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More Happy Life with Andy Proctor

More Happy Life with Andy Proctor

By Andy Proctor

Add more life to your days and more days to your life by applying science-backed inspiration and research from Andy Proctor, a well-being expert and PhD candidate studying the science of human connection. A podcast seen on New York Times, ABC News and Fox Business. Listen to interviews with New York Times bestselling authors, top researchers, Olympians, TED speakers, influencers and well-being thought leaders. Follow on Instagram and join our thriving community at
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More Happy Life with Andy ProctorJul 18, 2023

157: Choosing to See the Good Through Cancer and Beyond with Dolphin Trainer & TEDx Speaker, Joy Soto
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156: Heal Your Body and Mind with Dr. Melina Roberts
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155: Social Connection Can Improve Mental Health with Dr. Julie Radlauer-Doerfler

155: Social Connection Can Improve Mental Health with Dr. Julie Radlauer-Doerfler

Dr. Radlauer-Doerfler is a leading expert in social connection and social support and uses her experience to create impact within communities, systems, organizations, and individuals. Her approach is collaborative, creative, and curious as she strives to educate utilizing unique avenues including media, stage production, video production, podcasting and writing. She has extensive experience in behavioral health, public health, and organizational development for more than 25 years. She is a national expert in behavioral health, social support, and social connectedness and uses this knowledge to further mental wellness. Her research on structural racism in the behavioral health field has led to the development of a national curriculum designed to create more equitable systems. She is passionate about addressing behavioral health challenges through her social influences of mental health research, and speaks widely on the topic.


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154: Conquering The 5 Messages of Smallness with Dena Patton
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153: Science Behind Good (And Bad) Relationships with Bestselling Author, Eric Barker: Plays Well With Others
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148: The Science of Bliss in Your Brain with Dr. Dawson Church, PhD

148: The Science of Bliss in Your Brain with Dr. Dawson Church, PhD

Dawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes ( was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression.  Mind to Matter, ( showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain ( demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare ( to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Its largest program, the Veterans Stress Project, has offered free treatment to over 20,000 veterans with PTSD over the past decade. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe (, one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web. 

Jun 06, 202101:00:51
147: Secrets to a More Happy Life - Compilation Episode (12 Guest Soundbites)

147: Secrets to a More Happy Life - Compilation Episode (12 Guest Soundbites)

This is a special episode where I clip some of the most meaningful soundbites from 12 episodes from the last few years of this podcast. The amazing guests in this episode include Baya Voce, Craig Case, Don Rheem, Nir Eyal, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Kat Vellos, Kim Christensen, Mauro Gatti, Lyndsey Young, Richard Eyre, Stacy Sherman and Leslie Santos. It shows you the amazing variety of guests we have had on this show over the years. We will do more of these types of episodes if you like them.

May 14, 202130:03
146: When NOT to Follow Your Gut with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, PhD
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145: The Language of Happiness with Taylor Proctor

145: The Language of Happiness with Taylor Proctor

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In our discussion, we talk about the power of language for our happiness. 

  • How to improve our language for greater well-being
  • How does our inner self talk (silent language) impact us?
  • How words impact our thoughts
  • The impact of conversations we have with other people on our happiness
  • BODY language of happiness is real!

Power of non-verbal communication:

  1. 7% words used
  2. 38% tone, voice, rate of speech etc
  3. 55% body language, gestures, etc
Mar 29, 202154:24
144: Put Happiness to Work with Employee Happiness Expert, Eric Karpinski

144: Put Happiness to Work with Employee Happiness Expert, Eric Karpinski

Eric's new book Put Happiness To Work (that this episode is about) was just released! Make sure to get your copy here:

More about Eric Karpinski

Eric Karpinski has been on the cutting edge of bringing positive psychology tools to workplaces for over 10 years, with clients that include Intel, Facebook, IBM, T-Mobile, Genentech and many others. He is a key member of Shawn Achor’s GoodThink team, trained as a scientist at Brown University and has an MBA from the Wharton School. McGraw Hill is publishing his new book, Put Happiness to Work which has been endorsed by Dan Pink and Adam Grant.

Mar 23, 202149:05
143: The Power of One Meaningful Connection Per Day. The Science of Social Health with Kasley Killam, MPH

143: The Power of One Meaningful Connection Per Day. The Science of Social Health with Kasley Killam, MPH

More About Kasley Killam

Kasley Killam, MPH, is the founder of Social Health Labs, an impact organization that leads programs, events, and content related to social connection, loneliness, and health. She completed a master’s at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she deepened her expertise on these topics, and now partners with organizations at local, state, and national levels on initiatives that aim to reduce isolation and improve social well-being. Kasley regularly contributes articles to publications such as the New York Times, Scientific American, and Psychology Today. Kasley currently serves on the Board of Directors for two nonprofits, is an Encore Public Voices Fellow, and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Previously, she led a national community engagement strategy and partnerships for Verily Life Sciences, conducted research on mental health and positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and developed an award-winning campaign to promote empathy and compassion. Kasley also has extensive experience working with startups and in healthcare innovation.

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Mar 08, 202156:32
142: Hope After COVID with Virus Hunter (epidemiologist), Dr. Anne Rimoin
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141: Helping Millions to Thrive with Nataly Kogan, Founder of

141: Helping Millions to Thrive with Nataly Kogan, Founder of

Nataly Kogan is one of the leading global experts in optimizing your emotional fitness and elevating your leadership. She’s the creator of the Happier Method™, founder and CEO of Happier and Happier @ Work™, and author of HAPPIER NOW and GRATITUDE DAILY. Nataly is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Dr. Oz Show. By the age of 37, Nataly held top positions at McKinsey and Microsoft, was a Managing Director at a venture capital fund, and started or was a member of the senior team at 5 startups and tech companies. But all of this overachievement came at a huge cost of stress and overwhelm, which was the catalyst for Nataly to give it all up to start her company, Happier, with this mission:

To help millions of people thrive in work and life by improving their emotional fitness with science-backed skills and practices.

Today, tens of thousands of people cultivate their emotional fitness and Elevated Leadership skills through Happier @ Work and virtual leadership programs, online courses, and other learning tools. Nataly came to the US as a refugee with her family when she was 13 years old, and one of her greatest accomplishments was learning how to speak English by watching Alyssa Milano on the classic 80s sitcom, Who’s The Boss? This is one of her proudest achievements.

