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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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Apr 19, 2022

We celebrate Earth Day on April 22, so this week we’re asking not what our planet can do for us — but what we can do for our planet. On this episode, host Paula Felps is joined by Dr. Dana Ellis Hunnes, an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and author of Recipe for Survival: What You Can Do to Live a Healthier and More Environmentally Friendly Life. In this timely episode, Dana talks about how we can create a healthier, happier and more environmentally friendly life — and even get our kids involved!

 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How eating more plants and less meat helps the planet.
  • Why taking care of our health is beneficial to the environment.
  • The role of CSAs and community gardens in improving the environment.
Apr 12, 2022

A sense of humor – and a sense of purpose – are key ingredients for living a happy life. This week, host Paula Felps talks with Emmy Award-winning actress Sharon Gless about how she has used both of those attributes throughout her storied career. In her funny but touching new memoir, Apparently There Were Complaints, Sharon talks candidly about her journey to success as well as her struggles with alcohol, marriage and menopause. In this episode, she talks about some of the highlights of that journey and the important roles that gratitude and purpose have played in her life. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How humor has helped her handle life’s challenges.
  • What she learned about taking responsibility for everything in her life — and how that changed her life.
  • How the characters she’s portrayed have affected her.
Apr 5, 2022

There are many ways to practice happiness, but the key is to find what works for you – and make a habit out of it. This week, Jackson Kerchis sits down with host Paula Felps to talk about Rewired, his Happiness Habit Challenge beginning April 11 designed to help you develop three solid happiness-supporting habits over 30 days. Jackson is founder of the Happiness Studies major at the University of Alabama, and now he’s offering this crash course in creating happier habits.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to go from “knowing” to “doing.”
  • The importance of training your brain for happiness.
  • How small changes in daily habits can produce big results.
Mar 29, 2022

April is National Humor Month, which is the perfect time to talk about how to bring more laughter into your life. This week, host Paula Felps sits down with Greg Kettner, a TEDx speaker, happiness coach and podcaster who helps organizations create happier, healthier cultures through his WorkHappy™ Game Plan. He teaches companies how to use laughter as a leadership tool, and he talks about the power of humor, how he turned the loss of a job into an entire happiness movement – and what you can do to work happier.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How laughter makes our workplace — and our world — better.
  • How humor can increase productivity and job satisfaction.
  • How to apply the WorkHappy™ principles.
Mar 22, 2022

Throughout the month of March we’ve been taking on the issue of unity. Today, host Paula Felps is joined by Reverend Jennifer Bailey, who, in addition to being named one of the 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, is the founder of Faith Matters Network. She’s also co-founder of The People’s Supper, which brings people together to engage constructively on issues affecting their communities. This project has brought together thousands of people to create a space for collective healing … all while enjoying a nourishing meal and civil conversation. She’s here today to share some of the tools she uses for bridging our differences. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why getting curious can help build a bridge.
  • The role of radical hope in bridging our differences.
  • The benefits of spending time with “senior saints and playground prophets.”
Mar 15, 2022
As we continue celebrating March as the month of happiness, we’re using this time to focus on the theme of unity. This week, thought leader and author Peter Montoya joins host Paula Felps to talk about how to restore civil discourse and promote healing in these challenging — and divided — times. Peter’s latest book,  The Second Civil War: A citizen’s guide to healing our fractured nation, looks at the challenges we’re facing as a society and how things like technology and media consumption increase our anxiety. Then he talks about what we can do to promote unity and civility.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why the world feels so divided right now.
  • Simple ways to avoid being triggered.
  • How to change the conversation to promote civil discourse.
Mar 8, 2022

Throughout the month of March, we’re celebrating the International Day of Happiness and a whole month of Happy Acts. And, as part of this year’s celebration, we’re looking at the theme of unity. This week, host Paula Felps is joined by Jessie Kanzer, author of Don’t Just Sit There, Do Nothing: Healing, Chilling & Living with the Tao Te Ching. Jessie talks about social media and how we can use it to become less divided.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why social media is so addictive.
  • How to become more mindful about what you’re posting — and what you’re consuming.
  • Tips for creating healthier relationships on social media.
Mar 1, 2022
Every year, Live Happy celebrates the month of March in a big way! As we prepare to celebrate the International Day of Happiness on March 20, our team also creates a full month of activities called #HappyActs to help make the most of every day. This week, host Paula Felps is joined by Live Happy CEO and Co-Founder Deborah Heisz; E-commerce Marketing Manager Casey Johnson; Web Editor Chris Libby; Senior Marketing Manager Britney Chan; and Senior Digital Marketing Specialist Shane Lee to talk about what’s planned, why this month means so much to us, and how you can be part of it.  

