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Adventurer, filmmaker, public speaker and personal coach Thom Dharma Pollard delivers inspirational, intimate and unfiltered Stories That Inspire in each episode. Expert guests discuss their chosen craft and tackle the Big Questions about life's meaning, spiritual inquiry, happiness and self-fulfillment. World class adventurers and NY Times Best-selling authors, leaders in the entertainment industry, musicians and psychologists share insights about living a meaningful life and how they've made their intentions a reality by following the core passion of their hearts. The Happiness Quotient: connected, engaged, passionate people who inspire us.

Adventurer, filmmaker, public speaker and personal coach Thom Dharma Pollard delivers inspirational, intimate and unfiltered Stories That Inspire in each episode. Expert guests discuss their chosen craft and tackle the Big Questions about life's meaning, spiritual inquiry, happiness and self-fulfillment. World class adventurers and NY Times Best-selling authors, leaders in the entertainment industry, musicians and psychologists share insights about living a meaningful life and how they've made their intentions a reality by following the core passion of their hearts. The Happiness Quotient: connected, engaged, passionate people who inspire us.

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Adventurer, filmmaker, public speaker and personal coach Thom Dharma Pollard delivers inspirational, intimate and unfiltered Stories That Inspire in each episode. Expert guests discuss their chosen craft and tackle the Big Questions about life's meaning, spiritual inquiry, happiness and self-fulfillment. World class adventurers and NY Times Best-selling authors, leaders in the entertainment industry, musicians and psychologists share insights about living a meaningful life and how they've made their intentions a reality by following the core passion of their hearts. The Happiness Quotient: connected, engaged, passionate people who inspire us.

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English

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603-733-6184


Episodes

#76 - Mystery, Obsession and Death on Mount Everest, An Interview with NY Times Bestselling Author Mark Synnott About His New Book

4/12/2021
This is an episode about grit, about life and death, about the extremes of human endeavor, how far a human being can possibly go when they put 100% of themselves into something….it’s about heart, friendship…. This episode is set within the backdrop of the greatest mountain on the planet….Mount Everest, Chomolungma, goddess mother of the world….. Today’s episode welcomes back my ever talented friend and expedition partner Mark Synnott in anticipation of the release of his highly regarded...

Duration:01:19:41

#75 - Lessons Learned In Pursuit of Everest, The Genesis of The Search for Sandy Irvine

4/9/2021
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Duration:01:13:17

#74 - Followed By the Ghost of Sandy Irvine While Training for Everest & The Inspiration of My Mentor Bradford Washburn

3/31/2021
This recap episode recounts the inspiration for this podcast coming into existence. While training for Mount Everest in April of 2019, my daily routine would include a strong hike up into Tuckerman or Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, USA. Many times I felt the presence of something, someone. Looking back, I believe that the essence of Sandy Irvine, who disappeared on Mount Everest on June 8 in 1924, was asking for assistance. As our expedition set out to locate Sandy,...

Duration:00:31:36

#73 - 'We Got This' - Timely Sage Advice & Music For Our Times

3/26/2021
Music Soothes the Soul. MUSIC FOR THE SOUL - this is a good one. DAMN good. Highlighting the very best clips from my music interviews on The Happiness Quotient, consider this a Get Stoked for the Weekend or Week or Day or Life starter kit. Each short clip is accompanied by a cut from each of the musician's respective studio albums. Featuring these fine musicians and their tune following: Daniel Donato - Fire On The Mountain Oliver Wood - The Battle Is Over: But War Goes On Mickey...

Duration:00:42:38

#72 - The Soul of Seth Walker, Musician, Author, Poet & Artist's New Book Your Van Is On Fire

3/15/2021
Seth Walker literally dropped out of college to eek every ounce out of his guitar. He grew up in a small commune. Learned to play the cello, guided by his musician parents. When he first heard the sounds of T Bone Walker (no relation), he was hooked on the Blues. Seth has been a touring musician for decades. That is, until Covid shut things down. He said it was as if he was on a spinning, flaming hamster wheel. Covid helped him. Because of it, he found time to write his memoir. If you could...