Find Nataly here: 

Feb 22, 202138:16
140: The Science of Self-Love with Katy Sine
Feb 15, 202101:13:57
139: Bouncing Back From Impossible Odds: From Breaking her Back to Gold Medals & Fighting Lyme Disease with Olympian Arianne Jones

139: Bouncing Back From Impossible Odds: From Breaking her Back to Gold Medals & Fighting Lyme Disease with Olympian Arianne Jones

In my pursuit of the good life I have built a life-list of things that I want to accomplish or experience. One of the things that I was so excited to do recently was to hug the tallest tree on earth - Hyperion. It was amazing! Another thing on the list is to interview a gold-medal olympian. Today, that happened! Listen to the whole interview for the amazing story of an olympian who came back to win gold after breaking her back and then went on to battle an almost invisible enemy: Lyme disease. Her journey is amazing. I hope you have a listen. 

Arianne Jones is an Olympian, a plant-based chef, a holistic nutritionist and is currently battling Lyme disease. She is a speaker a storyteller, a food photographer, a fierce goal-chaser, an elixir mixer and an unshakable optimist. As part of her luge career, she has competed not only at the Sochi Olympics, but also in 10 Canadian championships and 52 world cups. In her last World Cup, she won the gold medal representing Canada.

If her story was a ride at Disneyland, it would be the Incredicoaster or perhaps the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride because it goes up and down a lot! She is a paragon of grit and someone who inspires me greatly. I first found Arianne on airbnb during the pandemic. My wife Stacie found her virtual experience of cooking a healthy dessert with an olympian. If you want to spend the night in your own kitchen learning and being inspired by Arianne, I highly recommend this experience as well! Today we dive into her story and hear even more about her unshakable optimism.

Find her here:

Feb 01, 202101:13:57
138: Giving Language to the Intangible - Emotional Intelligence & Inherent Worth with Dr. Julie Hanks
Jan 25, 202135:55
137: Six Powerful Strategies to Increase Meaning in Your Life

137: Six Powerful Strategies to Increase Meaning in Your Life

Today's episode is all about finding more meaning. It's a solo episode that I hope you enjoy. Here is a sneak peek: 1. Decrease Regret by Taking Action

What’s something you can just do today to decrease the regret you would have in the future?

Here are the top 5 regrets of the dying:

  1. I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself rather than the life others expected of me
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
  3. I wish I had the courage to express my feelings
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
  5. I wish I had let myself be happier

What can you do to connect with your friends more? How can you arrange your life to work less? How can you be more yourself? What are you doing express your true feelings? How are you deliberately adding to your levels of happiness?

2. Commit Something to Your Life List

I have a list that is growing. I had a bucket list before, but after hearing about Stacy Taniguchi’s 100 LIFE list, I changed the name. I don’t like the focus on avoidance of death or hurrying before you kick the bucket. I like the focus on LIVING and celebrating the life we have now.

Here are a few things from my LIFE list:

I have two categories: to accomplish and to experience.

In the “To accomplish: category:

  • Get a doctorate degree
  • Write a lastingly relevant book
  • Deliver a TED talk
  • Teach over 10,000 students about how to thrive in life
  • Give my mom a home to live in
  • Become a blackbelt in some martial art

In the “to experience” category:

  • experience Being a dad
  • Experience the summer Olympic Games in person
  • A photographic tour circumnavigating the globe
  • Thank J.K. Rowling in person
  • Swimming next to a whale
  • A bioluminescent beach at night with my camera

Your list will be different than mine, but what I have found is that as I contemplate these experiences and accomplishments that I want to have, it makes me excited to be alive. It brings meaning to the struggle in my life. The hard stuff becomes a little less hard because I’m headed toward something.

There is a book called The Happiness of Pursuit that I highly recommend. In this book, the author often talks about the importance of always having a “life-affirming quest”.

What is your life affirming quest? Do you have one right now or are you just kind of floating along? No judgement. I have definitely had some moments of floating along.

No matter what your job or your current vocation, adding something to your life list can be a catalyst for a life-affirming quest and make your life more meaningful.

If you have things to live for, you’ll be more likely to live.

Read the show notes here:

Oct 06, 202040:08
136: Making News Happier in The Year of The Doomscroll, with Mauro Gatti from The Happy Broadcast

136: Making News Happier in The Year of The Doomscroll, with Mauro Gatti from The Happy Broadcast

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of negativity in the news? Do you doomscroll? Well, 2020 is the year of the doomscroll and it can be really hard to avoid the negativity that inundates our digital news feeds. I have spoken about the benefits of taking breaks from the news and the negative impact that constantly watching the news can have on our health. Some choose to avoid the news altogether, but with the constant changes in even our local regulations, you have to be informed.

My guest on today’s episode of More Happy Life is Mauro Gatti, the creator of The Happy Broadcast, an anxiety free news broadcast that started as Mauro’s way of using his skills as an artist to decrease his own anxiety. He started looking for positive news to balance the negative news. When he combined this with his gift as an artist, The Happy Broadcast was born. He has been illustrating and sharing positive news on social media since 2018 and it is one of the most inspiring Instagram accounts I have ever followed. I even did a special episode based on the news on The Happy Broadcast.

I loved my conversation with Mauro and hope you not only listen to our conversation, but that you go follow his inspiring work. We all need a little positivity boost amidst the things that are out of our control. One big takeaway I got from Mauro was to get out and do something. Even if you only watch negative news, do something to be a part of the solution! All the positive news is a result of someone who decided to take action for a good cause.

In our episode we covered a lot:

  • Why Mauro started The Happy Broadcast
  • How hard it is to find positive news (you don’t just stumble upon it)
  • The impact doomscrolling has on our health and how to stop doing it
  • Why it’s important to stay informed, even amidst the negative news
  • How to have a healthy relationship with the news and social media
  • How to have more hope in the face of seeming doom
  • The secret sauce to a happy life
  • Mauro’s dream for the world

More About Mauro Gatti and The Happy Broadcast

Originally from Italy, Mauro Gatti lives in Los Angeles where everyone surfs except him. Mauro is an award-winning creative director, illustrator and designer who loves pizza, dogs, and imagining things. He also loves to make people happy with his art, because a smile is the cheapest route to happiness.

