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Australian psychologist Ellen Jackson interviews experts from psychology, well being, neuroscience, leadership, parenting and high performance so that you can learn from the best, flourish and fulfil your potential.

Discover the science behind your mind, brain and behaviour, mindfulness, mental health, happiness, well being, sport, positive parenting and performance, conveyed through easy and engaging conversation with experts in their field.

Ellen's passion is quizzing her colleagues to uncover what they know about living well and sharing this with you to help you to master your mind and maximise the joy in your life.

So much to learn and all you need are your ears!

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*Finalist 2019 Australian Podcast Awards*

Australian psychologist Ellen Jackson interviews experts from psychology, well being, neuroscience, leadership, parenting and high performance so that you can learn from the best, flourish and fulfil your potential.

Discover the science behind your mind, brain and behaviour, mindfulness, mental health, happiness, well being, sport, positive parenting and performance, conveyed through easy and engaging conversation with experts in their field.

Ellen's passion is quizzing her colleagues to uncover what they know about living well and sharing this with you to help you to master your mind and maximise the joy in your life.

So much to learn and all you need are your ears!

    Fun & Wellbeing - Creating A Habit of Fun

    Fun & Wellbeing - Creating A Habit of Fun

    "In order to make progress when we're working towards meaningful goals - we need to stop and celebrate our wins."

     

    This is my last conversation with Dr Mike Rucker in this podcast series about "Fun and Wellbeing" which is a little sad, but the conversation itself is a cracker. In it Mike and I discuss:


    The role that fun and pleasure play when pursuing social goals and making a difference to our community.
    Meaning, purpose and contribution.
    Finding the small wins in the 'infinite game' of social change.
    The Progress Principle
    How to create an environment that helps you collect memories/resources to enable fun.
    How to make sure that you are having fun even in environments that don't readily allow you to do so.
    Why working towards meaningful goals and ensuring that you have an aspect of pleasure can help propel you forward.
    For organisations: how kindness and fun have the same effect on wellbeing and how you can incorporate that into your CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program.

     

    Join the discussion by sharing your thoughts via the Spotify Q&A feature!

     

    This week's point to ponder:

    How can you use fun for social good?.

     

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    The Progress Principle: Teresa Amabile TEDx talk

    Brene Brown

    Repair Cafes

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    • 37 min
    Fun & Wellbeing - Mastery, Growth and the 'Art of Fun

    Fun & Wellbeing - Mastery, Growth and the 'Art of Fun

    "Growth and mastery happen when you don't hit the mark."

     

    Sometimes fun doesn't feel that fun. Not in that exact moment anyway. It's only later, when we reflect on the experience that we realise how beneficial it was to us. This is what's known as Type II fun.

     

    In this conversation Mike and I explore this Type II fun, peak experiences, awe and wonder, mastery and the importance of pushing through discomfort to reach the sense of accomplishment and wellbeing on the other side.

     

    We also discuss:


    Why 'failure' is important
    How fun and positive experiences are not 'one size fits all.'
    The importance of understanding what's positive and important to you as a unique individual
    How this approach to fun relates to Carol Dweck's 'growth mindset'
    How and where to find awe and wonder in order to broaden your perspectives.
    Where to find avenues for fun but challenging activities to help you take the first step towards mastering the art of fun.

    Join the discussion by sharing your thoughts via the Spotify Q&A feature!

     

    This week's point to ponder:

    How can you add fun as an ingredient to your more challenging tasks and situations?

     

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    PLAY Model

    What is Type II fun? Article in the Washington Post

    Episode 3 - Fun & Wellbeing - How to Amplify Fun's Power

    Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization by Scott Barry Kaufman

    The Fun Scale

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    • 38 min
    Fun & Wellbeing - How to Amplify Fun's Power by Relishing and Reminiscing

    Fun & Wellbeing - How to Amplify Fun's Power by Relishing and Reminiscing

    "We have the autonomy to take moments of fun and expand and magnify their usefulness."

     

    We're at the half-way point of our "Fun and Wellbeing" mini-series, co-hosted with Dr. Mike Rucker, author of The Fun Habit: How the pursuit of joy and wonder can change your life.

    To recap the previous episodes, we talked about:


    How peppering your life with fun is better for your wellbeing than the active pursuit of happiness (Happiness Paradox).
    How we can tweak our lives in small ways to find more whimsy.
    We also explored the PLAY model to understand how to use our time to maximise our opportunities for fun (habit bundling).
    We look at fun at work - how to craft more opportunities to find fun at work and how to make sure our time off work incorporates fun.
    And lastly, we share tips on how to get a balance or a blend of both work life and personal life.

     

    In this episode, we dive into:


    Savouring, Relishing, and Reminiscing - these are SAVOUR tools used to amplify fun's power.
    How to find moments of fun and amplify their usefulness in order to enhance your wellbeing.
    The tools that help us savor, relish, and reminisce.
    The importance of preserving tangible mementos to take us back to fun moments
    How to create a repository of fun memories such as a memory garden, and
    Unpacking bittersweet experiences to uncover their fun

     

    Join the discussion by sharing your thoughts via the Spotify Q&A feature!

     

    This week's point to ponder:

    How do you amplify fun’s power in your life?

     

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

     

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    • 33 min
    Fun & Wellbeing - Time for Work and Time for Play

    Fun & Wellbeing - Time for Work and Time for Play

    "If we keep doing what we've always done - we can't expect brilliance to appear."

     

    In the 3rd episode of our brand new mini-series 'Fun and Wellbeing,' My co-host, Dr. Mike Rucker and I geek out about whether work can be fun.

