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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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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.
Sep 5, 2023

It’s a common belief that we must live with ailments and declining well-being as we age. But this week’s guest, Dr. Ellen J. Langer, has decades of research that tells a different story. Known as the mother of mindfulness, Ellen is highly regarded as one of America’s most influential psychologists. Her new book, The Mindful Body: Thinking Our Way to Chronic Health, shows how our thoughts and perspectives can change our health.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why embracing mind-body unity creates new possibilities for improving our health.
  • How our thoughts could be undermining our health.
  • Simple ways to change your way of thinking to improve your health.
Aug 29, 2023

Why More Money Doesn’t Equal More Happiness With Tal Ben-Shahar

We’ve all heard that money can’t buy happiness, and new research is telling us why. This week, host Paula Felps talks with author and lecturer Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, co-founder of The Happiness Studies Academy and creator of the Master’s Degree in Happiness Studies at Centenary University. Tal talks about recent findings that show how our perception of money is damaging our happiness — and what we can do about it.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why our perceptions of money have changed in a post-pandemic world.
  • How social comparison can negatively affect our views on money.
  • Why it’s so important to change our view of money for the sake of our well-being.

 

Aug 24, 2023

We are now back in school, and this week’s guest is going to be everyone’s favorite science teacher! In this episode, host Paula Felps talks with Marsha Goodman, a cognitive neuroscientist turned popular children’s singer, songwriter and recording artist who performs under the name Marsha and the Positrons. As the name implies, her music is imbued with positivity and teaches listeners about things like kindness, friendship, and taking care of the planet and the people who live on it. She also throws some science in there and makes learning as fun and easy as listening to a song.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How she went from being a cognitive neuroscientist to becoming a popular children’s artist.
  • Why she wanted to use her music to spread positive social messages.
  • What to expect from her new album, “Energetic.”
Aug 22, 2023

Doing good for others is good for us! This week, we’re talking with Happy Activist Nancy Giammarco, a musician who rediscovered her love of art during the pandemic. She started enhancing children’s simple drawings for fun, which led to the creation of The Joanne Project, which she named after her late mother. Now, she focuses on bringing joy to children by turning simple drawings into works of art.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why the pandemic served as a catalyst for starting this project.
  • What creating art for others has done for her.
  • Why it’s so important to celebrate the artwork of children. 
Aug 15, 2023

The International Positive Psychology Association held its semi-annual World Congress in July. Over the next several weeks, Live Happy Now host Paula Felps is talking with thought leaders about some of the main themes that emerged during this year’s event and what takeaways we can borrow to improve our well-being. This week, Andrea Goeglein addresses some of the growing concerns about loneliness and the lack of social connections as well as giving us a fresh perspective on the World Happiness Report.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why empathetic listening is so important.
  • How individuals can take action to improve mental health policies — and why it’s so important.
  • The difference between meaning and mattering.
Aug 8, 2023

Loneliness is a tremendous problem in today’s world, and solving it begins with understanding the root cause of it. In this episode, author and educator Dr. Randall Hansen sits down with host Paula Felps to talk about why loneliness has become an epidemic, what it’s doing to us, and what we can do about it.  

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why it truly “takes a village” to combat loneliness.
  • How to reach out to others who may be feeling isolated and lonely.
  • How our social media habits can make us feel more isolated — and how to use it wisely.
Aug 1, 2023

It’s the start of a brand-new season for Live Happy Now and we’ve added some things to make your life happier! In this episode, Live Happy CEO and co-founder Deborah Heisz and host Paula Felps share some of the new ways we’re working to deliver happiness to you every day. 

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • What to expect from our new pet podcast, Happiness Unleashed with Brittany Derrenbacher.
  • How to get happiness delivered to your inbox every week.
  • Why we want to know about the Happy Activists in your life. 
Jul 25, 2023

It’s time to go back to school, and for some kids — and their parents — that means a whole lot of stress. This week, host Paula Felps talks with Dr Laura Phillips, the Senior Director and a Senior Neuropsychologist in the Learning and Development Center at the Child Mind Institute. Laura specializes in working with children who have learning disorders, mood disorders and anxiety, among other things, and in this episode, she explains how going back to school can create anxiety for kids of all ages and how it also can affect their parents. Then, she tells us what we can do about it.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Some of the causes of back-to-school anxiety and why it is more prevalent today.
  • The role that social media plays in cultivating greater anxiety — and how to manage it.
  • Tips for starting the school year smoothly and creating new morning practices. 
Jul 18, 2023

Doing good for others is good for us! With our new Happy Activist series, we’re spotlighting ordinary people who are changing the world around them just by doing good. Every few weeks we’ll introduce you to a new Happy Activist, and for this episode, host Paula Felps talks with Dawn McMullan, who found her calling when she met a woman who had fled the Democratic Republic of Congo. As Dawn learned more about the plight of girls and young women in the Congo, she was compelled to act. Today, she has helped change the future for hundreds of women while at the same time finding a greater sense of purpose.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why giving back has become so important to her.
  • How doing good for others and made her life better.
  • How to find the “thing” that lights you up. 
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