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The Kindness & Happiness Connection

The Kindness & Happiness Connection

By Randy McNeely-Elia Gourgouris
This is The Kindness & Happiness Connection with Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor and Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver. Join us weekly with invited guests as we share actionable kindness and happiness tips, insights, and inspiration to promote personal and professional well being.

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Episode 26 - Jane M. Powers - Revealing the Missing Peace: How to Rise Above Adversity and Thrive
WARNING: This episode contains mature subjects (sexual abuse, addiction). If those things trigger you into depression or other challenges, use caution if listening. Life's university of adversity often serves up some pretty rough courses. We've all had them to varying degrees. Jane M Powers been through some horrific hardships, yet she has managed to find her way forward, rise above, and overcome. Jane is one of the most resilient, beautiful people we've had the chance to interview. It was a thrill for me, Randy MCNEELY - The Kindness Giver and Elia Gourgouris Ph.D. - The Happiness Doctor to have the chance to interview this inspiring, humorous lady. Jane is an author of "Revealing the Missing Peace" teaching readers how to find that missing piece in their life's puzzle in order to find the missing peace we all seek. She is a survivOR, as she likes to say. She is an international speaker and sales expert having created several multi-million dollar business. She has a wonderful sense of humor and contagious drive to lift and build others. In 40 minutes you'll learn: -Is it possible to pass through sexual abuse, have an alcoholic mother, and addictions, and come through it with the resilience that empowers you to thrive? -What does it mean to be a survivOR? -What can we do to find the missing peace in our lives? -Why is focusing on the present so vital -How can we turn our fight in to drive? -What can we do to find the courage to speak up, speak out, and stand up for who we are? Get the answers to these questions and many more. Take a listen! You'll be glad you did. About Jane: Using  her straightforward, big-hearted style, Jane M Powers guides thousands  to Speak with Confidence and Sell with Authority. With decades of  successful speaking, training, and coaching, and real-life experience  founding and running three multi-million dollar businesses, Jane  appreciates that success is truly about the power of your CORE message. With  over 30 years of sales success as a Corporate Executive and  Entrepreneur, she brings you everything you need to ensure a competitive  edge in the marketplace. Jane  has been changing the way people authentically sell and how to move  people into action to expand great success, leave a legacy, and most of  all - make a difference. How to Connect with Jane: Website: LinkedIn:
December 29, 2021
Brand Likability: Seeing the Human and Creating Emotional Stickiness
There are some people you meet for the first time and within minutes you feel comfortable with them, like you've known all your life. They elicit feelings of happiness, love, kindness, and connection. Joy Abdullah is one of those people. His approach to business and coaching clients to brand likability through "seeing the human" is what differentiates him. He engineers the ability to work with people and grow people through kindness driven behaviors. If that resonates with you, you won't want to miss this episode. Here are just a few wisdom nuggets to whet your appetite: - How does seeing the human help us in our relationships? - How dos how we feel about ourselves affect our ability to impact others? - Why is getting comfortable in our heart, soul, and body so important to how we feel about who we are? - What are the nutrients in the tree of your life? - How can we bring out our passion? And so much more! Take a listen! You'll be glad you did! Connect with Joy here: LinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter:
December 23, 2021
Episode 24 - Russ Johns - You Have Gift’s Worth Sharing – Lets Work Together and Make It Matter!
Is it possible to find a kind pirate? I'll admit that putting pirate and kind in the same sentence seems like a bit of an oxymoron. But, the fact of the matter is, you can find kind pirates in this world today and Russ Johns is the king of kind Pirates! What a pleasure it was for me Randy MCNEELY - The Kindness Giver and Elia Gourgouris Ph.D. - The Happiness Doctor, to sit down with the amazing Russ Johns and be totally inspired by a plethora of wisdom bombs! The attached PDF is loaded with them, and there are even more! In 35 minutes we discussed: - How working to empower others to reach their goals empowers us to reach our goals - How we can maintain a positive outlook even when our lives and days are not perfect - How to avoid depression - Why we can be grateful for wrinkles and scars - How challenges can lead to joy - How "NOW is temporary." - How to inspire others - We have a choice in how we respond to life And so much more! Take a listen. You will be glad you did. Connect with Russ here: LinkedIn: YouTube: Facebook: Website:
December 16, 2021
What a thrill for me, Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver and Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor - to bring you an interview with an amazing, hard working, life living and loving, dream making, servant leader - Amadou Diallo. I can promise you that thirty-five minutes of your time to listen to this podcast will be 35 minutes well spent. In that time you will get answers to the following questions and much more: How can we fire up the passion in our lives on a daily basis - personally and professionally? Is it possible for someone to have 20 years work experience by the age of 25? What role does curiosity play in the outcomes in our lives, both personally and professionally? What doors can taking the initiative to learn a new language open up for you? What is the best way to have a positive impact on people? How can a trip to the home of your childhood help the younger generation learn valuable life lessons? How can we say thank you over and over again to those who have helped us whether they are there to hear them or not? What does it take to connect with people? So many valuable nuggets to share!  Take a listen, you'll be glad you did. Connect with and Follow Amadou: LinkedIn: Facebook:
December 08, 2021
Episode 21 - Phil Pelucha Billionaires in Boxers – More Leads, More Sales, More Fun through Positive Strategic Alliances Using Podcasting and Media
YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE! What a thrill to have Phil Pelucha on with myself, Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver and Elia Gourgouris Ph.D. - The Happiness Doctor! Phil is the Chief Influence Architect at Billionaires in Boxers - Helping people build global empires from his home where he rarely, as he says, puts pants on! Phil is the king of "PITCH SLAP" MARKETING - Yes that is the phrase - with a "P" "PITCH SLAP" Well what the heck is that? In a nutshell - It's your 30 second hook to reel your audience in at the beginning of a podcast and ensure they'll stay until the end! Never heard of it? Well listen to this episode with the "Pitch Slap" master - Phil Pelucha and you'll learn all about them and a whole lot more. In just over 30 minutes you'll learn: - How kindness and love in business can have a direct impact on your bottom line - How business is a team sport - What it really means to have a 4 day work week - The freedom that comes from scheduling your work around your priorities and not the other way around - How to create a "Pitch Slap" that will have your audience hungering for more - How strategic alliances can dramatically improve your wealth creation - How to grow your business by 7 or 8 additional figures - even if you have ZERO (yes that's right) listeners - AND MUCH, MUCH MORE TAKE A LISTEN! YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID! ABOUT PHIL Hi, I am Phil Pelucha. - I build global empires from home and rarely put on pants. 👖 - Ranked as the number 1 Podcast Publicist for businesses. 🏆 - Often referred to as the ‘Sir Richard Branson’ of Podcasting & New Media. - TV Host & Producer. ⭐️ - Top 100 Podcaster. 🎤 - Reaching an audience of over HALF A MILLION listeners and over ONE MILLION Viewers. 🥇 𝐁𝐔𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐄𝐒𝐒 𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐒 𝐇𝐈𝐑𝐄 𝐌𝐄 𝐓𝐎... Become 𝐁𝐈𝐋𝐋𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐈𝐑𝐄𝐒 𝐈𝐍 𝐁𝐎𝐗𝐄𝐑𝐒- to increase Sales & Authority using game-changing strategic alliances by leveraging podcasting & New media. Because MOST are… GREAT at what they do but are on a CASHFLOW ROLLERCOASTER as their industry’s best-kept secret. SO I help them to… Attract big partners, Win more quality business & reach BILLIONS. 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐁𝐎𝐓𝐓𝐎𝐌 𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐄 𝐈𝐒 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐒 - You are GUARANTEED to win more clients, increase sales, boost your authority & grow your business, all WITHOUT spending a dollar on paid advertising. Working with NCPs (non-competitive partners), you access impactful referrals whilst reaching your perfect customers, with NO initial upfront cost, or ‘pay-to-play’ required. CONNECT WITH PHIL Website: LinkedIn
September 23, 2021
Okay people - get your notebooks and pens and be ready to right? Why? Because you are about to be completely WOWed with words of wisdom and words wonder from the amazing Barry Shore. The Ambassador of JOY, Barry Shore, is a change maker and life transformer whose profound message of JOY is being embraced globally. A successful serial entrepreneur with two multi-million dollar exits and 3 issued patents, Barry was afflicted suddenly with a crippling disease that left him completely paralyzed overnight. Barry’s decision to use this experience to better his life and the lives of others has opened a unique opportunity to find JOY in living regardless of circumstance. We apologize now for anyone who gets a hand ache, which trust me, is a real possibility.  You will have a tough time keeping up with all of the mic dropping wisdom bombs that are dropped like candy that you'll scramble to grab and take in as quickly as possible! And, as an added bonus, you'll have the privilege of experiencing first hand Barry's astounding #creativity in supplying golden nuggets of inspiration in the form of acronyms! What is a H.U.G? What is the real meaning of S.M.I.L.E? How the heck can being willing to S.H.A.R.E. boost your energy? Find out the real meaning of H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. What does it mean to go M.A.D.? And so much more! Trust me - YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE! How can you connect with Barry? Website: LinkedIn: Youtube: Facebook: Instagram:
September 16, 2021
