The Positive Psychology Podcast - Bringing the Science of Happiness to your Earbuds with Kristen Truempy

The Positive Psychology Podcast - Bringing the Science of Happiness to your Earbuds with Kristen Truempy
The science of the good life, huh? Sorry this is not about booze, sex and rock n’roll (or whatever is en vogue right now). In fact we talk about a lot of things that tree huggers would love: appreciation of beauty, gratitude, positive emotions, relationships and well, love. However we, that is positive psychologists and positive psychology practitioners buried ourselves in books, set out to experiment and then write it all up in a writing style that is about as exciting to read as watching an avocado turn brown. And that’s the problem: if you are not an academic you probably want a little bit more excitement, than pages and pages of densely written journals can provide. Even if you are an academic, who has time to read all the interesting stuff out there anyways? So in an effort to save your eyes taking on a comically rectangular shape the positive psychology podcast brings the science of the good life to your earbuds. It’s not all treehugger style though; sometimes we might get quite serious, for examp

114 - The Psychology of Trust with Ken Rotenberg - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Sep 22 • 50 min
What do we talk about when we talk about trust? Is trust really disappearing? Ken will introduce us to his framework that allows us to think about trust in a deeper and more thoughtful way and illuminate issues such as trust in politics or whether overly…
113 - Sex - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 20 • 55 min
This episode is full of questions and ideas to get you thinking about sex in a more positive way. Sexual identity, sex positivity, porn and religion are covered among other things. For our friends who are hard of hearing I am starting to include…
Kintsukuroi - My first Positive Psychology Rap
Jun 2 • 2 min
One thing that I have been obsessed about for years is bringing the message of positive psychology to places where they might not be expected. That’s why I started the podcast in the first place, fooled around with Amazon Alexa and most recently started…
112 - Saving Democracy Together - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Apr 27 • 33 min
Democracy is a huge force for good in the world and it’s under threat. Civic duties might not be as sexy as catchy habits or yoga poses but they are key to living peacefully and creating the conditions so people can flourish. In this episode we talk about…
111 - No War Between the Sexes - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Mar 30 • 51 min
Today we’re talking about masculinity, femininity and what’s in between. We’ll dive into sex, gender, toxicity and how we can do better.
110 - The Pragmatist’s Guide to Life - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jan 2 • 52 min
Malcolm & Simone Collins want to wake people up to really think about life. What are you optimizing your life for? Could it be something that is not a positive emotion? This chat is a wild ride which might get some feathers ruffled. As a reward you’ll get…
109 - Running Therapy with William Pullen - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 29, 2018 • 37 min
Don’t bail if you don’t run. Everything that William talks about you can also do while walking. This episode is about how issues such as depression can be treated with movement. Check out Wiliam’s TEDx talk here: Movement is medicine If you own an Amazon…
108 - Humility is not what you think it is - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Oct 14, 2018 • 22 min
Turns out the way psychologists define humility differs from what the dictionary teaches you. Listen in to hear what humility is, what it’s not, why it’s useful, what researchers have learned about it and how women and men differ. If you have an…
107 - The Happy Startup School with Carlos Saba - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 16, 2018 • 46 min
Can we teach businesses to put happiness and meaning at the core of what they do? Today our guest is Carlos Saba, founder of the Happy Startup School. This one is interesting for all businesses, startup or not. We learn how these companies do things…
106 - Write yourself Happy with Megan C. Hayes - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jul 24, 2018 • 39 min
Writing is one the most powerful and yet under-appreciated positive interventions that exist. Today I talk to Dr. Megan C. Hayes about making a mess, encounters on the page and why journalling as usual might not be sustainable. Books and articles…
105 - The Plurality of Happiness - The Positive Podcast
Jun 17, 2018 • 36 min
Happiness is not one thing. It contains multitudes and this episode is about pointing out various sources of happiness. If you have an Amazon Alexa and you catch yourself coming up with reasons or doubts about meditation check out “Meditation Myth…
