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Everyday Better is your essential podcast for leveling up in personal development, life, and career success. Hosted by Leah Smart, an educator in self-improvement and positive psychology, this podcast offers transformative conversations with influential experts sharing real-life success stories, actionable insights, and research-backed tips.
Elevate your mindset, gain clarity, and unlock your potential as you journey toward becoming 'Everyday Better.' Whether you're at a crossroads or simply seeking more daily clarity, every episode leaves you inspired, empowered, and ready for more.
Find new episodes of Everyday Better, right here, every Tuesday.

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    • 4.9 • 216 Ratings

Everyday Better is your essential podcast for leveling up in personal development, life, and career success. Hosted by Leah Smart, an educator in self-improvement and positive psychology, this podcast offers transformative conversations with influential experts sharing real-life success stories, actionable insights, and research-backed tips.
Elevate your mindset, gain clarity, and unlock your potential as you journey toward becoming 'Everyday Better.' Whether you're at a crossroads or simply seeking more daily clarity, every episode leaves you inspired, empowered, and ready for more.
Find new episodes of Everyday Better, right here, every Tuesday.

    Charles Duhigg on How to Have More Meaningful Conversations

    Charles Duhigg on How to Have More Meaningful Conversations

    Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author. In his third book, Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection, he explores the science behind good communication and offers strategies for connecting more deeply with others.
    On this episode of Everyday Better, Charles joins Leah to explain why communicating effectively is the key to deepening our interpersonal connections, whether at home or in the workplace. Charles discusses strategies for asking more thoughtful questions, being a better listener and discussing controversial topics. He also explains the science behind effective communication and why it’s so important for our mental and physical well-being to connect with the people around us.
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    To learn more about improving your communication skills, check out Charles’s book Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection.
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    • 43 min
    How a Career in Hospice Care Made Nurse Hadley “Death Positive”

    How a Career in Hospice Care Made Nurse Hadley “Death Positive”

    Known as “Nurse Hadley” to her nearly 2 million followers on TikTok, Hadley Vlahos is a hospice nurse, content creator and New York Times bestselling author. Her first book, The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life’s Final Moments, is a collection of stories and lessons she’s learned from 12 patients she cared for in their final months on earth.
    On today’s episode of Everyday Better, Hadley reflects on how an unexpected life pivot led her to her dream career as a hospice care nurse. While hospice care nursing is viewed as a tough job by many outside of the profession, Hadley shares lighthearted, poignant, humorous and mystical experiences she’s had caring for patients in hospice. She discusses the importance of getting comfortable talking about death, and offers advice for how to get better at having those conversations. She also shares what she’s learned about what it means to live a meaningful life, and how work can play such an essential role in making life meaningful, no matter what kind of work you do.
    Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn.
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    To learn more, check out Hadley’s book The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life’s Final Moments.
    And don’t forget to sign up for Leah’s weekly newsletter to get practical tips on how to level up with small steps every day.

    • 38 min
    Everyday Better Presents: Hello Monday Master Class

    Everyday Better Presents: Hello Monday Master Class

    This week on Everyday Better, we’re featuring an episode from a new bonus series from our sister podcast Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel. “Hello Monday Master Class” is a distillation of hundreds of Hello Monday conversations, broken down into five essential rules for navigating and thriving in an ever-changing professional landscape. The first episode in the series is all about defining your values. 
    Tune in each Thursday through the end of June for more actionable insights and collaborative exercises to elevate your career. And for more from Jessi, join the Hello Monday Group on LinkedIn by clicking here.

    • 17 min
    Escaping Perfectionism with Thomas Curran

    Escaping Perfectionism with Thomas Curran

    Thomas Curran is a Professor of Psychology at the London School of Economics. His first book, The Perfection Trap: Embracing the Power of Good Enough, charts the recent rise in perfectionism among young people, exposes the paradoxical effects of perfectionism on everything from work performance to relationships and argues for a “good enough” approach to work that prioritizes sustainability over growth.
    On this episode of Everyday Better, Thomas joins Leah to talk about where perfectionism comes from, why it’s so harmful and how to break free from the internal and external pressures we feel to be perfect. They also take a critical look at the “growth mindset” and reflect on their own journeys towards overcoming perfectionism in their professional and personal lives.
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    For more on perfectionism, check out Thomas’s book The Perfection Trap: Embracing the Power of Good Enough.
    Sign up for Leah’s weekly newsletter to get practical tips on how to level up with small steps every day.

