Ask Basia Video Podcast Episode 12

By Basia Alicia Powell

“Definition Of Happiness”

I would often define happiness as ” Doing what I love, when I want, with whom I want, where I want, and whenever I want.” Essentially it sums up the feeling I derive when I am pursuing my purpose. I must also admit that within recent times I have also realised that despite the fact I am blessed to do what I want, when I want, every now and then, my mental health and joy are compromised. It is important to do what makes you happy, However, maintaining happiness can be very complex. It involves a commitment to mental wellness and surrounding yourself with like minded people.

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Today, I sat with the ladies for an overdue discussion on happiness. I was very enlightened after hearing their definition of happiness. My commentators are:

Ms Dawn Townsend

We are also joined by American Dawn Townsend, MS, LPC, NCC, one of the leading Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and a National Certified Counselor. Dawn graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Mercer University obtaining a Master of Science in Community Counseling and graduated in the top 10 of her class, summa cum laude, from Spelman College receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. You can follow her at

Her knowledge is vast, having more than 15 years of clinical experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse populations. She currently works as the COO/Vice President of Hopeful Change, LLC, is a psychotherapist in a group practice, and the Clinical Compliance Specialist and Behavioral Assessment and Mental Health Evaluation Manager for a local mental health agency. When she is not hard at work serving in the capacity of a therapist, you will find her serving her family and our surrounding communities.  

Dr Sydelle Ross

Dr Sydelle Ross

We are also joined by another Trinidadian American, Dr Sydelle Ross, an Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist, who currently practices palliative medicine. She is also a classically trained vocalist who uses music to care for patients living with life threatening illnesses. Dr Ross’s podcast “Prescription in Song” is dedicated to promoting awareness of healing potential of music and is available on Apple Podcast and Spotify. You can follow her on and on her website

Dr Ayanna Eastman

Dr. Ayanna Eastman is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, who believes in the importance of pursuing your dreams. Her career path has included communication and public relations experiences with state and international agencies, such as the United Nations. At present, she is an Assistant Professor, of Communication and single mother of a tenacious 14 year old girl. An avid writer, she shares her thoughts and musings on motherhood, singleness, dating and more on her blog, Successful Mom. In her spare time, she hikes mountain trails and plans events. And most of all, she wants us to know, she is a woman of God. You can follow her on Instagram and on her blog

I hope you enjoy this series as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. Everybody has the right to happiness. “Hurting people, hurt people.”Take care of your pain,so you can prioritize your happiness. I have never seen a happy person in pain. When you are maintaining happiness you are truly living. It is one thing to be alive, but it is another thing to be living. Remember to be careful what we say about each other, because it takes one to know one.

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