104 - The Happiness Smorgasbord with Susanna Halonen - The Positive Psychology Podcast
May 31, 2018 • 48 min
Susanna Halonen returns to the podcast with this conversation which is a meandering happiness buffet with lots of different bits to choose from. Evidence based theories versus interesting ideas What can poetry and philosophy contribute to a good life?…
103 - Parapsychology with Jeffrey Mishlove - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Apr 29, 2018 • 52 min
Parapsychology investigates some pretty incredible phenomena including extra-sensory perception, telekinesis and even reincarnation. Jeffrey Mishlove and I discuss what parapsychology does, its relationship with mainstream psychology and how challenging…
102 - The Art of Fully Living with Tal Gur - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Apr 2, 2018 • 28 min
We talk a lot about the things that make us happy and are supposed to change our life. Some of us try out a bit of advice here and there but most of us don’t go about it fully. Tal Gur gave himself 10 years to achieve 100 goals. Today we hear from a doer,…
101 - Virtual Reality Assessments - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Feb 11, 2018 • 36 min
This episode is mostly for professionals and students in positive psychology, HR or management. We can produce the best research in the world but if we don’t go where the majority of the worlds’ attention is heading, it will not matter how good we…
100 - 7 Fundamentals - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jan 21, 2018 • 47 min
Certain ideas keep coming up again and again, no matter what topic we cover in the podcast. These seven concepts let you take a step back and focus on the meta ideas which help you leverage whatever kind of personal growth you are aspiring to. If you have…
099 - The Upside of your Stress - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 5, 2017 • 26 min
Kelly McGonigal’s book the Upside of your Stress challenges everything we believe to know about stress. We discuss how previous research has been misunderstood, some surprising truths about stress and how we can develop a healthy stress response. Find…
098 - Good Violations - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Oct 21, 2017 • 51 min
This ain’t no typo. There are some violations that we tremendously enjoy. Don’t worry it’s not as dangerous as it sounds. Listen in to learn more about an integral part of happiness and well-being and how you can get more of it in your own life.…
097 - Yoga for Every Body with Jessamyn Stanley - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Sep 16, 2017 • 39 min
Imagine yoga for a second: was it a white, slender and well-off hetero-sexual woman? Well what about tattooed, black, fat and queer folks? Is it not for them? Jessamyn Stanley is an inspiring yoga teacher who doesn’t just not fit the mould but…
096 - Strengths-Based Parenting with Lea Waters - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 25, 2017 • 48 min
Parents and non-parents want to know how to see and grow the best in the (young) people around them. Lea Waters is here to talk about how to turn on the Strengths Switch, how our own challenges shape how we see our children and what actually happens once…
095 - Emotion Differentiation (Hermione Granger is really good at this) - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 6, 2017 • 26 min
Emotion differentiation is a the closest thing to a psychological superpower. Having it gives you all kinds of benefits and protection while the absence of it has lots of drawbacks. The good news is that it is a very straight-forward skill to learn.…
094 - Conscious Communication with Mary Shores - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jul 8, 2017 • 47 min
Today Mary Shores, CEO and author, will join us to talk about Why even a debt collection agency can bring positive change to the world How one powerful rule changed her business for the better A simple question to help align your actions with your…
006 - Shorts: Journalist Stalker - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 27, 2017 • 13 min
Internalizations The Pressure of Balance Unlimited Good versus Winner-takes-it-All Why Self-Compassion is your Foundation
005 - Shorts: Reverse Batman - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 20, 2017 • 27 min
Acceptance versus resignation Sailboat metaphor Is only the best good enough for you? The Full Monty or Nothing Corporate Disillusionment Gaming bestseller lists Fire under my rear-end You are the Ambassador Now The Value of Tension Missing the old days
093 - Bubbly is not Self-Love with Dani DiPirro - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 18, 2017 • 40 min
Dani DiPirro is the creator of Positively Present . We talk self-love (it’s not just self-care!), facing and working on our fears and when it’s time to seek professional guidance.
