We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Ullberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adam, what makes you happy? Why?
What makes me happy has been something that has changed over time and I often wonder if that will continue to be the case. It’s odd how there can be such a simplicity to it, yet incredibly complex. Looking back to my childhood there were things that made me happy like sports, hanging out with friends, going on trips with family and doing well in school. I’m sure a lot of people can relate and may even feel the same way. But as I got older, I realized that much of my happiness depended on the happiness of others. I had to wonder…is that good? Healthy? I realized that the answer is yes and no, depending what the motivation is for wanting others’ happiness. This has been something that I’ve gone back and forth with for a long time. It took me a while to realize that my version of happiness actually came from an unhealthy place. As a kid, when other people were happy, I was happy. I learned that I wasn’t really connected to myself and how I truly felt. I used how other people felt – about me or a situation – to then determine how I felt. They were my barometer. Perhaps there was a reason for it early on in my childhood and perhaps that reason helped me in situations feel safe. Safe of course is good, but as situations change and evolve, beliefs should as well. As my awareness increased, I saw many things in my life that no longer served me. That way of being was one of them. Because I took that way of being into my adulthood, I became determined to find a connection with my own feelings first and foremost, and in turn, dictate my own happiness. These days I definitely look at happiness differently, but I still continue to explore the idea of it. I like to think about other people and cultures, living vastly different lives, and try to imagine what might be universally human when it comes to happiness. People worry about very different things and therefor will be happy about different things. I still love being active, learning, hanging out with friends and spending time with loved ones as much as I did as a kid. Is that happiness, or is happiness something deeper? What I’m realizing is that those moments, whether back then or now, bring me joy and I am my most present when I’m doing them. When we are present, we are living in alignment with ourselves. We are balanced. We’re not worrying about other things. But I think true happiness is actually something deeper for me. I believe true happiness is when I can be of service and inspire others. Whether through Reiki, being creative or connecting with others, I am my happiest when I am inspiring others. There’s a feeling that comes along with inspiring others that can be tough to describe, but I know how I feel when I’M inspired. I feel alive, hungry, motivated, connected and energized. And I want to give that back. I want to be a catalyst to inspire others so that they feel that as well. I realize how similar this sounds to what made me feel happy growing up, but it’s coming from a very different place. It’s coming from an empowered place. It’s coming from a connected place. I don’t want others to be happy to make ME feel better, I want others to be happy to make THEMSELVES feel better. No longer does someone else’s happiness dictate my own. And I’ve seen that feeling happy and inspired can change the world. After all, we’re all just on our own journey looking for the same thing deep down – to be happy.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I really enjoy perspective and discovering what makes people who they are. I also enjoy writing and creating stories. So, a lot of what I create when it comes to writing has to do with exploring perspectives that can help people grow, heal, be inspired, feel more empowered, or make them laugh. We all have a voice and a different perspective to share. Exploring new perspectives can help us as a people find our own personal power, challenge old beliefs and rise above those things that are getting in our way, like fear and hate. And with that, we can change the world for the better.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Living in Los Angeles, there’s plenty to do here and in the surrounding areas! If a friend was visiting, I would make sure they would see the beautiful beaches first. Most people talk about how amazing the weather is here, so chances are it would be a beach day! A drive up the coast through Malibu would be first. Then we would make sure to get a concert in at the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theater because, well, there’s just nothing like them! And the music that comes through this city pretty much includes everyone. Another night I’d take them to the Crazy Uncle Joe Show at the Groundlings. It’s easily one of the best shows out there. It’s always original, funny and clever. Then we’d take in a movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Such a fun (and sort of creepy) experience! Okay, now some food. Gjusta. Just…wow. There aren’t many words. Also, a short drive down to Terranea to catch the sunset and bite or a drink would be amazing. Somewhere in there we’d do some hiking and take in some great energy at Lake Shrine. The list really goes on, so I’d have to convince my friend to stay another week to tackle even more! Yosemite, Napa and San Fran aren’t too far away for an entirely different trip!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Teal Swan is doing really amazing work that fascinates me!

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