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Live Happy Now

Bringing you scientifically proven tips and ideas to live a happier and more meaningful life through interviews with positive psychology and well-being thought leaders. The editors of Live Happy magazine bring you best-selling authors and happiness gurus that share their knowledge on topics such as wellness, gratitude, well-being and mindfulness. Interviews are conducted with people like Shawn Achor, Michelle Gielan, Dr. Christine Carter, Margaret Greenberg, Dr. Drew Ramsey, Gretchen Rubin, Barbara Fredrickson, Tal Ben-Shahar, Deepak Chopra, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Stacy Kaiser, Darin McMahon, Michelle McQuaid, Fred Luskin, Shani Robins, Kristin Neff, Dr. Rick Hanson, and many more.
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May 21, 2019

Each year, Gallup releases its Global Emotions Report, which measures life’s intangibles: feelings and emotions. Using its Positive Experience Index, Gallup measures our enjoyment of life and looks at who’s doing well … and who’s not. This year’s report showed that, even as our economy improved, Americans found themselves being more stressed, worried and angry in 2018. Live Happy editor Chris Libby and Live Happy Now host Paula Felps sat down to talk about what’s driving our negative emotions and what we can do about it.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why self-care is so important in combating negative emotions
  • How to turn off negativity (and the evening news)
  • Practices for building positive emotion
May 14, 2019

Do you have something you’d like to change about yourself? If so, are you giving yourself the tools you need to make those changes? In this episode, Susan Hyatt—author of the book BARE and host of the Bare Podcast, looks at how the way we approach making changes has a lot to do with how successful those changes are. Whether it’s losing weight, changing jobs or committing to healthier relationships, she’ll give you a new way of thinking about creating your best life.

In this episode, you learn:

  • Why finding pleasure might be better for you than willpower
  • How discovering what gives you pleasure affects your physical and mental health
  • Three things you can say “yes” to today
May 7, 2019

In today’s busy world, sometimes traditions get pushed aside. But blogger and author Jessica Smartt believes that making memories are the missing piece in today’s families. Her book Memory-Making Mom: Building Traditions That Breathe Life Into Your Home looks at how even the busiest family can rethink their day-to-day activities and create memory-making traditions.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How traditions help bring us together
  • Ways to choose (and start) new family traditions
  • How to join fellow moms on this journey
Apr 30, 2019

Even as our world becomes more connected, most of us are feeling less connected and more alone than ever before. Spiritual teacher, poet and author Mark Nepo’s latest book, More Together Than Alone: Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and In Our World, looks at why we’re feeling so disconnected and how we can reconnect with others and learn to better accept one another’s differences.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What is making us less connected in today’s world
  • How our addiction to noise and fear is changing the way we see the world
  • What we can learn by listening without judgment
Apr 23, 2019

If you’re having trouble turning off your job and can’t seem to unplug from work, Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D., has just the solution for you. A recovering workaholic himself, he understands how hard it is to step away from work addiction and make time for life. His book, #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life, is a month-by-month guide to working less and living more.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What happens to us at a cellular level when we’re always busy
  • How meditation can change the way you work
  • Simple ways to make unplugging easier
Apr 16, 2019

Each year, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases a comprehensive World Happiness Report to look at happiness from a global perspective. This year, the news isn’t exactly great for the U.S., so Live Happy Editor Chris Libby and Live Happy Now Host Paula Felps sat down to talk about what’s causing us to be less happy than we should be…and what we can do about it.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How social media has contributed to our declining levels of happiness
  • The benefits of being out in nature
  • The surprising addictions that are undermining happiness
Apr 9, 2019

If you’ve ever felt that your fears are holding you back from creating the life you love, you’re not alone! This week, New York Times best-selling author Ruth Soukup and host of the Do It Scared podcast, joins us to talk about her new book, Do It Scared: Finding the Courage to Overcome Adversity, Face Your Fears and Create a Life You Love. She explains how all fear is not created equal and identifies the seven different Fear Archetypes that determine how we respond to fearful situations—and how to use our fear as a stepping stone to courage.

