More Happy Life with Andy Proctor
By Andy Proctor
Add more life to your days and more days to your life by applying science-backed inspiration and research from Andy Proctor, a well-being expert and PhD candidate studying the science of human connection. A podcast seen on New York Times, ABC News and Fox Business. Listen to interviews with New York Times bestselling authors, top researchers, Olympians, TED speakers, influencers and well-being thought leaders. Follow on Instagram www.instagram.com/morehappylife/ and join our thriving community at MoreHappyLife.co.
153: Science Behind Good (And Bad) Relationships with Bestselling Author, Eric Barker: Plays Well With Others
Eric Barker is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller “Barking Up the Wrong Tree,” which has sold over half a million copies and been translated into 19 languages. It was even the subject of a question on “Jeopardy!” Over 500,000 people have subscribed to his weekly newsletter. His work has been covered by The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Financial Times, and others. Eric is also a sought-after speaker, having given talks at MIT, Yale, Google, the United States Military Central Command (CENTCOM), and the Olympic Training Center. His new book, “Plays Well with Others,” will be released by HarperCollins in May of 2022. Get Eric's new book here: https://amzn.to/39VnEeV Website: https://www.bakadesuyo.com/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: @bakadesuyo Twitter: @bakadesuyo
May 10, 2022
152: Rewire Your Brain for Self-Love with Jonathan Troen
Jonathan Troen is a Life Mastery Coach and creator of the Self Love Revolution. His mission: To help people find the joy inside of themselves. Jonathan spent 20 years in the music and entertainment business, living the life of his dreams and interviewing the biggest stars in the world. But he still wasn't happy. He also found out, he wasn't alone. So he went on a mission to find out why. Once he learned the secrets of true happiness and success, he had to share it with others. This was the beginning of the Self Love Revolution. Social Media Links: Website: https://www.SelfLoveRevolution.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathantroen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonathantroen/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/troen/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCehyk1DzmlXj8f6VVok6I5w/ Clubhouse: @JonathanTroen
July 05, 2021
151: Perfectionism is the Enemy with @AboutProgress Founder Monica Packer
Monica Packer is passionate about teaching practical transformation. As a podcaster, growth coach, and podcast educator, she guides women to find sustainable growth by adopting progress over perfection. Monica is a former middle school teacher, a forever Oprah and Harry Potter fangirl, a perpetual cookie dough maker, and a beginning swimmer. You can find more about Monica at aboutprogress.com and on Instagram.
June 28, 2021
150: Productive and Present with Monk Manual Founder: Steven Lawson
Steven Lawson is the founder and creator of the Monk Manual, a daily system for peaceful being and purposeful doing. After searching high and low for a formula that resulted in fuller living, he found it amongst the ancient path of the monks. Steven lives in Buffalo, NY with his wife and three kids and splits his time between serving individuals through the Monk Manual and serving businesses through his consulting company Innerspace (goinnerspace.com). You can check out the Monk Manual at monkmanual.com or on Instagram @MonkManual. Discount code: MoreHappyLife
June 21, 2021
149: Natural Anti-Depressant "Prescriptions" with Dr. Susan Heitler
Disclaimer: do not change your medications without first consulting with your doctor or health care provider. This can be very dangerous. Please listen to this episode with an open mind, but with the knowledge that one must be careful when changing their medication routine for mental illnesses. Always consult your psychiatrist, doctor, healthcare provider, therapist before making any changes. Denver clinical psychologist Dr. Susan Heitler specializes in helping her clients to reverse negative emotions. She shares these understandings broadly via her posts on psychologoytoday.com, where her articles have had over 22 million reads. In addition, Dr. Heitler has published five books. Her most recent is a self-help book, Prescriptions Without Pills: For Relief from Depression, Anger, Anxiety & More. For free videos and worksheets from the book, see the book's website at prescriptionswithoutpills.com
June 14, 2021
148: The Science of Bliss in Your Brain with Dr. Dawson Church, PhD
Dawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes (YourGeniusGene.com) was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter, (MindToMatter.com) showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain (BlissBrain.com) demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH.org) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Its largest program, the Veterans Stress Project, has offered free treatment to over 20,000 veterans with PTSD over the past decade. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe (EFTUniverse.com), one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web.
June 06, 2021
147: Secrets to a More Happy Life - Compilation Episode (12 Guest Soundbites)
This is a special episode where I clip some of the most meaningful soundbites from 12 episodes from the last few years of this podcast. The amazing guests in this episode include Baya Voce, Craig Case, Don Rheem, Nir Eyal, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Kat Vellos, Kim Christensen, Mauro Gatti, Lyndsey Young, Richard Eyre, Stacy Sherman and Leslie Santos. It shows you the amazing variety of guests we have had on this show over the years. We will do more of these types of episodes if you like them.
May 14, 2021
146: When NOT to Follow Your Gut with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, PhD
Known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky protects leaders from disasters by developing the most effective decision-making strategies via his consulting, coaching, and training firm Disaster Avoidance Experts. A cognitive neuroscientist and behavioral economist, Dr. Tsipursky writes for Inc., Time, and CNBC. A best-selling author, his new book, available on Amazon and in book stores everywhere, is Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters. Gleb’s book: Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters (Avoid Terrible Advice, Cognitive Biases, and Poor Decisions) Gleb’s website: DisasterAvoidanceExperts.com Gleb’s email: email@example.com Gleb’s LinkedIn: Dr. Gleb Tsipursky Free "Assessment on Dangerous Judgment Errors in the Workplace" https://disasteravoidanceexperts.com/subscribe/ Book page https://disasteravoidanceexperts.com/nevergut LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-gleb-tsipursky/
April 05, 2021
145: The Language of Happiness with Taylor Proctor
Find Taylor Proctor: Happinessabound.com In our discussion, we talk about the power of language for our happiness. How to improve our language for greater well-being How does our inner self talk (silent language) impact us? How words impact our thoughts The impact of conversations we have with other people on our happiness BODY language of happiness is real! Power of non-verbal communication: 7% words used 38% tone, voice, rate of speech etc 55% body language, gestures, etc
March 29, 2021
144: Put Happiness to Work with Employee Happiness Expert, Eric Karpinski
Eric's new book Put Happiness To Work (that this episode is about) was just released! Make sure to get your copy here: https://puthappinesstowork.com/ More about Eric Karpinski Eric Karpinski has been on the cutting edge of bringing positive psychology tools to workplaces for over 10 years, with clients that include Intel, Facebook, IBM, T-Mobile, Genentech and many others. He is a key member of Shawn Achor’s GoodThink team, trained as a scientist at Brown University and has an MBA from the Wharton School. McGraw Hill is publishing his new book, Put Happiness to Work which has been endorsed by Dan Pink and Adam Grant.
March 23, 2021
143: The Power of One Meaningful Connection Per Day. The Science of Social Health with Kasley Killam, MPH
More About Kasley Killam Kasley Killam, MPH, is the founder of Social Health Labs, an impact organization that leads programs, events, and content related to social connection, loneliness, and health. She completed a master’s at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she deepened her expertise on these topics, and now partners with organizations at local, state, and national levels on initiatives that aim to reduce isolation and improve social well-being. Kasley regularly contributes articles to publications such as the New York Times, Scientific American, and Psychology Today. Kasley currently serves on the Board of Directors for two nonprofits, is an Encore Public Voices Fellow, and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Previously, she led a national community engagement strategy and partnerships for Verily Life Sciences, conducted research on mental health and positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and developed an award-winning campaign to promote empathy and compassion. Kasley also has extensive experience working with startups and in healthcare innovation. Find Kasley: https://www.kasleykillam.com/ https://www.instagram.com/kasleykillam/ https://twitter.com/KasleyKillam
March 08, 2021
142: Hope After COVID with Virus Hunter (epidemiologist), Dr. Anne Rimoin
More about Dr. Anne Rimoin Dr. Anne Rimoin is an LA-based epidemiologist (expert virus hunter) having worked in public health on the ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for years and now a leading researcher on COVID-19. She's extremely knowledgeable as a scientist, but also very accessible in discussing the social effects of COVID-19 on a population. She has been a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher and 11th Hours with Brian Williams and regularly makes appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America and FOX Business and has appeared in stories in Health: Thanksgiving Gatherings During COVID-19: 3 Things Experts Want You to Keep In Mind This Year; HuffPost: Why Are COVID-19 Cases Soaring in the Midwest?; The Wall Street Journal: Europe Aims to Emerge Smarter From Latest Lockdowns and The New York Times: America and The Virus; A Colossal Failure of Leadership.
March 01, 2021
141: Helping Millions to Thrive with Nataly Kogan, Founder of Happier.com
Nataly Kogan is one of the leading global experts in optimizing your emotional fitness and elevating your leadership. She’s the creator of the Happier Method™, founder and CEO of Happier and Happier @ Work™, and author of HAPPIER NOW and GRATITUDE DAILY. Nataly is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Dr. Oz Show. By the age of 37, Nataly held top positions at McKinsey and Microsoft, was a Managing Director at a venture capital fund, and started or was a member of the senior team at 5 startups and tech companies. But all of this overachievement came at a huge cost of stress and overwhelm, which was the catalyst for Nataly to give it all up to start her company, Happier, with this mission: To help millions of people thrive in work and life by improving their emotional fitness with science-backed skills and practices. Today, tens of thousands of people cultivate their emotional fitness and Elevated Leadership skills through Happier @ Work and virtual leadership programs, online courses, and other learning tools. Nataly came to the US as a refugee with her family when she was 13 years old, and one of her greatest accomplishments was learning how to speak English by watching Alyssa Milano on the classic 80s sitcom, Who’s The Boss? This is one of her proudest achievements. Find Nataly here: http://happier.com https://www.instagram.com/natalykogan/
February 22, 2021
140: The Science of Self-Love with Katy Sine
More about Katy: Katy Sine is the director and executive producer of Positive Voices, creating, producing and directing positive media programming with thought leaders, leading academics and influencers in positive psychology. She is an assistant instructor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. Katy researches self-love and her goal is to further the science of self-love. She is currently working on a book on this subject and hopes to study this in more depth (which we get into in our discussion). I’m proud to be her colleague working together on Utah Positive Psychology initiatives and love spending time with her as she is an amazing individual. I hope you tune into today’s episode on the Science of Self-Love. Katy is pioneering psychological research on self-love and has created the construct of Whole Self-Love, a deep knowing of self and a whole love for ourselves. She is currently studying the science of Whole Self-Love and the implications it can have on our health, wellness, relationships and the way we view ourselves and others https://www.linkedin.com/in/katy-sine-6ba9aa7a/ https://www.instagram.com/self_love_sine/ https://www.positivevoices.com/selflove/
February 15, 2021
139: Bouncing Back From Impossible Odds: From Breaking her Back to Gold Medals & Fighting Lyme Disease with Olympian Arianne Jones
In my pursuit of the good life I have built a life-list of things that I want to accomplish or experience. One of the things that I was so excited to do recently was to hug the tallest tree on earth - Hyperion. It was amazing! Another thing on the list is to interview a gold-medal olympian. Today, that happened! Listen to the whole interview for the amazing story of an olympian who came back to win gold after breaking her back and then went on to battle an almost invisible enemy: Lyme disease. Her journey is amazing. I hope you have a listen. Arianne Jones is an Olympian, a plant-based chef, a holistic nutritionist and is currently battling Lyme disease. She is a speaker a storyteller, a food photographer, a fierce goal-chaser, an elixir mixer and an unshakable optimist. As part of her luge career, she has competed not only at the Sochi Olympics, but also in 10 Canadian championships and 52 world cups. In her last World Cup, she won the gold medal representing Canada. If her story was a ride at Disneyland, it would be the Incredicoaster or perhaps the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride because it goes up and down a lot! She is a paragon of grit and someone who inspires me greatly. I first found Arianne on airbnb during the pandemic. My wife Stacie found her virtual experience of cooking a healthy dessert with an olympian. If you want to spend the night in your own kitchen learning and being inspired by Arianne, I highly recommend this experience as well! Today we dive into her story and hear even more about her unshakable optimism. Find her here: ariannejones.com Instagram.com/ariannejones
February 01, 2021
138: Giving Language to the Intangible - Emotional Intelligence & Inherent Worth with Dr. Julie Hanks
More about Dr. Hanks Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with 28 years experience specializing in women’s emotional health and relationships. She is an assistant professor of social work at Utah Valley University. Dr. Hanks is the founder and director of Wasatch Family Therapy, an outpatient therapy clinic in Cottonwood Heights and Bountiful, UT. She is author of The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide for Women, a blogger, a local and national media contributor, an online influencer, a private practice consultant, and an award-winning performing songwriter. A native Californian, Hanks currently lives in Sandy, UT. For additional resources visit DrJulieHanks.com or connect with @drjuliehanks on social media. Where to find Dr. Julie Hanks https://www.instagram.com/drjuliehanks/?hl=en http://www.drjuliehanks.com/
January 25, 2021
137: Six Powerful Strategies to Increase Meaning in Your Life
