Topics and Sample Videos

Potential Topics:

The Happiness Dividend Check – Money pervades every corner of our lives.  It has become a secular religion, a source of personal competitive value, and evidence of “winning the game.”  At the same time, we feel more lost, feel removed from our friends and family, are generally less healthy, and are more culturally anxious than ever in history.  Understanding how these things are connected is the first step towards earning your first Happiness Dividend check.

Unmasking the Illusions – Most of us are wildly misinformed and deluded about money… in some cases this is even intentional.  Jonathan discusses the sources of our money “imprints” (family, culture, media), the dysfunctional money relationships that result from these imprints, and how these relationships with money affect the rest of our lives.

Finding YOUR Happiness – In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle introduces “happiness” (eudaimonia) as “The ultimate purpose of human existence” – as “that which is always desirable in itself and never for the sake of something else.”  But, the happiness he intends is not the pleasure of a fleeting moment or even the joy of a great accomplishment.  Aristotle’s “Happiness” is really only measurable at the end of life – as a Life Well Lived.  In this presentation, Jonathan discusses the 8-9 things that we KNOW lead to a happier life.

Living Your Life by Design – Fully ½ of this presentation is spent on “BluePrinting.”  If you are going to build a house, you need to hire an architect… you need a good design.  The same is true in life, you have to understand your starting point – HERE. and create a picture of how you want it to turn out – THERE.  Along the way, you need to know what is important to you – identify your values, discover your purpose, create your compelling vision and personal mission…  after you do this work, the rest is pretty simple.

Buddhism, Work, and Human Flourishing – Through brief stories about his grandfather who was a wild-west era rancher, his son’s rock-throwing accuracy, and a parable of three monks Jonathan wonders about our fascination with ‘MORE’ in a world of plenty and suggests three tactics that Buddhism provides to support our work and create our personal life-worth-living.

Forecasts & Half-Time Reports – This is how Jonathan got his start in public speaking.  He started by presenting the state of the economy every quarter for his clients.  He still creates this presentation every January and July and would be happy to offer your group a timely economic update.  Of course, there is no way to know in advance what the world will look like when he gives this talk… so if you are looking for a predictable emotional outcome, this is certainly not the right presentation for your group.

Speaking Examples:


Jonathan K. DeYoe

By following what Buddhists call “the middle path,” we will find our way to financial sanity and earn what I call our happiness dividend—the joy and satisfaction that come from a life well lived.

Jonathan K. DeYoe