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Dan Chan

  • Habits and Happiness Coach

Dan Chan

  • Habits and Happiness Coach

What if you could make or break any habit with ease? Who would you eventually become?

Social psychologists have found that as much as 95% of our behavior is habitual (Hamilton, 2004). Adding to this, what we consider our “Mindset” is essentially patterns of automatic thinking, or simply, habits of thought. Even our identities – who we believe we are – can be defined as how we habitually tend to regard ourselves. Indeed, “Habits are the invisible architecture of our everyday lives.”

But do old habits really die hard? Is building new habits actually a matter of will power and self-discipline? Can we simply force ourselves into the behaviors and mindsets that we know are beneficial for us?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve asked yourself these questions before.

For nearly 20 years I’ve guided individuals through some of life’s most significant changes. As a young HR professional I helped job seekers decide where to work. Later, I became an award winning realtor of over a decade, empowering clients to make confident decisions about where to live. And now, I am fulfilling my purpose in yet a deeper sense: Coaching others, who like me, are on a path toward self-mastery, ultimately deciding who we will become. Together, we are training, practicing, and honing the skills required to make or break any habit we choose. And in so doing, we reap the compounding benefits to ourselves and our loved ones, all the while optimizing for long term happiness and the fulfillment of our potential.

Progress can be made in any area of our lives, be it health, finances, relationships, productivity, etc. if we only instill the behaviors and mindsets that serve us. Of course, there are plenty of lists out there describing which habits to choose. But as we have all discovered, often in frustration, the problem isn’t knowing what to do. The challenge is in the mysterious resistance that remains despite what we know.

My approach to coaching is therefore highly individualized, tailored to your specific tendencies and circumstances. Underlying every customized program is a neurobiological, science based, framework for behavior change and a process characterized by increased awareness,

non-judgement, curiosity, and reflection.

Dan has a degree in honors psychology from University of Waterloo, an MBA from Toronto Metropolitan University, and is a Jay Shetty Certified Life and Success Coach. In addition, Dan is a licensed realtor serving clients in the Greater Toronto Area, and a volunteer with Victoria Order of Nurses in palliative care as an end of life companion.