Today's episode is all about finding more meaning. It's a solo episode that I hope you enjoy. Here is a sneak peek: 1. Decrease Regret by Taking Action What’s something you can just do today to decrease the regret you would have in the future? Here are the top 5 regrets of the dying: I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself rather than the life others expected of me I wish I hadn’t worked so hard I wish I had the courage to express my feelings I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends I wish I had let myself be happier What can you do to connect with your friends more? How can you arrange your life to work less? How can you be more yourself? What are you doing express your true feelings? How are you deliberately adding to your levels of happiness? 2. Commit Something to Your Life List I have a list that is growing. I had a bucket list before, but after hearing about Stacy Taniguchi’s 100 LIFE list, I changed the name. I don’t like the focus on avoidance of death or hurrying before you kick the bucket. I like the focus on LIVING and celebrating the life we have now. Here are a few things from my LIFE list: I have two categories: to accomplish and to experience. In the “To accomplish: category: Get a doctorate degree Write a lastingly relevant book Deliver a TED talk Teach over 10,000 students about how to thrive in life Give my mom a home to live in Become a blackbelt in some martial art In the “to experience” category: experience Being a dad Experience the summer Olympic Games in person A photographic tour circumnavigating the globe Thank J.K. Rowling in person Swimming next to a whale A bioluminescent beach at night with my camera Your list will be different than mine, but what I have found is that as I contemplate these experiences and accomplishments that I want to have, it makes me excited to be alive. It brings meaning to the struggle in my life. The hard stuff becomes a little less hard because I’m headed toward something. There is a book called The Happiness of Pursuit that I highly recommend. In this book, the author often talks about the importance of always having a “life-affirming quest”. What is your life affirming quest? Do you have one right now or are you just kind of floating along? No judgement. I have definitely had some moments of floating along. No matter what your job or your current vocation, adding something to your life list can be a catalyst for a life-affirming quest and make your life more meaningful. If you have things to live for, you’ll be more likely to live. Read the show notes here: https://morehappylife.co/6-powerful-strategies-to-increase-meaning-in-your-life/
October 06, 2020
136: Making News Happier in The Year of The Doomscroll, with Mauro Gatti from The Happy Broadcast
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of negativity in the news? Do you doomscroll? Well, 2020 is the year of the doomscroll and it can be really hard to avoid the negativity that inundates our digital news feeds. I have spoken about the benefits of taking breaks from the news and the negative impact that constantly watching the news can have on our health. Some choose to avoid the news altogether, but with the constant changes in even our local regulations, you have to be informed. My guest on today’s episode of More Happy Life is Mauro Gatti, the creator of The Happy Broadcast, an anxiety free news broadcast that started as Mauro’s way of using his skills as an artist to decrease his own anxiety. He started looking for positive news to balance the negative news. When he combined this with his gift as an artist, The Happy Broadcast was born. He has been illustrating and sharing positive news on social media since 2018 and it is one of the most inspiring Instagram accounts I have ever followed. I even did a special episode based on the news on The Happy Broadcast. I loved my conversation with Mauro and hope you not only listen to our conversation, but that you go follow his inspiring work. We all need a little positivity boost amidst the things that are out of our control. One big takeaway I got from Mauro was to get out and do something. Even if you only watch negative news, do something to be a part of the solution! All the positive news is a result of someone who decided to take action for a good cause. In our episode we covered a lot: Why Mauro started The Happy Broadcast How hard it is to find positive news (you don’t just stumble upon it) The impact doomscrolling has on our health and how to stop doing it Why it’s important to stay informed, even amidst the negative news How to have a healthy relationship with the news and social media How to have more hope in the face of seeming doom The secret sauce to a happy life Mauro’s dream for the world More About Mauro Gatti and The Happy Broadcast Originally from Italy, Mauro Gatti lives in Los Angeles where everyone surfs except him. Mauro is an award-winning creative director, illustrator and designer who loves pizza, dogs, and imagining things. He also loves to make people happy with his art, because a smile is the cheapest route to happiness. Mauro is also the creator of The Happiness Broadcast, where he finds positive news from all over the world and creates art to depict the positive stories. His account on instagram has over 530,000 followers with even more on Facebook and Twitter. He recently published a book that just came out yesterday (September 22nd) and is both pleasing to the eye and inspiring to the soul. Buy The Happy Broadcast book here. Mauro’s website: https://www.thehappybroadcast.com/ Find and follow The Happy Broadcast: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_happy_broadcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehappybroadcast/
September 28, 2020
135: Sexuality & Happiness, A Positive View of Sex and Sexuality with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife
Sexuality and Happiness is a topic I have not discussed on the More Happy Life podcast. I have wanted to for quite some time, but I wanted to introduce it with the right person and I think Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is the right person. This podcast talks about all things from the foundation of positive psychology research. I think positive sexuality is a really powerful topic for the listeners to hear about and to discuss on social media after hearing this episode. There is so much negativity around sexuality and desire (not just in conservative cultures like the LDS culture) and I am excited to shed a positive light on this topic with an expert. Listen today as we discuss the positive side of sex and our own innate sexuality. Some of the topics we cover: How our sexuality is linked to our wellbeing Why sex can be such a taboo topic and how to make it easier to have safe conversations about it What can help parents in talking to their children about their sexuality and sex Why it's so important to work out your own relationship with your own sexuality as a parent The concept of human embodiment and pleasure How people who believe they are addicted to sexuality can switch from victim to chooser Not just the list of "DON'Ts but also a list of DO's How to view your sexuality as a conservative single who sees themselves as older and not able to express their sexuality outside of marriage More about Dr. Finlayson-Fife Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a LDS relationship and sexuality coach as well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Her teaching and coaching focuses on helping LDS individuals and couples achieve greater satisfaction and passion in their emotional and sexual relationships. In addition to consultation with couples and individuals (in person and online), she teaches online relationship and sexuality courses designed to foster self and sexual development and create happier relationships and individuals. Dr. Finlayson-Fife also offers many live workshops and retreats for couples and individuals. Jennifer is a frequent guest on LDS-themed podcasts and writes articles for LDS-themed blogs and magazines, on the subjects of sexuality, relationships, mental health and faith.
September 19, 2020
134: Navigating Life Transitions with NYT Bestselling Author Bruce Feiler
When was the last time something really hard happened to you? How did that change your life? Have you healed and moved on from this? Bruce Feiler's research showed that the average adult goes through a major disruptor about every twelve to eighteen months. And that adults face three to five big ones, what Bruce calls “lifequakes,” with an average aftermath of three to five years. This aftermath of disruptors could last over half the life of adults! I feel very strongly to help people going through major transitions and for this reason, I brought Bruce Feiler onto the show. His recent book Life Is In The Transitions is the topic of our discussion today on episode 134. We talk about the major stages of transitions that and how to best navigate those. The stages are: 1. The Long Goodbye 2. The Messy Middle 3. The New Beginning During these stages there are many common markers or milestones. Bruce gets personal with me in asking me to share more details of something that was a major lifequake for me: my divorce. It was amazing how well my experience matched the data that he has been gathering about transitions across the stories of hundreds of people all over the world in the project Bruce has called "The Life Story Project". We discuss how to best share your new self once you have made the decision to say goodbye to the old and we talk about the importance of ritual in transition. We roughly cover many of the following tools for transitioning: Accepting the new you Creating some sort of ritual to help you to symbolize the new you Adding something to yourself like learning a new skill or creating something beautiful in your life. Sharing this new self with others Crafting your new story Surround yourself with people who cheer you on as the new you About Bruce Feiler: A six-time consecutive New York Times bestselling author, presenter of two-prime time series on PBS, the inspiration of NBC’s Council of Dads, and TV host whose two TED Talks have been viewed more than two million times, today’s guest, Bruce Feiler (FY-ler), the author of the book Life is in the Transitions, joins me in an amazing episode. You may have read his article The Stories that Bind Us, in the New York Times that went viral in 2013. Friends, I’m blown away at my guests every time and Bruce is now one of my favorite people. https://www.brucefeiler.com Get Life Is In The Transitions here: https://amzn.to/3ipKlad
September 11, 2020
133: Liberating Men to Express Emotions; Gratitude, Wonder and Awe with Kristin Petrucci.
For the women listeners who want to support the men in your life, this is the episode for you. For the men who need support from other men or women, listen in. I loved Kristin’s thoughts in this episode to help liberate men to express themselves. Personally, I have struggled to feel comfortable as a man to express myself. I am a very expressive person and it’s hard to know when I can express my true emotions. This conversation was refreshing for me to dive into the barriers to emotional expression that exist in Western Culture for men. We also dived into some amazing topics in positive psychology like gratitude, wonder and awe. I just returned from one of the most awe-inspiring places on earth - the giant redwood forests of Northern California. I hope you tune in to the whole chat with Kristin Petrucci. Kristin Petrucci received her post graduate positive psychology training from the University of Utah. She is a Transformational Speaker, Corporate Mindfulness Expert and Positive Psychology Coach. Her main focus is to help men live victoriously. She believes that Active Gratitude is the key to Victorious Lifestyle and is the Founder of KP Speaks. She would love to collaborate and can be found on Instagram @kpspeaks_ and Linkedin Participate in her pilot study: www.kp-speaks.com/pilot-study
September 03, 2020
132: How Loneliness and Social Connection Impact Your Health - with Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad
In Episode 132, I speak with Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, THE leading researcher on social isolation, loneliness, social connection and how those things impact health. Maybe you have heard the statistic that loneliness is worse for your health than smoking up to 15 cigarettes per day. Well, we dive a little deeper to clarify this notion to include the difference between loneliness and social isolation. We also talk about what a healthy socially connected life might look like. We also cover a few preliminary data points on how the coronavirus pandemic of COVID-19 has had an impact on social isolation and loneliness. Here are some of the main points from our conversation: What led Dr. Holt-Lunstad to study social neuroscience and health psychology What is the definition of an epidemic? Is there actually a loneliness epidemic in the world? What data can back this up? The impact of COVID-19 on loneliness (some data is showing a 20-30% increase in loneliness (due to social distancing). That Gen-Z has the highest prevalence of loneliness (some data shows up to 79% reporting feeling lonely) What is the difference between loneliness and social isolation? Why is social connection so important for our health? How do social connection or social isolation compare to the impacts of well researched things like exercise, sleep, smoking, etc.? What would a healthy socially connected life look like? Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad's advice on how to be happier: Increase social connection and emphasis on your close relationships. Positive relationships are key to a happy life. More about Dr. Holt-Lunstad: Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, where she is also the director of the social neuroscience lab. Her research is focused on the long-term health effects of social connection and has been seminal in the recognition of social isolation and loneliness as risk factors for early mortality. Recognized as an expert in the field, Holt-Lunstad has provided expert testimony in the US Congressional Hearing, worked on the US Surgeon General’s Emotional Well-Being in America initiative, served on the advisory group for the UK Cross-Departmental Loneliness Team, and a consensus committee for National Academy of Sciences. She also serves as scientific advisor for the Australian coalition to End Loneliness, the Foundation for Art & Healing, the Rural Aging Advisory Council, AARP Services Inc. and United Healthcare; and she regularly consults tech companies as well. Holt-Lunstad has received too many awards to name and is making a positive mark on the world with her research. Her work has been highlighted in the BBC 100 Breakthrough Health Discoveries in 2015 and has been covered in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time magazine, Scientific American, “This American Life,” the TODAY show, NPR, and many other major media outlets. I am honored to be her TEDx speaker coach for her TED talk, and something we joke about is that her research has been cited in at least 10 other TED talks and dozens of books. It’s an honor to have Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad on the show and I hope you listen all the way to the end for her advice on how to build a happier life. Where to find and follow Dr. Holt-Lunstad: https://twitter.com/jholtlunstad julianneholtlunstad.byu.edu
August 19, 2020
131: Personality Isn't Permanent with Benjamin Hardy, PhD
Who do you intend to become? Are you satisfied with where you are at right now or do you want to witness a positive evolution of yourself? If you desire a change, this episode is for you. I honestly believe that this has to be one of the most life changing episodes I have ever recorded because it is jam packed. If you’re like me, you’ll want to re-listen to this one and take notes and then go buy the book because today’s guest goes over some amazing principles about how to create real change inside yourself. Today’s guest is Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author Willpower Doesn't Work. From 2015-2018, he was the #1 writer in the world on Medium.com. During that time, he grew his email list from 0 to 400,000 without paid advertising. Ben and his wife Lauren adopted three children from the foster system in February 2018 and one month later, Lauren got pregnant with twins who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando. Ben's blogs are read by millions monthly. On a personal note, I had the great opportunity to get to know Ben a little more personally as well and I have witnessed first hand that he is the real deal. He doesn’t just write really amazing blog posts and books and have another life. He lives it. I share a story in the podcast about how Ben’s book Willpower Doesn’t Work changed my life a few years ago and I think that his new book is even more life changing. Full show notes: will be found at: http://morehappylife.co/personalityisntpermanent
June 18, 2020
130: How to Strengthen Adult Friendships, with Author Kat Vellos
How do you make friends as an adult? And if you have made a friend, how can you keep them and strengthen that friendship? In today’s episode we talk about the importance of friendship as an adult as well as how to build and strengthen friendship in our lives. I interviewed Kat Vellos, the author of the amazing book We Should Get Together, on these things, and I’m very excited to share this with you. What are the biggest barriers to friendship? Constant relocation Full schedules The demands of partnership and family Declining capacity for intimacy and compassion in the age of social media We talked about a lot of practical ways to overcome these obstacles in the interview. We talked about Dr. Jeffrey Hall at the University of Kansas conducted research that showed that it takes approximately 200 hours to go from strangers to really close friends. When was the last time you spent 200 hours with someone? How many people can you say you have spent 200 hours with in the last 5 years? This is a fascinating interview and I hope you not only listen to this interview, but pick up Kat’s book! I have it now and have devoured it! It is an amazing book with such charming illustrations and memorable stories and the best part is that it is packed with tips on how to build and strengthen friendships. Do you feel like you need more friends right now? This is the perfect book (and podcast episode) for you!
