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Rethinking Your Relationship with Dr. Julia DiGangi

It’s February, which means the message of love and Valentine’s Day is all around us. But did you know this is the make-or-break time for many couples? This week, host Paula Felps welcomes Dr. Julia DiGangi, a neuropsychologist and author of Energy Rising: The Neuroscience of Leading with Emotional Power. She’s here to discuss some common mistakes we make in our relationships and how we can improve those relationships by learning more about what our brains – not our hearts – are doing to complicate things. In this episode, you'll learn: The three styles of attachment and how they affect your relationships. How the patterns in your brain affect how you respond to your partner. Why self-love is a vital part of every relationship. Links and Resources Website: https://drjuliadigangi.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliadigangi/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drjuliadigangi/ X/Twitter: https://twitter.com/drjuliadigangi Check out her live and on-demand courses here. Follow along with this episode's transcript by clicking here. Don't Miss a Minute of Happiness! If you’re not subscribed to the weekly Live Happy newsletter, you’re missing out! Sign up to discover new articles and research on happiness, the latest podcast, special offers from sponsors, and even a happy song of the week. Subscribe for free today! Don't miss an episode! Live Happy Now is available at the following places:           
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Building Love with Maria Baltazzi

As we approach February, our minds turn to love. For the next few weeks, Live Happy Now will look at the many ways love shows up in our lives and how we can create more of it. To kick it off, host Paula Felps talks with Maria Baltazzi, author of Take a Shot at Happiness: How to Write, Direct and Produce the Life You Want. In her book, Maria outlines eight happiness essentials and, not surprisingly, one of them is love. In this episode she talks about some of the practices we can use to build more love into our lives. In this episode, you'll learn: How to use journaling to build more love in your life. Using photography to retrain your brain to look for love. How a loving kindness meditation can create more love for yourself and others. Sign up for Maria’s free one-week email series, Building Love, to get a daily email with practices from her book. Links and Resources Website: https://mariabaltazzi.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariabaltazzi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mariabaltazzi LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariabaltazzi Insighttimer: https://insighttimer.com/sojournwholebeing Cultivate greater happiness and mindfulness with the Take a Shot at Happiness app. Follow along with this episode's transcript by clicking here. Don't miss an episode! Live Happy Now is available at the following places:           
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Launch Your Awakening Adventure With Steve Taylor

Throughout January, we’ve been sharing practices that can help you create habits that increase your well-being. And now, it’s time for an adventure! This week, host Paula Felps talks with Steve Taylor, a best-selling author and senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University in England. Steve has devoted his life to investigating spiritual awakenings for himself and others and his new book, The Adventure: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Awakening, provides a roadmap to walk through practices to help you embark on your awakening journey. In this episode, you'll learn: Why awakening is the greatest adventure any of us will ever experience. The eight qualities of wakefulness and why they matter. How embracing our mortality improves our spiritual awakening. Links and Resources Website: http://www.stevenmtaylor.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevetaylorauthor Twitter: https://twitter.com/SMTaylorauthor Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevetaylorauthor/ Follow along with this episode's transcript by clicking here. Don't miss an episode! Live Happy Now is available at the following places:           
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The 3-Minute Meditation with Richard Dixey

As we venture a little farther into the new year, it’s a good time to pause, take a breath, and – if you have three minutes – learn to meditate! This week, host Paula Felps is joined by  Richard Dixey, a lifelong student of Buddhism who has devoted the past 15 years of his life to teaching meditation. His new book, Three Minutes a Day: A Fourteen Week Course to Learn Meditation and Transform Your Life, is designed to teach readers how to change their lives with simple meditation practices that truly do take just three minutes a day. In this episode, you'll learn: Why meditation is so good for us. How learning to meditate for just three minutes a day can transform us. Simple practices to begin your meditation journey. Links and Resources Website: http://www.richarddixey.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richard.dixey.3 Download the FREE Three Minutes app on Apple or Google Play to start meditating. Follow along with this episode's transcript by clicking here. In this episode, we also introduce you to Built to Win, a new sister podcast to Live Happy Now. CEO Deborah Heisz explains how this podcast can help improve your personal and professional life through simple but effective practices. Links and Resources: Find it here or download it wherever you find your favorite podcasts. And be sure to subscribe and leave us a review to let us know what you think! Website: https://builttowinpodcast.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61554980723192 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/builttowinpodcast/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@builttowinpodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@BuiltToWinPodcast Don't miss an episode! Live Happy Now is available at the following places:           
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Create a Humor Habit for 2024 With Paul Osincup

What’s so funny about 2024? You’re about to find out! This week, host Paula Felps talks with Paul Osincup, a speaker, corporate trainer, and author of the forthcoming book The Humor Habit. Paul recognizes the importance of humor as a tool to relieve stress, improve our physical and mental health, and to make the world more enjoyable for ourselves and those around us. He’s here to tell us how to create a humor strategy for 2024 and make it a healthier, funnier, and happier year. In this episode, you'll learn: What humor does for your mental health. The value of finding your Humor Homie. How to become hardwired for humor. Links and Resources Website: https://www.paulosincup.com/ X (Formerly Twitter): @paulosincup Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaulOsincupSpeaker/ Instagram: @paulosincup YouTube: @paulosincup TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@paulosincup Need a laugh? Watch Paul’s funny video about Meetings Gone Wrong. Follow along with this episode's transcript by clicking here. Don't miss an episode! Live Happy Now is available at the following places:           
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Take an Inner Field Trip With Leesa Renee Hall

