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The Power of Being Authentic to Yourself and Others

January 18, 2023

The Power of Being Authentic to Yourself and Others
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The podcast "What Makes You Happy" with host Jake Pearson features a guest named Angela Marshall who is a mental horticulturalist. Angela shares her journey to finding what makes her happy and she now has five things that make her happy: meaningful relationships, minutes and moments, her man and his money. Angela also shares advice to others who may be struggling to find happiness by suggesting to start with being true to themselves and to other people. The podcast encourages self reflection and encourages listeners to find what makes them happy.

In this episode of What Makes You Happy Podcast, we had the pleasure of having Angela Marshall, a Mental Horticulturist, as our guest. Angela shared her unique insights on how we can find true happiness by being true to ourselves and to others.

Angela emphasizes that true happiness comes from the small, everyday moments that make up our lives and that by being true to ourselves and to others, we are able to create a life that is rich and fulfilling.

Throughout the episode, Angela shared practical tips that listeners can use to start on the path to being more authentic to themselves and to others.

If you're looking for ways to find true happiness, this episode is a must-listen. Angela's unique perspective and practical advice will help you start on the path to being true to yourself and to others, which is essential to finding true happiness.

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Podcast Summary: 


  • Jake Pearson introduces the podcast and mentions its focus on the secret to happiness.


  • Angela Marshall, mental horticulturist, joins the podcast.


  • Jake Pearson asks Angela to share her recent experience of what makes her happy.


  • Angela mentions that to find happiness, one has to be true to themselves and others.


  • Angela highlights that once she has defined herself, she can't be confined by anyone's expectations and standards, and that leads to happiness.


  • Jake Pearson concludes the podcast by thanking Angela for her time and insights.


Happiness, Mental Horticulture, Self-reflection, Relationships, Meaningful Moments, Personal Growth, Authenticity, Self-discovery, Mental Health, Joy, Fulfillment, Mindfulness, Positive Thinking, Emotions, Inner Peace, Mindset, Mental Wellness, Mental Strength, Self-care, Gratitude, Positivity, Embracing Differences, Personal Development, Mindful Living, Self-acceptance, Spirituality, Mental Garden, Emotional Intelligence, Mental Gardening, Personal Journey.


Jake Pearson  00:00

Are you trying to figure out the secret to happiness? We're here at what makes you happy with Jake 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.


Disclaimer! This podcast discusses mental health. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you're struggling with your mental health, please remember it's okay to ask for help and seek the appropriate help through a qualified health care professional. 


Welcome back to the podcast where we ask you what makes you happy.


My name is Jake Pearson. And our guest today is a mental horticulturalist, who plant positive seeds of influence into those across the globe. 


Angela Marshall from Grovetown, Georgia, United States. Welcome to the podcast. How are you?


Angela Marshall  00:59

Hello, I am doing outstanding. Thank you so much for having me on what makes you happy, such an insightful and thought provoking podcast. Well, I am eager, and I'm elated to be on your show. Thank you.


Jake Pearson  01:16

Well, it's a pleasure to have you here. And I love that you've mentioned thought provoking. Because although we might not relate to those who we listen to, we can certainly think about what makes us happy as listeners and as host and guest and I think you've had that experience recently where you've had a bit of thought provoking going on about what makes you happy. So would you be able to share that with us, Angela?


Angela Marshall  01:42

Absolutely. Well, you know, happiness, your happiness, my happiness, everyone's happiness should be like up there on the list of reflecting and things that make you go, what actually makes me happy. So, when I first submitted to be on your podcast, I had this entirely different outlook of what made me happy. And then hurricane in [phone 02:08] came and it gave me a different perspective, a different outlook on life, where I actually took time during that particular sheltering in place. And I wrote out what actually makes me happy. 

So with that in mind, I actually have five things that I know makes me happy. And that is my mission, meaningful relationships, is minutes and moments, is my man, and his money. So those are the things that make me happy. Yes.


Jake Pearson  02:47

Angela, if someone came up to you in the street, and they were struggling to find what made them happy, where would you suggest that they start?


Angela Marshall  02:59

First of all, I believe any type of habit routine, aha moments, insightful or impactful journeys or paths that we need to come up on beyond, it starts from a decision. So you have to decide one to be true to you. And then you have to be true to who you are to others. Because I found that the source- a lot of the source for my unhappiness, was trying to be, trying to talk, trying to attain, trying to achieve what other people thought I needed to achieve, attain or talk or be or be like, or like or don't like. And once I made a decision in my mind that, and this is a play on words, because there is- and I don't want to botch it up. But I'm sure when I said most people it will resonate with, to thine own self be true. However, I added on to thine own self be true, but then to other people be you. Because that's where the problem lies is like I know who I am, I'm home, I reflect, I mean, look in the mirror, whatever, I'm in my office, as long as I'm by myself, but in front of other people, whether it is professional, personal links, family members, whatever the case is, sometimes I will find it difficult to be myself. And that is a huge source of unhappiness for a lot of people as it was for myself.


Jake Pearson  04:33

I'm sitting here and I'm really just what you've resonated with something that I have experienced a hell of a lot in my early, late teens, early 20s, where I tried to fit in with other people and I never felt like I could express myself who I really wanted to be my true self. And as I've grown through that, and I've done that self reflection, probably just as you have, and I've found who I truly am. It's so much easier to go about life and find the meaningful relationships and connect with the people I want to connect with. That actually allowed. I feel comfortable with being just me. And that's made life a lot more happier for me, probably the same view.


Angela Marshall  05:16

Absolutely 100%. Now that I have defined me, no one, and no one's expectations or standards can confine me. So therein lies happiness.


Jake Pearson  05:29

I love it, Angela. Absolute pleasure to hear about all things that make you happy here. We really appreciate your time today. 

Thanks for listening to the podcast. We hope it gives you something to think about on your quest to discover what makes you happy. Make sure to check out to connect with today's guest and follow us on all our social media platforms. And to stay up to date on what's happening next and what makes you happy. Don't forget to share this episode with a friend and we'll see you next time!