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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to Practice Mindfulness: Three Exercises to Become More Present in the Moment

How to Practice Mindfulness: Three Exercises to Become More Present in the Moment

Mindfulness is a “superpower” that has been proven to help reduce anxiety, depression and stress while strengthening emotional stamina. In this episode, mental health therapist Sheri Van Dijk introduces the basic techniques regarding how to practice mindfulness. You’ll learn where to start and what mindfulness can do for you. You will learn three basic mindfulness exercises, which will help you become more present and receptive in the moment—and calmer in an emotional storm.

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Personal Growth: The Role of Pain and Crisis

Personal Growth: The Role of Pain and Crisis

Most us go through life trying to avoid pain, but it inevitably finds us. When we experience the crisis of heartbreak, illness or misfortune, often our impulse is to despair and sink into ourselves. However, there is often a transformative power in pain and crisis. Your struggles can become the personal growth that influences your life for the best.

In this episode we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook “Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life,” by Doctors Marilyn Schlitz, Cassandra Vieten, and Tina Amorok. If you’ve been touched by tragedy or set back by challenges, we hope you’ll find this episode inspiring.

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Simple Mindfulness Practices to Open Your Heart

Simple Mindfulness Practices to Open Your Heart

Being kind to yourself and opening your heart to others are two important aspects of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Simple mindfulness practices can enhance the experience of connection we feel with ourselves and with others. In this episode, Drs. Elisha Goldstein and Bob Stahl discuss the power of small acts of kindness and generosity — for ourselves and for others. The best place to start practicing these simple mindfulness practices may be with yourself!

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Chuck Hillig: Finding Liberation in Feeling Everything

Chuck Hillig: Finding Liberation in Feeling Everything

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!

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Fear of the Unknown: Why Ambiguity Makes Us Anxious

Fear of the Unknown: Why Ambiguity Makes Us Anxious

What is it about ambiguity that sends us into spirals of anxiety, depression or panic? How do we overcome the unexpected, and the unplanned? If you wake up tomorrow morning and your life is fundamentally different than it is today, how would you fare? In this episode, we discuss why ambiguous situations often trigger anxiety. You’ll come to have a better understanding of your fear of the unknown, and learn how to live freely and confidently in a world full of unexpected happenings.

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Self-Compassion and the Gifts of Imperfection

Self-Compassion and the Gifts of Imperfection

We’re all imperfect. What would life be like if we practiced more self-kindness—instead of fear and hate—toward our imperfections? While stress is an unavoidable part of life, practicing self-compassion is an effective way to reduce reduce stress. Although we often consider it normal, stress can actually lead to anxiety, depression, and even chronic pain.

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