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61 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Spreading Joy with Gurdeep Pandher
What do you get when you mix positivity, wilderness, a dash of snow, and Bhangra together?The incredibly joyful Gurdeep Pandher!If you’ve been on social media anytime in the past year, you’ve almost certainly seen one of Gurdeep’s videos. From his cabin in the wilderness of the Yukon, he shares videos of himself dancing Bhangra, sharing messages of positivity and cross-cultural connection. His videos have been viewed by millions and made Canadian and international headlines.We were thrilled to have Gurdeep on the podcast to talk about sharing joy during a pandemic, building bridges across cultures, and how teaching others brings happiness.Forget “dance like no one is watching...” In Gurdeep’s case, he’s dancing like the whole world is watching - and spreading so much joy along the way.Check out Gurdeep’s website!Connect with Gurdeep on Social Media!InstagramFacebookLinkedinYouTubeTwitter
61 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Planning for Postpartum
Having a baby is the most beautiful gift, however, life postpartum may not be entirely what you expected it to be. Constant sweating, bleeding for weeks, intense anxiety and intrusive thoughts are just some of the hormonal effects we experienced after welcoming our new bundles of joy. Although this might be the happiest time in your life, it certainly comes with a truckload of difficulties. As one of us prepares for life postpartum with baby number 2, and the other prepares to end maternity leave after baby number 2, we thought that there was no better time to chat about our personal experiences, and what we did to ease the blow during that fourth trimester no one really talks about. Pop in those earphones, sit back, relax and join us for this up close and personal minisode!
84 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Understanding Antiracism with Selam Debs
This episode is being released on the day before Canada Day. Traditionally, a day full of fireworks, food, and hot weather. However, Canada Day for Indigenous peoples specifically, and also Black and racialized people, is directly connected to trauma and cultural genocide. As many people are going into this day with a newfound awareness of the extent of racism, colonialism, and white supremacy that has taken place throughout history and is present in the daily lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, it’s important to dismantle the idealism that we may feel around Canada Day and unlearn our understanding of Canadian history on this stolen land.The discovery of the bodies of Indigenous children at multiple Residential School sites, alongside the Black Lives Matter protests, and a rise in Muslim and Asian hate crimes, has many white Canadians re-examining their understanding of Canadian history and their relationship with race and privilege.Given this recent news and the broader conversation about racism, we think there is no better time to hear from someone working within this field. We are so thrilled to be chatting today with Selam Debs - the creator of the Antiracism course, an antiracism and anti-oppression educator, and yoga studio owner. Her Antiracism Course looks at ways to dismantle unconscious bias, address white privilege, uncover systemic racism, and learn how to centre the experience of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour individuals. We started this podcast with the goal to listen - and especially - to learn from others. We love chatting with diverse voices and hearing unique perspectives about their lived experiences and knowledge. We know we still have a lot to learn on this subject, so we were very excited to chat with Selam.In this episode, we dug in to unlearn, unravel, and dismantle systems of privilege, have a discussion about the concept of happiness, and what it means to be truly antiracist. As always, thank you for listening.
39 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Benefits of Taking a Break Minisode
Are you guilty of working through your lunch hour?With so many people working from home it’s even easier to to skip your breaks or work after hours. In today’s minisode, we wanted to chat about the huge scientific benefits that come from simply taking breaks.Microsoft’s Human Factors Lab did some experiments testing out this theory. They found that allowing yourself to reset actually lowers stress levels and improves your ability to focus! Both huge contributors to daily happiness!Firstly - we wanted to talk about this important topic in relation to both personal and work life.But secondly - We have a bit of an announcement! We will be walking the talk of taking a break - and giving ourselves a bit of grace and taking a slower pace this summer. With a baby arriving (very soon!) for Jessie, and a return to work for Alayna in September, we thought it would be a good idea to take a little break.But don’t worry! You’ll still be hearing from us. We’re just switching to a new episode every second week. So, starting June 30th, look out for new episodes every two weeks - and be sure to tune in - we have some VERY exciting interviews coming your way. To read more about the Microsoft Human Factors Lab experiment, please visit this link.The Habit Society newsletter is what first inspired us to talk about this topic, and you can read about it here.Happy listening!
