We asked some of the happiest folks we know to tell us their secret.

Chris McLeod | Skate Instructor & Project Manager

I’ve grown to realize that freedom is what makes me the happiest. To be free can be interpreted in many different ways for many different people, depends on who you ask and when you ask them. I enjoy the freedom to be who I am unapologetically and to show up wherever with whoever my heart desires without any restrictions. Read more>>

Bridget Sanchez | Therapist & Founder of Latinx Therapist Project

This is one of my favorite topics to discuss. As a mental health therapist and as a person who has mental health conditions, chronic health conditions I have pondered the topic of happiness for many years and feel I have really been able to grasp a good definition of happiness. For me, happiness isn’t simply a good feeling but a sense of intention that comes from moving in the direction of what is important to you and alinging yourself with what matters to you. Read more>>

Ella Livingston | Owner of Cocoa Asante & Speaker

The older I’ve gotten, the more I truly understand that happiness isn’t a place that you arrive at and stay. Happiness is a state of mind that comes and goes in waves. But you can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. The things that bring me happiness are sometimes material: like the flowers my husband buys me despite my notorious reputation for not being able to keep plants alive. Sometimes they are moments: like walking outside and basking in the warm sun and cool breeze. Or taking a nap during the daytime with the windows open and the sun lighting up the space. I’ve learned to prioritize my joy and peace as a means to creating a happy life. Read more>>