This episode is dedicated to Dr. Mike Thomson and Tristan Roney - two men who blessed the lives of all who knew them. They both passed away the week before this was recorded. Dr. Mike was going to be our guest. Raj Jana was kind enough to step up and step in to talk with us, even as both he and Elia Gourgouris Ph.D. were grieving Tristan's loss. RAJ JANA - Is the CEO and founder of Stay Grounded Media, JavaPress Coffee, and several other businesses. He's a high impact investor on a mission to use capitalism and business as vehicle for doing good. He has a heart the size of TEXAS! Because I and both Raj and Dr. Elia had been impacted by death in the same week, this episode took a different turn than expected. We talked about death a good bit and how we can remain on FIRE (FILLED INTERNALLY WITH RESILIENT ENERGY). If you've been impacted by the death of a loved one or friend in the last while, you won't want to miss this episode. In just over 40 minutes we discuss: - The importance of loving ourselves so we can more fully love others. - How connection with others - being in the moment, helps our resilience - How to get unstuck when we feel stuck in sadness due to loss - How to honor those who've passed by allowing ourselves to feel a full range of emotions, both sadness and joy - The power of living in alignment with who we are And so, so, much more. This episode is filled with wisdom bombs throughout. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did. About Raj Jana Raj Jana is an impact-driven investor, entrepreneur, and media host who’s passionate about using capitalism and business as a vehicle to make the world a brighter place. After his mentor died of a heart attack just three months short of retirement, Raj felt compelled to step up and do something meaningful to challenge conventional ways of thinking. Inspired to break the paradigm, Raj founded the Stay Grounded Group® - a holding company that focuses on acquiring and scaling net-positive, impact-driven assets - with a mission to transform conscious capitalism into the default way of doing business. Since launching in 2015, Raj’s first portfolio company JavaPresse®, a lifestyle brand in the coffee space, has helped over 350,000 individuals use coffee as a vehicle to achieve more daily fulfillment. Experiencing over 800% growth in the first few years through sound business and social focuses, Raj’s work has been endorsed by Daymond John of Shark Tank and featured in Forbes, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and various other news outlets. Driven by impact, JavaPresse® is an official partner of the Make-A-Wish Foundation - Central and South Texas and has donated over $50,000 to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. In addition to the Stay Grounded Group, Raj is also the founder of Stay Grounded Media®, a global podcast, education platform, and community focused on helping people realize and leverage the tools they already have to achieve more happiness, success, and fulfillment in daily life. This platform reaches thousands of people in 70+ countries every week and offers a blueprint that inspires people to create the extraordinary lives they want to live.   At age 27, Raj was 2019’s youngest recipient of the Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award for his influence on local communities. He also writes about leadership, personal growth, and conscious capitalism in his own column for Inc Magazine, “Stay Grounded in Business.” Connect with Raj LinkedIn: Instagram: Stay Grounded Media
September 02, 2021
Episode 18 - Rachel Beck - Finding Your Way – How to Carry On When Life Changes Your Plans
If there was one word that could be used to describe Rachel Beck, it would be resilience. Why? Despite her personal desires, life has changed her plans multiple times.  Born to live a life of light inspired by her birth mother who gave her life when Rachel was born.  Indian by birth but raised in a Jewish household in the United States.  Survivor of many episodes of racism and extreme bias, multiple near death experiences, and many other tremendous challenges: YET SHE MOVES ON WITH FIERCE COURAGE! You won't want to miss today's conversation. In 30 Minutes you'll learn: - How Rachel has stayed resilient while passing through the university of adversity and how you can too - What it means to be a leader in these challenging times and how you can step up - What you and I can do each day to light ourselves and others up - How having a focused goal can empower you to impact and inspire others AND SO MUCH MORE! Take a listen - You'll be glad you did! About Rachel Rachel Beck is the author of Finding Your Way When Life Changes Your Plans: A Memoir of Adoption, Loss of Motherhood and Remembering Home. She lives near Delray Beach, Florida Rachel just retired as a photographer, which she loved doing for the last 8+ years. She now writes full time and is working on her second book. Rachel has been a public speaker for the past 15 years. Please feel free to follow Rachel on LinkedIn: You can find her book on here:
August 26, 2021
Episode 17 - Nicole P. Jones - Bringing Value to My Clients and Coaching Them to Continuous Success
Nicole P. Jones life motto - "Help where and when I can, because I can." SHE LIVES UP TO IT EVERY DAY! As a coach, mother, friend, and advisor, with over 20 years of experience in the corporate world - Nicole brings value to everyone she meets! What an honor to have this inspiring lady join me, Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver and Elia Gourgouris Ph.D. Be prepared to listen with pen and paper in hand as she drops a dozen or more wisdom bombs from beginning to end! You can expect pearls of wisdom about: - Being a mother and working from home - how to show up in life - how to schedule what matters vs what doesn't - Giving yourself and others room to grow - The importance of knowing and playing to your strengths AND SO MUCH MORE... Take a listen - You'll be glad you did! About Nicole P. Jones: Nicole  Jones is a certified executive coach committed to partnering with  leaders to help them unlock their true potential and realize their  vision. She also coaches speakers as well as conducts intensive  interview prep. Nicole  brings over 15 years of experience in both the finance and healthcare  industries, primarily as a Head of Investor Relations and Corporate  Communications where she worked closely with the C-suite, senior  management, cross functional teams, business colleagues as well as  scientists and Wall Street. Additionally, she often engaged in problem  solving, raising potential within teams, more effective organizational  communication, employee conflict, and crisis management. Nicole  grew up in Virginia, moved to Boston for over 20 years, and currently  lives in Alexandria, VA. She is a dedicated mom to an eight year old,  with whom she recently received her black belt in the martial art form  of Taekwondo. Nicole’s mission is to help when and where she can because she can. Connect with Nicole: Website: LinkedIn: Instagram: Facebook:
August 19, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 16 How Rational Philosophy Promotes Flourishing, Drives Progress, and Brings Happiness and Abundance
Happiness Well-Being Rational Philosophy Improved Living Abundance A Thriving Culture Things we all want - but how to get them? Tal Tsfany - President & CEO of The Ayn Rand Institute has some insightful, thought-provoking, and educational answers.  If you're intellectual and want to understand philosophy and happiness at a deeper level, this is the podcast for you.  Take a listen - You'll be glad you did! About Tal: Mr. Tal Tsfany is the CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute. Prior to this, he was an entrepreneur, investor, and executive in the software world in Israel and the United States. He is a co-founder of the Ayn Rand Center Israel and has published a young adult book titled Sophie Connect with Tal: LinkedIn: Email: Web:
July 22, 2021
Episode 15 - Cole Baker-Bagwell - Kindness: The Currency for the Curious, Courageous, and Visionaries
Curious. Courageous. Visionary. Words that perfectly describe Cole Baker-Bagwell - a lady on a mission to change the paradigm when it comes to kindness in business.  In this no-nonsense discussion, Cole shares her vision of the power of kindness to shape the success of all who will embrace it. She's not only talking about personal success. No, she's talking about professional, organizational success that leads to economic prosperity. Business leaders - what is your vision for your people? Do you see them and treat them like the stars they are - the difference makers for your success, or dehumanized objects? Do you have the #courage to look at your own behaviors and assess how you are doing in caring for the souls - yes I said that - under your purview? I'm not talking about religion. I'm talking about human beings. These and other thought-provoking and insightful trigger questions are laced throughout an amazing conversation with the queen of Kindness Nerds (as she likes to call herself) Cole Baker-Bagwell. #Leaders - if you want to up your game in building relationships, change your terms and service to make a positive impact in your personal and professional life and the lives of those you serve - this is the podcast for you! Take a listen. You'll be glad you did. About Cole Baker-Bagwell: Cole Baker Bagwell (CB2) is the Founder and Kindness Director of Cool Audrey™ a writer, speaker, mindfulness practitioner, the creator and host of Kindness Think Tank podcast, co-host of Little Shots of Kindness podcast and Chief Experience Architect at Red Hat. Cole focuses her body of work on elevating the importance of kindness in business to create greater connection, humanity and to improve the overall experience people have in the business they do together. She’s a kindness nerd who’s candid, unconventional in her language, her approach to business and in the way she sees the world. Cole lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband Andrew and their two dogs Ollie and June Bug. Website: Social: Instagram: @kindnessthinktank @colebakerbagwell Email:
July 15, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Kathy Le Nguyen - The Power of Stillness to Help Us Experience Wholeness
Wholeness. Self Compassion. The ability to step back and see the entire forest and determine if that's the forest we really want to be in. That is the power of meditation - the power of stillness and Kathy Le Nguyen is in the house to share her wonderful meditation expertise with the world. How do you practice self-compassion on a daily basis? How can putting ourselves in someone else's shoes help us gain greater understanding? How can stillness allow us to recognize what needs to be done and what is optional? Why is it important to allow ourselves to feel our emotions without judgement, so we can more easily let them go? Get the answers to these questions and so much more in this wonderfully insightful conversation. Take a listen, you'll be glad you did! About Kathy Le Nguyen This is Kathy Le-Nguyen - she was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For most of her life, she looked outside for her sense of identity, accomplishment and fulfillment. This included becoming a professional engineer, traveling and living in another country, completing a bodybuilding competition and even buying a house at the age of 26. However, that all changed in 2012 when she started looking within for her fulfillment. Since then, she has been able to understand her true motivating factors, recognize the lessons of compassion and be grateful for them. She now lives in Vancouver, Canada and is on a mission to share meditation with the world. She makes it fun, engaging and practical. Just like brushing your teeth, a few minutes a day goes a long way for you and the people around you. When she isn't sharing meditation - she is practicing Muay Thai a.k.a Thai boxing and camping with friends.  Just like anyone else, she still experiences frustration and upset, however now with greater self-awareness through meditation - she can question and better understand her thoughts and emotions as opposed to being taken over by them. Connect with Kathy Website: LinkedIn: Instagram:
June 30, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Ben Baker - The Proactive Leader - How Caring About Your Colleagues and Your Clients Leads to Personal and Professional Happiness.
