Happiness Depends Interview:
Meet Jo Howarth of The Happiness Club
There is one universal goal that we all have and that is to be HAPPY. Think about it – whether you want a better relationship, a healthier lifestyle or more financial stability, in the end each would make us a bit happier.
I realize that happiness means very different things for each of us and sometimes it can even seem overwhelming. So receiving a little help to find your happiness can be very comforting. That’s why I am excited to share an inspiring interview.
Let me introduce you to Jo Howarth. Not only is she a happiness guru but she is also a bestselling author, inspirational speaker and founder of The Happiness Club. Like most motivators, her amazing story had much to do with her ultimately helping people.
When I met Jo, I was not only in love with her lovely English accent but also with her story on how she became a happiness coach.
Here is our interview:
How do you define happiness?
Happiness for me means peace of mind, a fundamental contentment that permeates every part of my being. Something that, no matter what is going on around me, I can feel in my core.
How did you become a happiness coach?
Oh it was a long old journey!
I grew up in the UK. At 5 years old my parents split and my mom remarried. My stepdad was an alcoholic who was not good at all for my mum. It was not the best situation because he would leave and come back. It was a bad. This left me uneasy and anxious. It wasn’t a great childhood to say the least. My salvation was school where I had great friends and I loved to read. So, books were my escape.
I had multiple setbacks through the years turning my life upside down more than once. My biological dad passed away when I was 25 which led to more anxiety and pain. Of course history repeated itself and I made bad choices with men including horrible relationships that involved abuse, alcoholism and rape.
With nowhere to turn, I eventually began counseling and hypnotherapy. While it helped tremendously it wasn’t until I was thirty and I met my lovely husband that I found true happiness. We now have a nice life with two wonderful daughters.
The one common thread that helped get me through the ups and downs has been therapy. So, I decided I wanted to help others. I studied hypnotherapy, mindfulness and the law of attraction.
I founded the Happiness Club to help others grow and develop.
Who is your inspiration?
So many people, people who have been through adversity and brought themselves out of it, people who have been on the receiving end of hate or violence and have risen above it, people who express love as often as they can into the world.
What is your favorite quote?
“Life is not the way it's supposed to be, it is the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” by Virginia Satir
Why do you like helping others?
Because I get a buzz out of seeing the change in someone, in feeling the change in their energy and in seeing that beautiful smile on their face.
What is one tool you personally use that works best to overcome fear?
A breathing exercise called Heart Breaths, taught to me many years ago by an ex-yoga teacher. You breathe in slowly for the count of 5, hold the breath for the count of 2 and then exhale slowly for the count of 5. It calms your physical system down as well as giving you the mental headspace to think about your response rather than reacting on auto-pilot.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
That my hobby is to sing with a 20 piece Big Band, I love jazz and I love singing swing music. It's the best feeling having 20 musicians playing behind you, feeling the power of the music lift you up and to be able to lose yourself in the song.
How do you spend your free time?
Cuddling my children as much as I possibly can.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
My sofa, where I cuddle my children.
What is your favorite hobby?
See the answer about singing with the big band.
What is something you could do all day and never get tired of it?
Cuddling my children.
If you had only one piece of advice to give what would that be?
Relax, everything is okay, you will be okay, all is well.
Inner growth is an ongoing process and that’s why finding your personal happiness is so important. A great big thank you to Jo Howarth for all she does and more importantly for just being her. For more info on her story check out her full story video.