Podcast 104: The Heart of Generosity

Maura in Assisi Happy“The heart that gives, gathers.”

~ Tao Te Ching

We define generosity through a narrow lens, but it’s a larger concept worthy of reflection.

Generosity is nobility of thought or behavior, the disposition to deliver gifts, entertainment, hospitality or other benefits. Generosity also encompasses our forgiving and gracious attitudes.

In short, generosity reflects the inner self: expansive thoughts, ample intentions and general feelings of unselfishness. As we connect with our liberality of heart, generosity spills over into every aspect of our life.

Musing about the topic, I’m reminded of two members of my extended family: Aunt Helen and Uncle Joe Bernadino. Though Uncle Joe passed a few years ago and, at 96, Aunt Helen is now feeble, this pint-sized couple personified generosity.

They enriched my life and the lives of many others, too.

Maura Sweeney in Foundations of Happiness“It’s a good thing we were thrifty; we didn’t know we’d live this long.”

~ Aunt Helen

The Bernadinos weren’t wealthy by ordinary standards, but they abounded in the wealth of generosity. Born in the earlier part of the 1900’s, the couple brought gusto, giving and a sense of humor with them as they aged.

Classmates in elementary school, their lives took different turns. Uncle Joe left school at age 12 and helped with the family’s trucking business during the Great Depression. Aunt Helen graduated from high school and finished second in her class at Manhattan’s tony Katherine Gibbs.

Divorces on both sides brought the unlikely pair together and they married in their late forties. Though carrying private sorrows, including the death of Aunt Helen’s youngest son, the couple exuded generosity in various ways.

My earliest recollections include the two bringing dinner to my family on Friday nights when we’d drive down to our house at the New Jersey shore. Armed with her apron, Aunt Helen greeted us first. Uncle Joe lumbered behind, carrying a giant pot of “gravy” for “macaroni” dinner.

When my husband and I moved to Florida, the Bernadinos became common — and welcome — fixtures. Their first visit was brief, but meaningful, as Aunt Helen and Uncle Joe insisted on helping us rake fallen leaves in our yard.

Maura Sweeney in Foundations of HappinessLife Enrichment from the Generous

The Bernadinos’ generosity of spirit imprinted their lives upon us in diverse ways.

Aunt Helen offered to prepare dinner on their first visit, but I proudly informed her I was cooking.

“What are you sauteing those chicken breasts in?” she asked me, peering into my fry pan an hour later.

“Water,” I responded.

“Water?” she bellowed, appalled that good chicken could be treated so poorly. “Put some fat in there or you’ll have no taste!”

Aunt Helen was bold and audacious, but never bossy.

Two days later, she stepped into our garage, flapping a white undergarment in the air.

“Something is wrong with your dryer,” she announced. “Look at my girdle! It’s been spinning on high for an hour and it’s still wet.”

Uncle Joe’s handyman skills came to the rescue. Within minutes, Aunt Helen returned, this time displaying what looked like a massive pillow. “Uncle Joe pulled this out of your dryer. When’s the last time you cleaned out the lint remover?”

I didn’t know I had a lint remover, but I was spared a future broken dryer.

Maura Sweeney in Foundations of HappinessThe Bernadinos visited us nearly every year, taking up short-term winter residence in each of our successive homes. Aunt Helen presided over the kitchen and lovingly prepared her home made soups and “gravies”. Retired from his garbage collection business, Uncle Joe took charge of the trash, binding, compressing and recycling like a professional.

Though adept at my corporate job, I was deficient in domestic skills. Aunt Helen delighted in teaching me her recipes and supervised my progress like a proud master chef.

Uncle Joe introduced us to his cousin “Dolly” who lived in our area who would drop by for lunch, laughs and delivery of her exceptionally light cheesecake. The Bernadinos loved when company arrived at our home and even joined us on outings.

“What do your friends want with us oldies?” Aunt Helen would laugh just before jumping into our car with Uncle Joe. Friends remember them fondly, reminiscing about Uncle Joe’s easy jokes and Aunt Helen’s lack of filter: “You’re 35? How come you’re not married yet?”

Mostly, however, friends remain touched by the genuine interest Aunt Helen and Uncle Joe took in their lives.

The last time I visited the couple at their New Jersey condo, Uncle Joe was losing his sight but pointed proudly to a plaque on the wall.

“Remember that?”

I’d forgotten.