May 15, 2020
129: Resilience Through Listening to Your Body with Leslie Santos, MAPP, M.Ed.
In this episode we talk about increasing resilience through listening. We go into depth on many ways this is possible, but the one we really focus a lot on is getting present with our body. I loved this conversation. It calmed me down and I hope that it helps to calm you down as well. Here are some of the topics we covered: Growth Mindset: Carol Dweck Byron Katie: The Work Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) The Body Keeps the Score - Dr. Bessel Vanderkolk Emotional Integration “Accessing resilience through your body is the pathway” Three degrees of influence - Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler. More about Leslie Santos: In practice for over seven years, Leslie Santos is a psychological archeologist, mindset cartographer and champion of the life-thirsty. She studied positive psychology under Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. It was while working with Seligman that she discovered how childhood adversity affects adult behaviors, an epic realization that catalyzed her mission and compelled her forward. Her working model is that all humans experience childhood hardship and through this adversity protective adaptations are formed. Left unresolved, these adaptations become maladaptive in adulthood and block our momentum forward: every earnest step toward our desire is countered by an equal force in the opposite direction. These findings led to the development of her resilience process, designed for 1:1 mentorship and corporate human development for enlightened leaders. Find Leslie here: Website: https://www.benddontbreak.me/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/lesliesantos Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leslie_santos/
April 17, 2020
128: 5 Strategies for Coping with Anxiety and Panic - Solo Episode
Even if you don't watch the news, there is a lot going around right now about the coronavirus that can really be unsettling. This is why I decided to republish an episode that I created before about how I overcome anxiety and panic. The best way to protect yourself against a virus that has no vaccine is your own immune system. That's why it is important to know how to cope with anxiety. I hope these things help you as much as they have helped me. And I hope that you can find hope amidst the hype and panic. May you be well.
March 12, 2020
127: Tackling Loneliness With The Friendly Bench – With Founder Lyndsey Young
Talking to strangers may seem like an anxiety producing task, but not if you have a place that is set aside to be friendly with your community. Today’s episode highlights community activist Lyndsey Young, the founder of The Friendly Bench, CIC. In this episode we discuss why loneliness and social isolation are so hard and bad for your health as well as what can be done to overcome these things. We then talk about the story behind The Friendly Bench and why having a place where you can create deliberate connection is critical for a community. Learn more about Lyndsey Young: Lyndsey Young is the founder of award-winning The Friendly Bench CIC, a movement to tackle loneliness, social isolation and community disconnectedness using innovative outdoor social spaces that reconnect people back to their own community. Lyndsey created The Friendly Bench™ after suffering from loneliness and social isolation herself. Bringing together her extensive design knowledge and experience of working on nature and wellbeing projects, The Friendly Bench™ was born. Being closer to nature, active social spaces and bringing people together is what it’s all about – with community at its core. Winning support from the UK’s Prime Minister; Loneliness Minister, Baroness Diana Barran, and national charities and campaigns tackling loneliness, as well as being featured in New York Times, Huffington Post and Reuters, The Friendly Bench™ network is growing, with further The Friendly Benches launching across the UK this year, The Friendly Bench CIC is also in talks with organisations in Australia and Canada to expand overseas. I loved learning about The Friendly Bench from Lyndsey and I loved her kind optimism and gentle goodness. I really love what Lyndsey is doing because it’s not just trying to build awareness around loneliness and social isolation, but she is ACTING to make a change. Find the Friendly Bench here. Website: https://www.thefriendlybench.co.uk/ Insta: https://www.instagram.com/thefriendlybench/ FB https://www.facebook.com/TheFriendlyBench/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Friendly_Bench
February 06, 2020
126: A Powerful Cure For Loneliness: Ritual Connection - With TEDx Speaker Baya Voce
Have you ever felt lonely? Unfortunately, most people would answer yes. There is a loneliness epidemic going on in the world today and I am on a mission to help fight against it. So is Rite of Passage designer and TEDx speaker, Baya Voce. As I was researching loneliness, I found Baya's TEDx talk (with over 4 million views) on a simple cure for loneliness. This intrigued me and I knew we had to chat. It just so happened that serendipity wanted us to chat as well. My friend and former More Happy Life podcast guest, Doug Cartwright (see episode 120) happens to be friends with Baya and we got on the phone and made this episode a reality. We talked about some really life-changing principles here: Micro and Macro Transitions How to experience Grief and Gratitude simultaneously Rituals to help with grief and transition Loneliness and how to deal with it Connecting with our inner wisdom to find the answers we need Baya also shares a never-before-published story of how she was able to use ritual to get through a major heart break that began on the TEDx stage. If you are going through something hard right now, you should listen to this episode. If you have ever gone through a major transition, you should listen to this episode. If you have ever felt lonely, you should listen to this episode. Don't miss this one! About Baya Voce: Baya Voce is a Rite of Passage Designer, helping people turn their life transitions into rites of passage through ritual and ceremony. She's known for designing and facilitating experiences ranging from two-person rituals and 20-person Jeffersonian-style dinners to 100+ person women's circles, elaborate 1,000+-person theatrical productions, and conferences at places like Lincoln Center. Her TEDx talk on loneliness is one of the most-viewed of all time with over 4 million views. Baya has produced experiences in conjunction with brands like Lyft and Google Fiber, and has been featured by ABC, Fox, MTV, and SXSW for her perspective on human connection, given her prior years as a successful matchmaker. You can connect with her online at www.bayavoce.com or on @baya_voce on instagram.
January 17, 2020
125: How You FEEL At Your Work (NOT Pay) Determines Whether You Will Stay; with Forbes Author Don Rheem
The future of work will be determined more by how we feel than how we are paid. This was said by Don Rheem in his TEDx talk given in 2018. I was sitting on the front row, riveted by his speech. I couldn't wait until it was edited and on YouTube so that I could start sharing it with my colleagues and manager. There isn't a labor surplus anymore and there likely won't be one for a while. What this does it it enables employees to choose between the best jobs. There are more unfilled jobs in America than there are unemployed people to fill those jobs, and it will likely be this way for at least the next 20 years. This is why it is so important for managers to prioritize making the workplace a place where their employees feel good. Listen to today's episode to learn more about how to be a manager who can do that as well as an employee who can find a job that you love. Find Don Rheem here: His Book: Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience That Drives High-Performance Cultures https://amzn.to/2PvEXoE His Website: https://www.e3solutions.com/ His TEDx Talk https://www.ted.com/talks/don_rheme_how_can_work_save_our_relationships Bio: Don Rheem is an author and CEO of E3 solutions, a provider of employee workplace metrics which allows organizations to build engaged, high-performance cultures. He focuses on using science-backed research to consult with leaders at all levels within an organization. He is a former science advisor to both Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. I first saw him speak at TEDxBYU a few years ago and you can find his ted talk by searching YouTube or TED.com for “Can Work Save our Relationships?” He is also the author of the book Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience The Drives High-Performance Cultures, published by ForbesBooks.
January 09, 2020
124: How to be Indistractable with NYT Bestselling Author, Nir Eyal
Read the full show notes at https://MoreHappyLife.co/indistractable Do you get distracted? Do you struggle to stay on task and get taken down the digital rabbit hole more often than you would like? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. With all the technology that exists, if you aren’t deliberate about what you allow into your life, you’ll be bombarded. One study showed that the average US smartphone user receives 46 app push notifications per day! I have experienced the overwhelm and frustration that comes from coming to the end of the day and realizing that I haven’t spent enough time on the things that I valued most. This is what I love about Nir Eyal’s newest book: Indistractable. In my interview with Nir Eyal, we discuss that the source of our distraction may not be an undiagnosed case of ADHD, but that it is actually discomfort. And the critical factor for me was when he talked about matching our values with our calendars. Why? Because if we actually remember the values that are driving our calendar, it’s easier to do the things we plan. Otherwise, if our calendars do not align with our values, we will constantly be drawn away from them by even the smallest “shiny object” in our view (or our notifications). This was a game changer for me! Social media & technology are not our enemies. Our enemy is our own misalignment with our values that keeps us from experiencing what we most desire in life. We MUST prioritize values alignment or we will constantly be distracted. How can you do this? Well, read the book! Also, here is an exercise the book inspired me to create for myself: Write down the things that you value most in life. Write down all the activities you actually have in your schedule and see which of those align with the values on your list. Now write down things that you still highly value, but that are NOT on your schedule in any form. Practice gratitude for the things on your list of scheduled items that already align with your deepest desires. Add more items to your calendar that actually align with your values. Let go of 3 things that DON’T align with your values (cancel, reschedule, reprioritize). This exercise is life changing. Too many people feel down and get distracted on Monday (or any day) because they haven’t aligned their values with their schedule. Is this you? Why do you keep doing things that don’t align with your values? STOP IT! Align with your values and be more happy! Find Nir Eyal here: Find more at: NirAndFar.com/Indistractable The schedule maker tool mentioned is here: https://nirandfar.com/schedule-maker/ Summary article: https://www.nirandfar.com/skill-of-the-future/ And distraction guide here: https://www.nirandfar.com/distractions/ Habits vs routines article here: https://www.nirandfar.com/habits/
December 19, 2019
123: How Good Customer Experience Makes the World Happier with Forbes Author Stacy Sherman
In episode 123, I speak with Stacy Sherman about the power of a transformational customer experience. Everyone is used to interacting with a business in a transactional way, but when a business can make a transaction into a transformation, that's when magic happens! In our conversation we discuss how to make this happen by starting at the top and moving down. If the executives are seeking to increase their own wellbeing, they will naturally desire to make the wellbeing of their employees a priority. And when the employee wellbeing and happiness becomes a priority, it can impact the bottomline in a tangible way. In other words, customer satisfaction begins with employee satisfaction and employee satisfaction begins with executive wellbeing. We also discussed how a business can create a "wow moment" by simply connecting with their customers. I shared an example of going to Smashburger on my wedding day and being wowed and she shared an experience she had of being wowed during an experience with the owner of The Lodge at Woodloch who made a genuine connection with her and her family. It seems simple, but it's powerful and it keeps customers talking. Here I am talking about Smashburger and Woodloch! Stacy's advice for people who want to have a more happy life: Stacy Sherman"Be intentional and purposeful about how you experience your day" She does this with an app she uses called The Five Minute Journal that prompts you to record your intentions for the day, what you're grateful for, what you will do to make your day go well, and how you could have improved the day. It's the simple things! If you don't already have a journaling routine to boost positive emotion, this sounds like a good app. She also emphasized the importance of surrounding yourself with people who support your goals and who don't deflate your confidence. This is critical! More About Stacy: Stacy Sherman is known for expertise in designing & implementing successful Customer-Centric programs that differentiate Business (B2B) & Consumer (B2C) brands beyond price. She coaches individuals & leads teams to deploy best in class methodologies & closed-loop processes. She’s currently Director, Customer Experience (CX) & Employee Engagement at Schindler Elevator Corporation (USA), where she’s contributing to record-breaking Net Promoter (NPS) results, Y/Y revenue growth & portfolio protection. Recent accomplishments: 2019 Finalist “CX Leader of the Year” and “CXPA Impact” awards. Besides CX, Stacy’s led Digital Marketing & Website Conversion Optimization for reputable brands of all sizes & budgets including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Martha Stewart, ADP, Wilton and more. She’s produced multi-billion dollar sales while increasing customer satisfaction (C-Sat) and Effort scores within cost per acquisition targets. Find and follow Stacy here: Twitter (https://twitter.com/stacysherman) Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/doingcxright/) Doing CX Right (https://doingcxright.com/about-stacy-sherman/) Thrive Global (https://thriveglobal.com/authors/stacy-sherman/) Forbes (http://bit.ly/ForbesStacy) Stacy's views are her own in this episode.
December 12, 2019
122: Surround Yourself with Greatness - Mini Episode
This episode comes from a chapter of my book Live Your Mission and it is all about surrounding yourself with greatness. If you feel like you are in a rut, take a step back and look at who you spend your time with each day and each week. If you don't believe in your dreams, then you need to diversify your friend group to include those who believe in their dreams. I hope this helps you today. Enjoy!
