Dr. Oz: What’s the Secret to Happiness?
Dr. Oz wanted to know the secret to happiness, so he asked Pastor Rob Bell to head up his Dr. Oz Happiness Project. Six women accepted the challenge to spend all day in the Dr. Oz Happiness House. Their mission was to confront the question: what does it take to be happy? Each woman has struggled greatly in her life. But three of the women have been able to maintain a positive outlook, in spite of life’s challenges.
Dr. Oz: Unhappy Women Vs. Happy Women
42-year-old Latanya, who overcame the death of her mother and a divorce, said that anyone has the ability to be happy, you just have to choose. 53-year-old Crystal, who lost her job and a beloved nephew, said that happiness is the ability to let go and recognize there’s always another day. 53-year-old Susan, who has lost her mother and job of 26 years, said the way to be happy is to be your authentic self.
But the other three women were unable to move past their personal challenges. Meryl, 54, was recently divorced from her husband of 35 years. She’s scared of being alone. 42-year-old Concheta, a single mother of two, said she expected more from her life than she has. She feels stuck in her life and career. Maryanne, 53, lost her job, lives with chronic pain and feels she has to hide her unhappiness from others.
Dr. Oz: The “Me, Too” Exercise
Pastor Rob Bell came to help the women confront their unhappiness. Pastor Rob led the group through several exercises. The first he called the “Me, Too” exercise. This exercise involved asking the unhappy women to discuss their lives. As they talked about their sources of unhappiness, other women in the room admitted they went through the whole thing.
Maryanne and Susan bonded over their shared age and losing a job. Concheta and Crystal bonded over searching for a job and Meryl and Latanya talked about losing their mothers. Pastor Rob explained this was what he hoped would happen, because when you put people in a room, they’ll realize they’ve been through the same stuff.
Dr. Oz: The “Why?” Lesson
Next, Pastor Rob led them through the “Why?” lesson. This involved him asking the three unhappy women to ask “Why?” so they can get to the truth of their emotions. What “Why?” questions did they have? They asked questions like “Why am I alone?” and “Why do I feel stuck?” and so on. This let the women reach the root of their problems and be able to release those negative emotions.
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