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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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Now displaying: 2023
Dec 21, 2023

The holidays are here, which means we’ve been filling our ears with the sounds of the season. As we hit the final stretch, host Paula Felps sits down with Jasper Smith of the popular a capella group Straight No Chaser. Since being discovered on YouTube, this group has become an international sensation and has become part of a holiday tradition for many.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How a 10-year-old video from college launched the band’s career.
  • Why Straight No Chaser has become synonymous with the holiday season.
  • Why the band loves delivering happiness for the holidays.
Dec 19, 2023

Grief is a difficult path to walk any time of the year, but during the holiday season, it becomes even more challenging. This week, host Paula Felps sits down with Gina Moffa, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in grief and trauma. Her new book, Moving On Doesn’t Mean Letting Go: A Modern Guide to Navigating Loss, is a travel companion guide to the most difficult journey people will take in their lives. In this episode, Gina talks specifically about how grief is compounded during the holidays and tells us how to navigate it. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to take care of ourselves during the holidays if we are suffering fresh loss.
  • How grief manifests itself in our bodies and how we can practice self-care.
  • Tips for supporting someone who is experiencing grief during the holidays (and beyond).
Dec 14, 2023

If you’ve ever wished you could talk to the animals, we’ve got great news for you: Today’s guest says you can! Join host Brittany Derrenbacher as she sits down with Joan Ranquet, a well-known animal communicator, author, TEDx speaker, educator, and animal advocate. Joan and Brittany talk about the many ways we can learn to listen to our animals and they also discuss the benefits of “tapping,” which Joan talks about in her newest book, Emotional Freedom Technique for Animals and Their Humans: Creating a Harmonious Relationship Through Tapping.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why Joan believes all of us have the ability to tune into what animals are telling us.
  • Simple ways we can learn to listen to animals.
  • How the emotional freedom technique, or “tapping,” can ease anxiety in pets.
Dec 12, 2023

Holidays are the time for gathering with family and that can often be stressful. But having a good strategy in place can help make the season run more smoothly. This week, host Paula Felps talks with Trakida Maldonado, a licensed professional counselor for SonderMind who brings more than a decade of clinical experience to the table. In this episode, Trakida offers actionable advice for navigating common holiday situations with family members, setting boundaries before your holiday gatherings, and how to make the holidays a little bit easier on everyone — no matter what your situation is.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to handle family gatherings when your relationships aren’t going well.
  • Managing the expectations of your extended family to make the holidays a positive experience for children.
  • Tips for setting boundaries and managing conflict at gatherings.
Dec 5, 2023

This year, as you’re shopping for the perfect holiday gift, why not put forgiveness on your list? It’s always the perfect size, never goes out of style, and it’s also like giving a gift to yourself. This week, host Paula Felps talks with Barbara J. Hunt, a forgiveness specialist, speaker, workshop leader, and bestselling author of Forgiveness Made Easy. Barbara explains how forgiveness is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves and how we can use forgiveness as a practice to help us navigate those often-tricky holiday gatherings.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why forgiveness feels so hard. 
  • What forgiveness really is — and what it isn’t.
  • How forgiveness can transform relationships.
Nov 28, 2023

Studies show that our world is becoming less optimistic, but this week’s guest believes we can change that — and we can start this holiday season. Dr. Emily Bashah is a psychologist whose private practice specializes in mental illness, collective trauma, grief, and relationship dynamics. She’s also co-host of The Optimistic American podcast, where she and Paul Johnson create space for a positive and hopeful view of America and help us feel more optimistic about the future. In this episode, she shares how we can regain our optimism by changing how we think.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why we’re feeling less optimistic these days.
  • How to overcome your innate negativity bias and find your optimism.
  • What to keep in mind this holiday season to boost optimism. 
Nov 21, 2023

For many people, the holiday season marks an increase in anxiety. But this week’s guest explains why that’s not always a bad thing! Dr. David Rosmarin is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, program director at McLean Hospital, and founder of the Center for Anxiety. He’s also author of the new book, Thriving with Anxiety: 9 Tools to Make Your Anxiety Work for You, and in this episode he talks about why the holidays cause so much anxiety and offers tips for thriving throughout the season (and beyond!).

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between stress and anxiety.
  • How to identify your anxiety triggers so you can manage them.
  • The importance of self-care — especially during times of stress — to reduce anxiety. 
Nov 16, 2023

November is Adopt a Senior Pet month, and that makes it the perfect time to talk to Dr. Julie Buzby, an integrative veterinarian with a special place in her heart for senior pets. She’s here to talk with host Brittany Derrenbacher about some of the misconceptions we often have about senior dogs and why in many cases a senior pet may be the best option for adoption. So listen in as she and Brittany talk about what senior pets can do for us—and what we should be doing for them.  

