Happiness Podcast

Happiness Podcast

Do you ever wonder what it takes to lead a peaceful, happy life? Are you curious about the specific steps involved in a self-actualized, limitless life? Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Or are you just plain tired and want some help? We explore all these concerns and more every week on the Happiness Podcast, which has been downloaded over 10 million times since its inception. Happiness does not happen by chance, but because we take specific actions in our lives to create it. Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D., author of 13 books, TV show host, Psychology Today blogger, and corporate trainer, has been studying the actions it takes to reach the highest levels of human achievement for decades, and he wants to share what he knows with you. Come and explore, along with millions of others from the Happiness Podcast, Dr. Puff books and Psychology Today blog, private clients and corporate workshop attendees, the specific steps to take so that you can soar in your life. To learn more, go to: http://www.HappinessPodcast.org/

Episodes

April 12, 2024 14 mins

Inevitable Challenges Controllable Responses

Life is full of curveballs – unexpected setbacks, difficult people, and moments that test our limits. While we can't control the challenges we face, we always have power over how we react. The "Inevitable Challenges, Controllable Responses" podcast explores this empowering idea. We'll delve into strategies for developing resilience, emotional int...

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Mental Pain as Urgent as Physical Pain

We're trained to recognize physical pain. A broken bone, a deep cut –these demand immediate attention. But what about the pain that isn't visible? The ache of depression, the sharp sting of anxiety, the relentless throb of unhealed trauma? We've been conditioned to ignore these wounds of the mind, to tell ourselves to "toughen up" or "just get over it." This needs to chang...

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The Discipline of Happiness (Why Joy Isn’t Accidental)


We often imagine happiness as a fleeting emotion, a stroke of luck that comes and goes. But what if true, sustained joy is something we cultivate, not something we stumble upon? "The Discipline of Happiness: Why Joy Isn't Accidental" explores the idea that happiness, like any skill, requires practice. It delves into the habits, mindsets, and intentional choices that foster an ...

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Every choice we make, no matter how seemingly insignificant, has the power to ripple through our lives and shape our future. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and overlook the long-term consequences of our decisions. However, recognizing that each choice carries weight is an empowering first step towards building the kind of future you desire.
 
This guide explores the profound link between dec...

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Being Present (Seeing the World with an Unconditioned Heart)

Being present means shedding the filters of judgment, expectation, and reactivity that color our experience of the world. It's about witnessing each moment with the open curiosity of a child. Our hearts, often hardened by past hurts or future worries, become filters through which we perceive everything. An unconditioned heart is one that is soft, receptive, and free of th...

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March 8, 2024 15 mins

Accepting The World As It Is

Accommodate your mind to the way the world works, not to the way you wish the world worked.

1. Acceptance of Reality: At its core, it emphasizes the importance of accepting the world as it is, rather than clinging to idealized expectations. Sometimes there's a gap between how we want things to be and how they actually are. This can lead to frustration and disappointment.

2. Adaptability: The statement s...

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March 1, 2024 15 mins

Patience is a virtue because it cultivates inner strength and sound judgment. In a world that often feels rushed and demanding, the ability to wait calmly and tolerate delays empowers us to make clear-headed decisions rather than act impulsively. Patience helps us avoid acting out of frustration or anger, thus preventing hasty choices that could have negative consequences. It allows us to navigate challenges with a level head, help...

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February 23, 2024 15 mins

Seeing Others As Crippled, Not Evil

The phrase "seeing others as crippled, not evil" suggests a fundamental shift in how we perceive people often stigmatized, misunderstood, or labeled as bad. Here's a breakdown of what this perspective might entail:

1. Challenging Assumptions about Evil

  • Evil as a label:"Evil" is a weighty term often used to dehumanize people,especially those whose actions dif...
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Pain is inevitable because it's a natural part of being human. We experience challenges, losses, and setbacks, leading to unavoidable emotional and sometimes physical pain.