 If you’re looking for an adventure to start the new year, why not take an inner field trip? This week, host Paula Felps sits down with Leesa Renee Hall, a mental health wellness advocate and author of the Inner Field Trip workbook, which helps explore what drives us, what oppresses us, and helps us identify our personal biases. Armed with that information, Leesa says we can change the way we move through the world and transform our relationships — which seems like a great way to start the year. In this episode, you'll learn: What it means to go on an inner field trip. How going on this journey is helpful to your mental health. Why self-reflection is such a powerful tool for healing. Links and Resources Website: https://leesareneehall.com/ Instagram: @leesareneehall Follow along with this episode's transcript by clicking here. Don't miss an episode! Live Happy Now is available at the following places:           
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Navigating Grief During the Holiday Season With Gina Moffa

Grief is a difficult path to walk any time of the year, but during the holiday season, it becomes even more challenging. This week, host Paula Felps sits down with Gina Moffa, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in grief and trauma. Her new book, Moving On Doesn’t Mean Letting Go: A Modern Guide to Navigating Loss, is a travel companion guide to the most difficult journey people will take in their lives. In this episode, Gina talks specifically about how grief is compounded during the holidays and tells us how to navigate it. In this episode, you'll learn: How to take care of ourselves during the holidays if we are suffering fresh loss. How grief manifests itself in our bodies and how we can practice self-care. Tips for supporting someone who is experiencing grief during the holidays (and beyond). Links and Resources Website: https://ginamoffa.com/ Read some of Gina’s articles about managing grief here. Learn more about Moving On Doesn’t Mean Letting Go here. Download a free chapter of Moving On Doesn’t Mean Letting Go here. Follow along with this episode's transcript by clicking here. Don't miss an episode! Live Happy Now is available at the following places:           
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Managing Family Dysfunction During the Holiday Season With Trakida Maldonado

 Holidays are the time for gathering with family and that can often be stressful. But having a good strategy in place can help make the season run more smoothly. This week, host Paula Felps talks with Trakida Maldonado, a licensed professional counselor for SonderMind who brings more than a decade of clinical experience to the table. In this episode, Trakida offers actionable advice for navigating common holiday situations with family members, setting boundaries before your holiday gatherings, and how to make the holidays a little bit easier on everyone — no matter what your situation is. In this episode, you'll learn: How to handle family gatherings when your relationships aren’t going well. Managing the expectations of your extended family to make the holidays a positive experience for children. Tips for setting boundaries and managing conflict at gatherings. Links and Resources Website: https://www.sondermind.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SonderMind/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sonderMind Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sondermind/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sondermind/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSKDPvHeP-30S21iPnQ9Oxw TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@_sondermind Read articles about how to protect your mental health during the holidays here. Follow along with this episode's transcript by clicking here. Don't miss an episode! Live Happy Now is available at the following places:           
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Practicing Forgiveness for the Holiday Season With Barbara J. Hunt

This year, as you’re shopping for the perfect holiday gift, why not put forgiveness on your list? It’s always the perfect size, never goes out of style, and it’s also like giving a gift to yourself. This week, host Paula Felps talks with Barbara J. Hunt, a forgiveness specialist, speaker, workshop leader, and bestselling author of Forgiveness Made Easy. Barbara explains how forgiveness is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves and how we can use forgiveness as a practice to help us navigate those often-tricky holiday gatherings. In this episode, you'll learn: Why forgiveness feels so hard. What forgiveness really is — and what it isn’t. How forgiveness can transform relationships. Links and Resources Websites: https://www.forgivenessmadeasy.co.uk & http://www.evolutionarycoaching.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barbara_j_hunt/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbara-j-hunt Twitter: https://twitter.com/barbara_j_hunt YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@barbara_j_hunt FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/barbara.j.hunt.forgiveness Check out Barbara’s book, Forgiveness Made Easy, and download the first two chapters for free. Find out more about The Festive Season Forgiveness Field Masterclass to help practice forgiveness this season. Don't miss an episode! Live Happy Now is available at the following places:           
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Maintaining Optimism Throughout the Holiday Season With Dr. Emily Bashah

Studies show that our world is becoming less optimistic, but this week’s guest believes we can change that — and we can start this holiday season. Dr. Emily Bashah is a psychologist whose private practice specializes in mental illness, collective trauma, grief, and relationship dynamics. She’s also co-host of The Optimistic American podcast, where she and Paul Johnson create space for a positive and hopeful view of America and help us feel more optimistic about the future. In this episode, she shares how we can regain our optimism by changing how we think. In this episode, you'll learn: Why we’re feeling less optimistic these days. How to overcome your innate negativity bias and find your optimism. What to keep in mind this holiday season to boost optimism. Links and Resources Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/optamerican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/optamerican/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/optamerican TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@optamerican YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjt-SVOzbjq7dRGijBIHc-A Websites: https://www.optamerican.com & https://www.bashahpsychological.com/ Check out Emily’s book, Addictive Ideologies: Finding Meaning and Agency When Politics Fail You. Download free self-improvement worksheets here. Don't miss an episode! Live Happy Now is available at the following places:           
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