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/


March 24, 2023 • 14 min

When Less Is More (Less Ego, More Happiness)

We often miss out on so much of life because we tend to listen to what our culture says we should do and be instead of listening to our hearts.  Learn the importance of adopting a more spontaneous, childlike approach to living.

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When Others Hurt You

One of the most challenging experiences that can happen to us is when someone we love and trust hurts us.  What can and should we do when others inflict emotional pain on us?  Instead of healing from these wounds, we often turn towards four unhealthy responses.  But we can, thankfully, heal from these hurts and move on.

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March 10, 2023 • 14 min

How Do I Know Who I Am

We take on so many labels during our lifetime.  And sometimes, they completely change.  I am a rich person; I am a depressed person; I am a wife and mother.  But what would happen if we stopped identifying with any label and just flowed with life?  Might we find that freedom and happiness, which are always there, come rushing back in? 

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March 3, 2023 • 14 min

Secret to a Happy Life

What is the secret to a happy life?  Happiness is an exclusive club that few can join.  Instead, we can all be happy if we do two things.  First, we need to fully engage in the here and now.  Second, we need to call life play, not work.  Happiness will be ours if we do these two things throughout the day.

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February 24, 2023 • 13 min

When Someone You Love Is Hurting

When someone you love is hurting, there are four things you can do to be helpful and kind.  Be present.  Don't judge them for their struggles.  Be careful not to get burnout or overwhelmed.  And finally, don't feel guilty for their pain.  These four things are easy to do, but when we do them well, we can support our hurting loved ones.


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Unhealthy Attachments: “Yes, But Not That”

Though most of us are seeking to live a happy life, unfortunately, there is a high price for happiness. All attachments need to be preferences or things we would prefer but can live without. We tend to say, "Yes, but not that." Any attachment can ultimately be unhealthy, that is, if our goal is unqualified happiness.

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Carpe Diem: Stop Putting Hope in the Future

When we put our hopes in the future, we often stop living now. The end is, at best, uncertain and sometimes different from what we were expecting or wanting. If we, instead, carpe diem or seize the day, we will find happiness throughout our life journey instead of in the future hopes that may never come true.

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The Happiness Formula (How do I make this work?)

A formula for happiness is based on some simple yet challenging principles. First, we exhaust every option to improve our current situation. Second, once we have exhausted our options and nothing has changed, we ask a critical question: "How can I make this work?" Happiness is always an option as long as we can accept the current situation and make that work.

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January 27, 2023 • 14 min

How to Deal with Negativity

There can be a lot of negativity that we get exposed to throughout the day. A stranger flips us off as we are commuting to work, and we watch ugly human behaviors that show up on our phone scrolling. The key is to not dwell on the negative behaviors of others and redirect our focus on the "positive" events around us.

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January 20, 2023 • 14 min

When Bad Things Happen To Good People

What are we to do when bad things happen in our lives? Is it helpful to look for causes and find blame? Or is there a healthier way to deal with bad things happening to good people? "I am not responsible for what happens to me, but I am responsible for how I handle it."

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January 13, 2023 • 15 min

Are Expectations Good or Bad?

Are having expectations helpful or harmful for us in the long run? The danger with expectations is our expectations is that sometimes they aren't met, which can cause us stress, anger, and anxiety. And even life fulfills our expectations; they only give us a little satisfaction. Explore positive ways to live life with or without expectations.

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Optimists Live Longer (New Research Say Yes)

New research describes how optimistic people, on average, live 15% to 20% longer than more pessimistic persons and have a 50% to 70% chance of reaching 85 years old. How do we change our negative habits and live longer? Come and explore the beautiful possibilities.

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Does Money Buy Happiness (New Research Say No)

A recent research study found that people are happy even in more impoverished areas. More importantly, people are more content in these places than in more affluent areas in the same countries. In other words, "happiness is not in principle related to economic outcome." More critical to happiness are feeling safe, spending time in nature, and living in a supportive community.

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December 23, 2022 • 15 min

When Boredom Strikes

Boredom is a problem that many of us face. Because when we feel bored, we often look for things that remove that feeling, yet sometimes our choices that remove our boredom come with negative (even dire) consequences. Explore healthy ways to address our boredom and live a healthy life.

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December 16, 2022 • 14 min

The Power of Our Words

The power of our words is genuinely astonishing. With our words, we can ask someone to spend the rest of our lives together, and at the same time, our words can destroy a decades-old relationship. Not only do the word we share affect others, but they also impact us based on what we hear in our heads all day long. Most importantly, our words can create love, kindness, and joy in us and those around us.

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December 9, 2022 • 14 min

Karmic Consequences (How Our Thoughts and Actions Reap Results)

If you plant poison ivy seeds, you cannot expect blueberries to grow from those seeds. Our thoughts and actions that we engage with throughout the day reap consequences. The question is, what are we going to reap? Because everything we think and do matters. Explore ways to plant happiness in your life and those around you.

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December 2, 2022 • 16 min

How To Avoid Burnout

Many of us love to help others in various ways, from caring for elderly parents to assisting those struggling with emotional or physical disabilities. But you might need to learn how often helping others can lead to burnout. Let's explore ways together to avoid burnout and keep assisting others for whom we care.

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November 25, 2022 • 14 min

How To Be In Harmony With The Universe

When we slow and listen to our hearts, we will find a flow to our universe that is unique to our interests and abilities. If we get caught up in other people's thoughts, we stop listening to this flow. But when we self-reflect and listen to the nudging of the universe that is unique to our lives, we will find harmony in our lives, even if the world around us is chaotic.

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November 18, 2022 • 14 min

Benefits of Spending Time Alone

If you want to get to know someone, you must spend time with them. Spending time with someone is also true of us. Unfortunately, we only make a little time to be alone and self-explore. This talk explores the benefits of spending time alone and ways that we avoid being alone.

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November 11, 2022 • 16 min

When Someone You Love Is Hurting

One of the most challenging aspects of finding happiness is when someone we love is suffering. How can we be happy if our child is suffering from terminal cancer? Is it possible to be joyful when our adult son or daughter is going through an acrimonious divorce? Or what do we do when our parent develops dementia? Life can still be good, even when others we love are hurting.

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