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What the International Day of Happiness is all about.
  • How to create your own Happiness Wall.
  • What #HappyActs are and how you can participate.
Feb 22, 2022

As we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, Live Happy is proud to be the media sponsor for The Women’s Day Event, an all-day, free virtual event featuring the world’s top female experts on happiness, entrepreneurship, intimacy, female empowerment, parenting, and so much more. This week, host Paula Felps talks with Carin Rockind about why she created this annual event, what women can expect to get out of attending, and why this mission is so important to her.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s more important than ever to celebrate feminine empowerment.
  • What topics and speakers are being featured.
  • How to take part in this free event.
Feb 15, 2022
There’s a special day in February for us to celebrate love — and it isn’t Valentine’s Day. In honor of National Love Your Pet Day on February 20, host Paula Felps sits down with Brittany Derrenbacher, a clinical mental health counseling intern and founder of Luna Bell’s Moonbows, a special needs animal rescue. She’s here to talk about why pets are so good for our physical and mental well-being, and then tell us how we can learn to celebrate them every day — and enrich our lives in the process.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Four of the main benefits of having a pet.
  • How pets can help people heal from trauma.
  • How to add more joy to your pets’ lives.
Feb 8, 2022

Kindness is more important than ever these days, but it can also seem hard to find. This week, host Paula Felps sits down with Brooke Jones, vice president of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, to talk about what kindness can do for us individually and as a society — and to tell us how we can start adding more kindness to our daily routine. She’ll also tell us how to get involved in the Random Acts of Kindness Day activities! 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation does and how you can be part of it.
  • Simple ways to practice kindness at work, home, and school.
  • How to enter the Random Acts of Kindness coloring contest and help #MakeKindnessTheNorm.
Feb 1, 2022
The chaos of the world around us is causing an uptick in anxiety, depression and an overall sense of dis-ease. This week, host Paula Felps sits down with acclaimed speaker and author Udo Erasmus, who has impacted the lives of millions with his teachings on health, peace, nature and human nature. Udo, who has combined his master’s degree in counseling with extensive education in biology, nutrition and genetics, offers a deeper understanding of the human condition and how each of us can create a foundation of peace and harmony to discover better mental and physical health. In this episode, you’ll learn:
  • Why change feels so difficult to us.
  • How to redirect our attention to cut through the chaos.
  • How each of us can cultivate more calm in our lives.
Jan 25, 2022

Many of us are feeling fatigued and a little bit powerless over the past couple of years. But this week, host Paula Felps talks with Ashley Bernardi, author of Authentic Power: Give Yourself Permission to Feel, who explains how our most challenging times can hold the secret to our authentic power—if we’ll give ourselves permission to feel it and heal from it. She’ll explain what she learned from her own healing journey and how we can use those same techniques to find greater happiness and authentic power.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why authentic power requires you to acknowledge your traumas.
  • Healthy ways to deal with difficult emotions.
  • What the FEEL framework is and how to use it.
Jan 18, 2022

Positivity is a great thing—unless it becomes toxic. And this week, host Paula Felps sits down with psychotherapist Whitney Goodman, author of the new book, Toxic Positivity: Keeping it Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy. Whitney explains what toxic positivity is, what it does to us, and how to manage it in ourselves and others.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between toxic positivity and healthy positivity.
  • What the shame cycle is and how to avoid it.
  • The benefits of complaining—and how to do it effectively.
Jan 11, 2022

If you’re looking to lead a healthier life this year, it’s important to make sure you’re getting your recommended daily allowance of fun. And this week, host Paula Felps talks with Scott Novis, a former Disney executive and founder of Bravous, a company that helps businesses improve employee experiences through live and virtual games. He shares how he uses fun and games to create happier workplaces — and how you can use those same ideas to deepen connections and create more fun at home.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • Why it’s important to carve out time for fun.
  • How to start a fun committee — and why it matters.
  • Tips for creating better connections through fun.
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