004 - Shorts: Personality Test Deep Dive & Good Viruses
Jun 13, 2017 • 37 min
Collateral Benefits A Co-Worker Chooses Looking Back at Anger Don’t Pay it Back When it’s out of your Hands Leave your Ego Alone Please forget the One Surprising Answer to Being more Kind
003 - Shorties: Don’t Barf on Whales, Stop Doormatting it & I Accidentally Insult a Kind Man
Jun 6, 2017 • 23 min
How you behave while you wait Strengthsspotting The Happiness Formula in your daily life Sacrifice no more
092 - The Heart of a Seeker - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 4, 2017 • 28 min
So you’ve lost your religion. Or you always thought it was stupid to begin with. Maybe you are religious but are not quite satisfied. Today we look at this idea that we can find spirituality in sometimes unexpected places. Join us on Facebook
002 - Shorts: Who needs Monks? Gratitude Ninjas & Clairvoyance - The Positive Psychology Podcast
May 28, 2017 • 31 min
Short, bite-sized, breathless and birdsong-filled reflections on how to live a good life: Emotion Thermometers How feelings over logic saved a life Hurray for abs I was a coward Role models Cultivating your inner life Meditation in real time
001 - Positive Psychology Shorties - The Positive Psychology Podcast
May 24, 2017 • 21 min
Introducing real-life bite-sized positive psychology goodness. For a while I have been thinking how I could use more real life examples to illustrate the concepts we talk about in the regular episodes. Enter This is raw, real-life as it…
Facebook Forum is Live & New Micro-episodes on
May 21, 2017 • 7 min
Okay right now it’s just me and my mother so come one over and be one of the cool people who joined from the very beginning. I want us to get to know each other (you know a lot about me and I mostly likely don’t know you yet), share things that will…
091 - What you Want, What you Say & What you Signal - The Positive Psychology Podcast
May 11, 2017 • 36 min
At work, as parents and in our relationships we say that we want one thing but then we behave to encourage something completely different. If our words and behaviours do not line up we will experience a lot of unnecessary conflict. Check out what kind…
Get Started now with the first 3 Days
May 1, 2017 • 30 min
Are you too satisfied to try this? If yes good for you :-)
090 - Technology: Yay or Ney with Jason Feifer - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Apr 14, 2017 • 28 min
Did technology make relationships better (hello Skype) or does it make us lonely? Today we talk to Jason Feifer, host of the thought-provoking podcast Pessimists’ Archive and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine to learn how to think about…
089 - What Harry Potter can teach you about Spirituality with Vanessa Zoltan - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Mar 24, 2017 • 38 min
If you love Harry Potter you are probably excited by the title but if you are not hold your horses and give our insightful guest Vanessa Zoltan a chance: the principles we discuss can be applied to your favourite books, music and movies and even if…
088 - I am not Judging you, but - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Mar 10, 2017 • 27 min
From the distinctly unsexy depths of logic and classical psychology comes an episode on how to not be like your enemies: judgmental, illogical and manipulative. To grab your free coaching spot visit Click on the lower right…
087 - Positive Risk with Suzy Madge - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Feb 25, 2017 • 66 min
We are both terrified and fascinated with risk. Today we talk to adventurer-badass Suzy Madge who researched positive risk in ski-mountaineers but also drops out of helicopters to ski remote mountains in places like Afghanistan. Furthermore Suzy works…
086 - Crash Burn Thrive with Doug Behrendt - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Feb 12, 2017 • 39 min
Here comes the second installment on depression where Doug Behrendt tells us about his experience with suicidal depression and how he fought his way back into life, one habit at a time. Hear what Doug a former pharmaceutical rep has to say about…
085 - Rethinking Politics - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Feb 1, 2017 • 53 min
These are politically tumultuous times. In this episode we discuss some “necessary disillusionments” that we have to overcome in ourselves, stories that are unhelpful that we have to let go of to proceed and we dive into how opposing parties can find…
084 - Good Consumerism - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jan 8, 2017 • 30 min
Consumerism has a lot of downsides but what if rather than giving up hope we look at how to make it better? For that to happen we need to become aware of our relationship with materialism, limiting beliefs we have even if we don’t know it and what…
083 - Magic with Steven Bagienski - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jan 2, 2017 • 17 min
Steven talks to us about how magic impacts well-being and what we can do to get some of that threefold goodness into our own lives. If you wait for the end you will hear an action-movie style ad for my audiobook Brainwash.