Mauro is also the creator of The Happiness Broadcast, where he finds positive news from all over the world and creates art to depict the positive stories. His account on instagram has over 530,000 followers with even more on Facebook and Twitter. He recently published a book that just came out yesterday (September 22nd) and is both pleasing to the eye and inspiring to the soul.

Buy The Happy Broadcast book here.

Mauro’s website:

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Sep 28, 202049:00
135: Sexuality & Happiness, A Positive View of Sex and Sexuality with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife

135: Sexuality & Happiness, A Positive View of Sex and Sexuality with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife

Sexuality and Happiness is a topic I have not discussed on the More Happy Life podcast. I have wanted to for quite some time, but I wanted to introduce it with the right person and I think Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is the right person. This podcast talks about all things from the foundation of positive psychology research. I think positive sexuality is a really powerful topic for the listeners to hear about and to discuss on social media after hearing this episode. There is so much negativity around sexuality and desire (not just in conservative cultures like the LDS culture) and I am excited to shed a positive light on this topic with an expert. Listen today as we discuss the positive side of sex and our own innate sexuality.

Some of the topics we cover:

  • How our sexuality is linked to our wellbeing
  • Why sex can be such a taboo topic and how to make it easier to have safe conversations about it
  • What can help parents in talking to their children about their sexuality and sex
  • Why it's so important to work out your own relationship with your own sexuality as a parent
  • The concept of human embodiment and pleasure
  • How people who believe they are addicted to sexuality can switch from victim to chooser
  • Not just the list of "DON'Ts but also a list of DO's
  • How to view your sexuality as a conservative single who sees themselves as older and not able to express their sexuality outside of marriage

More about Dr. Finlayson-Fife

Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a LDS relationship and sexuality coach as well as a  Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois.  She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Her teaching and coaching focuses on helping LDS individuals and couples achieve greater satisfaction and passion in their emotional and sexual relationships.

In addition to consultation with couples and individuals (in person and online), she teaches online relationship and sexuality courses designed to foster self and sexual development and create happier relationships and individuals.  Dr. Finlayson-Fife also offers many live workshops and retreats for couples and individuals.

Jennifer is a frequent guest on LDS-themed podcasts and writes articles for LDS-themed blogs and magazines, on the subjects of sexuality, relationships, mental health and faith.

Sep 19, 202044:17
134: Navigating Life Transitions with NYT Bestselling Author Bruce Feiler

134: Navigating Life Transitions with NYT Bestselling Author Bruce Feiler

When was the last time something really hard happened to you? How did that change your life? Have you healed and moved on from this? Bruce Feiler's research showed that the average adult goes through a major disruptor about every twelve to eighteen months. And that adults face three to five big ones, what Bruce calls “lifequakes,” with an average aftermath of three to five years. This aftermath of disruptors could last over half the life of adults! 

I feel very strongly to help people going through major transitions and for this reason, I brought Bruce Feiler onto the show. His recent book Life Is In The Transitions is the topic of our discussion today on episode 134. We talk about the major stages of transitions that and how to best navigate those. 

The stages are:

1. The Long Goodbye

2. The Messy Middle

3. The New Beginning

During these stages there are many common markers or milestones. Bruce gets personal with me in asking me to share more details of something that was a major lifequake for me: my divorce. It was amazing how well my experience matched the data that he has been gathering about transitions across the stories of hundreds of people all over the world in the project Bruce has called "The Life Story Project". 

We discuss how to best share your new self once you have made the decision to say goodbye to the old and we talk about the importance of ritual in transition. We roughly cover many of the following tools for transitioning:

  • Accepting the new you
  • Creating some sort of ritual to help you to symbolize the new you
  • Adding something to yourself like learning a new skill or creating something beautiful in your life.
  • Sharing this new self with others
  • Crafting your new story
  • Surround yourself with people who cheer you on as the new you

About Bruce Feiler:

A six-time consecutive New York Times bestselling author, presenter of two-prime time series on PBS, the inspiration of NBC’s Council of Dads, and TV host whose two TED Talks have been viewed more than two million times, today’s guest, Bruce Feiler (FY-ler), the author of the book Life is in the Transitions, joins me in an amazing episode. You may have read his article The Stories that Bind Us, in the New York Times that went viral in 2013. Friends, I’m blown away at my guests every time and Bruce is now one of my favorite people.

Get Life Is In The Transitions here:

Sep 11, 202050:26
133: Liberating Men to Express Emotions; Gratitude, Wonder and Awe with Kristin Petrucci.
Sep 03, 202001:02:52
132: How Loneliness and Social Connection Impact Your Health - with Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad

132: How Loneliness and Social Connection Impact Your Health - with Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad

In Episode 132, I speak with Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, THE leading researcher on social isolation, loneliness, social connection and how those things impact health. Maybe you have heard the statistic that loneliness is worse for your health than smoking up to 15 cigarettes per day. Well, we dive a little deeper to clarify this notion to include the difference between loneliness and social isolation. We also talk about what a healthy socially connected life might look like. We also cover a few preliminary data points on how the coronavirus pandemic of COVID-19 has had an impact on social isolation and loneliness. 

Here are some of the main points from our conversation:

  • What led Dr. Holt-Lunstad to study social neuroscience and health psychology
  • What is the definition of an epidemic?
  • Is there actually a loneliness epidemic in the world? 
  • What data can back this up?
    • The impact of COVID-19 on loneliness (some data is showing a 20-30% increase in loneliness (due to social distancing).
    • That Gen-Z has the highest prevalence of loneliness (some data shows up to 79% reporting feeling lonely)
    • What is the difference between loneliness and social isolation?
    • Why is social connection so important for our health?
    • How do social connection or social isolation compare to the impacts of well researched things like exercise, sleep, smoking, etc.?
    • What would a healthy socially connected life look like?

Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad's advice on how to be happier:

  • Increase social connection and emphasis on your close relationships. 
  • Positive relationships are key to a happy life.

