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Start your day with one simple thing you can do in the next 24 hours to be your better self--not so you can be a perfect person. Or even a good person! Just... better.
I wrote the book "How to Be a Better Person" after "be a better person" topped the list of most popular New Year's resolutions for the first time ever. This podcast builds on the ideas in that book and is intended to be like the little angel on your shoulder, providing a counter narrative to the negative thoughts and impulses that are floating around both out there and inside your own head. My mission is two-fold: to help you keep growing, and to inspire you to use your power for good.
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How To Be A Better Person with Kate Hanley Kate Hanley

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 92 Ratings

Start your day with one simple thing you can do in the next 24 hours to be your better self--not so you can be a perfect person. Or even a good person! Just... better.
I wrote the book "How to Be a Better Person" after "be a better person" topped the list of most popular New Year's resolutions for the first time ever. This podcast builds on the ideas in that book and is intended to be like the little angel on your shoulder, providing a counter narrative to the negative thoughts and impulses that are floating around both out there and inside your own head. My mission is two-fold: to help you keep growing, and to inspire you to use your power for good.
Sign up for the podcast newsletter for a little goodness in your inbox on (most) Sunday mornings!
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    [pod swap]: Bob Ross to the Rescue, from Julie Merica,

    [pod swap]: Bob Ross to the Rescue, from Julie Merica,

    We all need inspiration in this life and one place I get mine is from my podcast crush–Make Your Damn Bed, a short daily podcast from Chicago-based comedian Julie Merica. 
    Today I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite Make Your Damn Bed episodes, about the healing powers of watching Bob Ross (the groovy 70s artist who had a painting show on PBS for decades). Get ready to feel soothed, inspired, and ready to find a way to work with any jacked up stuff that lands smack dab in the middle of your day.
    If you are digging Julie, go subscribe to Make Your Damn Bed! She’s also a great follow on Instagram. 
    Send me your better person Qs and I’ll answer them on a future episode! kate@beabetterpersonpodcast.com

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    • 10 min
    [pod swap]: Mise en Place Your Life, from Julie Merica,

    [pod swap]: Mise en Place Your Life, from Julie Merica,

    I’ve got a podcast crush–a show that I love that I think you will too. It’s Make Your Damn Bed, from Chicago-based comedian Julie Merica, who is just a peach of a human–plus, funny!--and who also offers short daily episodes to help you look for the good and bring your best. 

    Today and tomorrow I’m running one of Julie’s episodes in my feed. Today’s is all about creating that wonderful feeling of having your shit together by using a technique from the cooking world–”mise en place,” which is a French phrase that means “putting in place” or “gather.” Down South, where I went to high school, you might call it “fixin’ to get ready,” and it can give you a stable platform for the rest of your day–heck, even your life. Julie explains.

    If you are digging Julie, go subscribe to Make Your Damn Bed! She’s also a great follow on Instagram. 

    Send me your better person Qs and I’ll answer them on a future episode! kate@beabetterpersonpodcast.com

    This episode sponsored by:
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    • 12 min
    [Community]: Finding a Sense of Belonging,

    [Community]: Finding a Sense of Belonging,

    Having a sense of community and a feeling of belonging to where you live is so important–both to a life well lived and your overall wellbeing. Yet, at this stage in the pandemic, so many people are at least considering how and even where they want to live after the pandemic. 
    Today I’m talking with Melody Warnick, a journalist who has written two great books on the importance of place–This Is Where You Belong and her brand new book If You Could Live Anywhere. Melody can help you figure out where you’re going to feel at home, and then how to up your sense of belonging once you’re there (even if you’ve lived there a long time). 

    Melody Warnick’s website
    Melody’s books

    Send me your better person Qs and I’ll answer them on a future episode! kate@beabetterpersonpodcast.com

    This episode is sponsored by:
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    • 22 min
    [Community]: Is Your Light Trespassing on Others?

    [Community]: Is Your Light Trespassing on Others?

    There’s something you might be doing every night without even thinking about it that could be negatively impacting your neighbors, your community, and the environment. It’s flicking a switch and turning an outside light on. Which doesn’t seem like that big a deal, right? But it can have a lot of repercussions that you’ll learn about today. 
    A link to the New York Times article on light trespassing 
    Send me your better person Qs and I’ll answer them on a future episode! kate@beabetterpersonpodcast.com
    This episode sponsored by:
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    • 15 min
    [Community]: How to Boost Oxytocin, the Hormone of Connection

    [Community]: How to Boost Oxytocin, the Hormone of Connection

    Feeling connected to other people feels nice, but can it actually improve your health? Yes it can, and there’s one particular hormone that makes that statement true, and that’s oxytocin, aka the love hormone, which I’m sharing some cool factoids about today, as well as how you can raise it and get the health benefits it brings while ALSO feeling a stronger connection to others. 
    Study showing oxytocin’s links to aging 
    Study that showed that watching an emotional video increased generosity to strangers
    Send me your better person Qs and I’ll answer them on a future episode! kate@beabetterpersonpodcast.com
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    • 13 min
    [Grab Bag]: What NOT to Do During a Road Rage Incident (Please!)

    [Grab Bag]: What NOT to Do During a Road Rage Incident (Please!)

    Let’s just say that when you’re just out and about, running errands and minding your business, an angry driver honks at you, yells at you, and flips you off. And, your kid is in the car with you. What do you do? 

    Well, I’ll share what NOT to do in today’s episode, based on a true story! Yep, I’m coming clean on my road rage issues today and sharing a cautionary tale. 

    Send me your better person Qs! Email: kate@beabetterpersonpodcast.com

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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

dgsrc ,

Just right for a work break

I work from home and take several breaks to walk my dog and clear my head throughout the day. During one of those breaks I love to listen to Kate’s podcast. Smart, informative, and motivating, I never fail to learn something in every short but loaded episode. Check her out!

B.Shiny ,

Loved this podcast!

I just discovered these podcasts- wow wow wow. Short and poignant touchstones to invite us to connect inward. In particular I love the series on creativity as a transformative act to be a better person.

Looking forward to listening more!

Damini Celebre, author of Painting the Landscape of Your Soul

Misfis04 ,

Uplifting!

I have been following Kate for quite some time. The past year or so though, I have been able to really HEAR her. Kate you are a gem, thanks for all you do!

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