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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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Sep 27, 2022

Fall is a time for turning inward, and this week’s guest, Kassandra Reinhardt, is here to help us learn how to connect with ourselves through yoga. Her newest book, Year of Yoga: Rituals for Every Day and Every Season, helps experienced and novice yogis alike move through the seasons using affirmations and intentions that coincide with the time of year. She’s here to tell us why our practice may change along with the seasons and talk about what affirmations may be particularly helpful as we move into fall.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How yoga can help us manage stressful situations
  • Why yoga is not a one-size-fits-all practice.
  • Affirmations to focus on this fall.
Sep 20, 2022

This week, host Paula Felps sits down with renowned cinematographer, director and producer Louie Schwartzberg. Louie is best known for the stunning imagery he creates using time-lapse photography; in films like Fantastic Fungi and the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, he has shown us the beauty of the world in ways we’ve never seen before. With his new film, Gratitude Revealed, he has created an immersive, awe-inspiring experience that takes us inside the human spirit to explore the wonder, beauty and joy of gratitude.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How this film was a natural evolution of his work with nature.
  • What he learned about gratitude while creating this film.
  • Why gratitude is so important to him.
Sep 15, 2022

The right song lyrics can express exactly what you’re feeling, and they can even help kids open up about what’s happening in their lives. With the Sound It Out campaign, parents and caregivers can support emotional wellness in young people by using songs and lyrics to help kids express their feelings. In this episode, we’re joined by Dr. Regina Miranda, a professor of psychology at Hunter College and one of the advisors for the program, to learn more about it.   

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What the campaign offers and how it came about.
  • How music supports emotional wellness.
  • How to use the Conversation Starter Pack to talk with kids about their feelings.
Sep 13, 2022

As we all settle into our post-summer routine, certain family members can sometimes get overlooked. This week, therapist Brittany Derrenbacher is back to talk about how a change in routine can affect our pets. Brittany is a certified grief and pet loss specialist, founder of the special needs animal rescue Luna Bell’s Moonbows and owner of Sunshine Healing & Empowerment in Louisville, Kentucky, and she explains why our furry family members are so affected by the end-of-summer change in routine and tells us what we can do about it.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How pets are affected when we go back to school and back to work.
  • How small changes in your morning routine can make a big difference.
  • What we can do to make being alone less stressful for pets.
Sep 6, 2022

We’ve hit the end of summer and for many people, that means dealing with end of summer anxiety. And it’s not just for kids! This week’s guest, Eli Weinstein, is a social work therapist and host of The Dude Therapist podcast, and he’s here to talk about how we all can handle that end of summer anxiety and head into fall with a new game plan for the whole family.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What causes end-of-summer anxiety.
  • Why creating a routine helps manage stress.
  • How to find a strategy that works for your family.
Aug 30, 2022

As we go back to school, it means kids are spending even more time on their screens. So what’s a parent to do? This week’s guest will tell you! Childcare advocate and author Florence Ann Romano joins us this week to talk about the importance of balancing time on devices. Florence Ann is a big fan of ditching the devices and discovering off-screen play, and she’s here today to talk about how parents can get a handle on their children’s screen time — and maybe even improve their own screen habits.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What too much screen time does to developing brains.
  • How to develop learning opportunities without screens.
  • How parents’ screen usage affects their relationship with their children.
Aug 23, 2022

Whether we admit it or not, most of us spend a lot of time comparing ourselves to others. But what if our true superpower is learning just to be ourselves? This week, host Paula Felps is joined by Dr. Ronald Siegel, a psychotherapist, Harvard psychology professor and mindfulness expert whose latest research looks at what a climate of self-comparison is doing to undermine our happiness. His new book, The Extraordinary Gift of Being Ordinary: Finding Happiness Right Where You Are, looks at the trap of constant self-evaluation and explains how we can learn to let go of our comparison culture and live a more satisfying, happy life.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s natural for us to compare ourselves to others.
  • How social media has amplified the climate of self-comparison.
  • How practices like gratitude and mindfulness help minimize the effects of constant self-evaluation.
Aug 18, 2022

