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The IPS Podcast | Educational Platform on Life

45 EpisodesProduced by The IPS Project | Jellis VaesWebsite

A warm welcome to The IPS Podcast, the podcast of The IPS Project, the educational platform on life. In this podcast hosted by Jellis Vaes, the founder of The IPS Project, you can expand your knowledge about life topics that we learn little to nothing about growing up—topics such as mental health, r… read more

45 Episodes | 2016 - 2022

EP 032 - Quadruple Amputee Alex Lewis: Finding Your Way Out of Hell—and Thriving

September 13th, 2022


“I was told early on that with amputation 95% is mental and 5% is physical. If you get your head straight, the rest will follow.” - Alex Lewis

There …

Bonus Episode - Kristina Paltén: The Questions That Were Not Asked (Three Things She Can’t Live Without, Keeping Big Goals Fun, and Much More)

June 23rd, 2022


Are you ready for a new bonus episode? In this bonus episode, adventurer, lecturer and two-time world-record holder Kristina Paltén takes over the …

EP 031 - Understanding Eating Disorders | Eating Disorder Specialist Ashley McHan

May 20th, 2022


“Eating disorders are not about food.” - Ashley McHan

In this interview on The IPS Podcast Ashley McHan, a licensed eating disorder and trauma specialist sits down with Jellis Vaes, the host of the podcast, to talk …

Voices of Wisdom: An IPS Original Short Movie (SEASON 3)

April 25th, 2022


Every 10 episodes on The IPS Podcast, we create an IPS Original Short where we review short clips that contain snippets of wisdom from our past 10 guests and piece them together into one wisdom-filled video, with …

The 5-Bullet Point Episode (EP's 26-30)

January 17th, 2022


Woohoo! Another 5 episodes have passed on The IPS Podcast.

As the host of this podcast I’d like to take a moment to celebrate putting these episodes out into the world and a moment to feel deep appreciation for each …

EP 030 - 5 Positive Changes in the Environment - The IPS Positive News Stories

December 24th, 2021


The world is falling apart...

At least according to mainstream media.

In reality, that is not true. Yes, bad things happen. However, incredible things happen every day too. People show kindness and love to others, …

EP 029 - What is The Good Life with Two-Time World Record Holder, Kristina Paltén

October 15th, 2021


Note: For those who are interested, this interview was also videotaped. You can watch the full interview on the Youtube channel of The IPS Project …

Bonus Episode - Craig Stanland: The Questions That Were Not Asked (Meditation, Suicide, Prison Nicknames, and More…)

July 16th, 2021


Hereby, we would like to introduce you to a brand-new kind of episode on The IPS Podcast: bonus episodes. In these bonus episodes you get the chance …

EP 028: Life After Prison – Craig Stanland: Losing Everything You Have and How to Start Over

June 6th, 2021


“This story is a piece of me. It is not my proudest moment. But it is a piece of me. If I denied it, how can I ever be whole, how can I ever be …

EP 027 - Healing from Emotional Abuse with Licensed Psychologist Signe M. Hegestand

April 23rd, 2021


Signe M. Hegestand, a licensed psychologist, talks about how to start healing from emotional abuse and the signs and symptoms of emotional abuse.

EP 026 - How to Handle Dark Times with Dr. Martin Inderbitzin, Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

April 14th, 2021


Martin Inderbitzin, a neuroscientist and pancreatic cancer survivor talks about how to handle pain and suffering.

Show notes and links for this episode can be found at

Feeling Unhappy? Research Shows Laughter is the Best Medicine | How to Laugh More in Life

February 26th, 2021


Laughter is not only incredibly healthy for the body and mind, but it can also bail you out of an unhappy state.

Therefore, if there is one medicine, …

The 5 - Bullet Point Episode (EP's 21-25)

January 9th, 2021


Another 5 episodes have passed, which means another 5-Bullet-Point Episode here on The IPS Podcast.

Each 5-bullet-point episode features selected …

EP 025 - Rena Romano: Healing Child Sexual Abuse and Conquering Past Hurts

December 14th, 2020


In this episode, we’ve invited survivor and advocate of children who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual assault, Rena Romano. 

Show notes and …

EP 024 - Sean Galla, Founder of Men’s Group: The Struggles Men Face and How to Support Men Better

September 11th, 2020


Being a man is not easy. Sean Galla, founder of, talks about masculinity, men’s health, and the struggles men face.

