Season 1 Episode 8 : Seeing all the Good in Self, Others, and Life

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Season 1 Episode 8: Seeing all the Good in Self, Others, and Life. [Podcast]

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Dr. Colleen Georges is a Positive Psychology coach, speaker, educator, and bestselling author who helps people to see all the good in themselves, others, and life while discovering and leveraging their strengths, passions, and purpose. She provides one-on-one life and career coaching for clients across the nation and leads local community wellness groups.

Colleen is also a Rutgers University Lecturer in counseling and women’s leadership and a member of the Rutgers Speaker’s Bureau. She received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University, is a Nationally Certified Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Comprehensive Positive Psychology Coach, and holds over a dozen certifications in life and career coaching, positive psychology, and positive parenting.

Colleen authors the Positive Psychology blog called SeeingAllTheGood.com. She is also a blogger for the Huffington Post, and is co-author of the award-winning, best-selling books: Contagious Optimism, 10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People, The Wisdom of Midlife Women 2, Unleash Your Inner Magnificence, 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career, The Book of Success, and scholarly psychology journals.

Colleen lives in New Jersey with her husband José, six-year-old son Joshua, and two cats, Kitty and Sweetie.

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In this episode Dr. Colleen Georges shares the following main ideas:

  • The importance of looking for and seeing all the good in others and in life.
  • Asking self “What am I going to do to make this world better?”
  • How gratitude is the “Queen of all strengths” and how it changed her entire life.
  •  A simple exercise in gratitude that can help you make gratitude a habit that can transform your life.
  • The growth, wisdom and compassion that can come through hardship.
  • How cognitive reframing can decrease pessimism and increase optimism.
  • The importance of living your passion and purpose.
  • The importance of kindness, forgiveness, and faith in a higher power.
  • The importance of taking time to mindfully spend time with people you love.
  • Discovering and building upon strengths.
  • Her experiences finding joy in raising her son and helping him to develop gratitude in life.
  • Helping her son learn kindness and compassion through volunteer work.
  • How it only takes one person to make a difference and encouragement to see how many people you get to impact every day.
  • Be confident with your strengths, flaws and challenges and recognize the beauty in all of what we are.
  • The importance of self forgiveness.
  • Treat everybody as if they’re having a bad day.

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You may also enjoy this article by Dr. Colleen Georges:

“5 Practices for Teaching Kids the Power of Gratitude and Grace.”

Colleen’s Books:

Links mentioned in this podcast

Gratitude A Way of Life (book by Louise Hay)
VIA – Values in Action (assess your strengths)
Gallup Strengths Finder Test (assess your strengths)
Character Strengths & Virtues Manual (Seligman and Peterson)

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Season 1 Episode 1: Rick and Teresa Starr

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Season 1 Episode 1: Welcome to the Positivity Life Podcast – with Rick & Teresa Starr [Podcast]

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We would like to formally welcome you to our new podcast, Positivity Life!

The mission of Positivity Life is to explore pathways to optimal health, happiness & personal potential. Our goal is to bring you inspiration, motivation, and actionable advice, from the best coaches, experts, authors and mentors on the planet.

On Positivity Life we will be talking about REAL life, lived in the most fulfilling way. This includes finding meaning and purpose in life, conquering challenges, building resilience, developing strengths, cultivating gratitude, optimism, & GRIT and savoring life’s simple pleasures, nurturing relationships, uplifting others and pursuing happiness, health and wellness in mind, body & spirit.

On our website, and in our podcast, you’ll find 6 pathways that we focus on that are components of what we call a Positivity Life. Those pathways are, heart, mind, body, spirit, relationships and life strategies.

Here’s a sneak peak at what we’ll cover in each of the 6 pathways.

Heart

This has to do with positive emotions (such and gratitude, love, forgiveness) and the beneficial effects that they have on our quality of life and our ability to flourish. Positive emotions also help us deal with life stressors and help us become resilient.

Mind

We will give you tools to get your mind right. We will also teach you specific life practices that will help in developing a healthy mindset, developing mindfulness, overcoming worry and anxiety, and learning tools and habits to overcome the natural negativity bias that exists in each one of us, to some degree. We’ll talk a lot about intentional activities, like focusing on strengths, visualizing success, designing and creating your future.

Body

You body is a gift. It’s the vehicle in which you travel through this life. Taking care of your body makes it possible for you to enjoy more positive emotions, a healthier mindset, better relationships, and overall wellbeing. On the podcast we’ll discuss ways to nurture and care for your body, including topics like good nutrition, proper exercise, and adequate sleep.

Spirit

Research suggests that religious and spiritual beliefs have tremendous positive benefits to individuals and societies. Studies demonstrate a close link between spiritual and religious practices and happiness. Spirituality is closely related to the discovering of greater meaning in life, more gratitude, improved relationships, more altruism, kindness, forgiveness, and volunteerism. Spiritual/religious practices are also broadly associated with increased coping ability in stressful life events.

Relationships

Studies show that quality relationships are very strongly correlated with happiness and flourishing in life. We will teach you strategies to help you proactively enhance and deepen the quality of your relationships. Well talk about love languages, personality types, and positive communication skills.

Life Strategies

Strong life strategies give you direction in your life. They also help you build goals and habits that will lead you to your desired outcomes. These include things like time and energy management, setting and achieving goals, how to prioritize. Doing these things will help you attain more creativity and flow in your life. This can also include things like body language, public speaking, and other life skills that can broaden and build upon your strengths and condition you for a life of success and positivity.

So tune in every Monday and Wednesday for the Positivity Life Podcast. Also, please check out our website for our weekly blog. Each week we’ll also have drawings for prizes. Winners names will be posted every Friday.

That’s right, every week we’ll be giving away prizes related to our weekly guests and/or topics. You can be entered in those contests by leaving a rating and a comment on our podcast page in iTunes. You’ll also want to go over to our blog at PositivityLife.com where you can sign up for our weekly newsletter which will keep you informed about our weekly guests, our drawings for PRIZES and other blog posts to help you live a life of positivity.

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