Something You Should Know about Happiness


How Money Impacts Happiness

February, 25, 2014

 

Interview with Laura Rowley, author of the book Money and Happiness: A Guide to Living the Good Life

 

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Mike Carruthers:
When it comes to money and possessions; the way your brain works can work against you.

 

Laura Rowley:
There's something called the "hedonic treadmill," you know when you have a great family you usually don't say, "Gee, I'm going to go out and get another one, cause this is so great." But we always do that with money and material goods and it's really hard to get off that treadmill.
 


Laura Rowley

Handling The Big Stresses In Life - Part 2

February 5, 2014

 

Interview with Dr. Amit Sood, author of the book The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living

 

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Mike Carruthers:
When you feel stress you worry but when you’re really stressed out that worry can turn to fear.

 
Dr. Amit Sood:
Worry is healthy but fear is not healthy. Worry lets you cross the road with caution, fear freezes you on one side.

Dr. Amit Sood

Handling The Big Stresses In Life

February 4, 2014

 

Interview with Dr. Amit Sood, author of the book The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Who hasn’t gotten stressed out over something?  And that stress you feel when that happens is basically you struggling with worry.

 
Dr. Amit Sood:
It is the struggle with what was, what is and what might be. It is our brain facing greater uncertainty than our brain is used to.

Dr. Amit Sood

Your Purpose In Life

January 10, 2014

 

Interview with Robert Michael Fried, author of the book A Marketing Plan for Life: 12 Essential Business Principles to Create Meaning, Happiness, and True Success

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Ask yourself this question. What is your true purpose in life?


Robert Michael Fried:

There was a study by this Dr. Morton who asked three thousand people what their life’s purpose was, Mike. And ninety-four percent - a whopping ninety-four percent - said they had no idea what their true purpose in life is.
 


Robert Michael Fried

When You Get The Blues

October 29, 2013

 

Interview with Shelley Carson, author of the book Almost Depressed: Is My (or My Loved One's) Unhappiness a Problem (The Almost Effect)

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Even if you’re not suffering from true depression many of us get into a funk that is hard to break out of.

 

Shelley Carson:
Clinically this is called anhedonia or the loss of pleasure. It’s like you’re just getting through the day with little energy to spare for savoring life.
 


Shelley Carson, PhD

The Value Of Self-Help Books

October 14, 2013

 

Interview with Dr. Paul Pearsall, author of the book The Last Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need

 

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Mike Carruthers:
The self-help movement - it's a multi-billion dollar a year industry. But not everyone thinks it's such a great thing.
 

Dr. Paul Pearsall:
The idea of "self-help" has always really been that you've got to be better than you are, that you're not happy enough, you ought to be happier. Those are the kinds of ideas that have very little scientific merit.
 


Dr. Paul Pearsall

What It Takes To Be Happy

September 9, 2013

 

Interview with John Izzo, author of the book The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

 

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Mike Carruthers:
One great way to discover how to live a happy life is to figure out how happy people do it and overwhelmingly what they say is…

 

John Izzo :
 …To leave no regrets. One of the things I discovered in talking with these people is that almost no one regretted a risk they took in their life that didn't work out.
 


John Izzo

Your Happiness Level

March 20, 2013

 

Interview with Todd Patkin, author of the book Finding Happiness: One Man's Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and--Finally--Let the Sunshine In

 

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Mike Carruthers:
When you look around at television and the news we’re surrounded by negativity.

 

Todd Patkin:
And I think that’s our culture we’re brought up to look at the negative and we’re actually brought up to always look at what we do wrong not at what we do right.
 


Todd Patkin

The Power Of Hope - Part 2

March 14, 2012

 

Interview with Dr. Shane Lopez, author of the book Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Although they seem similar wishing and hoping are very different. What is wishing?

 

Dr. Shane Lopez:
It’s believing that the future will be better than the present and I just have to kick back and wait for it – that’s wishing.
 


Dr. Shane Lopez

The Power Of Hope

March 13, 2012

 

Interview with Dr. Shane Lopez, author of the book Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Do you consider yourself someone who has a lot of hope?

 

Dr. Shane Lopez:
Hope is the belief that the future will be better than the present coupled with the belief that you have the power to make it so.
 


Dr. Shane Lopez

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