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Luminita D. Saviuc: Give These Things Up To Be Happy

Luminita D. Saviuc talks about the 15 things we need to give up to be happy in episode 4 of the My Instruction Manual Podcast. I also chat with Joelle Anderson, our regular mindfulness contributor and talk about one magical day I spent at the ballpark with my special needs son Bryson.

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Episode 4 Show Notes

We often think about happiness as something that will happen when we reach a goal. But what if happiness isn’t about things we achieve but things we need to give up? I talk to Luminita D. Saviuc about 15 things we should give up to be happy.  I also chat with Joelle Anderson, our regular mindfulness contributor and talk about one magical day I spent at the ballpark with my special needs son Bryson.

[00:00] Welcome and Intro

[00:59] Featured Interview with Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita D. Saviuc is creator of PurposeFairy.com and author of 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy: An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy. The book was based on her blog post 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy. Here’s my review of the book.

  • When she was 10 years old, her father literally set her on fire [2:05]
  • What is happiness? The true essence of who we are.  [6:21]
  • Luminita talks about some of the things we need to give up to be happy including the past and fear [6:55]
  • Here’s the whole list:
  1. Give up the past
  2. Give up your fears
  3. Give up your limiting beliefs
  4. Give up your excuses
  5. Give up your resistance to change
  6. Give up blaming
  7. Give up complaining
  8. Give up the luxury of criticism
  9. Give up living your life according to other people’s expectations
  10. Give up your self defeating self-talk
  11. Give up control
  12. Give up the need to always be right
  13. Give up the need to impress others
  14. Give up labels
  15. Give up attachment
  • What’s wrong with complaining? [10:12]
  • What it was like to suddenly have a post go viral [10:46]
  • Luminita talks about going through her own personal dark night of the soul after gaining fame [12:10]

[15:05] Luminita D. Saviuc’s Instruction Manual

1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy?

  • Start day with prayer
  • Write in journal
  • Workout
  • Meditate

2. What personal development book do you recommend for listeners?

  • Power vs Force by David R. Hawkins. “You will learn so much and it will change you forever.”

3. Favorite inspiration quote

  • “I am worthy. I am enough.”

4. What’s your one guilty pleasure?

  • Travel. “I love to see beauty, capture it and get high on it.”

5. None of us live for ever. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered?

  • Through the love that i had for myself, for humanity, and for the whole world

Where can people connect with Luminita? [20:40]

[21:33] Chat with regular mindfulness contributor Joelle Anderson

Where to find Joelle:

[27:10] Baseball and belonging

This story was based on a blog post I first published in 2015 and updated recently on My instruction Manual. See the post here.

Music is used by permission of the composer Julie Maxwell. She also provides a more limited license under Creative Commons.

[31:42] Closing Words

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One comment

  1. Yes, giving up complaining is the toughest part of acceptance! I come from a long line of world-class complainers. Love how your guest said we have enough control over our lives we don’t need to be complaining.

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