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The Sonya Looney Show

Hey everybody! My name is Sonya Looney and welcome to my podcast. For those of you who don’t have any context on me, I’m a plant-based World Champion ultra endurance mountain biker. I travel the world and have met some incredible people with world class attitudes and ways of living that motivate me daily, and I want to share their paths of mastery with you. This is a podcast interviewing inspiring leaders across the categories of wellness, endurance fitness, plant-based nutrition, mindset, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself.

Apr 29, 2023

What does it mean to be happy? How do you define happiness? What is the difference between awe and gratitude? How do you stay a New York Knicks fans when they’ve given you decades of disappointment? 

Sonya sat down with clinical psychologist, author and keynote speaker Jonah Paquette to get answers to all of these questions.

Jonah specializes in the science of well-being and emotional fitness. He is the author of four books promoting those topics including Happily Ever After, Awestruck, The Happiness Toolbox and Real Happiness. 

He completed his graduate training at PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium in Palo Alto, California. He worked in the healthcare system at Kaiser Permanente before his newer focus on speaking and training. 

He’s a native New Yorker, but currently resides in California, where he loves to hike, travel and cook.

Key Takeaways:

  • The New York Knicks and the New Yorker identity
  • How do you define happiness?
  • How do you figure out what you need to be happy?
  • Making something a daily practice
  • The difference between awe and gratitude
  • Finding purpose and meaning in life
  • Finding your strengths
  • The shift to more positive psychology
  • The meaning of burnout