Proactive leaders? What do they look like? What are the qualities and traits that make them stand out from the crowd? Get the answers to those questions and more from Ben Baker. Leadership, teaching, branding, speaking - All of the above describes a little bit of what Ben Baker does. But what really describes who Ben Baker is, is a man who embodies kindness #leadership. Listen in as we discuss: - What do other people need? - How do we make other people's lives better? - How can we allow others to shine and win? These are just a few of many "outward looking" questions covered in this episode. Take a listen! You'll be glad you did. About Ben Ben Baker has been helping companies, and the people within them understand, codify, and communicate their unique value to others for nearly a quarter of a century. He is the president of Your Brand Marketing, an Employee Engagement Consultancy, author of “Powerful Personal Brands: a hands-on guide to understanding yours,” and "Leading Beyond a Crisis: a conversation about what's next," and the host of IHEART and Spotify syndicated show with more than 250+ episodes behind him. Ben believes that if companies understand, live, and build cultures around their purpose, employees will engage, stay, and want to grow with the company. This takes great leadership, communication, and awareness of the brand. Get more information about Ben and all the links to connect with him through his website speaker kit.
June 24, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Mirko Maccarrone - Taking Control of Our Happiness by Changing Our Life's Narrative
What do you get when you mix, kindness, happiness, grit, determination, humor, humility, wisdom, and extraordinary ability to "change the narrative? You get Mirko Maccarrone. Oh my goodness - This is an episode that is packed with so many "wisdom bombs" that you're going to need duct tape to wrap around your head to contain the brain explosion it is going to cause! Listen in a Mirko uses his mesmerizing story-telling abilities to share his personal story and take you on a journey from negativity and violence to a path of light, hope, and happiness. Listen in to get answers to the following questions: What will happen in my life when I truly learn to respect and value myself? If I don't show up for me, who will? Is it really possible to change the narrative when I face negative and/or violent situations in my own life? If so, how? How can creating your personal happiness diary help you make it through the challenging times? How can we take negative situations and use them to propel us forward to lifting and building ourselves and others? This are just a sampling of the questions discussed! Tune in to get the powerful, life changing, inspiring and insightful answers! About Mirko: Mirko Maccarone is the Founder and CEO of "The Mastery Hub". He is an award winning marketer, leadership and communication coachsultant. Mirko's why in life is to inspire and empower people with the ultimate aim to elevate human potential. Over the last 10 years, Mirko managed marketing and comms for fortune 100 companies such as Huawai, Bvlgari, VodaFone, Toyota, and Expedia while working at Satchi & Satchi In 2018, Mirko was responsible for the launch of STORYSIGN in Australia, a revolutionary free APP powered  by Huawei AI which takes words from selected books and turns them into sign language, helping thousands of deaf children and their parents around the globe to read and sign together.  In 2021, Mirko quit the corporate world to pursue his "Why!" He is now on a mission to revolutionize the coaching and consulting industry with The Mastery Hub, the world's first digital coachsulting platform. At the Mastery Hub, they help individuals and organizations master the most important aspects of life by transforming their communication, performance, leadership, well-being, and relationships with cutting-edge coachsulting programs. Connect with Mirko LinkedIn: The Mastery hub:
June 17, 2021
Brian Sexton is a man on a mission to encourage the world and he's on the road to accomplishing it! With his down to earth personality, and ability to share life lessons in practical, actionable nuggets, Brian is a man who brings tremendous value to everyone who hears him.  Listening to today's episode will be time well spent! In discussing lessons learned from his Father we cover: - Commitment - Honesty - Trust - Love - Work - Service - Appreciation - Loyalty Everything we value in #leadership. Qualities that empower people and inspire #creativity, #innovation, and #productivity! "Proactive gratitude is one of the most powerful things we can give to another human being." Powerful lessons learned from his father that are applicable to everyone! Take a listen - you'll be glad you did. Want to connect with Brian? Reach out on: Linkedin: Twitter: @BrianSexton13 Facebook:
June 03, 2021
Alon Zaibert - Emotional Relevance - The Three Pillars of Powerful Connection - Season 2, Episode 10
9/11/2001.  For many of you, just looking at that date triggers an emotional response. You remember immediately where you were, what you were doing, how you felt. That emotional experience is engraved on your mind and heart.  You've experienced emotional relevance. Huh? Emotional relevance - what is that? Emotional intelligence, neuroscience and psychology working together through and experience so as to engrave that experience indelibly on your mind! Today we have the master of emotional relevance, Alon Zaibert in the house and you won't want to miss this discussion! LISTENING BENEFITS Learn about the three pillars of Emotional Relevance and how to apply them Stand Out Make an Impact Get personal Learn how Emotional Relevance can help you create tighter, trustworthy relationships that lead to better personal relationships and better business Hear inspiring stories of Emotional Relevance in action. Much, much more. ABOUT ALON Alon Zaibert is a relationship-driven sales executive and a keynote speaker who successfully harnesses his energetic personality and interpersonal psychology skills.  Along with a track record of significant bottom-line results and  decades of management experience, Alon has earned the reputation of a  highly impactful motivational leader. His passions for inspiring people, establishing processes, and building authentic business relationships are truly unique. Tapping into his infectious energy and positive attitude, Alon teaches his clients to find their own power. Alon’s gift of storytelling is evident in his popular blog, “Two Weeks’ Notice  - A Touch of Emotional Relevance Every Couple of Weeks,” where he  brings to life examples of relationship building and  Emotional Relevance™. After many years of studying American culture, Alon has learned to view the nuances of his teachings through intercultural and interpersonal  perspectives. He’s a multifaceted talent who loves engaging an audience with his singing and was once a professional basketball player overseas. CONNECT WITH ALON LinkedIn: Website: Blog - “Two Weeks’ Notice  - A Touch of Emotional Relevance Every Couple of Weeks”
May 19, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Dr. Steve Ambrose - Walking the Ridge and Reversing Toxic Incivility
Walking Ridge? What does that mean - It means walking a tight path at the top of a mountain, or a roof. It requires great balance. In life, navigating through the challenges we face every day with incivility and unkindness, it takes practice to walk that ridge and be the catalyst for for something better - a return to civility and productive, positive human interaction.  If you're looking for solutions to combat toxic incivility - personally and professionally - you won't want to miss today's episode. Take a listen as Dr. Steve Ambrose shares practical insights, information, guidance, and tips on how you and I can take charge in our lives, personally and professionally and be the catalysts that make powerful impact and lasting difference. ________________________ About Dr. Steve: Dr. Steve Ambrose is a cross-functional healthcare and business leader with deep healthcare industry knowledge blended with strengths in strategy, customer success, consumerism, innovation, patient experience, EI & soft skills, and human development. He started WALK THE RIDGE in 2018 and developed the revolutionary WALKING THE RIDGE solution for reducing incivility in 2020. His solution has company, higher education, and city government clients. His strong belief and purpose are rooted in empowering people through change that is meaningful to them as individuals – and that they use as an ever-improving human practice. The skills, techniques, and behavior change is shared and spread through engagement, awareness, and genuine accountability. At the end of this show, Dr. Ambrose will be including, for all listeners, his 7 Powerful and FREE tools to get started in reducing incivility. This is an asset for HR, D&I, and culture leaders – as well as any individual seeking improvement. There is NO signing up and you don’t have to give any information. Just visit, watch, use, and share with others. Connect with Dr. Steve Ambrose: LinkedIn: Walk the Ridge 7 Powerful and FREE tools to get started reducing incivility
May 12, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Kristin Sherry - The Power of You!
