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🙂 Welcome to the Happy Space® Podcast where we explore the intersection of productivity & inclusivity through the lens of a highly sensitive productivity coach, speaker, and brand collaborator - that's me!

Tune in for conversations with authors, culture-shapers, space designers, and creators of products, services, and customer experience as we highlight astonishing contributions tempting a more tender world.

We know that diversity leads to richer results, so let’s accept that #productivityispersonal and commit to designing with greater respect for humanity.

I aim to leave you with ideas to better support your colleagues, customers, community, and not least of all, yourself and those who matter most. For, everyone, including you, deserves a Happy Space.

🙂 If you or someone you know will enjoy exploring this topic with a supportive community, check out or share https://www.HappySpacePod.com

🙂 If you're wondering if you might be an HSP, take the HSP quiz at https://clarekumar.com/hsp-quiz/

🙂 sign up for Clare's the Happy Space "museletter" - a monthly email full of good stuff about productivity & inclusivity

🙂 Find out more about your host at https://clarekumar.com/

Happy Space Podcast with Clare Kumar Clare Kumar

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🙂 Welcome to the Happy Space® Podcast where we explore the intersection of productivity & inclusivity through the lens of a highly sensitive productivity coach, speaker, and brand collaborator - that's me!

Tune in for conversations with authors, culture-shapers, space designers, and creators of products, services, and customer experience as we highlight astonishing contributions tempting a more tender world.

We know that diversity leads to richer results, so let’s accept that #productivityispersonal and commit to designing with greater respect for humanity.

I aim to leave you with ideas to better support your colleagues, customers, community, and not least of all, yourself and those who matter most. For, everyone, including you, deserves a Happy Space.

🙂 If you or someone you know will enjoy exploring this topic with a supportive community, check out or share https://www.HappySpacePod.com

🙂 If you're wondering if you might be an HSP, take the HSP quiz at https://clarekumar.com/hsp-quiz/

🙂 sign up for Clare's the Happy Space "museletter" - a monthly email full of good stuff about productivity & inclusivity

🙂 Find out more about your host at https://clarekumar.com/

    The Secret Superpowers of Highly Sensitive People - with host Clare Kumar

    The Secret Superpowers of Highly Sensitive People - with host Clare Kumar

    Thank you for joining me on my very first episode of Happy Space Podcast. I am SO GLAD you are here. My mission is to inspire a more inclusive world in which highly sensitive people (HSPs) thrive through both HSP empowerment and the invitation to design spaces, cultures, products, and services with sensitivity in mind.
    I invite you to listen as I speak about:
    00:01:46 - Why I created this podcast00:03:12 - Learning About Highly Sensitive People 00:04:30 - My Background00:05:29 - Birkenstock and Pantyhose 00:07:41 - Hustle Culture00:11:27 - HSP Trait Elements00:13:56 - Marginalized to Humanized00:14:24 - Mission of the Podcast00:16:42 - Assault on our senses00:21:12 - Executive Coach Training00:25:59 - Upcoming Guests00:29:33 - Understanding Key Elements in HSP Traits
    LINKS
    I'll Tumble For Ya by Culture Club
    The Highly Sensitive Person by Dr. Elaine Aron
    Highly Sensitive Person Quiz
    NAPO Stand Out Podcast
    Neural predictors of cognitive-behavior therapy outcome in anxiety-related disorders
    The Surprising Science of How Feelings Help You Think
    36 Questions that Lead to Love
    Sensitive and In Love
    Sensitive: The Untold Story
    Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown
    Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking by Leonard Mlodinow
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    This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done? If you're a visual learner, please watch this episode on YouTube. 
    Ready to learn more? Contact Clare a href="https://clarekumar.as.me/DiscoveryCall"...

    • 44 min
    How to Design with Sensitivity in Mind - with HOK's Kay Sargent and Mary Kate Cassidy

    How to Design with Sensitivity in Mind - with HOK's Kay Sargent and Mary Kate Cassidy