Heralding back to the early 1990’s, the inscription read Honorary Award for Culinary Excellence, Presented to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bernadino. Following an awards night highlighted by music and entertainment, members of my staff called Aunt Helen and Uncle Joe to the platform to receive the plaque of appreciation.

The honorary plaque found its genesis when Aunt Helen and Uncle Joe learned I was hosting a celebratory gala for my staff. “Why pay caterers when you can have us do the cooking for you?” they protested.  The result was a fabulous feast for an appreciative corporate gathering.

Years later, what remained for the Bernadinos was the joyous knowledge of having contributed something of their souls to a group of young people.

Whatever you’re capable of doing, giving or sharing, never underestimate the power and happiness that arises from generosity. 

Listen here to Podcast 104: Are You Generous?

Maura Sweeney in Foundations of HappinessFor additional resources on thinking generously:

Meet Aunt Helen and Uncle Joe in this video entitled, Who Says You Can’t Live?

A video entitled, Love Letters

My cemetery video entitled, Honoring Others Now

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Podcast 103: Creating Our Own Culture

ateam“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself — at least once — encased in a vacuum desperately crying out for culture!

We rarely use the word culture in its more traditional sense, but it’s worth bringing up today.

As our larger society flounders amid strife, confusion and a lack of common vision, culture can be a heady term to recall. We can revive its aroma and redeploy its presence, creating greater happiness in our personal lives and in the world beyond.

Think of culture as the beliefs, behaviors, customs, arts, etc., of a society, place, or even time. When employed at its best, culture is the atmosphere of collective thought that energizes people to improve themselves from within while creating progressively positive outcomes that benefit all.

Maura Sweeney in Foundations of HappinessDefault Mindlessness v. Culture Creation

Ever consider the movies, TV shows, advertisements or even news reports we watch? Most of us grow familiar with presiding ideas and opinions and begin to consider them our own.

It’s easy to fall into default mode. Assimilating into familiar atmospheres, we descend into social, intellectual and even emotional slumber. Rather than awakening to our own sense of what’s better, brighter or even happier, we surrender to prevailing ideas and behaviors.

Few of us realize that the power to create and improve culture lies within us.

With mindfulness and good intentions, we can help cure what exists in destructive or damaging cultures and serve as catalysts to spiral them back up again. Whether it’s in our family, school, office or community environment, we can insert new ideas, inspire creativity, contribute talents or merely exude a healing presence.

Maura Sweeney in Foundations of HappinessMy Foray into Culture Creation

Musing recently, I was brought back to earlier times when culture proved important for me and my well-being. At 17, I remember realizing how important it was for me to choose a college whose culture would help me grow into healthy adulthood.

But I also recalled the flip side, the first time I needed to create a culture rather than absorb myself into an existing one.

The photo above captures that story. I’m the 27-year-old Branch Manager smiling broadly in the center of six, equally smiling, colleagues. Joined by our seven significant others as guests, we were celebrating a week’s vacation aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise, courtesy of our Chicago-based corporate employer.

Though guests of honor, others on the ship, including top executives, were unaware of our past.

Less than two years earlier, we were orphaned sales reps at a newly installed Florida field office. With barely three months on the job, our manager received a promotion and left me behind to fill his very experienced shoes.

Personal crises can wake us up, and this one did so for me. Tasked with navigating a future for our fledgling sales office, I needed to cultivate a winning culture — even though I couldn’t imagine one!

Combining desperation and grit, I swallowed my fears and stepped into a leadership role that mostly everyone in the office wanted – except me. From a business perspective, we lacked brand awareness. Our company also carried the distinction of charging some of the highest prices in the marketplace.

On the personal side, I faced peer pressure as fellow employees ignored me during sales meetings. A top producing rep told me she resented my getting the manager’s job and decided to quit. But saddled with a new mortgage at home and determined to forge forward in a quest that could benefit us all, I cultivated my own sense of culture. Over time, my leadership skills developed as I encouraged and promoted the talents and contributions of others.

Accepting the Chairman’s Award in 1986, I was thrilled to have three sales reps, two major account managers, and a sales manager I’d promoted into my previous position with me from our office. Though several staff members remained behind, we knew our individual and collective success was felt and shared by all.

I may have launched the culture, but others contributed to our winning dynamic. Together, we’d created excellence in a positive, fun-filled and supportive environment.

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Seeing ourselves as culture creators, we can all become living beacons to others.

