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A motivational exploration of all things health, science and wellbeing with presenter Mathieu Norry. We look at psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and human biology amongst other subjects. New episodes are published every Monday and Thursday. www.happyhabitpodcast.wordpress.com
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If you are someone who is considering your first couch to 5km run or you have been training regularly for yearsm todays guest will be of interest to you. I talk with exercise physiologist Dr Stephen Seiler who has spent years studying the worlds best athletes, so that we can gain more knowledge about how the human body responds when we exercise and…
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In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with remarkable a woman called Maggie Jones. She was given a terminal cancer diagnosis after doctors found tumors throughout her body, and a survival prognosis of 6 to 8 months, that was 6 years ago, incredibly not only is she still alive but she is thriving. We find out about the stress and initial em…
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Prof Ellen Langer also known as the Mother of Mindfulness, became the first woman to receive tenure in psychology at Harvard University, she has spent the last forty-five-years researching mindlessness and mindfulness. She has published hundreds of articles and numerous bestselling books including her latest, The Mindful body. Her research and book…
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Dr David Harper is a health educator, cancer researcher and author of Biodiet.We talk about ketogenesis, what it is, and what the ketogenic diet actually looks like.We hear about the axis of illness and the role carbohydrates play when adopting the ketogenic way of life.Dr Harper discusses the impact modern diets have on chronic inflammation and th…
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Do you notice that your levels of focus and attention are getting worse? Are you finding yourself more easily distracted than you used to be? Well today's guest will be of interest to you. I'm joined by Gloria Mark she is a psychologist and is Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Shes also…
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Fiona Murden is a performance coach, occupational psychologist, a Ted talk speaker and author of Mirror thinking, how role models make us human.In this episode we ask, what exactly is mirroring is.We hear about an extreme example of mirroring, where a young girl was raised by dogs and mirrored their behaviour in every way. We ask how damaging it is…
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Andrea Wachter is a psychotherapist and author. Having struggled with her own mental health issues she is perfectly placed to help those people presenting with anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns and she has been doing for the last 30 years.In this episode I ask Andrea about the difference between thoughts and feelings and why awar…
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Dr Ray Dorsey is a professor of Neurology and the co author of the book : Ending Parkinsons disease. As you will hear Dr Dorsey believes this dreadful disease is entirely preventable through taking several simple steps and the case for doing so is becoming more and more pressing given this disease has exploded in case numbers in only the last 2 cen…
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Dr Sean O Mara is one of the world's leading health and performance optimising physicians who loves to use his huge presence on social media to educate people on their health and demystify many of the topics that intimidate and confuse thereby, putting people back in the driving seat of their own optimal health management. In this episode we talk a…
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Prof George Bonanno is Clinical psychologist and author of The end of Trauma, and The other side of Sadness. In this episode we define what trauma means as far as the professor is concerned and how it differs from the commonly accepted definition of trauma. Plus we ask why the coventional wisdom on trauma is so at odds with Professor Bonanno's find…
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In this episode I speak with Phil M Jones, author and international speaker. We hear why words, something that we use all the time are quite so powerful.I ask if we really understand the significance of the words we use and how they can influence and impact people around us. Expect to learn the one mistake most people make when they are speaking to…
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Thomas Gilovich is the Irene Blecker Rosenfeld Professor of Psychology at Cornell University. His work in social psychology includes the key textbook in the field, How we know what isnt so, and has written books that touch on topics such as behavioral economics and the fallibility of human reason. In this episode we talk about the subject of regret…
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I'm chatting with Dr Anna Colton, she is a clinical psychologist. We talk about anxiety and why Dr Anna sees anxiety as a rocking chair and also a bully. We ask why people find it so difficult to deal with anxiety and speculate whether anxiety is tolerated because it is a familiar bedfellow. Expect to learn about why we catastrophise when we know w…
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Antonio Neves is a keynote speaker, life coach and author of Stop living on autopilot, Take responsibility for your life and rediscover a bolder happier you. In this episode we hear about Antonio's view of accountability in life.We discover how Antonio's chaotic childhood (which involved 6 parental divorces and 15 different places he called home), …
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Cody Royle is the man who coaches the coaches and the author of Tough stuff and Where others wont. In this episode we talk about leadership and the traits necesary to be a good leader.We hear about the significance of self-awareness and empathy when dealing with other people, especially in a team. Expect to learn how leaders and coaches are themsel…
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Prof Lara Aknin is the director of the Helping and Happiness Lab at Simon Fraser University. She studies what makes people live happier and healthier lives. What a fascinating area of research and so given the fact that this podcast is all about striving to acquire a greater state of happiness, through fulfilling routines, self-improvement and heal…
