Earlier this year, in our 90 Days to a Happier You challenge, five members of the Live Happy team learned how to sleep better, worry less, set bigger goals, improve communications and unplug from work. Now the two winners of our Happiness Makeover essay contest will enjoy the same expert coaching that helped us turn our lives around.
Joann Germain recently left active-duty service in the United States Air Force after 14 years to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons, ages 1 and 10. She wrote that she’s “an over thinker” and that “toxic and negative thoughts” keep her awake at night.
“I’d be a much happier version of me,” she says, “if I could learn how to remove these toxic and negative thoughts and shut my brain off.” For the next three months, Joann will be coached by board-certified sleep specialist Michael Breus on how to move from an overactive mind to a slumbering one, with relaxation practices and other tools.
Kelsi Inge is a mother of five children, ranging from 10 months to 9 years old, and a marketing entrepreneur. Trying to balance the demands of work and family while attempting to maintain a healthy body, Kelsi told us, leads to a pileup of stress and guilt that leaves her exhausted and unhappy. It doesn’t help, Kelsi admits, that she finds herself spending “way too long” on social media.
“I believe that to bring peace and happiness into my life I would greatly benefit from coaching from Christine Carter,” she wrote. “I would have new methods on how to truly delegate my time between family and work. My kids would have a more engaged mother, which in turn would make everyone happier.” Kelsi will have the perfect guide in Christine, a sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work. She’s an expert in helping busy people learn how to live in the zone, the place where you have the greatest strength and the greatest ease.
You don’t have to be a contest winner to take advantage of the wisdom of our happiness makeover squad. We’ve collected their blog posts, podcasts and links to their websites and books on our 90 Days home base.