November 21, 2019
121: The Happiness Paradox with NYT #1 Best-Selling Author Richard Eyre
In today's episode I interview #1 New York Times best-selling author, Richard Eyre about his new book The Happiness Paradox. Richard's experience is that there are three main obstacles to happiness and joy: Control Ownership Independence When we are obsessed with seeking after these alone, it will be a never ending cycle of ultimate dissatisfaction. However there is a way to sustainable happiness according to Richard. To replace these three with three others: Serendipity Stewardship Synergicity (synergy and synchronicity) We go into more detail about how you can move from control to serendipity, from ownership to stewardship, and from independence to synergicity. It's a beautiful conversation that really helps tap into some core issues we face when we want a more happy life. In addition, Richard made some special offers to all of the More Happy Life listeners! 1. To get Happiness Paradox for 40% off and with free shipping just go to https://familius.com/eyre-special and use the access code ANDYFRIEND 2. Check out the Instagram of the Eyres here https://www.instagram.com/richardlindaeyre/ 3. If you're interested in their books on parenting, go to Valuesparenting.com or go to EyresFreeBooks.com is where you can see the list of all their books and get most of them free online or go to Theeyres.com More about Richard and Linda Eyre: New York Times #1 Bestselling Authors Linda and Richard Eyre have seen their books sell in the millions and be translated into more than a dozen languages. Appearing on virtually every national talk show, including Oprah, Today, and CBS This Morning, the Eyres have also spoken and presented throughout the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. They are known for their teachings on parenting and have recently come out with a new book about happiness. Naturally, I wanted to talk to them about the book and I was lucky enough to get Richard on the phone for a very serendipitous conversation.
November 14, 2019
120: How To Meet Your Highest Self with Doug Cartwright, Founder of The Daily Shifts
If you feel like you are not enough or that your life needs to change for you to be happier and healthier, Episode 120 is for you. In this episode I interview the founder of The Daily Shifts, Doug Cartwright. The Daily Shifts is an app that encourages you to engage with your mind and body in a way that can turn your day around. In this episode we talk about so many amazing things: Loving kindness meditation Breathing: Inhale in for 2, Hold for 2, Exhale for 2 The power of Gratitude The importance of knowing how to manage your energy "In less than two minutes you can totally change your energy" The power of transitions to boost or suck our energy "The number one most important decision I've made was I surrendered my life to the universal flow of the planet." Surrender to the universe, AND show up everyday the best you can. A powerful mindset: "Life is happening FOR you and not TO you." We get back what we put out into the world Transformative journalism with Michelle Gielan (25:15) Unfollow negative news and people who are spreading negativity and replace with positivity How to vote when you don't follow the news (ask trusted friends and then use iSideWith.com to save a year of contention and negativity energy suck. The loneliness epidemic (31:45) is based in the belief of "I'm not enough" We are here on earth to do two things: Create and Connect To have a more happy life create a routine ritual to connect with your intuition and higher self (37:25) Sign up for The Daily Shifts at https://www.thedailyshifts.com/ and if you sign up for premium membership, you'll also get The Daily Shifts course that is worth $500. This is an amazing deal exclusive to More Happy Life listeners! More about Doug: Doug Cartwright is the founder of a new app called The Daily Shifts that helps you to ritualize daily physical and mental shifts to improve your health and happiness. Doug has an amazing story of going from being one of the top sales reps at Vivint, selling over 300 accounts per year having made over a million dollars by the time he was 25. Then he came to a point in his life where he realized he wanted something more than just making more money and buying more things. In today’s episode he shares the transformation of how he found his new purpose in creating daily shifts in his own mind and body through connecting to his intuition. Follow Doug: https://www.instagram.com/thedailyshifts/ https://www.instagram.com/doug_cartwright/ Other people mentioned in this episode: Alicia Gettys Jenna Nascimento Michelle Gielan
November 07, 2019
119: Rediscovering Self Worth Through a Children's Book with Rose Stanek
There was once a girl With a hole in her heart. Little Love was her name. Where was she to start? It was not of her doing. She was not to blame. But the hole in her heart Was there just the same. In this interview, Rose and I talk about how easy it is to get caught up in allowing other people to tell us what our worth is. However, we never should forget that it is ultimately the love we have for ourselves that is most important. This beautiful truth is illustrated in a new children's book called Little Love. More about the book: Join Little Love on her path to self-discovery where she meets Beauty and Fame, and learns the true value of her self-worth. Written for children, but with a timeless message for the child in all of us, Little Love reaffirms the importance of self-acceptance in life's journey toward love, joy, and friendship. Rose Stanek is an award winning graphic designer, interior designer, and now children's book author who is actually a full-time Amazonian (she works for Amazon). She is the mother of two cowcats, Monty and Tyson, and calls the Pacific Northwest home. She loves creative storytelling, and empowering others to live their dreams. To find Rose's book, click here: https://amzn.to/2PEGyKu See her website here: https://rosestanek.com
October 31, 2019
118: The Power of Intentional Discomfort with TEDx Speaker Em Capito, LCSW
Have you ever experienced something difficult or traumatic? If you're listening to this, the answer is probably yes. I believe that a huge part of happiness is the skillset we have built up that enables us to bounce back from the difficult things that happen to us. A few weeks ago, I went to the TEDxSLC event and saw Em Capito speak about what she calls "resiliency field trips." These are adventurous experiences that encourage us to get out of our comfort zone and do something intentional to challenge ourselves. It includes curiosity, fun and adventure. As a psychotherapist, Em has been helping people to have these experiences and has found that with those who have done them, a sharp decline in fear occurs. In order to qualify as a resiliency field trip, it has to have the following: 1. New - when we introduce novelty, our brain will be more likely to remember it. This is why travel is often so memorable. 2. Slightly scary - Step out of your comfort zone to push the limits of what you currently believe you are capable of. 3. Intentional - This must be something you value or something that excites you. Intentional discomfort is important to engage in if we want to overcome anxiety or make progress toward goals that we deeply value, but we are afraid to accomplish. In this interview we talk about why it is so hard to get outside of our comfort zone and why it is so important. More about Em Capito: Em Capito is an unconventional psychotherapist obsessed with the widespread loss of resilience in the face of overwhelming comfort. While studying her own trauma from the inside out, Em embarked on a series of experiments that led to a prescription of intentional discomfort. Em blends these experiential interventions with meditation and yoga therapy to build the holistic mind-body resilience that carries us through our darkest moments. She completed a master’s degree in social work at the University of Utah in 2007 and a masters in business administration at the University of Phoenix in 2011. Em is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a certified LifePower yoga teacher, and a Dharma Method meditation teacher with a private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. Find and follow Em here: https://emcapito.com/ https://www.instagram.com/emcapito/ https://emcapito.com/fridays
October 22, 2019
117: The 5 Components of Change with Dr. Adam Moore
Today I interview the very knowledgable Dr. Adam Moore. We talk about how we go about making a change happen in our life. He relates changing to launching a rocket into space to escape the world's gravity. The elements are: Institute a unique approach Believe and Hope that you actually can change. Create Traction with Small Wins and ritualize it so that it sticks Acknowledge and celebrate that you have made the change Make it social so you stick to the change He also gives some key advice on how to be happier today: Find one or two people that you really connect with and invest in those people Everyday make a meaningful contribution in the life of one human being. This is a great episode. Don't miss it! Find Adam here: https://adammmoore.com/ https://www.instagram.com/dradammoore/
October 11, 2019
116: Your Permission To Be Happier - Personal Bill of Rights
Today I just wanted to share something one of my therapists shared with me years ago that has helped me. It was what they called my "Personal Bill of Rights". It has helped me over the years to remember that I have permission to be human. Often we don't give ourselves this permission and we need to remember this more. So this is me giving you permission today, to be happier.
September 27, 2019
115: Empowering People to Empower People with Louis Alloro, MAPP
How do you empower people to empower other people? The more I talk to people about positive psychology, the more I realize that the thing that most people want to know is how they can become a change agent themselves. In this episode, I interview Louis Alloro, an shining star in applied positive psychology who I had the honor of learning from for 7 months during my time studying at The Flourishing Center in Los Angeles. Louis and I talk about how to really create sustainable positive change in an organization through systems. We also talk about the following topics: Listening to what your heart and body need. Being the change is starting with yourself The best way to help others is by starting by helping yourself Self care is health care and it is not selfish Fill your cup, have fun, be still Louis' focus on integrity and how important it is to be true to yourself first "the universe hears what you mean, not what you say" Give yourself permission to be human and be present with what is. As a leader, we should envision the best possible futures for our people and remember the people in the middle as integral agents of change. The best leaders see others as co-leaders and the boss doesn't have all the answers. Don't wait for something to be different to be happy now. Your happiness will boost you along the way to your goals. So much goodness came from this episode. It was an amazing conversation that I wish could have only been longer. Please listen and share with your friends!
September 16, 2019
114: Eleven Science-Backed Ways to Boost Energy Without Caffeine
Do you want to boost your energy without having to pound another RedBull or go for the afternoon cup of Joe? This episode is for you. A lot of people struggle with fatigue, or are just sapped of energy on a regular basis. I believe that increasing energy is one of the most powerful ways to have a more happy life and I want to share things that can help you boost your energy without caffeine. First, a word on caffeine. I don’t have anything against caffeine other than that it was the stimulant that triggered my first panic attack ever. So ever since then, I have chosen not to consume caffeine to boost my energy and I have had to find other ways to keep me awake when I’m having a tired day. The other thing is that caffeine doesn’t actually produce energy in your body. It is a stimulant. It basically tricks your brain into thinking that you have energy, but it doesn’t actually have the building blocks of energy that your body needs. So here are some ways to boost energy without having to rely on that cup of Joe every day. 1. Hydration 2. Move more 3. Eat smaller meals more often 4. Optimize your Breathing 5. Sleep better 6. Eat things that boost your energy 7. Decrease your Allostatic Load 8. Connect to Your Purpose and Values 9. Rock Out to Your Favorite Songs 10. Connect to People You Love 11. Look Forward to Something
September 08, 2019
113: Make Your Commute the Best Part of Your Day, Backed by Science
Studies show that our wellbeing can be greatly impacted by our commute, but that it's what we believe about our commute that makes the difference. Here are 8 tips that can help you tell the right story and make your commute the best part of your day. Mindfulness - don’t close your eyes, connect to yourself, connect to God, get in touch with your body. Engage in loving kindness meditation, Education- Millionaires read more than anyone else. Constantly educating. Create an education program that gets you excited. What are you interested in? Create a playlist on podcasts, audible, Libby or get a subscription to Blinkist and learn like crazy. Dealing with road ragers- Make the good assumptions Tell the right story. It doesn’t matter to them anyway. Here are some good stories: wedding night Hospital pregnant Kids in trouble What’s your story of the commute? What story are you telling yourself? Savor the good stuff architecture Nature Change it up don’t go the same way every time. Our brain thrives with variety. Get playful with it. If you ride a train, sit somewhere different Dance party make an amazingly energizing playlist Be that guy who you see rocking out in their car Be the girl in the train with headphones who is so into her playlist that taps her foot and would be dancing if there were room Connect Look at your friendship wall each week and decide to connect to someone during your commute Connect with a family member on the phone during the commute. If you can’t talk, leave them a Marco Polo or a voice message Use it as a transition to boost energy We lose quite a bit of energy through our day because we don’t transition. So take advantage of the time you have during your commute to transition from work to home or home to work. Inhale, release tension, exhale, set intention Here is where I found the studies: https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/12/07/want-to-be-happier-change-your-commute-or-change-your-attitude/#7daa21e77417
September 03, 2019
112: The Science of FUN with Mike Rucker, PhD
When was the last time you felt overwhelmingly happy? When I have asked this to people in the past, it has almost always paired with a time when they were having fun. We have talked about play before (episode 105), and in this episode Mike differentiates play from fun and shares some great tips on how we can fit more fun into our every day life. He tells the story of how he got into researching fun in the first place and talks about how fun can really have an impact on our wellbeing. He expounds on his play model (found here: https://michaelrucker.com/having-fun/optimize-having-fun-play-model/) and shows us how we can optimize the fun that we are already having. Find Mike here: https://michaelrucker.com https://twitter.com/performbetter https://www.facebook.com/mike.rucker.phd https://www.instagram.com/thewonderoffun/ Dr. Mike Rucker is a charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association, as well as a member of the American Psychological Association. Mike is a frequent contributor to national press such as Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and CIO on topics related to well-being. Mike has spent the last few years studying the construct of fun and is coming out with a book on the subject in the summer of 2020. He has also published in peer-reviewed journals covering topics from employee well-being to ethics.
August 27, 2019
111: Making Sleep Cool Again With Julie Flygare, J.D.
