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The science of the good life, huh? Sorry this is not about booze, sex and rock n'roll (or whatever is en vogue right now). In fact we talk about a lot of things that tree huggers would love: appreciation of beauty, gratitude, positive emotions, relationships and well, love. However we, that is positive psychologists and positive psychology practitioners buried ourselves in books, set out to experiment and then write it all up in a writing style that is about as exciting to read as watching an avocado turn brown. And that's the problem: if you are not an academic you probably want a little bit more excitement, than pages and pages of densely written journals can provide. Even if you are an academic, who has time to read all the interesting stuff out there anyways? So in an effort to save your eyes taking on a comically rectangular shape the positive psychology podcast brings the science of the good life to your earbuds. It's not all treehugger style though; sometimes we might get quite serious, for example when exploring things like post-traumatic growth or positive parenting. Subscribe if you want to benefit from the scientific insights into happiness and meaning while you are on the go. Let me know where you are while you are listening to this. If you like it review it, because that's the only way other people can find it too.

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The science of the good life, huh? Sorry this is not about booze, sex and rock n'roll (or whatever is en vogue right now). In fact we talk about a lot of things that tree huggers would love: appreciation of beauty, gratitude, positive emotions, relationships and well, love. However we, that is positive psychologists and positive psychology practitioners buried ourselves in books, set out to experiment and then write it all up in a writing style that is about as exciting to read as watching an avocado turn brown. And that's the problem: if you are not an academic you probably want a little bit more excitement, than pages and pages of densely written journals can provide. Even if you are an academic, who has time to read all the interesting stuff out there anyways? So in an effort to save your eyes taking on a comically rectangular shape the positive psychology podcast brings the science of the good life to your earbuds. It's not all treehugger style though; sometimes we might get quite serious, for example when exploring things like post-traumatic growth or positive parenting. Subscribe if you want to benefit from the scientific insights into happiness and meaning while you are on the go. Let me know where you are while you are listening to this. If you like it review it, because that's the only way other people can find it too.

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Meets the very high expectations

By Ex KOC - Nov 04 2018
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That the title and ratings imply. Listen for 5 minutes and you’ll see what I mean.

Great advice

By jay13467 - Mar 28 2017
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This podcast is full of really valuable insight. I love the guests she brings on.

iTunes Ratings

165 Ratings
Average Ratings
115
22
13
5
10

Meets the very high expectations

By Ex KOC - Nov 04 2018
Read more
That the title and ratings imply. Listen for 5 minutes and you’ll see what I mean.

Great advice

By jay13467 - Mar 28 2017
Read more
This podcast is full of really valuable insight. I love the guests she brings on.
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The Positive Psychology Podcast - Bringing the Science of Happiness to your Earbuds with Kristen Truempy

Latest release on Nov 05, 2019

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The science of the good life, huh? Sorry this is not about booze, sex and rock n'roll (or whatever is en vogue right now). In fact we talk about a lot of things that tree huggers would love: appreciation of beauty, gratitude, positive emotions, relationships and well, love. However we, that is positive psychologists and positive psychology practitioners buried ourselves in books, set out to experiment and then write it all up in a writing style that is about as exciting to read as watching an avocado turn brown. And that's the problem: if you are not an academic you probably want a little bit more excitement, than pages and pages of densely written journals can provide. Even if you are an academic, who has time to read all the interesting stuff out there anyways? So in an effort to save your eyes taking on a comically rectangular shape the positive psychology podcast brings the science of the good life to your earbuds. It's not all treehugger style though; sometimes we might get quite serious, for example when exploring things like post-traumatic growth or positive parenting. Subscribe if you want to benefit from the scientific insights into happiness and meaning while you are on the go. Let me know where you are while you are listening to this. If you like it review it, because that's the only way other people can find it too.

Rank #1: 100 - 7 Fundamentals - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Certain ideas keep coming up again and again, no matter what topic we cover in the podcast. These seven concepts let you take a step back and focus on the meta ideas which help you leverage whatever kind of personal growth you are aspiring to.

If you have tried a few times to change your thoughts, but have lacked the structure and recurring practice to do it, check out Brainwash.

