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November 11, 2017

When we think of what would constitute a successful life a lot of it is based on conformity: get the career, the house, the partner and the fancy vacations and you will be happy. Let’s save time and assume that that path to happiness does not work. Instead I would like you to ask yourself these questions:

  • what has made me feel successful, not for a short time but over months or years?
  • what am I most proud of and would like to repeat in my life?
  • what can I do today that brings me closer to those real successes?

Why not check out the Positive Psychology Podcast next? You can listen right now by saying Play The Positive Psychology Podcast.

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November 10, 2017

Meaning is constructed. No activity is in itself meaningful. You might think that a doctor surely does meaningful work but if you ask a doctor who has to pump the stomach of binge-drinking party peeps every weekend they might find it profoundly unsatisfying. Similarly there is no job you can think of that somebody is not proud of doing and feels that it’s important. Keeping that in mind what are the most meaningful aspects of your life? Do they get the time they deserve? If not can you prioritize engaging with these things regularly? Meaning can be in absolutely everything: how we spend our money, sustain ourselves, exercise, treat our co-workers or what we value. How can you act in accordance to something you feel is meaningful today?

Why not check out the Positive Psychology Podcast next? You can listen right now by saying Play The Positive Psychology Podcast.

 

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November 9, 2017

You are smart enough to have figured out that relationships play a big role in our happiness. Today take note of the seven people you spend the most time with. On average for each person think about the following questions:

  • do they give you energy?
  • do they have no impact on you?
  • or do they drain your energy?

Based on what you find you can make an effort to spend more time with the energy-givers and less with those folks who you feel neutral about or who drain you.

Why not check out the Positive Psychology Podcast next? You can listen right now by saying Play The Positive Psychology Podcast.

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November 8, 2017

We recently talked about the flourishing formula PERMA by Martin Seligman. The E stands for engagement. That’s the feeling you get when you are so engrossed in an activity that everything else ceases to exist. Your brain chatter, your biological urges and your sense of time fade away. This state is called flow. It happens when the challenge we are working on is hard but within our reach. If a task is too easy we get bored. If it’s too hard we feel anxious.

People who experience flow frequently are happier,  healthier and feel that their life is more meaningful.

Using your feelings of boredom, satisfaction and anxiousness take three minutes right now and think about what activities lead to flow. If you feel super bored about many activities consider how you could replace or modify the activity with something more challenging. If you feel anxious think about ways to break down the level of complexity. Good luck mentally optimizing your day for flow.

Why not check out the Positive Psychology Podcast next? You can listen right now by saying Play The Positive Psychology Podcast.

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November 7, 2017

Positive emotions are crucial to our well-being. Let’s become happier by appreciating our full emotional spectrum. The psychologist Barbara Fredrickson found that positive emotions don’t just make you feel good now. They motivate you to engage in behaviours that lead to long-term positive outcomes. Today take the opportunity to spread positive emotions: make someone smile, buy coffee for a stranger or tell your loved ones that you are proud of them. If you are alone don’t let the opportunity to experience some positivity pass you by. Grab the spatula and sing.

Why not check out the Positive Psychology Podcast next? You can listen right now by saying Play The Positive Psychology Podcast.

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November 6, 2017

Are you flourishing? Maybe some areas of your life are going better than others. To help you understand why that is, we can use a formula devised by the psychologist Martin Seligman. The acronym is called PERMA. It stands for positive emotions. Engagement. Relationships. Meaning and achievement. Look at your job: during which activities do you feel positive emotions. When are you so engaged that you lose your sense of time while being productive? Who do you have the best relationships with? What part of your job gives you a sense of meaning? Are you achieving things that are important to you? The cool thing about this formula is that you can apply it to everything to get a deeper understanding about how to improve a situation. It’s also a good way to feel gratitude as we might become aware of things that are good that we didn’t even think about.

Why not check out the Positive Psychology Podcast next? You can listen right now by saying Play The Positive Psychology Podcast.

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November 5, 2017

Kelly McGonigal’s book the Upside of your Stress challenges everything we believe to know about stress. We discuss how previous research has been misunderstood, some surprising truths about stress and how we can develop a healthy stress response.

Find more episodes here:

//strengthsphoenix.com/listen

 

 

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October 21, 2017

This ain’t no typo. There are some violations that we tremendously enjoy. Don’t worry it’s not as dangerous as it sounds. Listen in to learn more about an integral part of happiness and well-being and how you can get more of it in your own life.

//strengthsphoenix.com/listen

 

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September 16, 2017

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.

Watch Jessamyn doing some poses that I as an overweight woman thought would squash my brain.

Listen to my own yoga journey and check out Positive Psychology on the Go.

Can try Yogaglo, the site Jessamyn mentioned, here.

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August 26, 2017

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).

 

 

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August 6, 2017

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.

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July 8, 2017

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…).

Links:

Pre-Order Conscious Communication and receive two bonues (Dream with a Deadline and Daily Desires Journal)

Ignite your Dreams Workbook

Fearless Ambition Facebook Group

 

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June 28, 2017
  • Internalizations
  • The Pressure of Balance
  • Unlimited Good versus Winner-takes-it-All
  • Why Self-Compassion is your Foundation
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June 21, 2017
  • 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
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June 18, 2017

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.

 

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June 14, 2017
  • 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
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June 7, 2017
  • How you behave while you wait
  • Stop Dormatting it
  • Strengthsspotting
  • The Happiness Formula in your daily life
  • Sacrifice no more

Anchor.fm

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June 4, 2017

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.

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May 28, 2017

 

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

 

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May 24, 2017

 

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.

 

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