In this episode we talk about all things sleep and much more! How does sleep impact our energy, mood, and clarity? How much sleep do we need each night? How did you discover your Narcolepsy? How can we improve our sleep patterns? Should naps be allowed and supported at work? Let's talk about dreams and remembering dreams What would you tell people who just found out they have narcolepsy? Find your self affirming voice within all the voices in your head. This will make you happier. More about Julie: Julie Flygare, J.D. is an internationally recognized patient-perspective leader, an accomplished advocate, and the award-winning author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy. Since receiving a diagnosis of narcolepsy with cataplexy in 2007, Flygare advanced her leadership in the sleep and healthcare space through speaking engagements, publications, earned media, collaborations, and advocacy and awareness initiatives. Currently, she serves as President & CEO of Project Sleep, a non-profit organization raising awareness about sleep health and sleep disorders. Prior to accepting this role, Flygare served as President of Project Sleep’s Board of Directors, while also gaining invaluable experience in marketing and philanthropy at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and City of Hope. Additionally, she served on the National Institutes of Health’s Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board from 2012 – 2015. Flygare received her B.A. from Brown University in 2005 and her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2009, focusing on health law, policy, and rare disease drug development. Where to find Julie: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/remrunner/ Website: http://julieflygare.com/ Project Sleep: https://project-sleep.com/ Find her book here: Wide Awake And Dreaming
August 06, 2019
110: Blanketing 1,000,000 Homeless with Bob Dalton from Sackcloth & Ashes
Have you walked down the street and seen a homeless person and thought: "they just need to get a job"? You're not alone. Bob Dalton also thought this before his well-educated, hard-working mother became homeless in 2013. It was at this time that Bob decided he needed to do something not just to help his mom, but to help the homeless. This episode is the story of how Bob founded his company Sackcloth and Ashes that gives away tens of thousands of blankets to the homeless each month. Bob is an inspiration because he has used his strengths of creativity and entrepreneurship to fighting against an injustice in the world. We talk about how he was contacted by Instagram - YES Instagram - to feature his Instagram account, gaining them 20,000 followers overnight. This launched his business to the next level. For Bob it was bigger than just selling blankets or giving blankets to shelters. It was about building a legacy of something bigger than himself. What can you do to build a legacy bigger than yourself? Listen to this episode to be inspired to grow, to work hard for something you believe in and to make the world a better place. Find Bob here: https://www.instagram.com/sackclothxashes/ https://www.instagram.com/bobxdalton/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuBiQYL1aIWqdTkk0NBcG2g https://sackclothandashes.com/
July 10, 2019
109: How to Create Life-Changing Insights with Craig Case, Coauthor of BIG IDEAS
"Insight never comes to a fatigued mind" - Helmholtz When was the last time you had a big idea? Not just any idea, but a life-altering breakthrough that carried you through the next year (or five years) of your life? Today's episode features Craig Case, the Coauthor of the book Big Ideas: How To Unleash Your Creative Self and Have More Aha! Moments. In this episode we cover the difference between random daily ideas and big ideas. We talk about the correlation between awe experiences and aha moments. We talk about the brain science in the difference between being busy and being innovative. We talk about why insight is critical for a more happy life. We also talk about how anxiety is one of the natural brain responses to cognitive abuse. We talk about the difference between motivation and inspiration and which one carries us further in terms of inner drive and implementation. So many amazing nuggets came from this episode! This is not an episode to miss! Where to find Craig: Big Ideas Website: https://bigideastraining.com/ Buy his book here: https://amzn.to/2XBmltw Find him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-case-14995229/ Like the book on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigideasbook/ Join the Big Ideas Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/bigideasbook/
July 02, 2019
108: The Life Changing Power of Radical Motivation with Allie Gardner
In this episode we talk about the amazing power we all have to climb out of the depths of trauma and misery using what Allie Gardner calls "radical motivation". Allie Gardner is a highly acclaimed musician who, in 2017, lost 14 of her dear friends and family to death. Can you even imagine?! She shares how she was able to climb out of this by remembering her strengths and then using them to benefit the lives of others and lift those around her. Where to find Allie: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliegardnermusic_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AMGMusic101/ Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4eBcboxYI0 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AllieMGardner Website: https://www.alliegardnermusic.com/ More about Allie Allie Gardner is a recording artist, vocal coach, studio musician, composer and public speaker with no shortage of personality and enthusiasm. She has been a musician since she was in her high chair when her family called her the “opera baby” because she would mimic her next door neighbor who was an opera singer. Allie was vocally trained by Dean Kaelin & Glory Naylor. She now works as a vocal coach at Dean Kaelin Vocal Studio, as well as The Piano Place in Draper and Lehi, Utah. She also teaches online songwriting & voice lessons. She is a member of BYU Noteworthy, BYU's Premier Female A Cappella Group and was featured as a soloist in their latest music video ' I Can Only Imagine' that has reached over 800,000 views on Youtube alone. Allie has recorded many other music videos that have reached viral status on facebook and Youtube. Allie is currently working on a full length album, and several new recordings in the Spanish language that are projected to release later this year. On a personal note, she has a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. One of her best friends is BJ who has Downs Syndrome who she loves and cares about very much. This episode talks about how music is a universal language, how exercising your strengths is a powerful way to get through the most difficult and traumatic experiences of your life and how sometimes you need to exercise what Allie calls “radical motivation” to push through isolation and helplessness. I’m excited to bring on Allie Gardner!
June 26, 2019
107: Crafting A Happier Life by Choosing Your Story with Lori Lee
What story are you telling yourself about your past life? What about your future? What story are you telling yourself about your day today? In today's episode I interview Lori Lee, and expert on storytelling, with a masters degree in folklore. She talks about the power of the stories we tell and how they impact our daily life. We discuss personal narratives, how to overcome victim mentality, powerful tools for reframing your story and increasing your chance of post traumatic growth by saying your story out loud and making meaning of it. From Joseph Campbell to Victor Frankl, we talk through how stories can be life changing and how we can take back control over the stories we are telling about our lives to create a happier life. You don't want to miss this episode. Where to find Lori: Website: http://loveyourstorypodcast.com/ Lori’s latest book: https://amzn.to/2Mb8WE9 Podcast: http://loveyourstorypodcast.com/episodes/ About Lori Lori is the host and producer of the Love Your Story podcast, a podcast dedicated to sharing candid interviews and conversations about living our best life stories on purpose. Lori pulls no punches in capturing interviews that shine a light on how we make it through the hard stuff – stress, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, rape, the death of children, abuse, divorce and the real stuff we have to deal with. But, she also shares interviews with Olympians and incredible athletes, life coaches, therapists, and people who are changing the world – most often these two categories are one and the same. She has a master’s degree in Folklore--her research focuses on the personal narrative. She is the author of six books and over 100 magazine and newspaper articles, including her latest, L.I.F.E. – Living Intentional and Fearless Every Day. She consults with individuals on a personal and business level in helping them find their stories, reframe the ones that are holding them back, and manage the stories they currently tell themselves in order to create the story they personally want to live.
June 20, 2019
106: Six Powerful Tools to Reach Your Potential in Life
Will you reach your full potential this year? Will you reach it in the next 5 years? 10 years? What will help you do this? In this episode I share the story of one of the greatest runners to walk this earth, Steve Prefontaine and how he died with unmet potential. I don't want that to happen to you. So here are six powerful tools to help you reach your full potential in life: 1. Satisfying Work 2. Life Strategy 3. Generate Energy 4. Cultivate Resilience 5. Build Social Capital 6. Tackle Your Fears Like this episode? Never miss another post by subscribing to the podcast and the free newsletter. Also follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
June 12, 2019
105: The Transformational Power of Play with Play Expert Jeff Harry
How often do you play? Do you feel like you need permission to play as an adult? Do you need a breakthrough in your life? Play might just be the exact thing you need to make that happen. Jeff Harry and I discuss why this is the case in this amazing episode about the transformational power of play. Jeff Harry has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day. His play work has been featured on AJ+, SoulPancake, the SF Chronicle, and CNN. He is a certified positive psychology practitioner and is also certified in laughter yoga. How cool is that?! haha. Where to find Jeff: Website: https://www.rediscoveryourplay.com/about-jeff Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeffharryplays/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffharryplays
June 05, 2019
104: Making the World a Happier Place Through Elevated Customer Experiences with Scott Porter
Businesses and brands have an amazing opportunity to create a positive experience for people who interact with them. Scott is on a mission to help businesses to create more happiness in the world through optimal customer experience. In today's episode, I speak with Scott Porter about how he has taken his passion for street tacos and combined it with his passion for fantastic customer experience. He believes that we can make the world a happier place by increasing the amount of positive customer experiences. He has started with his artisan churro business San Diablo Artisan Churros, and is now interviewing CEOs about how they make positive customer experience a priority. Scott says we are moving from a transactional economy into a relationship economy and that every relationship touchpoint is critical for your business to thrive. Find Scott Porter here: Website: http://searchfortheperfecttaco.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/searchfortheperfecttaco/ https://www.instagram.com/Tacoincidence/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottcraigporter/ Scott Porter has eaten thousands of tacos in a relentless worldwide search for the perfect taco where he's found the secrets to unlocking the power of brand and customer experience to thrive. He founded and currently owns and operates Utah's only gourmet churro business, San Diablo Artisan Churros — delivering deep-fried happiness to over 1,500 celebrations since late 2016 and winning back-to-back Best of State for pastries. Scott is a seasoned entrepreneur and leader having been the executive director of two nursing homes and a home health agency, co-founded as the CMO the first all-you-can-fly membership airline called Surf Air, co-founded and launched the game of Reverse Charades, co-founded an international non-profit organization called Singular Humanitarian and has been a management consultant with Gartner (formerly CEB), InsideOut Development and General Assembly. He holds a B.A. in public relations and an M.B.A. in international business, marketing and entrepreneurship both from BYU as well as an M.A. in Spanish from California State University-Sacramento. Scott was born in Arizona, raised in Canada, is from Las Vegas and has lived and worked in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico. There are networkers and then there are super connectors. Scott is one of the very few gifted super connectors that I know. He is just an all-around amazing person who exudes positive vibes and I’m stoked to have him on the show. Don't miss this episode!
