Freedom To Be Happy

On this episode of Cocktail Leadership, your host, Kevin Withane chats with Matthew Phelan. Matt is a Co-Founder and Head of Global Happiness at the Happiness Index. In his day-to-day role, he is responsible for the global expansion of the business. Matt is the founder of The Happiness and Humans Community, host of The Happiness and Humans Podcast, and author of Freedom to Be Happy:  The Business Case For Happiness.  He also happens to be Kevin’s wife’s cousin, and so this episode is a kind of family affair.

In this episode, Kevin explores happiness with Matt.  They go on a bit of a journey, through taking your kids to pitch meetings as male, Napolean, Trump, and emotions in the workplace.  Matt leaves business leaders with the business case for workplace happiness, and how leaders need to use their employee happiness as a weather forecast for their business.

You can reach Matt on LinkedIn, on Twitter  (@MatthewPhelan), and on the Happiness Index website.  Also, check out The Happiness and Humans Podcast, and The Happiness and Humans Community (Kevin curates the #Equality channel, and separately, it is a great community). Please leave a review for the podcast on this blog, and share the podcast with your family, friends, and colleagues.

Matt is also doing some deals on the book (which is a must-have for business leaders who want their business to be sustainable long-term ventures).

The Cocktail

For this episode, I have made  “Mr Happy’s eXpresso Martini”

Serve in a cocktail glass.



  • 50ml quality gin (I used Drumshambo Gunpowder Gin)
  • 25ml espresso
  • 25ml coffee liqueur, triple sec or simple syrup
  • (25ml coffee liqueur, triple sec or simple syrup (use if you use simple syrup ))
  • 3 coffee beans or an orange twist, to garnish
  • Ice


Fill a shaker with ice.  Add all the ingredients to the shaker.  Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with the coffee beans or orange peel (pref the coffee beans).  Sip and enjoy reading Freedom to be Happy: The Business Case for Happiness.

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