082 - The Election according to Rosie : from Darkness to Fuel - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 21, 2016 • 77 min
Rosie from Illinois bravely confronts the shock, confusion and disillusion following the election of Donald Trump. She sits with discomfort, struggles through some painful realizations and ultimately recovers a sense of direction and even excitement….
081 - Election Shock - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 12, 2016 • 43 min
To those of you who are terrified and not entirely sure what to do next: here are some thoughts to comfort but hopefully also inspire you to see this as the growth opportunity that it is. This episode does neither contain concepts from psychology or…
080 - 100 Dates with Fear with Michelle Poler - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 5, 2016 • 39 min
Let others punch fear in the face. Michelle Poler instinctively knew that she would need some oysters, a bikini and a time-machine to confront her numerous fears. In this conversation we dive into the creative and fun way she decided to address her…
079 - Depression: A Personal Perspective - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Oct 16, 2016 • 35 min
Deirdre a listener from beautiful Cape Town asked me a few questions about my personal journey with depression and I decided to answer her questions on the podcast. Furthermore I added a section about what people who have loved ones with depression…
078 - Money Mindset with Matt Bodnar - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Sep 22, 2016 • 52 min
Today investor and fellow podcaster Matt Bodnar joins us to discuss money but we end up covering: Decision-making Blocking and tackling Financial literacy Limiting beliefs and how to reverse them (The 4 Questions) Pyramid of Action and more In the…
077 - The Psychology of Running - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Sep 4, 2016 • 39 min
No this is not an “exercise is good for you” episode. It’s also not about how running affects you psychologically. This is really about taking the techniques of positive psychology and applying them to a tough challenge, in this case, training for a…
076 - Coaching with Christian van Nieuwerburgh - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 21, 2016 • 43 min
Why is coaching so popular and will it remain that way when the robots come? Today Christian van Nieuwerburgh, Associate Professor of Coaching at Henley Business School shares with us his insights into when coaching is needed, how it can unleash its…
Brainwash Special
Aug 13, 2016 • 10 min
I have never been more terrified of releasing an episode of the Positive Psychology Podcast. It’s the closest thing to taking off my clothes and running around naked online that I have done. If you want to know why listen in and check out…
075 - Reflections on Passion - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 7, 2016 • 11 min
Translating psychological concepts into daily life is not easy. So in this new reflection episode I look back on the concepts my friend Susanna Halonen taught me back in 2014 on passion. I will examine how I apply her ideas in my own life, where I…
074 - Grit: the not so secret Secret of Success - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 1, 2016 • 17 min
Originally I was reluctant to dig into grit: it just sounded like one of these many killjoy concepts that make us into the perfect corporate consumer soldier. How wrong I was. You don’t need to have a flawlessly clean room or stay on the perfect diet…
073 - Broadcasting Happiness with Michelle Gielan - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jul 17, 2016 • 32 min
Did you know that you are a broadcaster and have a lots of influence over the people in your life? Former CBS news anchor turned Positive Psychologist Michelle Gielan discusses how changing what and how we broadcast is crucial for success, happiness…
072 - Managing Happiness: tools and links - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jul 12, 2016 • 31 min
If you take your well-being seriously you have to prioritize and manage it. Today I will share how I do this focusing mainly on the tools I use, mostly smartphone apps. You can find the full list of links on the page Apps to Manage Happiness
071 - How to be Miserable with Randy Paterson - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 22, 2016 • 39 min
In our pursuit of happiness it is easy to become myopic. Why not freshen things up by trying, just for the length of this episode, to achieve utter misery? Randy Paterson is a psychologist and the author of the book How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies…
070 - The Story of your Life - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 5, 2016 • 25 min
Dan McAdams’ work has illuminated how stories shape our identity. Today we dissect the elements of story to unearth the narrative we tell ourselves. Furthermore we will look at a life-stage model and how reaching or missing expected milestones can…
069 - Happiness after Loss with Maria Sirois - The Positive Psychology Podcast
May 19, 2016 • 45 min
Maria Sirois from episode 21 on authenticity returns to the Positive Psychology Podcast to talk about happiness after loss. Maria has written A Short Course in Happiness After Loss: (and Other Dark, Difficult Times) We talk about when happiness is…
