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Not only has this podcast helped me to become more aware of personal/cultural/social influences in my happiness, but it has helped me to become a better parent and partner.  

Digitalcapibara January 23, 2016

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Tired of reading? Now you can listen to your weekly dose of positive psychology when you’re commuting, doing chores or resting your chin in a pensive mood on your fist.

According to Elle Magazine listening to this podcast will make you happier in two weeks. Click on the magazine logo to read the article.

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A fairy whispered to me that other people are more likely to find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Tune-In if there are lots of ratings and reviews. So if you think this podcast is good but you don’t rate, review and share you are keeping all the goodies to yourself. That’s a bit like Gollum from Lord of the Rings. But hey, in that case this podcast would be your precious and that’s a good thing, I guess 🙂

It is my goal to spread positive psychology in every country in this world. This far we have 184 out of 193 :-). So send a link to your buddy in Mali, Suriname or Niger.

Thanks you so much. With gratitude,


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  • December 19, 2017 @ 01:18

    Hi Kristen

    I rxently discovered your Positive Psychology Podcast and I love it. I am learning so much from it. I work in a high school in Scotland with kids age 12-17 and would like to bring more PP into the school, particularly around resilience and personal boundaries.. Can you suggest any good resources I could use with young people? I’d be really grateful for any suggestions. Thanks

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  • Sylvia Colon
    June 23, 2017 @ 14:43

    I just heard you on The Running Lifestyle podcast on my way in to work. I had to look you up because I really enjoyed listening to you with Kari and the things you had to say. I look forward to listening to your podcast. I am downloading it now.

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  • Craig
    June 12, 2017 @ 14:14

    Kristen, I continue to be inspired by your podcast and the topics presented. I took a little break from listening through the episode sequence after hearing episode 49. You helped convince me that I really could learn another language and that there were resources out there that could help me do so. For the last two and a half months I have been learning French. Merci Beaucoup!

    This past week, I started listening again from where I left off. The coaching call from episode 50 reminded me of a number of exercises to use when our minds run away from us. But I really appreciated episode 51 as it lent words to many of the feelings and reactions I had to my own father’s death last year. I thank you for putting yourself out there as an example of one way to handle the death of a loved one and with your thoughts about how you plan to live life with those still alive. Thank You.

    These episodes reminded me why I was so hooked on your podcast in the first place. I am grateful you have released this to anyone and that you share yourself and your knowledge so well.

    May 14, 2017 @ 12:08

    Hi Kristen,
    Not sure how and where to begin a review…
    Having listened to all episodes several times, what strikes me as wonderful is that no matter what kind of microphone you have now or the technical modifications you have made: the way you bring your messages about, and most of all why you bring your messages about shines through all episodes and it’s the reason I got hooked.
    I paid particular attention to this last episode on incentives because I am someone who works with people and last week my competencies to do so where questioned often. Some of the feedback for hard for me to take and I had difficulty looking at the next week with optimism. This episode gave me the will to simply go out there again and do it again with awareness of my own incentives and reasons behind my work. Feeling a bit better about the upcoming week and looking foreward to implementing the learnt wisdom. As usual, thanks Kristen for your work.

    January 31, 2017 @ 03:28

    Hi Kristen, Thank You for providing the podcasts! I’ve been enjoying them as they provide new insights, introduced new experts, and reinforce concepts I have already started working with. After reading a number of Seligman’s books, I encountered Shawn Achor last year and his materials helped me put into practice some new habits, reinforcing the research. It has made a great difference to my life. My search for additional easily consumable resources led me to your podcast. TERRIFIC!

    I recently heard the episode where you interviewed the author of “The How of Happiness” and I plan to get her book. Do you have favorite books with practical exercises or habits? Do you have any thoughts on resources with practical advice for managers of teams to utilize in introducing Positive Psychology concepts, exercises, or regular activities to work teams, especially teams very resistant to “touchy feely” exercises? I’ve been trying to add things to our meetings that help build happiness, recognition of successes, and build a more positive view, and would be interested in additional ideas.