    • 43 min
    How to Forgive Better with Philosopher Myisha Cherry

    How to Forgive Better with Philosopher Myisha Cherry

    Myisha Cherry is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UC Riverside and a self-proclaimed “public defender of anger and proud withholder of forgiveness.” In her second book, Failures of Forgiveness: What We Get Wrong and How to Do Better, she argues that forgiveness – a much-lauded moral good in American culture – rarely achieves what we think it does, and that in reality, forgiveness often does more harm than good. She puts forth her own, broader definition of forgiveness that holds space for anger, repair and accountability for the wrongdoer.
    On today’s show, Myisha and Leah dive deep into forgiveness to understand its role at work and in society, as well as how race and gender complicate the act of forgiving. Myisha explains why withholding forgiveness can actually be a moral good, both for the wronged and for the wrongdoer. She also shares her revised definition of forgiveness and explains how to get better at asking for and receiving it.
    For more on forgiveness, check out Myisha’s book Failures of Forgiveness: What We Get Wrong and How to Do Better.
    Sign up for Leah’s weekly newsletter to get practical tips on how to level up with small steps every day.

    • 47 min
    Understanding the Brain-Body Connection with Neuroscientist Tara Swart

    Understanding the Brain-Body Connection with Neuroscientist Tara Swart

    Dr Tara Swart is a neuroscientist, leadership adviser and best selling author. She works with executives and leaders all over the world to help them achieve mental resilience and peak brain performance, helping them to manage stress, regulate emotions and retain information. Her scientific knowledge and expertise helps people optimize their brain health and achieve their full potential.
    Tara joins Leah to discuss the brain-body connection and the importance of emotional well-being. She explains how chronic stress can impact the brain and body, leading to physical and mental health issues, and emphasizes the power of intention and visualization in shaping our brain's interpretation of reality. 
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

kid@heart:) ,

A must have if you’re having a rough day

The first episode I listened to was about grief and hospice. Before I clicked on it, part of me was, “I don’t have time to listen to anything that talks about death and grief” because I recently lost my dad back in January to a sudden heart attack, he was 43.

However another part of me was said, “why not click on this link and listen to it? Just do some chores while you listen so you’re not wasting time”.

I’m so glad I listened to this podcast.
It’s given me inspiration to grow my life around my grief. I’m going to follow the advice I learned from the podcast: grow the box (my life) bigger so that the Grief ball in the box doesn’t keep pushing on the Pain button that’s also in the box.

I don’t want to end up being apathetic around my kids EVERY day until they move out of the house just because I’m letting my grief and negative throughts take over most of my time and brain energy on a daily basis in the back of my head and not appreciate little things in life.

I now write at least one thing positive that happened earlier in the day and put in a canister I keep by my bedside. That way, if I’m saying to myself one day, “I’ve wasted my life so what’s the point? I’ll just lay in bed all day, “ I can shake the canister and take a positive memory note from it. I’ll probably email a copy of it to myself just in case I lose the canister somehow in a fire haha.

Thank you for creating this episode on grief and the world of hospice.

kcanner ,

So many amazing takeaways

Love this podcast so much! I love Leah’s thoughtful, curious questioning of everyday issues that we all deal with. I have never listened to an episode where I don’t come away with some inspiration and a little more drive to be better and do better. It’s inspiring and oh, so good! Thank you Leah, and all your guests who share so much of their experiences that are so relatable so we, your listeners, can make our lives just a little better.

SaraBB111 ,

Such an insightful podcast!

Leah’s questions are out of this world, and so are the guests she brings on.

I have been a listener for a long time, and recommend her to friends and family all of the time! Must listen!!

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