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Hear interviews about positive psychology with Shanti, self-actualization coach, and Nancy Stapp of KVOT, AM 1340, Taos, New Mexico.

July 4, 2014 The Virtue of Self-Control

Self-regulation failure is central to nearly all the personal and social problems that currently plague citizens of the modern developed world.  Self-regulation and control is definitely a character strength when one has it.  What it is and how to develop it in oneself is discussed. 

May 21, 2014 Humility, the Modest Strength

In contemporary society it is easy to overlook humility’s potential merits. Donald Trump once said, “Show me someone without an ego, and I’ll show you a loser.”  Positive psychology research reveals that humility is a strength of character, rather than a weakness or display of inferiority. This program explores humility in greater depth, and talks about how to achieve greater humility in your life.

May 7, 2014 The Importance of Pleasure

Pleasure encompasses a whole family of subjective positive psychological states that range from the “raw feels” of the body produced by perfumes and backrubs to the “higher” pleasures of the mind like listening to a great piece of music, watching a good movie, or enjoying a victory of the local football team. Why pleasure is important and how to increase the experience of pleasure your life is discussed.

Jan. 15, 2014 Self Compassion

Self-compassion is a healthier way of relating to yourself. When you recognize your humanity and accept you will make mistakes and bump up against your limitations you can show understanding towards yourself. Exercises are given to increase self-compassion.

Nov. 6, 2013 Eudaimonia

Eudaimonia is a Greek term used by positive psychologists which is translated as the best within us. When we express the best within us we flourish and find authentic happiness. Ways to discover what is eudaimonic for the individual are discussed.

Oct. 2, 2013 Engaged Feedback

Getting honest, constructive and engaged feedback is something we all appreciate. Without feedback there can be no transformative change. Learn how to normalize the discomfort of getting and giving feedback and how to give it effectively. This recording stops a few minutes before the end.

Sep. 18, 2013 The Importance of Vulnerability

The courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. The level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection. Guideposts for whole hearted living are given.

Aug. 20, 2013 The Philosophy of Love 2

How can philosophical exploration help us become better lovers, so to speak? How does love create meaning in people’s lives? Is it better to give or receive love? These questions are examined.

July 22, 2013 Elevation

Elevation is the term positive psychologists use for the feeling we experience when we witness an instance of moral beauty. It is a very real experience  that has an impact which leads to pro-social behavior. Examples are given as well as ways to increase one’s awareness of this positive emotion.

July 3, 2013 Relational Savoring

The conscious, reflective and active process of deeply enjoying and continuously attending to pleasure during and after those times when one is close to another person and enjoying it. Ways to increase one’s capacity to savor relationships are presented.

June 19, 2013 The Philosophy of Love

Love is the highest virtue according to Plato.  How philosophy can help us become better lovers is discussed and two philosophical exercises are given that will increase one's capacity to love and be loved.

May 1, 2013 Foundations of Well Being

Researchers in the field of positive psychology have identified a small set of basic factors or foundations upon which we can build psychological well being for ourselves. They are of direct practical use for facilitating change in both our thinking and our behavior, and they lead to the improvement of our well being. Each of the seven foundations of well being are discussed and examples and useful interventions are given.

April 3, 2013 How to Deal with Stress and Suffering

Life involves suffering. Being mindful helps us to better deal with difficult situations, stress and suffering. Habits we have which cause our suffering are discussed and practices are given which help to alleviate suffering.

Mar. 20, 2013 Finding Happiness and Joy in Everyday Life

We often see happiness and joy as something we will attain in the future. No matter what the past or hoped for future, there is happiness and joy to be found if we open our eyes and hearts to the present situation. "Happiness for no cause," is also discussed.

Mar. 6, 2013 Accessing Natural Self Compassion

When our hearts are open and we allow ourselves to be touched by our own pain, we naturally respond with feelings of caring concern.  When we remind ourselves of our common humanity and remember we are not alone, our innate feelings of love and compassion can flow more freely.

Feb. 20, 2013 Learning Compassion for Self

We talk about love of self, but most of us are harder on ourselves than on others. How can we show compassion towards ourselves is the topic. Many ideas are given to accomplish the task.

Jan. 15, 2013 The Power of the Possible

Many people think they are doomed by their past. Learn how raising your positive resonance, learning to forgive,and  how to accept yourself can open up possibilities you never even dreamed of. Practical ideas are offered.

Nov. 21, 2012 The Importance of Giving Thanks

The importance of thankfulness and thanksgiving are talked about in light of the upcoming holiday. Thankfulness is not just a duty, it actually is healthy for us to express our gratitude and thanks for the good things in our lives.

Nov. 7, 2012 Healthy Child Development

What are the qualities needed to be a good parent? What are the basic skills one needs to have in order to help their child develop holistically? The ideas from Dr. Eugene M DeRobertis, author of "The Whole Child," are discussed.

Aug. 15, 2012 Patience

The art of patience is discussed, especially its importance as related to social change. Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama are exemplars of patience. The importance of developing an attitude of patience is also brought up.

June 20, 2012 How full is your bucket?

Using a simple metaphor a dipper and a bucket can help you understand how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity.  Understanding the metaphor will enable you to increase the positive moments in your life while reducing the negative.

June 6, 2012 The Healing Power of Humor

Humor is an important coping tool that can relieve stressful times in our lives.  We may not solve our problems with humor, but while we are laughing, we might find a way out.  Ways to increase humor in your daily life are introduced.

May 2, 2012 Optimism

Learn how being optimistic is better for your general well-being than being pessimistic. Learn the difference between the two styles. Examples are given, as well as ways to practice being more optimistic.

Apr. 18, 2012 Savoring

Human beings naturally gravitate to the experience of pleasure  The art of savoring helps us maximize our pleasurable experiences.  Practical suggestions are given to the listener who wants to increase their vitality through savoring.

Mar. 21, 2012 Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the peace you learn to feel when you let go of your grievances, yet most of us don't really know how to let go of a grudge.  Today's program talks about what forgiveness is and isn't, and offers techniques that allows the listener to let go of anger and grievances.

Feb. 15, 2012 Love

Love is the seed of life and health, and is the pinnacle emotion. Many possibilities are unleashed by looking at love through the lens of the science of flourishing. How we view love may enlarge our capacity to love. The tool given today originates with the motto, "Be Open."

Dec. 21, 2011 Three Blessings Exercise

One of the key concepts of Positive Psychology is "savoring" which involves taking time to appreciate the good in our lives. The "Three Blessings" exercise was developed to help you do exactly that.

Dec. 7, 2011 The Gratitude Letter

A key intervention in positive psychology called the “gratitude letter” is discussed. The purpose is to increase ones experiences of positive emotions in order to better flourish. How to write and deliver the letter is presented.

Nov. 30, 2011 To Flourish

Positive psychology uses the term “to flourish.” What does that mean, and how do people go about doing it are included in the discussion. Also included is how to know whether something pleases you or not.

Nov. 16, 2011 Introduction to Positive Psychology

A brief introduction to positive psychology and its history is given. How positive psychology coaching works is illustrated in an example using Nancy as the coaching client. Increasing one’s happiness is discussed.




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