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Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast

If you believe as I do that by uncovering tested, practical ways to help people move from functioning to flourishing at work, we can better navigate the incredible challenges and opportunities our world faces, then this podcast is for you. My goal each week is to give you access to the world’ leading positive psychology, positive organizational scholarship and neuroscience researchers and practitioners to explore their latest research findings on how you can improve wellbeing, develop strengths, nurture positive relationships, make work meaningful and cultivate the grit to accomplish what matters most. If you want evidence-based approaches to bringing out the best in yourself and others at work, then consider this podcast your step-by-step guide.
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Oct 19, 2017

Anna Box is a psychologist, story strategist, and founder of Screen and Soul, where she delivers film and thriving workshops, designed to deliver evidence-based well-being and performance psychology, all while feeling like a day at the movies.  In all she does, Anna mashes the art of story with the science of thriving.   

Connect with Anna Box:

Anna Box on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/annabox/

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:55] - Anna explains how to fuse storytelling and thriving in workplaces.
  • [04:45] - Anna talks about the role of Joseph Campbell’s “Hero's Journey Approach” in storytelling.
  • [06:05] - Anna describes how she’s teaching leaders to improve thriving in workplaces by helping them understand more about the hero’s journey.
  • [10:30] - Anna shares cautions about using film to teach wellbeing and how to protect from those things.
  • [17:02] - Anna shares that the neuroscience of stories work.
  • [18:14] - Anna discusses teaching leaders how to tell stories that might help to improve their people’s wellbeing.
  • [20:12] - The Lightning Round with Anna Box.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!

Oct 12, 2017

Scott Barry Kaufman is an author, researcher, speaker, and public science communicator. He is interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Scott is a professor of positive psychology at The University of Pennsylvania. His research has been featured in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and the Harvard Business Review, just to name a few of the many publications.  Scott is the host of The Psychology Podcast, which I highly recommend listening to.

In this conversation, you will hear Scott talk about creativity in the workplace. While creativity can be messy, and organizations typically don’t like “mess,” Scott explains how a “no agenda zone”, openness to new experiences, opportunities for awe and other leadership behaviors can improve people's creativity.  We also explore the psychological tools of growth mindsets, git and self-compassion that may be needed to support creative risk taking.  shares some ways we can improve our creativity at work.

Connect with Scott Barry Kaufman:

Website: ScottBarryKaufman.com
Podcast: The Psychology Podcast

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:26] - Creativity is messy and organizations typically don’t like a mess.  Scott explains how they can embrace creativity by embracing uncertainty.
  • [05:10] - Scott discusses the relationship between positive emotion and the creative process.
  • [07:42] - Scott talks about the latest in the neuroscience of creativity.  He talks about the importance of “the imagination network.”
  • [09:14] - Scott shares way researchers are finding can improve our creativity at work.
  • [11:20] - Scott explains how awe can impact our creativity.
  • [13:46] - Scott talks about how unusual environments can foster creativity, and what organizations and leaders can do to create weird experiences.
  • [16:15] - Scott talks about the psychological skills of growth mindsets and self-compassion that enables us to take creative risks.
  • [17:20] - The Lightning Round with Scott Barry Kaufman.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!

Oct 5, 2017

Dr. Suzy Green is a coaching and clinical psychologist and founder of the Positivity Institute, a positively deviant organization dedicated to the research and application of positive psychology for life, school, and work.  She also holds a number of honorary academic positions at The Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, The Australian Catholic University, The Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne, and The Black Dog Institute. Her work has been published in articles around the world.

In this conversation, you will hear Suzy share the research on why cultivating positive emotions matter when it comes to our performance and wellbeing at work.  Suzy shares the practical things employees, leaders and organizations can do to improve mood in workplaces and how to implement these approaches at a systems level.

 

Connect with Suzy Green:

Website - http://thepositivityinstitute.com.au

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:00] - Suzy and I recently had the opportunity to work together on researching and writing a chapter for the new Handbook of the Psychology of Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches to Work.  Suzy shares what stood out to her in this research.
  • [04:17] - There has been a lot of debate about measuring positivity ratios as a way to assess our wellbeing. Suzy shares the advice that she gives her clients about that approach.
  • [06:16] - Suzy explains the importance of self-awareness when it comes to managing our moods.  
  • [08:38] - If you are looking to boost your heart-felt positivity, Suzy gives you her go-to activities.
  • [09:56] - Suzy shares some advice if you are in a leadership role and trying to boost positivity within your team.
  • [12:03] - Suzy provides some advice to companies wanting to implement these ideas in authentic ways.
  • [14:50] - Suzy talks about helping organizations go beyond training with these practices.
  • [21:01] - Suzy shares what sees as the most compelling parts of the business case at the moment, based on research.
  • [25:05] - The Lightning Round with Suzy Green

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!