Jan 21 2018

47mins

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Rank #2: 091 - What you Want, What you Say & What you Signal - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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At work, as parents and in our relationships we say that we want one thing but then we behave to encourage something completely different. If our words and behaviours do not line up we will experience a lot of unnecessary conflict. Check out what kind of incentives make people tick. 

To get your Happiness Habit Apps Guide check check out

http://strengthsphoenix.com

and click on GET SOME.

May 11 2017

36mins

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Rank #3: 003 - Positive Emotions - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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 Today we are going to talk about positive emotions. We will cover

  • why one big misunderstanding makes people question the legitimacy of positive psychology
  • what positive emotions are good for
  • emotional contagion
  • how positive emotions affect health
  • what you can do to increase positivity

 For more episodes check out http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Sep 07 2014

19mins

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Rank #4: 040 - Emotional Intelligence - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Emotional intelligence is made up of different skills. We will look at the different skills and how to cultivate them. We will also learn why decision making without emotions might not be as great as we think it is.

For more episodes check out http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Jun 02 2015

22mins

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Rank #5: 079 - Depression: A Personal Perspective - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Deirdre a listener from beautiful Cape Town asked me a few questions about my personal journey with depression and I decided to answer her questions on the podcast. Furthermore I added a section about what people who have loved ones with depression should keep in mind.

If your inner dialogue sucks and you would like to challenge and rework the responsible brain patterns check out my audiobook Brainwash at

http://strengthsphoenix.com/shop

Oct 16 2016

35mins

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Rank #6: 061 - Self-Compassion - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Who doesn't want more happiness, optimism and balance in their life? Self-compassion, championed by Dr. Kristin Neff, is one of those things that almost nobody has enough of. We are very self-critical because we're afraid otherwise we might lose our edge. That is however not true so why continue beating ourselves up? In this episode we explore what self-compassion is, why it's often misunderstood and what we can do to get more of it.

For more episodes check out

http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Dec 20 2015

20mins

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Rank #7: 026 - Happiness Habits with Braco Pobric - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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How can we make good habits and break the bad ones? Braco Pobric tells us a couple of happiness secrets and relates them to real-life experience.

Feb 21 2015

38mins

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Rank #8: 052 - Mindfulness - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Mindfulness is not just for vegan yoga practitioners or new agey types: CEOs do it (so if they have time you probably do too) as well and many others. This episode will cover what mindfulness is, what it isn't, why bother and how to develop it.

For more episodes check out http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Aug 23 2015

33mins

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Rank #9: 021 - Authenticity: the Art of Being Yourself - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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'Be yourself' is the kind of advice we hear all the time. But how do you do that? Dr. Maria Sirois talks to us about what authenticity is, what the benefits and dangers are and how we can get started on our journey to a more authentic self.

Jan 17 2015

34mins

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Rank #10: 034 - Transcendent Behaviour (Science Speak for Being Awesome) - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Quite a mouthful: what the heck is transcendent behaviour? What happens if we behave that way and what makes us more likely to behave in a transcendent way?

For more episodes check out http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Apr 21 2015

23mins

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Rank #11: 110 - The Pragmatist's Guide to Life - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Malcolm and Simone Collins want to wake people up to really truly think about life. What are you optimizing your life for? Could it be something that is not a positive emotion? This chat is a wild ride which might get some feathers ruffled. For this one you need to open your mind, put aside the times when you might feel personally attacked and instead try to give some of these controversial ideas serious thought. As a reward you'll get to hear the weirdest Positive Psychology analogy I have ever come across.

The Pragmatist's Guide to Life

Jan 02 2019

52mins

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Rank #12: 055 - Willpower - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Willpower is essential to to reach our goals. Yet as Kelly McGonigal points out in her book The Willpower Instinct common ideas about willpower are often wrong. In this  episode we look at these misconceptions and how to overcome them.

For more episodes of the Positive Psychology Podcast check out http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Sep 21 2015

29mins

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Rank #13: 037 - How the News Impacts your Happiness - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Constructive journalism is about news that is not junk food to your mind. Based on the work of Cathrine Glydensted we explore what constructive journalism is, how you are impacted by the news and what you can watch out for to ensure a more quality news diet.

