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Happiness Comes from Within


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Jenn Lim is a speaker, executive coach, and author of Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose and People for Growth and Impact. Jenn is referred to by many as “The Happiness Expert.”

In this episode of Motivational Mondays, she shares why happiness comes from actually living your values and purpose.

The Inspiration Behind Beyond Happiness

Jenn Lim started writing her book during the pandemic. At the end of 2020, her business co-founder passed away unexpectedly and the book she was originally trying to write no longer seemed relevant. So, she shifted gears to encapsulate what it means to embrace the highs and lows of life.

She determined that moments are truly fulfilling and meaningful when you’re living according to your purpose and values. There’s value in dissecting what you can learn from your struggles, and when you acknowledge and identify your lows, you gain resilience.

Creating a Company that Delivers Happiness

Happiness comes from having a sense of control over your life, progress, connectedness, and building meaningful relationships. Jenn emphasizes that the most sustainable form of happiness is having a higher purpose. She sought to extract these concepts and bring them into the workplace.

One of Jenn’s clients works in a hospital, and they worked with her to nail down their purpose and values so every one of their 80,000 employees understood them. As a result, they supported and protected their people who not only endured through the pandemic, they thrived.

The Concept of Double ROI

The data shows that companies who double down on their people outperform the S&P 500, even in economic downturns. That’s the first ROI that organizations see when they build a foundation on shared purpose and values. 

The second ROI is the ripple effect because everyone is interconnected. When you’re living your purpose and values daily, it impacts your team, customers, company, community, and the planet. These ripples of happiness come back to those who prioritize their purpose. 

Listen to this episode to learn about...

[1:46] The inspiration behind Jenn’s new book
[4:33] Embracing the highs and the lows
[6:13] The silver lining of self-awareness
[7:40] Creating a company that delivers happiness
[11:35] The power of being your most authentic self
[16:22] How businesses can create a happier culture
[20:33] How successful people overcome adversity
[24:41] What “Double ROI” means

Listen to the bonus episode to learn about the disconnect from things that could make us happier and why society can’t continue addressing issues the way it did in the past.