The Happiness Psychiatrist, Sheenie Ambardar, combines Eastern and Western philosophies in her Los Angeles practice. Before participating in a panel on how we can achieve happier, healthier lives, she talked in the Zócalo green room about whose job she’d want to have in her next life (Britney Spears), what she loves to hate (arrogance), and why she never says no to bacon.
What’s your happiest childhood memory?
When my little sister was born. I was 5 years old, I remember being in the hospital, I remember holding her—just the joy of having a new sister. I was an only child up until then.
What profession would you like to practice in your next life?
Maybe like a singer/dancer Britney Spears-type. Something outlandish.
When you turn on the television at your house, what channel is most likely to be on?
About a year and a half ago I got rid of my TV, so I do not watch TV. Sometimes I watch shows on Hulu—I really like Modern Family, I like The New Girl. I got rid of my TV and my life is better, I should say.
What’s your favorite plant?
Jasmine—the flower smells so beautiful, and they’re so pretty.
What’s the last board game you played?
It’s probably been years since I played a board game. Maybe Trivial Pursuit like 10 years ago?
What year, past or future, would you time travel to if you could?
Maybe to the future, when we’re even more equal than we are right now, when there’s more social justice present in the world. A better society than we have today.
Do you have a favorite kind of sandwich?
Anything that involves bacon is my favorite. I just recently bought some bacon socks—they’re long socks and they say “Bacon” on the side. Anything that has bacon in it, I will eat it.
What Southern California beach could we find you at?
Laguna Beach—it’s just so beautiful, and I really like the art galleries.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Probably just to be yourself—listen to yourself, know yourself, listen to your intuition and gut instinct, and trust yourself.
What do you love to hate?
I hate arrogance. Does that count? I hate pomposity and arrogance.