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Dr Michael Steger is the Founder and Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose, and Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University. In this episode we tackle some pretty weighty issues. We discuss the meaning of our lives and the philosphy of appreciating the little moments and I reference Matt Haig and his book Reasons to stay alive, in…
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Sinead Cloherty is a nutritionist, a health coach and an expert in making healthy eating, easy, tasty and fun. Shes mentored thousands of clients down through the years with thousands of followers on instagram, where she shares healthy eating tips. In this episode I ask why we have such a complicated relationship with the food we eat ? Expect to le…
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Emily Balcetis is a social psychologist and professor of psychology at NYU and author of Clearer, closer, better. She is fascinated by how we look at things and has performed groundbreaking research showing how we can change our perspective to attain our goals. In this episode, we hear how how what we see creates our perception of the world around …
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Jonathan Malesic is a Dallas based writer and former academic who holds a PhD from the University of Virginia, he is also the author of The end of burnout, why work drains us and how to build better lives. Jonathan was a victim of burnout himself which prompted him to explore this age old phenomenon. Indeed we discuss the long history of burnout da…
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Dr Alice Pailhès, Ph.D. is an Associate Lecturer in Psychology atGoldsmiths, University of London. Dr Pailhes has a partticularfascination in magic and the psychology behind magic tricks. I'm talking about how magicians use psychology to manipulate, influence, force, redirect, misdirect and distract us in order to bamboozle us with their magic skil…
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Dr Michelle Segar is an award winning NIH funded researcher with at the University of Michigan with 3 decades of experience in helping people adopt healthy behaviours in a way that matches the complexity, the messiness and the unpredictability of everyday life. She is also the author of The Joy Choice, named as one of the best health books of 2022 …
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Nutritional psychiatrist Dr Uma Naidoo is the author of the new book, Calm your mind with food : a revolutionary guide to controlling your anxiety. In this episode we hear about the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry and how the foods we eat can affect our mood, our emotional resilience and mental health. We hear about how inflammation can co…
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Dr Terry Wahls is an author and a clinical Professor of medicine at the University of Iowa, in addition to being proof positive that food can be your medicine. She was diagnosed with MS and spent 4 years relying on a wheelchair for her mobility, so debilitating were her symptoms. She was faced with making one of 2 choices, to either give up on life…
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You're probably familiar with having an MRI scan on your strained muscle, your grandmother quite possibly had her hip replaced at some point, and more and more of us are wearing devices that can alert us of irregular heart related events which can prompt us to seek medical attention. These are all everyday examples of how our lives intersect with b…
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Loneliness can be so damaging at any age but especially when growing up. Few people have more experience of being friendless and lonely than Daniel Wendler. In todays episode I speak with Daniel who is now a clinical psychologist and author, and who as a teenager was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome which contributed hugely to his lack of social …
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Anna schaffner is a writer, coach and professor of cultural history who has written books on the history of exhaustion, and the art of self development' She has a new book coming out on the subject of exhaustion called Exhausted: An A to Z for the weary. Anna'smission is to help clients move from a state of exhaustion to a state of vitality in thei…
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Today I am talking with one of the pioneers of evolutionary medicine and evolutionary psychiatry, Professor Randolf Nesse. We discuss what evolution has to do with modern day psychiatry and how knowledge of evolution's influences on someone's mental health informs Prof Nesse's ability to help his patients.We learn whether our quest for happiness is…
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Brian Malow, is a well known science comedian who uses comedy to educate people and make more accessible many of the scientific topics that can perplex. He gives regular talks on science and has interviewed many of the worlds nobel laureates in the field of science and several of the astronauts who walked on the moon. In this episode I explore with…
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Dr Ian Kerner is a practising sex therapist and author of the best selling, She comes first. In this episode Dr Kerner helps dispell some commonly held misconceptions about sex.We learn that desire or lack there of is largely the reason many people choose to see a sex therapist. We hear about the assurances that women need in order to feel comforta…
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Today I speak with Dr Harry Ball the co-founder of the Dental Sleep Institute. He is a physician with a background in dentistry who now helps people with sleep problems. In this episode we find out how dental issues and sleep are related.We discover what exactly bruxism or teeth grinding is and how it presents itself.We hear about restless leg synd…
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Dr Stacy Sims is a physiologist who specialises in women's fitness, performance, nutrition and hormone related health. This seems ridiculous given the fact that women make up about 50% of the global population, but the vast majority of scientific data we have has been derived by studying only men, which means theres a glaring lack of science-based …
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Do you have trouble sleeping, perhaps you have insomnia. Are you reaching for the coffee every morning, exhausted because it has taken you so long to fall asleep, because you've woken up multiple times or maybe you wake up super early every morning. Perhaps you're one of the many people who've been prescribed sleeping tablets, but you're looking fo…