May 28, 2019
103: Remember Your Why with Nadia Khristean
If you help one person, it was worth the effort. Do you ever feel discouraged when working on your dreams? Just remember the reason why you are doing what you are doing. This and many other amazing nuggets came from today's episode with Nadia Khristean. Nadia's advice to have more happiness: Enjoy the journey. Don't wait for some future event to embrace the happiness in your life. Why not enjoy now? There is so much beauty in the journey. Nadia Khristean writes music for causes. She partners with different organizations, gets the community together for a specific cause and then shoots a music video! She is passionate about several subjects, but most of all, passionate about making music that will motivate and inspire others for good. Also, she is a blackbelt and loves honey bunches of oats. Where to find and support Nadia's cause: Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/nadiakhristean Website: https://www.nadiakhristean.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/nadiakhristean Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nadiakhristean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nadiakhristean/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nadiakhristean
May 21, 2019
102: Finding Your Reason To Live with Seth Adam Smith
Today I interviewed Seth Adam Smith, a dear friend and amazing human being (read more about him below). Seth is a suicide survivor who has turned his life into a message to inspire people who struggle to have a reason to live. In this episode Seth talks briefly about his suicide attempt and how the world inside his head was very different from the real world around him. This didn't become evident until he was in the hospital. We talked about the idea of enjoying the paths of life slowly and how happiness is a season of emotion. Seasons are temporary and they also return so if we remember this, we will be more able to deal with the days of winter in our lives. About Seth: Seth Adam Smith is a best-selling and award winning author and blogger whose writings have been translated into over thirty languages and featured on the Huffington Post, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, the Today show, Forbes, and many other news outlets around the world. He wrote an article entitled "Marriage Isn't For You" that has been viewed over 100 million times across the internet and translated into languages all over the world. When his article went viral, he instantly was approached by publications and people who wanted him to write about marriage or about how to go viral. But this isn't what Seth was passionate about. He started to really ask himself "how do I make an impact?" Seth has been working since then to go from from viral blogger to suicide awareness activist. He has since given a TEDx talk and has written books, including Your Life Isn't for You, which was awarded a gold medal for inspirational memoir. A suicide survivor himself, Seth is an advocate for resources and understanding concerning depression and suicide prevention, and he regularly writes about these topics in his books and on his blog. Where to find Seth: Website: http://sethadamsmith.com/ TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU5hgkyDsC0 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SethAdamSmith Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SethAdamSmith/ 1000 Words Talk: https://youtu.be/LGl_My_Q8f4 Seth's Books: https://www.amazon.com/Seth-Adam-Smith/e/B00J5L56UY?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1557525631&sr=8-1
May 14, 2019
101: Pursue Your Passion AND Keep Your Day Job with Samantha Inch, CPC, CAPP
It seems like a sexy thing to just quit your job and go for your passion, but what if you CAN'T do that? What if quitting your job puts you into a really bad financial position where you wouldn't even be able to think about your passion? Today's episode features Sam Inch, who has kept her day job while pursuing her calling and found that her day job has slowly evolved into her passion so that she can keep her bills paid while feeling more meaning in life. I LOVE this approach and I thought that this is something that needs to be shared because it builds hope. Sam shares the truth that you have time to test out your passion while in your job and that your passion may not be a job description. You might have to create the job description and slowly move into it at your current career, but that it might just be right under your nose, where you currently work! Don't miss this episode if you feel stuck in your current career, but have a different passion. There is HOPE! Where to find Sam: samanthainch.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samantha_inch/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/samantha_inch Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samanthainch/ Samantha Inch is a Certified Professional Coach who helps women in high-stress careers reduce anxiety and design life on their terms. Certified in Applied Positive Psychology, Samantha has created a neuroscience-based approach to help clients manage their minds to manage their lives. As a result, she has helped countless people implement strategies that encourage “high quality living." At Jefferson Health, Philadelphia’s largest academic medical center, she is empowering employees and medical students to cultivate “mind tools” to better prepare for and manage stress, resolve conflict and achieve peak performance. Her learning and development programs, wellness initiatives and academic courses include emotional intelligence, resilience, mindset, gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. Samantha also conducts mental and emotional wellness workshops for small businesses, and serves as a teaching assistant for professional coaches enrolled in the world’s first Certificate in Happiness Studies, created by Tal Ben-Shahar. Samantha’s passion for helping people who suffer from chronic career stress comes from her own experience. She was once on a blind pursuit of corporate success, victim to the endless cycle of trying to find ‘balance’ between work and life. Through her work in positive psychology, she has transformed her career, mind and life – and is honored to help others do the same. Learn more at samanthainch.com
March 21, 2019
100: Turn Challenge into Opportunity with Kylie Chenn from Acanela Expeditions
How many destinations are on your bucket list? Do you get excited to travel around the world someday? You're not alone. One of the top regrets of the dying is that they didn't travel more. So what holds you back?! In today's episode (which is the 100th episode!!! WHAT?!) I interview a travel expert Kylie Chenn. Kylie has traveled to 104 countries around the globe. She studied Business Strategy and International Development at the Marriott School of Management and attended the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge to study Social Innovation and Business Strategy. Her international experience and love for authentic travel led her to found Acanela Expeditions which she grew to a million dollar business by the age of 25! On top of this, she has cracked the email marketing code, growing her business email list from 500 to over a million in just a few years. She was recently featured at Utah’s Business Top 40 under 40 for her business Acanela Expeditions which allows individuals the opportunity to immerse themselves in hands-on cultural experiences around the world while they travel. Amazing! Traveling is one of the things that has brought a lot of meaning and positive emotion into my life so I wanted to interview Kylie about this to share it with you! Enjoy this episode and get out there and travel! Find Kylie here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acanelaexpeditions/ https://www.instagram.com/kytrisha/ Website: https://www.acanela.com/ Medium: https://firstname.lastname@example.org Like this episode? Never miss another post by subscribing to the podcast and the free newsletter. Also follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
March 11, 2019
99: The Power of Human Connection in a Digital World with The Jurgys - Nellie and Bryce Jurgensmeier
What do you do to really connect with people in a sea of social media and technology? Today I interview Bryce and Nellie Jurgensmeier (from the growing YouTube channel "The Jurgys") about their journey growing their social following to well over 200,000 followers and why they started this journey in the first place. We talk about the importance of having a life-affirming quest and taking time out of our lives to go on our own adventure. I really admire the Jurgys and have followed them since they started and I hope you enjoy this interview! This one is a little bit longer, but well worth the listen if you want to be inspired and hang out with us. Find The Jurgys here: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thejurgys Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejurgys/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejurgys Website: https://www.thejurgys.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thejurgys Like this episode? Never miss another post by subscribing to the podcast and the free newsletter. Also follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
March 01, 2019
98: Love Yourself by Knowing Yourself with Briana Johnson from The LifeBeats Project
How well do you know yourself? How deeply do you love yourself? In today's episode I interview the amazing Briana Johnson from The LifeBeats Project and we cover so many beautiful nuggets that injected me full of joy. You are good enough. You are not alone. Pain is a teacher. Failure is a teacher. Mourn what you lost or you can't accept what you have. The world needs more people who know who they are and who can share their worth to boost other people. This is a timely message for all of us. Find Briana here: https://www.thelifebeatsproject.com/ https://www.instagram.com/lifebeatsproject/ https://www.thelifebeatsproject.com/podcasts/ https://www.facebook.com/lifebeatsproject/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lifebeats-project-briana-johnson/id1088514723 Like this episode? Never miss another post by subscribing to the podcast and the free newsletter. Also follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
February 14, 2019
97: Transform Your Future With Your Thoughts with Tony Vic of MTWTF
Do you have big dreams? Do you believe it's possible to go after them? Tony Vic believes it! And that your thoughts are what will transform your future. If you need some motivation today, this is your episode. Tony Vic has an amazing gift for motivating and you'll feel it in this episode. He shares in this show how he went from being a 16 year old dad to overcoming and going after his dreams. Tony has a warmth and optimism that is palpable and contagious. Find Tony Vic here: https://www.instagram.com/inspiredbytonevic/ https://www.youtube.com/user/tonyvic Like this episode or article? Never miss another post by subscribing to the podcast and the free newsletter. Also follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
February 04, 2019
96: Six Powerful Ways to Make New Friends as an Adult
As an adult do you have less friends than you did as a kid? That can be very lonely. Loneliness costs a lot. In fact it costs almost $7 Billion per year just in the US alone. And chronic loneliness can be detrimental to your health, some studies show it's as bad as smoking 18 cigarettes per day. In this episode I cover 6 ways to tackle loneliness by making new friends that I have tried and that I think are powerful. I hope you enjoy this format as it is me creating an audio version of my the latest blog post that you can find here: https://morehappylife.co/6-powerful-ways-to-make-new-friends-after-30/ Like this episode or article? Never miss another post by subscribing to the podcast and the free newsletter. Also follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
January 30, 2019
95: Movement is Medicine with William Pullen, Founder of Dynamic Running Therapy
Today's episode features William Pullen, the founder of Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) who talks about how movement is like a medicine for our minds. William is a psychotherapist in the UK who is passionate about spreading the message that moving your body can help improve your mood. In this episode he covers some of the basics from his book and TEDx talk about how running, walking and movement can positively impact our thoughts and ultimately our mood. Another motivation to get out there and get moving. Not just to lose weight or get in shape, but to be happier on a daily basis! Don't miss this episode! Also, find William Pullen here: Twitter: https://twitter.com/pullentherapy TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq6393AreD4&t=2s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/d_runningtherapy/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dynamicrunningtherapy/ Books: https://amzn.to/2UbKLod Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
January 23, 2019
94: 7 Powerful Writing Prompts to Boost Your Day Full of Positive Emotion
Some days you wake up and you feel amazing. Some days you wake up and you don't feel amazing at all. That's life right? But studies show that your routines make a huge difference in the energy you have throughout the day. These 7 writing prompts can help your day go much better. These are a part of my morning routine that is designed to boost positive emotion. Join the More Happy Life school here:www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here:www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here:www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
January 14, 2019
93: A Happier Way To Measure Your Success in 2019 - inspired by Jeff Harry
How did you measure your success last year? Was it accomplishments? Was it steps taken? Was it by money earned? Whatever it was, here is a way to measure your year to come that will help you skew it toward a more happy year. The FJP index. How much fun, joy and play will you engage in this year? Try measuring your year this year by these things instead. Or at least add that to your measurements. This was inspired by Jeff Harry in his post here: https://medium.com/@jeffharryplays/yearly-fun-joy-play-index-9fa4824c158c
January 04, 2019
92: Proof The World is Getting Better - a Special Anti-Fear-Culture Episode
I LOVED reading all the positive news over the last few days about how this world is getting better. I hope you also enjoy and are inspired by these stories that prove that the world is not spiraling out of control, but is actually improving in countless ways. Don't just believe the news that is biased toward tragedy and trauma. Remember the positive news and that research shows there are more good things than bad things happening all the time and more good people than bad people. Read more of these stories here: https://www.instagram.com/the_happy_broadcast/ Join the More Happy Life school here:www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here:www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here:www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
December 27, 2018
91: Tackling $100K of Debt with Joy with Mike and Carly Walton from The Walton Adventure
Do you have debt in your life? Does it weigh you down? If you do and have a desire to find more financial freedom, listen to the story of Mike and Carly Walton (from "The Walton Adventure") who share their story of having over $100,000 in student loan debt and who buckled down and paid it off in just a few years. Paying off debt doesn't have to be miserable. The years while they were paying off debt were some of their happiest. Listen to their story to be inspired to find financial freedom in your life and move toward your biggest goals without the weight of massive debt. Find Mike and Carly here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewaltonadventure/ Website: https://thewaltonadventure.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWv44lTO7QXPTpSB-0xiHOw Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
December 21, 2018
90: Changing Is A Skillset That is Learned with James Garrett
Just because can CAN change, doesn't mean we're good at it. It's that time of year again when we all start thinking about the goals we want to accomplish next year. Are there changes you want to make happen in 2019? Did you make major life changes last year after setting new years resolutions? If your answer was no, you are not alone. 92% of people who set NYR goals, don't actually stick to them. In this discussion, James Garrett talks about how you can stick to your goals and change your brain so you can change your mind. I hope have as much fun listening to this episode as we had making it! Where to find James: https://www.brainbydesign.com/ https://www.facebook.com/brainbydesign/ https://brainbydesign.teachable.com/ Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
December 13, 2018
89: How To Use BREATHING To Improve Your Life
Today I wanted to share what I have been learning about breathing. What an essential topic! We breathe about 22,000 times a day, but we may not be aware of it. However, our breathing patterns are correlated with our subconscious mind and we can use our breath to help push our mind from anxious and tense places back to focused and calm places. I hope you find this episode helpful to get you thinking about your breath and how you can use it to make your life better. You can't breathe in the past or the future, so it is a great way to stay present and stop worrying and ruminating. Just breathe. Here are some of the things I mentioned in the episode: The SPIRE stone (breath tracking device): https://amzn.to/2SaX577 The Art of Breathing: https://amzn.to/2DWcF3j Breathe, by Dr. Belisa Vranich: https://amzn.to/2S9Fz3a Here is Dr. Vranich's TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sgb2cUqFiY Reference to the study on breathing changing your salivary makeup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIfwbEvXtwo The Telomere Effect: https://amzn.to/2DTab65 If you're interested in getting certified in positive psychology like I am, here is the group I'm in: https://sc230.isrefer.com/go/cappla/andyp/ You can join any of the programs across the US and Canada or online. It has been amazing. Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
November 25, 2018
88: How Food Impacts Your Happiness with Aubrey Phelps RDN
Have you ever eaten something that didn't sit well and then had a really emotionally hard day? Have you ever wondered if what you eat affects how you feel? In today's episode, I interview Aubrey Phelps, a registered dietitian and nutritionist (who appeared on the show a few months ago in episode 79). She and I discuss how what we eat affects our mood and overall happiness. So enjoy this episode and keep these tips in mind a week before your Thanksgiving feast (in the US). Find more from Aubrey here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aub_the_rd/ Website: http://www.backtoscratch.net/ Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
November 15, 2018
87: Deliberate Serenity Through Mindfulness with Kimberly Christensen from Talk Wordy to Me
