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Oct 27, 2020

If you’ve been feeling a bit more stressed or anxious lately, you aren’t alone. A new study by the American Psychological Association finds that this election is a “significant source of stress” for some 70% of Americans.

The term Election Stress Disorder was coined in 2016 by psychologist and author Steven Stosny to describe the anxiety and distress people were feeling. Now, the intensity of the current election has led to even greater levels of stress, which are amplified by social media and concerns about the pandemic.

This week’s guest is Erin Wiley, a clinical psychotherapist and executive director of The Willow Center in Toledo, Ohio. Erin’s here to explain how Election Stress Disorder affects us and how we can avoid it.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why regulating exposure to the news and social media is so important.
  • How mindfulness can help during this time.
  • Tips for preparing your mind for Election Day — and the days that follow.
Oct 20, 2020

In today’s busy world, it is often easy to overlook the value of those friendships. After a cancer diagnosis, lawyer-turned-life coach Shari Leid realized that she wanted her friends to know how much they meant to her. So she made a list of 50 women and sat down with each one, face to face, to tell them what they had done for her. Not only did it change her life and the lives of her friends, but it led to the book The 50/50 Friendship Flow: Life Lessons From and For My Girlfriends.

This week, Shari joins us to talk about how this mission changed her life and how you can use the same process to deepen your own friendships and discover greater gratitude in your life.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why everyone in your life is either a student or a teacher.
  • How deepening your friendships improves your happiness.
  • Why creating your own Friendship Challenge is even more important during a time of COVID-19.
Oct 13, 2020

We make decisions every day, but how often do you really think about the process that goes into making those choices? This episode’s guest has built her life on making the right decisions: As a former professional poker player, Annie Duke who won more than $4 million in tournament poker before retiring in 2012. But she also studied cognitive psychology, is a bestselling author and a consultant on decision-making. Her new book, How to Decide, picks up where her last book, Thinking in Bets, left off.

This week, Annie’s here to talk about how to find better outcomes by changing the way we make our decisions.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What the Happiness Test is and how it can change the way you make decisions.
  • How embracing uncertainty can make us more decisive.
  • When to decide fast, when to decide slow and when to decide in advance.
Oct 6, 2020

We’ve all told little white lies, but have you thought about how honest you really are in your day to day life? When Judi Ketteler started thinking about it, she realized that maybe she wasn’t as honest as she thought. So she delved into the research on honesty and began looking at her own habits. The result of that work is her new book, Would I Lie to You? The Amazing Power of Being Honest in a World That Lies. This week, Judi’s here to talk about why we lie, how it affects our happiness and how we can all live our lives with more honesty.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why honesty affects our happiness.
  • How consciously becoming more honest changes our lives.
  • The importance of being honest in a dishonest world.
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