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Breaking Out of Comfort Zones

Breaking Out of Comfort Zones

Staying within our comfort zones is reassuring and very tempting. However, many experts agree that our lives improves when we break out of our comfort zones. In this episode we’re sharing a humorous excerpt from the audiobook “How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use,” written by psychologist Randy Paterson. In this tongue-in-cheek audiobook, Dr. Paterson outlines 40 specific behaviors and habits, which—if followed—are sure to lead to a lifetime of unhappiness. On the other hand, if you do the opposite, you might just find yourself living a happy, fulfilled life. We hope this excerpt will inspire you to try new things, take some new chances, and expand beyond your comfort zones into a world of new possibilities! read more
Can’t Sleep? How to Turn Off the Day

Can’t Sleep? How to Turn Off the Day

How often do you crawl into bed after an exhausting day only to find that you can’t sleep? What's often overlooked in getting a good night's sleep is the importance of preparing for sleep. In this episode psychologist Dr. Ted Zeff offers some practical techniques to help you transition from your wakeful, daytime life to a night of deep, restful sleep. Today we’re sharing an excerpt from “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World,” written Dr. Ted Zeff. In this episode, Dr. Zeff addresses a problem that many highly sensitive people suffer from—sleep issues. While some people can sleep through sirens and earthquakes, the highly sensitive person feels they can’t sleep with light background noise or ambient lighting. While there are many possible reasons for sleep problems, over stimulation can often block natural sleep signals, and leave you tossing and turning. Dr. Zeff offers essential strategies to help you make the transition from alert and awake to deep sleep. read more
Chronic Worry: How Your Thoughts Fool You

Chronic Worry: How Your Thoughts Fool You

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the popular audiobook "The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It," by psychologist Dr. David Carbonell. This popular and effective audiobook shows how anxiety hijacks the brain, and offers effective techniques to help you break the cycle of worry—once and for all. In this episode, Dr. Carbonell talks about how it’s easy to get fooled by our thoughts— especially worrisome thoughts. The real meaning of the worrisome thoughts generally has little to do with the subject matter of the thoughts. In this excerpt, he shares his approach to dealing with chronic worry. read more
How Men Think: Insights & Tips for Women

How Men Think: Insights & Tips for Women

We all know that men and women think differently. When women don’t understand how the male mind works, it can lead to frustration, misunderstandings and difficult relationships. Today psychologist Shawn Smith, author of the audiobook “The Woman’s Guide to How Men Think,” offers insights into male psychology, and some practical tips for women to help them better understand and connect with the men they love. read more
Meditation Skill: Opening to the Present Moment

Meditation Skill: Opening to the Present Moment

When you’re meditating, does it ever feel like you‘re struggling or working hard? Do you have a sense that you should be having a different experience? Even in times like these you can learn to rest and relax. Today we’re exploring the Buddhist meditation skill of “right effort”—being fully in the present while naturally moving toward more peace, clarity, and awareness. Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook "The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation: Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight," written by Richard Shankman. This audiobook is a practical guide to building a strong meditation practice using mindfulness, concentration, and insight.   Developing the meditation skill of “right effort” will help you let go of struggle and fully open to the present moment. You’ll learn to meet yourself with kindness, compassion, and a sense of exploration and experimentation. read more
Jeff Foster: Deep Acceptance in the Face of Uncertainty

Jeff Foster: Deep Acceptance in the Face of Uncertainty

What happens when the ground beneath your feet gives way? A relationship ends unexpectedly, success turns to failure overnight, a loved one dies, or you receive a diagnosis out of the blue. In times of deep uncertainty, we often have the sense that our world is spinning out of control. Jeff Foster studied astrophysics at Cambridge University. He now holds meetings around the world, gently pointing people back to the deep acceptance inherent in the present moment. In this episode, we’re sharing an excerpt from Jeff’s audiobook, "Falling in Love with Where You Are"—where he offers comforting and inspiring wisdom for times of deep uncertainty. read more
Mindfulness of Thoughts: A Guided Meditation

Mindfulness of Thoughts: A Guided Meditation

How many times a day do you criticize or judge yourself? In this episode, psychologist Dr. Lynn Rossy shares a short guided meditation from her audiobook "The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life." This guided mindfulness practice will help you notice thoughts without judgment or trying to change what arises. You can learn to not be affected by your thoughts and relate to them in a way that ends their control of you and your behavior. read more
Access Inner Wisdom in Stressful or Challenging Times

