Hi, I’m Chris! I'm a former workaholic turned author and happiness coach.
Like many others I found happiness early in life by giving up my pursuit of financial wealth. But unlike others, I didn’t stop at finding one or two things which made my life fulfilling and joyful again; I wanted to holistically understand happiness and pass along what I’d learned, so no one else in my generation would fall into the same pitfalls as I did two years ago.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University a semester early, I eagerly dove headfirst into “adult world” by accepting a lucrative job with Epic Health Systems as a project manager. Two and a half years later I’d achieved many of our society’s traditional benchmarks of success: fast car? Check. Penthouse apartment? Check. Financial freedom to travel, eat, and drink whatever I wanted? Check, check check.
So it may come as a surprise that in June of 2014 I was diagnosed with clinical depression. Clearly I was doing something wrong.
My bow-tied psychiatrist prescribed me Wellbutrin and wished me luck. But when I noticed that our country’s penchant for pharmaceuticals has done nothing to reverse our slipping happiness levels, I decided to cure myself the natural way. I began obsessively researching ways to be happy and taking actions in my own life; I maintained a rigorous exercise regimen, learned how to cook, and surrounded myself with the friends and family I’d alienated on my quest for a bigger paycheck.
My recovery process taught me two inescapable truths about happiness:
First, you’ll never find it. Let me phrase that another way; you’ll never find it. Interestingly, you can stumble upon the person you’ll fall in love with, but you’ll never stumble upon happiness the same way. “Where’d you meet your wife, Bill?” “Starbucks, funny enough!” “Ah! And where’d you find happiness?” “That was at a Caribou Coffee.” Instead, happiness is more like to your physical health. You can’t buy it and pills won’t help. Only persistence and making lifestyle changes will do the trick. The only difference is that happiness is a little less straightforward to build, but once you know how, it’s not hard.
The second truth revealed itself as I reconnected with dozens of old friends who were also navigating the confusing early stages of adult world. My friends had become athletes, entrepreneurs, priests, farmers, hedge fund managers, and starving musicians. They couldn’t have taken more divergent life paths, but they all had one thing in common: no one had trained them how to be happy, and they asked me for help.
When I took to the forums and drummed up the topic at social gatherings, it became clear that our generation was suffering a happiness recession; the scope of which dwarfed our much-publicized financial recession. Happiness is such a broad topic that I struggled to do it justice in passing conversation. So I began searching for the perfect book to recommend which trained young people how to build happy lives. None existed. Nothing even close existed.
So I decided to write it myself.
In August of 2015, I turned down a promotion to quit my job and research happiness full time. I traveled to Vietnam, China, and Mexico to understand how the outer two countries had built such impressive national happiness in the face of adversity, and to reverse-engineer China’s misery. I lived, ate, slept, and played football with the Buddhist monks of Magnolia Grove Monastery to learn the power of Mindfulness and Meditation, and visited a tequila farm to… drink tequila. I spoke with psychologists, spirit guides, entrepreneurs, sweat lodge gurus, yoga instructors, monks, and millionaires to amass nuggets of wisdom, and devoured every reputable study I could find related to happiness.
I began drafting The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness Volume I in December of 2015 and with the blessings of my parents, friends, and unemployment, I completed the first draft in 3 months. Presently, YOU CAN NOW PURCHASE MY BOOK BY CLICKING HERE!
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