Sep 29, 2017

BJ Fogg is an experimental psychologist who directs the behavior design lab at Stanford University.  He is renowned for creating breakthrough methods for changing human behavior. These methods are called, “Tiny Habits.”  Fortune Magazine has named BJ one of the 10 New Gurus You Should Know.

In this conversation, you will hear BJ talk about the tiny habits method.  He explains how small behavior changes are easier to implement and sustain when it comes to creating lasting positive changes.  He shares the three simple steps you can take to make tiny habits part of your daily wellbeing routine.

Connect with BJ Fogg:

Website: TinyHabits.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:29] - BJ talks about his research on making positive behaviors stick.
  • [02:09] - BJ explains what a “tiny habit” is and how it works.
  • [04:12] - BJ describes how he used the tiny habits method with daily pushups.
  • [06:19] - BJ talks about our brains adapting to tiny habits.
  • [07:23] - In case the habit isn’t “taking.” BJ shares how to tweak the recipe.
  • [10:26] - BJ explains that simplicity lies at the heart of behavior change.
  • [13:35] - BJ tells us why celebration is important to help behavior changes continue.
  • [18:34] - BJ shares how his newest research is looking to uncover super tiny ha bits that have the biggest impact on our wellbeing.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!

Sep 22, 2017

Dr. Richard Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and the Director of The Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation on the brain. He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work on the study of emotions in the brain. This conversation with Dr. Richard Davidson was recorded live at the 2014 World Congress on Positive Psychology.  This recording has never been played before on our podcast.  

In this conversation, you will hear Richard share what neuroscientists are discovering about ways to train our brains to improve wellbeing through small daily practices.

Connect with Richard Davidson:

Websites:

http://richardjdavidson.com
http://investigatinghealthyminds.org

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:38] -  Richard shares what the latest neuroscience research shows in the area of ways to improve wellbeing.
  • [03:10] - Richard explains that wellbeing can be improved with practice. He talks about practices when it comes to improving wellbeing.
  • [05:30] - Richard recommends that people start implementing these practices gradually.
  • [6:26] - Richard encourages you to go to InvestigatingHealthyMinds.org and download the Compassion Meditation Practice.
  • [07:02] - Mindfulness-based stress reduction is another excellent place to start, according to Richard.
  • [07:41] - Richard explains how gratitude practices can help train our brains.
  • [09:30] - Richard says that turning behaviors into habits is an effective way to embed these practices, neurologically.
  • [11:37] - Richard describes some of the newer research now underway to understand how we can train our brains for wellbeing.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!

Sep 15, 2017

Lindsay Oades is the director and an associate professor at The Center for Positive Psychology at The University of Melbourne, where he oversees the masters of applied psychology program.  Lindsey’s study and application of wellbeing ranges from individuals, mental health systems, educational institutions, workplaces and liveable cities. He has published over 100 journal articles and books chapters on these topics.  He is the co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Institute of Coaching at Harvard University.

In this conversation, you will hear Lindsay shares some of the latest findings on how wellbeing practices can improve organizational performance.  He also explains why focusing on improving individual wellbeing alone is not enough, and why we need to also address wellbeing at the team and organizational level and how we can approach this in workplaces. 

Connect with Lindsay Oades:

LindsayOades.com  
Wiley.com  
education.unimelb.edu.au/cpp

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:38] - Lindsay shares why he believes organizations are struggling to capitalize on the growing evidence about how wellbeing practices impact workplaces.
  • [03:59] - Lindsay talks about the individual approaches for applying positive psychology at work.
  • [06:09] - Lindsay explains why cultivating happy workers is overstated.
  • [08:03] - Lindsay shares the importance of improving wellbeing at team levels and how this can be addressed.
  • [14:30] - Lindsay talks about how organizational practices and policies and enable or restrict workplace wellbeing.
  • [16:27] - Lindsay shares the advice he is currently giving to leaders about improving wellbeing at a systemic level.
  • [20:33] - Lindsey explains why wellbeing literacy matters in workplaces.
  • [22:22] - The Lightning Round with Lindsay Oades.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!

Sep 8, 2017

Emilia Lahti is a researcher and social activist whose life mission is to be a catalyst for human connection, compassion, and nonviolence.  She has given talks at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Tedx, as well as at Singularity University at NASA Ames, where she studied futurism and exponential technology.  Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Business Insider, and Forbes, among others.

In this conversation, you will hear Emilia explain Sisu, which I describe as my reserve tank of motivation and energy in those moments when I’m up against something. Sisu exists in the presence of some sort of adversity. As humans, we tend to shy away from things that are difficult, but Sisu allows us to exceed ourselves.