Through purposeful intentions, we can exercise our better selves to model, support and benefit the greater community. Specifically, we can give more of ourselves for the greater good, engaging dormant talents and infusing innovative solutions to what’s presently plaguing our popular psyche.

Whether you awaken through personal crisis like me or merely perceive lack in a cultural vacuum, you can do your part to create a finer culture.

As you become a culture creator, plan to discover greater purpose, satisfaction and a bit more joy in life, too!

Listen here or click the bar below to hear Podcast 104: Are You Creating Culture?

Maura Sweeney in Foundations of HappinessFor additional resources on what it takes to create your own culture:

My Mothers’ Day Video entitled, The Song of Your Life.

My video from the U.S. Naval Academy entitled, Rites of Passage.

My blog and video with TV butler Charles MacPherson entitled, Nobility of Service.

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Podcast 102: Following the Essence of Your Life

neighborhoodfriends_fotor“Friends are the siblings God never gave us.”

~ Mencius

Our life, our happiness and the very font of our desires are discovered and displayed as we connect with our personal essence.

For those seeking greater happiness but have never thought about their own essence, consider the concept now.

Essence is described as the quality or qualities of a thing that give it identity. It relates to something spiritual rather than tangible and feels something akin to one’s unique aroma or scent. The ancient roots of essence find their meaning in the Latin word esse, meaning, simply, to be.

In a chaotic world consumed by externalization — busyness at work, frenzied commitments, conflicts on all sides — it’s easy to lose touch with our simple state of being. Not surprisingly, it’s that inner being the leads us to the essence of our life and the source of our joy and satisfaction.

Maura Sweeney in Foundations of HappinessFinding Our Essence

Searching for a photo that captured my own essence, the above image immediately came to mind. That’s me third from the left, a smiling preschooler standing with excitement among neighborhood friends and my younger brother.

As I look back to my earliest years, it’s easy for me to connect with my essence. I felt most joyful, most alive and at my most natural when surrounded by other people. Playing in our neighborhood cul-de-sac with friends was golden, going to kindergarten to meet new classmates, and attending large family gatherings filled my heart with an inner sunshine. Daydreaming about meeting friends from other parts of the world also filled me with wonder; for me, there material replacements could not compare with being in the presence others.

The words of ancient Chinese philosopher Mencius in the above quote captures the essence of who I am. I see others as distant relatives or, more specifically, as siblings God never gave me. Whether writing, speaking, engaging with or interviewing others, everything I do today finds its source and inspiration from that simple essence.

If you’ve been feeling empty, exhausted or dis-spirited, I hope you listen in to my latest podcast. In it, I talk more about essence and offer a few ways in which you can access your own!

Click the bar below or right here to listen to podcast 102: Following the Essence of Your Life.

Find and follow your own essence and, in doing so, discover your own breath of happiness and life!

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Podcast 101: Be Your Own Kind of Cookie

unnamed“All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.” 

~ John Stuart Mill

You don’t have to come from the “cookie cutter generation” to appreciate this most recent, lighthearted podcast. Anyone who has been conformed to a mass-produced, prefabricated shape — whether via occupation, lifestyle or mindset — knows what it means to feel like a copy rather than an inspired original.

Cookies provide a great analogy for life.

As humans, we’re all part of the same batter. In typical fashion, we’ve also been carved out and patterned in specific ways. For example, we’re defined and codified by our respective outer worlds that include our religious, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds.

As children, we each possessed a bit of sparkle, a natural sense of originality. There was a “more” factor within us desiring to be expressed and experienced!

Somehow, the conforming factors and experts in our sub-societies knew better. And we complied and conformed ourselves to fit in.

By the time we grew up, we forgot about our inner selves. We were no longer mindful of the untapped parts of us that could give place to those individual leanings, talents and ideas. We settled into familiar comfort zones and turned into copies of our environment rather than original versions of ourselves.

We’ve left unbaked parts of our personalities and brilliance in our proverbial kitchen.

If you’ve ever wanted to step out of conformity or exercise a bit more creativity in life, I hope you’ll enjoy this easy listening podcast. In it, you’ll be introduced to my zumba instructor Debbie Rivas and to Tampa author Brenda Martin. They are two women whose lives have continued to evolve over time and who are happy being their own kind of cookie today!

Click here or on the bar below for Podcast 101: Be Your Own Kind of Cookie.

  Be inspired to decorate your own life with originality and discover a savor and flavor bringing you extra happiness from the inside – out!

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Over the Rainbow to Happiness

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Want to be happier in life?