068 - Minimalism - The Positive Psychology Podcast
May 5, 2016 • 12 min
Today we will talk about the philosophy of minimalism. It’s not (yet) rooted in psychological evidence but based on what we know about what makes people happy and what doesn’t it contains a lot of useful ideas. We will talk about what minimalism is…
067 - Habits - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Mar 20, 2016 • 21 min
We will talk about the anatomy of habits, discuss BJ Fogg’s work on tiny habits and then address some things which make successful habit implementation more likely. This episode is meant to revisit some of the aspects of the Happy Habits interview…
066 - Comfort & Convenience - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Mar 5, 2016 • 34 min
Comfort and convenience We seek comfort through convenience. The time that convenience was designed to create for more important things is often taken up by more convenience Convenience is a never ending task. Our tolerance for discomfort…
065 - Acting as if… to Grow with Shannon Polly - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Feb 13, 2016 • 34 min
One of the most interesting ways to implement positive psychology is by using techniques from the arts. You don’t have to be a liberal arts college major to use and enjoy these techniques. Shannon Polly and I discuss how acting as if, posture, reading…
064 - Positive Psychology for Women with Niyc Pidgeon - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Feb 6, 2016 • 27 min
Episode 10 was for the guys, this one is for the ladies. Niyc Pidgeon, a positive psychologist who works mainly with female entrepreneurs and I discuss the differences between coaching men and women, when coaching makes sense, self-care and what kind…
063 - Shame and Conformity - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jan 21, 2016 • 30 min
Elaine, a listener of the podcast, wrote in and suggested that I cover shame from the perspective of positive psychology. We will look at the work of Brené Brown, a rockstar shame and vulnerability researcher. Furthermore I will also address…
062 - The Need for Speed - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jan 9, 2016 • 26 min
What do we sacrifice on the altar of speed and instant everything? Why is the imperative for speed bad for you and what can we do about it? We will talk about some of the surprising benefits that patience has on our lives. For more episodes check…
Top 10 Episodes of 2015 - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Dec 27, 2015 • 16 min
If you are new to the Positive Psychology Podcast (or a bit behind) and you are a bit lost why not check out the top 10 of 2015?
061 - Self-Compassion - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Dec 20, 2015 • 20 min
Who doesn’t want more happiness, optimism and balance in their life? Self-compassion, championed by Dr. Kristin Neff, is one of those things that almost nobody has enough of. We are very self-critical because we’re afraid otherwise we might lose our…
060 - You are Rich in Resources - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Dec 12, 2015 • 25 min
Thanksgiving is over but regardless of the time of the year it’s really helpful to be conscious of all the resources that are at our disposal. It provides us with perspective and show us that whatever is bothering us, is not the only thing we have (or…
059 - Change the Conversation with Erica Virvo - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 26, 2015 • 33 min
The holiday season has kicked off and people all around the world are wondering what to do about ‘negative’ family members. Waiting them to change has not helped so what now? Try to involve them in a strengths-based conversation. See how different the…
058 - Why you Should go to Sleep now - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 7, 2015 • 18 min
Dr. Richard Wiseman is on a mission to make people go to sleep more often and more deeply. You will hear what happens we we sleep, what happens when we don’t sleep enough, the benefits of sleeping, how to fall asleep more easily and a little bit about…
057 - Authentic Leadership - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Oct 25, 2015 • 24 min
Today we look at authentic leadership and why it’s important for anyone, regardless of whether you have a formal leadership position or not. We will examine the benefits of authentic leadership, the qualities these authentic leaders have and how they…
056 - Travel to gain Depth with Nathaniel Boyle - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Oct 9, 2015 • 31 min
While science is at the heart of positive psychology we sometimes need role models to understand how concepts like curiosity or growing beyond our comfort zones can be applied to our own lives. Nathaniel Boyle from the Daily Travel Podcast talks to us…
055 - Willpower - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Sep 21, 2015 • 29 min
Willpower is essential to to reach our goals. Yet as Kelly McGonigal points out in her book The Willpower Instinct common ideas about willpower are often wrong. In this episode we look at these misconceptions and how to overcome them. For more…
054 - Love with Nate Bagley - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Sep 8, 2015 • 29 min