Duration:01:02:14

#71 - Do NOT Call This The Blues! Interview and Epic Performance with the Legendary Clarence Gatemouth Brown

2/25/2021
The Happiness Quotient #71 The Legend of CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN This episode of the The Happiness Quotient can be found in audio only format at: https://www.buzzsprout.com/268133/8029682 And on YouTube at this address: https://youtu.be/BDXmcezMIwQ Clarence Gatemouth Brown did not want to be known as a bluesman. He called his brand of music "American and World Music, Texas Drive and Swing" In a previous lifetime I was a television reporter for an NBC affiliate in western...

Duration:00:58:09

#70 - Everest Historian Tom Holzel and The Fascinating Mystery of Mallory & Irvine

2/17/2021
What was the fate of famed British mountaineers George Mallory and Sandy Irvine? And were they the first to climb Mount Everest? Today's guest is noted historian and author Tom Holzel to talk about his fifty plus year fascination with solving the mystery of Mallory & Irvine. Mallory and Irvine’s disappearance on Everest on June 8th 1924 has captivated and intrigued generations of mountaineers and would-be sleuths. Did they make it? What happened to them? Tom Holzel has studied this more...

Duration:01:05:51

#69 - I Am Dynamite - How To Be Exceptional

2/11/2021
Inspired by two back-to-back dreams in which I walked and learned from masters of ancient wisdom, I reflect about the teachings of Friedrich Nietzsche. Given the impeachment proceedings taking place in the United States, these dreams and Nietzsche's principles for becoming an exceptional individual are timely and prescient for our future. It's all about individual accountability and becoming greater than oneself. Revolution starts from within. BELOW, PLEASE SEE NIETZSCHE'S PRINCIPLES. I'd...

Duration:00:20:42

#68 - Survival - Inspiration & Hope, Author and Speaker Irene Butter, Survivor of the Holocaust

1/27/2021
This powerful episode revisits an inspiring interview of hope with Holocaust survivor Irene Butter. For the thousands living today who survived that period in history, when the Nazi’s reigned terror around the world and attempted to rid the world of those who they deemed were a threat to their so-called superior race, the memory is a daily experience. Irene, like many, has chosen to honor those who lost their lives by telling us her story. Today we share a condensed interview with Irene...

Duration:00:37:40

#67 - To Measure a Mile: A Film by Chris Carter on His Pilgrimage Along the Pacific Crest Trail

1/21/2021
Chris Carter grew up the son of missionaries in Kenya, Africa. He moved to the United States to study, climb, learn. In 2018 Chris took the physical and spiritual challenge of hiking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in the western USA. The film he created grabbed me from the first sounds of a camp stove lighting up. I welcome Chris to The Happiness Quotient to discuss the journey, about the friendships formed, and about the process of creating this incredibly moving and powerful film...

Duration:00:54:16

#66 - Climbing the Seven Summits - Everest Update - with Michael Hamill and Happiness Jones, Our New Theme Song

1/14/2021
"All of my wisdom came from all the toughest days I never learned a thing being happy" These words from The Wood Brothers' song Happiness Jones sum up our podcast. The band has given us the green light to use the song as our new theme music! We are beyond honored here at The Happiness Quotient. Hear the story of how it came to pass. We're also going to introduce you to 6-time Everest climber Michael Hamill of Climbing the Seven Summits, one of the top Everest and moutaineering guiding and...

Duration:00:32:55

#65 - Electoral College Count - Stand Your Ground with Dr. Nathan Schwartz-Salant During Times of Chaos and Uncertainty

1/5/2021
Recorded just as the polls closed during the runoff elections in Georgia, USA, we bring back Dr. Nathan Schwartz-Salant for his insightful take on how an individual must stand one's ground during times of chaos and uncertainty. The late Dr. Nathan Schwartz-Salant, a prominent Jungian analyst, in this interview from February 8, 2020, on the eve of the New Hampshire primaries, offers a way for us to 'stand our ground' during these uncertain times, how to embrace the darkness of the collective...

Duration:00:38:38

#64 - Stop Chasing Happiness: A Course In Happiness

12/29/2020
Our thoughts are very powerful. The thoughts that make up a great part of our conscious life create the person that we project onto the world, create the reality of our own lives. Imagine a person being a tiny little radio station, broadcasting out to the world the thoughts, fears worries emptiness and depression that fill the mind. To commune with your soul, all it requires is for you to be like Source, or Soul, that being an all loving being, So when you choose to come from a place of...

