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The Pep Talk kicked things off by introducing segments called: The Little Things, Sometimes The World Doesn't Suck, Science Says, Pick Me Ups, and The Pep Talk. The Pep Talk's inaugural episode covered little things I'm grateful for like grandmas, grocery stores, and S'Mores pie surprises for my wife on Pi Day. It had an amazing interview with Rita Jackson (AKA Mama Jackson AKA MJ) about her work with Donate Life and her transformation of her grief into motivation and service to others. For more info about MJ's work check out this link: And her blog can be found here: We heard positive stories from the news like the first black American to board the International Space Station and Muslim activists raising funds to support Jewish hate crime victims, and we gave a slow clap for Melissa McCarthy for her service to America in its time of need. In the meat of the episode we explore Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk's book The Body Keeps The Score, a deep and fascinating dive into trauma and PTSD treatment with takeaways that benefit anyone no matter their mental health. The Pep Talk showed you some pick me ups like dad jokes on, "highly satisfying videos" like this one, breakfast popsicles for those that are not morning people, and The Struggle Bus Podcast for content that is also awesome and related to mental health. Lastly, we rounded out the show with a Pep Talk to help you think about authenticity and loving the skin you live in. is where you can get transcripts of the show. @Thepeptalkpod on Twitter, @thepeptalkpodcast on IG/FB HMU and please rate the show! It helps a lot. :) The birdsong heard in the Pick Me Ups theme music was created by Mike Koenig at It was modified by adding the harp music loop, and the license can be found here:


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