ABOUT THE PATH TO HAPPINESS
The Path to Happiness is designed to help you:
- Look at what is blocking your happiness and learn how to use the Path to Happiness technique to remove these blocks
- Explore your emotions and expand your ability to manage them
- Learn what you control in relationships and what you don’t
- Uncover your deepest values, and discover ways to use those values to make your life choices
- Practice mindfulness
- Learn what you can change and stop trying to change the things you can’t
- Explore what psychology knows about happiness – what truly leads to greater joy and serenity and how to cultivate those attitudes and practices
ABOUT FOUNDER AND CHIEF HAPPINESS ADVOCATE, MOLLY L. STRANAHAN, PSY.D.
Molly loves sharing what psychology knows about the choices we can make to live happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives. She earned a doctorate in psychology from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology in 1996 and in 2013 earned a Certificate in Positive Psychology from Kripalu, a nine-month course taught by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. In 2006-2007 she was a member of Dr. Robert Gass’ year-long Art of Change program which trained personal and organizational consultants to teach transformational social change.
Besides being the Chief Happiness Advocate for the Path to Happiness, Molly has been teaching workshops at the Miraval Spa in Tucson including a three-and-a-half day Path to Happiness at Miraval and a weekly session on The Path to Peace About Money since 2012.
Molly recalls the origins of the Path to Happiness:
While I was in graduate school, I became interested in exploring ways to share what psychology knows about improving our lives and functioning outside of the therapy room. I was inspired by the opportunity to assist one of my professors in presenting stress management programs for corporations through the Rutgers Center for Applied Psychology.
Under the current medical model for delivering psychological services, clients receive a diagnosis and are treated. I prefer to think of our distress as being caused by having learned coping methods that no longer work for us, or don’t help us achieve what we desire, and I focus on teaching people how to change themselves. This approach moves the focus from “what is wrong with me” to “what can I do to be happier and healthier?” and respects that each of us is different. It focuses on empowering people through knowledge and coaching. It expands stress management to life-enhancement.
In 2002, in preparation for co-leading The Summer Institute personal growth program, I re-read Barry Neil Kaufman’s book Happiness Is a Choice. The success of the program that resulted inspired me to develop The Path to Happiness workshop program. The Path to Happiness philosophy and program is based on cognitive-behavioral psychology, positive psychology, mindfulness practices, research on stress management and a life-time of personal experiences including the Co-Dependents Anonymous 12-Step program and participation in programs at Miraval since 2002.
Molly shares the Path to Happiness by offering:
- Individual sessions by phone and in person
- Workshops and Programs
- Speaking engagements
Molly also presents the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
Molly is trained as a facilitator to present the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, which is an unforgettable four-to six hour experience exploring the greatest issues of our time
The program combines compelling videos of leading experts and contemporary thinkers, combined with thoughtful discussion, and opportunities for future engagement
More about Molly
Molly’s life purpose is to leave the lives of those whose paths have crossed hers a little happier, whether by something they have learned, or a smile she has offered. She cares passionately about using the gifts and resources she has been blessed with in this lifetime to leave the world a better place, with less suffering and more love. Molly believes in the importance of making choices in alignment with our values – both to create the world we want to live in and to increase our contentment and joy in living. Her personal goals are to be loving, nonjudgmental, generous, honest and open, both in person and in her work.
You can visit Molly at her personal site to learn more about her.
CONTACT MOLLY If you have any questions about the Path to Happiness or want to set up a complementary phone conversation, you can email Molly.