Happiness Podcast Episodes
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode, Chuck Hillig takes on a big, amorphous subject: Feelings. If you’re hesitant to feel your feelings or address them head on, then this audiobook excerpt may inspire you to investigate your own misconceptions about feelings. Chuck asks us to consider the possibility that there is no such thing as a “good or bad” feeling. In fact, there is liberation in feeling everything!
How do you find happiness? First, by realizing that happiness is always available. The moment you see the truth of this, you can be happy right away. You don’t need to do anything else. The question is—are you available to happiness?
Are you good at grasping, but not so skilled at letting go? Dr. Susan Thoele discusses the many benefits of mindfulness, including awareness, maturity, and peace. She talks about being kind to yourself as you develop the ability to let go. While it’s easy to understand the wisdom of letting go, actually doing so can be challenging, and she offers great tips to practice and develop this skill.
In the episode, Dr. Thomas Bien, author The Buddha's Way of Happiness, explains why our harmful habits can be so incredibly difficult to break. You’ll be inspired by the Buddha’s wisdom, and learn that real change is possible when you avoid the trap of black and white thinking about your habits.