More about Dr. Holt-Lunstad:

Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, where she is also the director of the social neuroscience lab. Her research is focused on the long-term health effects of social connection and has been seminal in the recognition of social isolation and loneliness as risk factors for early mortality. Recognized as an expert in the field, Holt-Lunstad has provided expert testimony in the US Congressional Hearing, worked on the US Surgeon General’s Emotional Well-Being in America initiative, served on the advisory group for the UK Cross-Departmental Loneliness Team, and a consensus committee for  National Academy of Sciences. She also serves as scientific advisor for the Australian coalition to End Loneliness, the Foundation for Art & Healing, the Rural Aging Advisory Council, AARP Services Inc. and United Healthcare; and she regularly consults tech companies as well.

Holt-Lunstad has received too many awards to name and is making a positive mark on the world with her research. Her work has been highlighted in the BBC 100 Breakthrough Health Discoveries in 2015 and has been covered in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time magazine, Scientific American, “This American Life,” the TODAY show, NPR, and many other major media outlets. I am honored to be her TEDx speaker coach for her TED talk, and something we joke about is that her research has been cited in at least 10 other TED talks and dozens of books.

It’s an honor to have Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad on the show and I hope you listen all the way to the end for her advice on how to build a happier life.

Where to find and follow Dr. Holt-Lunstad:

Aug 19, 202042:14
131: Personality Isn't Permanent with Benjamin Hardy, PhD

131: Personality Isn't Permanent with Benjamin Hardy, PhD

Who do you intend to become? Are you satisfied with where you are at right now or do you want to witness a positive evolution of yourself? If you desire a change, this episode is for you.

I honestly believe that this has to be one of the most life changing episodes I have ever recorded because it is jam packed. If you’re like me, you’ll want to re-listen to this one and take notes and then go buy the book because today’s guest goes over some amazing principles about how to create real change inside yourself.

Today’s guest is Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author Willpower Doesn't Work. From 2015-2018, he was the #1 writer in the world on During that time, he grew his email list from 0 to 400,000 without paid advertising. Ben and his wife Lauren adopted three children from the foster system in February 2018 and one month later, Lauren got pregnant with twins who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando. Ben's blogs are read by millions monthly.

On a personal note, I had the great opportunity to get to know Ben a little more personally as well and I have witnessed first hand that he is the real deal. He doesn’t just write really amazing blog posts and books and have another life. He lives it. I share a story in the podcast about how Ben’s book Willpower Doesn’t Work changed my life a few years ago and I think that his new book is even more life changing.

Full show notes: will be found at:

Jun 18, 202042:49
130: How to Strengthen Adult Friendships, with Author Kat Vellos

130: How to Strengthen Adult Friendships, with Author Kat Vellos

How do you make friends as an adult? And if you have made a friend, how can you keep them and strengthen that friendship? In today’s episode we talk about the importance of friendship as an adult as well as how to build and strengthen friendship in our lives. I interviewed Kat Vellos, the author of the amazing book We Should Get Together, on these things, and I’m very excited to share this with you.

What are the biggest barriers to friendship?

  • Constant relocation
  • Full schedules
  • The demands of partnership and family
  • Declining capacity for intimacy and compassion in the age of social media

We talked about a lot of practical ways to overcome these obstacles in the interview.

We talked about Dr. Jeffrey Hall at the University of Kansas conducted research that showed that it takes approximately 200 hours to go from strangers to really close friends. When was the last time you spent 200 hours with someone? How many people can you say you have spent 200 hours with in the last 5 years?

This is a fascinating interview and I hope you not only listen to this interview, but pick up Kat’s book! I have it now and have devoured it! It is an amazing book with such charming illustrations and memorable stories and the best part is that it is packed with tips on how to build and strengthen friendships. Do you feel like you need more friends right now? This is the perfect book (and podcast episode) for you!

May 15, 202041:15
129: Resilience Through Listening to Your Body with Leslie Santos, MAPP, M.Ed.

129: Resilience Through Listening to Your Body with Leslie Santos, MAPP, M.Ed.

In this episode we talk about increasing resilience through listening. We go into depth on many ways this is possible, but the one we really focus a lot on is getting present with our body. I loved this conversation. It calmed me down and I hope that it helps to calm you down as well. 

Here are some of the topics we covered:

More about Leslie Santos:

In practice for over seven years, Leslie Santos is a psychological archeologist, mindset cartographer and champion of the life-thirsty. She studied positive psychology under Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. It was while working with Seligman that she discovered how childhood adversity affects adult behaviors, an epic realization that catalyzed her mission and compelled her forward.

Her working model is that all humans experience childhood hardship and through this adversity protective adaptations are formed. Left unresolved, these adaptations become maladaptive in adulthood and block our momentum forward: every earnest step toward our desire is countered by an equal force in the opposite direction. These findings led to the development of her resilience process, designed for 1:1 mentorship and corporate human development for enlightened leaders.

Find Leslie here:




Apr 17, 202046:08
128: 5 Strategies for Coping with Anxiety and Panic - Solo Episode

128: 5 Strategies for Coping with Anxiety and Panic - Solo Episode

Even if you don't watch the news, there is a lot going around right now about the coronavirus that can really be unsettling. This is why I decided to republish an episode that I created before about how I overcome anxiety and panic. The best way to protect yourself against a virus that has no vaccine is your own immune system. That's why it is important to know how to cope with anxiety. I hope these things help you as much as they have helped me. And I hope that you can find hope amidst the hype and panic. May you be well. 

Mar 12, 202041:46
127: Tackling Loneliness With The Friendly Bench – With Founder Lyndsey Young

127: Tackling Loneliness With The Friendly Bench – With Founder Lyndsey Young

Talking to strangers may seem like an anxiety producing task, but not if you have a place that is set aside to be friendly with your community. Today’s episode highlights community activist Lyndsey Young, the founder of The Friendly Bench, CIC.

In this episode we discuss why loneliness and social isolation are so hard and bad for your health as well as what can be done to overcome these things. We then talk about the story behind The Friendly Bench and why having a place where you can create deliberate connection is critical for a community.

