Does your personality predict your happiness? According to a recent study, the relationship between happiness and personality is pretty complex! In short, researchers found that while certain personalities and happiness go seamlessly together, we can all leverage certain personality traits to achieve the happiness that we want in life.

This week on INSIDE THE WOONIVERSE, I’m speaking with British psychologist, author and broadcaster Robert Holden, Ph.D. As the author of best-selling books like Happiness Now, Holy Shift and most recently Higher Purpose, Robert is globally known for his innovative work in the field of psychology and spirituality.

In this conversation we speak about the power of positive psychology, the Enneagram system and how to live our highest purpose in life.

In This Episode We Talk About:

  • “I always knew I had important work to do” and feeling the call to serve others at an early age
  • The Shadow of Depression, Alcoholism & PTSD in the family as catalysts for his work in positive psychology & spirituality
  • Where education misses the mark: We didn’t study happiness, purpose, love, meaning, creativity, inspiration… just a focus on ‘suffering’
  • Positive Psychology vs. Mainstream Psychology
  • The Happiness Project on the BBC
  • Our great work as a collective to heal separation 
  • Sustaining yourself with sense of purpose 
  • Using Covid as an invitation to dive into his new book, exploring purpose & resilience 
  • Purpose Anxiety & the fear around not having a purpose 
  • What is the Enneagram? The greatest model for growth & self-awareness
  • The Nine Personality Types & the Ego’s Operating System
  • Colette weighs in on the Enneagram & why it works for her
  • Using the Enneagram to tackle doubt, feeling lost & uncertainty
  • Working with Enneagram on the Dove Beauty Campaign
  • Pull an oracle card with Colette Baron-Reid & Robert Holden!

The Teatime Afterparty!

  • Robert’s Hidden Talent takes Center Stage
  • My 80’s Nervous Rock Band & Earth Wind & Fire
  • Robert’s Spirit Guides & Bear Stearns 
  • British Soccer/Football Superstitions 

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Bonus Content

  • Love + Hamilton Tee-Shirts
  • New Name & Robert vs. Bobby

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