Have you ever gone off technology for a week? Well, I did it once and it changed my life (check out episode 73 for details). Who inspired me to do this? Kimberly Christensen from Talk Wordy To Me. In today's episode I get to talk with Kim about why being mindful about our use of social media and technology is so important. Why would someone want to try a social media fast? Why is mindfulness so important? What does healthy social media use look like? We cover these and many other things in this great episode with Kim Christensen. Be sure to check it out and check out her new mindfulness book here: https://gumroad.com/talkwordytome Connect with Kim here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talkwordytome_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/talkingwordy Website: http://www.talkingwordy.com Blog post about her social media fast: http://www.talkingwordy.com/what-i-gained-when-i-lost-my-social-media-addiction/ Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
November 08, 2018
86: Real Skills For Being Happier At Work with Halelly Azulay
Today's episode covers a crucial topic: how can you be happier at work? Do you struggle to be happy at work? Do you dread going to work every day? Well, this episode talks about some real life skills for finding more happiness in the work you do. - How to make friends at work - How to deal with negative people - How to be the kind of leader people want to follow - How to communicate better All these things are powerful pieces of why we either love going to work or hate it and Halelly talks about real life skills we can use to get to a happier place in our jobs and even create a happier working environment for others. Along with what Halelly talked about she created a gift for you! It's a guide for being a better communicator she calls: "10 Ways to Become a More Engaging Communicator" and you can find it here: https://www.talentgrow.com/happy Follow her on social media here: Twitter: @HalellyAzulay Facebook: www.facebook.com/HalellyAzulay | www.facebook.com/TalentGrowLLC | www.facebook.com/TalentGrowShow LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/talentgrow YouTube: www.youtube.com/talentgrow Instagram: @Halelly and @TalentGrowShow ----- Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram growth course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
November 02, 2018
85: Overcoming Fear With Taekwondo National Champion Samery Moras
How do you overcome the fears that come when you set BIG goals? Today's guest Samery Moras talks about how she has overcome huge obstacles and fears as she has won title after title in her Taekwondo competitions. Samery started walking with a sparring helmet. Her parents ran a martial arts studio and it has been in her life forever. However, she wasn't always a champion. "When I was younger, I was the girl crying in the bleachers and losing." What most people don't realize is that all champions start somewhere. It wasn't really until six years ago that Samery really got into Taekwondo and started to really compete. She didn't like it before because when you compete, you get hit and getting hit hurts. But she had big dreams and wanted to start winning. So she kept going. I also loved hearing about when she got injured couldn't train or compete for a year. She talked about how this was hard to let go, but she still found a way to do what she loved, just from a different angle - recording matches and posting them on YouTube. Because of this, she started to gain followers on social media and now her mission is to inspired kids to have BIG goals and to work hard on them. She shares this message on YouTube and Instagram. And she does it well because she was just selected as a 2018 YouTube NextUp creator, by YouTube! Amazing. Find Samery here: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samerymorastkd/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SameryMoras And here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSJsAMNjWP-sDQpFYuLzG9Q Twitter: https://twitter.com/samerymorastkd Join the More Happy Life school here: www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram course here: www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
October 23, 2018
84: Thriving Outside Your Comfort Zone with Megan Fairchild, Principal Dancer for NYC Ballet
"We all start somewhere." When Megan Fairchild started dancing at 4 years old, she didn't know she would become a principal dancer on the world-renown New York City Ballet. I had the pleasure of talking with Megan Fairchild today about her take on some of the key factors that affect human happiness. We talked about positive emotions like inspiration and hope, we discussed resilience and diversifying your friendships, she talked about how her practice of meditation transformed her life at critical moments. She described the transcendence of flow experience during a full-length ballet performance. She talked about the mind-body connection and how much that affects her happiness. Ultimately she talked about how her mission in life is to push herself outside of her comfort zone no matter your age or stage of life. I was deeply inspired by Megan and I hope you take the time to listen to this episode in its entirety! Find Megan's instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/mfairchild17/ Find Megan's podcast here: http://www.premierdancenetwork.com/ask-megan/ Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Megan-Fairchild-252582371454599/ Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FairchildMegan Megan's website: https://meganfairchild.com/ Join the More Happy Life school here: https://www.morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram course here: https://www.insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: https://www.morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
October 19, 2018
83: Believing an Inner Lie Creates Unhappiness: With Best-Selling Author Kim Fiske
We all have a little voice inside our head that is telling us a story. Most of just let that voice chatter uncontrollably. The problem is that the voice tends to get more and more negative over the years until we begin to live according to a story that is not even true. We literally begin to live a lie. Today I interviewed Kim Fiske, best-selling author of The Monster Under The Bed: Uncovering the Lie That Drives Us. We covered a lot in this interview, but the main takeaway for me was that living according to a story that isn't true creates instant and constant unhappiness. This is a longer episode, but really got down to the truths that should drive us. Here are a few: "Just because we think it, doesn't mean it's the truth." "You can never get enough of what you never needed to begin with." "Learn to separate thought from the truth." "Love is awareness without judgement." To get Kim's book, click here: https://amzn.to/2pNXBvL If you get her book and want to take her course for free, click here: https://kimfiske.com/ Take my happiness course here: morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram course here: insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/
October 10, 2018
82: Jumpstart Positive Emotions With Your Body
If our emotions affect our posture and body language, could our body language and posture affect our emotions? Studies say that it can! This is exciting because if you aren't feeling great emotionally some days, you can do things with your body to send a message to your brain that could result in more positive emotions. This episode talks about how this works and what you can do to make this happen today. Take my happiness course here: https://morehappylife.teachable.com Take my instagram course here: https://insta10k.teachable.com Get a free morning routine to boost positive emotions here: https://morehappylife.co/morning-routine-for-positive-emotion-boost/ Find the book Presence, by Amy Cuddy here: https://amzn.to/2PmJVD6
October 08, 2018
81: Why Sleep 😴 is Essential for Happiness and How to Sleep Better
Today's episode covers how sleep is so important for our wellbeing and how big of a problem sleep deprivation is in today's world. I give you real strategies on how to improve your sleep and we even talk about some of the greatest ideas that have ever come about that were inspired by dreams or sleep. At the end I talk about an exciting program my wife and I are participating in called CAPP (Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology). It's a 7 month program where we will dive deep into the science of happiness through the PERMA-V model of wellbeing. If you would like to join me and my wife (in our same cohort), click here: http://bit.ly/CAPPmorehappy
September 26, 2018
80: Happiness is Resilience
Do I ever get tired of talking about happiness? No. Here is why in this episode. I also cover the answer to the question: "Are you ever unhappy as a happiness expert?" I was grateful for the awesome people who called in and commented and asked questions. I always love it when you ask thought provoking questions that get the conversation going about how to live a more happy life! Enjoy.
August 28, 2018
79: How Your Poop 💩 Affects Your Happiness - Aubrey Phelps from BIOHM
There is a strong correlation between our gut health and our mental health. From personal experience with my wife and myself, we have seen the direct correlation between our gut microbiome and our happiness and health. I have been curious about this for a while so I have been testing my fecal samples with multiple companies. I reached out to one that I thought was very interesting called Biohm (https://biohmhealth.com/) They agreed to send me a kit to do a test and sequence a sample of my feces. In this episode I actually go over the results of my test! (don't get grossed out - it's not too bad). Aubrey Phelps, the director of wellness at Biohm was kind enough to jump on a call with me and answer all my questions about the gut-brain connection as well as tell me more about my own gut health. I really hope this inspires you to start thinking about your own happiness from the standpoint of your gut health and digestion!
August 17, 2018
78: The Neuroscience of Vision Boards with Taylor Proctor
Have you ever wondered about what the science is behind the secret or the law of attraction? Well, I ran into Taylor Proctor who trains people on how to create a vision board. When I first saw this, I was a little skeptical, but when she started explaining the neuroscience behind vision boards, I was genuinely intrigued. So I decided to have her on the show. We talk about how to create a vision board, and why the brain needs something like this if we want to make our dreams a reality with the heavy cognitive filters we have. Here are the links to her social accounts: https://www.facebook.com/HappinessAboundBlog/ https://www.instagram.com/happiness_abound/ The link to the Spotify Playlist mentioned: https://open.spotify.com/user/taylorpro/playlist/393zJB6uAIu5cEajWKghWv Also here is her website and the Vision Board Training Class: https://www.happinessabound.com/ https://www.happinessabound.com/courses-products/visonboardtrainingclass Use code MOREHAPPYLIFE for a discount at checkout.
August 08, 2018
77: Five Killers of Anxiety - Backed by Science (and personal experience)
In this episode I talk about the five ways I have tackled my anxiety. All of these were things that I read about in research. Most based on Kelly McGonigal's (from Stanford) research in her book The Upside of Stress. They are: 1. Embrace it 2. Tell Your Story 3. Values 4. Challenge VS Threat 5. Ashwagandha root I hope you take something in this that can help you with your anxious moments and that you share these with others who struggle with anxiety. This has changed my life. I hope it makes your life a little more happy. Also I mentioned that I have some courses that I'm offering. If you haven't seen them already, please go check out www.morehappylife.teachable.com and follow me over on instagram at www.instagram.com/morehappylife.
August 07, 2018
76: Creating Positive Disruptions With Jessie Gardner from Hey Soul
This episode features Jessie Gardner from Hey Soul (www.heysoul.com). She was kind enough to send me one of her gift boxes (The Calm Box). As someone who has struggled with anxiety and panic attacks, it helped to create multiple beautiful experiences that I have highlighted on my instagram account. In this episode we talked about some really powerful principles that I think are so important to our happiness. Things like the power of rituals for happiness, how to create a positive disruption and how important it is to be open. I also loved her openness about the fact that even happiness advocates like herself have unhappy days and it's the unhappy days that can lead to even deeper happiness and shared connection with those who are close to us. I hope you enjoy this episode and that you check out Jessie's free stuff on her website as well as the giveaway that is happening right now! She is giving away some awesome positive disruption boxes you can find here: http://bit.ly/heysoulgiveaway
July 26, 2018
75: Why is Happiness So Critical? Interview with Kyla Mitsunaga
I had an amazing interview with Kyla Mitsunaga who is a happiness coach in Korea. She is a ball of powerful positive energy! We became instant friends and I really loved our conversation! I wanted to share this interview with you. We originally did this on Kyla's YouTube channel and you can find that here if you want to see our amazing facial expressions as well: https://youtu.be/2G7bZrn4MpI Things we covered in this podcast: 1. Taking a break from social media 2. How to deal with negative people 3. Why happiness is so important 4. The magic moment that led to Kyla's passion for happiness 5. Can I be unhappy as a happiness expert? Go have a listen! It was an amazing conversation that I hope you enjoy as much as we did!
July 23, 2018
74: Authenticity Discussion With Suze (The Authenticity Challenge)
Today I chatted with Suze from The Authenticity Challenge. We had a discussion about authenticity. This is really a hot topic for me. Social media almost forces anyone who uses it to have two different selves to live up to and if we aren't careful we can lose track of who we really are. Suze is pretty audacious in her adventures of authenticity and she is passionate about sharing this audacity with others. We were able to talk through some of these things and other questions like: How do you deal with people who don't like you when you are authentic to who you really are? I love what came from this one and genuinely enjoyed our conversation. I believe strongly that to be truly happy, we need to find our unique life mission. And to find our mission, it is crucial to be true to who we are. Find Suze on social media here: https://www.instagram.com/adventuresofsuze https://twitter.com/_susannahwilson
July 19, 2018
73: Social Media Fasting and Happiness; 7 Things I Experienced Taking a Week Break from Technology
I haven't posted to social media or the podcast for almost two weeks now. In this episode I briefly tell why and talk about what I experienced during my social media fast. Have you ever taken a break from your smartphone and social media? How did you feel? What did you learn?
July 12, 2018
72: Accelerate Your Happiness With AI - Recap of IPEN's AI Summit
In this episode I recap the appreciative inquiry summit where over 800 delegates from all over the world gathered to be inspired and to decide how move forward in changing their part of the world with positive education and positive psychology. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology and ask him what needs to happen for positive psychology to reach more people in the world. I also got to interview the founder of Appreciative Inquiry, Dr. David Cooperrider who sets a beautiful vision for what the future will look like with a more positive foundation of young people world wide. I also was able to interview Jonny Liu from Tsinghua University (one of China's top universities) who is working to bring positive psychology to light in China. I spoke with Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, the founder of The Flourishing Center and the increasingly popular CAPP certification. Angela Reiner also honored me with her take on the future of happiness.
June 30, 2018
71: Seven Ways to BEAT LONELINESS from the Perspective of a Man
Studies show that chronic loneliness can be worse for your health than smoking 15 cigarettes per day. So why aren't we focusing on beating it? Today's episode is close to home for me. Andy Proctor, the one who is all about social media and connecting thousands of people and helping them to be happier, has suffered from loneliness for years. Yes, that's me. I have wrestled with this ever since I was divorced and then I really struggled with it when a mental health event created a major faith crisis for me. I didn't feel like I could reach out and I didn't know how to be when I did reach out. These 7 strategies are things that I have either practiced or I am trying to figure out how to practice, but that I believe are ways to exit the land of the lonely. I hope they help you, especially if you are a man who feels there is no way to express himself to anyone without being seen as weak or socially unacceptable.
June 22, 2018
70: Make Less Decisions = More Fulfillment in Life
How many decisions do you have to make every single day? The less decisions you have to make, the more space you’ll have to do things that are meaningful to you and that have to do with you ultimate purpose in life.
June 14, 2018
69: How to Say NO With Grace and Why Its Critical to Happiness
We all face those moments where we feel like saying no will ruin our relationship or turn us into the bad guy. In this episode we discuss how to say no gracefully and why it is critical for our short term and long term happiness and well being.
June 07, 2018
68: Prime Environments for Happier Living
Does willpower help you to improve happiness? Studies show that willpower is not sustainable for lasting change in our life. Today’s episode talks about how environmental changes can create virtuous upward cycles of personal transformation that will boost your life to a more happy state in a sustainable way. I take this from the research and writings of Benjamin Hardy PhD, the number one writer on medium.com. Enjoy!
May 30, 2018
67: How to Live to Be 99 - Backed by my Grandma (& Science)
Today my grandma turned 99. WOW! It was a very special day for her and for our whole family. Not many people live that long. I am amazed at how long she has lived and love hearing the wisdom from someone who just entered her 100th year of life! I can't stop bragging about it. Amazing. But how does one live longer? Unfortunately, I didn't get any audio from my grandma today, but I already set up a time to record her next week where we will go into depth about how she has lived well the last 99 years. Today, I will talk about the research from National Geographic's Dan Buettner on the Blue Zones as well as Elizabeth Blackburn's Nobel Prize-winning research on telomeres and aging. Do you want to live longer? Well, these tips could add another 10 years to your life. Science shows it and so does grandma. :) Enjoy!
May 24, 2018
66: Marathon Mindsets From US Olympian Jared Ward
This week's episode is an interview with Olympic marathon runner Jared Ward. Marathons are so commonly used as metaphors for life, so I thought it would be powerful to interview an actual olympic marathon runner to see how the research in positive psychology lines up with the marathon running of someone who has run on a United States Olympic team. I learned SO much from Jared on our call. Things like: -The "can do" mindset and being empowered by the reality that the best possible outcome CAN happen. -Being present in your mind by repeating mindful phrases over and over. -Success comes from the scaffolding of your relationships -The powerful galvanizing effect of making important decisions once. -Feeling a sense of calling in life may not just come to you, but you might just have to choose it. -Doing YOUR best rather than being THE best. This is an episode you'll want to listen to all the way through!
