Jewel: ‘My Greatest Success Is My Happiness’

In her life and career, Jewel overcame by taking responsibility for her happiness. You might not be able to control life, but Jewel reminds us that you can control the way you respond to it.

Jewel: ‘My Greatest Success Is My Happiness’

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In her life and career, Jewel overcame by taking responsibility for her happiness. You might not be able to control life, but Jewel reminds us that you can control the way you respond to it.


Jewel burst onto the top of the Billboard charts and into our hearts in 1995 with her debut album “Pieces of You.” Although she is best known for her Grammy-nominated hits, Jewel is also a poet, writer, actress and activist.

In this interview, Jewel reflects on the pursuit of happiness and how truly challenging it can be to create a life filled with joy. She overcame immense odds to find success in life. “My dad was abusive. He suffered from PTSD and turned to drinking when my mom left when I was 8.” Life remained challenging as she entered adulthood. “I moved out at 15, which was a heck of thing to overcome. Not only processing the pain that I was in, but also learning how to provide for myself. You know, I was homeless for a year. I found that I was broke and in debt when I was 33, going through a divorce. I could name thing after thing that I had to overcome… Which is everybody by the way.”

Despite her incredible success as a chart-topping singer-songwriter, Jewel doesn’t consider her music career to be her greatest accomplishment. “I can honestly say that my greatest success is my happiness.”

If, like Jewel, you have also had to overcome life’s heartaches, check this video out for practical tips to cultivate more happiness in the everyday moments.


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