     

    Feeling like you have control of your time and have enough time each day is a predictor of happiness. It's known as 'time affluence.' When we have the autonomy to choose the activities we spend our time on - at work and at home - our happiness quotient increases.

     

    In this conversation we explore:


    How taking time for fun and pleasure promotes productivity.
    The difference between 'algorithmic work' and 'knowledge work' and why we need to make the rules of the work game clear.
    What counts as work and some quick and easy tips on how to change your mindset about it in order to encourage creativity.
    Do prescribed 'fun' activities at work, work?
    How to reframe our thoughts, reclaim autonomy, and look for opportunities that invigorate to have more fun.
    Why protecting and reclaiming your time are key activities for increasing your fun quotient.

     

    Join the discussion by sharing your thoughts via the Spotify Q&A feature!

     

    This week's point to ponder:

    Do you have fun with your work tasks? Tell us about it!

     

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    How to Thrive: Optimism and Creating Jolts of Joy

    John Cleese on Creativity in Management - You Tube

     

    Time Poverty & Time Affluence

    Having Too Little or Too Much Time is Linked to Lower Subjective Well-Being
    Sharif, Marissa, Cassie Mogilner, and Hal Hershfield (2021), Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

     

    Giving Time Gives You Time
    Mogilner, Cassie, Zoë Chance, and Michael I. Norton (2012), "Giving Time Gives You Time," Psychological Science

     

    Time Will Tell: The Distant Appeal of Promotion and Imminent Appeal of Prevention
    Mogilner, Cassie, Jennifer L. Aaker, and Ginger L. Pennington (2008), “Time Will Tell: The Distant Appeal of Promotion and Imminent Appeal of Prevention,” Journal of Consumer Research

     

    What Do Happy People Do?
    Robinson, J.P., Martin, S. What Do Happy People Do?. Soc Indic Res 89, 565–571 (2008).

     

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    Fun & Wellbeing - The Importance of Wonder and Delight

    Fun & Wellbeing - The Importance of Wonder and Delight

    "Stack the decks in your favour - make sure that what you're doing are things that you are going to enjoy."

    In the 2nd episode of our brand new mini-series 'Fun and Wellbeing,' we talk about the importance of wonder and delight and how creating opportunities for fun is as important as actually having fun.

    Our co-host for this series, Dr. Mike Rucker, happens to be a VW bus aficionado. You can see pictures of his VW bus on Instagram @thewonderoffun. In this episode, Mike shares a fun anecdote about how he uses his VW bus to add a fun factor to an otherwise mundane activity. I then share my experience of learning to ballroom dance and how I went from terrified novice to performing live to audience of 300! We also discuss how we're pre-dispositioned to look for the bad and how to cultivate a healthy 'bias towards fun'.

    Plus these:


    What is FUN?
    PLAY and how to use the PLAY model for changing your entire approach to balancing life and work, fun and toil.
    Tips for incorporating 'jolts of joy' to experiences to boost energy and maximise fun's benefits.
    Ways to incorporate a “bias toward fun” into every aspect of life and some exercises to help you reconnect to wonder, delight and your natural playfulness.

    Join the discussion by sharing your thoughts via the Spotify Q&A feature!

    This week's point to ponder:

    Which of life's activities will you swap out for more fun?

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    How to Thrive: Optimism and Creating Jolts of Joy

    The Rucker PLAY model

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    • 47 min
    Fun & Wellbeing - Escaping the Happiness Trap

    Fun & Wellbeing - Escaping the Happiness Trap

    "Emotions, if we sit with them, help us start to understand their purpose. To be emotionally healthy, you should have a wide range of emotions. We can still invite joy and delight even in areas where the emotional state of happiness might not be appropriate."



    We're back for Season 12 and we're having fun! We're talking about the science of fun and how to make it work for you at home and at work.



    My co-host for this mini-series is Dr. Mike Rucker, author of The Fun Habit: How the pursuit of joy and wonder can change your life. Mike is a behavioural scientist and a health technology entrepreneur. He is a charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association and a member of the American Psychological Association.



    You can get to know Mike in this short Q&A.



    As a scientist Mike made a commitment to implementing the science of happiness in his everyday life - until misfortune intervened and he found himself more miserable than ever. He was left with the burning question: 'If deliberately chasing happiness made me miserable, where do I turn?'



    His answer? To have fun. Mike says that, unlike happiness, fun isn’t a subjective condition that might arise under the right circumstances. Having fun is something you can engage in almost anywhere, anytime. It’s also enormously beneficial, physically and psychologically.



    In this episode, Mike and I explore:


    The 'happiness paradox'. What is it and how does it stop us from living our best life? And what should we seek instead of happiness for better wellbeing?
    How sitting with your thoughts can lead to better emotional health and reframe our understanding of happiness.
    How autonomy can help us reclaim the lost art of fun and wonder.
    The science of fun (yes, it's a science), its components (fascinating!) and how Mike's book came to be.



    You can now join the discussion! Share your thoughts via the Q&A feature on Spotify.



    This week's point to ponder:

    What ideas do you have for incorporating more fun and whimsy into your life?



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    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    Mike's book: The Fun Habit: How the pursuit of joy and wonder can change your life.

    A wandering mind is not a happy mind - Killingsworth & Gilbert

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36 Ratings

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Highly recommend this podcast series- I never miss an episode. The interviews are always insightful and I learn something new from every episode. Ellen always chooses guests who are knowledgeable and entertaining, and her interview style is warm and friendly, which brings out their best. I especially enjoyed the recent episode on motivation, which was jam packed with practical and useful information. Thanks Ellen, love your work.

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