The power of YOU! We all want to feel empowered - to feel as if we have value and that we can bring value to the world.  Kristin Sherry is on a mission to help everyone she can understand and embrace that. We all have value. We all matter. We can take control of our lives and map out where we want to go. We can maximize our effectiveness and become better. In today's episode you'll hear: Why kindness is so vital personally and professionally Kristin's powerful story of triumph in the face of a mountain of challenges Why self-care is so important and what you and I can do to better care for ourselves Personal and professional leadership in our own lives The power of aligning our goals with our values And much, much more! Take a listen - You'll be glad you did. More about Kristin Kristin is a bestselling and award-winning author, globally  recognized career expert, and creator of the YouMap® profile, which was  honored with a 2020 Career Innovator Award from Career Directors  International. She is a speaker, trainer, and author of international bestseller, YouMap, and a 2020 Pencraft award-winner in business books for Your Team Loves Mondays...Right? She  is also the managing partner of YouMap LLC, which certifies coaches,  career services and HR professionals as YouMap® coaches and  facilitators. Kristin's children's books, You've Got Gifts! and You've Got Values!, were honored with the Gold distinction by the Mom's Choice Awards®. Her #1 New Release in Personal Success, Maximize 365, released February 2021. How to Connect with Kristin Personal Website: YouMap LLC: Amazon Author Page: Social Media: LinkedIn Youtube
May 05, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Steve Lutes - The Power to Rise Up and Overcome
A man with a true warrior spirit that doesn't believe in the word quit. That describes Stephen Lutes. Do you know him? If you don't, I highly recommend you get to know him! What's Steve's story? He's had a career in organizational training, leadership, and safety. He spends his time seeking to lift and build others. Sound's pretty ordinary - but Stephen is no ordinary man. He's a survivor! Listen to this powerful episode in which Stephen shares his inspiring story of cancer discovery, surgery, and recovery - all the while maintaining a positive attitude. What is it like to have a young marriage, a newborn son and then be diagnosed with a very rare bone cancer? How do you keep the mental tenacity to forge forward when you've been told that your life could be over in five years or less? What actions do you take to stay focused on doing what you can do and not letting what you can't do be a major distraction? Get the answers to these questions and much more! 
April 23, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 4: Greg Brenner - Life Lessons From The HR Dad
Is it possible to apply the life lessons we learn as parents to professional work situations? Greg Brenner believes there is! Greg Brenner, known as the "HR DAD" is the Vice President of Talent and Organizational Development at the fantastic University of Miami Health System – UHealth. He is a a thought leader whose mission is to serve and inspire others so that people can grow. Greg is obsessed with building great work environments so that people can succeed in all facets of their life. If you are a #CEO, #HRDirector, #Manager, or #supervisor, you won't want to miss today's discussion.  Here are a few highlights: As new parents we ask the following questions: How to bring somebody into this world? How do you nurture them? How do you hold them accountable? How do you teach them values and things of that nature? As leaders we may ask: How do we integrate new employees? How do we nurture them in the organization? How do we hold them accountable? How do we ingrain proper values our colleagues? What can leaders do to more fully connect with their people right now? Why is personal connection, with the personal touch, so vital to day and going forward? Get the answers to these questions and so much more by listening to the full episode. Want to connect with Greg? Connect with him here: LinkedIn The HR Dad Website Everyday People Podcast
April 20, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Elaine Jacques - Become Even More Amazing: Becoming Your Best Self - Revisited
The saying goes that just as good things come in threes, so do bad things. How would you bounce back if you: Passed out, smacking your head on a counter and injuring your face and nose Followed by pneumonia Followed by a black widow spider bite What would you do? Is it possible to bounce back from those challenges and "Become Even More Amazing?" Our wonderful guest, Elaine Jacques is living proof that it is.  In today's episode you'll hear Elaine's story and how she was able to bounce back. You'll also get answers to the following questions: Is it possible to acknowledge and celebrate the good we're doing if we aren't willing to take responsibility for our mistakes? How can we avoid getting caught up in negative self-talk trap and instead focus on the fact that when we're making progress we're winning when we make mistakes they are opportunities to learn? What does it mean to show up as our best self and what impact will that have on our lives? Get the answers to all these questions and more. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did. Want to connect with Elaine: LinkedIn:
April 16, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Jacqueline Way - How Giving Leads to Personal Growth, Health, and Happiness
Need a daily DOSE (Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, Endorphins) of Happiness?  Are you working on improving your health - mental, physical, emotional, spiritual?  Could you use a toolbox to help you get past those "Ah Dang" moments in the day when life is frustrating and you need to turn it around? If you answered yes to any or all three of the questions above - you won't want to miss this episode with the Happiness Queen herself - Jacqueline Way! Jacqueline is a dedicated world changer. Her purpose is to inspire and educate the hearts and minds of people to create a happy life - in a happier world. She expresses her purpose through her charitable organization 365give created and inspired by her son with a simple mission to change the world 1 give, 1 day at time. Listen in as Jacqueline drops wisdom bombs that answer the questions above. You'll also learn about Do1Give Day coming up on April 21, 2021, the story behind it, and how you can Do1Give to bless others and experience the boomerang effect in your own life. Want to connect with Jacqueline?  Connect Here: LinkedIn: LinkedIn - 365 Give - Website:
April 09, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Nyeesha Williams - Self-Care, Self-Awareness, and Unapologetic Truth-Telling
Now on the air: Season 2 - Episode 3: Nyeesha Williams - Self-Care, Self-Awareness, and Unapologetic Truth-Telling Nyeesha D. Williams - a master of what it takes to improve #mentalhealth, grow through #personaldevelopment, and unleash inner #creativity, #happiness and #peace! Nyeesha has conquered multiple Goliaths including: - Being born to teenage parents - Being raised in the inner-city projects in drug-infested neighborhoods - Having a drug dealer father who was in and out of prison - Being neglected by her mother - Being sexually assaulted - Having her identity stolen - Taking her parents to court to fight for custody of her younger siblings and winning Most would be crushed by such challenges, but not Nyeesha. She's used her challenges as stepping stones! Nyeesha uses her magnificent voice, through her books and her speaking to encourage people world-wide to learn proper self-care and self-awareness, to use their own voice, to speak their truth unapologeticly, and conquer their own Goliaths! We invite you to listen to Nyeesha's soul-touching story of triumph in the face of adversity! Take a listen, you'll be glad you did! Want to contact Nyeesha? Connect with her here:
March 26, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 2: Aseem Giri - Turning Life's Curveballs Into Home Runs
We've all had curveballs thrown our way in our lives. The question is, what do we do when they come? Angel Investor and entrepreneur Aseem Giri some profound answers. Aseem fills the following rolls with great love and compassion Husband Father Son Entrepreneur Art Investor Angel Investor Mentor Friend Founder of National Treasures Artists In Residence Program All of those words are just the beginning of the words that can be used to describe Aseem and how we can all learn from him. You won't want to miss this inspiring episode. Join us to learn how Aseem dealt with two curveballs at once - a life threatening blood disorder for his son and stage four lung cancer in his dear mother! You'll also get great insights on the importance of assessing what matters most in life, pursuing your passion, and so much more. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did! Connect with Aseem Giri on LinkedIn You can also learn more about National Treasures Artist in Residence Program and how you can support it here:
March 19, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 1: Kristina Vaneva - Employee Engagement - Key to Organizational Well Being
Are you among the C-Suite Leadership and Human Resources directors/specialist scrambling to find positive ways to keep your employee's engaged?  If so, you won't want to miss this episode of THE KINDNESS & HAPPINESS CONNECTION with our amazing guest, Kristina Vaneva.  Kristina Vaneva has been in an employe engagement role with Atlantis Palm Resort in Dubai for the past 12 years, spending the last three as Director of Employee Engagement. She has two masters degrees, including an MBA and an MS in Positive Psychology. She is has a delightful smile and personality and really knows her stuff. Join us to learn: - Why Employee Engagement is at the heart of organizational well-being - Specific behaviors and the methodologies for implementing them to drive organizational health and happiness - Keys to creating an effective engagement strategy - How trust, authenticity, and sincerity are key drivers in employee engagement *** AND SO MUCH MORE *** Take a listen! You'll be glad you did. ________________________________ Want to connect with Kristina? Connect on LinkedIn: Or CHECK OUT her YouTube Channel where she shares valuable insights and wisdom on Employee Engagement
March 12, 2021
The Science of Happiness - How Giving Can Boost Your Happiness Every Day
How can you get your own DOSE of Happiness every day? Is there a science behind it?  Today's amazing quest, Jacqueline Way, the Founder and Executive Director of 365 Give shares the answer. Simply start giving kindness away! Every time you do, you'll be able to get your own happiness fix as your body releases: DOPAMINE - Hormone associated with motivation and reward - why you feel good when you reach a goal OXYTOCIN - Hormone sometimes called the “love” hormone associated with how people bond and trust each other SEROTONIN - Neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood and helps regulate sleep, digestion, and bone health ENDORPHINS - Associated with exercise and laughter - function as natural pain killers What else does giving do for you?  How does it affect your outlook on life? How can simple daily actions change the world? Get the answers to these questions and so much more in today's episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection. Take a listen, you'll be glad you did! Find out more about Jacqueline Way at: 365 Give Website LinkedIn
