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Take a glimpse into the world of applied positive psychology with The Flourishing Center. Host Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, takes you through each episode giving you insights, the science, and life hacks that you can apply so you can live an authentically happy and flourishing life. In the Science Says Episodes, Emiliya uncovers new research in positive psychology and how to apply the science to your life. In the Flourishing Fridays Episodes, she showcases a Life Hack which is a proven and practical action you can do today to boost your productivity and wellbeing. In the Practitioner's Profile, Emiliya highlights a guest positive psychology practitioner. Guests include teachers, parents, therapists, entrepreneurs, managers, coaches, doctors, teenagers and others, who have been trained in positive psychology, and are applying the science in unique ways in their unique sectors of the world. The Coaches Corner Episodes allow you to see positive psychology coaching in action. This is where the science of happiness fuels the art of thriving!

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Take a glimpse into the world of applied positive psychology with The Flourishing Center. Host Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, takes you through each episode giving you insights, the science, and life hacks that you can apply so you can live an authentically happy and flourishing life. In the Science Says Episodes, Emiliya uncovers new research in positive psychology and how to apply the science to your life. In the Flourishing Fridays Episodes, she showcases a Life Hack which is a proven and practical action you can do today to boost your productivity and wellbeing. In the Practitioner's Profile, Emiliya highlights a guest positive psychology practitioner. Guests include teachers, parents, therapists, entrepreneurs, managers, coaches, doctors, teenagers and others, who have been trained in positive psychology, and are applying the science in unique ways in their unique sectors of the world. The Coaches Corner Episodes allow you to see positive psychology coaching in action. This is where the science of happiness fuels the art of thriving!

    IMPROV AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY with Nancy Watt- Practitioner Profile

    IMPROV AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY with Nancy Watt- Practitioner Profile

    EPISODE 85: IMPROV AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY- Nancy Watt-Practitioner Profile
    Practitioner Profiler (PP)- Welcome to our Positive Psychology Practitioner Profiler, where we highlight ordinary people doing extraordinary things! Each practitioner is one of our graduates of the Certificate in Positive Psychology Program. Please find out the exciting ways people are putting the science into practice within their Communities, Organizations and Lives. 
    In this episode, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, CEO & Founder of The Flourishing Center, highlights Nancy Watt. 
    A Writer, Actor, Improviser & Speaker. A wife, mother, community activist & board member. A dog owner, voracious reader, marathon runner and eternal optimist. Nancy delivers dynamic and interactive workshops on Positive Psychology, Social Psychology, Bridging the Gender Communication Gap, Organization Development, Neuroscience of Resiliency, Leadership and the Study of Creative Problem Solving. 
    For full show notes visit the website. 
    https://theflourishingcenter.com/podcast/
     

    • 32 min
    STRENGTH SPOTTING AND ACTS OF KINDNESS

    STRENGTH SPOTTING AND ACTS OF KINDNESS

    EPISODE 84
    STRENGTH SPOTTING AND ACTS OF KINDNESS: Flourishing Friday
    Flourishing Friday (FF)-Welcome to Flourishing Fridays (FF), where every Friday we bring you a Positive Psychology-based life hack that will help you flourish.  In these episodes, we look at the real-life application of Positive Psychology while giving you tips and strategies to put Positive Psychology into use in all areas of your life. 
    Today’s podcast is about how you can take two research-based interventions for improving your well-being and combine them into one. Performing an act of kindness and spotting strengths
    Research shows that performing acts of kindness for others boosts the giver’s well-being as much as it promotes the recipient’s well-being, if not more.
    Sometimes, the mere thought of performing an act of kindness is enough to boost our happiness and well-being by giving us a dose of positivity.
    The reason being is that for most of us, when we imagine ourselves doing something, our brain and body respond as though we’re doing it, and imagining doing it, we put ourselves in the shoes of the person about to receive it.
    The second intervention is about noticing strengths. One of the pillars of positive psychology is taking a strengths approach. We’re not just trying to shore up weaknesses - we want to recognize and build the positive.
    For the full show notes visit our website.
    https://theflourishingcenter.com/podcast/
     

    • 12 min
    FRIENDSHIP MATTERS: Karen Riddell- Practitioner Profile

    FRIENDSHIP MATTERS: Karen Riddell- Practitioner Profile

    EPISODE 81: FRIENDSHIP MATTERS: Karen Riddell-Practitioner Profile
    Practitioner Profiler (PP)- Welcome to our Positive Psychology Practitioner Profiler, where we highlight ordinary people doing extraordinary things! Each practitioner is one of our graduates of the Certificate in Positive Psychology Program. Please find out the exciting ways people are putting the science into practice within their Communities, Organizations and Lives. 
    In this episode, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, CEO & Founder of The Flourishing Center, highlights Karen Riddell, Coach, Speaker and Author. 
    After earning her undergraduate and law degrees from The University of North Carolina, she discovered friendship and its power to positively impact a woman’s life personally and professionally, emotionally and physically. Following her mission to spread this message, Karen became a friendship blogger on Psychology Today’s website and began speaking to women’s groups about friendship. She loves to share both the scientific research on friendship as well as the spiritual gifts of shared connections.
    Karen’s interest in friendship led her to become certified in both applied positive psychology and life coaching. In her practice, she works with groups and individuals to find the sweet spot where their strengths, purpose and passions align. Karen partners with clients to clearly conceptualize their goals, envision the possibilities, and map out a concrete action plan for thriving. Karen’s practice centers on positivity, engagement, connection, purpose, and vitality.
    In December 2020, with the world deep in a pandemic, Karen published Friendship Matters, a book extolling the miraculous power of friendship to transform your life.
    Listen in and discover how Karen is integrating Positive Psychology into her life.
    You can reach Karen Riddell
    https://karenriddell.com
    For Full show notes & more information on what we have to offer:
    visit The Flourishing Center at www.theflourishingcenter.com
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    • 41 min
    CRISITUNITY: Flourishing Friday

