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Trigger upward spirals of health and happiness in your life by applying science backed inspiration, humor and research from happiness activist Andy Proctor. Interviews with top influencers in positive psychology and happiness activists in every field. | Follow me on Instagram @morehappylife and join the community at To call in and be a part of this podcast go to to download the app.

Trigger upward spirals of health and happiness in your life by applying science backed inspiration, humor and research from happiness activist Andy Proctor. Interviews with top influencers in positive psychology and happiness activists in every field. | Follow me on Instagram @morehappylife and join the community at To call in and be a part of this podcast go to to download the app.
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Trigger upward spirals of health and happiness in your life by applying science backed inspiration, humor and research from happiness activist Andy Proctor. Interviews with top influencers in positive psychology and happiness activists in every field. | Follow me on Instagram @morehappylife and join the community at To call in and be a part of this podcast go to to download the app.




79: How Your Poop đź’© Affects Your Happiness - Aubrey Phelps from BIOHM

There is a strong correlation between our gut health and our mental health. From personal experience with my wife and myself, we have seen the direct correlation between our gut microbiome and our happiness and health. I have been curious about this for a while so I have been testing my fecal samples with multiple companies. I reached out to one that I thought was very interesting called Biohm ( They agreed to send me a kit to do a test and sequence a sample of my...


78: The Neuroscience of Vision Boards with Taylor Proctor

Have you ever wondered about what the science is behind the secret or the law of attraction? Well, I ran into Taylor Proctor who trains people on how to create a vision board. When I first saw this, I was a little skeptical, but when she started explaining the neuroscience behind vision boards, I was genuinely intrigued. So I decided to have her on the show. We talk about how to create a vision board, and why the brain needs something like this if we want to make our dreams a reality with...


77: Five Killers of Anxiety - Backed by Science (and personal experience)

In this episode I talk about the five ways I have tackled my anxiety. All of these were things that I read about in research. Most based on Kelly McGonigal's (from Stanford) research in her book The Upside of Stress. They are: 1. Embrace it 2. Tell Your Story 3. Values 4. Challenge VS Threat 5. Ashwagandha root I hope you take something in this that can help you with your anxious moments and that you share these with others who struggle with anxiety. This has changed my life. I hope it makes...


76: Creating Positive Disruptions With Jessie Gardner from Hey Soul

This episode features Jessie Gardner from Hey Soul ( She was kind enough to send me one of her gift boxes (The Calm Box). As someone who has struggled with anxiety and panic attacks, it helped to create multiple beautiful experiences that I have highlighted on my instagram account. In this episode we talked about some really powerful principles that I think are so important to our happiness. Things like the power of rituals for happiness, how to create a positive...


75: Why is Happiness So Critical? Interview with Kyla Mitsunaga

I had an amazing interview with Kyla Mitsunaga who is a happiness coach in Korea. She is a ball of powerful positive energy! We became instant friends and I really loved our conversation! I wanted to share this interview with you. We originally did this on Kyla's YouTube channel and you can find that here if you want to see our amazing facial expressions as well: Things we covered in this podcast: 1. Taking a break from social media 2. How to deal with negative...


74: Authenticity Discussion With Suze (The Authenticity Challenge)

Today I chatted with Suze from The Authenticity Challenge. We had a discussion about authenticity. This is really a hot topic for me. Social media almost forces anyone who uses it to have two different selves to live up to and if we aren't careful we can lose track of who we really are. Suze is pretty audacious in her adventures of authenticity and she is passionate about sharing this audacity with others. We were able to talk through some of these things and other questions like: How do...


73: Social Media Fasting and Happiness; 7 Things I Experienced Taking a Week Break from Technology

I haven't posted to social media or the podcast for almost two weeks now. In this episode I briefly tell why and talk about what I experienced during my social media fast. Have you ever taken a break from your smartphone and social media? How did you feel? What did you learn?


72: Accelerate Your Happiness With AI - Recap of IPEN's AI Summit

In this episode I recap the appreciative inquiry summit where over 800 delegates from all over the world gathered to be inspired and to decide how move forward in changing their part of the world with positive education and positive psychology. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology and ask him what needs to happen for positive psychology to reach more people in the world. I also got to interview the founder of Appreciative...


