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I share science based ideas that will make you happier, more productive, and more successful.

Happycast: The Science of Happiness Trina Kushnerik

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

I share science based ideas that will make you happier, more productive, and more successful.

    Balance, creating space in your life

    Balance, creating space in your life

    What do I need to actually balance? Why is balance so important? How can we achieve more balance? Listen and find out.
    A Happier Year is now available on AHappierYear.com! Use the code “happycastlistener” at checkout for 10% off.
    [01:00] A metaphor for balance
    [02:23] Social relationships
    [02:53] Mirror neurons
    [03:53] Bowling et al., “What makes your life good?”
    [06:13] Creating space for social relationships
    [07:31] Meaning and passion
    [13:20] Overwork
    [15:41] Disconnecting from work
    [17:43] Passions
    [18:50] Creating space
    References:
    Schnell, T. (2011). Individual differences in meaning-making: Considering the variety of sources of meaning, their density and diversity. Personality and Individual Differences, 51(5), 667-673. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2011.06.006 Uddin, L. Q., Iacoboni, M., Lange, C., & Keenan, J. P. (2007). The self and social cognition: The role of cortical midline structures and mirror neurons. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11(4), 153-157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2007.01.001 Kuroda, S., & Yamamoto, I. (2019). Why Do People Overwork at the Risk of Impairing Mental. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20(5), 1519–1538. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-018-0008-x SONNENTAG, S., & FRITZ, C. (2015). Recovery from job stress: The stressor-detachment model as an integrative framework. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36(S1), S72-S103. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.1924 Bridekirk, J., Turcotte, J., & Oddson, B. (2016). Harmonious passions support cognitive resources. Motivation and Emotion, 40(4), 646–654. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-016-9561-y

    • 21 min
    A Happier Year: Healthy selfishness, looking forward, and acceptance

    A Happier Year: Healthy selfishness, looking forward, and acceptance

    A Happier Year is now available —  an illustrated calendar with 366 science-based actions. Use the code "happycastlistener" for 10% off at checkout on http://ahappieryear.com
    Today we are going to talk about three different papers assessing: healthy selfishness, optimism, and acceptance. These three papers provide the basis for three actions in A Happier Year. Let's dive into these papers and get a sneak peek of what's in A Happier Year. 
    [00:00] Intro
    [02:36] Healthy Selfishness
    [06:25] Looking forward to tomorrow
    [09:25] Is anything bugging you right now?
     
    References:
    Kaufman, S. B., & Jauk, E. (2020). Healthy Selfishness and Pathological Altruism: Measuring Two Paradoxical Forms of Selfishness. Frontiers in psychology, 11, 1006. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01006 Littman-Ovadia, H., & Nir, D. (2013;2014;). Looking forward to tomorrow: The buffering effect of a daily optimism intervention. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 9(2), 122-136. doi:10.1080/17439760.2013.853202 Ford, B. Q., Lam, P., John, O. P., & Mauss, I. B. (2018). The psychological health benefits of accepting negative emotions and thoughts: Laboratory, diary, and longitudinal evidence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115(6), 1075–1092. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000157

    • 16 min
    Active leisure, you can do more!

    Active leisure, you can do more!

    A Happier Year is now available —  an illustrated calendar with 366 science-based actions. Use the code "happycastlistener" for 10% off at checkout on http://ahappieryear.com
    Today we are learning about active leisure! Why do we feel so “blah” after watching Netflix and what can we do instead? What psychological needs are we missing out on?
    [00:30] Something exciting!
    [02:30] Active leisure vs passive leisure
    [04:35] The benefits of active leisure
    [06:25] How does active leisure benefit us (vs passive leisure)
    [11:10] An example of active leisure: Rock climbing
    [13:05] Finding active leisure that suits you
    [14:06] What are you actually tired of?
    [15:54] A Happier Year is on Kickstarter! bit.ly/ahappieryear 
     
    References:
    Hu, X., Barber, L. K., & Santuzzi, A. M. (2020). Does active leisure improve worker well-being? an experimental daily diary approach. Journal of Happiness Studies, doi:10.1007/s10902-020-00305-w Kuykendall, L., Lei, X., Zhu, Z., & Hu, X. (2020). Leisure choices and employee Well‐Being: Comparing need fulfillment and Well‐Being during TV and other leisure activities. Applied Psychology : Health and Well-being, 12(2), 532-558. doi:10.1111/aphw.12196