Access Inner Wisdom in Stressful or Challenging Times

We all have access to a deep well of inner wisdom—a source we can draw on for clarity when determining the best course of action in any area of life. But when we’re in the midst of stressful and challenging times, it can be difficult to access inner wisdom. In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook "The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit," written by psychologist Amy Johnson. Dr. Johnson draws on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality to illustrate a profound truth: your mental patterns are the result of simple brain wiring that can be easily changed. Today Dr. Johnson discusses the spiritual component of breaking a habit—though the advice she shares applies to any area of life where we need to access inner wisdom—the deep knowing of our true self. read more
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Five Tips to Improve Your Practice

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Five Tips to Improve Your Practice

We know we should probably meditate, but we may find ourselves distracted by dozens of different impulses the second we try to clear our minds. The benefits of practices like mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are well known, but many people still struggle to keep up a consistent meditation practice. Today we’re sharing an excerpt from an audiobook full of mindfulness techniques: MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Dr. Elisha Goldstein and Dr. Bob Stahl. In this episode, Drs. Goldstein and Stahl address the problem that many people have with meditation: it’s harder than it seems! They identify five common obstacles that can derail your best efforts to meditate, as well as five antidotes to those obstacles. If you’re looking for a little less frustration on the path to being more present, today’s episode is a great place to start! read more
Tell a New Story: Create Easy and Lasting Change

Tell a New Story: Create Easy and Lasting Change

How many times have you heard people say that change is hard, or painful? In today’s episode, Bob Litwin, a Wall Street performance coach and world champion tennis player, addresses the common misconception that change is difficult. In fact, if you tell a new story, change can be fun and surprisingly simple. Bob is author of the audiobook “Live the Best Story of Your Life: A World Champion's Guide to Lasting Change.” This audiobook offers 33 personalized coaching sessions that will help you reach new levels of success in every area of your life. His groundbreaking technique of changing your story is a fast, easy and effective way to create lasting change. read more
Mindful Eating: Revolutionize Your Relationship with Food

Mindful Eating: Revolutionize Your Relationship with Food

What are you really hungry for? Is it food, happiness, or something else? Dr. Lynn Rossy is a clinical psychologist, expert in mindful eating, and author of the audiobook “The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution.” Dr. Rossy has discovered a few simple truths: diets don’t work, and mindfulness is the secret weapon that will help to revolutionize your relationship with food. Today we’re sharing an exclusive interview with Dr. Rossy. She offers her insights on mindfulness and specifically, mindful eating, which helps create healthy eating patterns. She talks about one of the most freeing and radical ideas in her audiobook: there are no forbidden foods. She gives some actionable tips that will help set you on the road to a healthy, nourishing relationship with food. If you’re ready to say goodbye to confusion, shame and despair, and open the door to peace, enjoyment and self-acceptance, then you’ll appreciate this lively and information-packed interview. read more
Understanding Overreactions

Understanding Overreactions

Have there been times when you found yourself so angry that you couldn’t see straight? Have reactions that seemed justified in the moment later turned out to be inappropriate and damaging, leaving you feeling regretful? If you’ve had these experiences, today’s episode can help you understand overreactions and choose healthy responses instead of flying off the handle. Today we have an excerpt from the audiobook "Stop Overreacting: Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions" written by marriage and family therapist Judith Siegel. "Stop Overreacting" helps you learn how to neutralize overwhelming emotions and choose healthy responses instead of losing control. In this episode Judith Siegel discusses the factors that can lead to overreacting. She talks about two different patterns of overreacting: exploding and imploding, as well as why we react the way we do. Understanding overreactions is a helpful step in learning to respond rationally in moments of stress and crisis. read more
Understanding the Amygdala and Anxiety

Understanding the Amygdala and Anxiety

The amygdala is a part of the brain that is the source of many of our emotional reactions—both positive and negative—and it plays an influential role in anxiety. Understanding the amygdala is an important foundation in learning how to change your brain—and reduce anxiety. In today’s episode we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry,” by Catherine Pittman, PhD and Elizabeth Karle. This audiobook is an evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. You’ll learn how anxiety is created in the brain, as well as techniques to overcome it. Your brain is a powerful tool, and the more you focus on changing the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you’ll become. This excerpt offers an understanding of the amygdala and anxiety, which is an important step in learning to change your brain and overcome anxiety. read more
Restore Your Energy: A Guided Meditation

Restore Your Energy: A Guided Meditation

Do you feel caught in a trap where life looks like a never-ending to-do list without enough time to do get everything done? Pushing yourself too hard for too long can lead to fatigue, exhaustion, and burnout. Today we’re sharing a short guided meditation you can listen to anytime you need to take a brief time out from other people and endless tasks—and restore your energy. In this episode, we present an excerpt from the audiobook “The Awakened Introvert: Practical Mindfulness Skills to Help You Maximize Your Strengths & Thrive in a Loud & Crazy World” by psychotherapist and mindfulness expert Dr. Arnie Kozak. While it is primarily for introverts, it’s a helpful resource for anyone looking to feel more calm and peaceful. 
Dr. Kozak offers tips for how to protect your energy throughout the day, followed by a short guided meditation that will help you feel rested, recharged and renewed. read more
Overcoming Loneliness: A Few Simple Tips

