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Show Notes CYH Episode #54: Emotions, Self-Care and Empathy with Dr. Jenny Severson

Welcome friend to the podcast closet, today brining you Consider Yourself Hugged episode 54: Emotions, Self-Care and Empathy with Dr. Jenny Severson. Click here or pic to listen.

I’m Dr. Tami West, here every week to bring you tips on living a life that brings you mental and emotional wellbeing.

This week is a perfect fit after last week with Jennifer Walden. Both of these positive amazing women have been through cancer and, even though it's not their entire stories, they've learned through it! Jenny is one of my education "Speaker Sisters," and I'm blessed to have her in my life! So, here's Jenny on paper, and then click to listen to Jenny the heart ♥️

About Jenny

Dr. Jenny Severson’s mission is to add value, produce experiences that create gratitude and optimism. Jenny serves schools, corporations, churches, and speaks at conferences across the globe. Her focus on leveraging the inextricable interconnectedness of organizational and employee well-being to help transform workplaces and support people in integrating their personal and professional lives drives her passion.

Jenny has spent her career in education, speaking, presenting, coaching and training others for high-capacity results. Jenny is committed to improving the social and emotional skills, namely, gratitude, optimism, and empathy, which leads to skyrocketing performance, in workplace teams and collective efficacy. She is sought-after to help re-humanize classrooms, schools, and workplaces so that people are freed, fueled and inspired to bring their best selves to work – and home – each day.

Listen today as she shares her heart, starting with the Inside Out Movie (That's me and my daughter Lindsey with Joy and Sadness)!!


  • We expect people to be grateful, kind and optimistic and have humility, but that’s not how we’re wired!

  • I am not casual about my faith anymore.

  • People need "God with skin" – people need people who will show up for you.

  • Trying to have complete control over our lives causes severe anxiety and more.

  • Shame is about not feeling good enough or thinking well who do I think I am?!

  • Listen to your body!

  • It’s not about speeding up. It’s about slowing down.

  • Empathy misses happen from the smallest thing to the biggest. (You’ve got to listen to understand this one!!)

  • Dr. Brene Brown says it best: empathy connects, sympathy divides; feeling with people is empathy.

  • Be present to help others – God will give you a prompting!

  • Have faith.

  • Listen to our bodies.

  • Pay attention to relationships.

  • Be careful about expectations.

  • Help others and respond with empathy when possible.

  • We’re hard-wired for human connection

  • It’s ok to feel your feelings.

  • Our hard-wired, automatic brain will win over the conscious, thinking part in difficult situations!

And sadly, as always, that’s our time for today. Sorry to end with tears, but her story and desire to help really touched me and changed me. I hope you felt it too!

As always, Please pass the show link along to a friend or two and subscribe, download, and review wherever you are listening. Look around here on my website to get info if you’d like me to speak at your next event and you’ll find the promised links and info for Jenny below. I’ll have her Brene Brown link, our book, and the Inside Out pics from Disney! And I’d love for you to follow me/contact me and share your stories in any of the ways below!

Phone: 615-497-7714

Thank you so much for listening and growing our special community!

I pray that each day you remember to love, to serve, to feel worthy, to grow, to connect, to change, and to be the best person you can be for yourself AND for the other humans in your world!

And until next time, Consider Yourself Hugged 😘🤗


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