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What age dogs are considered seniors.
  • Tips for caring for a senior pet.
  • Benefits of senior pets for senior citizens.
Nov 14, 2023

November is National Gratitude Month, and this year, we decided to look at gratitude through a new lens. Host Paula Felps and Social Media Marketing Manager Casey Johnson went on a quest to find fresh new ways to practice gratitude, and in this episode, they share several unique ways to bring gratitude into your life. They’re here to talk about what they found and how these new practices can help improve your well-being — and they even share ways to get the whole family involved.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why finding a new way to practice gratitude is a great way to change your daily routine. 
  • How to turn gratitude into a game the whole family can play.
  • How to participate in the Live Happy Gratitude Challenge. 
Nov 7, 2023

Now that we’ve turned back our clocks, it’s time for shorter days — and for many, that also means the onset of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. This week, host Paula Felps sits down with world-renowned researcher and psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal, the doctor who was instrumental in identifying SAD and also pioneered light therapy as treatment. His new book, Defeating SAD: A Guide to Health and Happiness Through All Seasons, provides a roadmap for beating this disorder and in this episode, he explains how we can better prepare for the next few months.

In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • How Dr. Norm’s own experiences with seasonal affective disorder inspired him to research it.
  • The role that light plays in seasonal affective disorder.
  • Simple steps you can take to minimize the effects of SAD. 
Oct 31, 2023

When you’re going on a trip, it’s important to make sure you pack all the essentials. And when you’re starting a journey to well-being, you need to pack the happiness essentials. This week, host Paula Felps talks with Emmy Award-winning television producer, well-being teacher, and author Maria Baltazzi about her new book, Take A Shot at Happiness: How to Write, Direct and Produce the Life You Want. A world traveler who has developed and produced TV shows around the globe, including the hit reality show Survivor, Maria has truly used the planet as an extraordinary classroom. Her book explores the eight happiness essentials she’s discovered and teaches us how we can use them to improve well-being.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What she considers her three most important Happiness Essentials.
  • Why she created a practice of photo journaling and how to use it for greater well-being.
  • How her work on “Survivor” changed the way she looks at the world.
Oct 26, 2023

Sound frequencies can change not only our mental state, but change how we feel physically, too. Laura Widney first began using sound frequencies to help her wellness clients manage stress and anxiety. As she learned its many applications, she became chief innovation officer of Soaak, a company that offers sound therapy on the go. In this episode, she talks about how we all can use sound frequencies to boost our energy, enhance our focus, and improve our overall sense of well-being.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How different sound frequencies affect our physical and mental health.
  • Why sound is so effective at changing how we feel.
  • How to use sound as part of a daily wellness practice.
Oct 24, 2023

The world is experiencing an extremely difficult time right now, and sometimes that can leave us wondering if it’s selfish — or even possible — to pursue happiness in such a chaotic time. This week host Paula Felps sits down with Matt Derrenbacher, Solo Rabbi for Congregation Beth Shalom in Columbia, Missouri, to talk about why searching for happiness right now is so important and how we can find — and offer — comfort in the face of so much uncertainty.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What we can do for others when we’re not sure what to say.
  • Why it’s important to look for ways to pursue happiness during hard times.
  • Tips for managing anxiety and/or feelings of being overwhelmed by the news. 
Oct 17, 2023

If you don’t love your life at work, you’re not alone. New research shows that workers are the unhappiest they’ve been in years, so this week host, Paula Felps sits down with Greg Kettner, founder of the organization Work Happy and an expert in workplace well-being. They’re here to talk about what’s making us so unhappy on the job and what we can do about it.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why workers are less satisfied now than during the pandemic.
  • What unhappiness on the job is doing to our mental health.
  • How finding your purpose can change how you view your job. 
Oct 12, 2023

We know that the bonds we have with our pets are special, but this week’s guest may have you thinking about that connection at a deeper level. Jen Golbeck is the creator of social media’s popular The Golden Ratio channel, which shares photos and videos of her rescued golden retrievers. In this episode, she talks with host Brittany Derrenbacher about her new book, The Purest Bond: Understanding the Human-Canine Connection, which provides the science behind those incredible bonds and offers new insight into how we can use that information to improve our relationships with our own animals.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • Why our bond with our pets is so powerful — and so important.
  • How pets help make us happier and healthier.
  • What Jen learned from working with special needs and senior dogs.
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