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December 15, 2020 59 min

Happiness. We all want to be happy, but do we know what it really means?  What is happiness and what does it really take to achieve it? What is your definition of happiness?

In today’s society, we often place our happiness on the worth of materialistic things or achievements: the new car, the great career, a promotion, the perfect body.

But true happiness comes from within. We should never feel like we have to chase happiness, because it is within us. Truly knowing yourself on a soul level, speaking your truth, knowing your values, what you stand for, feeling gratitude for your life and the joy of being alive are all things we can think about in our quest for happiness.

On this week’s podcast, I explore this with Irina Melkumyan, breathwork facilitator and coach. We talk about how to discover this happiness that has always been inside of us, and why so many people find it so hard to do so. Irina believes that humans all have a few simple emotional needs, and that is to feel loved, valued and noticed. Using breathwork as a tool, Irina has made it her mission to create a safe space for people to go on a journey guided by their own breath and find the answers within themselves while feeling loved and noticed.

"As long as you define happiness outside of you,  you will not be happy."

"Comparing yourself to others dilutes your happiness."

"The beauty is in the journey, not the destination, it's in the becoming."

More about Irina Melkumyan:

Irina has spent  years studying the human mind, awareness and the power of breath. Today Irina practices breathwork every day and devotes her time leading people in groups and one on one journeys through breathwork.

Outside of leading breathworks,  Irina also helps entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses. Irina Melkumyan is an Entertainment Banking Relationship Manager working directly with clients to proactively manage and develop their business and personal banking relationships while providing tailored financial advice. She maintains a high level of trust and acts as a consultant to her clients. 

Irina  is also actively involved in the community. She has been working with St. Baldrick’s Foundation since 2014, using her voice and skills to help raise money and awareness for children with cancer. She is also the Board Chair for the Young Women’s Commission for the SoCal Women’s Conference, she uses her time and energy to educate, mentor, and inspire young entrepreneurs to achieve their goals and dreams authentically.


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