    Thank you again. I’ve only heard about 10 episodes so far, but want you to know how grateful I am.

      February 2, 2017 @ 16:56

      Hi Craig
      HIghfive for implementing positive psychology at work. In general it seems that the most important thing at work is that you don’t refer to ‘positive’, ‘psychology’, ‘spirituality’ or any other term that could be perceived as touchy-feely. You need little Trojan horses to get people in, to experience it and once they notice the benefits some are even open to more progressive approaches. I can recommend this podcast episode to you:
      And this podcast called Making Positive Psychology Work:

      As for books while I enjoy work on things like Appreciative Inquiry I am not aware of a hands-on positive psychology book that focuses on a collection of interventions at the workplace. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist though. Oh you might also look up Positive Organizational Scholarship. They are doing some really good work in Michigan.

      Would love to talk to you about this at some point.

      Best wishes,


    C. Robert
    December 21, 2016 @ 17:24

    Hei, Kristen!
    I found your podcast a while ago and I can’t stop listening.
    I am going to list a few reasons as to why I like it so much:
    – I became more aware of my actions, thoughts and feelings after every episode that I listened;
    – It’s a constant “oasis of good information and advice” for me;
    – After the elections (in Romania) it truly helped me and my friends recover from the shock (we had it too);
    – It helped me understand other people more clearly;
    – I feel like because of your podcast I have a stronger relation with my friends an family;
    – As a bonus, you constantly remind me of my best friend who is also a psychologist (and she loves your podcast too);

    I hope you’ll never stop doing this!

    Much love from Alba-Iulia, Romania.

      December 29, 2016 @ 16:49

      Hey C. Robert
      Thank you so much for your lovely note. It’s such an honor to serve people in countries I haven’t even been to. Alba-lulia looks and sounds like a fairy tale place 🙂
      I hope that you can take a lot of that spirit into 2017 and grow from there.

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  • Ashlee
    December 5, 2016 @ 04:35

    I love your podcast and have started listening at episode 1, although you are currently at 82? I listen when I walk and share the advice with friends and family, recommending they listen, too

      December 5, 2016 @ 08:04

      Thanks so much for reaching out, starting at the beginning and sharing Ashlee. I hope you will find it worth your while. Best wishes,

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  • Phil
    December 1, 2016 @ 08:49

    Thank you for the excellent podcast. I started with the first episode and am looking forward to seeing how things develop in line with the growth mindset that you speak of at the beginning of the second episode.

      December 1, 2016 @ 17:09

      Hey there Phil
      I am intrigued: some people can listen and enjoy to dozens of episodes and never move a finger. You left a comment after only one episode so I am making a wild guess here in assuming that one of your strengths is “initiative”.
      Thanks so much for reaching out. Where in the world are you writing from?

      Greetings from Christmas lit Zurich,

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  • Brendan
    November 5, 2016 @ 17:15

    Hey Kristen,

    Wanted to shoot you a note to say thank you fir an amazing podcast. I stumbled upon positive psychology around a year ago and was fascinated. I then did more research and came across your podcast. I bing listened to every epioside on my commute and found myself taking notes every day on things to do/look up. I look forward to new episodes and thank you for the amazing work you do!!!!

      November 5, 2016 @ 20:33

      Hey Brendan
      Oh the note-taker PP geek, I love it 🙂 Any specific area you are interested in?
      Where are you from Brendan? I love putting a name and a city together and imagining that commute.
      With gratitude,

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  • Deirdre Vrancken
    September 16, 2016 @ 22:52

    Hi Kristen,
    I hope this finds you well.

    I’m in Cape Town loving your podcasts; thank you so much – they are so encouraging, informative, uplifting and compassionate.

    In your episode about Brainwash you mentioned you worked yourself out of a depression. I was wondering what had triggered your depression, what challenges you had during the depression, what the depression did to your thoughts and behavior and how you worked yourself out of it.

    Thank you for sharing your journey and knowledge. It makes a difference to my feeling of wellbeing, my hope and courage, time and again.