Connect with Emilia Lahti:

Website: http://emilialahti.com

http://sisunotsilence.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:01] - Emilia explains that Sisu is a latent inner-power and she explains the difference between Sisu and power or grit.
  • [05:07] - Emilia says that Sisu is a universal capability with all humans.
  • [05:49] - Emilia addresses the question if Sisu is something we are born with or is cultivated.
  • [06:52] - Emila explains what an action mindset is and how it relates to Sisu.  
  • [08:33] - Emila talks about what she is learning about latent power.
  • [11:46] - Emilia shares what we can do for ourselves with Sisu.
  • [13:51] - Emilia provides with another way that we can cultivate Sisu.
  • [17:29] - Emilia explains “Sisu Not Silence” and how she plans to change culture through this venture.
  • [21:39] - Emilia defines the “Dark Sisu Zone.”

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care! Thank you Emilia.

Sep 8, 2017

Emilia Lahti is a researcher and social activist whose life mission is to be a catalyst for human connection, compassion, and nonviolence.  She has given talks at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Tedx, as well as at Singularity University at NASA Ames, where she studied futurism and exponential technology.  Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Business Insider, and Forbes, among others.

In this conversation, Emilia shares her research on sisu,an ancient Finnish construct that describes what enables you to endure the toughest of life’s situations and take extraordinary action against seemingly impossible odds.  Emilia explains how we might be able to cultivate more sisu and why it can help us to exceed our own expectations and discover what we're really capable of.

Connect with Emilia Lahti:

Website: http://emilialahti.com

http://sisunotsilence.com

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:01] - Emilia explains that sisu is a latent inner-power and the difference between sisu, resilience and grit.
  • [05:49] - Emilia addresses the question if sisu is something we are born with or is cultivated.
  • [06:52] - Emila explains what an action mindset is and how it relates to sisu.  
  • [08:33] - Emila talks about what she is learning about our latent power to exceed our own expectations.
  • [13:51] - Emilia shares why sisu is not a solo endeavor.
  • [17:29] - Emilia explains her “Sisu Not Silence” movement and how she hopes to run the length of New Zealand to end the silence on interpersonal violence.
  • [21:39] - Emilia defines the dark sisu zone and what to do if you find yourself there.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing. Thank you Emilia.

Until next time, take care!

Sep 1, 2017

Mathew White is an award-winning educator who brings a unique combination of a deep academic background in well-being with executive level leadership experience across education, public, and social sectors.  Mathew is the Director of Wellbeing and Positive Education at St. Peter’s College. He is an Associate Professor in the graduate school of education at the University of Melbourne.

In this conversation, you will hear Mathew talk about the new book he recently edited, "Future Directions In Wellbeing" and the ground-breaking ways positive psychology can be applied in workplaces and schools.  He also shares some of the gaps he encourages all wellbeing researchers and practitioners to be thinking about.

 

Connect with Matthew White:

Website: http://findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person174409#tab-overview

Twitter: @Mathew_WhitePhD

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:45] -Mathew shares the three big a-ha moments for him as he reviewed the essays on the future on wellbeing for the book.
  • [04:19] - Mathew discusses the idea of well-being models in schools and parenting.
  • [07:13] - Mathew talks about how organizations can improve wellbeing.
  • [09:32] - Mathew shares how positive psychology is being integrated into the human resource practices at St. Peter’s College.
  • [11:18] - Mathew explains how St. Peter’s College is maintaining the momentum of wellbeing practices after seven years of implementation.
  • [13:46] - Mathew talks about wellbeing literacy in workplaces.  
  • [16:03] - Mathew lists a few gaps in the field of wellbeing.
  • [18:00] - The Lightning Round with Mathew White

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!

Aug 25, 2017

Dr. Ryan Niemiec is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He is Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, nonprofit organization.  He is an award-winning psychologist and adjunct professor at Xavier University, an annual instructor at The University of Pennsylvania.  He is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on positive psychology topics around the world. His latest book is Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners.

In this conversation, you will hear Ryan talk about how your character strengths are the fuel that makes our other strengths rise. Ryan talks about ways to identify and develop your strengths at work each day and the behavioral traps that can bring your strengths unstuck.

Connect with Ryan:

Websites:  http://www.ryanniemiec.com and http://viacharacter.org

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:12] - Ryan starts the conversation by explaining what a strength is.
  • [03:36] - Over 5 million people have measured their strengths by using the wonderful VIA Character Survey.
  • [04:24] - Ryan talks about The Power Zone of Strengths.
  • [07:35] - Ryan explains what he has found around subsets of our character strengths.  
  • [10:39] - Ryan discusses the idea of taking middle strengths and moving them up.  
  • [14:38] - Ryan selects three of his favorite strengths and interventions from his latest book.  He talks about subtract signature strength, appreciation, and alignment.
  • [21:00] - In his book, Ryan shares behavioral traps around developing our strengths.  He shares some words of caution. He talks about trying to immediately apply a concept and the need to be flexible in this work.
  • [23:35] - The Lightning Round with Ryan Niemiec.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care! Thanks for joining us today Ryan!

Aug 18, 2017

Elise Morris is a positive psychology practitioner, and Director of People and Culture at Swisse Wellness, who were recently recognized by the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business as a global example of excellence for their work in whole person wellness.  Elise believes wholeheartedly that other people matter, and when we live and lead from this perspective, we can unlock ours and others ability to thrive and flourish.  . 