What can I do right in love? That’s the question Nate Bagley asked himself before he embarked on the Loveumentary project, where he has interviewed over 70 couples who are in functioning relationships. We talk about what it takes, delicate balances…
053 - Flow - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 30, 2015 • 14 min
In this short episode we look at what flow is and how you can cultivate it. Like last week’s episode on mindfulness this is also about the quality of experience. For more episodes check out
052 - Mindfulness - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 23, 2015 • 33 min
Mindfulness is not just for vegan yoga practitioners or new agey types: CEOs do it (so if they have time you probably do too) as well and many others. This episode will cover what mindfulness is, what it isn’t, why bother and how to develop it. For…
051 - Death: A Personal Story - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 16, 2015 • 26 min
Positive Psychology is not just interested in happy clappy topics - it’s also interested in how we can deal with difficult situations. In this episode I am not sharing research but instead tell the story of the death of my father. It’s a taboo subject…
050 - Changing Inner Dialogue: Coaching Call - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 9, 2015 • 47 min
Negative thinking happens in the heat of the moment. How can we change that and what are concrete ways to change the inner dialogue? This is an excerpt from three positive psychology coaching calls designed to illustrate the positive psychology of…
049 - Pimp your Language Learning - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 4, 2015 • 38 min
Did you always want to study a foreign language but got discouraged or never even started? Or are you an expat who wants to connect with the locals but struggle? This is a passionate pep talk peppered with positive psychology concepts to help you…
048 - Positive Therapy with Dan Tomasulo - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jul 24, 2015 • 45 min
Therapy with a positive twist: how does it work? How can we bring people to experience powerful breakthroughs and get them out of their heads? What’s story and acting got to do with it? Dr. Dan Tomasulo, psychologist, therapist, MAPP and writer…
047 - Empathy - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jul 19, 2015 • 19 min
What is empathy, what do we know about it and how do we increase it? For more episodes check out
046 - Individualism vs. Collectivism - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jul 16, 2015 • 18 min
You will have an opportunity to think about how individualistic you are and which things you prefer to do by yourself. For more episodes check out
045 - Values - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jul 4, 2015 • 25 min
People like to talk about values but what are they exactly? And how can something so abstract actually be helpful in our messy daily life? For more episodes check out
044 - Positive Institutions - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 27, 2015 • 26 min
What is a positive institution? What sets a good company or school apart from regular institutions? What can you contribute to make the institutions you are involved with more positive? For more episodes check out
043 - Travel as a Gateway to Flourishing - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 20, 2015 • 31 min
Travel is a wonderful way to achieve personal growth. How does it relate to psychological well-being? How does travel allow us to explore and live our values? I will address these questions by sharing my personal take on travel and how it contributes…
042 - Why Disability Affects us All - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 13, 2015 • 51 min
Making positive psychology inclusive is not just a topic that is important for people with disabilities but all of us. Michael Wehmeyer talks about how implementing measures to think about and assist people with disabilities benefits society in…
041 - Strong Mindfulness with Ryan Niemiec - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 7, 2015 • 30 min
Ryan Niemiec returns to discuss what mindfulness is, what the benefits are and how we can personalize the practice by tapping into our strengths. For more episodes check out
040 - Emotional Intelligence - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jun 2, 2015 • 22 min
Emotional intelligence is made up of different skills. We will look at the different skills and how to cultivate them. We will also learn why decision making without emotions might not be as great as we think it is. For more episodes check out…
039 - Writing to Deal with Pain - The Positive Psychology Podcast
May 25, 2015 • 30 min
Writing can help us deal with trauma and the negative effects of inhibiting things and keeping secrets. We will explore how writing can be a great coping mechanism. Furthermore examples are given of how writing contributes to positive emotions,…
038 - Mindset - The Positive Psychology Podcast
May 17, 2015 • 15 min
A fixed mindset might be what’s standing in your way. Learn what a growth mindset is and how to acquire it. For more episodes check out
037 - How the News Impacts your Happiness - The Positive Psychology Podcast
May 12, 2015 • 26 min
Constructive journalism is about news that is not junk food to your mind. Based on the work of Cathrine Glydensted we explore what constructive journalism is, how you are impacted by the news and what you can watch out for to ensure a more quality…