Overcoming Loneliness: A Few Simple Tips

What is the secret to overcoming loneliness? How can you can learn to live with, or even embrace, those moments when you feel alone? In this episode, we're sharing a helpful excerpt from Dr. Karyn Hall’s audiobook "The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You." In this audiobook, Dr. Hall shares proven-effective cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques designed to help you cope with intense emotions. In this episode Dr. Hall addresses one of the most pervasive and least discussed taboos in our culture: loneliness. In her discussion of loneliness, Dr. Hall lifts the veil and reveals how common it is to feel lonely, and she offers some inspiring and helpful tools for overcoming loneliness. read more
Live Your Best Life: A Conversation with Chuck Hillig

Live Your Best Life: A Conversation with Chuck Hillig

Do you ever find yourself wishing your life were different than it is? If only we could wave a magic wand and fix the annoying job, the inconsiderate friend, or the distant partner. But we can’t. The good new is, we don’t need to. Chuck Hillig, author of the audiobook "Seeds for the Soul: Living as the Source of Who You Are" shares a profound insight: the key to how to live your best life isn’t outside you—it’s within you. Chuck speaks to those who are looking to take control of our lives and escape the feelings of helplessness that often plague periods of stress and pain. He believes that you can live your best life by beginning to look at your feelings and experiences differently. He inspires us to explore our own vast potential and start taking ownership of our lives and live as the source of who we are. read more
How to Have Difficult Conversations

How to Have Difficult Conversations

We all know the gnawing feeling of needing to have a difficult conversation with someone. While the conversation could improve things in the long term, in the short term our fear can win out and cause us to avoid it. The good news is that there are simple skills that can help us learn how to have difficult conversations. Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “The Assertiveness Guide for Women: How to Communicate Your Needs, Set Healthy Boundaries, and Transform Your Relationships” by psychotherapist Julie de Azevedo Hanks. If you’ve ever been bothered by a friend, coworker, child or partner, but found yourself uncertain about how to have a difficult conversation with that person, you’ll appreciate these concrete steps. You'll learn how to create a situation where your message, intent, mind, and heart will be heard and respected by another person. You can feel comfortable having even the most challenging conversations! read more
How to Feel Happy: A Counter-Intuitive Approach

How to Feel Happy: A Counter-Intuitive Approach

What if, instead of trying to fix the problems in your life, you decided that you wanted to do something different? What if you wanted to be miserable? How would you go about it, and what would you learn about yourself? This counter-intuitive approach to how to feel happy can actually point you in the direction of a life of contentment. Today we have a conversation with psychologist Dr. Randy Paterson author of the audiobook “How To Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use.” Dr. Paterson talks about his new audiobook and the power of flipping the question and asking: If I wanted to, how would I make myself miserable? He shares tips and exercises to identify the ways you may already be sabotaging your well-being, as well as ways to break out of old, unhealthy patterns. Gaining insight into how to feel happy can be found in this simple and unusual technique. read more
Stop Over-Thinking: A Guided Meditation to Ease Rumination

Stop Over-Thinking: A Guided Meditation to Ease Rumination

Many of us over-think the problems in our lives. Maybe you over-think your relationships or eating habits. Perhaps you worry compulsively. You may even have started to over-think over-thinking! If you’ve ever wished you could stop over-thinking, this simple guided meditation may help. In this episode, clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Taitz discusses the pitfalls of rumination. Dr. Taitz is the author of the audiobook, “End Emotional Eating: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship to Food.” Today she walks us through the links between over-thinking and suppression, avoidance, and distress—and offers a way to stop over-thinking with a soothing and centering guided mediation. This meditation is designed to bring you out of your thoughts and into the present moment. read more
Even Destructive Habits are Driven by Self Love

Even Destructive Habits are Driven by Self Love

Many destructive habits that you might feel are self-sabotaging, are actually a misguided attempt at self-love. According to psychologist Amy Johnson, “It’s you doing the best you can in the moment to feel better, driven by love for yourself and a deep desire for wellness.” In this episode we present an excerpt from Dr. Amy Johnson’s audiobook “The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit.” Drawing on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality, this audiobook shows you that your habits and addictions are the result of simple brain wiring that can be easily changed. Dr. Johnson shares an enlightening new way of understanding what you might think of as destructive habits. You’ll see them as useful indicators that you’re in a low state of mind. In those moments, there is a solution—you can step back and let your natural, peaceful state of mind take over. read more

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