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Happiness Happens

Jan 11, 2021

Have you ever wanted to find more play in your day, but you just aren’t sure how? This week on the podcast we have Jeff Harry, who shows individuals and companies how to tap into their true selves, to feel their happiest and most fulfilled — all by playing. Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon, and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day.


Jeff is an international speaker who has presented at conferences such as INBOUND, SXSW, and Australia’s Pausefest, showing audiences how major issues in the workplace can be solved using play.  Jeff was selected by BambooHR & Engagedly as one of the Top 100 HR Influencers of 2020 for his organizational development work around dealing with toxic people in the workplace. His play work has most recently been featured in the NY Times article: How Do We Add More Play To Our Grown-Up Life - Even Now. He has also been featured on AJ+, SoulPancake, the SF Chronicle, and CNN. 


While we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grownups, it's when we let go of that facade and just play, that the real magic happens. Fully embracing your own nerdy genius — whatever that is — gives you the power to make a difference and change lives.  Jeff believes that we already have many of the answers we seek, and by simply unleashing our inner child, we can find our purpose and, in turn, help to create a better world.


We spoke about how to find value in what you’re doing every day, but also how to welcome in more play, more joy and more purpose to your actions and intentions.


Jeff shared with us what it’s like working with some of the top companies, and how they leverage play to incite some of the most revolutionary ideas. 


He teaches us that when we tap into what brings us true joy and happiness, we give permission to others to do the same. 


In this episode:


  • What play is 
  • How playing allowed Jeff to work with some of the leading companies in Silicon Valley
  • Steps to navigate toxic people in the workplace
  • Three tips to connect with your inner child and play more
  • How to release expectation around playing 
  • Transforming “shoulds” into what resonates with you through play
  • How companies can integrate more play for employees 




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