In this episode, you’ll learn:  

  • Why each of us respond to fear in different ways
  • How understanding your Fear Archetype can help you overcome your fears
  • The quickest way to overcome your fear
Apr 2, 2019

If you have a child, teach a child or have been a child, then you’ll want to hear what Renee Jain has to say on this week’s episode of Live Happy Now. Renee, the founder of GoZen!, developed her company to help children deal with anxiety as well as building life skills to find meaning, purpose and engagement in their lives. On April 8–11, in conjunction with Live Happy, GoZen! Will present the Happy Child Summit, a free online experience designed to help adults and children better understand how to use the tools that lead to happiness in childhood (and beyond).

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What inspired Renee to start GoZen!
  • The importance of equipping children with resilience skills
  • How you can sign up to attend the Happy Child Summit
Mar 26, 2019

This week, it’s all about time as best-selling author and Google Venture design partner Jake Knapp joins us. Jake spent 10 years at Google, where he helped build products like Gmail and Google Hangouts, but perhaps his greatest accomplishment is figuring out how we can design our days to get more out of them. In this episode, he’s talking with Live Happy Now about his new book, Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day, and he teaches us how we can rearrange our days to match the priorities we want.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify the things in our lives worth making time for
  • How to enjoy technology without letting it swallow all our time
  • The joy of giving more focused time to people
Mar 19, 2019

Here at Live Happy Now, it’s not just another week; it’s time to celebrate our 200th episode! Live Happy’s Deborah Heisz and Paula Felps talk about how the podcast came to be and what listeners can look forward to in the future.  

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Live Happy Now began—and how it’s evolved
  • What we’ve learned during our first 199 episodes
  • What to expect from Live Happy Now going forward
Mar 12, 2019

Author and advocate for positivity Shola Richards joins us to talk about how we can live in harmony when we work together. His latest book Go Together, covers the concept of the African philosophy of Unbuntu, which uses the power of human connectedness, compassion, kindness and togetherness to live happier, more productive lives. Shola is on a quest to show how to protect professionalism of our company cultures, the preciousness of our time, the strength of our talents, the dignity of ourselves and the mutual respect of one another.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The word “Ubuntu” and how it can positively change how you live, work and lead.
  • How to identify the importance of civility, and why is it the key to healing our workplaces, our nation and the world.
  • How to define workplace bullying, and know what to do if/when you are targeted.
Mar 5, 2019

Bestselling New York Times author Gretchen Rubin has spent more than a decade exploring what makes us happy. And, she’s found, one of the simplest ways to improve our well-being is to clear the clutter around us. Her latest book, Outer Order, Inner Calm offers more than 150 different ways to get rid of the clutter around us and create more order. In this episode, she explains the relationship between decluttering and happiness, and gives tips on how to make lasting changes.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What achieving outer order does for our happiness
  • How to stop hanging on to what you no longer need
  • Quick tips for clearing your space
Feb 26, 2019

Laird Hamilton plays a lot of roles in his life: surfing legend, fitness and nutrition expert, entrepreneur, TV host, model, stuntman, husband and father, just to name a few. No matter what he's doing, Laird uses five key pillars to guide his actions and improve his life. His new book, Liferider: Heart, Body, Soul and Life Beyond the Ocean, explains those five pillars and how each of us can use them. Laird joins us on the Live Happy Now podcast to explain how he developed his inward-looking viewpoint and why he values his connection to nature.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why death and fear can be our greatest teachers
  • The importance of connecting with nature
  • Why we need to understand that everything is connected
Feb 19, 2019

Her groundbreaking book, Reviving Ophelia, psychologist Mary Pipher changed the way we looked at girls and adolescence. Now, with her 10th book, she is doing for aging what she did for adolescence, providing a wise and heartfelt guide to happiness in later life. Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age provides an engaging and uplifting examination of how to thrive in life’s later stages and how the struggles we face can help us become the people we’ve always wanted to be. 

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How the end years of life can be the happiest time
  • The role of humor and gratitude in later life
  • Why mercy is a valuable quality to develop
Feb 12, 2019

For many people, Valentine’s Day can be fraught with danger. If you’re in a relationship, you might be worried that it won’t meet your expectations; if you’re single, it might make you feel lonely. This week, relationship expert Stacy Kaiser, author of the popular Ask Stacy column for Live Happy, takes on some of the questions that are common around this time of year and offers her gives insight on how to get what you need from this Valentine’s Day – and how to make that last all year long.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why we put so much emphasis on this day – and how to put it into perspective
  • How to communicate your expectations before Valentine’s Day arrives
  • Great ways for singles to celebrate Valentine’s Day
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