Something You Should Know about Staying Positive


A New Way To Look At Happiness

September 25, 2014

 

Interview with Paul Dolan, author of the book Happiness by Design: Change What You Do, Not How You Think

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Here’s an interesting definition of happiness. Happiness is a mixture of fun and purpose.

 

Paul Dolan:
So happy lives, ones that contain a balance (and not the same balance for everybody and certainly not equal) but ones that contain the right balance for each individual between things that are fun on the one hand and fulfilling on the other.
 


Paul Dolan

Medical Miracles

September 11, 2014

 

Interview with Dr. Edward Creagan, author of the book How Not to Be My Patient: A Physician's Secrets for Staying Healthy and Surviving Any Diagnosis

 

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Mike Carruthers: 
There are a lot of people walking around today who really should be dead.

 

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.:
I have a formal presentation on miracles and I have the Cat scans and I have the MR scans and I have the pathology report. Patients who should have died twenty-five years ago continue to live meaningful productive and creative lives.
 


Dr. Edward T. Creagan

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

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

Should You Always "Do Your Best"?

February 28, 2014

 

Interview with Bob Wright, co-author of the book Transformed!: The Science of Spectacular Living

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You likely learned at a very early age to always do your best.

 

Bob Wright:
I don’t know that I’ve done my best more than maybe 5 instances in my life. I think what matters more is that I’m honest with myself about what I did, how much I invested and don’t expect a big return from a little investment.
 


Dr. Bob Wright

The Good Part Of Failure

February 24, 2014

 

Interview with Megan McArdle, author of the book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success

 

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Mike Carruthers:
No one likes to fail but you can make it easier on yourself.

 

Megan McArdle:
By focusing less on the person than on the process – you know success and failure they’re not something that you are, they’re something that happened.
 


Megan McArdle

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

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