Learn more about Lyndsey Young:

Lyndsey Young is the founder of award-winning The Friendly Bench CIC, a movement to tackle loneliness, social isolation and community disconnectedness using innovative outdoor social spaces that reconnect people back to their own community. Lyndsey created The Friendly Bench™ after suffering from loneliness and social isolation herself. Bringing together her extensive design knowledge and experience of working on nature and wellbeing projects, The Friendly Bench™ was born. Being closer to nature, active social spaces and bringing people together is what it’s all about – with community at its core.

Winning support from the UK’s Prime Minister; Loneliness Minister, Baroness Diana Barran, and national charities and campaigns tackling loneliness, as well as being featured in New York Times, Huffington Post and Reuters, The Friendly Bench™ network is growing, with further The Friendly Benches launching across the UK this year, The Friendly Bench CIC is also in talks with organisations in Australia and Canada to expand overseas.

I loved learning about The Friendly Bench from Lyndsey and I loved her kind optimism and gentle goodness. I really love what Lyndsey is doing because it’s not just trying to build awareness around loneliness and social isolation, but she is ACTING to make a change.

Find the Friendly Bench here.





Feb 06, 202035:52
126: A Powerful Cure For Loneliness: Ritual Connection - With TEDx Speaker Baya Voce

126: A Powerful Cure For Loneliness: Ritual Connection - With TEDx Speaker Baya Voce

Have you ever felt lonely? Unfortunately, most people would answer yes. There is a loneliness epidemic going on in the world today and I am on a mission to help fight against it. So is Rite of Passage designer and TEDx speaker, Baya Voce. As I was researching loneliness, I found Baya's TEDx talk (with over 4 million views) on a simple cure for loneliness. This intrigued me and I knew we had to chat. It just so happened that serendipity wanted us to chat as well. My friend and former More Happy Life podcast guest, Doug Cartwright (see episode 120) happens to be friends with Baya and we got on the phone and made this episode a reality. 

We talked about some really life-changing principles here:

  • Micro and Macro Transitions
  • How to experience Grief and Gratitude simultaneously
  • Rituals to help with grief and transition
  • Loneliness and how to deal with it
  • Connecting with our inner wisdom to find the answers we need

Baya also shares a never-before-published story of how she was able to use ritual to get through a major heart break that began on the TEDx stage. 

If you are going through something hard right now, you should listen to this episode. 

If you have ever gone through a major transition, you should listen to this episode.

If you have ever felt lonely, you should listen to this episode. 

Don't miss this one!

About Baya Voce:

Baya Voce is a Rite of Passage Designer, helping people turn their life transitions into rites of passage through ritual and ceremony.

She's known for designing and facilitating experiences ranging from two-person rituals and 20-person Jeffersonian-style dinners to 100+ person women's circles, elaborate 1,000+-person theatrical productions, and conferences at places like Lincoln Center.

Her TEDx talk on loneliness is one of the most-viewed of all time with over 4 million views. Baya has produced experiences in conjunction with brands like Lyft and Google Fiber, and has been featured by ABC, Fox, MTV, and SXSW for her perspective on human connection, given her prior years as a successful matchmaker. You can connect with her online at or on @baya_voce on instagram. 

Jan 17, 202047:28
125: How You FEEL At Your Work (NOT Pay) Determines Whether You Will Stay; with Forbes Author Don Rheem

125: How You FEEL At Your Work (NOT Pay) Determines Whether You Will Stay; with Forbes Author Don Rheem

The future of work will be determined more by how we feel than how we are paid. This was said by Don Rheem in his TEDx talk given in 2018. I was sitting on the front row, riveted by his speech. I couldn't wait until it was edited and on YouTube so that I could start sharing it with my colleagues and manager. 

There isn't a labor surplus anymore and there likely won't be one for a while. What this does it it enables employees to choose between the best jobs. There are more unfilled jobs in America than there are unemployed people to fill those jobs, and it will likely be this way for at least the next 20 years. 

This is why it is so important for managers to prioritize making the workplace a place where their employees feel good. 

Listen to today's episode to learn more about how to be a manager who can do that as well as an employee who can find a job that you love. 

Find Don Rheem here:

His Book: Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience That Drives High-Performance Cultures

His Website:

His TEDx Talk


Don Rheem is an author and CEO of E3 solutions, a provider of employee workplace metrics which allows organizations to build engaged, high-performance cultures. He focuses on using science-backed research to consult with leaders at all levels within an organization. He is a former science advisor to both Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. I first saw him speak at TEDxBYU a few years ago and you can find his ted talk by searching YouTube or for “Can Work Save our Relationships?” He is also the author of the book Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience The Drives High-Performance Cultures, published by ForbesBooks.

Jan 09, 202033:25
124: How to be Indistractable with NYT Bestselling Author, Nir Eyal

124: How to be Indistractable with NYT Bestselling Author, Nir Eyal

Read the full show notes at

Do you get distracted? Do you struggle to stay on task and get taken down the digital rabbit hole more often than you would like? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone.

With all the technology that exists, if you aren’t deliberate about what you allow into your life, you’ll be bombarded. One study showed that the average US smartphone user receives 46 app push notifications per day!

I have experienced the overwhelm and frustration that comes from coming to the end of the day and realizing that I haven’t spent enough time on the things that I valued most. This is what I love about Nir Eyal’s newest book: Indistractable.

In my interview with Nir Eyal, we discuss that the source of our distraction may not be an undiagnosed case of ADHD, but that it is actually discomfort. And the critical factor for me was when he talked about matching our values with our calendars. Why? Because if we actually remember the values that are driving our calendar, it’s easier to do the things we plan. Otherwise, if our calendars do not align with our values, we will constantly be drawn away from them by even the smallest “shiny object” in our view (or our notifications).

This was a game changer for me!

Social media & technology are not our enemies. Our enemy is our own misalignment with our values that keeps us from experiencing what we most desire in life. We MUST prioritize values alignment or we will constantly be distracted.

How can you do this? Well, read the book! Also, here is an exercise the book inspired me to create for myself:

  1. Write down the things that you value most in life.
  2. Write down all the activities you actually have in your schedule and see which of those align with the values on your list.
  3. Now write down things that you still highly value, but that are NOT on your schedule in any form.
  4. Practice gratitude for the things on your list of scheduled items that already align with your deepest desires.
  5. Add more items to your calendar that actually align with your values.
  6. Let go of 3 things that DON’T align with your values (cancel, reschedule, reprioritize).