November 14, 2020
Episode 47 - Ahmad Imam - "The Best is Yet to Come"
What happens when you get the Australian Kindness King, The Happiness Doctor, and The Kindness Giver together on one podcast? A powerful kindness and happiness conversation you won't want to miss. What a delightful opportunity to have a truly amazing conversation with Ahmad Imam coming to us all the way from Sidney,  Australia. So many golden nuggets in this show you won't want to miss: Is self-love narcissistic or is it necessary? Do our minds need the exercise of self-learning as much as our bodies need exercise? How can a few kind words of encouragement change an entire life trajectory? Do personal core values matter? All these questions and much more are answered in this insightful, thought- provoking episode. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did. You can follow Ahmad on LinkedIn:
October 17, 2020
Episode 46: Michael Ray - Smile Project Louisville - Touching Hearts, One Smile at a Time
No coincidences! That's the take away from an amazing conversation that I, Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver and Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness doctor - had with the King of Smiles - Michael Ray, founder and Director of Development for Smile Project Louisville! What is the best marinade for the mind? How can a simple act of kindness touch and change someone's entire life trajectory? How can a little moxie, nerve, and charm bring complete strangers together and leave them laughing and hugging? What are the odds of running into the same homeless man in different places 3 days running - and blessing his life and in turn being blessed? This are just a few of the amazing nuggets from this wonderful, smile-filled, heart-warming conversation with this amazing man. Take a listen: You'll be glad you did. Want to follow Michael? Follow him on: LinkedIn: Facebook:
October 11, 2020
Episode 45 - Using Kindness for L.I.F.T.(I.N.G.) Others Through Social Media
Wow! Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor, and I, Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver - had a delightful conversation this week with another wonderful Canadian friend - Jeanette Y. Martin - Owner of Move Your Bum Chum (MYBC) Consulting! Talk about wonderful - two marvelous Canadian friends in a row! How are you using social media to lift and build others?  Are you L.I.F.T.(I.N.G.) others through LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter?  Is giving kindness truly cycular?  Does it come back or is that just a "nice" wish?  How does your example inspire the children around you - either your own or the children of others?  What can we learn from kind examples? How does our giving kindness become proportionate to the happiness we experience? Get the answers to these questions and more in today's episode. Take a listen, you'll be glad you did. Are you looking to improve your personal gratitude and appreciate. Visit the Gratitude and Appreciation Summit Website at website. Want to reach Jeanette? Find her on: LinkedIn: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:
October 03, 2020
Episode 44 - LinkedIn, Kindness, and You - How to Build Lasting Professional (and Personal) Relationships on LinkedIn
We all understand that in business and in life, success is built on trustworthy relationships. When people know you, like you, and trust you, they are much more likely to have both personal and business dealings with you.  What can you do to build those relationships? What tools are available?  One of those great tools, of course, is LinkedIn, a platform built for the purpose of building successful professional relationships. How can you use it effectively?  What do you do if you're using LinkedIn, working to build trustworthy relationships, and out of left field someone starts bullying you? Unfortunately, LinkedIn, like all social media, is not immune to bullying.  So what can. you do if you feel like you're being bullied? What recourse do you have. Join us today to get the answers from our amazing guest, the LinkedIn Anti-Bullying Champion and one of the queens of kindness out there, Shelly Elsliger. As a LinkedIn trainer, Shelly is building an amazing network of dynamic people doing great things. She is also the creator of the #DECIDETOBEKIND campaign to expose and eliminate bullying on LinkedIn, as well as the #kindclub for people who want to promote ideas and tools that lift and build others.  This is a great episode. Take a listen, you'll be glad you did. Want to reach Shelly? You can find her on LinkedIn at:
September 28, 2020
Episode 43 - Positive Success Systems that Allow Businesses to Thrive
Are there effective ways that businesses can systemize their entrepreneurial efforts? For Craig Waslichak, the answer is a resounding yes! Are you a business leader who is struggling to get everyone on the same page, in the right seats and rowing in the same direction? It you said yes, this is an episode for you.  Listen and get tips about how to: Give your business the proper self-care by creating efficient, effective, and repeatable systems Take care of your customers in ways that empower you to earn their trust so powerfully that they will want to return and will become an extension of your marketing team. Get involved with the Entrepreneurs Organization to have access to leaders who share experiences and help each other out AND SO MUCH MORE! Join us today at 5:00 CST. You'll be glad you did. Want to find Craig:  (Company Website)  (Blog)  (Blog)
September 19, 2020
Episode 42: Kindness, Happiness, and Business - A Recipe for Success!
We all know that it takes just the right ingredients for any recipe to produce a delectable delight when it comes to food.  When it comes to business, the principles behind a recipe for success work just the same way.  Join us, Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver and Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor as we pick the amazing brain of Joy Abdullah about how just the right combination of kindness and happiness with well executed business strategy can lead to thriving business success.  You won't want to miss this episode! Take a listen! You'll be glad you did. Want to connect with Joy? Find him on: LinkedIn Twitter @JoyAbdullah 3MinuteMarketing (
September 12, 2020
Episode 41 - Success - A Life Rich in the Things that Matter Most
❤️❤️❤️ With Jeff Baietto, M.A.: COO InJoy Global; Podcast Host - InJoy Success Podcast; Positive Psychology Guru ❤️❤️❤️ Join myself Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver and Elia Gourgouris Ph.D. - The Happiness Doctor - in this unique experience with an amazing man whose #creativity and #innovation has nailed the sweet spot in combining positive psychology with gamification to create a learning masterpiece! Get the answers the following questions and so much more.... - How can we build the muscle of a positive state of mind? - How can gamification can be a total “game changer” (no pun intended) when it comes to creating the changes we want in our lives ? - How can positive psychology and gamification help us learn and maintain quality information and ingrain habits? - What does it mean to have success by having a life rich in the things that matter most? Take a listen! You'll be glad you did! Want to learn more about Jeff? You can reach him at: - InJoy Global Facebook: - InJoy Daily Facebook: - InJoy Daily Instagram: - InJoy Global LinkedIn: - Jeff’s LinkedIn: - -
September 05, 2020
Episode 40: Truth with a Capital T: How Loving Mentors, Hard Work, and Integrity Can Lift the World
Messages of hope - we can all use them right now. Today you have the chance to listen to one. Enter Joseph Saheb Youssef, raised by a single mother from the age of 2, Joseph had the blessing of having his loving mother and wonderful grandparents to help him learn the meaning of hard work and above all integrity. By the age of 15 he formed a professional band. At 17 he left India and emigrated to Australia where he went to school and worked his way up through life the help of wonderful mentors. I invite you to join my amazing co-host, Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor and myself, Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver as we share a delightful conversation with this wonderful man. There something for everyone: 1) Are you a single mother, or a grandparent? Listen and learn how your example can be a tremendous influence for good. 2) Are you wondering how you can "seize the day!" Listen and learn how continuous, life-long learning can enhance your abilities and opportunities. 3) Are you struggling to find happiness during the current pandemic? Listen and learn how giving kindness can lead to happiness, even in challenging times. Listen and learn - all of the above and so much more. Want to reach Joseph? Visit: or
August 29, 2020
Episode 39 - Music, Teamwork, and Happiness - Strumming Your Way to Personal and Professional Happiness - With Dr. Pele Raymond
Best selling author, acclaimed musician, speaker, coach, podcast host - huge teamwork advocate all wrapped into one amazing man - Dr Pelè Raymond joins us, Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor and Randy McNeely The Kindness Giver.  Named after one of the greatest soccer players (if not thee greatest) of all time, Dr. Pelè, who readily admits he's no soccer player, lives up to the greatness of his namesake. You won't want to miss his story of: 👉🏾 How he got the name Pelè in the first place; 👉🏾 How he survived a bloody civil war in his home country of Nigeria as a little child; 👉🏾 How his mother's songs helped to stave off hunger and give him his first lessons in the power of music to bring happiness. 👉🏾 How he uses the powerful elements of music to build harmonious teams today 👉🏾 And so much more.... Take a listen - You'll be glad you did! Want to reach Dr. Pelè? Go to
August 22, 2020
Episode 38 - Endurance, Eradicating Racism, and Kindness - How Do They Relate?- with Rachel Beck
What do you get when you mix enduring navigation skills, an iron will determination when it comes to eradicating racism, and a heart full of kindness the size of Texas? You get Rachel Beck of course! Join us as we have some fun and also discuss some serious topics: 1) What are you doing on a regular basis to keep yourself in navigator mode as we continue through this time of uncertainty? 2) What have you found to be the best way to stay connected with those you care most about over the past few months? 3) You are a huge proponent of eradicating racism. We are in a time of great racial tension in the United States. What advice would you share with our audience on how to proactively and effectively address the racism challenges we’re facing? Get the answers to these questions and more. Take a listen - You'll be glad you did! Want to connect with Rachel? Find Her on LinkedIn at:
August 15, 2020
Episode 32 - Music, Philanthropy and Business – A Recipe for Harmony – The Rob Howze Way!
