The Positive Psychology Podcast - Bringing the Science of Happiness to your Earbuds with Kristen Truempy (general)

Deirdre a listener from beautiful Cape Town asked me a few questions about my personal journey with depression and I decided to answer her questions on the podcast. Furthermore I added a section about what people who have loved ones with depression should keep in mind.

If your inner dialogue sucks and you would like to challenge and rework the responsible brain patterns check out my audiobook Brainwash at


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Today investor and fellow podcaster Matt Bodnar joins us to discuss money but we end up covering:

  • Decision-making
  • Blocking and tackling
  • Financial literacy
  • Limiting beliefs and how to reverse them (The 4 Questions)
  • Pyramid of Action
  • and more

In the second half Matt does such impromptu coaching taking on my money hang-ups.

If you are really into science or psychology as usual you may have to open your mind or skip this episode all together.

Matt referred to lots of resources, so here they are:

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm CET

No this is not an "exercise is good for you" episode. It's also not about how running affects you psychologically. This is really about taking the techniques of positive psychology and applying them to a tough challenge, in this case, training for a half-marathon. Even if you have never run a mile in your life and don't plan to some of the mindset obstacles and changes discussed here will be useful for whatever big challenge you have in your own life.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:58am CET

Why is coaching so popular and will it remain that way when the robots come? Today Christian van Nieuwerburgh, Associate Professor of Coaching at Henley Business School shares with us his insights into when coaching is needed, how it can unleash its powers in companies and when working with young people.

You can find his books at Sage Publications.

There's also a status update regarding the launch of my first audiobook Brainwash which you can check out at

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm CET

I have never been more terrified of releasing an episode of the Positive Psychology Podcast. It's the closest thing to taking off my clothes and running around naked online that I have done. If you want to know why listen in and check out

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm CET

Translating psychological concepts into daily life is not easy. So in this new reflection episode I look back on the concepts my friend Susanna Halonen taught me back in 2014 on passion. I will examine how I apply her ideas in my own life, where I still struggle and how two years later, I still work on implementation. I highly recommend that you listen to the original episode 8 on passion to remind yourself of the details of her passion theory.  I hope that the reflection episodes help you deepen what you already know and inspire you to apply the concepts in your daily life.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CET

Originally I was reluctant to dig into grit: it just sounded like one of these many killjoy concepts that make us into the perfect corporate consumer soldier. How wrong I was. You don't need to have a flawlessly clean room or stay on the perfect diet for the rest of your life. Check out what grit is, how you can identify and cultivate it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm CET

Did you know that you are a broadcaster and have a lots of influence over the people in your life? Former CBS news anchor turned Positive Psychologist Michelle Gielan discusses how changing what and how we broadcast is crucial for success, happiness and health. If Michelle's message resonated with you, you can get her audiobook Broadcasting Happiness for free if you go through and sign-up for a trial membership.

You can find out more about Michelle at

If you want to take the success scale go to

And last but not least if you want to download the manifesto she talked about go to

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If you take your well-being seriously you have to prioritize and manage it. Today I will share how I do this focusing mainly on the tools I use, mostly smartphone apps.

You can find the full list of links on the page Apps to Manage Happiness

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm CET

In our pursuit of happiness it is easy to become myopic. Why not freshen things up by trying, just for the length of this episode, to achieve utter misery? Randy Paterson is a psychologist and the author of the book How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies you Already use. He will shine a light on some of the strategies we use to be miserable (unless you are of course a regular listener, in which case, I trust, you have kicked most of these habits already ;-).

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:53pm CET