Episode 7 - Real Happiness and being Awestruck with Jonah Paquette
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Jonah Paquette - Mental Health Training. Clinical Psychologist, and author of "Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace and Well-Being," and "The Happiness Toolbox." 3rd book, “Awestruck,” will be released in 2020, and will focus on the science of awe and wonder

Jonah was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he lived until my early twenties. With much of his family remaining there, and growing up a die-hard Knicks and Yankees fan, it was difficult leaving the Big Apple. But like many people, he felt drawn to the West Coast, where new adventures awaited. After graduating college at Columbia University in 2004, he moved to California to start graduate school at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto. For the next five years, he had the privilege of training in a variety of clinical settings, including VA hospitals, college counseling centers, and community mental health agencies. he also had the good fortune of being mentored by some of the leading psychiatrists and psychologists in the field. 

Although the training Jonah received during these years was invaluable, he couldn't help but feel that there was something missing from mainstream mental health approaches. Namely, there was (and remains) an incredible emphasis on illness, pathology, and suffering. But what about the other side of the coin? During graduate school, he began to supplement my traditional training by learning more about wellness, happiness, and psychological well-being. he stumbled across the burgeoning field of "positive psychology," which studies these topics as well as things like character strengths, virtue, and happiness. This interest soon developed into his passion, and remains so to this day. 

​Today, Jonah wears two hats in his professional life. First, he is the Assistant Regional Director of Mental Health Training at a large HMO in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he helps oversee the mental health training programs across twenty medical centers in Northern California. And secondly, he provide trainings, consultations, and seminars on topics related to wellness, happiness, and reaching your full potential. In 2015, he released his first book, entitled "Real Happiness", a self-help book outlining seven proven paths to happiness and well-being. More recently in 2018, he released by second self-help booked, entitled "The Happiness Toolbox", which provides an array of tools and handouts for both readers and practitioners alike. On June 9, 2020, his third book will be released. Entitled "Awestruck," it will focus on the science of awe and how we can cultivate more awe and wonder in our lives. For further updates and information about Jonah's work In Awe, please visit: https://www.awestruck.us

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