    Have you ever noticed the most amazing things happen when one is posed with a simple innocent question? That is how it started for Kay Sargent, a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues. She is an award-winning designer who has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to optimize their global real estate portfolios and create innovative work environments. Kay is currently a director of HOK’s Work Place team
    Mary Kate Cassidy's career focus was to either become an architect interior designer or a special ed teacher. She chose the former and is now a senior designer at HOK focusing on corporate workplace design. In her graduate studies, she researched neurodiversity and its relationship to workplace design.
    I invite you to listen and learn as we speak about:
    00:04:46 - How Mary Kate and Kay got into neurodivergent design00:05:47 - Designing for Adults on Autistic Spectrum 00:07:07 - What is neurodivergent00:09:23 - Value in belonging00:09:53 - Legally designing for inclusivity 00:12:28 - Spectrum of Sensitivity 00:13:00 - The differences between noise and sound00:14:30 - Sensory Intelligence00:17:32 - Six modalities of work types00:19:32 - Rest at the workplace00:21:05 - Human Sustainability and well-being00:22:45 - Work like athletes 00:25:00 - Onboarding process00:28:45 - Being in touch with their needs00:30:07 - Breaking up tasks during the day00:33:25 - Principles and Elements of Design
    LINKS
    The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
    "Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance," Verna Myers
    Americans with Disability Act
    Learn more about and follow HOK:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/HOKNetwork
    https://www.facebook.com/HOKNetwork/
    https://www.instagram.com/hoknetwork
    https://www.youtube.com/user/hoknetwork
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    This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done? If you're a visual learner, please watch this episode on YouTube. 
    Ready to learn more? Contact Clare here!
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    Clare invites you to leave a review and a five-star rating wherever you listen to this podcast!  Don't forget to tell your friends to listen as well!
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    • 37 min
    Hair Salon Gives Clients the Silent Treatment - with Samantha James Hair Design

    Hair Salon Gives Clients the Silent Treatment - with Samantha James Hair Design

    When you go to a salon for services, do you feel like there is an expectation for conversation? If so, what if you are a person who does not enjoy idle chit-chat? Today, I will be speaking with Samantha Lacoste and James Ouellette who believe that everyone deserves a safe space. Even people who prefer quiet over talking. Samantha and James are co-owners of Samantha James Hair Design, a trendy hair salon in the heart of St. Boniface, Winnipeg that allows you to get the silent treatment if you are so inclined.
    I invite you to listen and learn as we speak about:
    00:05:15 - Creating the Silent Service00:06:41 - What is a Silent Service 00:07:43 - Judgement free experiences00:08:35 - Peaceful moments00:10:00 - Client care00:11:08 - Enjoying Silence00:13:10 - Invitation to Just Be00:14:50 - Psychologically safe places00:15:30 - Impact on clients00:18:00 - Public centered positions00:19:10 - First Canadian Salon to offer Silent Service00:20:05 - Implementing Silent Service00:22:54 - Practicing how to talk to people00:25:25 - Creating a safe space for clients
    LINKS
    Sunflower Lanyards
    Quiet by Susan Cain
    Heart by Imogen Brough
    Highly Sensitive Extroverts - Bright Sparks
    Azarias
    Learn more about and follow Samantha James:
    https://www.instagram.com/sjhairdesign/
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    This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done? If you're a visual learner, please watch this episode on YouTube. 
    Ready to learn more? Contact Clare here!
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    Clare invites you to leave a review and a five-star rating wherever you listen to this podcast!  Don't forget to tell your friends to listen as well!
    Want to learn more about Clare and/or her guests?  Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. And don't forget, everyone (including YOU) deserves a happy space. 😊
    Song Credit: Cali by Wataboi from Pixabay

    • 32 min
    Follow Your Intuition as an HSP - with Sunil Godse

    Follow Your Intuition as an HSP - with Sunil Godse

    One of my favorite things about creating the Happy Space Podcast has been meeting people who have figured out ways to be successful in integrating their HSP traits into their lives. Today, we speak about intuition with intuition expert and fellow HSP, Sunil Godse.
    After realizing the reason why businesses fail to create a trusted brand is that they ignore their intuition, Sunil developed a process called Intuitive Branding. This process helps businesses leverage the power of intuition to create trusted brands that eliminate their competition in under 14 seconds.
     With his experience implementing intuitive branding for a number of his clients that have had their businesses go from 6 to 7 figures in revenues and being hired by major companies such as Citibank, SAP, Rogers Wireless, and Western Digital, and publishing his book Gut!; Sunil's advice works.
    I invite you to listen and learn as we speak about:
    00:05:07 Am I weird? Why do I focus like this?
    00:06:28 How does sensitivity influence your work?
    00:08:25 Why mirror neurons matter
    00:09:47 How to grow in stressful situations
    00:11:56 Trust your intuition with signals
    00:14:00 What kind of signals to look for
    00:16:20 Goosebumps
    00:19:20 Red flags
    00:22:40 Intuitive mediums
    00:24:08 Four different types of intuition
    00:31:00 Knowing your why
    LINKS
    Unlocking Us - Brene Brown Podcast
    Babies are born with 'Intuitive Knowledge' - Science Daily
    John Rothschild
    BOOKS
    Website: https://www.sunilgodse.com/books/
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    Order in Canada
    Learn more about and follow Sunil Godse:
    Website: https://www.sunilgodse.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunilgodse/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sunilgodse
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intuitivebranding101
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/intuitivebranding101/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYnuPjpIjX90q2wuSMe9YKw
    Podcast: a href="https://www.sunilgodse.com/podcast/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 38 min
    There are No Ambiverts - with Jenn Turnham

