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Are You a Happitalist?

What does happiness and well being mean to you? Are you making decisions daily that maximize your well being? Want to know what you can you do intentionally grow your happiness and well being?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Pete Kirkwood about launching a new podcast and intentional activities you can undertake to living a happier life.

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Meet Pete Kirkwood

Pete Kirkwood earned his BA from Williams College in 1993 and his JD from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1999. Since then, among other things, Pete has been a copywriter, roofer, corporate counsel, co-founder of a global disaster relief nonprofit, and founder of two craft breweries. One of these is The Workshop Brewing Company in Traverse City, Michigan. Pete writes and speaks on the connection between happiness, income, community, and work. In addition to English, Pete speaks Spanish, French, and Thai.

Pete and Joe are launching a podcast together called The Happitalist which is all about exploring the relationship between work, wealth and well being.

Find out more about Pete on Facebook, his Workshop Brewing Company here and here.

You can also find out more about the Happitalist on Facebook.

Pete Kirkwood’s Story

Pete’s always had a conviction that life should revolve around something bigger than economics. So he’s always wondered why, so often, our lives seem to do just that. An itinerant childhood gave him an outsider’s perspective, a legal education refined his analytical bent, running a business tested his worldview, and an obsession with positive psychology and well-being science coalesced these influences. The result is the economic philosophy he calls Happitalism.

In This Podcast


In this episode Joe Sanok speaks with Pete Kirkwood about the origins of the Happitalist podcast. As well as what it means to go after a life of work, wealth and well being.

The Pursuit of The Almighty Dollar

There doesn’t seem to be a direct correlation between how much money people make and how much respect society gives them and how happy a life they have.

Pete found this to be quite curious since all of us seem to spend most of our time working on gaining material possessions, wealth and social status.

Intentional Activities To Grow Your Well Being and Happiness

One of the most intentional activities you can undertake is forgiveness.

This doesn’t mean being a pushover, it’s just recognizing that forgiving people who have wronged you or who you perceived to have wronged you is not a gift you’re giving them, it’s a gift you are giving yourself.

Acts of kindness, undertaking challenges and learning new skills also allows you to experience an immense boost in your own well being.

Building stronger relationships with family and friends are also right up there with contributing to your happiness.

The World is Getting Better

So many measures of the human well being are improving around the world, it is really reassuring at a time when our own personal experience sometimes feel like it contradicts that.

Have a look at this: 23 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better.

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Meet Joe Sanok

private practice consultant

Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.





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