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Canada’s Queen of Happiness
This week on Talk Recovery Radio we speak with Cheri Nichol, author of “Flow with your CHO”
Cheri Nicole is the author of the book “Flow with your CHO” CHO stands for Chief Happiness Officer, it a medium she has chosen to share her happiness message and spread happy. Her book helps individuals to find their guide to be happy and to live happy. A part of Cheri’s decision to write the book is the fact that she grew up with people in her life that were musicians who had passion for what they loved to do, and she realized that she was a generalist. Cheri was asked about the question “Are you happy” and do people need to be happy all the time and is it realistic, she mentioned how some people it is common and a human condition to focus on the negative a little bit and when it comes to our mental health a lot of the exposure under the sheets of creating a lot of negative.
When asked if it is a simple choice to be happy Cheri responded by saying “I think it’s a simple choice to be happy”. What comes with being happy is honesty and being honest about what makes you happy as a person. Humans have become so externally driven that many people focus of success of people on reality TV and picking a part what a happy life is and what isn’t a happy life. Cheri touched on speaking about addiction and how that is related with happiness and other feelings you can get with recovery or addiction. Loneliness does not mean happiness and she really believe when you are trying to achieve recovery from addiction you need to put yourself out there and be seen of someone who needs help.
Happiness is more than just a feeling and also an innate intelligence. Cheri says Happiness comes from within and is a right to entitlement for every individual. Happiness isn’t privy to age, gender, race, religion or situation. Happiness is an internal flow that you can ride in the moment or embrace as a lifestyle. Either way, happiness is a choice that happens in an instant and can last a lifetime.
Happiness has always been subjective, personal and private. Now, it’s screaming out loud for attention. After four decades of aggressively toiling, building and ‘progressing’, it seems that many are experiencing the material and the money but not necessarily the happy that was expected to go with it. Once upon a time we could take happiness for granted. Now, to get happy you may have to focus on happy if you have any hope of experiencing it.
Happiness is good for your health, your relationships and your spirit. It’s a natural source of strength, power and longevity. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had crappy caregivers, friends, bosses, acquaintances or experiences – anybody can choose to be happy. If you love with passion, you will hurt with passion. If you’ve endured great suffering, you can experience great joy. Ask the many who have suffered grave adversity and are now living happy.
Every individual is a Chief Happiness Officer (CHO). You are the CHO of your own self. The CHO is the livelihood and happy that resides within you. It’s the happy you are wired to experience. The CHO is a concept we will utilize to relay happiness messages and to promote the happy and the positive!
Luckily, we’ve learned a lot that’s positive over the last few decades. Flow With Your CHO offers a unique blend of basic psychology, metaphysical laws and energies and widely-accepted spirituality concepts. It aligns the spirit of the individual with the realities of our environment. Flow With Your CHO takes advantage of what we know to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Flow With Your CHO takes you on an intellectual journey of honesty and self-discovery. It invites you to find your personal happy and to embrace your happiness equilibrium – your Chief Happiness Officer (CHO). It’s a mental space and spa that cleanses and rejuvenates your mind to awaken you to living happy. You wouldn’t expect to get physically fit without exercise so why expect to get mentally fit, or happy, if you’re carrying excess mental baggage?
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Addiction, Recovery and Happiness
Once a person with addiction recovers, the common theme is how they went from being miserable every day to being happy, just how does happiness effect those with Substance Use Disorder?
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Personal Story of Overcoming Addiction
This week we hear Sheena M’s story of recovery from addiction.
Sheena has been clean for 13 years, when she got clean she says there was not a lot of young people in the rooms on Narcotics Anonymous and not a lot of woman, explaining everyone looking like Santa Clause. Sheena mentioned how she came to recovery knowing this was not going to work and she was going to prove to her family that getting out of addiction and stopping using drugs was not going work. Sheena thought she was so far gone in addiction that recovery wasn’t tangible for her. Sheena speaks about her last 24 hours in active addiction and what that looked like for her, getting kidnapped, held hostage and getting physically abused.
When Sheena was released from jail she was walking home with blood still on her head at 4 in the morning and sitting on her floor in her apartment knowing that she did not want to live and did not want to die and also did not know how to do either. Sheena started attending 12 step meetings to stop using drugs and she said she would hit people and throw books and chairs in meetings because she did not want to keep hurting.
Sheena moved from Alberta to BC because her Father got clean after she got clean and she wanted to build a relationship with him that she never had. When she came out to BC and started going to meetings she knew that people all around the world in recovery would be willing to help her and she called people in recovery once she landed in BC and felt connected right away as someone took her under her wing and she found a voice and got a life in recovery free from addiction.
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