    There are No Ambiverts - with Jenn Turnham

    One might assume that all Highly Sensitive People are introverts. In fact, only 70% of HSPs have this personality type. Years ago, I took a test to find out where I was on the continuum and was found to be in the middle, with a small shift towards extroversion. For years I have confidently referred to myself as an ambivert. I figured the remaining 30% would be split between extroverts and ambiverts.
    Today, my guest threw that whole revelation out of the window. I must stand fully in my extroversion.
    Jenn Turnham is on a mission to educate the world about the unique, brilliant, and often misunderstood, sub-section of the population known as Highly Sensitive Extroverts (HSP-Es), a group she believes possesses unique gifts that are in short supply in today’s world, and has powerful voices that need to be heard,
    With her background in applied psychology (B. Psych, BWRT (Reg.), Jenn has been using her knowledge, training, and experience in helping people use the power of their minds to overcome challenges since 2008.  She now focuses on helping HSP-E women thrive in a world that currently doesn’t quite understand them. 
    I invite you to listen to find out more about:
    00:04:52 What is a highly sensitive person extrovert
    00:06:04 Traits of HSP introverts
    00:06:48 Traits of HSP extroverts
    00:08:23 Differences between introverts and extroverts
    00:14:14 Introvert Men
    00:18:07 HSP Extrovert Women
    00:20:56 Overstimulation
    00:25:27 Learning boundaries
    00:27:17 Industrial Design
    00:33:25 HSP Anthem
    00:39:19 Ambiverts don't exist
    LINKS
    15-20% of the population are thought to be highly sensitive (according to HSP expert Dr. Elaine Aron), and around 20% of all people tend towards introversion
    Dr. Elaine Aron
    Azarias Restaurant
    Dr. Kristin Neff
    Heart by Imogen Brough
    Amélie
    BOOKS
    Quiet by Susan Cain
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    Order in Canada
    Learn more about and follow Jenn Turnham:
    Website: https://jennturnham.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennturnham/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/highlysensitiveextrovertswithjennt
    Instagram: a href="https://www.instagram.com/hspextrovertjennt/"...

    • 45 min
    How Architecture Affects Human Behavior - with Andrea de Paiva

    How Architecture Affects Human Behavior - with Andrea de Paiva

    As a Highly Sensitive Person, we often live in a world that compromises our sensitivity. It is so necessary for us to have safe spaces, especially where will live and work. That's why I am so excited to speak to and introduce you to Professor of Neuroscience for Architecture, Andréa de Paiva.
    Master of Arts (Middlesex University, London), architect, and urban planner (University of São Paulo), Andréa bridges research, education, and design in her work. Her research interests involve the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science applied to architecture and urbanism, as well as architectural theory, in order to better understand how the physical environment can affect individuals and society.
    Andréa is the co-author of the book Triuno: Neurobusiness and Quality of Life. In addition, she is the founder of NeuroAU an online space that aims to discuss and disseminate knowledge about the links between cognitive science and architecture & urbanism.
    I invite you to listen and learn as we speak about:
    00:04:08 What is neuro architecture
    00:05:25 Science-based design
    00:08:01 Biophilic design
    00:10:50 Benefits of all the senses
    00:12:38 Different levels of sensitivity
    00:14:50 Impact of living near airports
    00:17:43 Animals and rest
    00:22:01 Sedentary lifestyles
    00:24:48 The importance of diverse/dynamic balance
    00:28:22 Contrast in an environment
    00:29:42 Transition spaces
    00:32:34 Pollution
    00:37:10 Systematic understanding of environment
    00:41:23 Retail spaces
    LINKS
    Building for Change: Comparative Case Study of Hospital Architecture
    Nature in Design: The Biophilia Effect
    Physiological Effects of Touching Wood
    Living near an airport 'may be bad for your health'
    #NoSleepShame
    Light and Sleep
    #RightLight
    BOOKS
    Triuno: Neurobusiness and Quality of Life
    Learn more about and follow Andréa de Paiva:
    Website: https://www.neuroau.com/e
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-de-paiva/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neuroau
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neuro_au/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/neuroau
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    This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders,...

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Clare Kumar has discovered the magic of a little idea called happiness for making workplaces and communities better. She and her well-informed guests spread these positive vibes by sharing research and action insights we all can use. Brava!

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