    With warm regards,

      September 17, 2016 @ 09:53

      Dear Deidre
      Oh beautiful Cape Town, I remember it well, having spent two months there in 2011.
      Thank you so much for your kind words.
      You inspired me to answer your questions in a podcast episode dedicated to the topic. I think it has the potential, like the episode on death, to be comforting for those facing it, so thanks so much for asking the right questions.
      And last but not least thank you for helping Brainwash a reality.
      With gratitude,

    August 2, 2016 @ 12:32

    I got interested in positive psychology just about a year ago and this podcast is the best resource I ever found! It is not only an endless source of inspiration for me, but also the most complete selection of different topics of positive psychology, which gives me the chance to find areas I want to concentrate on. I have to admit I rarely took such inconsistent decisions what I’m specifically interested in.
    Thanks for this excellent podcast, keep it up, you are a gift to the world!

      August 20, 2016 @ 10:16

      Hi Amely
      Sorry for my late response and thank you so much for your kind words and your support of Brainwash as well. Well one of the main attractions of positive psychology has always been its breadth so I of course totally understand why you keep jumping around different topics, because I feel the same way, so much is so interesting 🙂

    Eva Seltzer
    June 11, 2016 @ 14:16

    Hello Kristen, Along with all the millions of other people you have gifted with your super brilliant in all the best ways (personal, entertaining, informal, excellent information superbly presented and you as the wonderful mastermind) podcast, that listening to it is like treating myself to a dose of sweet medicine. I just listened to episode 38 again about fixed mindset versus learner’s mindset and continue to dip into all different episodes. You package the information in your own extraordinary, intelligent and personal way, that is beyond great. I believe you continue to benefit from all that you are doing and giving. You are a superb conduit to give tools of how to be happier. And I’m sure as you would say, you too get “high” from helping. With great gratitude, Eva NYC.
    You are a treasure. Bathe in the river by your house as well as the river of goodness that you live in and let run in your podcast.

      June 11, 2016 @ 23:54

      Wow Eva I don’t know what to say.
      Your compliment is amazing. We haven’t yet reached millions just yet though I hope to stay in the game long enough to make this a true statement one day. With supporters like you it might actually happen….
      I am super happy that the podcast is so well received in the city I love like no other 🙂

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  • January 22, 2016 @ 14:53

    I love handbags and you too Kristen. Keep them coming.

    Flavio Amaral
    January 21, 2016 @ 14:49

    I found out about ur podcast a few days ago and wanted to say I’m just loving it. And u r sooo positive that just by listening to it I already feel energized! Keep up with this great work!
    Knowing myself to be a little compulsive, I can predict it wont be long before having listened to all of them LoL.
    About the last one – the need for speed – it reminded me that very often when I rush I am not really late for anything specific. It seems like part of a general feeling that either I should have done more in the past or that I cannot keep up with everything I want to do in the present/future. But it is a self destructive way of not enjoying the present. I appear to be rushing towards something but in fact I am running away from life itself.
    Another thought I had was about that old man you mentioned who does things patiently and slowly. Often in workplaces or when doing house work in front of others, we get caught by the social environment telling us “you have to look busy”. Taking a break or doing things slowly, or even stopping to plan and analyse the situation, make us look lazy and improductive in front of others. But this can be also self destructive to the working environment since rushing is the way to get things badly done.
    Well that’s it. Warm regards from Florianopolis – Brazil!

      January 21, 2016 @ 14:55

      Hey Flavio

      Thanks so much for reaching out and for these enthusiastic and kind words. Well it feels awesome to hear someone say you are positive but if that someone is from Brazil it’s somehow even better 🙂
      Yeah you made an excellent point, there is this need to look busy, otherwise employers might think they can get rid of you. Bummer I didn’t think of that before recording the episode.

      Snowy greetings from Zurich, Switzerland 🙂

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  • Mohamed Abdel Khalek
    July 14, 2015 @ 18:36

    I love your podcast I’m subscriber on tune in and stitcher I wish there was a way to review it there like in iTunes also your voice is a pleasure to hear and you like so kind authentic and friendly I lots to say and ask but that’s all I can articulate now wish you all the best and thank you for your radio show

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