaders is the go-to podcast for anyone who leads. Your host is Janet Ioli, leadership and human development expert, sought-after coach and advisor to global executives, and former executive with experience in four Fortune 100 companies. She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and learn to lead with Less Ego, More Soul.


Noteworthy Quotes from This Episode

“The trouble with the pursuit of feeling happy is that the state of what we describe as happy is an emotion or a feeling. Emotions and feelings are fleeting.”

“I would challenge that instead of the word happy, what we’re really searching for, instead of to be happy, is meaning.”

“Chasing the elusive happy emotional state, whether it’s through trying to get people’s attention, or through our achievement, or through material belongings, or even trying to be happy through food or alcohol will not provide that sense of significance.”

“Whatever your strength is, how do you use that to make a bigger difference in the world?”


Resource Links: 

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

If you want to become more grounded, confident, and aligned with your deeper values in just 21 days. Check out my book Less Ego, More Soul: A Modern Reinvention Guide for Women.

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Connect with Janet Ioli:

Linkedin: Janet Ioli

Instagram: @janetioli

Website: janetioli.com

Janet is the founder of Power Presence Academy.  She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and lead with Less Ego, More Soul.


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