Duration:00:21:07

#63 - The Happiness Quotient - Winter Solstice with Reverend Freakchild & Healing Power of Music

12/21/2020
A quotient is an answer to a mathematical division problem. When we gather experience and look at the opportunities within our most challenging days, by deduction we begin to grow in wisdom. Hey, at the very least, we might learn what not to do. When we become wise and stop desiring the acquisition of wealth, or love or spiritual enlightenment, we will begin to become naturally happy. The Happiness Quotient endeavors to apply knowledge to the experiences in our lives, exploring how Happiness...

Duration:00:42:43

#62 (S2 Ep 31) - Always Been a Lover & A BIG Announcement From Thom

12/16/2020
Folks, the winter solstice approaches. Thom gets prepared to announce some HUGE news about the future and where things are going. Groove to some music by Daniel Donato and let Thom tell you what it's all about. Music by Daniel Donato, the real Cosmic Cowboy "Always Been A Lover" Find him at: www.danieldonato.com Find his music on Spotify by typing in 'Cosmic Country" and listen to his podcast on Apple Podcasts...

Duration:00:11:43

#61 (S2 Ep 30) - Cosmic Country - Nashville Musician Daniel Donato, His Life Lessons and Increasing Awareness During COVID

11/16/2020
What do you get when you mix a Jam Band with a Country Band? You get Cosmic Country, a la Daniel Donato, a rising Nashville musician who got his start on Lower Broadway in Nashville at the age of 14 when he first stepped on stage. His story is inspiring, amazing, insightful and filled with positivity and wonder. Daniel's new album is called A Young Man's Country, and you can find it here on Daniel's website at www.danieldonato.com Daniel's podcast is Daniel Donato's Lost...

Duration:01:09:23

#60 (S2 Ep 29) - Embracing Change: Devastating News Turns to Magic: a Final Fire Pit & an Icy Dip in the River of Life

11/2/2020
After eight wonderful years locked in the embrace of a warm cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, it was time I had to move. The news came as such a shock that it hadn't occurred to me to shop for a home to purchase. Time was short. I had two months to find a place to move the entire kit and kaboodle, in an absolutely over-saturated rental market, tapped by AirBnB and second home buyers, finding a place to live is nigh impossible around here. But, the Universe provides! I share my...

Duration:00:21:49

#59 (S2 Ep 28) - The Truth About Everest, Passing of My Mother, Disbursing Ashes From The Top

10/16/2020
This is the Truth about Everest. Hours after the passing of my mother in 2016 I was visited by a magnificent presence that assured me of my safety on Everest. Three months later, high up inside the Khumbu Icefall, that same presence assisted me during a serac avalanche in which four of us might have been killed. PLEASE SHARE AND PLEASE SUBSCRIBE on Apple Podcasts. If you would like to be added to my mailing list or to be notified with details of the upcoming Everest event please email me...

Duration:00:33:22

#58 (S2 Ep 27) - Ann Sarnoff, Head of WarnerMedia’s Studios and Networks Group

10/6/2020
As Chair and CEO of Warner Bros., Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff became the first female to serve as a Studio head in the entertainment industry. Ann is truly a trail blazer, an inspiration to young and old to prove that hard work, determination and persistence far outshine the traits championed in the age of immediacy. Ann was named head of WarnerMedia’s Studios and Networks Group in August 2020. In this role, she is responsible for all of WarnerMedia’s content-focused teams, uniting the Warner...

Duration:00:50:38

#57 (S2 Ep 26) - It's GuitarGate with YouTube Sensation Michael Palmisano

9/28/2020
Michael Palmisano has created a brand for himself as one of YouTube and the internet's premier guitar teachers. Known for his "Guitar Teacher REACTS" videos, he has - as of this date - over 171,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel "Michael Palmisano. Micheal can't remember a time in his life that he wasn't playing or holding a guitar. He decided to go 'all in' on a career with the guitar after getting his business degree. Times weren't always easy. He married well, as he says, his wife...

Duration:01:16:36