The Flourishing Experiment

The Flourishing Experiment

What does it mean to flourish? Join Resilience Trainer and Certified Applied Positive Psychology Coach Kari Gormley as she interviews scientists, experts, coaches and authors on how to live a flourishing life. You'll hear the latest research and recommendations for growing and strengthening your relationships, identifying your passions and priorities, and living healthier, happier life. The Flourishing Experiment podcast starts where The Running Lifestyle Show crossed the finish line and is a great listen for avid runners, casual athletes, or anyone looking to make a positive change in their life. Listen along to learn how you can go from functioning to flourishing!

Episodes

July 1, 2022 89 mins

Charlie Gilkey, author and owner of top productivity website Productive Flourishing, joins the podcast this week to share how to use philosophy to do our best work. We cover the importance of nuance, the power of choice, and even some on-air coaching from Charlie for my next big project. Listen in to learn more!

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Frieda Hoffman is an executive coach, mediator, creative consultant and now, author. After experiencing her second miscarriage, Hoffman decided to write the book she and so many others needed: “Carry Me: Stories of Pregnancy Loss.” This episode discusses the reality of pregnancy loss, the resources Hoffman wished she had at the time, and the greatest gift you can give someone who has had a miscarriage. Content warning: This episode...

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Ashley Tappan and Kari Gearhart are cocreators of Fit to Lead™, a program helping people discover (or reclaim) their inner athlete as a pathway to broader success. They join me on the podcast this week to talk about sports and their power to build confidence, leadership, and high performance. Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

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May 25, 2022 60 mins

Melina Palmer, founder and CEO of The Brainy Business, joins us to help explain why we do what we do and like what we like! As a behavioral scientist, Melina provides behavioral economics consulting to businesses all over the world. We discuss the powerful intersection of psychology and business, talk about why we’re drawn to certain brands, and much more.

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David J Miller, PhD, shares how the brand Peloton became such a unicorn and also had a profound impact on his own vitality. You’ll hear how a dad whose fitness was just ok increased his vitality not just physically, but also mentally. Join us for this fun conversation where we share our own Pelo journeys and the unexpected twists and turns. Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

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Biases can really get in our way. This week we’re addressing 11 biases that create limiting beliefs and could prevent you from keeping an open mind. This episode builds on our last episode with Todd Kashdan, P.h.D, who discussed his book, “The Art of Insubordination: How to Defy and Dissent Effectively.”

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April 8, 2022 85 mins
Todd Kashdan, Ph.D, joins us this week to talk about rebellion! A Professor of Psychology at George Mason University and author of several books including his latest, “The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively,” Todd talks us through how and when to question the status quo and use courage, curiosity and resilience to effect change. Please go HERE for this episode’s show notes.

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Ayelet Fishbach, PhD, a social psychologist and professor of behavioral science, shares the science behind achieving our goals. We discuss all things goal-setting, including which goals to set, how to break them down, and how to cross the finish line!

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With all of the turmoil going on, it's normal to feel scared, overwhelmed, and full of anxiety. This week we’re rebroadcasting a valuable conversation with neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Dr. Kate Truitt on “havening,” a tool we can use to help get calm so we can move forward with purpose and intention. We’ll also cover some things you can do to help the people of Ukraine.

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It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, and it’s been a long one! Some of us may be experiencing the winter blues or even Seasonal Affective Disorder. This week, we’re going on a journey through the senses to get happy and get our energy up!

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Content warning: This episode contains a discussion of disordered eating.

Dr. Michael Breus, a sleep expert and clinical psychologist, returns to the podcast to help you go from dragging ass to kicking it! On this episode, you’ll learn how taking five five-minute breaks throughout the day can drastically increase your energy so you’re better able to focus, create, and do what matters to you. We also discuss the myths that could be ...

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Sleep doctor Robert S. Rosenberg discusses improving the quality of your sleep, getting more sleep, and everything a good night’s sleep can do for you. This is a very powerful episode with the potential to change your life—reading Dr. Rosenberg’s book, Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day, definitely changed my sleep for the better! [Note: This is a rebroadcast of Episode 71, originally aired May 7, 2015.]

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August 5, 2021 53 mins

Melanie Curtis is a life coach, author, and professional skydiver who shines super bright. You’ll hear how understanding your values can help you determine what’s important to you, how to define your identity, and how to use major accomplishments as fuel for taking on your next big goal.

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This week I’m rerunning a valuable conversation with John Ratey, MD, about how “going wild” can help you avoid the afflictions of modern civilization. You’ll hear about the latest research on fat and metabolism, why people are made to run, and what exercise can do for you. We also discuss returning to running after battling breast cancer.

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We’re closing out our seven-part summer reading series and finishing strong with three books on taking a holistic approach to your life. You’ll hear about knowing yourself, creating habits that work for you, and figuring out what your priorities are. We’ll also discuss how to set yourself up for success and even how to be luckier!

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Some books encompass all three pillars of this podcast: vitality, creativity, and relationships. So, they get their own two episodes as we close out our seven-part summer reading series! You’ll hear about how you can’t give what you don’t have, plus I’ll discuss how focusing on vitality, connection, and contribution is a way to see how you are really doing. You’ll hear what to focus on to help you spend your time and energy the way...

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Relationships are so important to longevity that we’re dedicating another episode of our summer reading series to favorite books on relationships. This week we’re focused on our relationships with ourselves. We’ll discuss mindset, being aware of our thoughts and their impact, practicing self-compassion, and more.

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Research has shown that the quality of your relationships is the number-one contributor to longevity—wow! Continuing our summer reading series, this week we’ll hear about books on relationships and learn how you can improve your relationship with yourself and better connect with people from all walks of life.

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Creativity is on deck as we keep on reading (like keep on swimming) this summer. Steven Kotler shares how to get into a flow state and the many benefits to your life and potentially others. Majo Molofino shows how the 5 Good Girl Rules could be keeping you small and preventing you from doing what your values are. Annie Duke, show us how to decide as not only a good way to be more deliberate, but as an act of self compassion. And fi...

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This week’s summer reads focus on vitality! Dr. John Ratey kicks off the episode with a look at what cardio does for the brain, then we learn about a resilient athlete’s mindset with sports psychologist Simon Marshall, Ph. D, and his champion triathlete wife Lesley Patterson. Continuing on our athletic theme, we’ll hear from runner Margaret Webb on getting stronger and faster even as we age. Finally, author and athlete Cara Bradley...

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