Choose Happiness

“The thief of happiness is comparison.”  

Feeling joy can be as simple as a shared smile or an empowering tune. This episode is not just about the big revelations; it’s a celebration of life’s little moments that collectively weave the tapestry of our well-being. 

In this episode, I dive into the theme of happiness and gratitude with guest and friend Kevin Headley, a seasoned sales and marketing executive with a history at top brands like Sub-Zero and Whirlpool. We laugh and share wisdom as we discuss the detrimental effects of ‘comparison’ on joy, the simplicity of contentment, and the importance of managing expectations in relationships. Kevin’s positive outlook and the value of savoring the present moment are highlighted, as well as the role of conscious media consumption in nurturing our spirits. The episode leaves listeners with practical tips and the contagious nature of smiles for a happier life. 

In this episode: 

  • How Kevin stays happy day to day 
  • Comparison is the enemy of happiness 
  • Setting realistic life and love expectations to enhance contentment 
  • The joy of appreciating simplicity and avoiding the small stuff 
  • The art of pausing and thoughtful response in parenting 
  • Gratitude practices and examples 
  • Conscious media consumption’s role in nurturing happiness 
  • Uplifting power of music, comedy and positivity in everyday life 
  • Smiling at strangers to spread and receive happiness 
  • Importance of selective social interactions for sustained happiness 

ThirtyFiveSixtyFour is your weekly dose of inspiration for navigating the exciting, unpredictable, and undeniably transformative journey of midlife. Hosted by Karen Stones, founder of 13Jacks Marketing Agency, avoids the tired cliches of crisis and stagnation. This podcast celebrates the power of play, discovery, and possibility that comes with this unique chapter in life. Join us every week as we delve into the real stories, challenges, and triumphs of midlife. We’ll explore fresh perspectives, practical tips, and inspiring experiences that will help you thrive, not just survive, during this pivotal time. Ready to rewrite your midlife narrative? Head over to and be a part of the adventure! 


Kevin Headley LinkedIn 

Book: Loving What Is 

Study: Beyond Laughter 

Oxford Scientist Study: A Smile Can Change the World 

Book: Man’s Search for Meaning 

13 Jacks Marketing Agency 

About the Author

Show host Karen Stones is the creative heart of ThirtyFiveSixtyFour. Born in 1979, Karen is a child of Generation X. As a podcast enthusiast, she noticed a major void in content catering to listeners her age. Karen found existing productions were either niche, evangelized negative perspectives on aging, or hosted by a well-meaning young adult who lacked the wisdom and life experience to provide meaningful insight. Thus, ThirtyFiveSixtyFour was born. The philosophy behind ThirtyFiveSixtyFour stands in stark contrast to the conventional midlife crisis narrative, advocating instead for midlife to be seen as a time of confidence, reinvention, growth, reflection, exploration and renewal.

Karen has over twenty years of mass communication and marketing expertise. Her journey in media started early, as she interned for notable figures like Larry Morgan and Ryan Seacrest at the Los Angeles FM radio station STAR 98.7. During her university years Karen served as a disc jockey for the on-campus, student-run radio station. Following a successful career in the corporate world, she took the entrepreneurial plunge, founding 13 Jacks Marketing Agency in 2014. The agency currently oversees multimillion-dollar projects including global product launches, international events, specialized social media and advertising campaigns. Beyond her agency pursuits, Karen extends her expertise to coaching executives seeking to enhance their business strategies and personal growth. Based in Orange County, California, Karen is a dedicated mother to three and an outdoor enthusiast.