Mindfulness is crucial for happiness. Mindfulness of the present moment without judgment gets us out of our heads and reconnects us to life as it unfolds before us and as we experience it. Happiness is a present moment emotion and we have to return to the present moment to experience it.
It sometimes feels like it is so hard to avoid feeling down or depressed these days. Between the sad news coming from world headlines, the impact of the ongoing raging pandemic, and the constant negative messages popping up on social and traditional media, it sometimes feels like the entire world is pulling you down. What do you do to feel happiness and joy during these troubled and turbulent times? In this interview series called “Finding Happiness and Joy During Turbulent Times” we are talking to experts, authors, and mental health professionals who share lessons from their research or experience about “How To Find Happiness and Joy During Troubled & Turbulent Times”.
As a part of this series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kimberly Dwyer.
Dr. Dwyer is a clinical psychologist, business consultant, and author in Denver, Colorado. She specializes in using mindfulness based interventions to help her clients with anxiety, stress, and with managing life transitions and changes. Her books explore mindfulness and business entrepreneurial topics, and she write picture books that help children with emotion processing.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive into the main focus of our interview, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood backstory?
Sure. I am the oldest of four children and grew up mostly on the east coast of the US but have lived all over the country including the Midwest, south, and now mountain-west, as well as living for a few years in Europe as a teenager.