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Today I am talking with Dr Rosalba Courney , she is an osteopath who did a PhD in dysfunctional breathing, she is an integrative breathing specialist who helps people with poor breathing habits and suffer from dysfunctional breathing. In this episode we define functional and dysfunctional breathing. We discover how the body's pH is affected by the …
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Professor Marion Nestle is an American molecular biologist, nutritionist and public health advocate. She is the Paulette Goddard professor of nutrition, food studies and public health Emerita at New York University.Her research has focused on the scientfific and socioeconomicinfluences on food choice, obesity, food safety, emphasising the role of f…
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In this episode I'm joined by cognitive neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Dr Heather Berlin. Dr Heather Berlin is a neuroscientist and licensed clinical psychologist. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City noted for her work in science communication an…
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Dr Steven Park is an ENT surgeon, a sleep doctor and the author of the book, Sleep Interrupted. In this episode we learn how ear, nose and throat issues affect our sleep. We discover some sleep problems have arisen as a result of our ability to talk. Expect to learn if children suffer from sleep apnea. We learn that our grandparents didn't need to …
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Dr. Gregory Scott Brown is an integrative psychiatrist, a wellness advocate, a columnist for Men’s Health magazine, and the author of the new book entitled The Self-Healing Mind: An Essential Five-Step Practice for Overcoming Anxiety and Depression and Revitalizing Your Life. In this episode we define what mental health is. We discuss why there is …
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Nutrition is at the heart of everything in medicine, the science of fasting , the science of nutrition , longevity and disease prevention are subjects that concern Dr Valter Longo. He is one of the world's leading researchers in this field. Named as one of the most 50 influential people in healthcare in time magazine in 2018, Dr Longo is a professo…
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Today I am speaking with Dr Uma Naidoo. She is a nutrional psychiatrist and author of the wildly popular book, This is your brain on food, an indespensible guide to the surprising foods thatfight depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and more. In this episode we learn that what we eat can affect our mood. We learn about how blueberries can alleviat…
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Lauren Mones is the CEO of fermenting fairy at fermentingfairy.com. She believes fervently in the healing power of plants and this belief comes from personalexperience having been diagnosed with crippling Crohn's disease she embarked on a journey of discovery and for her self healing through consuming fermented foods. In this episode we learn about…
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Do you have trouble sleeping ? Are you exhausted all the time ? Do you snore, perhaps youdont but you still dont get a good quality sleep? Have you ever considered you may have sleep apnea? In this episode, I am joined by sleep apnea specialist Dr Dave McCarty who has worked in this area taking a patient centred approach to treat sleep apnea suffer…
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In this episode I speak with Jocelyn Brewer, who is a registered psychologist whose mission it is to alter the waywe interact with the digital world and the way we use digitaltechnology. Her belief in digital nutrition, sees her espouse the benefits of improving our digital literacy online in the cyberworld and most importantly allows us to optimis…
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Dr Yoni Freedhoff is an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa. In 2004, he became the founder and medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute which providesnon-surgical weight management. He is one of Canada's most outspoken obesity experts, and what follows is an insightful conversation about obesity. A convers…
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Dr Benjamin Bikman is the author of Why we get sick, which makes the case for insulin resistance and metabolic dysfunction as the underlying cause of many of our modern health problems. He earned his Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders. Currently, his professiona…
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Meet Petr Ludwig, an entrepreneur, podcast host and author of the wildly popular book, The end of procrastination. In this episode of The Happy habit Podcast expect to learn the reason why we procrastinate in the first place. We learn about the negative emotions associated with not doing the thing we are putting off doing. Expect to find out the si…
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Today I'm joined by one of the worlds leading experts on ageing Dr Matt Kaeberlein. Dr. Kaeberlein’s research is focused on the biological mechanisms of aging in order to help us intervene so that we can maintain good health and quality of life for longer than is currently possible. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, has been recogni…
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Growing up we all have memories of being scolded by our parents for slouching and having poor posture but did you know why correct posture isn't just about walking tall and adding an inch or two to your height? Did you know posture is formed by the relationship our bodies, our brains and the world around us. In this episode we meet Posture restorat…
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Charlotte Fox Weber is a psychotherapist and writer. She cofounded Examined Life and was the founding head of The School of Life Psychotherapy. She grew up in Connecticut and Paris and now lives in London with her husband and two young children. Her book Tell Me What You Want or What we want ( depending on your location) is her first book. In this …
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In this episode I talk with Dr Fatima Hamroush who is a consultant opthalmologist. Expect to learn about the anatomy of the eye, common eye conditions such as dry eye, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. We hear about risk factors for glaucomaand how to manage the condition. We also expect to learn about how best to optmise yo…
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