Step over the rainbow.

If you’re wondering how to take this metaphorical leap, consider two synergistically inspiring items from legendary singer and actress Judy Garland.

The first is her above quote which makes a case for authenticity. The other is her unforgettable performance singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

Garland’s quote and song convey the same message: a happier and loftier life experience awaits us as we step out and over our proverbial rainbow.

But how to do it?

We do it by taking a quantum leap and acting upon a belief system that lies within.

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Early Aspirations v. Conformity to an “Adult” World

Can you remember yourself  as a youngster? Back then, you effortlessly connected with the enlightened belief in a brilliant and benevolent world. It was easy to trust in the beauties of a sublime life; childhood innocence needs little prompting to be drawn into the finer attributes of goodness.

Over time, however, many childhood dreams were forced to fade. They were programmed to submit to wearisome ideas, to surrender to voices appealing to “grown up” reasoning.

We’ve ultimately conceded our aspirations, lost much of our natural joy and adapted ourselves to a lesser world. It’s no wonder that societal norms have turned our previously magnanimous hearts into darkened shadows of a defeated, if unwitting, prey.

We’ve been beaten down by naysayers who already succumbed to mediocrity and unwittingly convinced us to do the same. We’ve also been daunted and taunted by demigods laying claim to their rarefied spaces in the world. Rather than welcoming innovative ideas or new contributors, they’ve guarded their positions. So human hearts have sunk as faulty power structures remained intact, unquestioned and unchallenged.

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Serving the Status Quo v. Stepping into the Bigger Self

Serving the status quo contributes to a state of unhappiness. It stifles our soul, quenches our hope and denies us the dawning of a brighter and more abundant life today.

We can remain within the these limiting frontiers or launch out to the inner — and outer — experience of pioneering growth. We can answer the call for more when it beckons us to cross over the rainbow.

Perhaps you’ve been moved by Judy Garland’s Dorothy character in The Wizard of Oz. Your inner hopes for happiness and self-manifestation cannot be fully extinguished. Like her, you’ve refused to accept the limiting perspective presented by a fearful, dark and lackluster world and you feel destined to experience more.

Serving the status quo versus stepping out is a life story to be played out by us all.

As moviegoers, we can smile in assent as the young Dorothy returns to the wonderful and beloved world she once left behind. We remind ourselves while watching, “See! I knew she would eventually return beyond the rainbow, back to her heart’s true home.”

What we should also discover is that Dorothy’s journey over the rainbow and on her way back home tells everyone’s tale of personal growth and enrichment. Her story provides the universal parable of our belief in the unseen and our faith in the eternal paradise of the heart.

At the film’s beginning, Judy Garland’s young Dorothy character is prayerfully singing about traveling “somewhere” over the rainbow. She can’t lay physical claim to it, but her heart knows the veracity of that elusive place.

Watching Garland’s character, we learn the “how to’s” of a return home to our greater heart space. We observe Dorothy activate her courage, leverage her wits, develop new relationships and confront the curtains of presumptive authority. In facing the fiery trials of doubts and fears, Dorothy tests her own mettle and presses ever forward in her inner belief.

Eventually, the tentative, perplexed and childish Dorothy matures and metamorphoses into a first rate version of her grander self.

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Making Your Personal Leap

Watching the purposed character in Oz, we’re not to know exactly how Dorothy leaps across a rainbow to reach the bigger dream burning in her heart. We’re never quite sure of the exact deed she did or the moment when she transcended the last daunting thought poised to tame her emboldened spirit.

Yet, inwardly, we understand how Dorothy’s quest to return to a superior and loving society eventually becomes her new experience. It’s the process, rather than the details, that transformed her dreams to reality. And it’s the emboldened spirit that prompted a first rate version of her character to manifest.

We are all a microcosm of Judy Garland’s quote calling forth our truer self.

Inwardly, our hearts still aspire. We yearn for the fuller life our childlike imaginations prepared for us. Our spirits, in truth, don’t want to settle for second-rate versions of ourselves.

But a personal leap of faith is required to embody Judy Garland’s Dorothy character. We must step out to “un-do” our acquired trainings and beliefs. We must intentionally pierce through our tangled labyrinth of social, mental and emotional barriers.

We know our personal happiness and first-rate self awaits each of us Somewhere, Over the Rainbow. Here’s your personal reminder:

Best wishes for happiness as you step over the rainbow and claim a first rate version of yourself, too! 

