Episode 490: Broadcasting Happiness

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New research from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience shows that small shifts in the way we communicate can create big ripple effects on business and educational outcomes, including higher productivity, better performance ratings, and lower levels of stress.

On this episode, Dave recaps episodes 486-489 where Michelle Gielan shares tips from her book, “Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change”

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Episode 486: The Danger of Negative Conversations

1 Simple Thing Action:
Start with the Power Lead. Be proactive and begin a conversation with something positive and meaningful. Find 1-3 other opportunities to use the Power Lead in encounters with people you might otherwise fall into the trap of a negative conversation. There are different ways to make it your own, so experiment and remember that creating social connections that is the greatest predictor of long-term levels of happiness. Fuel the positive in your conversations and you’re also fueling your success at the same time.

Episode 487: Dealing with Negative People

1 Simple Thing Action:
Take a Strategic Retreat. When dealing with a negative person, it’s totally proper to feel like you need to take a little break. Take five minutes (or whatever you need) and withdraw yourself from that negative person or situation. Then, while you are taking that break, plan what Michelle calls your “2-minute drill.” Figure out what your 2-minute interaction is going to be with them next time to reset the social script to positive.

Episode 488: How to Move Past “Stressed and Stuck”

1 Simple Thing Action:
Fact check your story. We’re habitual, so we tend to come up with the same basic stories over and over. Write down on a piece of paper the situation that has you stuck or stressed, then do the 3 Steps of Fact Checking (listed below.) If you can fact check it on paper, the next time the same stress or challenge comes up you’ve already done the work, you can refer to the same paper and save yourself the time and frustration.

Episode 489: Why It’s Important to Recharge Yourself

1 Simple Thing Action:
Savor before and after. Savoring is a happiness multiplier for vacations. Plan your vacation at least thirty days in advance. Then, ahead of time, anticipate the upcoming vacation. Sit at dinner with your family talking about the cool things you’re going to do. Make a list together of some of the experiences you might have. Get into the planning and the excitement ahead of time.

To savor it after, you can make your vacation photos the screensaver on your computer to remind you of the happy moments with your loved ones, or have a themed party and invite all your friends.


Michelle Gielan

  • Former CBS News Anchor
  • Founder, Institute for Applied Positive Research
  • Bestselling Author
  • Researcher & Speaker
  • Positive Psychology & Communications Expert

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