Would you like to implement a comprehensive wellbeing program to take people from functioning to flourishing in your organization?  Elise explains the programs and initiatives Swisse Wellness are implementing as part of their whole person wellness program. These come under three pillars – movement, nutrition and mindfulness.  Hear about the successes, and her hopes for further integrating the program within the organization.

Connect with Elise Morris: 

Website - StillNorth.com.au

You’ll Learn:

  • [02:08] - Elise shares why Swiss Wellness won an award at the 2017 Positive Business Project Conference.
  • [04:40] - Elise explains the growing business case to improve wellbeing at work.
  • [06:56] - Elise talks about getting past our own biases and understanding where someone else is coming from.
  • [08:23] - Elise shares the tools and practices in their program.
  • [10:20] - Elise explains how they are considering how to take a more systems perspective.
  • [13:04] - Elise discusses performance and contribution.
  • [14:17] - Elise shares how they measure the impact of their program.
  • [15:49] - Elise talks about gender and buy-in with the practices.
  • [17:31] - Elise shares a challenge they have faced with rolling out this program.
  • [19:18] - Elise provides advice to others who are thinking about rolling out a similar program.
  • [20:23] - Elise talks about scaling this program for working across multiple markets.
  • [22:55] - The Lightning Round with Elise Morris

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through Stitcher.

No need for downloading or syncing.

Until next time, take care!

Aug 11, 2017

Amy Blankson is one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between positive psychology and technology. Amy is the only person to be named “a point of light” by two Presidents for creating a movement to activate positive culture change. She has worked with government agencies and large companies to help foster a sense of well-being in the digital era.  

In this conversation, you will hear Amy talk about how technology is  positively and negatively impacting our wellbeing at work. Amy explains how our obsession with smart phones is wearing us out, how to be intelligent and deliberate in the way we use devices and the wearable technology that can actually help to improve our wellbeing.   

Connect with Amy Blankson: 

You’ll Learn: 

  • [02:01] - Amy explains why she believes that technology is the biggest disruptor of happiness in human history. 
  • [04:13] - Amy shares her thoughts where technology is taking us when considering the way we work and our wellbeing.   
  • [06:49] - Amy encourages us to consider our intentions when it comes to technology.   
  • [09:30] - Amy talks about an experiment she is currently working on, which involves the frequency of checking an email inbox.  
  • [11:39] - Amy shares some advice on how to set other people’s expectations based on our intentions.  
  • [14:04] - Amy provides us with some statistics on our technology use and its impact on our productivity.  
  • [16:30] - Amy talks about how this conversation may change the expectations managers put on employees. 
  • [19:15] - Amy explains what digital citizenship means and the practices we need to use to role model good behavior.  
  • [21:16] - Amy talks about her current favorite wearable, The Muse Headband. 
  • [23:03] - The Lightning Round with Amy Blankson 

Your Resources: 

Thanks for listening! 

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.   

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free! 

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing. 

Until next time, take care!  

Aug 4, 2017

Jon Berghoff is a co-founder and managing partner of The Flourishing Leadership Institute. He has designed and facilitated whole system change efforts through large group collaborative summits for businesses and institutions of all sizes.  His work on appreciative leadership, emotionally intelligent negotiating, and influence has taken him to Australia, Japan, the UK, and Australia. Jon is the official design and facilitation partner for the 4th Global Forum for Business as an Agent of Well Benefit.

In this conversation, you will hear Jon share his knowledge and experience in appreciative inquiry.  He discusses the idea of an appreciative inquiry summit and provides some example of productive summits.  Jon explains how to bring appreciative inquiry into our daily lives and small groups, as well as larger groups and organizations.  Jon shares how micro moments can influence macro movements.

Connect with Jon Berghoff:

Website - http://lead2flourish.com
Jon Berghoff Ted Talk

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:54] - Jon shares what he has discovered unleashes our ability to come alive, be at our best, play to our strengths, innovate from everywhere, and deepen our sense of purpose.
  • [02:42] - Jon describes what an appreciative inquiry summit is.
  • [03:42] - Jon shares his definition of appreciative inquiry.
  • [04:53] - Jon provides an example of an appreciative inquiry summit.
  • [09:50] - Jon talks about his work with the city of Cleveland.  
  • [12:58] - Jon shares his thoughts on when an appreciative inquiry summit is an appropriate tool.
  • [19:43] - Jon explains why he views appreciative inquiry as a tool.
  • [25:19] - The Lightning Round with Jon Berghoff.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free!

You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing.

Special thanks to Jon for joining us this week. Until next time, take care!

Jul 28, 2017

Adam Grant  is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, and his TED Talks have been viewed more than 8-million times.

In this conversation, you will hear Adam explain how our beliefs about our relationships at work shape the success we are able to achieve.  Adam walks us through his research on givers, takers and matchers and what organizations can do to cultivate giving cultures.  He also explains how to deal with takers, the value of disagreeable givers and the small practices you can try to be an effective giver.