This exercise is life changing. Too many people feel down and get distracted on Monday (or any day) because they haven’t aligned their values with their schedule.

Is this you? Why do you keep doing things that don’t align with your values?


Align with your values and be more happy!

Find Nir Eyal here:

Find more at:

The schedule maker tool mentioned is here:

Summary article:

And distraction guide here:

Habits vs routines article here:

Dec 19, 201936:10
123: How Good Customer Experience Makes the World Happier with Forbes Author Stacy Sherman

123: How Good Customer Experience Makes the World Happier with Forbes Author Stacy Sherman

In episode 123, I speak with Stacy Sherman about the power of a transformational customer experience. Everyone is used to interacting with a business in a transactional way, but when a business can make a transaction into a transformation, that's when magic happens!

In our conversation we discuss how to make this happen by starting at the top and moving down. If the executives are seeking to increase their own wellbeing, they will naturally desire to make the wellbeing of their employees a priority. And when the employee wellbeing and happiness becomes a priority, it can impact the bottomline in a tangible way.

In other words, customer satisfaction begins with employee satisfaction and employee satisfaction begins with executive wellbeing.

We also discussed how a business can create a "wow moment" by simply connecting with their customers. I shared an example of going to Smashburger on my wedding day and being wowed and she shared an experience she had of being wowed during an experience with the owner of The Lodge at Woodloch who made a genuine connection with her and her family. It seems simple, but it's powerful and it keeps customers talking. Here I am talking about Smashburger and Woodloch!

Stacy's advice for people who want to have a more happy life:

Stacy Sherman"Be intentional and purposeful about how you experience your day"

She does this with an app she uses called The Five Minute Journal that prompts you to record your intentions for the day, what you're grateful for, what you will do to make your day go well, and how you could have improved the day. It's the simple things! If you don't already have a journaling routine to boost positive emotion, this sounds like a good app.

She also emphasized the importance of surrounding yourself with people who support your goals and who don't deflate your confidence. This is critical!

More About Stacy:

Stacy Sherman is known for expertise in designing & implementing successful Customer-Centric programs that differentiate Business (B2B) & Consumer (B2C) brands beyond price. She coaches individuals & leads teams to deploy best in class methodologies & closed-loop processes. She’s currently Director, Customer Experience (CX) & Employee Engagement at Schindler Elevator Corporation (USA), where she’s contributing to record-breaking Net Promoter (NPS) results, Y/Y revenue growth & portfolio protection. Recent accomplishments: 2019 Finalist “CX Leader of the Year” and “CXPA Impact” awards.

Besides CX, Stacy’s led Digital Marketing & Website Conversion Optimization for reputable brands of all sizes & budgets including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Martha Stewart, ADP, Wilton and more. She’s produced multi-billion dollar sales while increasing customer satisfaction (C-Sat) and Effort scores within cost per acquisition targets.

Find and follow Stacy here:

Twitter (

Instagram (

Doing CX Right (

Thrive Global (

Forbes (

Stacy's views are her own in this episode.

Dec 12, 201934:59
122: Surround Yourself with Greatness - Mini Episode

122: Surround Yourself with Greatness - Mini Episode

This episode comes from a chapter of my book Live Your Mission and it is all about surrounding yourself with greatness. If you feel like you are in a rut, take a step back and look at who you spend your time with each day and each week. If you don't believe in your dreams, then you need to diversify your friend group to include those who believe in their dreams. 

I hope this helps you today. Enjoy!

Nov 21, 201911:37
121: The Happiness Paradox with NYT #1 Best-Selling Author Richard Eyre

121: The Happiness Paradox with NYT #1 Best-Selling Author Richard Eyre

In today's episode I interview #1 New York Times best-selling author, Richard Eyre about his new book The Happiness Paradox

Richard's experience is that there are three main obstacles to happiness and joy:

  • Control
  • Ownership
  • Independence

When we are obsessed with seeking after these alone, it will be a never ending cycle of ultimate dissatisfaction. However there is a way to sustainable happiness according to Richard. To replace these three with three others:

  • Serendipity
  • Stewardship
  • Synergicity (synergy and synchronicity) 

We go into more detail about how you can move from control to serendipity, from ownership to stewardship, and from independence to synergicity. It's a beautiful conversation that really helps tap into some core issues we face when we want a more happy life. 

In addition, Richard made some special offers to all of the More Happy Life listeners!

1.  To get Happiness Paradox for 40% off and with free shipping just go to and use the access code ANDYFRIEND

2.  Check out the Instagram of the Eyres here 

3.  If you're interested in their books on parenting, go to or go to is where you can see the list of all their books and get most of them free online or go to

More about Richard and Linda Eyre: 

New York Times #1 Bestselling Authors Linda and Richard Eyre have seen their books sell in the millions and be translated into more than a dozen languages. Appearing on virtually every national talk show, including Oprah, Today, and CBS This Morning, the Eyres have also spoken and presented throughout the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. They are known for their teachings on parenting and have recently come out with a new book about happiness. Naturally, I wanted to talk to them about the book and I was lucky enough to get Richard on the phone for a very serendipitous conversation.

Nov 14, 201955:34
120: How To Meet Your Highest Self with Doug Cartwright, Founder of The Daily Shifts

120: How To Meet Your Highest Self with Doug Cartwright, Founder of The Daily Shifts

If you feel like you are not enough or that your life needs to change for you to be happier and healthier, Episode 120 is for you. In this episode I interview the founder of The Daily Shifts, Doug Cartwright. The Daily Shifts is an app that encourages you to engage with your mind and body in a way that can turn your day around. 

In this episode we talk about so many amazing things:

  • Loving kindness meditation 
  • Breathing: Inhale in for 2, Hold for 2, Exhale for 2
  • The power of Gratitude
  • The importance of knowing how to manage your energy
  • "In less than two minutes you can totally change your energy"
  • The power of transitions to boost or suck our energy
  • "The number one most important decision I've made was I surrendered my life to the universal flow of the planet."
  • Surrender to the universe, AND show up everyday the best you can.
  • A powerful mindset: "Life is happening FOR you and not TO you."
  • We get back what we put out into the world
  • Transformative journalism with Michelle Gielan (25:15)
  • Unfollow negative news and people who are spreading negativity and replace with positivity
  • How to vote when you don't follow the news (ask trusted friends and then use to save a year of contention and negativity energy suck.
  • The loneliness epidemic (31:45) is based in the belief of "I'm not enough"
  • We are here on earth to do two things: Create and Connect
  • To have a more happy life create a routine ritual to connect with your intuition and higher self (37:25)

Sign up for The Daily Shifts at and if you sign up for premium membership, you'll also get The Daily Shifts course that is worth $500. This is an amazing deal exclusive to More Happy Life listeners! 

