Peter shares the five things that make him happy, including remembering happy past experiences, anticipating future happiness, being present in the moment, doing things one is good at (flow), and receiving recognition for one's work. He emphasizes the importance of being in the moment and putting away technology to enjoy life's simple pleasures.
Jake Pearson 00:00 - Introduction to the podcast "What Makes You Happy" with host Jake Pearson
Peter Quarry 00:35 - Introduction of guest Peter Quarry, psychologist and author
Jake Pearson 00:44 - Asking Peter Quarry what makes him happy
Peter Quarry 00:52 - Five things that make Peter happy:
Peter Quarry 01:29 - Mentioning old photos as an example of happy memories from the past
Peter Quarry 01:54 - Mentioning his upcoming trip to Thailand as an example of anticipating future happiness
Peter Quarry 02:21 - Emphasizing the importance of being in the moment and enjoying life's simple pleasures
Peter Quarry 02:57 - Discussing the concept of "flow" and how it brings happiness when one is doing something they're good at
Peter Quarry 03:47 - Talking about his enjoyment of appearing in the media and discussing psychological issues
Peter Quarry 04:22 - Discussing the happiness that comes from being appreciated for one's work.
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Jake Pearson 00:00
Are you trying to figure out the secret to happiness? We're here at What Makes You Happy with Jake Pearson. We want to make that happiness more accessible for you in your life. So stick around as we interview everyday people, inspirational leaders and your favorite celebrities on what makes them happy.
Welcome back to the podcast where we ask the question, what makes you happy?
My name is Jake Pearson. And today we have with us Peter Quarry, who is a psychologist and author. Peter, how are you?
Peter Quarry 00:35
I am absolutely fantastic, Jake, we've had a few technical problems before starting the interview. And I'm delighted that all it is working. And we're fine.
Jake Pearson 00:44
We're ready to go. And I think this might be a great episode for you. It's sort of your field of expertise. Peter, what makes you happy?
Peter Quarry 00:52
Well, I thought about this a little bit before coming on today. And I decided that there are five things that make me happy in no particular order, by the way.
For me, a recent example of getting positive feedback is, so I've just written the book. And yes, I'm going to plug it. It's called, If I Were You: A Psychologist Puts Himself On The Couch, I'm the psychologist on the couch, obviously. And it's a book about how to make peace with your past, how to kind of get to know yourself better, how to increase your self-awareness, and how to get r-energized about the future, because I think everyone's a little burnt out after the pandemic, and they need a bit of a tune up to move forward, I have been so humbled and thrilled by a number of people who have read the book, who have said to me that it really made them think, you know, they can think about their father or they made them think about the child or the relationship they're in right now. Or it made them think about what's the purpose of their life and how they need to kind of reengineer that going forward, or just make them think about whether they are an introvert or an extrovert or an optimist or a pessimist. And to have received feedback like that, that the book has made them think about their lives is exactly what I intended it to be and is a great source of happiness for me, because I know that I've done something that has really helped me. So they're the five things that make me happy.
Jake Pearson 06:26
Peter, thank you so much for sharing. Those are very insightful. And they all come with great pieces of advice that those who are listening at home right now, wherever you're watching on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes can take that and apply that to their own life. And you don't have to take it all on board. But maybe just pick one thing that resonated with you. And start with that you can connect with Peter, and go follow him on his social media platforms and even check out his book.
Peter, thank you so much for coming on and sharing all things in your life around your happiness.
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