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The transcript is of a podcast called What Makes You Happy with Jake Pearson. The host, Jake Pearson, interviews Lauren Connolly, a Siren Soapbox podcaster, on what makes her happy. Lauren mentions that spending time with her family, painting, and being outside in nature makes her happy. She emphasizes the importance of finding activities that bring happiness and suggests breaking down larger goals into smaller steps and keeping track of progress. She encourages others to try new things that may bring them happiness and to celebrate their progress and milestones along the way.

What Makes Lauren Connolly Happy?

In this 5-minute episode, I sit down with Lauren Connolly, a Siren Soapbox Podcaster, to discuss the ins and outs of her happiness.

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Podcast Summary: 


  • Introduction of the podcast "What Makes You Happy with Jake Pearson."


  • Jake interviews Lauren Connolly from Loveland, Ohio, USA.


  • Lauren shares what makes her happy - spending time with family, watercolor painting, and exploring nature.


  • Lauren tries to engage in these activities regularly to maintain her happiness.


  • Jake discusses the importance of having activities that make one happy in their life.


  • Lauren's advice for people struggling to find happiness is to break down their goals into small steps and to keep track of their progress along the way.


  • The importance of keeping track of one's goals and celebrating milestones along the way.


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Jake Pearson  00:00

Are you trying to figure out the secret to happiness, we're here 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 simple question, what makes you happy? 


My name is Jake Pearson. And today we have with us one of the Siren Soapbox Podcasters, who inspire people to explore outside their comfort zones through weekly challenges. Today we have Lauren Connolly, from Loveland, Ohio, USA, Lauren, how are you? 


Lauren Connolly  00:46

I am fantastic. 


Jake Pearson  00:47

Super excited to talk about all things that make you happy today. And even though it's different time zones all over the world, you know, we're here. Could you start with us... What does make you happy, Lauren?


Lauren Connolly  01:01

Well, I thought what used to make me happy was working in a corporate environment and climbing up the ladder and working really hard and 2020 hit [phonetic 01:12]. And I think that changed a lot of things for a lot of people. And I really got a chance to reevaluate and realize how much time I was missing with my family and how happy being with my family makes me so I was looking at pictures of my niece before I hopped on here. And I had a huge smile on my face just thinking about her spending time with family... Painting, I just learned how to do watercolors two years ago, and it's been so much fun. And being outside and exploring nature and seeing everything there is to explore. 


Jake Pearson  01:48

I love that and how often do you sort of engage in those activities that make you happy? 


Lauren Connolly  01:53

Well, for spending time with family, we are working from home now. And we're able to watch our niece and nephews a couple times a week. So that's been just fantastic. And it's exhausting. But it's better than any day I had in the corporate environment for sure. I try and paint every day. And I even go to sleep just thinking about watercolors. That's how I know it makes me happy. It's the first thing I think of when I wake up. And the last thing I think of when I go to sleep and then I try and be outside at least once a day. If I don't, then I'm just-- I can feel it I'm not happy.


Jake Pearson  02:31

Yes. Okay. So it has a place in your life where you try to do them very regularly. Because you know that that makes you quite happy. What does that look like when you don't do those?


Lauren Connolly  02:44

When I don't get to do those things. I just kind of ruminate in the negative space. I'm just- I feel down I guess. I guess when those things aren't there, you go about your day, and it just kind of meh [phonetic 03:04] and then when they are there it's just so energizing. You can tell the difference.


Jake Pearson  03:09

Absolutely. For myself, when I don't do a podcast recording, or I don't go out and go to the gym or do a workout. If I don't have those things in my day, the day feels like you said, 'Meh.' [Phonetic 03:25] There's no other way to describe it just doesn't feel like a day, where my energy has just been low. So really resonate with what you've said there. I guess as a podcaster and as someone who loves nature and art, what advice would you give to someone who is struggling to find a little bit of their own happiness in their life?


Lauren Connolly  03:43

There have been a couple of times in my life where somebody has come up to me and they're like, Man, I really wish that I could do what you do or have what you have, like, I'm a scuba diver, and I've worked with really cool animals before like penguins and sharks or I wish I had the artistic ability that you have. And it's like, anybody can do these things. And if you want to do them too, and it's something that you think might make you happy, just try and figure out the small steps and break it down. And once you start getting that momentum going, and you get outside your comfort zone, and you finally make it to your goal. you'd realize how happy you are and for bigger goals. It's keeping track of how far you've come. Really try and write it down and reflect on what you've done and hitting those milestones and celebrating them along the way. And then you can open your eyes about how hard you've worked and all the things that you've achieved. And then just be grateful for every step that you take in every lesson even if you'd have to take a step back towards your goal; it's a lesson along the way that it does eventually move you forward to where you want to be

Jake Pearson  05:01

Beautifully said. I love the idea of just keeping track. Because it's very easy for us to just think all these things up in our head. But if we can keep them in our phone notes or a goal board or even just pen to paper, like I'm always writing things down so I can keep track. If you don't do those things, it's just kind of all up in the air. You get it, you feel a sense of Oh, more overwhelmed. There's no control, there's no action. So yeah, I really resonate with that piece of advice, learn. Thank you for sharing all things that make you happy. And we really do appreciate that.


Lauren Connolly  05:36

Well, thank you. And thank you for helping us spread the word and it's really important what you're doing. It's important work.


Jake Pearson  05:42

No, you're doing very important work too. And if you'd love to connect with Lauren, go check out the podcast, you can do so by clicking the podcast episode description below. Lauren we hope you have a fantastic evening. 


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