How Stephanie Harrison Built a Following around Happiness
A new way of being happy :)
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Most newsletters I write start from a story.
Sometimes it’s a random coffee-walk idea or an email from a reader. This one’s a bit different.
I’d been following New Happy Co for quite some time and stopped dead in my tracks after seeing one of their visuals.
Since it made me think, I wanted to share it with my audience. What happened next, blew me away:
Within a couple of hours, the post hit 1,000 likes. After a couple of days, the post crossed 1M+ views.
Turns out, the graphic spoke to a lot of other people as well.
That is when Stephanie Harrison – the founder behind New Happy Co reached out. She’s building new frameworks for happiness and it’s attracting a lot of attention.
I thought a newsletter feature was an *obvious* next step.
PS: Stephanie is genuine and full of insights. Read her answers twice if you need to.
Today’s Menu 📜
Rituals to amplify creativity
Collective happiness – what, why and how?
Questions on happiness that we should often ask ourselves
Let’s dive in…
JH: The New Happy has been in existence for over 3 years now – what is your source of creativity? Any rituals that you’d like to share?
SH: I find my inspiration in two places:
First, in the reflections and learnings that everyday challenges of personal life teach me. My philosophy is how can I help others who might be facing similar situations.
Another source of my inspiration is scientific research which informs everything that I do and share.
It's quite a fun challenge to think about how to take a scientific paper's conclusions and make the information digestible and understandable. In fact, the graphic that you shared a few weeks ago was based upon an integration of tons of scientific studies!
“From a practical perspective, to let my creative self flourish, I have had to let go of perfectionism and embrace being good enough.”
For the first year of The New Happy, I committed that I would post something every day, no matter what. This helped me not get stuck in my head and build a muscle of just trying things and seeing what works.
“It might be worth crafting rituals that support you in releasing fear and giving yourself the space to try.”
JH: How do you think can people come closer to themselves and create a better life narrative?
SH: Many of us have had difficult experiences in our lives and we have learned to either identify ourselves with those or with what those experiences might have taught us, beliefs like "I'm not good enough" or "I'm worthless" or "I can't do this."
“One of the most important things we can do to get closer to ourselves is releasing and letting go of the false narratives about ourselves that we've learned.”
JH: I’m intrigued by the concept of 'collective happiness'. How can we practice and make collective well-being a reality?
SH: Collective happiness is the goal of creating happiness for all beings everywhere.
There are so many ways to do this, both on a daily, micro-moment level and on a more overarching, lifetime level.
“On a daily level, I'd recommend trying to bring your full humanity to the next person you speak with: being fully present, offering your compassion and kindness, and seeing the good in them.”
On a more overarching level, reflect on who could benefit and how can you pass on the insights and ideas you’ve learned through your experiences, relationships, or work.
JH: In today's world, happiness seems to be fading a bit. What are some ideas that you feel we can use to uplift ourselves and those around us?
SH: I believe that a lot of the lessons we've learned about happiness are incorrect and harmful, and it's important to challenge them.
Questions are powerful tools to try on new perspectives. A few of my favorites are:
Could having and doing less lead to more happiness?
If we stop trying to change this experience and instead, welcome it for what it is, how does it transform it?
If there is no one path that will make you happy, what do you want to do instead?
What would your daily life look like if you accepted yourself fully for who you are?
How can I work to lift others up, and how does doing so impact me?
I highly recommend asking these and seeing how they work for each individual.
“We are all different individuals who are navigating unique contexts, and personalizing any approach is so critical for it to work for you.”
JH: Any thought you want us to end the newsletter with?
SH: Things have been really difficult for so many people over the last few years. If you can take a few minutes today and go out to help someone else, I promise that you'll benefit from it too.
*Joel here again.*
Thanks for those words, Stephanie. Hoping everyone in the newsletter fam took something away from it.
💡 Riff of the Day
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Dylan Redekop, a reader of the newsletter, pointed it out to me so I thought I’d share it with you. I was honored to be included but there are lots of cooler people than me on it you can learn from.
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