 

Connect with Adam Grant:

Website - http://AdamGrant.net

You’ll Learn:

 

  • [02:02] - Adam shares what advice he gives the organizations on how to lead and manage people better.
  • [03:23] - Adam talks about the importance of organization rewarding the right people through measuring others-focused behaviors and results.  
  • [05:51] - Adam shares his thoughts on dealing with “takers” in an organization and bringing out the positive qualities in these individuals.
  • [09:55] - Adam explains how to be a thoughtful giver within an organization.
  • [13:56] - Adam cites that doing 5-minute favors at work raises your job satisfaction. He goes on to explain that the receivers of those favors pay back at 278%.
  • [16:00] - Adam shares his thoughts on why self-compassion is important to help set boundaries and say “no” so we can be more effective givers.  
  • [17:46] - Adam explains how his opinions have changed on the topic of needing takers in an organization.
  • [20:56] - Adam recently found that the most important driver of engagement at work was pride in the company.
  • [23:31] - The Lightning Round with Adam Grant.

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Special thanks to Adam for joining us this week. Until next time, take care!

 

Jul 21, 2017

Shane was one of the world's leading researchers on hope and was also a senior scientist and research director at The Clifton Strengths Institute, where he explored the links between hope, strengths development, academic success, and overall well-being. For me, one of the most magical moments of this year’s World Congress on Positive Psychology was the chance to honor, savor, and build upon the research of Dr. Shane Lopez. I first met Shane at a World Congress years ago, and he was generous enough to allow me to interview him on several occasions.

To give you a chance to savor Shane’s insight, I thought you might enjoy this interview, which was recorded prior to his death.  Shane explains how using your strengths - those things you are good at and enjoy doing -  can help you be more engaged in what you do each day at work.  And when managers shift their thinking to a more strengths based approach that encourages each person to do what they do best they can make a big difference in engagement, profitability and productivity. Learn how to identify your strengths, how these can change over time, and what you can do to develop yours and others strengths.

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:45] - Shane shares his journey with strengths.  He talks about the work of Don Clifton at the University of Nebraska.
  • [04:00] - Shane explains what a talent is and how they grow into strengths.
  • [05:58] - In the workplace, we focus on weaknesses and try to “fix” those deficits rather than helping individuals find the right role.  Shane states how Don focused on talents on finding the roles for people based on those roles.
  • [07:20] - Shane shares that our talents are not static over time, but they don’t change a lot.  
  • [09:05] - Shane talks about Clifton Strengths Finder.  
  • [11:57] - Shane discusses the difference in strengths between entrepreneurs and those working within organizations.
  • [12:23] - If you have taken the strengths finder, Shane suggests you team up with someone else that has taken the assessment.
  • [13:49] - Shane talks about how a workplace can be transformed by catching people doing great work and providing quality feedback.
  • [15:57] - Shane talks about the 70% of disengagement in the workplace. Managers are not exempt from this lack of engagement.
  • [17:33] - Shane shares what managers do to help employees use their strengths at work.
  • [19:47] - Shane talks about the changes of strengths in college students and how that will eventually change the culture of workplaces.
  • [20:48] - Shane speaks about seeing strength development at the preschool level.

Your Resources:

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Vale Shane Lopez. Until next time, take care!

 

Jul 14, 2017

Richard Ryan is a professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology in Education at the Australian Catholic University. He is also a research professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester in New York. Rich is a clinical psychologist and co-developer of self-determination theory, one of the leading theories of human motivation. With over 300 papers and books in the areas of human motivation and personality and psychological well-being, he is among the most cited and influential researchers in psychology and social sciences.

In this conversation, Rich discusses how we can motivate ourselves and others at work and what we can do practically to cultivate autonomy, competence and relatedness.  He also explains the motivational pull of games and shares how elements within games can be used to improve wellbeing.

Connect with Rich Ryan:
Rich's Website

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:53] - Many organizations still struggle with motivating individuals to do their best work. Rich shares his findings in what actually works.
  • [02:41] - Rich explains why many organizations struggle with implementing strategies based on his findings.
  • [03:54] - Rich shares some of the factors his research finds are important for leaders to be able to enable in team members.
  • [05:10] - Rich explains why there are fundamental needs for flourishing.
  • [06:39] - Rich describes how neuropsychology is adding to his understanding of what motivates us.
  • [08:03] - Rich shares some outcomes leaders can expect if they make these changes.
  • [09:47] - Rich talks about how to teach leaders to be more autonomy supportive of their employees.
  • [10:53] - Rich shares that he has been inspired by the rise of the executive coaching culture.
  • [12:00] - Rich talks about the balance of incentives without undermining motivation.
  • [14:01] - Rich wrote a book on the motivational pull of games and he discusses the elements of games that can be utilized in workplaces. He also explains why gamification can be bad for organizations.
  • [18:04] - Rich talks about new health programs that use incentives to encourage behavior changes.
  • [20:19] - Rich talks about the importance of change in the process.
  • [21:26] - The Lightning Round with Rich Ryan

Your Resources:

Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development, and Wellness - Richard Ryan and Edward Deci
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel Pink
Glued to Games: How Video Games Draw Us In and Hold Us Spellbound - Scott Rigby and Richard Ryan
7 Minute Workout
Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation - Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor

Thanks for listening!