More about Doug: 

Doug Cartwright is the founder of a new app called The Daily Shifts that helps you to ritualize daily physical and mental shifts to improve your health and happiness. Doug has an amazing story of going from being one of the top sales reps at Vivint, selling over 300 accounts per year having made over a million dollars by the time he was 25. Then he came to a point in his life where he realized he wanted something more than just making more money and buying more things. In today’s episode he shares the transformation of how he found his new purpose in creating daily shifts in his own mind and body through connecting to his intuition.

Follow Doug:

Other people mentioned in this episode:

Alicia Gettys

Jenna Nascimento

Michelle Gielan

Nov 07, 201944:20
119: Rediscovering Self Worth Through a Children's Book with Rose Stanek
Oct 31, 201937:08
118: The Power of Intentional Discomfort with TEDx Speaker Em Capito, LCSW

118: The Power of Intentional Discomfort with TEDx Speaker Em Capito, LCSW

Have you ever experienced something difficult or traumatic? If you're listening to this, the answer is probably yes. I believe that a huge part of happiness is the skillset we have built up that enables us to bounce back from the difficult things that happen to us. A few weeks ago, I went to the TEDxSLC event and saw Em Capito speak about what she calls "resiliency field trips." These are adventurous experiences that encourage us to get out of our comfort zone and do something intentional to challenge ourselves. It includes curiosity, fun and adventure. As a psychotherapist, Em has been helping people to have these experiences and has found that with those who have done them, a sharp decline in fear occurs. In order to qualify as a resiliency field trip, it has to have the following:

1. New - when we introduce novelty, our brain will be more likely to remember it. This is why travel is often so memorable.

2. Slightly scary - Step out of your comfort zone to push the limits of what you currently believe you are capable of.

3. Intentional - This must be something you value or something that excites you. 

Intentional discomfort is important to engage in if we want to overcome anxiety or make progress toward goals that we deeply value, but we are afraid to accomplish.

In this interview we talk about why it is so hard to get outside of our comfort zone and why it is so important. 

More about Em Capito:

Em Capito is an unconventional psychotherapist obsessed with the widespread loss of resilience in the face of overwhelming comfort. While studying her own trauma from the inside out, Em embarked on a series of experiments that led to a prescription of intentional discomfort. Em blends these experiential interventions with meditation and yoga therapy to build the holistic mind-body resilience that carries us through our darkest moments. She completed a master’s degree in social work at the University of Utah in 2007 and a masters in business administration at the University of Phoenix in 2011. Em is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a certified LifePower yoga teacher, and a Dharma Method meditation teacher with a private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Find and follow Em here:

Oct 22, 201958:06
117: The 5 Components of Change with Dr. Adam Moore
Oct 11, 201951:11
116: Your Permission To Be Happier - Personal Bill of Rights

116: Your Permission To Be Happier - Personal Bill of Rights

Today I just wanted to share something one of my therapists shared with me years ago that has helped me. It was what they called my "Personal Bill of Rights". It has helped me over the years to remember that I have permission to be human. Often we don't give ourselves this permission and we need to remember this more. So this is me giving you permission today, to be happier. 

Sep 27, 201910:12
115: Empowering People to Empower People with Louis Alloro, MAPP

115: Empowering People to Empower People with Louis Alloro, MAPP

How do you empower people to empower other people? The more I talk to people about positive psychology, the more I realize that the thing that most people want to know is how they can become a change agent themselves. In this episode, I interview Louis Alloro, an shining star in applied positive psychology who I had the honor of learning from for 7 months during my time studying at The Flourishing Center in Los Angeles. 

Louis and I talk about how to really create sustainable positive change in an organization through systems. We also talk about the following topics:

  • Listening to what your heart and body need.
  • Being the change is starting with yourself
  • The best way to help others is by starting by helping yourself
  • Self care is health care and it is not selfish
  • Fill your cup, have fun, be still
  • Louis' focus on integrity and how important it is to be true to yourself first "the universe hears what you mean, not what you say"
  • Give yourself permission to be human and be present with what is.
  • As a leader, we should envision the best possible futures for our people and remember the people in the middle as integral agents of change. The best leaders see others as co-leaders and the boss doesn't have all the answers.
  • Don't wait for something to be different to be happy now. Your happiness will boost you along the way to your goals.

So much goodness came from this episode. It was an amazing conversation that I wish could have only been longer. Please listen and share with your friends!

Sep 16, 201951:59
114: Eleven Science-Backed Ways to Boost Energy Without Caffeine

114: Eleven Science-Backed Ways to Boost Energy Without Caffeine

Do you want to boost your energy without having to pound another RedBull or go for the afternoon cup of Joe? This episode is for you. 

A lot of people struggle with fatigue, or are just sapped of energy on a regular basis. I believe that increasing energy is one of the most powerful ways to have a more happy life and I want to share things that can help you boost your energy without caffeine.

First, a word on caffeine. I don’t have anything against caffeine other than that it was the stimulant that triggered my first panic attack ever. So ever since then, I have chosen not to consume caffeine to boost my energy and I have had to find other ways to keep me awake when I’m having a tired day. The other thing is that caffeine doesn’t actually produce energy in your body. It is a stimulant. It basically tricks your brain into thinking that you have energy, but it doesn’t actually have the building blocks of energy that your body needs.

So here are some ways to boost energy without having to rely on that cup of Joe every day.

