253 episodes

What does it mean to love and work well? What’s required? What gets in the way? And how do I pursue what truly matters? Freud taught “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness,” and our ability to love and work well is deeply connected to our happiness in life.

Working at the intersection of business and psychology, Dr. Melissa Smith helps you identify what it takes to love and work well, pursue what matters, and live with more joy today. Get clear on intention, lead yourself first, and thrive in love and work.

Pursue What Matters Dr. Melissa Smith

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    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

What does it mean to love and work well? What’s required? What gets in the way? And how do I pursue what truly matters? Freud taught “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness,” and our ability to love and work well is deeply connected to our happiness in life.

Working at the intersection of business and psychology, Dr. Melissa Smith helps you identify what it takes to love and work well, pursue what matters, and live with more joy today. Get clear on intention, lead yourself first, and thrive in love and work.

    Announcing our New Format!

    Announcing our New Format!

    It's been a long road to get to 252 podcast episodes, and all I can say is thank you! It's been a great journey, and there's plenty more journey ahead of us.
    Our journey is going to look a little different moving forward: I'm excited to announce that I'll be releasing podcasts in seasons, just like many of your other favorite podcasts. 
    Follow along with me on Instagram at @dr.melissasmith for updates on the new seasons, and daily posts about the latest in leadership research. 
    So long for now, and remember: love and work, work and love, that's all there is. 

    • 2 min
    Episode 252: Book Review - The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

    Episode 252: Book Review - The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

    What do the most successful couples do, and what do they avoid? Join me today as I review The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, PhD, who’s taught us the most about making marriage work. 
     
    This podcast will help you:

    Learn the secret weapon of successful marriages


    Understand the 7 principles to making marriage work


    Identify one key way to strengthen your relationship 

    • 20 min
    Episode 251: Attachment Style and Why it Matters

    Episode 251: Attachment Style and Why it Matters

    Attachment style is based on attachment theory, a very useful theory of human development that psychologists have been utilizing to better understand how humans function in relationships. Join me today for a review of attachment style, learn more about your attachment adaptation, why attachment matters in work and love. 
     
    This podcast will help you:

    Identify attachment styles 


    Learn how attachment theory applies to love and work


    Understand how early attachment relationships impact present-day functioning 

    • 22 min
    Episode 250: Whole Love

    Episode 250: Whole Love

    We all want deep, enduring love, but how many of us actually achieve that? Today, we're talking about true intimacy, what it is, and how to get it in your life. 
     
    This podcast will help you:

    Understand what whole love is


    Learn healthy selfishness


    Find true intimacy in your relationships

    • 17 min
    Episode 249: Cultivating a Quiet Ego

    Episode 249: Cultivating a Quiet Ego

    Do you have a quiet ego or a noisy ego? We all know people whose ego walks into the room before they do. A quiet ego is self-assured but always makes room for others. 
     
    This podcast will help you:

    Understand what ego means


    Identify different components of an ego


    Learn how a quiet ego doesn't mean a silent ego

    • 21 min
    Episode 248: How Loving are you?

    Episode 248: How Loving are you?

    As we step into February, the month of love, here's a thought to ponder: do you consider yourself a loving soul or a bit of a prickly pear? More importantly, what do others perceive, and can you see yourself clearly?
     
    Join me today as we kick off the month by taking a moment to look in the mirror.
    This podcast will help you:
     

    Discover that the key to well-being is the ability to love others unselfishly


    Reflect on how loving you are


    Learn why loving people are high in both agency and communion

    • 25 min

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31 Ratings

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Lisa Hall, family nurse practitioner

Dr. Smith is the real deal! I always find her insights and advice spot on. Whether applying her recommendations in a work setting or in personal relationships in a variety of setting, you will take away wisdoms from each podcast to make you a better person. Sometimes a title of a podcast doesn’t grab me, but after I listen to it, it hits on something I needed. She talks fast and the material is substantial, and it amazes me that she gives all of this therapy for free, - so I usually try to listen when I can sit and take notes!

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Leadership with heart

Dr. Smith teaches us how to be leaders with heart and she uses science to do it! Her podcast teaches us grace and the importance of service as leaders. I’m so grateful that I found her podcast!!!

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Powerful and motivating podcast!!

Amazing and motivating podcast about the learning process, the issues we face while
learning and solutions to combat them. This podcast is an absolute must listen for everyone, especially those in school or looking to continue on with their education. Dr. Smith nails
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