ALERT - ALERT - ALERT - DO NOT MISS THIS EPISODE! - ALERT - ALERT - ALERT What do you get when you mix love, music, business, and family? Happy Life - The Rob Howze Way!  Music – how can it lift us – especially during the pandemic? How can love help parents and children cope with life’s challenges? How can coaching and mentoring children and youth today impact the future? Get the answers to these questions and so much more.  Take a listen - you'll be glad you did! Want to reach Rob? Find him on LinkedIn -
August 08, 2020
Kindness, Happiness, and Business - Do They Mix?
🔥 PODCAST ALERT!!! PODCAST ALERT!!!🔥 ❤️ KINDNESS & HAPPINESS CONNECTION❤️ ❤️SATURDAY 8/1/20 AT 1:00 PM CST❤️ ⚡️ Wilton Rogers III ROGERS - FOUNDER/CEO - SCALE THROUG AUTOMATION ⚡️ Is it possible for kindness to rise above bullying and racial judgement, and even change cultures? How can we develop and drive an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age? How can the soft skill of kindness mix with business to produce happiness and well being? Can business solutions that have a positive impact on an organization, personally and professionally drive business growth? If so, how? Get these answers and so much more from the man with a big smile and an even bigger heart - Wilton Rogers III - CEO/Founder of Scale Through Automation / Co-Founder / Real Impact Solutions. Take a listen! You'll be glad you did! Want to find out more about Wilton? Here are the links:
August 01, 2020
Episode 35 - Nicole Glocke - Kindness As Your Superpower
Can kindness be a superpower? Can it truly bless our lives and empower us to lift and build others in seemingly miraculous ways? How can daily kindness lift your life? Talk to Nicole Glocke and the answer is a resounding yes to the first questions and "in a thousand ways," in answer to the lasy! Trust me, this red-headed dynamo, part of a duo of kindness super heroes, has a lot to share in response to those questions and a whole lot more.  Take a listen! You'll be glad you did. Want to reach Nicole?
July 25, 2020
Episode 34 - Becoming the More Amazing You with Elaine Jacques
Do you see yourself as amazing? If not, why not?  Is it possible to see ourselves that way and to become even more amazing? What is the legacy phase of our lives and what kind of legacy are we leaving behind? Those topics and so much more are part of today's edifying Kindness & Happiness Connection podcast with our wonderful guest, the Amazing Elaine Jacques, Leadership Presence and Development Coach. Elaine brings a lot to the podcast house, including amazing coaching expertise and a delightful smile and personality. We invite you to listen in and get the answers to the questions above and a whole load more of golden nuggets of wisdom. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did! Want to reach Elaine?  Check her out on LinkedIn at:
July 18, 2020
Episode 33 - High Performance Leadership - With Kindness and Compassion - Julie Hruska, CEO Powerful Leaders
Why is continually learning and evolving as leaders so important to success? How does working hard every day to maximize our strengths matter? Can kindness and compassion make a difference in our leadership capacity? Get the answers to these questions and so much more in todays, "YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS" episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection podcast.  Join us to get insightful and powerful tips and insights on how you, as a leader can build your personal kindness and happiness brand and translate that into lifting and building others! Take a listen! You'll be glad you did! Want to reach Julie?  LinkedIn or at 
July 11, 2020
Episode 32 - Unsubscribe from Anxiety
Do you struggle with anxiety? If so you won't want to miss today's episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection Podcast.  David Stone, author of "Unsubscribe from Anxiety" has been there. In today's podcast he share's his story of going through major challenges with anxiety and share how he was able to overcome them and how you can too. He'll answer questions such as: Is anxiety something we just have to live with? Isn't anxiety, along with worry, just a normal part of being human? If anxiety is optional, what can we do to opt out? And many more... Take a listen! You'll be glad you did! Want to know more about David? Check out: - where you will find loads of free and helpful resources
July 04, 2020
Episode 31 - Navigating Uncertainty with Hope and Happiness - Sidney Jones
THE KINDNESS & HAPPINESS CONNECTION with Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver and Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor Episode 31 with Sidney Jones - CEO - Real Impact Solution (RiS) Saturday 6/27/20 - 1:00 PM CST Uncertainty and happiness - Oxymorons, right? Yet Sidney Jones is happy and thriving, even now with all of the pandemic stress and social upheaval in our country! How do you handle feelings of hopelessness? What is your process for letting go and forgiving others that have wronged you? How do you juggle personal life and business and still stay uplifted? How do you get through illness and loss? Get the answers to all these questions and more. Take a listen - You'll be glad you did! Want to Reach Sidney? Here are some Links:
June 27, 2020
Episode 30 - The Power of Kindness to Help Child Abuse Survivors
Do you like a story of heroic survival, of triumph in the face of tremendous challenge? If so, you won't want to miss this week's episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection with myself (Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver and Elia Gourgouris Ph.D. - The Happiness Doctor and the inspiring Lisa Zarcone! 💥 WARNING - HEAVY SUBJECT - THAT NEEDS TO BE HEARD! - The Power of Kindness to Help Child Abuse Survivors. Lisa is an author of the Unspoken Truth, the story of her survival of child abuse. She serves as ambassador for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILD ABUSE (NAASCA) and courageously shares her story with the desire to help other survivors thrive, despite the challenges they've faced. Take a listen as Lisa's loving approach and cheerful personality bring in a breath of fresh air and light to a very dark subject. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did. Want to connect with Lisa? Reach out here:  Website: Facebook: - Author Inspirational Page LinkedIn: Twitter:
June 20, 2020
Courage to Pivot with Nicole Jones!
