More Happy Life

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111: Making Sleep Cool Again With Julie Flygare, J.D.

August 6th, 2019


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 …

110: Blanketing 1,000,000 Homeless with Bob Dalton from Sackcloth & Ashes

July 10th, 2019


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 …

109: How to Create Life-Changing Insights with Craig Case, Coauthor of BIG IDEAS

July 2nd, 2019


"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 …

108: The Life Changing Power of Radical Motivation with Allie Gardner

June 26th, 2019


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, …

107: Crafting A Happier Life by Choosing Your Story with Lori Lee

June 20th, 2019


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 …

106: Six Powerful Tools to Reach Your Potential in Life

June 12th, 2019


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 …

105: The Transformational Power of Play with Play Expert Jeff Harry

June 5th, 2019


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 …

104: Making the World a Happier Place Through Elevated Customer Experiences with Scott Porter

May 28th, 2019


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 …

103: Remember Your Why with Nadia Khristean

May 21st, 2019


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 …

102: Finding Your Reason To Live with Seth Adam Smith

May 14th, 2019


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 …

101: Pursue Your Passion AND Keep Your Day Job with Samantha Inch, CPC, CAPP

March 21st, 2019


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 …

100: Turn Challenge into Opportunity with Kylie Chenn from Acanela Expeditions

March 11th, 2019


 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 …

99: The Power of Human Connection in a Digital World with The Jurgys - Nellie and Bryce Jurgensmeier

March 1st, 2019


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 …

98: Love Yourself by Knowing Yourself with Briana Johnson from The LifeBeats Project

February 14th, 2019


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 …

97: Transform Your Future With Your Thoughts with Tony Vic of MTWTF

February 4th, 2019


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 …

96: Six Powerful Ways to Make New Friends as an Adult

January 30th, 2019


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 …

95: Movement is Medicine with William Pullen, Founder of Dynamic Running Therapy

January 23rd, 2019


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. …

94: 7 Powerful Writing Prompts to Boost Your Day Full of Positive Emotion

January 14th, 2019


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 …

93: A Happier Way To Measure Your Success in 2019 - inspired by Jeff Harry

January 4th, 2019


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 …

92: Proof The World is Getting Better - a Special Anti-Fear-Culture Episode

December 27th, 2018


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 …

91: Tackling $100K of Debt with Joy with Mike and Carly Walton from The Walton Adventure

December 21st, 2018


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 …

90: Changing Is A Skillset That is Learned with James Garrett

December 13th, 2018


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 …

89: How To Use BREATHING To Improve Your Life

November 25th, 2018


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 …

88: How Food Impacts Your Happiness with Aubrey Phelps RDN

November 15th, 2018


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 …

87: Deliberate Serenity Through Mindfulness with Kimberly Christensen from Talk Wordy to Me

November 8th, 2018


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 …

86: Real Skills For Being Happier At Work with Halelly Azulay

November 2nd, 2018


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 …

85: Overcoming Fear With Taekwondo National Champion Samery Moras

October 23rd, 2018


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 …

84: Thriving Outside Your Comfort Zone with Megan Fairchild, Principal Dancer for NYC Ballet

October 19th, 2018


"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 …

83: Believing an Inner Lie Creates Unhappiness: With Best-Selling Author Kim Fiske

October 10th, 2018


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 …

82: Jumpstart Positive Emotions With Your Body

October 8th, 2018


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 …

81: Why Sleep 😴 is Essential for Happiness and How to Sleep Better

September 26th, 2018


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 …

80: Happiness is Resilience

August 28th, 2018


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 …

79: How Your Poop 💩 Affects Your Happiness - Aubrey Phelps from BIOHM

August 17th, 2018


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. …

78: The Neuroscience of Vision Boards with Taylor Proctor

August 8th, 2018


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 …

77: Five Killers of Anxiety - Backed by Science (and personal experience)

August 7th, 2018


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. …

76: Creating Positive Disruptions With Jessie Gardner from Hey Soul

July 26th, 2018


This episode features Jessie Gardner from Hey Soul ( She was kind enough to send me one of her gift boxes (The Calm Box). As someone …

75: Why is Happiness So Critical? Interview with Kyla Mitsunaga

July 23rd, 2018


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 …

74: Authenticity Discussion With Suze (The Authenticity Challenge)

July 19th, 2018


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 …

73: Social Media Fasting and Happiness; 7 Things I Experienced Taking a Week Break from Technology

July 12th, 2018


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 …

72: Accelerate Your Happiness With AI - Recap of IPEN's AI Summit

June 30th, 2018


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 …

71: Seven Ways to BEAT LONELINESS from the Perspective of a Man

June 22nd, 2018


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 …

70: Make Less Decisions = More Fulfillment in Life

June 14th, 2018


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 …

69: How to Say NO With Grace and Why Its Critical to Happiness

June 7th, 2018


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 …

68: Prime Environments for Happier Living

May 30th, 2018


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 …

67: How to Live to Be 99 - Backed by my Grandma (& Science)

May 24th, 2018


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 …

66: Marathon Mindsets From US Olympian Jared Ward

May 16th, 2018


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 …

65: This is Your Brain on Hope - The Hope Circuit: Scientific Proof of Curing Depression

May 9th, 2018


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 …

64: Changing Your Relationship with STRESS

May 1st, 2018


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 …

63: Three Practical Self Compassion Skills

April 23rd, 2018


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 …

62: Power Up Your Day with Social Reflection

April 16th, 2018


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 …

61: How Your Language Affects Your Happiness and Health

April 2nd, 2018


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... and watch the ted talk here:

60: World Happiness Summit #WOHASU Recap on Happiness Day

March 21st, 2018


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 …

57: How to Make someone LOVE you

March 3rd, 2018


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 …

56: Do Promotions Make You Happier? Research on Why Not.

