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Helen Russell

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Helen Russell: ...how to get happier by being sad

Nobody Told Me!

How can we best look after ourselves when we're sad? We find out on this episode with journalist Helen Russell, who is the bestselling author of two previous books on happiness. Her latest book explores how and why we could all benefit from learning the art of sadness. It reveals her own experiences with sadness and discusses the latest scientific thinking on the topic. The book is called, "HOW TO BE SAD: Everything I’ve Learned About Getting Happier by Being Sad". Her website is helenrussell.co.uk Thanks to our sponsors of this episode!: Everlywell is digital healthcare designed for you — all at an affordable and transparent price. With over thirty at-home lab tests, you’ll be able to choose the test that makes the most sense for you to get the answers you need, like the Metabolism Test or Food Sensitivity Test. Everlywell ships products straight to you with everything needed in one package. To take your at-home lab test, simply collect your sample and use the included prepaid shipping label to mail your test back to a certified lab. Your physician-reviewed results get sent to your phone or device in just days! If you’ve been experiencing symptoms and don’t know where to start, Everlywell is committed to listening and supporting your journey towards better health and wellness. For listeners of Nobody Told Me!, Everlywell is offering a special discount of twenty percent off an at-home lab test at everlywell.com/nobody. That’s everlywell.com/nobody for twenty percent off your next at-home lab test. Coda.io With teams working all across the country, if your best work is spread out across documents and spreadsheets, and a stack of workflow tools you have to jump in and out of all day, you need Coda, the doc that brings it all together. Coda is endlessly customizable AND connected. There are templates for anything and everything. Product roadmap, remote onboarding, OKR tracker, meeting notes...You name it, Coda has it. Coda adapts to growing teams and changing strategies. And perhaps most importantly Coda seamlessly integrates with the tools you need. Everything in Coda is synched. Make an update in a table, and it automatically shows up everywhere. No more relying on copy & paste to keep lynchpin projects current! Your team can operate on the same information and collaborate the way we all want to, quickly and efficiently. With Coda, you can solve just about anything. And right now you can get started having your team all working together on the same page for FREE. Head over to Coda.IO/nobodytoldme to get started for FREE.  Coda.IO/nobodytoldme Policygenius is an insurance marketplace that makes it easy to compare quotes from top companies like AIG and Prudential in one place to find your lowest price on life insurance. You could save 50% or more on life insurance by comparing quotes with Policygenius. Options start at just $17 per month for $500,000 of coverage. Just head to Policygenius.com to get personalized quotes in minutes and find the right policy for your needs. The licensed agents at Policygenius work for you, not the insurance companies. They're on hand through the entire process to help you understand your options so you can make decisions with confidence. Policygenius has options that offer coverage in as little as a week and avoid unnecessary medical exams. Policygenius has thousands of five-star reviews across Google and Trustpilot and they’ve helped more than 30 million people shop for insurance since 2014. Head to policygenius.com to get your free life insurance quotes and see how much you could save. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


15 Sep 2022

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Why We’re Terrified of Acknowledging Sadness, and Why Doing So is the Key to Being Truly Happy with Helen Russell.

The Superhumanize Podcast

The pursuit of happiness, which is a beautiful thing, can turn into an extreme when we become afraid to be sad and try to avoid it at all costs. Why are we so scared to be sad? And why is it not only ok to be sad, but important to sit with the sadness?Today's guest, Helen Russell, is a journalist, bestselling author, speaker and happiness researcher. Her first book, The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country, became an international bestseller and has been optioned for television. She is the author of four other critically acclaimed books, translated into 21 languages.Helen also writes for magazines and newspapers globally, including The Times and The Sunday Times, the Telegraph, the Independent, National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, and the Observer, amongst others. She’s spent the last ten years studying cultural approaches to emotions and now speaks about her work internationally.In her book, How to be Sad, Helen explores why we get sad, what to do when we are sad and how we can all get happier, by learning to be sad, better. Especially while living in these unprecedented times. Most of us are struggling in one way or another and getting better at having difficult conversations and finding ways to handle our sadness will help us become whole, reclaim our wellbeing and be able to truly and fully live.In this interview with Helen, you'll discover:-Why we're so afraid of being sad...03:30-The social stigma of acknowledging sadness leads to social disconnection...08:02-Tools and strategies to "move through" our sadness...12:15-What we can learn from the Danish people about being happy...15:10-Using unhappiness as a tool to discovering real happiness...18:30-The time and place for medications to deal with sadness, anxiety, depression, etc...20:30-Helen's personal journey with happiness and sadness...23:14-Empathizing with friends and family who are processing sadness...26:43-How to remain hopeful in challenging times...28:46-Helen's best personal practice...33:43-And much more...Resources mentioned:The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest CountryHow to be SadHelen's WebsiteHow to Be Sad podcastAriane's interview with Dr. Ellen VoraHelen's social handles:LinkedInTwitterInstagramFacebook 


7 Sep 2022

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15 Jul 2022

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The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

Two Guys, One Book

A book about a British couple adapting to life in Denmark as they try to see if it really is the happiest country in the world.