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Special thanks to Rich for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Jul 7, 2017

Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Kristin is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she’s the author of the book, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and creator of the CD series Self-Compassion Step by Step: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.  In conjunction with her colleague, Dr. Chris Germer, she’s developed an 8-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion.

In this conversation, you will hear Kristin talk about self-compassion. She explains why our fear of failure and anxiety over performance are the two biggest reasons we don’t do as well as we should and shares how the simple practices of self-compassion can help us to feel more confident, motivated and resilient.

Connect with Kristin Neff:

Website: http://self-compassion.org/

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:58] – Kristin provides some cultural and biological reasons that self-criticism is often our first response when things don’t go to plan.
  • [04:06] – Kristin shares what her research shows to indicate that self-compassion is a better response in these moments.
  • [05:41] – Kristin describes some of the key skills people can learn through her program on self-compassion.
  • [07:26] – Kristin lists a few self-compassion practices that are ideal for work settings.
  • [09:17] – Kristin talks about the universal sound for comfort and compassion.
  • [13:49] – Kristin discusses the importance of self-compassion in the mix of other positive psychology practices.
  • [14:33] – Kristin shares some things organizations and leaders can do to encourage self-compassion practices.
  • [17:13] – Kristin explains “backdraft” and the types of people that may struggle with implementing self-compassion practices.
  • [19:20] – Kristin reports that women are less self-compassion, but more compassionate to others than men.
  • [20:58] – The Lightning Round with Kristin Neff

Your Resources:

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Special thanks to Kristin for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Jun 30, 2017

Duncan Young is the head of Workplace Health and Well-being at Lend Lease. Duncan is a passionate advocate for the positive impact of workplaces on our health.  

In this conversation, you will hear Duncan talk about the techniques he has helped implement in his organization to help leaders make well-being improvements. Leaders can make these changes based on the information they gather by wearing a heart-rate monitor, keeping the diary, and learning about improving the energy profile.  

Connect with Duncan Young:

LinkedIn - https://au.linkedin.com/in/duncan-young-6708389

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:40] - Duncan explains why improving well-being is such an important issue for Lend Lease and why leaders are becoming more aware of this importance.
  • [02:44] - Duncan believes we are becoming aware of the impact lifestyle have.
  • [03:20] - Duncan shares details on the programs he has created at Lend Lease to help leaders understand their well-being has on their performance.
  • [04:28] - Duncan describes the technology they are using to help leaders understand how their everyday choices impact their well-being.
  • [05:35] - Duncan explains how a diary is used in this process.
  • [06:51] - Duncan talks about the ideal balance of energy expenditure and energy renewal at work. 
  • [08:25] - Duncan shares what individuals can take away from the information from the programs he’s developed.
  • [09:18] - Duncan provides some examples of the techniques people can implement to improve their profile.
  • [11:25] - Duncan lists a few out-of-the-box ways to restore energy levels.
  • [12:55] - Duncan explains how collecting data can help individuals make changes.
  • [14:38] - Duncan believes it is important for leaders to share this information and these techniques with employees.
  • [16:31] - Duncan talks about how small changes can become embedded in the company culture and give individuals the support to improve well-being.  
  • [17:52] - Duncan shares one caution for organizations wanting to improve well-being.
  • [18:34] - The Lightning Round with Duncan Young.

Your Resources:

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Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

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Special thanks to Duncan for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Jun 23, 2017

Dr. Alia Crum is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her award-winning research focuses on how changes in our subjective mindsets can alter our objective reality through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms. She is an organizational training and consultant on mindset change and stress management.

A mindset is a lens in which you view the world. The mindsets we choose play a dramatic role in shaping our physiology and behavior.  In this conversation, you will hear Alia discuss some of her fascinating studies and the findings from those studies. She specifically talks about mindset with stress, exercise, and food indulgence.