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Podcast 100: What if We Didn’t Need Money to Live?

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“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Do we really need money to live?

Have we substituted money for our true wealth, what American essayist Henry David Thoreau describes as the ability to fully experience life?

The question has often piqued my curiosity and prompted my 100th podcast.

If money were the final arbiter to an abundant life, wouldn’t those with the largest sums of it would be legendary? They’d claim the best health and longevity; the greatest joys from personal pursuits; the happiest marriages and relationships; and the highest levels of peace and well-being.

But they don’t.

Admittedly, money is a necessary vehicle of exchange that provides us with access to clothing, shelter and transportation. Money can connect us with lots of good things, but it has hardly lived up to its reputation for delivering us true wealth.

Maura Sweeney in Foundations of HappinessComparative Life Stories

Growing up in the late ’60s, I discovered the hypnotic properties of money as a substitute for self worth. I also learned something about true wealth.

A seminal event occurred when a relative drove up to our house one day in his “new” used car. He, his wife and their four growing children clumsily crept out of a squared-off, dark brown vehicle that could have served as side car to a German military tank.

Back then, our Made-in-America world was typified by Detroit’s popular, sleek and aesthetically designed automobiles. So I wondered where such an old and unattractive relic came from.

An awkward moment arose when we stepped outside to inspect this curious vehicle known as a Mercedes. I knew that a family-sized station wagon or a sumptuous new Cadillac would have garnered legitimate raves. Instead, any genuine praise was replaced by odd talk about the car’s sturdiness and longevity.

It wasn’t until I discovered this foreign car was known for its expensive sticker price that my confusion turned to clarity: my uncle had purchased his over-priced elephant to impress other people. He needed an expensive foreign car to compensate for an obvious deficit in self-worth.

The event served as my first lesson in money being used as replacement for abundance. Fortunately, I would come away with other lessons.

Wealth Without Much Money

Some of my happiest — and richest — memories arose through my childhood friendship with Phyllis Fritzlo. The Fritzlos lived a few houses away from us in a ground floor apartment of a modest, 2-family home. Phyllis’ mother didn’t drive and her dad drove an older model car. Mr. Fritzlo was a handsome, outgoing and jovial family man who worked as truck driver or laborer in New York’s garment industry. He loved bringing dresses home from the factory and gushed over his two daughters’ beauty as they modeled their new clothes.

The Fritzlos were hardly awash in cash but their happiness, hospitality and family wealth are unforgettable to me.

Favorite memories include sitting around their kitchen table after school, all of us in rapt conversation. The Fritzlos welcomed company of all ages, including us kids. Most legendary was the Fritzlo brand of homemade spaghetti sauce. I loved watching Mr. Fritzlo cook up an impromptu sauce by crushing fresh tomatoes grown in the family’s backyard.

Another abundantly happy day took place in late Spring of 1967. It marked Phyllis’s 9th birthday and several of us girls were invited to join her and her dad for a special trip to New York City. Six of us girls jumped on a bus, buzzed through the Lincoln Tunnel and emerged in Times Square. We walked around in the warm sunshine feeling quite special. The highlight of our day was sitting down for pizza at one of New York’s many pizza parlors. In magical fashion, music from the Young Rascals pop hit Groovin’ (on a Sunday Afternoon) wafted through the pizza parlor’s speakers.

Mr. Fritzlo’s monetary outlay that day was likely nominal but the experience was priceless to me and probably for the other girls, too.

Maura Sweeney in Foundations of HappinessWhen Money Isn’t Delivering You Life’s Riches

If money isn’t delivering us all of the things we really want in life, why do we continue to bestow upon it such undue power, awe and respect?

We’re all to blame for this socially mis-engineered condition.

We’ve fallen prey to the belief that we need money to live. We’ve allowed money to rule over our value systems, our institutions and even our critical life decisions. But when the value of money is placed above the worth of our very lives, we feel the opposite of wealthy. We feel devalued, underappreciated and even drained of energy and joy.

If you have ever pondered why money carries such an overwhelming importance in our lives and decision-making processes, I hope you listen in to my 100th milestone podcast.

If you’ve ever blamed others for compromising themselves to money or have condemned yourself for doing the same, you should find some uplift. Regardless of past or current circumstances, we can all make room for small adjustments that deliver us wealthier lifestyles.

Then, listen in to author and tiny house celebrity Felice Cohen who shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

Listen here or click on the bar below for Podcast 100: What if you didn’t need money to live?

