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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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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.
Jan 4, 2022

It’s the start of a brand-new year, and many of us use this time to set new goals. This week’s guest tells us how we can use neuroscience to coach our brains for happiness. Joseph O’Connor is co-founder of the International Coaching Community and author of 19 books on coaching, training, and neuroscience. His newest book, Coaching the Brain, offers insights into how you use brain coaching techniques and emotional intelligence to create a happier, more fulfilling life.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between brain coaching and therapy.
  • The importance of memories in being happy.
  • What it means to become “well-stressed.”
Dec 28, 2021

Making the world a better place and helping those around us begins with change from within. And this week’s guest, Shelly Tygielski, gives us the blueprint on how to do that. Shelly is the author of the new book, Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the Community. She joins host Paula Felps to talk about how each of us can create profound change in the world if we first turn inward and care for ourselves.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How each of us can become an agent for social change.
  • The power of showing up and making incremental change.
  • Why a commitment to self-care is the best way to help others.
Dec 21, 2021

When the pandemic began last year, traditional ways of volunteering and helping others disappeared. This week, host Paula Felps sits down with Shelly Tygielski to learn how this Florida mom and meditation teacher brought people together by creating a pandemic of her own. Shelly came up with a plan to connect people who needed help with people who were eager to give help. Her efforts went viral, kicking off what became known as Pandemic of Love — a global, grassroots, mutual aid organization that, within one year, had matched more than 1.5 million people and had allowed donors to directly give $54 million to those in need. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Where the idea to create the Pandemic of Love came from.
  • The profound benefits of helping others in your community.
  • How you can be involved in this viral movement.
Dec 14, 2021

Breathing is something we do every day, but have you thought about the way your breath is affecting your health? This week, host Paula Felps is joined by Josh Trent, founder of Wellness Force Media, host of the Wellness Force podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath & Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 19 years as a trainer, researcher, and facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence we need to thrive in our modern world. In this episode, he talks about how our breath affects our physical and mental well-being — and gives us timely tips for using our breath to get through a hectic holiday season.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What deep breathing does for your overall well-being.
  • How to use breath to lower your anxiety.
  • What “type” of breather you are — and how it affects you.
Dec 7, 2021

It’s time for celebrating the holidays, and for many people, that means walking through the minefield of social gatherings. But this week’s guest has the map to navigate them. Relationship expert Rachel DeAlto, author of the new book, Relatable: How to Connect With Anyone, Anywhere (Even if it Scares You), joins host Paula Felps to talk about why social gatherings may seem more daunting right now and how to ease social anxiety during the holidays (and into the new year).

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What it means to become relatable—and why it can be difficult for so many.
  • How to lower your anxiety in social settings.
  • Why it’s important to share good news or discuss positive topics.
Nov 30, 2021

With the holiday season now officially in full swing, there are a lot of emotions swirling around. And one that often isn’t discussed during this time of year is grief. This week, host Paula Felps is joined by Gina Moffa, a therapist who specializes in mindfulness-based therapies and focuses heavily on grief counseling and trauma studies. She talks about why it’s important to honor your grief and how to manage it – in yourself or others – through this holiday season and beyond.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why grief feels so much more consuming during the holidays and special occasions.
  • How grief may trigger other emotions — and how to identify and manage them.
  • What you can do this holiday season to honor your losses.
Nov 23, 2021

This week we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, and of course, that makes it a fantastic time to talk about one of our favorite subjects here at Live Happy Now: Gratitude. In this episode, Dr. Greg Hammer, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, pediatric intensive care physician and author talks about how practicing gratitude can help improve your physical and mental well-being. Then Live Happy’s own Casey Johnson joins us to talk about our ongoing Gratitude Challenge and what’s new in the Live Happy Store!

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What the GAIN approach is and how it improves wellbeing.
  • Examples of gratitude practices you can do in less than 5 minutes.
  • How to be part of Live Happy’s ongoing Gratitude Challenge.
Nov 16, 2021

The holiday season is upon us, and we want to help you have a healthier, happier season! This week, Tonya Harris — a  board-certified holistic nutritionist and author of The Slightly Greener Method — is back to talk about some of the surprising dangers and toxins that are hidden in our favorite holiday decorations and traditions. Then, she’ll tell us how to trade them in for healthier choices.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why your holiday decorations might not be as safe as you thought.
  • How to make your home healthier this season (and still have fun!).
  • How to apply the 80/20 Rule to your holiday traditions.
Nov 9, 2021

How well do you know yourself — and do you want to know more? In this episode, we talk with Erin Claire Jones, a leadership coach who uses the principles of human design to help people understand their individual behavior.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The spiritual principles behind human design.
  • How to discover your personal “type”.
  • How understanding your type could change the way you make decisions.
Nov 2, 2021

November is National Gratitude Month and of course, there’s no way we’d let it pass without a celebration! This week, Live Happy’s own Casey Johnson sits down with Paula Felps to talk about a new gratitude challenge we’re launching and to announce some exciting new things happening with Live Happy.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s so important to practice gratitude
  • How to be part of the Live Happy Gratitude Challenge
  • What’s new on the Live Happy site
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