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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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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.
Oct 10, 2023

If you’ve ever wished there was a magic way to make anxiety disappear, this week’s guest has the next best thing! Brad Yates is an expert in emotional freedom tapping, also known as EFT or tapping. This practice combines the principles of acupuncture and positive psychology to help people overcome fears, relieve stress, and enjoy greater well-being. In this episode, Brad — author of the best-selling children’s book The Wizard’s Wish and co-author of the book Freedom at your Fingertips — explains how tapping works, some of the different ways to use it, and how to get started. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The science behind tapping and why it works
  • How tapping can help in stressful situations
  • Simple ways to start a tapping practice 
Oct 3, 2023

Ten years ago, the happiness movement was just beginning to gain a global presence – and that paved the way for the birth of a company called Live Happy. This week, host Paula Felps talks with Deborah Heisz, CEO and co-founder of Live Happy LLC, to look back on 10 years of sharing happiness. Deb explains how her work in personal development led to discovering positive psychology and how that opened the door to launching a company that remains committed to sharing the many ways we can discover greater well-being and lead more fulfilling lives. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How Live Happy began and why it was so important to be rooted in science
  • How the Live Happy mission has evolved over the past decade
  • What to expect from the next 10 years
Sep 26, 2023

Anxiety is so pervasive today that more than 40 million adults in the U.S. are living with it. This week’s guest, Dr. Jud Brewer, offers new insights into this growing problem and provides simple steps to help end the cycle of constant worrying.  As New York Times best-selling author and director of research and innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center, Dr. Jud released the book Unwinding Anxiety in 2021 and now the same techniques used in his book are available the Unwinding Anxiety app. In this episode, he tells us how we all can start breaking free from anxiety.  

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why willpower isn’t the answer to overcoming anxiety
  • Three steps to breaking an anxiety habit
  • How curiosity can help disarm anxiety
Sep 19, 2023

Creative arts such as painting, dancing, acting, and singing can play a powerful role in self-care and mental health, but they’re often overlooked – especially in rural communities. This week, host Paula Felps sits down Happy Activist Becca Finley, founder of This is Noteworthy, a nonprofit designed to help creatives explore their artistic gifts and discover what it can do for them and the community they live in. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s important for creatives to learn how to express themselves through their gifts.
  • How we all benefit from tapping into our creative side.
  • How celebrating the arts can enhance a community. 
Sep 14, 2023

Animals play an important role in our happiness, and with this new podcast from Live Happy, you’re going to learn why they’re so good for us and how to nurture our relationships with them. Each month, therapist and pet loss expert Brittany Derrenbacher will sit down with a new guest to explore some of the many ways we benefit from our relationships with animals. In this inaugural episode, she’s joined by Paula Felps, host of the Live Happy Now podcast, to talk about why we’re doing this podcast, why you need to pet more animals, and why you should put down your phone.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why it’s important to understand what animals do for our emotional well-being.
  • How petting other people’s animals is scientifically proven to be good for us.
  • Why you should stop phubbing your pet. 
Sep 12, 2023

We’ve become more comfortable with talking openly about mental health, but we’re still reluctant to talk about mental illness. This week’s guest knows first-hand the challenges of mental illness and why it’s so important to talk about it. Gabe Howard is an author, speaker, and host of the Inside Mental Health podcast. After being committed to a psychiatric hospital in 2003, Gabe was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders and today he uses his experience to help others navigate and understand that difficult path. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How mental illness affects everyone in the family.
  • Why we must lose the shame surrounding mental illness.
  • How to help those around us who are struggling with mental illness in their own family.
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