Last week I led a Happiness Workshop for Levo League’s Philadelphia chapter.
The workshop was a combination of lessons from my own self-discovery/career experimentation intertwined with teachings of Greek philosopher Epicurus, whose theories on happiness still very much apply to the 21st century. My goal for this workshop was to reframe the issue of happiness – to teach people that happiness doesn't mean walking around with a smile on your face everyday, as if living in a euphoric state. That’s not real life. But knowing, accepting and loving yourself in all moments, that’s real. Epicurus’ studies on what humans “think” we need to be happy, are still misconceptions today – yet are exactly what the mainstream fights for – money, luxury and love. And while admittedly, we all want those things in some capacity – the real solution to happiness lies within ourselves.
I was joined by a group of young female professionals, all ambitious and living busy, full lives. I led them through a series of organized steps, steeped in reflection, to absorb new techniques and learned behaviors. We sat in a circle and emotionally unbuttoned ourselves – which for some, might have been uncomfortable and risky. Despite that fact, each of these women openly participated in the name of bettering themselves. In those moments after a busy workday, we became each other’s supporters and motivators – women helping women find and embrace their authenticity.
A couple of the participants shared their experiences below.
I've come to place in my life and career where everything is very fast-paced. With all the goals I've set, I find myself constantly having to remember that what I'm doing is what will make me happy in the long run. It's easy to get caught up in that lie. Sam's workshop was a great respite from the time that I spend chasing my dream, and my son, to remember that happiness truly is an inside job and, luckily, a renewable resource that doesn't come from achievements or what I deem to be important milestones, but acceptance of myself in the moment and choosing to rest in the now and enjoy. It was great! – Olivia D.
There were several powerful moments in the workshop that gave us permission to be our authentic selves, which was beautiful to experience. I left feeling reflective, balanced, and positive!" – Arielle F.
The most rewarding part of it all was to hear the feedback from these ladies after the session. Going forward, I will be evolving the workshop content and will continue to tailor its structure to future audiences. Feel free to reach out if you are interested in discussing the workshop in more detail.