For more episodes check out http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

May 12 2015

26mins

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Rank #14: 088 - I am not Judging you, but - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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From the distinctly unsexy depths of logic and classical psychology comes an episode on how to not be like your enemies: judgmental, illogical and manipulative.

To grab your free coaching spot visit

http://strengthsphoenix.com

Click on the lower right contact/schedule now button and set your appointment instantly.

Mar 11 2017

27mins

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Rank #15: 032 - Rethinking the Body - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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What kind of questions does positive psychology ask about the body? How can you increase your awareness of your own body? Is self-image just about attractiveness?

For more episodes check out http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Apr 04 2015

22mins

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Rank #16: 019 - Are you psychologically healthy? - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Back to the basics. What is psychological well-being really and how do you know that you are mentally healthy?

Jan 02 2015

11mins

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Rank #17: 028 - Spirituality (Part 1) - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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What is spirituality, what are its benefits and what is sacred? In this first part we look at what positive psychology knows and doesn't know about spirituality.

For more episodes check out http://strengthsphoenix.com

Mar 08 2015

22mins

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Rank #18: 016 - Forgiveness - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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We will talk about what forgiveness is, what the benefits are, the steps which different forgiveness programs have in common and some questions you can ask yourself if you are struggling to forgive someone.

Dec 14 2014

24mins

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Rank #19: 045 - Values - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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People like to talk about values but what are they exactly? And how can something so abstract actually be helpful in our messy daily life?

For more episodes check out http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Jul 04 2015

25mins

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Rank #20: 004 - Lea Waters on Positive Education - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Lea Waters, a positive education expert from the University of Melbourne will talk about why positive education is important, how wellbeing and performance are linked and what teachers interested in positive education can do to get started.

For more episodes check out http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Sep 16 2014

27mins

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115 - Narcissism with Barbara Monett - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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The word narcissist is bandied around quite a lot these days. What is it from a clinical perspective? When does thinking well of yourself actually mean something darker is going on? And what can people do who live with or love(d) a narcissist? Barbara Monett is here to illuminate us on these issues both from a professional and a personal perspective. This is a longer one but I think it's worth sticking around, especially since Barbara dropped a truth bomb at the end that I feel is applicable to parents, teachers, bosses and anyone who has to work with others. You can find her here:

//www.barbaramonettlcsw.com/

You will find the transcript of this conversation when it's ready

Nov 05 2019

1hr 2mins

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114 - The Psychology of Trust with Ken Rotenberg - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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What do we talk about when we talk about trust? Is trust really disappearing? Ken will introduce us to his framework that allows us to think about trust in a deeper and more thoughtful way and illuminate issues such as trust in politics or whether overly trusting people are stupid or gullible.

If you have any friends who are deaf or hard of hearing but you feel they might benefit from this episode you can send them right over to the transcript.

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Sep 22 2019

50mins

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113 - Sex - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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This episode is full of questions and ideas to get you thinking about sex in a more positive way. Sexual identity, sex positivity, porn and religion are covered among other things.

For our friends who are hard of hearing I am starting to include transcripts. Just visit this link for the full transcript (scroll down. The transcript might go live a few hours after the episode itself):

http://strengthsphoenix.com/podcast/113-sex-the-positive-psychology-podcast/

Aug 20 2019

55mins

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Kintsukuroi - My first Positive Psychology Rap

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One thing that I have been obsessed about for years is bringing the message of positive psychology to places where they might not be expected. That's why I started the podcast in the first place, fooled around with Amazon Alexa and most recently started to have some fun with GarageBand. Therefore I proudly present my first piece of music. Have fun and try to listen to the lyrics :)

Jun 02 2019

2mins

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112 - Saving Democracy Together - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Democracy is a huge force for good in the world and it's under threat. It's one of the things we take the granted the most but pay a very high price if it crumbles. Civic duties might not be as sexy as catchy habits or yoga poses but they are key to living peacefully and creating the conditions so people can flourish. In this episode we talk about the relationship between democracy and happiness, what democracy is, what helps and what hinders democracy. Also if flamingos and giraffes could have babies with each other and then talk, that's exactly what I sound like in this episode.