Show notes …

EP 023 - Scott Pinyard on Alcohol Use Disorder, the Effects of Alcohol on the Brain and Body, and How to Provide Support

August 26th, 2020


Scott Pinyard, head coach of This Naked Mind, talks about alcohol use disorder, the effects of alcohol on the brain and body, how to help someone …

Vulnerability and the Importance to Talk About the Scars You Wear Inside

June 26th, 2020


Sometimes we need to hear again why it is okay to be vulnerable, and why it is important to talk more openly about the scars we wear inside.

In this …

EP 022 - How to Handle Distressing Times (COVID-19 Special Episode)

May 19th, 2020


Learn how to handle distressing times from an ex-SAS Commander, a pancreatic cancer survivor, a monk who lived for 37 years in a monastery, and other experts.

Show notes and links for this episode can be found at

EP 021 - How to Rewire Your Brain to Be Happy | Dr. Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | The Science of Happiness

April 28th, 2020


In this episode on The IPS Podcast, Dr. Rick Hanson, Ph.D., leading expert on positive neuroplasticity, talks about how you can rewire your brain to be happy.

Show notes and links for this episode can be found at

Together - An IPS Original Short Movie (SEASON 2)

January 22nd, 2020


Every 10 episodes on The IPS Podcast, you get to enjoy an IPS original short movie, combining inspirational words from past guests we have had on the …

The 5 - Bullet Point Episode (EP's 16-20)

October 25th, 2019


In this new Five Bullet Points Episode of The IPS Podcast, listen to snippets from Episodes 16-20 to find the right one for you.

Show notes and links …

EP 020 - Certified Sexologist Shan Boodram, Talks about Sex, Dating, and Relationships

September 3rd, 2019


Shan Boodram, the most sought-after sex educator on the internet, shares ways to improve your relationship, dating and sex life.

Some of the …

EP 019 - Dr. Guy Macpherson, Ph.D. What is Psychological Trauma and How to Heal It

August 3rd, 2019


What is psychological trauma? In this episode of The IPS Podcast, Dr. Guy Macpherson, Ph.D. an expert in trauma, provides a base understanding of …

EP 018 – Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: How to Cope with It and Provide Support – Dr. Stephen P. Lewis, Ph.D.

June 24th, 2019


How to stop self-harm? In this episode of The IPS Podcast, we have invited Dr. Stephen P. Lewis, Ph.D. to provide a deeper understanding of NSSI.

EP 017 - Within the Mind of a Warrior: Rich Hungerford, Former SAS Patrol Commander

April 24th, 2019


“99% of your battles are quiet.” - Rich Hungerford

In this interview of The IPS Podcast, Richard Hungerford, former SAS Patrol Commander, talks about …

EP 016 - “How to Have Better Conversations,” with Kalina Silverman, Founder of Big Talk

April 12th, 2019


"Everyone has something to teach you." - Kalina Silverman

In this episode of The IPS Podcast, we invited the founder of Big Talk, Kalina Silverman, to chat about how to have better conversations and skip the small talk.

The 5 - Bullet Point Episode (EP's 11-15)

November 22nd, 2018


Five episodes have come and gone once again, bringing us to a new Five Bullet Points Episode. It's been a wide range of exciting topics and subjects …

EP 015 - 6 Heartwarming True Hero Stories - The IPS Positive News Stories

September 30th, 2018


Welcome, here’s the very first IPS Positive News Stories. We at The IPS Project are delighted to introduce this new type of episode on our podcast, and we are excited to have you here looking for positive news rather …

EP 014 – How Your Thoughts Create Your Life - The Power of Positive Psychology

July 23rd, 2018


Your thoughts create your life.

Being aware of how much your thoughts determine your life quality is of fundamental importance—more so than many may realize.

While this podcast episode delves more deeply into precisely …

EP 013 - Kristina Paltén, Ultra Runner - Alone Through Iran, 1144 Miles of Trust, Prejudice, and Human Kindness

June 6th, 2018


“To develop as a person, you have to go out of what is comfortable and experience new areas.” - Kristina Paltén

Kristina Paltén – Swedish …

EP 012 - Mark Henick - Mental Health Advocate, Coping With Suicidal Thoughts

April 7th, 2018


“Life is going to be tough sometimes. But it's tough for everybody, and we are in it together. ” - Mark Henick

Suicide: it’s a topic that deserves more attention.