71: Seven Ways to BEAT LONELINESS from the Perspective of a Man

Studies show that chronic loneliness can be worse for your health than smoking 15 cigarettes per day. So why aren't we focusing on beating it? Today's episode is close to home for me. Andy Proctor, the one who is all about social media and connecting thousands of people and helping them to be happier, has suffered from loneliness for years. Yes, that's me. I have wrestled with this ever since I was divorced and then I really struggled with it when a mental health event created a major...


70: Make Less Decisions = More Fulfillment in Life

How many decisions do you have to make every single day? The less decisions you have to make, the more space you’ll have to do things that are meaningful to you and that have to do with you ultimate purpose in life.


69: How to Say NO With Grace and Why Its Critical to Happiness

We all face those moments where we feel like saying no will ruin our relationship or turn us into the bad guy. In this episode we discuss how to say no gracefully and why it is critical for our short term and long term happiness and well being.


68: Prime Environments for Happier Living

Does willpower help you to improve happiness? Studies show that willpower is not sustainable for lasting change in our life. Today’s episode talks about how environmental changes can create virtuous upward cycles of personal transformation that will boost your life to a more happy state in a sustainable way. I take this from the research and writings of Benjamin Hardy PhD, the number one writer on Enjoy!


67: How to Live to Be 99 - Backed by my Grandma (& Science)

Today my grandma turned 99. WOW! It was a very special day for her and for our whole family. Not many people live that long. I am amazed at how long she has lived and love hearing the wisdom from someone who just entered her 100th year of life! I can't stop bragging about it. Amazing. But how does one live longer? Unfortunately, I didn't get any audio from my grandma today, but I already set up a time to record her next week where we will go into depth about how she has lived well the last...


66: Marathon Mindsets From US Olympian Jared Ward

This week's episode is an interview with Olympic marathon runner Jared Ward. Marathons are so commonly used as metaphors for life, so I thought it would be powerful to interview an actual olympic marathon runner to see how the research in positive psychology lines up with the marathon running of someone who has run on a United States Olympic team. I learned SO much from Jared on our call. Things like: -The "can do" mindset and being empowered by the reality that the best possible outcome...


65: This is Your Brain on Hope - The Hope Circuit: Scientific Proof of Curing Depression

Martin Seligman’s research on learned is possibly the most cited set of research in the academic journals of psychology. However, 50 years later, he has admitted that he was wrong. Very exciting research on the neuroscience of helplessness and control has proven that we can literally destroy helplessness. This episode needs out about this research and poses the question to you of how we can apply this to improve our life and increase our sense of control over the situations that are...


64: Changing Your Relationship with STRESS

What do you believe about stress? Do you believe it will kill you or do you believe it will help you perform better? Turns out, what we believe will come true regardless of our genetics or physical state. Research shows that our relationship with stress can greatly impact how stress impacts us mentally and physically. In this episode I share a powerful exercise from Stanford researcher Kelly McGonigal to change your relationship with stress in just 10 minutes. This may change your life and...


63: Three Practical Self Compassion Skills

One of the biggest killers of our happiness is social comparison. We very easily get trapped in our own thoughts comparing ourselves to others who we perceive to be stronger or better or more beautiful than we are. How do we avoid this? By practicing self-compassion. In this episode we go over 3 skills that you can practice every day.


62: Power Up Your Day with Social Reflection

Today’s episode is about social reflection, which is one of the many “power ups” from Dr. Jane McGonigal’s book (and app) called SuperBetter, that can be used to make your day go better. As with all things on my podcast, this technique is backed by scientific research and has been shown to increase vagal tone and promote savoring. It’s a very powerful technique that o suggest you try today and repeat often!


61: How Your Language Affects Your Happiness and Health

In today’s episode I highlight the research at UPenn’s world well being project on how the words we use affect our health and happiness. Check out the research here... and watch the ted talk here:


60: World Happiness Summit #WOHASU Recap on Happiness Day

It’s international day of happiness and I want to share with you the key takeaways I had from the recent World Happiness Summit in Miami. #wohasu for short, this summit was founded by Karen Guggenheim and is the second annual summit. It was a beautiful presentation of many of the leading happiness experts from around the globe. Listen to my summary and key takeaways from the event and please let me know what you thought of them!