21 Jun 2022

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BONUS! Helen Russell on The Happiness Lab Podcast

How To Be Sad with Helen Russell

This is a special, bonus episode where the tables are turned and I’m the one interviewed by none other than Laurie Santos, Yale professor and host of The Happiness Lab podcast. On The Happiness Lab, Dr Laurie Santos shares evidence-based research that challenges what we think it means to live a happy life. This season, she’s helping listeners navigate something most of us avoid: so-called ‘bad’ feelings – with guests including the wonderful Julia Samuel, Brené Brown, Adam Grant and…me! In this episode, we talk about: why our view of sadness needs to be rehabilitated how we react to sadness in a variety of unhelpful ways why we try to suppress sadness experiencing guilt - and apologising for feeling…because, spoiler alert, sadness will touch us all - so to be happier and more resilient we need to accept the emotion. You can hear more episodes of The Happiness Lab at https://link.chtbl.com/helenrussellhappinesslab @lauriesantos on Twitter and @ lauriesantosofficial on Instagram.Follow me @MsHelenRussell - and the book, How To Be Sad is out now in the US (hardback, HarperOne) and the UK (in paperback! @4th Estate) I’ll be back next week with another very special guest for more on how learning to be sad may be the key to a happier life. If you enjoy the podcast, I’d be utterly delighted if you could rate, review and subscribe so you never miss an episode. Thanks so much to Joel Grove for production and Matt Clacher at HarperCollins for making the podcast happen.


2 Feb 2022

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43: Happy Happy talk with guest Helen Russell

Namaste Motherf**kers

In this episode, Cally talks to journalist, speaker and best-selling author Helen Russell about happiness, sadness, life, death, parenthood, fertility, arrival fallacy, being ginger, crying on planes, crying off planes, telephone phobia, loneliness, Scandinavia, altruism, therapy, medication and washing machines. Twitter @MsHelenRussell and Instagram @MsHelenRussell Helen's book How to Be Sad Helen's website helenrussell.co.uk Bereavement support for SIDS loss Could having a baby give you PTSD? Harvard happiness course Mo Gawdat More about Cally Instagram: @callybeatoncomedian Twitter: @callybeaton Produced by Mike Hanson for Pod People Productions Instagram: @podpeopleuk Music by Jake Yapp Cover art by Jaijo Sales & advertising: advertising@audioboom.com Sponsorship: info@theloniouspunkproductions.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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24 Jan 2022

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How to Be Sad with Helen Russell

The Don't Buy Her Flowers Podcast

Steph talks with bestselling author, journalist and speaker Helen Russell about how and why so many of us try to bury sadness, and the harm that causes.After eight years of researching happiness, Helen realised that most of us desperately want to avoid sadness, but all the experts have said we can’t, so we need to work out how to be sad, better. Helen and Steph talk about grief, infertility, perfectionism, anorexia, men and sadness, and a whole lot in between. The DBHF How to Be Sad Package, with products selected by HelenHelen’s website https://www.helenrussell.co.uk/Helen’s InstagramSteph’s Instagram Contact us podcast@dontbuyherflowers.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


21 Jan 2022

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How to Be Sad, Better with Helen Russell • X60

Mind Love • Modern Mindfulness to Think, Feel and Live Well

We will learn:  What we can learn from different cultures around managing emotions.  Why we cry.  Healthier strategies to cope with sadness. How often do you get sad? What does being sad feel like to you? How long does it usually last? Are you sad right now? Do you even know? Do you know the answer to any of these questions? We all have feelings, so we should know these things right? But I don’t think most of us do know the answers to these questions… well, some of them at least. Our words create our realities. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be “fine”. I want to feel good, like really good. So why am I reinforcing a mediocre reality with words that keep me in the in-between… that space of just coasting. Not feeling bad, but not feeling good… so really just not feeling anything. What kind of life is that? Maybe actually admitting and really feeling our sadness is the only way to feel the true depths of our joy.  Well that’s what we’re talking about today. Our guest is Helen Russell, bestselling author, journalist and speaker. Links from the episode: Show Notes: https://mindlove.com/x60 Sign up for The Morning Mind Love for short daily notes from your highest self.  Get Mind Love Premium for exclusive ad-free episodes and monthly meditations.  Support Mind Love Sponsors See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


22 Oct 2021

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How to be sad, with Helen Russell

Doing It Right with Pandora Sykes

Helen Russell is a journalist, podcaster and author of How To Be Sad, a part memoir/ manifesto which argues that we can’t talk about happiness, without making space for sadness. But why are we so scared of being sad? We discuss ‘warm glow giving’, what we can learn about sadness from the Russians and why "money can't buy you happiness" isn't quite right. Buy How To Be Sad, here: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Helen-Russell/How-to-be-Sad--Everything-IVe-Learned-About-Getting-Happi/24958621


20 Oct 2021

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Helen Russell: ...how to get happier by being sad

Nobody Told Me!

How can we best look after ourselves when we're sad? We find out on this episode with journalist Helen Russell, who is the bestselling author of two previous books on happiness. Her latest book explores how and why we could all benefit from learning the art of sadness.  Let’s face it. We all experience painful life events and we all endure periods of sadness. Helen’s new book reveals her own experiences with sadness and discusses the latest scientific thinking on the topic. The book is called, HOW TO BE SAD: Everything I’ve Learned About Getting Happier by Being Sad. Her website is helenrussell.co.uk.  ** Thanks to our sponsors of this episode! --> Aurate: we love this modern, minimalist, and affordable jewerly! They rarely run sales, so we're honored that they are offering one to our listeners! Go to http://www.auratenewyork.com/nobodytoldme and use promo code 'nobodytoldme' to get 20% off with no minimum order. --> AirMedCare Network (AMCN): add inexpensive Fly-U-Home coverage to your AMCN membership so that if there's a medical emergency, you can make the call to be transported back to your local hospital—closer to your own doctor and family. Fly-U-Home takes care of absolutely everything from hospital A to hospital B. No bills. No paperwork. It’s a smart way to reduce stress—and put control of your care in your hands. Sign up for Fly-U-Home today and receive up to a $100 eGift Card. by going to airmedcarenetwork.com/tellme and use offer code TELLME.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


16 Oct 2021