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Journey of Joy: Embracing Gratitude in the Now

In this episode of the “Joy of Living” podcast, host Barry Shore and special guest Frank Olivier dive deep into the essence of joy and happiness. Beginning with the profound notion that happiness can be experienced in the present moment, regardless of life’s challenges, Barry and Frank explore the transformative power of gratitude.

Listeners are guided through practical exercises to cultivate gratitude, with a particular focus on a simple yet impactful practice known as the “gratitude rock.” Barry and Frank demonstrate how this tangible symbol can serve as a daily reminder to reflect on moments of gratitude, fostering a deeper connection to joy and contentment.

Through insightful discussions and personal anecdotes, Barry and Frank highlight the importance of embracing the journey of life, finding joy in every moment, and prioritizing gratitude as a pathway to greater happiness. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced practitioner, this episode offers invaluable insights and actionable steps to invite more joy into your life.

Show Notes:

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[01:40] Overview of the Podcast:

  • Barry Shore introduces the podcast’s theme, focusing on three fundamentals: purpose-driven life, making a difference, and uncovering the power of everyday words and terms.

[02:52] Life’s Purpose:

  • Discussion on life’s purpose and leading a purpose-driven life.
  • Introduction to the acronym “NOMAD” (Make a Difference).

[04:15] Uncovering Everyday Secrets:

  • Barry Shore discusses the power of everyday words and terms, using “www” (what a wonderful world) as an example.
  • Emphasis on the importance of seeing miracles in everyday life and maintaining a positive perspective.

[06:30] Personal Story:

  • Barry Shore shares his personal story of facing adversity, being paralyzed, and finding strength through positivity and gratitude.

[08:40] The Importance of Perspective:

  • Discussion on shifting perspective to overcome challenges and embrace gratitude.
  • Introduction to the acronym “CREATE” (Causing Rethinking, Enabling All to Excel).

[11:15] Gratitude and Kindness:

  • Barry Shore emphasizes the importance of expressing gratitude and kindness daily.
  • Introduction to the acronym “THANKS” (To Harmonize And Nurture Kindness).

[13:30] Introduction of Guest – Frank Olivier:

  • Barry Shore introduces Frank Olivier as a master juggler, comedian, and happiness expert.
  • Light-hearted banter between Barry Shore and Frank Olivier.

[15:50] Redefining Happiness:

  • Discussion between Barry Shore and Frank Olivier on redefining happiness as an appreciation for the richness of life, including both highs and lows.

[18:20] The Present Moment:

  • Frank Olivier discusses the significance of living in the present moment and finding happiness in the now.
  • Metaphorical comparison of juggling to life, focusing on the present moment.

[21:10] Living in the Now:

  • Further exploration of living in the present moment and its impact on juggling, entertainment, and enjoyment of life.
  • Encouragement for listeners to embrace the present moment for happiness and fulfillment.

[24:00] Conclusion:

  • Closing remarks by Barry Shore, thanking Frank Olivier and encouraging listeners to find joy and fun in life.
  • Reminder to visit Barry Shore’s website for more content related to Frank Olivier and the podcast.

[30:00] Living in the Present Moment:

  • Barry Shore emphasizes the importance of embracing the present moment.
  • Reiterates that happiness can be experienced without resolving all problems first.
  • Highlights the misconception that happiness comes after solving all problems, whereas inviting happiness in can lead to resolving issues.

[42:15] Understanding Joy:

  • Introduction to the acronym “JOY” (Journey of You) as an exploration of one’s journey and enjoyment of every moment.
  • Acknowledgment of life’s challenges and the universal desire to suffer less and enjoy more.

[43:10] Morning Gratitude Practice:

  • Barry Shore shares a simple gratitude practice for beginners and advanced individuals.
  • Introduces the concept of a “gratitude rock” placed on one’s pillow at night and held to the heart while reflecting on three things to be thankful for each day.

[54:00] Practical Gratitude Exercise:

  • Frank Olivier elaborates on the effectiveness of the gratitude rock practice compared to gratitude journals.
  • Emphasizes the simplicity and tangible nature of the rock, making it easier for consistent practice.

Insider Tips:

Oday joined IBM Consulting as the Global Sustainability leader in August 2023, bringing extensive experience in scaling businesses and a background in management consulting. Before joining IBM, Oday was the Founder & CEO of Better All Round (BAR), a B-Corp certified, innovative, ESG-focused diversified fiber-based business.

Under his leadership, BAR launched Ora Household Towel, a revolutionary product developed from initial concept to market within a year. Prior to launching BAR, Oday worked for over 20 years as a management consultant, starting his career at KPMG before moving to Accenture, where he held various leadership roles. At Accenture, Oday served as Global Head of Media & Entertainment, Global Head of Business Consulting for Communications, Media & High Tech, and Global Go-to-Market Lead of Accenture’s Analytics business.

Throughout his career, Oday has built strong teams and alliances while serving clients worldwide. In addition to his professional achievements, Oday has served as an advisor to several innovative start-ups and as a founding mentor for Henkel X.

Topics Covered:

  • What is generative AI and how can it help scale sustainability?
  • What will it take to bridge the gap between sustainability aspirations and action?
  • What are three things every business leader should know about generative AI?
  • How does generative AI help organizations collaborate better?
  • Where can our listeners go for more information?

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About Frank Olivier

I am Frank Olivier, happiness expert and comedian juggler magician. I have delighted crowds and shared insights with my presentation “Tricks to Happiness” as a theater show and a keynote speaker from coast to coast.

I’ve appeared on TEDx, The Tonight Show, America’s Got Talent and HBO’s Just For Laughs, as well as performing for presidents and royalty. I’ve been hired by companies including Apple, HP, IBM, Charles Schwab, Sysco, Ebay, Franklin Templeton, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and hundreds more.

I’ve been meditating for 50 years, spreading laughter and delight for a living for over 40 years, doing mindfulness practices for 30 years, leading laughter and happiness workshops starting 20 years ago, and I’ve been a teacher of universal Sufism for past 10 years.