The 3 Essentials of a Truly Satisfying Life

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Awakenings aren’t big and mysterious. They’re ordinary and sequential. You might even be in the midst of one right now. If so, you’re in the right place.

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Kelly Flanagan

Embrace your worthiness, build your belonging, and clarify your purpose.

Hi, I’m Kelly. Some people call me Dr. Flanagan or Dr. Kelly, but Kelly will do just fine. I’m a clinical psychologist by day, a writer by night, a consultant and speaker in my free time, and an ordinary human, husband, father, and friend in the midst of it all.

If you find yourself on the brink of an awakening, or right in the middle of one, you’re in the right place. A second, better life awaits you, right here, right now. It has three essential rewards, and when you walk through those essentials in the right order, things begin, gradually, to fall into place. And I couldn’t be more grateful for this chance to walk with you for a little while.

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True Companions

In these pages, psychologist Kelly Flanagan shows that we each have within ourselves, exactly the way we are, what we need to cultivate the life-long relationships we are longing for. For instance, discover how you can put your loneliness to work for you in your relationships, rather than against you. 

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In Loveable, Dr. Flanagan reveals the core insight gleaned from his years of clinical work: you are here for a reason, yet you cannot truly awaken to it until you have first embraced your truest, worthiest self and then allowed yourself to be truly embraced by others.

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Which one are you focused on right now?

Embracing your worthiness

You are worthy of love and belonging. Like all of us, somewhere along the way, you forgot this. It’s time to remember.

Building your belonging

Find your belonging by showing up as the person you are. Building your belonging by growing into the companion you can be.

Clarifying your purpose

Vocation, calling, purpose, meaning. It goes by many names, but whatever you call it, being clear about your reason for being here is at the heart of a satisfying life.

My Story

About Kelly Flanagan

I grew up in a small town in rural Illinois, and I got out of it as fast as I could, because I figured the satisfaction we’re all looking for couldn’t be found in a cornfield. I went to the University of Illinois and majored in psychology, before going on to Penn State for graduate school. There, I met my lovely wife (who also happens to be named Kelly, as if life isn’t already complicated enough), we had our first child, and I earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Then, I went on to become a successful therapist. I’d checked every box I could think of in search of a satisfying life, and yet true satisfaction still seemed somehow out of reach. That’s when I got depressed—really depressed—for the first time in my life. By 2011, I was asking the same question most of my clients were asking: there’s got to be more to life than this, right?