Something You Should Know about Happiness

Finding Personal Happiness

November 23, 2015


Interview with Matthew Ferry, author of the book Ridiculous Bliss: Being Happy All the Time (Made for Success Collection)




Mike Carruthers:
Happiness can be elusive and often it’s because your mind is playing tricks on you.


Matthew Ferry:
You need to see that your mind has an opinion about everything including things it knows nothing about.

Matthew Ferry

Why Doing Good Is Good For You

November 13, 2015


Interview with Stephen Post, author of the book Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving




Mike Carruthers:
You know that feeling you get when you do something kind for someone else?


Stephen Post:
That's actually been well described as the helper's high and even in 2006 major neurological studies showed that when we even think about helping others a part of the brain lights up that's associated with feel-good chemicals.

Stephen Post

Benefits Of Being Cheap

October 8, 2015


Interview with Jeff Yeager, author of the book The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means




Mike Carruthers:
People who spend less than they earn and live beneath their means report a higher level of personal happiness. And in fact they often say…


Jeff Yeager:
Sure we could afford to spend more but why would we? It wouldn’t make us any happier.

Jeff Yeager

Being Happy At Work

August 4, 2015


Interview with Jessica Pryce-Jones author of Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success




Mike Carruthers:
More and more employers are spending time and effort on making sure their employees are happy.


Jessica Pryce-Jones:
The reason that organizations are interested in happiness at work is because people who are happiest at work are doing a day and a quarter extra per week in terms of effort. So you are getting sixty days a year out of your most happy employees.

Jessica Pryce-Jones

Your Child's Happiness

July 20, 2015


Interview with Christine Carter, M.D., author of the book Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents




Mike Carruthers:
Parents have a lot to do with whether or not their children are happy.


Christine Carter, M.D.:
Often parents think they have one cheerful kid and one grumpy kid and that’s kind of the way it is. But actually we have a lot of great science now that shows that there are factors that parents can teach their kids that will lead to happiness in childhood and beyond.


Dr. Christine Carter

Improve Your Relationship Today

May 28, 2015


Interview with Cloe Madanes, author of the book Relationship Breakthrough: How to Create Outstanding Relationships in Every Area of Your Life




Mike Carruthers:
In any relationship we all have the need for security and certainty.


Cloe Madanes:
One of the paradoxes of human life is that as soon as you have certainty you have the need for uncertainty, variety - you want some surprises.

Cloe Madanes


The Elements Of A Happy Family

 May 6, 2015

Interview with David Niven, author of 100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It (100 Simple Secrets Series)




Mike Carruthers:
Do you have a happy family? Interestingly,  a lot of research has been done on what makes a family happy.


David Niven:
Happier families are people who can count on each other and that can be as little as showing up on time.

David Niven


Science Of Emotions

 April 24, 2015

Interview with Norman Rosenthal, M.D., author of The Emotional Revolution: Harnessing The Power Of Your Emotions For A More Positive Life


Mike Carruthers:
Your emotions - there's a fascinating topic. Do we create our own emotions or are we subject to them? Maybe both.


Norman Rosenthal, M.D.:
If we, for example, gamble away our money we're going to be pretty unhappy about that. But that isn't something that happened to us, that's something we actually made happen.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal


Finding Happiness

April 21, 2015


Interview with Dr. Amit Sood, author of the book The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A Four-Step Plan for Resilient Living




Mike Carruthers:
It’s safe to assume that most of us want to be happy. So what is happiness?


Dr. Amit Sood:
Happiness is really that deep sustained sense of fulfillment that you get from living a good virtuous and meaningful life.

Dr. Amit Sood

Using Surprise To Your Advantage


April 15, 2015


Interview with Andy Nulman, author of Pow! Right Between the Eyes: Profiting from the Power of Surprise


Mike Carruthers:
To be more successful, whether as a business or as an individual, one often overlooked strategy is the power of surprise.


Andy Nulman:
The definition here is it's the constant expansion of the boundaries of delightful extremes. What you want to make sure you do is delight a customer.

Andy Nulman



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