1. Hydration

2. Move more

3. Eat smaller meals more often

4. Optimize your Breathing

5. Sleep better

6. Eat things that boost your energy

7. Decrease your Allostatic Load

8. Connect to Your Purpose and Values

9. Rock Out to Your Favorite Songs

10. Connect to People You Love

11. Look Forward to Something

Sep 08, 201936:35
113: Make Your Commute the Best Part of Your Day, Backed by Science

113: Make Your Commute the Best Part of Your Day, Backed by Science

Studies show that our wellbeing can be greatly impacted by our commute, but that it's what we believe about our commute that makes the difference. Here are 8 tips that can help you tell the right story and make your commute the best part of your day. 

Mindfulness -

  • don’t close your eyes, connect to yourself, connect to God, get in touch with your body.
  • Engage in loving kindness meditation,


  • Millionaires read more than anyone else. Constantly educating. Create an education program that gets you excited.
  • What are you interested in? Create a playlist on podcasts, audible, Libby or get a subscription to Blinkist and learn like crazy.

Dealing with road ragers-

  • Make the good assumptions
  • Tell the right story.
  • It doesn’t matter to them anyway. 
  • Here are some good stories:
    • wedding night
  • Hospital pregnant
  • Kids in trouble

What’s your story of the commute?

  • What story are you telling yourself?

Savor the good stuff

  • architecture
  • Nature

Change it up

  • don’t go the same way every time. Our brain thrives with variety. Get playful with it. If you ride a train, sit somewhere different

Dance party

  • make an amazingly energizing playlist
  • Be that guy who you see rocking out in their car
  • Be the girl in the train with headphones who is so into her playlist that taps her foot and would be dancing if there were room


  • Look at your friendship wall each week and decide to connect to someone during your commute
  • Connect with a family member on the phone during the commute. If you can’t talk, leave them a Marco Polo or a voice message

Use it as a transition to boost energy

  • We lose quite a bit of energy through our day because we don’t transition. So take advantage of the time you have during your commute to transition from work to home or home to work.
  • Inhale, release tension, exhale, set intention

Here is where I found the studies:

Sep 03, 201925:35
112: The Science of FUN with Mike Rucker, PhD

112: The Science of FUN with Mike Rucker, PhD

When was the last time you felt overwhelmingly happy? When I have asked this to people in the past, it has almost always paired with a time when they were having fun. We have talked about play before (episode 105), and in this episode Mike differentiates play from fun and shares some great tips on how we can fit more fun into our every day life. 

He tells the story of how he got into researching fun in the first place and talks about how fun can really have an impact on our wellbeing. He expounds on his play model (found here: and shows us how we can optimize the fun that we are already having. 

Find Mike here:

Dr. Mike Rucker is a charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association, as well as a member of the American Psychological Association. Mike is a frequent contributor to national press such as Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and CIO on topics related to well-being. Mike has spent the last few years studying the construct of fun and is coming out with a book on the subject in the summer of 2020. He has also published in peer-reviewed journals covering topics from employee well-being to ethics.

Aug 27, 201951:31
111: Making Sleep Cool Again With Julie Flygare, J.D.

111: Making Sleep Cool Again With Julie Flygare, J.D.

In this episode we talk about all things sleep and much more!

  • How does sleep impact our energy, mood, and clarity?
  • How much sleep do we need each night?
  • How did you discover your Narcolepsy?
  • How can we improve our sleep patterns?
  • Should naps be allowed and supported at work?
  • Let's talk about dreams and remembering dreams
  • What would you tell people who just found out they have narcolepsy?
  • Find your self affirming voice within all the voices in your head. This will make you happier. 

More about Julie:

Julie Flygare, J.D. is an internationally recognized patient-perspective leader, an accomplished advocate, and the award-winning author of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy. Since receiving a diagnosis of narcolepsy with cataplexy in 2007, Flygare advanced her leadership in the sleep and healthcare space through speaking engagements, publications, earned media, collaborations, and advocacy and awareness initiatives. Currently, she serves as President & CEO of Project Sleep, a non-profit organization raising awareness about sleep health and sleep disorders. Prior to accepting this role, Flygare served as President of Project Sleep’s Board of Directors, while also gaining invaluable experience in marketing and philanthropy at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and City of Hope. Additionally, she served on the National Institutes of Health’s Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board from 2012 – 2015. Flygare received her B.A. from Brown University in 2005 and her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2009, focusing on health law, policy, and rare disease drug development.

Where to find Julie:

Aug 06, 201956:22
110: Blanketing 1,000,000 Homeless with Bob Dalton from Sackcloth & Ashes
Jul 10, 201932:28
109: How to Create Life-Changing Insights with Craig Case, Coauthor of BIG IDEAS
Jul 02, 201955:39
108: The Life Changing Power of Radical Motivation with Allie Gardner

108: The Life Changing Power of Radical Motivation with Allie Gardner

In this episode we talk about the amazing power we all have to climb out of the depths of trauma and misery using what Allie Gardner calls "radical motivation". Allie Gardner is a highly acclaimed musician who, in 2017, lost 14 of her dear friends and family to death. Can you even imagine?! She shares how she was able to climb out of this by remembering her strengths and then using them to benefit the lives of others and lift those around her. 

Where to find Allie:



Youtube Video:

YouTube Channel:


More about Allie

Allie Gardner is a recording artist, vocal coach, studio musician, composer and public speaker with no shortage of personality and enthusiasm. She has been a musician since she was in her high chair when her family called her the “opera baby” because she would mimic her next door neighbor who was an opera singer.

Allie was vocally trained by Dean Kaelin & Glory Naylor. She now works as a vocal coach at Dean Kaelin Vocal Studio, as well as The Piano Place in Draper and Lehi, Utah. She also teaches online songwriting & voice lessons.  

She is a member of BYU Noteworthy, BYU's Premier Female A Cappella Group and was featured as a soloist in their latest music video ' I Can Only Imagine' that has reached over 800,000 views on Youtube alone. Allie has recorded many other music videos that have reached viral status on facebook and Youtube. 

Allie is currently working on a full length album, and several new recordings in the Spanish language that are projected to release later this year. On a personal note, she has a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. One of her best friends is BJ who has Downs Syndrome who she loves and cares about very much. 

This episode talks about how music is a universal language, how exercising your strengths is a powerful way to get through the most difficult and traumatic experiences of your life and how sometimes you need to exercise what Allie calls “radical motivation” to push through isolation and helplessness. 

I’m excited to bring on Allie Gardner!

Jun 26, 201938:33