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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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Now displaying: August, 2022
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.
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