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Trigger upward spirals of health and happiness in your life by applying science backed inspiration, humor and research from happiness activist Andy Proctor. Interviews with top influencers in positive psychology and happiness activists in every field. | Follow me on Instagram @morehappylife and join the community at MoreHappyLife.co. To call in and be a part of this podcast go to https://anchor.fm/morehappylife to download the app. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/morehappylife/support

More Happy Life Andy Proctor

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Trigger upward spirals of health and happiness in your life by applying science backed inspiration, humor and research from happiness activist Andy Proctor. Interviews with top influencers in positive psychology and happiness activists in every field. | Follow me on Instagram @morehappylife and join the community at MoreHappyLife.co. To call in and be a part of this podcast go to https://anchor.fm/morehappylife to download the app. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/morehappylife/support

    131: Personality Isn't Permanent with Benjamin Hardy, PhD

    131: Personality Isn't Permanent with Benjamin Hardy, PhD

    Who do you intend to become? Are you satisfied with where you are at right now or do you want to witness a positive evolution of yourself? If you desire a change, this episode is for you.

    I honestly believe that this has to be one of the most life changing episodes I have ever recorded because it is jam packed. If you’re like me, you’ll want to re-listen to this one and take notes and then go buy the book because today’s guest goes over some amazing principles about how to create real change inside yourself.

    Today’s guest is Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author Willpower Doesn't Work. From 2015-2018, he was the #1 writer in the world on Medium.com. During that time, he grew his email list from 0 to 400,000 without paid advertising. Ben and his wife Lauren adopted three children from the foster system in February 2018 and one month later, Lauren got pregnant with twins who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando. Ben's blogs are read by millions monthly.

    On a personal note, I had the great opportunity to get to know Ben a little more personally as well and I have witnessed first hand that he is the real deal. He doesn’t just write really amazing blog posts and books and have another life. He lives it. I share a story in the podcast about how Ben’s book Willpower Doesn’t Work changed my life a few years ago and I think that his new book is even more life changing.

    Full show notes: will be found at: http://morehappylife.co/personalityisntpermanent


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    • 42 min
    130: How to Strengthen Adult Friendships, with Author Kat Vellos

    130: How to Strengthen Adult Friendships, with Author Kat Vellos

    How do you make friends as an adult? And if you have made a friend, how can you keep them and strengthen that friendship? In today’s episode we talk about the importance of friendship as an adult as well as how to build and strengthen friendship in our lives. I interviewed Kat Vellos, the author of the amazing book We Should Get Together, on these things, and I’m very excited to share this with you.

    What are the biggest barriers to friendship?


    Constant relocation
    Full schedules
    The demands of partnership and family
    Declining capacity for intimacy and compassion in the age of social media

    We talked about a lot of practical ways to overcome these obstacles in the interview.

    We talked about Dr. Jeffrey Hall at the University of Kansas conducted research that showed that it takes approximately 200 hours to go from strangers to really close friends. When was the last time you spent 200 hours with someone? How many people can you say you have spent 200 hours with in the last 5 years?

    This is a fascinating interview and I hope you not only listen to this interview, but pick up Kat’s book! I have it now and have devoured it! It is an amazing book with such charming illustrations and memorable stories and the best part is that it is packed with tips on how to build and strengthen friendships. Do you feel like you need more friends right now? This is the perfect book (and podcast episode) for you!


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    • 41 min
    129: Resilience Through Listening to Your Body with Leslie Santos, MAPP, M.Ed.

    129: Resilience Through Listening to Your Body with Leslie Santos, MAPP, M.Ed.

    In this episode we talk about increasing resilience through listening. We go into depth on many ways this is possible, but the one we really focus a lot on is getting present with our body. I loved this conversation. It calmed me down and I hope that it helps to calm you down as well. 

    Here are some of the topics we covered:


    Growth Mindset: Carol Dweck
    Byron Katie: The Work
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    The Body Keeps the Score - Dr. Bessel Vanderkolk
    Emotional Integration
    “Accessing resilience through your body is the pathway”
    Three degrees of influence - Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler.

    More about Leslie Santos:

    In practice for over seven years, Leslie Santos is a psychological archeologist, mindset cartographer and champion of the life-thirsty. She studied positive psychology under Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. It was while working with Seligman that she discovered how childhood adversity affects adult behaviors, an epic realization that catalyzed her mission and compelled her forward.

    Her working model is that all humans experience childhood hardship and through this adversity protective adaptations are formed. Left unresolved, these adaptations become maladaptive in adulthood and block our momentum forward: every earnest step toward our desire is countered by an equal force in the opposite direction. These findings led to the development of her resilience process, designed for 1:1 mentorship and corporate human development for enlightened leaders.

    Find Leslie here:

    Website: https://www.benddontbreak.me/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lesliesantos

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leslie_santos/


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    128: 5 Strategies for Coping with Anxiety and Panic - Solo Episode

    128: 5 Strategies for Coping with Anxiety and Panic - Solo Episode

    Even if you don't watch the news, there is a lot going around right now about the coronavirus that can really be unsettling. This is why I decided to republish an episode that I created before about how I overcome anxiety and panic. The best way to protect yourself against a virus that has no vaccine is your own immune system. That's why it is important to know how to cope with anxiety. I hope these things help you as much as they have helped me. And I hope that you can find hope amidst the hype and panic. May you be well. 