Apr 27 2019

33mins

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111 - No War Between the Sexes - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Today we're talking about masculinity, femininity and what's in between. We'll dive into sex, gender, toxicity and how we can do better. 

Mar 30 2019

51mins

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110 - The Pragmatist's Guide to Life - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Read more

Malcolm and Simone Collins want to wake people up to really truly think about life. What are you optimizing your life for? Could it be something that is not a positive emotion? This chat is a wild ride which might get some feathers ruffled. For this one you need to open your mind, put aside the times when you might feel personally attacked and instead try to give some of these controversial ideas serious thought. As a reward you'll get to hear the weirdest Positive Psychology analogy I have ever come across.

The Pragmatist's Guide to Life

Jan 02 2019

52mins

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109 - Running Therapy with William Pullen - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Don't bail if you don't run. Everything that William talks about you can also do while walking. This episode is about how issues such as depression can be treated with movement. Check out Wiliam's TEDx talk here: Movement is medicine

If you own an Amazon Echo device have a look at the growing list of apps I have built

Nov 29 2018

37mins

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108 - Humility is not what you think it is - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Turns out the way psychologists define humility differs from what the dictionary teaches you. Listen in to hear what humility is, what it's not, why it's useful, what researchers have learned about it and how women and men differ. 

If you have an Amazon Alexa / Echo device please check out the Positive Psychology Quiz or the Meditation Myth Buster. 

Oct 14 2018

22mins

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107 - The Happy Startup School with Carlos Saba - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Can we teach businesses to put happiness and meaning at the core of what they do? Today our guest is Carlos Saba, founder of the Happy Startup School. This one is interesting for all businesses, startup or not. We learn how these companies do things differently from business as usual. 

Check out the Happy Startup School here

On a different note calling all the people who have an Amazon Echo/Alexa device. Check out my new skill Positive Psychology Quiz. Just tell your device to enable Positive Psychology Quiz.

Aug 16 2018

46mins

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106 - Write yourself Happy with Megan C. Hayes - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Writing is one the most powerful and yet under-appreciated positive interventions that exist. Today I talk to Dr. Megan C. Hayes about making a mess, encounters on the page and why journalling as usual might not be sustainable.

http://www.positivejournal.org/free-stuff/

Books and articles mentioned:

  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • The new Diary by Tristine Rainer
  • Expressive Writing by James Pennebaker
  • Beyond Expressive Writing by Sophie Nicholls

Jul 24 2018

39mins

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105 - The Plurality of Happiness - The Positive Podcast

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Happiness is not one thing. It contains multitudes and this episode is about pointing out various sources of happiness.

If you have an Amazon Alexa and you catch yourself coming up with reasons or doubts about meditation check out "Meditation Myth Buster". It gives you a single meditation myth which will hopefully help you to break down those barriers. I did this in the hope to get more people take the plunge and just get started on a regular practice.

Jun 17 2018

36mins

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104 - The Happiness Smorgasbord with Susanna Halonen - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Susanna Halonen returns to the podcast with this conversation which is a meandering happiness buffet with lots of different bits to choose from.

  • The poet Hafiz
  • Evidence based theories versus interesting ideas
  • What can poetry and philosophy contribute to a good life?
  • The average scientific paper is read two or seven times (Susanna and I heard different numbers)
  • Intuition
  • Susanna's discomfort with how technology is shaping our lives and the voluntary limitations she puts on herself to ensure that she takes time for important things
  • A sin against adulthood
  • Happiness is Here, her new book
  • A controversial relationship tip
  • The happiest country in the world is where Susanna is from. She'll give us some insight into why that may be.

Learn more about Susanna and her new book Happiness is Here

May 31 2018

48mins

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103 - Parapsychology with Jeffrey Mishlove - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Parapsychology investigates some pretty incredible phenomena including extra-sensory perception, telekinesis and even reincarnation. Jeffrey Mishlove and I discuss what parapsychology does, its relationship with mainstream psychology and how challenging our own assumptions can help us learn things, we otherwise wouldn't have known.

