Updated: Jul 21
How do we define happiness? What does it mean to be happy in the modern world? What can our emotions tell us about ourselves?
As an energy worker who helps people to let go of all the emotional baggage they've been carrying around, Sarah uses The Emotion Code to clear self-limiting beliefs. Her driving purpose, as a happiness coach, is to help people to grow happy minds and live happy lives, by bridging the gap to happiness, one emotion at a time.
She joins Second Mountain Comms' founder Ben Veal for episode 11 of Good Journeys with Second Mountain, the podcast series that explores the lives of inspired people and their inspiring stories.
Episode eleven of the Good Journeys with Second Mountain podcast is out now.
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WHAT does it mean to be happy?
"There was a happiness gap"
Sarah joins the #GoodJourneysPod to speak with great honesty and humility about the journey that has led her to where she is today: "There was a happiness gap inside of me ... it was like an empty, hollow feeling that I had to fill with other things outside of me."
Emotions, for Sarah, should not be shied away from or ignored; they should be openly embraced, both the good and the bad, for what they can teach us about who we are and who we could ultimately become. Yet all too often, we do not dwell on difficult emotions and instead turn towards distractions, says Sarah.
"I see that with a lot of people; it's a very human thing, we feel like we have to self-medicate when we're not feeling great ... bridging the gap to happiness [is about exploring] what thoughts, feelings and beliefs are creating that."
Maintaining Happiness Through Challenging Times
"It stripped back a lot of layers"
The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a truly transformative time for Sarah, like it did for so many globally. As an emotionally-grounded happiness coach, Sarah believes that there are some significant lockdown learnings that shouldn't be overlooked as normality returns.
"We all got shot into a zone, during those lockdowns, when all that we had was us ... and you could dive into distractions [such as] social media and talking online. But a lot of people went within: into nature, into isolation, and all they had was them. That's never happened before; you can't go through that experience and not gain some level of self-awareness."
For Sarah, that surreal time period has had a profound impact on both her professional and personal interactions: "Going through that experience together ... stripped back the rubbish. It stripped back a lot of layers. I'm having interactions in business today like I've never had before - I can talk to [business owners] about their energy, their emotions ... things have become more acceptable as we focus more on our wellbeing. It's fantastic. A lot more business owners are coming to me now for happiness coaching [and to] clear the energetic emotional blocks within themselves."
"Happiness, to me, is expansion"
Happiness is an ongoing journey; it's not a destination.
"If you're just searching [all the time] to be happy, you're living in a very conditional manner [thinking] I will only be happy when I have the house, the job, the car, the relationship, fill the gap. It's good to aspire to move towards things, but if you're only pinning your happiness on fleeting moments, then what?"
Be sure to check out the #GoodJourneysPod with special guest Sarah Perrett now on Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, YouTube and more.