Let us, therefore, give it the attention it deserves …

EP 011 - Richard Ayling on How to Become Superhuman, Master the Mind & Body, and Influence the Autonomic Nervous System

February 5th, 2018


“It’s amazing what the body can do. We just don’t realize that we’d forgotten that.” - Richard Ayling

Rich Ayling is a life coach who, after battling an unstable lifestyle and being diagnosed with a debilitating …

The Travelers We Are - An IPS Original Short Movie (SEASON 1)

October 16th, 2017


No matter what your beliefs are in life, and whatever you believe death will have in store for you, one way or another, we are all travelers in this world, on our way to whatever you define the afterlife to be.

Heading …

The 5-Bullet Point Episode (EP’s 6-10)

September 4th, 2017


The IPS Podcast hits another milestone of 10 episodes. That means nothing less than a new 5-Bullet Point episode!

Each one of them serves one of two …

EP 010 - Martin Inderbitzin: Tasting Death, a Survival Story of Pancreatic Cancer - The Lessons, The Hardships, and Becoming a Triathlete

July 11th, 2017


"One day you are going to die, the question is just what you will do until then."  - Martin Inderbitzin

Help Make a Difference. Consider a small …

EP 009 - Dormant Lives and a Broken Marriage: The Story of Multi Award-Winning Travel Bloggers Dave & Deb (The Planet D), and How Travel Changed Everything

June 20th, 2017


"By pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone a little bit allows you to discover more about yourself and about your life." - Dave & Deb

Life is an adventure. It's one of the many perspectives you can choose to …

EP 008 - How Travel Can Change Your Life, and How it Saved Mine

May 4th, 2017


“Traveling healed me by simply reopening my view upon the world and myself. - Jellis Vaes

In this episode of The IPS Podcast your host, Jellis Vaes will share with you all the story, how traveling changed and saved …

EP 007 - Let's Talk About Loneliness: a Conversation with Julia Bainbridge, Host of The Lonely Hour

April 12th, 2017


“Without loneliness, I would appreciate company less. The darkness makes those light parts feel brighter.” - Julia Bainbridge

Let’s talk about …

EP 006 - Muni Natarajan - The Wisdom of a Monk Who Lived 37 Years in a Monastery

March 19th, 2017


“Life is your teacher no matter what. You can't have an experience that doesn't teach you something.” - Muni Natarajan

Ready for another fascinating and wisdom-filled episode on the Inner Picture Stories Podcast? Sure …

The 5 - Bullet Point Episode (EP's 1-5)

February 25th, 2017


The IPS Podcast has just achieved its first milestone of 5 episodes!

Each time we hit another 5 episode milestone you can expect a 5-Bullet Point …

EP 005 - Paul Gilmartin on Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, ... The Fight Against our Inner Demons

February 3rd, 2017


"All feelings are valid, there are just healthy and unhealthy ways of expressing it." - Paul Gilmartin

We all have feelings and emotions running …

EP 004 - 2 Things that Dramatically can Impact Your Happiness

January 2nd, 2017


In this episode, your host Jellis Vaes, will share some of the wisdom he has learned in his life, and that has made a huge difference to him.

They are both easy and accessible for anyone to do - all that really matters …

EP 003 - Unleashing Creativity With Award Winning Author - Debra Moffitt

December 22nd, 2016


"The reason most people are unhappy is because they are looking outside of themselves for something that’s within them." - Debra Moffitt

Creativity runs through everyone, we are all creative beings in some way, shape or …

EP 002 - Bruce Langford: How to Take Control Over The Mind And Live In The Moment

December 3rd, 2016


"Be who you are because there is no one else on this earth or ever will be, who is exactly like you." - Bruce Langford

As the philosopher, Lao Tzu said, "If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are …

EP 001 - Nancy Kerkhofs: How to Live on after Losing the Love of your Life

November 28th, 2016


“Acceptation is the most important thing in life.” - Nancy Kerkhofs

Welcome to The IPS Podcast and to the first interview of the show! This was a true blast of an interview to start with.

At the incredibly young age of …

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