Imagine yoga for a second: was it a white, slender and well-off hetero-sexual woman? Well what about tattooed, black, fat and queer folks? Is it not for them? Jessamyn Stanley is an inspiring yoga teacher who doesn’t just not fit the mould but demonstrates that these moulds are unnecessary altogether. We discuss how yoga can be a vehicle for body positivity, mindfulness and a constructive kind of comfort during hard times. Also it’s important that we don’t mistake the postures for yoga. The practice is about so much more.
Listen to my own yoga journey and check out Positive Psychology on the Go.
Parents and non-parents want to know how to see and grow the best in the (young) people around them. Lea Waters is here to talk about how to turn on the Strengths Switch, how our own challenges shape how we see our children and what actually happens once we dedicate ourselves to strengths in daily life.
You can take a test to see how you score in strengths-based parenting on her website http://www.strengthswitch.com/ (scroll down past the videos to find the resources).
Emotion differentiation is a the closest thing to a psychological superpower. Having it gives you all kinds of benefits and protection while the absence of it has lots of drawbacks. The good news is that it is a very straight-forward skill to learn.
Today Mary Shores, CEO and author, will join us to talk about
- Why even a debt collection agency can bring positive change to the world
- How one powerful rule changed her business for the better
- A simple question to help align your actions with your goals
- Getting out of a dark place in 5 Steps
- Affirmation Deep Dive
Business has been underrepresented in this podcast so it’s good to have Mary with us.
Okay full disclosure words such as karma will be discussed (and I will put them in a psychology context so the skeptics can chill…).
- The Pressure of Balance
- Unlimited Good versus Winner-takes-it-All
- Why Self-Compassion is your Foundation
- Acceptance versus resignation
- Sailboat metaphor
- Is only the best good enough for you?
- The Full Monty or Nothing
- Corporate Disillusionment
- Gaming bestseller lists
- Fire under my rear-end
- You are the Ambassador Now
- The Value of Tension
- Missing the old days
Dani DiPirro is the creator of Positively Present . We talk self-love (it’s not just self-care!), facing and working on our fears and when it’s time to seek professional guidance.
- Collateral Benefits
- A Co-Worker Chooses
- Looking Back at Anger
- Don’t Pay it Back
- When it’s out of your Hands
- Leave your Ego Alone
- Please forget the One
- Surprising Answer to Being more Kind
- How you behave while you wait
- Stop Dormatting it
- The Happiness Formula in your daily life
- Sacrifice no more
So you’ve lost your religion. Or you always thought it was stupid to begin with. Maybe you are religious but are not quite satisfied. Today we look at this idea that we can find spirituality in sometimes unexpected places.
Short, bite-sized, breathless and birdsong-filled reflections on how to live a good life:
- Emotion Thermometers
- How feelings over logic saved a life
- Hurray for abs
- I was a coward
- Role models
- Cultivating your inner life
- Meditation in real time
Introducing real-life bite-sized positive psychology goodness. For a while I have been thinking how I could use more real life examples to illustrate the concepts we talk about in the regular episodes. Enter Anchor.fm
This is raw, real-life as it happens, sometimes out of breath other times cursing a bit more than I usually do but always with one mission: to be right there for you with helpful thoughts and examples to improve your day.
I have been recording on Anchor every day for a week, usually multiple times a day. Hope you enjoy this first installment.
Okay right now it’s just me and my mother so come one over and be one of the cool people who joined from the very beginning. I want us to get to know each other (you know a lot about me and I mostly likely don’t know you yet), share things that will help all of us become the people we want to be and of course chat about episodes. I will also share content from my new station at Anchor.fm It’s like Twitter but for audio and allows me to share examples and stories as they happen in real time, always with an eye on making your day better. Furthermore I want you to decide which happiness commandments should be featured in the 100th episode and of course introduce yourself.
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At work, as parents and in our relationships we say that we want one thing but then we behave to encourage something completely different. If our words and behaviours do not line up we will experience a lot of unnecessary conflict. Check out what kind of incentives make people tick.
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Did technology make relationships better (hello Skype) or does it make us lonely? Today we talk to Jason Feifer, host of the thought-provoking podcast Pessimists’ Archive and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine to learn how to think about technology and the effects it has on our lives. You will also learn a fancy Japanese term you can throw around at the next dinner party and hear a guy speak a really really old language.
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If you love Harry Potter you are probably excited by the title but if you are not hold your horses and give our insightful guest Vanessa Zoltan a chance: the principles we discuss can be applied to your favourite books, music and movies and even if you don’t care about any of these things this discussion will make you consider your spiritual life and why it’s helpful to cultivate one even if you’re an atheist (like Vanessa is). In their hit podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Vanessa and her co-host Casper ter Kuile use different practices to unlock the mysteries of the books. This deepened understanding can help all of us to live a life that is based on our values and that uses role models to handle moments of crisis well.
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From the distinctly unsexy depths of logic and classical psychology comes an episode on how to not be like your enemies: judgmental, illogical and manipulative.
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We are both terrified and fascinated with risk. Today we talk to adventurer-badass Suzy Madge who researched positive risk in ski-mountaineers but also drops out of helicopters to ski remote mountains in places like Afghanistan. Furthermore Suzy works with police forces and is therefore perfectly equipped to illuminate risk from several different perspectives. She talks about how relative the perception of risk is, why calculated risk taking is important and how high-risk situations can lead to transcendent experiences.
These are politically tumultuous times. In this episode we discuss some “necessary disillusionments” that we have to overcome in ourselves, stories that we are unhelpful that we have to let go of to proceed and we dive into how opposing parties can find some real common ground. I will not shy away from super-charged topics (particularly one) where I make the argument that there are important reasons to not just force your political will onto others but why some unexpected science should make us rethink some of our opinions. You will be encouraged to think about what a democracy that deserves that name would be like and how you can be part of an ’emotional climate change’ to secure sustainable political progress.
To build the kind of mindset that can help you navigate difficult political times check out my audiobook Brainwash at