Something You Should Know about Happiness


Fighting The Blues

September 9, 2014

 

Interview with John Presto PsyD, author of the book Lift Your Mood Now: Simple Things You Can Do to Beat the Blues

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Everybody from time to time will get sad and have the blues.

 

John D. Preston, Psy.D.:
Clearly the things that work best are to make a point to get engaged in life.

 


John Preston PsyD

It Takes Work To Be Happy

August 4, 2014

 

Interview with Greg Hicks, author of the book How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People--Their Secrets, Their Stories

 

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Mike Carruthers:
How do you find the happiest people on earth? Well, two guys went out on a three year journey to do just that.

 

Greg Hicks :
Our favorite way to find these people was to pull of the interstates and head into small towns. Simply ask the locals, "Hey, who's the most profoundly happy person in these parts?"
 


Greg Hicks

Why Rejection Hurts So Much

June 3, 2014

 

Interview with Dr. Guy Winch author of the book Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Rejection is something we all face and mostly we’re just supposed to get over it but often it’s not quite that easy.

 

Dr. Guy Winch:
Well when we get rejected the interesting thing is that the same areas get activated in our brain that get activated when we experience physical pain.

 


Dr. Guy Winch

Science Behind Happiness

May 30, 2014

 

Interview with Robert Biswas-Diener, co-author of the book Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Happiness is a good thing. But too much happiness may not be.

 

Robert Biswas-Diener:
It turns out that students for example who are an eight out of ten on a "life satisfaction" scale outperform those who are nine out of ten.
 


Robert Biswas-Diener

Overcoming Tough Times

May 1, 2014

 

Interview with Ryan Holiday, author of the book The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Funny thing about adversity and tough times.

 

Ryan Holiday:
When we look back in our lives we all see things that we thought were terrible at the time that we thought were going to be huge setbacks. But we know sort of in retrospect that they were good, that we grew from them that we benefited from them.
 


Ryan Holiday

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

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