    • 16 min
    Joy, a deeper look

    Joy, a deeper look

    A Happier Year is now available —  an illustrated calendar with 366 science-based actions. Use the code "happycastlistener" for 10% off at checkout on http://ahappieryear.com
    What is joy? We dig into how we define joy and talk about a strategy to add more joy to our lives.
    [00:00] Intro
    [1:10] Exciting Happycast news!
    [02:28] What is joy?
    [05:25] Joy as an emotion 
    [08:32] Joy as more than an emotion
    [11:25] Appreciative joy 
    [13:55] Joy journal
    [15:08] Tears of joy
    [20:05] Outro
     
    Join the Facebook group to get a sneak peak of A Happier Year and give me some feedback! https://www.facebook.com/groups/957308811397774



    References
     
    Casioppo, D. (2019). The cultivation of joy: practices from the Buddhist tradition, positive psychology, and yogic philosophy. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 1–7. doi:10.1080/17439760.2019.1685577  Emmons, R. A. (2020). Joy: An introduction to this special issue. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 15(1), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2019.1685580 Zeng, X., Sun, Y., Deng, Y., & Oei, T. P. S. (2019). Appreciative joy rooted in Chinese culture: Its relationship with strengths in values in action. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 1–10. Zeng, X., Wang, R., Oei, T. P. S., & Leung, F. Y. K. (2018). Heart of Joy: a Randomized Controlled Trail Evaluating the Effect of an Appreciative Joy Meditation Training on Subjective Well-Being and Attitudes. Mindfulness. doi:10.1007/s12671-018-0992-2  Matthew Kuan Johnson (2020) Joy: a review of the literature and suggestions for future directions, The Journal of Positive Psychology, 15:1, 5-24, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2019.1685581 Oriana R. Aragón & John A. Bargh (2017): “So Happy I Could Shout!” and “So Happy I Could Cry!” Dimorphous expressions represent and communicate motivational aspects of positive emotions, Cognition and Emotion, DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2017.1301388 Matthew Kuan Johnson (2020) Joy: a review of the literature and suggestions for future directions, The Journal of Positive Psychology, 15:1, 5-24, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2019.1685581 Aragón, O. R., & Clark, M. S. (2018). "tears of joy" & "smiles of joy" prompt distinct patterns of interpersonal emotion regulation. Cognition and Emotion, 32(5), 913-940. doi:10.1080/02699931.2017.1360253’

    • 20 min
    Corona-cast, How to feel a little better during a worldwide pandemic

    Corona-cast, How to feel a little better during a worldwide pandemic

    A Happier Year is now available —  an illustrated calendar with 366 science-based actions. Use the code "happycastlistener" for 10% off at checkout on http://ahappieryear.com
    We are all feeling a little anxious and overwhelmed right now. Here are some science backed tips on how to feel a little better during these weird and scary times.
    [00:18] Intro
    [02:35] Stay social with video chats!
    [08:40] Get moving
    [13:24] Focus on what you can control
    [15:30] Disconnect from the news a little
    [17:44] Outro
     
    References
    Tsai, H., Cheng, C., Shieh, W., & Chang, Y. (2020). Effects of a smartphone-based videoconferencing program for older nursing home residents on depression, loneliness, and quality of life: A quasi-experimental study. BMC Geriatrics, 20(1), 27-11. doi:10.1186/s12877-020-1426-2 Lathia, N., Sandstrom, G. M., Mascolo, C., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2017). Happier people live more active lives: Using smartphones to link happiness and physical activity. PloS One, 12(1), e0160589. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160589  

    • 18 min
    Control, put yourself in the driver’s seat

    Control, put yourself in the driver’s seat

    A Happier Year is now available —  an illustrated calendar with 366 science-based actions. Use the code "happycastlistener" for 10% off at checkout on http://ahappieryear.com
    How can we gain more control of our feelings and of our lives?
    [00:00] Intro
    [01:20] What is control? 
    [03:43] You can’t control everything
    [04:45] Study: Control helps older adults through stressful times
    [08:25] How to feel more in control
     
    References:
    Thompson, S.C. (2017) The Role of Personal Control in Adaptive Functioning In C.R. Snyder, Shane J. Lopez, Lisa M. Edwards, and Susana C. Marques (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, 3rd Edition. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199396511.013.22  Dulin, P. L., Hanson, B. L., & King, D. K. (2013). Perceived control as a longitudinal moderator of late-life stressors on depressive symptoms, Aging and Mental Health, 17(6), 718-723. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2013.784956

    • 14 min

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