    CRISITUNITY: Flourishing Friday

    EPISODE 82: CRISITUNITY-TURN CRISIS INTO OPPORTUNITY: Flourishing Friday
    Flourishing Friday (FF)-Welcome to Flourishing Fridays (FF), where every Friday we bring you a Positive Psychology-based life hack that will help you flourish.  In these episodes, we look at the real-life application of Positive Psychology while giving you tips and strategies to put Positive Psychology into use in all areas of your life. 
    Shout out to Dan Trommater CAPPster from Canada in our recent Better Than Before COVID 19 programs.
    We were talking about how to turn obstacles and crisis into gifts or opportunities.
    He said, in typical animated Dan fashion, You mean, a crisitunity! 
    I thought he was friggin brilliant, then he told me it wasn't his, it was Homer!
    It turns out in a Simpsons episode, and daughter, Lisa Simpson, says, "dad, did you know that the Chinese have the same word for crisis as they do opportunity?"
    And homer exclaims, "Crisitunity!"
    The word they're referring to is both a Chinese and a Japanese word called Kiki. It's made up of two characters. 
    The first symbol represents dangerous, while the second one means opportunity: Aka, a crisitunity.
    Yes, a crisis may be scary, it may be dangerous, but it also forces the chance for change, and with that chance, a doorway to opportunity.
    This, of course, with the pandemic, is on the minds of many of the people that I work with and corporations that I support. People are asking how do we pivot? How do we become resilient? Since the pandemic started, I've been running a low-cost online program called Better Than Before COVID-19. We've had over 1,500 people go through the program in the past nine months, all united around a shared vision of learning positive psychology skills to be better after the pandemic than you were going into it.
    That's why I'm in love with the word crisitunity. 
    A mindset shift that the moments of crisis can be a gift can be an opportunity. It makes me think of the first principle of Anusara yoga, a yoga style that I used to teach. The first principle is "open to grace. Accept the past - check out last week's Flourishing Friday episode on psychic masochism and how to stop beating up on yourself about the past.  Ask yourself - how can I learn from this? How can I grow? How can I view this as a contrast? Meaning what I'm experiencing is what I don't want. How can I use this to create something I do want?  Asking yourself, what are my options? What can I do? All these things get us out of problem focus into solution focus.  Food for thought. What crisis have you turned into an opportunity?

    • 9 min
    Annemarie Brogan: Practitioner Profile

    Annemarie Brogan: Practitioner Profile

    EPISODE 81: Annemarie Brogan- Practitioner Profile
    Practitioner Profiler (PP)- Welcome to our Positive Psychology Practitioner Profiler, where we highlight ordinary people doing extraordinary things! Each practitioner is one of our graduates of the Certificate in Positive Psychology Program. Please find out the exciting ways people are putting the science into practice within their Communities, Organizations and Lives. 
    In this episode, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, CEO & Founder, The Flourishing Center, highlights Annmarie Brogan, professional organizer, certified life coach and resilience trainer.
    As an Applied Positive Psychology Practitioner, she brings the science and evidence-based resources of positive psychology to her work as a professional organizer, certified life coach and resilience trainer.  But before all that, I worked in Corporate America. 
    She is the co-author of Beyond Tidy: Declutter Your Mind and Discover the Magic of Organized Living, from Skyhorse Publishing, merges her top 8 organizing principles with the science of positive psychology. Each principle saves you time, money, space and energy, giving you more to spend on family and activities you love!
    Listen in and discover how Annmarie is integrating Positive Psychology into her life.
    You can reach Annmarie Brogan at
    https://organizemeny.com
    www.annmariebrogan.com.
    For Full show notes & more information on what we have to offer:
    visit The Flourishing Center at www.theflourishingcenter.com
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    • 40 min
    SHOULDA WOULDA COULDA- STOP PSYCHIC MASOCHISM: Flourishing Friday

    SHOULDA WOULDA COULDA- STOP PSYCHIC MASOCHISM: Flourishing Friday

    EPISODE 80: SHOULDA WOULDA COULDA- STOP PSYCHIC MASOCHISM: Flourishing Friday
    Flourishing Friday (FF)-Welcome to Flourishing Fridays (FF), where every Friday we bring you a Positive Psychology-based life hack that will help you flourish.  In these episodes, we look at the real-life application of Positive Psychology while giving you tips and strategies to put Positive Psychology into use in all areas of your life. 
    This week Emiliya worked with a coaching client who came to her because he wanted more happiness and positivity in his life. His wife, the love of his life and high school sweetheart died of a brain aneurysm 5 years ago. COVID has led to a lot of alone time and a lot of time to ruminate on what could have should have and would have.  She calls this self-talk: psychic masochism. It hurts to say these things to ourselves, yet it’s like wiggling a loose tooth, it hurts, but it feels good. 
    Emililya shares how she thinks there’s an evolutionary role in why we beat ourselves up over the past. Most of the time, we’re facing something that was entirely out of our control. Autonomy and having a locus of control are highly coveted human needs, but it’s rarely something we truly have. And when it comes to the past… we have no control over changing the past. The only control we have is what we do with it in the future.
    When you imagine the should have, could have, would have… you imagine a different past… you’re imagining yourself actually having control. 
    For Full show notes & more information on what we have to offer, 
    visit The Flourishing Center at www.theflourishingcenter.com
     

    • 5 min

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