If you want to dive deeper into the research he talks about you can check out his youTube channel.

Apr 29 2018

52mins

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102 - The Art of Fully Living with Tal Gur - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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We talk a lot about the things that make us happy and are supposed to change our life. Some of us try out a bit of advice here and there but most of us don't go about it fully. Tal Gur gave himself 10 years to achieve 100 goals. Today we hear from a doer, someone who decided that he was ready to dedicate himself fully to explore and experience what a fulfilled life really means.

Apr 02 2018

28mins

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101 - Virtual Reality Assessments - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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This episode is mostly for professionals and students in positive psychology, HR or management. We can produce the best research in the world but if we don't go where the majority of the worlds' attention is heading, it will not matter how good we are. Whenever something new comes along, like say the internet, smartphones or even the teabag people always repeat the same reasons why it's stupid, irrelevant or dangerous (There is actually a fantastic podcast that covers this topic called The Pessimists' Archive). Then once mass adoption hits they play catch up and try to be seen in a sea of millions (Good luck starting an app in the Appstore in 2018).

That's why I hugely respect what CAPP has done. They have combined the technology of virtual reality with their expertise of personality assessment to come up with a novel product that I believe a lot of HR people will start to use in the near future. Even if you are not interested in virtual reality in itself this episode is worth listening to, as Jamie Betts explains not only, how this assessment works and why virtual reality is important, but how these kind of innovations get rolling in the first place. It's very possible that you as a researcher, executive or tech geek might get some cool ideas how to implement the ideas we talk about in your own work.

If you are a positive psychology professional or researcher I implore you to invest 5-10% of your attention to understand where the future is going and how you can get your message across in that environment. This episode is a good starting point for that.

https://gumroad.com/l/brainwash

Feb 11 2018

36mins

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100 - 7 Fundamentals - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Certain ideas keep coming up again and again, no matter what topic we cover in the podcast. These seven concepts let you take a step back and focus on the meta ideas which help you leverage whatever kind of personal growth you are aspiring to.

If you have tried a few times to change your thoughts, but have lacked the structure and recurring practice to do it, check out Brainwash.

Jan 21 2018

47mins

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099 - The Upside of your Stress - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Kelly McGonigal's book the Upside of your Stress challenges everything we believe to know about stress. We discuss how previous research has been misunderstood, some surprising truths about stress and how we can develop a healthy stress response.

Find more episodes here:

http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Nov 05 2017

26mins

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098 - Good Violations - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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This ain't no typo. There are some violations that we tremendously enjoy. Don't worry it's not as dangerous as it sounds. Listen in to learn more about an integral part of happiness and well-being and how you can get more of it in your own life.

http://strengthsphoenix.com/listen

Oct 21 2017

51mins

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097 - Yoga for Every Body with Jessamyn Stanley - The Positive Psychology Podcast

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Imagine yoga for a second: was it a white, slender and well-off hetero-sexual woman? Well what about tattooed, black, fat and queer folks? Is it not for them? Jessamyn Stanley is an inspiring yoga teacher who doesn't just not fit the mould but demonstrates that these moulds are unnecessary altogether. We discuss how yoga can be a vehicle for body positivity, mindfulness and a constructive kind of comfort during hard times. Also it's important that we don't mistake the postures for yoga. The practice is about so much more.

Watch Jessamyn doing some poses that I as an overweight woman thought would squash my brain.

Listen to my own yoga journey and check out Positive Psychology on the Go.

Jessamyn mentioned this online resource for classes: https://www.yogaglo.com/

Sep 16 2017

39mins

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iTunes Ratings

165 Ratings
Average Ratings
115
22
13
5
10

Meets the very high expectations

By Ex KOC - Nov 04 2018
Read more
That the title and ratings imply. Listen for 5 minutes and you’ll see what I mean.

Great advice

By jay13467 - Mar 28 2017
Read more
This podcast is full of really valuable insight. I love the guests she brings on.