🔥 PODCAST ALERT! 🔥 ❤️ THE KINDNESS AND HAPPINESS CONNECTION - with Elia Gourgouris Ph.D. - The Happiness Doctor and Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver❤️ EPISODE 29 - COURAGE TO PIVOT  WITH - THE LADY WHO'S SMILE LIGHTS UP THE ROOM - DRUM ROLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! - Nicole P. Jones Live at 1:00 PM CST  6/13/20. Come and listen to the full audio! How many times have you made plans for your life and then life throws you an unexpected curve ball? You're determined to be a doctor only to realize after a taking a few science and math classes that maybe that's not where you want to head. What do you do? Even after 40 or 50, is it still possible to change? If so, what are some keys to moving forward? Get the answers to these questions and more in today's episode! Take a listen. You'll be glad you did! #motivation #personaldevelopment #leadership #happiness #kindnesss #daretoembracekindness
June 13, 2020
Episode 28 - Dr Marilyn Scott - Holistic Approach to Happiness
We all know "one size fits all" just doesn't cut it when it comes to self-care, and boy do we need self-care right now!. While we all have the same basic needs as human beings, we each have our unique likes and dislikes.  We each respond differently to different methodologies and situations. So what can we do?  Dr. Marilyn Scott joins us today on The Kindness and Happiness Connection Podcast to share her wonderful insights to self care from meditation, to proper breathing, to aroma therapy and more.  Dr. Marilyn is a Motivational Expert, Speaker and Feel Better Consultant. She has a flair for the Amazement in Life. Her Book, “Be Amazing! Powerful Results Are Just a Leap Away!” has been a powerhouse for those seeking a happier, more amazing life. She hosted a YouTube show called “Healthy Living with Marilyn,” which aired Thursday nights simulcasting on her Facebook page and YouTube channel. Take a listen! You''ll be glad you did.
June 06, 2020
Kristy Stout - Happiness, Joy, and Peace - How can we Stay Bright inside?
We're all born with an inner light. Yet over time that light can dim in many ways whether through circumstances we control or circumstances beyond our control. How do we keep our inner light burning bright? How do we find happiness, joy, and peace? Do we have a choice?  Kristy Stouts answer - a resounding yes we do have a choice! Take a listen to today's episode and get some great insights, inspiration, and actionable tips that are directly applicable to anyone seeking to rekindle their inner light or keep what they've got fired up and burning brightly! Take a listen! You'll be glad you did. Kristy is the mother of 6 amazing children ages 9-20. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  As a learning science expert, Kristy designs educational materials using the latest and best research and technology. Her passion is teaching, especially topics and lessons that encourage us to think deeply and take action to improve our lives.  Kristy has been an educator at a residential treatment center for youth, implemented a mentoring program at local elementary and middle schools, created a design studio curriculum for an alternative learning center, and worked in strategic partnerships for the State Educational Technology Director’s Association.  Kristy  is presently building Stay Bright Movement, a community of spiritual, emotional, and mental health resources- sharing truths gathered by study and by faith. She is the co-host of the Stay Bright Podcast.
May 30, 2020
Episode 26 - Wendy Gilhula - Kindness: Pika Style
Are kindness and happiness in your wheelhouse? Do you need a boost to your mental health or some extra #motivation? Are you a children's book writer? If you said yes, then you'll want to tune into this week's episode of The Kindness and Happiness Connection Podcast with one of the world's kindness queens - Wendy Gilhula! Join myself, Randy McNeely - Kindness Giver and Elia Gourgouris Ph.D. - The Happiness Doctor as Wendy shares her journey from picture book writer, to inspiring kindness advocate, to app maker. It's all here in Episode 26 - Kindness - PIKA Style Tune in today at 1:00 PM CST. Take a listen, you'll be glad you did.
May 23, 2020
Rachel Beck - The Glass is Always Half Full
In today's episode of The Kindness and Happiness Connection Podcast, we had the privilege of interviewing the amazing Rachel Beck. Rachel Beck, author of Finding Your Way When Life Changes Your Plans and international award-winning photographer, owned and ran a photography business in the Midwestern United States for eight years, before becoming a full-time writer. Looking through the lens of her camera, she developed a unique perspective for dealing with the myriad boulders life has thrown her way, and now weaves her vision into words. Rachel’s uncommon life story began when was born an orphan in a remote village in India who was later adopted and raised by a white Jewish family in America. An eternal optimist, she holds a Bachelors of General Studies with Minors in Psychology and Gender Studies and keeps one goal in her heart: that her stories inspire and help out as many people as she can before she leaves this planet. Join us as Rachel shares her story of graduating from the University of Adversity and provides practical insights, tips, and guidance on how you can too! Take a listen, you'll be glad you did!
May 16, 2020
SecondAct | Women - 40 & 50 + Ladies Lighting up the Business World!
What do you get when two wonderful ladies pool their creativity and innovation to create a resource hub for women in their 40's and 50's who are seeking new opportunities? You get Second|Act Women  of course! It was our privilege to interview Barbara Brooks and Guadalupe Olvera Montes Hirt ("Lupe") the leadership team from SecondAct|Women on The Kindness & Happiness Connection Podcast. Are you a woman in your 40s + looking for opportunities but finding it challenging due to your age? Barbara and Lupe can help. Join us today at 1:00 PM CST to get the inside scoop on the why of SecondAct Women, and get details on useful resources and tips! Take a Listen! You'll be glad you did!
May 09, 2020
7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis - An Interview with authors Dr. Elia Gourgouris and Kon Apostolopoulos
Welcome to the inaugural Saturday Episode of The Kindness and Happiness Connection Podcast! Is there a practical guide for getting through the current or future pandemics and other crises? If so, where can I find it? Look no further! In today's episode of the Kindness and Happiness Connection Podcast Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver shares a conversation with his co-host Dr. Elia Gourgouris  - "The Happiness Doctor" and Kon Apostolopoulos - "Coach Kon" who have combined their decades of experience to produce a wonderful new book  "7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis: A Practical Guide for Dealing with Pandemics & Other Disasters." What are the 7 Keys? 1️⃣ Self-Care 2️⃣ Awareness 3️⃣ Flexibility 4️⃣ Preparation 5️⃣ Initiative 6️⃣ Positive Attitude 7️⃣ Kindness Whether you're from India, Europe, Asia, Africa, Europe, South America or North America; whether you an individual, family, or in a position of organizational leadership, today's episode will be of interest and of help to you. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did!
May 02, 2020
Where do we turn when we need a little lift? Humor! Where do we run when we need a mental gift - Humor! What lifts our hearts and lightens our loads? - Humor! Need a little humor in your life today? Listen to today's episode of The Kindness and Happiness Connection Podcast! Take a listen. You'll be glad you did!
April 22, 2020
Gratitude for Frontline Heroes and Heroines
It is possible to express enough gratitude for those people who are putting their lives on the line everyday during the Covid-19 crisis?  Join myself and Dr. Elia today as we celebrate and say thank you to so many who are doing so much to serve those in need right now. We also invite you to think of ways you can be a hero or heroine! What does it take? Simple acts of kindness! We all have the opportunity to write our own kindness story every day! What will your kindness story be today? Take a listen. You'll be glad you did. If it resonates, share it!
April 20, 2020
Personal Health Assessment Part 4 - Spiritual Health
How's your personal health right during this crisis? How are you doing physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?  In parts 1-3 of the Personal Health Assessment series we addressed physical, mental, and emotional health. In this episode we address the final component - Spiritual Health. Here are the questions discussed today: How strong is your belief in a positive outcome? 1 2 3 4 5 How close do you feel to God or your higher power? 1 2 3 4 5 How much do you pray, meditate or practice mindfulness? 1 2 3 4 5 How often do you practice kindness or do acts of service towards others? 1 2 3 4 5 How well do you know and live your purpose in life? 1 2 3 4 5 Take a listen to today's podcast. You'll be glad you did! We invite you to take these questions and combine them with the sets from the previous episodes and do a full personal health assesment. Once completed, there are two ways to interpret your score. The first is your cumulative  score, which gives you an indication of your overall sense of health,  fulfillment, and  happiness in life: 81-100: I  am generally healthy and happy in my life. Feedback in specific areas might be useful. 65-80: My  life is okay, but not always what I would like it to be. I could use some direction in making my life healthier. 50-65: My  life is not going in a direction I would like it to go. I need guidance in learning how to have greater health and wellness. Less  than 50: My  life is unhealthy and needs to change now. (Don’t give up – this is a great opportunity for growth!) The  second way to interpret your score has to do with the individual areas  which are covered in the survey. Research has shown that the twenty  areas addressed in the questions are specific indicators which  contribute to one’s overall sense of wellness. So, for  example, if a score was less than 4 on a particular question,  it shows room for improvement in that specific area. The lower the score, the greater the opportunity for growth. If you'd like personal coaching in the areas you need improvement, visit and complete the contact information at the bottom of the page or contact him at the number provided there.
April 17, 2020
Personal Health Assessment - Part 3 - Emotional Health
Emotional Health - How are you doing? In today's episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection podcast we continue our personal health assessment series discussing emotional health. Here are the questions we'll cover today? How well do you practice self-compassion / self-forgiveness? 1 2 3 4 5 How well do you maintain a healthy life-work balance? 1 2 3 4 5 How well can you maintain flexibility under stress? 1 2 3 4 5 How much is humor, laughter, and playfulness part of your daily life? 1 2 3 4 5 How healthy are your relationships? 1 2 3 4 5 We invite you to take a listen, assess your own emotional health, and make a plan to address those areas that need improvement. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did!
