Researchers find that achieving happiness typically involves times of considerable discomfort and that much of happiness is under our personal control.  Indulging in small pleasures, getting absorbed in challenging activities, achieving goals and maintaining close social bonds can all increase life satisfaction.


But what if your life has spun out of control?  When all seems lost, can you find your way to happiness from rock bottom?  Our next guest says, "yes".  After a failed marriage was closely followed by the death of his only brother, David Mauro, who suffered from depression, found himself at rock bottom.  That is until he decided to climb a mountain.  David is the author of The Altitude Journals: A Seven-Year Journey From the Lowest Point in My Life to the Highest Point on Earth.  He tells us how he found his way back to happiness after his journey to rock bottom took him to the top of Mt Everest.


Music in this episode is Maree' by Kai Engel under creative commons attribution license.