Finding Joy & Overcoming Anxiety with Shaunti Feldhahn

If joy is dependent on circumstances, then we essentially put circumstances in control of our mental health.

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Have you ever felt so bombarded with stress and worry that joy is the last thing on your mind? We live in a hectic world where we often strive to just be “okay” and joy seems like an elusive concept to actually reach. Well, our guest today is Shaunti Feldhahn, a social researcher that has used her superpowers to find eye-opening and life-changing truths. Most recently, she wrote Find Joy: A Devotional Journey To Unshakable Wonder in an Uncertain World and in this conversation she is sharing with us the secret to discovering true, lasting joy in our lives.

Guest Bio

Shaunti Feldhahn was an analyst on Wall Street before unexpectedly becoming a social researcher, best-selling author, and popular speaker. Shaunti’s books are known for their “aha” moments and relationship transformations. She uses her analytical skills to investigate life-changing truths about relationships, both at home and in the workplace. Shaunti and her husband, Jeff, live in Atlanta with their children and two cats who think they are dogs.

Key Takeaways

  • “All the research we do is designed to dig out the little things that make a big difference.”
  • Joy is a feeling of gladness, wonder, and peace that is not changed by circumstances. It’s deeper than our circumstances!
  • In 2019, the percentage of the adult population that had clinically significant anxiety or depression had risen to 11%. In January of 2021, researchers conducted the same survey, and the number spiked to 41%.
  • “What you focus on is what you will see.” So many of us don’t recognize that we’re stressed and anxious because we’re focusing on what makes us stressed and anxious.
  • “There is so much worthy of joy in our lives but it is so easy to miss it when we are focusing on other things.”
  • Don’t miss the gorilla! 🙂

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