Music has such a powerful healing ability that some researchers are even looking at “sonic pharmacology” — using music as a tool to improve patients’ health. Steve Keller is one of the world’s leading experts on sonic strategy. As a researcher, he has explored how music and sound affect everything from our physical wellbeing to our emotional state to our relationships and overall perception of happiness. In this episode, he looks at the many surprising ways music can be used as a healing tool — and explains why, one day, your doctor might give you a musical prescription.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How the medical community is using sound to enhance healing.
  • Some of the surprising ways noise affects our health — and how music can help.
  • The unexpected ways music can change your eating habits and promote a healthier lifestyle.
Aug 16, 2022

As kids (and teachers) head back to school, what if they started focusing on subjects like gratitude, kindness and empathy? This week’s guest, Ash Manuel, left his teaching career after discovering positive psychology and set out on a mission to change how children learn. Now, his Growing with Gratitude program is a global positive education program that helps build and protect children’s mental wellbeing.  

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Ash became interested in positive psychology.
  • How he has applied his teaching skills to develop the Growing with Gratitude program.
  • What he hopes to accomplish by taking gratitude into classrooms.
Aug 9, 2022

This is a special week at Live Happy Now because we’ve reached an important milestone — and we truly could not have done it without you. This week, host Paula Felps sits down with Live Happy CEO and Co-founder Deborah Heisz for an important announcement and to talk about the future of the podcast.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What led to the launch of Live Happy Now.
  • How our podcast has changed over the past seven years.
  • What we hope listeners gain from listening each week.
Aug 2, 2022

Bullying is a huge issue for kids today, and as we go back to school, many children are dreading having to face that challenge every day. This week’s guest, Jennifer Fraser, PhD, is author of the powerful new book, The Bullied Brain: Heal Your Scars and Restore Your Health. Jennifer is an award-winning educator whose online courses and workshops teach the impact of neuroscience on personal development and culture change. In her latest book, she breaks down how bullying affects our brains and, more importantly, she tells us how to help our brains heal from that trauma.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What happens to our brains when they are being bullied.
  • How society has normalized bullying from adults — and why it’s so important to stop that cycle.
  • Steps to take to address bullying in schools and the workplace.
Jul 26, 2022

As the world opens up to traveling again, can you make your travel experiences more meaningful? This week’s guest will show you how! Jessica Blotter is a speaker and journalist who specializes in sustainable and regenerative tourism. After witnessing extreme poverty on a vacation to Belize, Jessica launched a movement in 2016 called Kind Traveler, which allows travelers to positively impact the communities they visit — and enjoy incredible experiences as well. In this episode, she explains why it’s so important to travel kindly, and every trip you take can make a difference.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What sustainable and regenerative tourism is and why it matters.
  • The role that giving back plays in creating a more positive travel experience.
  • How you can embrace sustainable tourism in your own travels.
Jul 21, 2022

Music education typically focuses on teaching students who want to be musicians or music teachers, but this week’s guest sees it as a vehicle for teaching an entire spectrum of social emotional learning skills. Nadine Levitt is a mother, former opera singer and the founder of WURRLYedu, which uses music to teach children about things like empathy, collaboration, impulse control and so much more. In this episode, she explains how music can help change the way young learners look at the world and broaden their understanding of complex emotions.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How her career as a performer led Nadine to create Wurrlyedu.
  • How music can help children learn critical life skills.
  • Why using music for social emotional learning is particularly important in our current environment.
Jul 19, 2022

Laughter and humor feel good, but have you thought about how much good it can do? This week’s guest, Dr. Shepherd Siegel, is a musician turned educator whose recent research has centered around the idea of play, playfulness and humor as a driving force of change. His latest book, Tricking Power into Performing Acts of Love: How Tricksters through History have Changed the World, looks at the trickster archetype and the role it plays in social change. On this episode, he talks about the importance of finding fun and humor in our lives — and how to reclaim those habits as adults. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s important to explore fun and playfulness.
  • The importance of discovering humor in dark times.
  • How to get more humor and playfulness in your life.
Jul 12, 2022

It’s summertime, and that makes it a great time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. But this is about more than working on a killer tan; this week, Laura Allen and Courtney Crim from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, talk about the amazing power of nature. Laura and Courtney developed the course The Natural Environment and Well-being, and on this episode, they explain why it’s so important to get outside every day and what nature is doing for your mind, body and spirit.

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The mental, physical and emotional benefits of spending time in nature.
  • Tips for getting more nature in your life — even if you live in an urban area.
  • How much time you should spend outside every week.
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