Connect with Alia Crum:

Website: http://mbl.stanford.edu

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:40] - Alia sets the framework for this conversation by explaining what a mindset is and how they work.
  • [02:31] - Alia lists some of the things that shape our mindset and why they shape the way we feel and act.  
  • [04:15] - Alia talks about some of her research and findings. She discusses a mindset intervention she did with hotel room attendants in regards to exercise. Another study was on food indulgence.
  • [07:57] - Alia describes her studies on stress and mindset.
  • [11:23] - Alia talks about sharing the full truth of stress, then talking about the power of mindset and a 3-step approach.  She shares what this 3-step approach is.
  • [14:06] - Alia shares the overall purpose of a mindset shift.
  • [15:07] - Alia explains that mindsets on gender can impact organizations.
  • [16:04] - Alia describes how organizations can become more aware of mindsets.  
  • [17:43] - Alia shares what is currently on her mind in regards to mindsets.
  • [19:24] - The Lightning Round with Alia Crum.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

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Also, please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

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Special thanks to Alia for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Jun 19, 2017

Barry Schwartz is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College and a visiting professor at the Haas School of Business at Berkeley. Barry spent 40 years thinking and writing about the interaction between economics and morality. He has written several best-selling books, including The Paradox of Choice and Why We Work. Barry’s Ted Talks have been viewed by more than 14 million people.

When it comes to making decisions do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the number of choices you have? It seems that while choice is good for your wellbeing, more choice isn’t necessarily better – there’s a tipping point where too many options can paralyze you and lead to regrets.  Hear how adapting a ‘good enough’ strategy, rather than searching for the ultimate best option, can help you navigate more successfully through your choices and improve your wellbeing and how these practices can be applied in workplaces.

Connect with Barry Schwartz:

Website – http://www.swarthmore.edu/profile/barry-schwartz

Ted Talks – https://www.ted.com/speakers/barry_schwartz

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:58] – Barry shares the dogma he believes that guides many western industrialized societies that is undermining our wellbeing.
  • [03:38] – Barry talks about how having too many choices can lead to bad decisions and regrets.
  • [04:54] – Barry explains the difference between maximizing and satisficing strategies when it comes to your choices.
  • [06:48] – Barry shares how organizations with a culture of ‘good enough’ are likely to result in more satisfied, productive and effective employees.
  • [10:20] – Barry talks about growth mindset and clarifies that having high standards and an end-result to aim for can keep you motivated on the journey.
  • [11:41] – Barry shares his thoughts on balancing your inner-critic and self-compassion.
  • [13:50] – Barry explains his researcher with Adam Grant on the “The Inverted U” and why you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to improving your wellbeing.
  • [18:50] – Barry believes that it’s possible for every worker at every company to find meaning and fulfillment from their jobs and explains how.
  • [20:36] – The Lightning Round with Barry Schwartz

Your Resources:

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Special thanks to Barry for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Jun 9, 2017

Emily Esfahani Smith is a graduate of Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she now serves as an instructor.  Emily draws on psychology, philosophy, and literature to research and writes about the human experience.  She is the author of the best-selling book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters.  

Research shows that people who value happiness in the way our culture encourages us to do are left feeling empty and unhappy. What brings true happiness and satisfaction is meaning.  We all want to know that our lives matter.  In this conversation, you will hear Emily share the four pillars of meaning and the small, practical ways you can find meaning in your work no matter what your job description or your boss says. 

Connect with Emily Esfahani Smith:

Website – http://emilyesfahanismith.com

Twitter – @EmEsfahaniSmith

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:44] – Emily explains why meaning matters when looking at wellbeing.  
  • [03:41] – Emily shares what her research shows might make life more meaningful.
  • [06:35] – While people are reporting their sense of loneliness is escalating, Emily provides some examples of how we can increase our sense of belonging at work.
  • [09:16] – Emily says that if we don’t feel a sense of belonging, it may be up to us to reach out and connect with others and explains how we can do this at work.
  • [10:03] – Emily puts “purpose” into context and shares how we can find purpose in our jobs.
  • [12:45] – Emily explains how storytelling provides a path to meaning.
  • [15:30] – Emily discusses Laura King’s exercise with our lost selves and how that might help us with storytelling.
  • [17:50] – Emily talks about The Moth and how it creates an environment for storytelling.
  • [18:56] – When looking at transcendence, Emily shares why aura is important to our sense of meaning.
  • [20:53] – The Lightning Round with Emily Esfahani Smith.

Your Resources:

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Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

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Special thanks to Emily for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

Jun 2, 2017

Paige Williams is a Positive Change Solutionary who uses the science of wellbeing to create sustainable positive change within individuals and organizations.  She is a lecturer with The Center for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne.

In this conversation, you will hear Paige share her research on how an Inside-Out-Outside-In approach to improving wellbeing can help to improve work happiness in organizations.  Paige explains how achieving successful and sustainable change relies on the dynamic interplay been the individual and the system that they are part of and the practical strategies organizations can use to create upward and sustainable spirals of wellbeing.