April 16, 2020
Personal Health Assessment - Part 2 - Mental Health
"Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us." Thomas Holcroft Right now that quote is really being put to the test for all of us. It is up to us whether or not life grinds us down or polishes us.  How is your mental health? How are you holding up? In today's episode of The Kindness and Happiness Connection, we present part to of the Personal Health Assessment questions focusing on mental health: Here are the questions we'll be reviewing. We invite you to write them down and assess where you are. How is your ability to maintain a positive attitude? 1 2 3 4 5 How is your ability to stay focused right now? 1 2 3 4 5 How good are you at keeping life’s events in perspective? 1 2 3 4 5 How grateful do you feel right now? 1 2 3 4 5 How open are you to hearing other people’s insights/opinions? (Especially when they are different from yours) 1 2 3 4 5 Take a listen - You'll be glad you did!
April 15, 2020
Personal Health Assessment - Part 1 - Physical Health
Stress and binging seem to go together. We binge eat, we binge drink, we binge watch movies, etc. While these things may seem to provide a "cure" for the stress, that "cure" can end up being worse for us than the stress was. So are there healthy ways to maintain our personal health - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually -  in stressful times without resorting to binging? If so, what are they? Get the answers for physical health in today's episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection Podcast , the first in a four-part personal health series.  Here are the questions we'll be discussing: Physical Health How is your energy throughout the day? 1 2 3 4 5 How rested do you feel when you wake up in the morning? 1 2 3 4 5 How healthy is your diet? 1 2 3 4 5 How is your level of daily activity and exercise? 1 2 3 4 5 How well do you function without escaping? (I don’t use alcohol, drugs, smoking, caffeine, when stressed) 1 2 3 4 5 Take a listen. You'll be glad you did!
April 14, 2020
In Tune with our Inner Voice
We've all heard the advice to listen to our "inner voice," but why?  Why is that so important?  How can can listening to our inner voice be a major help right now? Get the answers to these questions as well as some personal examples and insights in today's episode of "The Kindness & Happiness Connection Podcast with Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver and Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor! Take a listen. You'll be glad you did.
April 13, 2020
Heaven knows we can all use some hope and renewal right now, right? What better way to instigate and inspire hope and renewal than through simple acts of kindness.  What does that mean though? Are there some easy to implement examples? Get the answers to those questions in today's episode of The Kindness and Happiness Connection Podcast as Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor and Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver discuss simple actions like Jacqueline Way's #Do1Give campaign or Shelly Elsliger's #DecideToBeKind campaign. Get the scoop on those campaigns and more. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did.
April 10, 2020
Reaction vs Response
It is so easy in emotional situations to have knee-jerk reactions where we react in the heat of the moment without taking a moment to pause, get some clarity, and then respond.  How well does that work out for us? How does that help us build and maintain caring relationships? Are there practical things we can learn and apply to move from the reaction state to the positive response state? If so, what are they? Get the answers to these questions and more in today's episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection Podcast.. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did.
April 09, 2020
Stress - What Can We Do to Cope
Wow. Just wow. Who could have predicted even a month ago how high the stressometer would be going today. So many events piled on top of each other due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  How are you coping with stress? Are there some practical things we can all be doing to lower our stress level? Get the answers to those questions and some actionable, insightful, tips on today's episode of "The Kindness & Happiness Connection" podcast. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did.
April 08, 2020
Anti-Responsibility - AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT!
In life we all have choices to make and it is so easy to let human nature take over and make "anti-responsibility" choices. What are "anti-responsibility" choices? How do they affect us? Can we avoid or overcome them? If so, how? Get the answers to these questions and more in today's episode of "The Kindness & Happiness Connection" podcast with Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor and Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did.
April 07, 2020
Choice and Responsibility
In every situation we may find ourselves, we have a choice as to how we'll respond. That is the beautiful thing about being human.  But what about responsibility? Can choice and responsibility be separated? Can you and I take responsibility for the choices of others or allow others to take responsibility for our choices? Are there things we can do to ensure we recognize our responsibilities and have the determination to own them? Get the answers to these questions and more in today's episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection Podcast. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did.
April 06, 2020
Faith - How it Can Carry Us Through Challenges
Religious or not, faith is a strength and staying power we all need, especially now. But what is faith? How can we get it and how can we maintain it? Get answers to those questions and more on today's episode of The Kindness-Happiness Connection. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did.
April 03, 2020
Forgiveness - Part 2: Forgiving Others and Asking for Forgiveness
We all, at one time or another in our lives, face the dilemma of needing to forgive others who have offended us or request forgiveness of others whom we may have offended. It is a part of being human. Are there practical insights and actionable steps that we can take to help us in our efforts? Yes. How? Listen to today's episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection Podcast to get practical answers to these questions as well as to hear some powerful stories of forgiveness in action. Take a listen! You'll be glad you did. 
April 02, 2020
Why does it seem to be so easy to forgive others as opposed to forgiving ourselves? Are there steps we can learn and implement to help us forgive past mistakes, extending kindness and self-compassion to ourselves? Tune into today's episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection with Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver and Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor to get helpful insights and practical tips and solutions to lifting those mental weights we've carried with us, sometimes for many years. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did. If it resonates with you - Tell your friends.
April 01, 2020
Determination - Committed, Persistent, Consistent
Just as it takes courage to move from the victim, bystander or critic modes to the navigator mode, it takes determination to stay in that mode once you get there. Listen to today's episode of The Kindness & Happiness Connection podcast on "Determination"  to get practical, actionable tips on how to get in and stay in the Navigator mode!
March 31, 2020
Courage. What does that mean to you?  How can it help you today and in the future to deal with challenges?  What do you do when you're forced out of your comfort zone and placed in a situation you didn't choose?  How do you react?    Do you become    --the victim: Why me?  --the critic: Nothing is working like I think it should   --the bystander: I'll leave it to others to fix this situation  --or the navigator: work to minimize the challenge for yourself and for others.   If you're any one of the first three, how do you find the courage shift to navigator mode? What can you do to maintain appropriate self-management and show personal leadership?   Get the answers on today's Kindness & Happiness Connection Podcast.
March 30, 2020
When we face challenges, it is easy to get caught up in complaining about the situations we face. The question we have to ask is, how will complaining help? Will it change anything? We all know the answer to that question. So what can we do to move from complaining to having an attitude of gratitude? Listen to todays Kindness & Happiness Connection episode for some practical, actionable information, insights, and tips and tips from Dr. Elia Gourgouris - The Happiness Doctor, and Randy McNeely - The Kindness Giver, that are applicable now. Take the time. You''ll be glad you did!
March 27, 2020
In many businesses we hear the term "production capacity" thrown around to describe the ability to produce specific products in certain amount of time, along with all the tools and resources to do so. What does "production capacity" mean in terms of our personal lives? What is our production power and how do we ensure it is at its peak, especially right now during this challenging time? Tune into today's episode of The Kindness-Happiness Connection podcast to get practical insights, and actionable tips on Self-Care for your personal health. Take a listen. You'll be glad you did!
March 26, 2020
Control in a Crisis
Having the sense that life is out of control can be a big deal under normal circumstances. The current situation is anything but normal and for many people the stress level is extremely high as they face challenges they never expected to face. So what can we do?  Listen to Episode three of The Kindness & Happiness Connection  podcast where we discuss the vital topic of control where we discuss and share practical insights and tips in answer to the following questions: What are the things we don’t have control over right now? What are the things we do have control over?  Why is it important to focus on the things we can control?  What actions can we take to maintain that focus? We invite you to take 10 minutes from your day to listen and to answer the call to action. You'll be glad you did!
March 25, 2020
Are you seeking for hope in the current crisis? Would you like some straightforward insights and actionable tips that can help you discover how to find that hope and maintain it? In today's episode, Dr. Gourgouris, "The Happiness Doctor" and Randy McNeely, "The Kindness Giver" share actionable insights to help you in your efforts to maintain a positive attitude throughout the current crisis and beyond.  Take a listen. You'll be glad you did!
March 24, 2020
Why the Kindness & Happiness Connection - An Introduction
The Kindness & Connection Podcast - What is it? Who are Dr. Elia Gourgouris "The Happiness Doctor" and Randy McNeely "The Kindness Giver."  What are two simple things that people can remember to help them right now?  Take a listen to find out. You'll be glad you did!
March 23, 2020