February 23rd, 2018


Do you really want that big promotion? Here is what the research shows.


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55: Emotional Intelligence makes you HAPPIER

February 7th, 2018


As your emotional intelligence increases so does your happiness. Quick episode sharing some of my current emotions and how to choose which emotions …

54: How to Find Your Life Purpose

January 20th, 2018


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 …

53: Dream Only w/ the Right People

January 11th, 2018


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 …

52: Goal Setting & FEAR Setting

January 4th, 2018


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 …

51: Life by Design or Default?

October 6th, 2017


If you don't prioritize your life, someone else will. Great advice from Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism.


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50: Creativity & Happiness: Interview with James Redd

September 20th, 2017


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.


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49: Approach Goals VS Avoidance Goals

September 19th, 2017


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.


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48: Loneliness VS Solitude ❤️

September 15th, 2017


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?


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47: Reduce PAIN with Mindfulness

September 13th, 2017


Studies show that both physical and emotional pain can be reduced with mindful meditation.


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46: Money Actually CAN Buy Happiness

September 12th, 2017


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.


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45: The future is bright.

September 12th, 2017


Here are ten reasons to look forward to the future despite the horrible events that happen and are happening right now.


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44: Start With Positive!

September 5th, 2017


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 …

43: Can Social Media Make You Happier?

September 3rd, 2017


Great discussion on social media and how it can affect our happiness for better or worse.


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42: Scheduling Happiness In

September 2nd, 2017


When was the last time you scheduled time to do something that made you happy?


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41: How to Increase Emotional Intelligence

September 1st, 2017


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.


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40: Harmonious Passion & Obsessive Passion

August 31st, 2017


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.


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39: Love Redefined

August 29th, 2017


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.


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38: The Loneliness Epidemic

August 28th, 2017


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.


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37: Happiness acronym: PERMA

August 25th, 2017


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.


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36: GRIT: Passion & Perseverance

August 24th, 2017


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 …

35: How to make happiness last.

August 23rd, 2017


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 …

34: Happiness from Creativity

August 21st, 2017


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.


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33: The Power of Purpose

August 19th, 2017


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 …

32: The Gratitude Visit

August 17th, 2017


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 …

31: Is the Law of Attraction Real?

August 17th, 2017


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.


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30: The power of sincere interest

August 16th, 2017


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.


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29: Mirror neurons & happy ripples

August 15th, 2017


Who in your life feels like sunshine? Be around those people more often. The positive ripple effect and mirror neuron research on this.


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28: Nature increases positivity

August 14th, 2017


From the green city of Singapore I talk about the affect of nature on our physical and mental health.


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27: My WHY for More Happy Life

August 14th, 2017


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.


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26: Three Powerful Happiness Skills

August 11th, 2017


Here are three powerful skills anyone can use to increase their wellbeing on a daily basis. Also I included some great call ins


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25: Four keys to LIFE MEANING

August 11th, 2017


Great tips on increasing life satisfaction by increasing meaning. 1. Story telling 2. Belonging 3. Transcendence 4. Purpose


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24: Protect Your Dreams

August 8th, 2017


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. …

23: Upward spiral of creativity

August 6th, 2017


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.


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22: What is mindfulness?

August 5th, 2017


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? …

21: You Are Genetically 99% Bacteria

July 29th, 2017


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 =😲


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20: Cat Videos and Happiness 😹

July 28th, 2017


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. 😸


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19: Telomeres and Happiness?

July 26th, 2017


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.


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18: Autonomy + Belonging = Happiness

July 23rd, 2017


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.


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17: 6 Habits of Happier People

July 22nd, 2017


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.


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16: Positive events happen more often than negative

July 21st, 2017


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. 😁


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15: SISU not Silence with Emilia Lahti

July 17th, 2017


Quick chat with positive psychologist and activist Emilia Lahti about her research on "sisu" - a Finnish word that represents power and leads to …

14: Imagination and Happiness with Scott Barry Kaufman

July 17th, 2017


A mini interview with imagination researcher Scott Barry Kaufman. Why is imagination so important?


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13: Keep Your Telomeres Strong

July 17th, 2017


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."


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12: Strength-Based Parenting with Dr. Lea Waters

July 16th, 2017


Lea Waters, a strengths researcher and the new president of the IPPA, gives a few tips on strengths-based parenting.


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11: When Entrepreneurs Fail With Benjamin Hardy

July 16th, 2017


Ben Hardy has been published in Huffington Post, Forbes, Mashable, Inc., and many others. He briefly discusses his research on courage in entrepreneurship.


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10: How to Learn Optimism

July 12th, 2017


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.


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9: Love Redefined

July 11th, 2017


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.


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8: A Positivity / Negativity Ratio for Happiness?

July 9th, 2017


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.


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7: The #1 Predictor of Happiness

July 8th, 2017


What is the #1 Predictor of long term happiness. Here is what a 75-year Harvard study showed.


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6: Happiness Against All Odds

July 7th, 2017


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 …

5: The Opportunity Paradox

July 6th, 2017


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.


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4: Making Hope Happen

July 4th, 2017


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


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3: Ritualizing Happiness

July 3rd, 2017


Ritualize happiness. • Ritualize Happiness (part 2) • I LOVE journaling and exercise 🙃 • Journaling and exercise rituals.


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2: The Powerful Science of Touch

July 2nd, 2017


The powerful science behind touch. 👉🏻👈🏻research and facts about why human touch is so critical for both infants and adults.


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1: Creativity and Happiness.

June 30th, 2017


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 …

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