Connect with Paige Williams:

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:48] –  Paige published a paper, Inside-Out-Outside-In: A Dual Approach Model To Developing Work Happiness.  She explains this approach to wellbeing in workplaces.
  • [04:52] – Paige explains how workplaces can leverage the factors that help us to improve from the inside out.
  • [05:59] – Paige lists the factors that make up psychological capital and how they can influence outside in elements.
  • [07:42] – Paige describes how a three-day positive psychology training intervention helped build psychological capital in people.
  • [10:43] – Paige talks about using Kim Cameron’s Positive Practices framework to help organizations build more positive cultures.
  • [12:15] – Paige lists the insights she shares with leaders who are looking to improve workplace wellbeing.
  • [14:44] – Paige talks about helping organizations and individuals implement and sustain these wellbeing practices.  
  • [16:05] – Paige talks about how leaders can provide people with opportunities to reinforce the positive training they’ve received.
  • [17:02] – Paige discusses what she would like to research in the future.
  • [19:11] – The Lightning Round with Paige Williams

Your Resources:

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Special thanks to Paige for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

May 26, 2017

Christine Porath is an associate professor at the School of Business at Georgetown University.  Christine’s research focuses on leadership, organizational culture, the effects of bad behavior in workplaces, and how organizations can create a more positive environment where people can thrive. She recently released a new book, Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace.

How often does someone’s rude or insensitive behavior zap your energy and motivation? Unfortunately it seems that incivility is on the rise in our workplaces.  It can undermine your work performance, and your mental and physical wellbeing. Listen to Christine share strategies on buffering the negative effects of incivility and building more civil organizations.

Connect with Christine Porath:

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:48] – Christine defines “incivility” and says that it has become more prevalent in workplaces.  
  • [04:44] – Christine explains that the number one thing driving incivility is stress and feeling overwhelmed. She also talks about technology’s role in civility.
  • [06:20] – Christine describes the cost to employees and workplaces from tolerating incivility.  
  • [08:13] – Christine shares some tips on how to handle incivility.  
  • [11:04] – Christine talks about why wellbeing is the best antidote to incivility.
  • [12:30] – Christine asks, “Who do you want to be?”  She explains why answering this question each day may determine our success.
  • [14:36] – The Cycle to Civility is a four step process for organizations to become more civil places.
  • [18:34] – Christine talks about where civility can go awry.
  • [20:13] – There are simple techniques to improve our civility. Christine shares some of these.
  • [23:21] – The Lightning Round with Christine Porath.

Your Resources:

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Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

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Special thanks to Christine for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

May 19, 2017

Ellen Langer is a Harvard psychology professor and the director of the Langer Mindfulness Institute.  She has been described as “The Mother of Mindfulness” and has authored 11 books and more than 200 articles. Her work has influenced two decades of research in positive psychology.  

In this conversation, you will hear Ellen share why mindfulness doesn’t require you to sit in hours of meditation.  She explains the benefits she has found over 40 years of research for the practice of mindfulness in workplaces and what leaders can do practically to be more mindful and how they can help the people they lead to do the same. 

Connect with Ellen Langer:

Websites:

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:30] – Ellen explains why “mindfulness” as the process of noticing new things.
  • [02:15] – Ellen lists some benefits of mindfulness in workplaces.
  • [06:07] – Ellen talks about the practical ways leads can be more mindful.  
  • [08:35] – Ellen provides an example of a mindful company that turned a failed product into a successful product.
  • [11:58] – Ellen shares how we can approach the same task differently, depending on our perception of that task and the impact this can have on our performance.
  • [13:53] – Ellen explains the simple changes we can each make to be more mindful.
  • [18:15] – Ellen shares the benefits she’s found of having happier workplaces
  • [18:55] – Ellen talks about the impact mindfulness can have on our health.

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Also, please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

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Special thanks to Ellen for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

May 12, 2017

Roy Baumeister is one of the world’s most prolific and influential psychologists. He has published well over 500 scientific articles and more than 30 books. In 2013, he received the highest award given by the Association for Psychological Science, the William James Fellow Award. He is a professor of Psychology at Florida State University.  

Wish you had more willpower to stick to your resolutions?  Roy’s early studies found that generally self-control works like a muscle – it gets tired when you exercise it, but if you exercise it a lot, it seems to get stronger. Recently he is finding a link between your willpower and your body’s energy system, so when you are feeling tired, hungry, or run down your levels of self-control may be lower. Hear how self-control can help you manage the challenges of life.

Connect with Roy Baumeister:

Website: http://www.roybaumeister.com/

You’ll Learn:

  • [01:45] – Roy explains why self-control seems more important and powerful than self-esteem.
  • [04:30] – Roy describes his findings on how self-control works.
  • [07:01] – Roy comments on a recent study by Carol Dweck where if you believe you have unlimited willpower you will be less likely to deplete it.
  • [09:40] – Roy’s current research is finding that when your willpower is depleted you’re more likely to jump to conclusions.
  • [14:08] – Roy talks about self-defeating behavior, specifically in situations with short-term gain and long-term loss.
  • [17:36] – Roy explains that people with good self-control generally have fewer stresses and problems.
  • [19:35] – Roy shares some insights on when and how to make positive changes in your life.
  • [20:17] – The Lightning Round with Roy Baumeister

Your Resources:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.  

Also, please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

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Special thanks to Roy for joining me this week. Until next time, take care!

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