May you get happier discovering ways to live without the burdens of money and find fresh inspiration to create a truly richer life of your own! 


Maura Sweeney in Foundations of HappinessFor additional resources:

One of my first videos entitled, The Money Gate.

Results from my World Happiness Survey spotlighting what we really want in life.

Download my free book of Favorite Happiness Quotes.

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Podcast 099: Can You Learn from Bad Examples?

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What are you doing with bad examples? 

We’ve all experienced at least one bad example in life.

These poor examples can show up as parents, teachers, bosses or other personalities we might have otherwise hoped to emulate. Their negative effects often remain with us, sometimes long after those relationships have expired!

In this podcast, I share two bad examples from my own life and discuss how the difficulties I experienced were ultimately used for good.

We’ll examine why certain people we’ve expected better from flounder in their own frailties. And we’ll also consider how to become beneficiaries of things we’ve learned from the errors of others.

If you have struggled with bad examples in life or ever felt like a victim, this is an empowering and thought-provoking podcast. Expect it to help you move forward in life as you change your perceptions, create new intentions and make a choice for inner happiness.

Then, listen in to Frederic Bye from Montreal, Canada as he shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.

Click here for Podcast 099 Can You Learn from Bad Examples, or listen below along the audio bar.

Start living with more power and happiness as you turn your bad examples into something good! 

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Podcast 098: Have You Discovered the Beauty of You?

Be-YOU-tifulHave you been hiding your own beauty?

Beauty is more than skin deep and it can manifest itself in limitless ways.

Whether you realize it or not, beauty is waiting to be discovered in you!

We often limit our ideas on this topic, defining beauty into narrow categories that restrict our awareness of it and obscure its wide spectrum of possibilities. However, the deeper and more esoteric definitions of the word far exceed our imagination. In fact, these broader definitions beg us to disclose beauty in new forms and modes of expression.

Join me in this podcast as we take a look at the fuller definitions of beauty. You’ll be inspired to broaden your notions on the subject and stop perceiving it — and yourself — through the limiting lens of your traditional five senses.

Come away with an increased sense of self-appreciation and the expectation of what’s yet to be manifested of true and lasting beauty — in and through you!

If you’re on a path to happiness from within, you’ll find this to be an empowering podcast. As you consider its implications, you’ll also discover how disclosing your own beauty will help improve and inspire the lives of those around you.

Listen here to Podcast 098: Have You Discovered the Beauty of You? 

Then, listen to fellow podcaster Jody Flynn as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


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For additional resources, consider the following:

Video entitled, You and Your New York Times Headline. 

Video entitled, Defining and Redefining You.

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Podcast 097: Is Your Silence Golden?

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There’s an old adage known as “Silence is Golden” and it forms the inspiration for my latest podcast.  

Are you choosing when to speak and when to be silent, too?

In this podcast, we explore the “silence is golden” adage that dates way back to the early Egyptians. Using a bit of observation with life scenarios that are common to us all, I invite listeners to discover new ways we can inject peace into our lives and the lives of others, too.

Enjoy this inspiring self-empowerment podcast episode 097 entitled, Is Your Silence Golden? As you tune in, allow it to remind you of your own power to positively influence your peace and that of the world around you.

Then, listen in as Helena from Bosnia & Herzegovina shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out.

Enjoy your speech, and enjoy the golden goodness of your silence, too! 

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Podcast 096: What Are You Giving Your Power To?

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Have you been giving away your power?

Perhaps it’s time to start investing your energies where they matter to you!

In a world often caught up in the 24/7 news cycle that draws us into anger, polarity, defensiveness and aggression, we can unknowingly allow our own batteries to drain. The power of our inner light, creativity and happiness depletes as we give it away to these lower energies.

But we can also turn the tide and refuel ourselves by changing our focus. Specifically, we can choose to invest our energies in vital, uplifting and productive pursuits that re-energize ourselves and those around us.

In this podcast, we explore how you can become a regenerating source.

Rather than continually draining yourself with negative news presented by others, consider creating some positive experiences of your own. If you’ve needed some good news and a recharge to your spirit, today’s podcast will provide you with a transformative and life-affirming message.

You can be a source to create your own happiness – from the inside out!

Then, listen as Christy James, a professor at Liberty University, shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

Click here or listen on the bar below to Podcast 096: What Are You Giving Your Power To?

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For another resource, check out my video from Philadelphia entitled, Imagination.

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