Suffering, however, is not just the pain itself. It's the mental and emotional anguish we create around the pain. This includes negative thoughts, dwelling on the past, resisting the reality of the situation, and clinging to what we've lost. Suffering amplifies ...

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Punished Not For Your Anger, But By Your Anger

We will not be punished for our anger, but we might be punished by our anger, if we aren’t careful:

Consequences of uncontrolled anger: While you won't face external punishment for expressing anger, the emotion itself can lead to negative consequences. It can damage relationships, cloud judgment, and hinder personal growth. In essence, your anger becomes its own punishment.

Inner turmo...

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February 2, 2024 15 mins

Kindness is My Religion

Choosing kindness as your guiding principle cultivates a harvest of blessings. Your own spirit flourishes under the sun of selflessness, finding joy in uplifting others. The ripple effect of your actions creates a kinder world, where compassion becomes contagious and bridges form between differences. Deeper connections weave through your life, enriching it with genui...

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The Goal of Life (Embracing the Journey of Self-Improvement)

The Elusive Goal of Life

The question of life's purpose has haunted humanity for millennia. Philosophers, theologians, and everyday people have pondered its meaning, offering diverse and often conflicting answers. Is it to find happiness? Achieve success? Leave a lasting legacy?

While these are all worthy pursuits, they often involve external factors ...

The Worry Trap (How to Free Yourself from Anxiety)

The worry trap is a cunning beast, always lurking for its next victim. No matter how big or small your worries, it can twist them into an endless loop, magnifying anxieties and casting sunshine into shadow. Just like a hungry magpie, it collects trinkets of trouble, convincing you that every rustle in the bushes is a predator. So, how do we...

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January 12, 2024 16 mins

Does Wisdom Come With Age (Maybe)

Does wisdom come with age? Maybe. While there's a comforting adage in the silver lining of a wrinkled brow, age alone isn't a ticket to the sage club. True wisdom requires more than mere chronometers clicking; it's a dance of experience, reflection, and a dash of humility. Sure, years gather knowledge, a library accumulated on life's dusty shelves. But wisd...

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Saving Face (The Wisdom of Kind Boundaries)

The familiar notion of "saving face" usually evokes images of hiding blunders or anxieties from public view. But within the framework of "kind boundaries," it's transformed into a more active and mindful concept. Here, it's about proactively safeguarding your emotional well-being by drawing clear, yet compassionate, lines in your relationships. It's about protecting y...

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December 29, 2023 14 mins

How to Get Your Happiness Back

The pursuit of constant happiness is often a road paved with disappointment. The true secret to living a joyful life lies not in expecting smooth sailing, but in learning to navigate the winds of change with a light heart. When we loosen our grip on rigid expectations and embrace the fluidity of life, we open ourselves to a deeper well of contentment. It's not...

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How to Follow Your Inner Voice (and not others opinion as much)

The struggle between prioritizing your own intuition and succumbing to external pressures is hard. It essentially asks how to tune into your inner voice and make choices based on your own values and desires, rather than simply following the expectations of others. In short, it's about navigating the path to self-directed living...

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How To Stop the Hurt (When Others Hurt You)

When someone hurts you, it's natural to want to lash out and hurt them back. However, this reaction is often counterproductive and can lead to more hurt and conflict. Here are some strategies you can use to resist the urge to retaliate when someone has wronged you:

Acknowledge your feelings. It's important to acknowledge your hurt and anger. Don't try to suppress your...

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December 8, 2023 15 mins

How to Stop Suffering and Be Happy

Our inherent human capacity for dreaming and aspiration is a double-edged sword. While it fuels our drive for progress and self-improvement, it also serves as a constant reminder of the gap between our imagined ideals and the realities we face. This dissonance between our aspirations and our lived experiences is a fertile ground for suffering. We become acutely aware of our sh...

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Success vs. Happiness (Horizontal vs. Vertical Growth)

Regarding how we invest our time ...

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