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    • 41 min
    127: Tackling Loneliness With The Friendly Bench – With Founder Lyndsey Young

    127: Tackling Loneliness With The Friendly Bench – With Founder Lyndsey Young

    Talking to strangers may seem like an anxiety producing task, but not if you have a place that is set aside to be friendly with your community. Today’s episode highlights community activist Lyndsey Young, the founder of The Friendly Bench, CIC.

    In this episode we discuss why loneliness and social isolation are so hard and bad for your health as well as what can be done to overcome these things. We then talk about the story behind The Friendly Bench and why having a place where you can create deliberate connection is critical for a community.

    Learn more about Lyndsey Young:

    Lyndsey Young is the founder of award-winning The Friendly Bench CIC, a movement to tackle loneliness, social isolation and community disconnectedness using innovative outdoor social spaces that reconnect people back to their own community. Lyndsey created The Friendly Bench™ after suffering from loneliness and social isolation herself. Bringing together her extensive design knowledge and experience of working on nature and wellbeing projects, The Friendly Bench™ was born. Being closer to nature, active social spaces and bringing people together is what it’s all about – with community at its core.

    Winning support from the UK’s Prime Minister; Loneliness Minister, Baroness Diana Barran, and national charities and campaigns tackling loneliness, as well as being featured in New York Times, Huffington Post and Reuters, The Friendly Bench™ network is growing, with further The Friendly Benches launching across the UK this year, The Friendly Bench CIC is also in talks with organisations in Australia and Canada to expand overseas.

    I loved learning about The Friendly Bench from Lyndsey and I loved her kind optimism and gentle goodness. I really love what Lyndsey is doing because it’s not just trying to build awareness around loneliness and social isolation, but she is ACTING to make a change.

    Find the Friendly Bench here.

    Website: https://www.thefriendlybench.co.uk/

    Insta: https://www.instagram.com/thefriendlybench/

    FB https://www.facebook.com/TheFriendlyBench/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Friendly_Bench


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    126: A Powerful Cure For Loneliness: Ritual Connection - With TEDx Speaker Baya Voce

    126: A Powerful Cure For Loneliness: Ritual Connection - With TEDx Speaker Baya Voce

    Have you ever felt lonely? Unfortunately, most people would answer yes. There is a loneliness epidemic going on in the world today and I am on a mission to help fight against it. So is Rite of Passage designer and TEDx speaker, Baya Voce. As I was researching loneliness, I found Baya's TEDx talk (with over 4 million views) on a simple cure for loneliness. This intrigued me and I knew we had to chat. It just so happened that serendipity wanted us to chat as well. My friend and former More Happy Life podcast guest, Doug Cartwright (see episode 120) happens to be friends with Baya and we got on the phone and made this episode a reality. 

    We talked about some really life-changing principles here:


    Micro and Macro Transitions
    How to experience Grief and Gratitude simultaneously
    Rituals to help with grief and transition
    Loneliness and how to deal with it
    Connecting with our inner wisdom to find the answers we need

    Baya also shares a never-before-published story of how she was able to use ritual to get through a major heart break that began on the TEDx stage. 

    If you are going through something hard right now, you should listen to this episode. 

    If you have ever gone through a major transition, you should listen to this episode.

    If you have ever felt lonely, you should listen to this episode. 

    Don't miss this one!

    About Baya Voce:

    Baya Voce is a Rite of Passage Designer, helping people turn their life transitions into rites of passage through ritual and ceremony.

    She's known for designing and facilitating experiences ranging from two-person rituals and 20-person Jeffersonian-style dinners to 100+ person women's circles, elaborate 1,000+-person theatrical productions, and conferences at places like Lincoln Center.

    Her TEDx talk on loneliness is one of the most-viewed of all time with over 4 million views. Baya has produced experiences in conjunction with brands like Lyft and Google Fiber, and has been featured by ABC, Fox, MTV, and SXSW for her perspective on human connection, given her prior years as a successful matchmaker. You can connect with her online at www.bayavoce.com or on @baya_voce on instagram. 


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A true treasure

This podcast brings happiness and joy to the airwaves. Andy delivers practical and inspiring information through real life stories anyone can use in their daily life. I am so grateful for podcasts like this that help me connect to my heart and teach me things to practice for lasting happiness. The world needs more of this!

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Andy is one of a kind. His insight and genuine commitment to being open and honest and exploring the human experience is truly inspiring. This podcast is not only filled with awesome and helpful information, but it’s delivered in such a way that leaves me feeling uplifted and empowered. I always finding myself nodding in agreement and chuckling along as I remember how human I am. Thank you Andy for your wisdom and courage. The world is truly a better place because of you and this podcast.

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Life Changing!

This podcast is absolutely wonderful and has changed my life. I am so grateful to have been introduced to Andy and his podcast a few months ago. I highly recommend this podcast to everyone who wants a more happy life! Andy’s insights, practical advice, ability to create psychological safety, and general optimism have definitely helped me to have a more happy life.

I have so many examples I could share . . . here are just few: (1) I used to dread commuting, but now I’m weirdly excited about my commute and look forward to driving for 90+ minutes in crazy traffic every day. (2) I feel like I’m doing much better at creating space for brain breaks, which has led to clearer thinking, and making difficult but important decisions in the last few weeks. (3) listening to the real experiences and honest stories Andy and his guests share have helped me to better understand myself and others around me. I feel more empathy for strangers and a deeper connection with my friends and family.

You definitely won’t regret taking a little time to listen to Andy’s podcast and apply in your life. Thank you Andy!!

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