May 16, 2018
65: This is Your Brain on Hope - The Hope Circuit: Scientific Proof of Curing Depression
Martin Seligman’s research on learned is possibly the most cited set of research in the academic journals of psychology. However, 50 years later, he has admitted that he was wrong. Very exciting research on the neuroscience of helplessness and control has proven that we can literally destroy helplessness. This episode needs out about this research and poses the question to you of how we can apply this to improve our life and increase our sense of control over the situations that are difficult and traumatic.
May 09, 2018
64: Changing Your Relationship with STRESS
What do you believe about stress? Do you believe it will kill you or do you believe it will help you perform better? Turns out, what we believe will come true regardless of our genetics or physical state. Research shows that our relationship with stress can greatly impact how stress impacts us mentally and physically. In this episode I share a powerful exercise from Stanford researcher Kelly McGonigal to change your relationship with stress in just 10 minutes. This may change your life and it might just save your life too.
May 01, 2018
63: Three Practical Self Compassion Skills
One of the biggest killers of our happiness is social comparison. We very easily get trapped in our own thoughts comparing ourselves to others who we perceive to be stronger or better or more beautiful than we are. How do we avoid this? By practicing self-compassion. In this episode we go over 3 skills that you can practice every day.
April 23, 2018
62: Power Up Your Day with Social Reflection
Today’s episode is about social reflection, which is one of the many “power ups” from Dr. Jane McGonigal’s book (and app) called SuperBetter, that can be used to make your day go better. As with all things on my podcast, this technique is backed by scientific research and has been shown to increase vagal tone and promote savoring. It’s a very powerful technique that o suggest you try today and repeat often!
April 16, 2018
61: How Your Language Affects Your Happiness and Health
In today’s episode I highlight the research at UPenn’s world well being project on how the words we use affect our health and happiness. Check out the research here... http://www.wwbp.org/ and watch the ted talk here: https://youtu.be/FjibavNwOUI
April 02, 2018
60: World Happiness Summit #WOHASU Recap on Happiness Day
It’s international day of happiness and I want to share with you the key takeaways I had from the recent World Happiness Summit in Miami. #wohasu for short, this summit was founded by Karen Guggenheim and is the second annual summit. It was a beautiful presentation of many of the leading happiness experts from around the globe. Listen to my summary and key takeaways from the event and please let me know what you thought of them!
March 21, 2018
59: Education in Positive Psychology
March 08, 2018
58: The Pursuit of Happiness
March 08, 2018
57: How to Make someone LOVE you
The best way to grow and strengthen any relationship isn’t by avoiding the bad conversations but by savoring the BEST conversations. This one thing could make all the difference.
March 03, 2018
56: Do Promotions Make You Happier? Research on Why Not.
Do you really want that big promotion? Here is what the research shows.
February 23, 2018
55: Emotional Intelligence makes you HAPPIER
As your emotional intelligence increases so does your happiness. Quick episode sharing some of my current emotions and how to choose which emotions hold your attention.
February 07, 2018
54: How to Find Your Life Purpose
Studies show that people who know their life purpose live on average 7 years longer than those who do not. There are three powerful ways to find your purpose in life. In this episode I talk about them: 1. Identity 2. Iteration and 3. Ikigai. Listen in to learn more!
January 20, 2018
53: Dream Only w/ the Right People
We all have dreams and goals but who should we share them with? We have to be careful with whom we share our most precious dreams. The first person we share our dreams with is a large determinant of whether we will actually follow through with it. Share your dreams with those who believe in you.
January 11, 2018
52: Goal Setting & FEAR Setting
Maybe you have set your goals for 2018, but have you set your fears? This is a powerful 4-question process that helps you understand what your fears are that keep you from accomplishing your goals.
January 04, 2018
51: Life by Design or Default?
If you don't prioritize your life, someone else will. Great advice from Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism.
October 06, 2017
50: Creativity & Happiness: Interview with James Redd
I was interviewed on James Redd's YouTube live stream and this is the audio from our chat. We discuss portions of Scott Barry Kaufman's book "Wired To Create" and how to be disciplined in creativity.
September 20, 2017
49: Approach Goals VS Avoidance Goals
Are your goals oriented around approaching something good that you want or avoiding something bad that you don't? There is a big difference in the motivation. Studies show that approach goals win.
September 19, 2017
48: Loneliness VS Solitude ❤️
We often think that being alone means being lonely. And sometimes being alone is actually more of a recharge than being with others. Also we at times feel lonely when we are with others. Why is that?
September 15, 2017
47: Reduce PAIN with Mindfulness
Studies show that both physical and emotional pain can be reduced with mindful meditation.
September 13, 2017
46: Money Actually CAN Buy Happiness
If you know how to use it right, your money can buy you a happier life. The trick is that you don't necessarily need money to make your life happier in this way. Time management is the key factor.
September 12, 2017
45: The future is bright.
Here are ten reasons to look forward to the future despite the horrible events that happen and are happening right now.
September 12, 2017
44: Start With Positive!
There is power in starting with positive. It doesn't mean you have to be naive to the problems to solve or the difficult areas of life, it means that your brain will be more capable to handle them.
September 05, 2017
43: Can Social Media Make You Happier?
Great discussion on social media and how it can affect our happiness for better or worse.
September 03, 2017
42: Scheduling Happiness In
When was the last time you scheduled time to do something that made you happy?
September 02, 2017
41: How to Increase Emotional Intelligence
How emotionally intelligent are you? Can you describe your daily emotions with more words than happy, sad, angry and stressed? Turns out if you can, you're likely more emotionally intelligent.
September 01, 2017
40: Harmonious Passion & Obsessive Passion
Everyone who listens to this is passionate about something. Am I right? But there are two types of passion according to Robert Vallerand's research: obsessive and harmonious. Great discussion on this.
August 31, 2017
39: Love Redefined
Can love be more accessible to everyone? I think so. Barbara Fredrickson redefines love as what she calls positivity resonance which we can experience with almost anyone almost everyday.
August 29, 2017
38: The Loneliness Epidemic
Do you ever feel lonely even in the presence of others? This episode talks about how most of us at some point experience real loneliness in our life and it's not because we aren't around people.
August 28, 2017
37: Happiness acronym: PERMA
Can you summarize human flourishing with one acronym? PERMA is the one that is used by those who research human flourishing. Listen to this short podcast to find out what lasting happiness is.
August 25, 2017
36: GRIT: Passion & Perseverance
What do you want to accomplish? No matter what it is, grit will help you. It is a special mix of passion and perseverance. Angela Duckworth's research is powerful and here is how to apply it.
August 24, 2017
35: How to make happiness last.
Sometimes we have moments of happiness and we want them to stay. How do you help them stay longer and how do you create a defense against the default of negativity? Here are two skills to help.
August 23, 2017
34: Happiness from Creativity
Creative people are shown to be happier than those who never express themselves creatively. We discuss whether creativity makes us happier or happiness makes us more creative.
August 21, 2017
33: The Power of Purpose
In a study on the elderly, those who had responsibility over a plant in their room were more likely to be healthier, happier and ultimately live longer than those who had no responsibility.
August 19, 2017
32: The Gratitude Visit
This is a beautiful way to increase positive emotion in a way that can last up to 2 weeks and build close relationships, the number one predictor of our lasting happiness.
August 17, 2017
31: Is the Law of Attraction Real?
A little discussion about the law of attraction and what some research shows about how it might be good or bad for our wellbeing and Happiness.
August 17, 2017
30: The power of sincere interest
What are you interested in? What fascinates you? When was the last time you were transfixed with fascination? When will be the next. Here I talk about the power of interest to increase happiness.
August 16, 2017
29: Mirror neurons & happy ripples
Who in your life feels like sunshine? Be around those people more often. The positive ripple effect and mirror neuron research on this.
August 15, 2017
28: Nature increases positivity
From the green city of Singapore I talk about the affect of nature on our physical and mental health.
August 14, 2017
27: My WHY for More Happy Life
I got a great call in asking about happiness being a bit of a trap. I did my best to answer why I think sustainable happiness is worth the pursuit.
August 14, 2017
26: Three Powerful Happiness Skills
Here are three powerful skills anyone can use to increase their wellbeing on a daily basis. Also I included some great call ins
August 11, 2017
25: Four keys to LIFE MEANING
Great tips on increasing life satisfaction by increasing meaning. 1. Story telling 2. Belonging 3. Transcendence 4. Purpose
August 11, 2017
24: Protect Your Dreams
With whom do you share your dreams? Be careful who you share with because their reaction can affect your likelihood of pursuit. Believe in yourself. Believe you can. Go do it! Just do it!
August 08, 2017
23: Upward spiral of creativity
Happiness and creativity both require effort. They also both support each other. Momentum is needed for both but when you start an upward spiral is created.
August 06, 2017
22: What is mindfulness?
Some of the basics of mindfulness. Guided meditation. What is good about mindfulness. What you might want to look out for. Have you ever meditated? If not, this might help.
August 05, 2017
21: You Are Genetically 99% Bacteria
You are Genetically 99% Bacteria. You can change your microbiome which can change their genetic expression which can change your genetic expression which can affect your happiness. Bacterial health =\ud83d\ude32
July 29, 2017
20: Cat Videos and Happiness 😹
Have you been caught at work watching cat videos? Well this isn't a bad thing. Research shows that cat videos can elevate our positive emotion and make us more effective at work. Tell your boss. \ud83d\ude38
July 28, 2017
19: Telomeres and Happiness?
In this first segment I ever did on Anchor, I talk about telomeres and how our lifespan lengthens or shortens with their health. How to live longer: strengthen telomeres. How to do that? Positivity.
July 26, 2017
18: Autonomy + Belonging = Happiness
Both autonomy and belonging have been shown to be high predictors of happiness. A perfect balance between them will bring great life satisfaction and comfort no matter what generation you are in.
July 23, 2017
17: 6 Habits of Happier People
What activities are proven by science to make us happier? These six are very simple things almost anyone can do on a daily basis. From a TIME magazine special mixed with other personal discoveries.
July 22, 2017
16: Positive events happen more often than negative
Research shows that the positive events outnumber the negative by 3-to-1 (sometimes up to 5-to-1), but our negativity bias keeps us focused on the downers. This is reason to focus more on the good. \ud83d\ude01
July 21, 2017
15: SISU not Silence with Emilia Lahti
Quick chat with positive psychologist and activist Emilia Lahti about her research on "sisu" - a Finnish word that represents power and leads to post-traumatic growth.
July 17, 2017
14: Imagination and Happiness with Scott Barry Kaufman
A mini interview with imagination researcher Scott Barry Kaufman. Why is imagination so important?
July 17, 2017
13: Keep Your Telomeres Strong
A quick interview with Elissa Epel, an expert researcher on telomeres and health. She coauthored a book with a Nobel laureate called "The Telomere Effect."
July 17, 2017
12: Strength-Based Parenting with Dr. Lea Waters
Lea Waters, a strengths researcher and the new president of the IPPA, gives a few tips on strengths-based parenting.
July 16, 2017
11: When Entrepreneurs Fail With Benjamin Hardy
Ben Hardy has been published in Huffington Post, Forbes, Mashable, Inc., and many others. He briefly discusses his research on courage in entrepreneurship.
July 16, 2017
10: How to Learn Optimism
How does the little voice inside your head describe the quality of your life? Is it negative or positive? Do you want to be more internally positive? Here are some tips on how to do it.
July 12, 2017
9: Love Redefined
This episode talks about love in a different way that makes it accessible to anyone. The #1 Predictor of Happiness and health is relationships. What if we don't have them? Use positivity resonance.
July 11, 2017
8: A Positivity / Negativity Ratio for Happiness?
Some researchers have said there is a positivity - negativity ratio at which humans flourish. Here is the ratio and why it's okay that negativity is a part of flourishing.
July 09, 2017
7: The #1 Predictor of Happiness
What is the #1 Predictor of long term happiness. Here is what a 75-year Harvard study showed.
July 08, 2017
6: Happiness Against All Odds
Can you still be happy with stage 4 cancer? How can you be happier even when you have no control over your circumstances? Here are three science-backed methods to increase happiness against the odds.
July 07, 2017
5: The Opportunity Paradox
How do too many options affect our happiness? Can opportunity be our downfall? I talk about the research behind the opportunity paradox and how to fuel your brain with positive amidst the negative.
July 06, 2017
4: Making Hope Happen
Making Hope Happen. How often do you think about the future? Are your thoughts positive or negative? Hope is a combination of beliefs about the future that make it much more positive. Shane Lopez
July 04, 2017
3: Ritualizing Happiness
Ritualize happiness. \u2022 Ritualize Happiness (part 2) \u2022 I LOVE journaling and exercise \ud83d\ude43 \u2022 Journaling and exercise rituals.
July 03, 2017
2: The Powerful Science of Touch
The powerful science behind touch. \ud83d\udc49\ud83c\udffb\ud83d\udc48\ud83c\udffbresearch and facts about why human touch is so critical for both infants and adults.
July 02, 2017
1: Creativity and Happiness.
What are you creating? Creativity = happiness. • From the PH : I CREATE HAPPINESS • We need more happiness creators :) • Creativity Is An Essential Mindscape to Escape Trivial Matters • Flow State Creativity. • Other places to join the party. | Make your own podcast: https://anchor.fm/morehappylife
June 30, 2017