036 - High Quality Relationships - The Positive Psychology Podcast
May 3, 2015 • 11 min
What are high-quality connections? What do they feel like and what benefits do they have? What different lenses exist to make sense of our relationships? For more episodes check out
035 - Resilience (you like bamboo) - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Apr 26, 2015 • 24 min
Based on the work of Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté we will explore the ABC of resilience, thinking traps and how to question them and icebergs. For more episodes check out
034 - Transcendent Behaviour (Science Speak for Being Awesome) - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Apr 21, 2015 • 23 min
Quite a mouthful: what the heck is transcendent behaviour? What happens if we behave that way and what makes us more likely to behave in a transcendent way? For more episodes check out
033 - Creativity - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Apr 13, 2015 • 34 min
Based on the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi we will explore the creative personality, conditions that enable creativity and the creative process. For more episodes check out
032 - Rethinking the Body - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Apr 4, 2015 • 22 min
What kind of questions does positive psychology ask about the body? How can you increase your awareness of your own body? Is self-image just about attractiveness? For more episodes check out
031- Self-Worth: Am I Good Enough? - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Mar 29, 2015 • 30 min
What contributes to feelings of self-worth? What is self-esteem and self-efficacy and how can you get more of it? For more episodes check out
030 - Appreciation of Beauty with Rhett Diessner - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Mar 21, 2015 • 29 min
What is beauty? What does biology have to do with it? Of what use is the ability to appreciate beauty in our world? And what about shallow beauty? For more episodes check out
029 - Personal Spirituality (Part 2) - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Mar 15, 2015 • 23 min
Why bother developing a personal spirituality? How can we engage in personal spirituality? For more episodes check out
028 - Spirituality (Part 1) - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Mar 8, 2015 • 22 min
What is spirituality, what are its benefits and what is sacred? In this first part we look at what positive psychology knows and doesn’t know about spirituality. For more episodes check out
027 - Walking the Talk - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Mar 1, 2015 • 19 min
Positive psychology has to be highly practical to be of use. So in this episode I share how I implement positive psychology into daily routines and how it shapes lots of important decisions. I hope that by hearing real-life examples it will get you to…
026 - Happiness Habits with Braco Pobric - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Feb 21, 2015 • 38 min
How can we make good habits and break the bad ones? Braco Pobric tells us a couple of happiness secrets and relates them to real-life experience.
025 - You are aging right now with Piers Worth - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Feb 15, 2015 • 25 min
Positive aging is usually not a topic we care about when we are young. However during this talk with Piers Worth it turns out that what determines positive aging are things that happen often way earlier than we might think.
024 - Strengths at the Workplace with Michelle McQuaid - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Feb 8, 2015 • 30 min
The proof is in the pudding. So how can we use our strengths and the principles of positive psychology at work? Michelle McQuaid talks to us about how we can recognize strengths in the working day and use them even if our boss is not interested in…
023 - Courage - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Feb 1, 2015 • 24 min
What is courage? What different kinds of courage exist and how can courage be cultivated?
022 - Hope with Shane Lopez - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jan 24, 2015 • 30 min
What is hope and why would companies be wise to cultivate it? How do we increase our hope and what can be done to teach kids at school?
021 - Authenticity: the Art of Being Yourself - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jan 17, 2015 • 34 min
‘Be yourself’ is the kind of advice we hear all the time. But how do you do that? Dr. Maria Sirois talks to us about what authenticity is, what the benefits and dangers are and how we can get started on our journey to a more authentic self.
020 - Terrorism through the Lens of Transformative Action - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jan 11, 2015 • 23 min
How can decade-old problems and truly challenging issues be solved? By looking at conflicts which were resolved peacefully the principles of transformative action were discovered. In this episode we will outline how these principles could inform…
019 - Are you psychologically healthy? - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Jan 2, 2015 • 11 min
Back to the basics. What is psychological well-being really and how do you know that you are mentally healthy?
018 - Your Year Recap using a GREAT DREAM - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Dec 28, 2014 • 18 min
Before you rush off making new resolutions here are a couple of questions to help you remember 2014 from a positive psychology perspective.
017 - Savouring: the ability to notice and appreciate - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Dec 21, 2014 • 23 min
Savouring is the ability to notice and appreciate past, present and future experiences. Savouring has been shown to make us happier so we will look at savouring exercises and talk about how you can apply them to enjoy the Holidays even more.
016 - Forgiveness - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Dec 14, 2014 • 24 min
We will talk about what forgiveness is, what the benefits are, the steps which different forgiveness programs have in common and some questions you can ask yourself if you are struggling to forgive someone.
015 - Meaning - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Dec 7, 2014 • 16 min
What is meaning and why is it important? What are the benefits of having a purpose and where does suffering fit in? What can you do when you want to explore meaning in your own life?
014 - Positive Money - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 30, 2014 • 22 min
How can you spend your money in ways that make you happier? Right in time for Christmas shopping we discuss five principles which help spending your money in a way that makes you and the people around you happier.
013 - Can Happiness Levels change? - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 23, 2014 • 25 min
What beliefs stand in our way to change? How does change happen in our brain? Is happiness fixed and what influence do genes have? What can we do with all this information?
012 - Backstage Positive Psychology with Aaron Jarden - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 15, 2014 • 25 min
This episode is for the geeks, those interested in where Positive Psychology is headed and the fans of Aaron Jarden. We discuss the importance and advancement of assessments, the need to define concepts such as flourishing, current developments in…
011 - Play and Humour with Therese Joyce - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Nov 8, 2014 • 27 min
Therese Joyce will explain why play and humour is much more serious and important than you think.
010 - The Positive Psychology Podcast - Critical Positive Masculinity with Tim Lomas
Nov 2, 2014 • 20 min
Do we have to get away from traditional stereotypes of what it means to be a man? Is getting in touch with emotions only for women? Dr. Tim Lomas explains critical positive masculinity.
009 - The Positive Psychology Podcast - Optimism
Oct 26, 2014 • 40 min
Think of optimism as the climate in your brain: is the weather generally good or would you prefer better weather? What is optimism, how does it influence your brain and life, what are the benefits, what concerns do people have and what can you do to…
008 - The Positive Psychology Podcast - Passion with Susanna Halonen
Oct 12, 2014 • 33 min
Learn why the search for passion is over. Susanna explains the 5 components of a passionate life.
007 - The Positive Psychology Podcast - Zurich Film Festival Special
Oct 9, 2014 • 24 min
In the last episode Ryan Niemiec mentioned how movies can help us develop our character strengths. This week we will talk about how seeing 14 movies in 8 days gave me ample opportunity not just to watch out for strengths but see other positive…
006 - Ryan Niemiec on Strengths - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Sep 28, 2014 • 19 min
Ryan Niemiec will be our guest in this episode of the Positive Psychology Podcast. He is a psychologist, coach and author who works on advancing the science and practice of strengths at the VIA Institute. We will talk about what strengths are, what to…
005 - Acacia Parks on Positive Interventions - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Sep 21, 2014 • 53 min
Acacia Parks discusses positive interventions. What are they? What works best and what can go wrong? How are positive interventions brought to the public? And how could a listener get started? For more episodes check out…
004 - Lea Waters on Positive Education - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Sep 16, 2014 • 27 min
Lea Waters, a positive education expert from the University of Melbourne will talk about why positive education is important, how wellbeing and performance are linked and what teachers interested in positive education can do to get started. For more…
003 - Positive Emotions - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Sep 7, 2014 • 19 min
Today we are going to talk about positive emotions. We will cover why one big misunderstanding makes people question the legitimacy of positive psychology what positive emotions are good for emotional contagion how positive emotions affect…
002 - Strengths - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 23, 2014 • 32 min
Bringing the Science of the Good Life to your Earbuds
001- Introduction - The Positive Psychology Podcast
Aug 10, 2014 • 19 min
Bringing the Science of the Good Life to your Earbuds