71 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Systems for Success with The Habit Society
Two long time friends embarking on a new journey, searching for greater overall wellness and quality of life, and sharing what they find along the way... Sound familiar? You may be thinking we’re talking about ourselves and this podcast… but think again! We have found our kindred spirits in the Habit Society!Nikki and Ashley are the dynamic duo behind the Habit Society - a weekly three minute newsletter dedicated to mastering healthy and sustainable habits. Their newsletter is a one-stop-shop of research from credible experts to bring people practical information and realistic implementation methods.Their mission is to provide people with the best approach to habit formation in order to create lasting change. They’re out to prove that creating lasting habits is easier than you think. We are so excited to chat with this Montreal-based duo about friendship based projects, the importance of accountability partners, and developing (and keeping) effective habits.Happy listening!
42 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Declutter Your Life and Your Mind Minisode
Have you ever looked at your sink full of dishes and felt a pang of anxiety? Decluttering your home, and ridding yourself of unnecessary items can feel like a full body cleanse and can bring about a sense of peace like no other. However, to some, the thought of parting with certain items actually causes them pain. In this episode we chat about all of the positives and some negatives around this "Marie Kondo" trend, and how it personally affects our lives. Happy listening!
77 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Embracing Your Authentic Self with Kristy Kirkup
Anyone with kids can tell you some funny stories about working from home during this pandemic. But have you ever had to do a live broadcast for a national radio show hidden in your furnace room?Kristy Kirkup is a political reporter in Canada, who currently works for the Globe and Mail. In 2017, she was part of a Canadian Press team that won the Canadian Journalism Foundation Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism for a series about sexual trauma in Indigenous communities. She is passionate about using the power of journalism to shine a light in dark places and to lift up the voices of the silenced and forgotten.Throughout the pandemic, she has been sharing snippets of her real life moments managing a toddler and reporting for national broadcasts. Her Twitter feed has also become a source of positivity and lightness.We’re so excited to talk to Kristy about managing mental health while reporting on some heavy topics, pandemic work from home realities, and social media’s impact on journalism.Happy listening!
52 minutes | May 26, 2021
Home Office Happiness
Is your home office a pain in the neck (literally?).So many of us started the pandemic with makeshift home offices - squished in at the dining room table or sharing a small desk with our partners. Our sore backs, tight shoulders, and headaches are all speaking volumes about the importance of an ergonomic and healthy workspace.Rather than sticking it out at the uncomfortable dining room table, why not make your home office a place that brings your joy?On this week’s minisode, Jessie and Alayna chat about ideas of how to enhance your work from home setup.From ergonomic equipment, to virtual coffee chats, to bringing a bit of the outdoors inside, we discuss all sorts of ideas to improve the physical and mental sides of working from home.Happy listening!
46 minutes | May 19, 2021
Flower Power for Positivity with Kate Punnett
Who knew that flowers could be such a powerful medium for positive change?For conscious consumers looking to give back to the community, City Love Flowers donates flowers to charities using donations and profits generated through its social enterprise initiative, The Flower Fund. Kate Punnett uses flowers as a medium to create change and educate the public on the beauty of locally and sustainably grown flowers. Over the last year, her Elderflower project has brought flower bouquets to seniors isolated due to COVID.We’re so thrilled to chat with Kate about the power of social enterprise, giving back to the community, and lifting spirits during lockdown.Check out City Love Flowers websiteLearn more about The Flower FundFollow City Love Flowers on InstagramHappy listening!
52 minutes | May 12, 2021
Getting Grounded to Combat Anxiety
Do you worry about the what-ifs? Need help snapping out of spiralling thoughts? Looking to calm your nerves?This pandemic has certainly caused a ton of stress and anxiety. Although there is a light at the end of the tunnel, we could all probably use a few more helpful tips to get through these last challenging months.In this episode, Alayna and Jessie chat about the concept of grounding yourself and the simple techniques that can refocus your thoughts from the spiralling what-ifs back to the present moment.Getting grounded (and we mean, literally in the dirt in some cases) may just be the thing you’re looking for.Happy listening!
37 minutes | May 5, 2021
Mental Health Week - Giving Back to the Community with Hailey Hechtman
Just in time for Mental Health Week, we’re thrilled to be featuring an organisation that is setting off a chain reaction to send waves of good throughout our communities.Causeway is a not-for-profit agency that helps people with mental illness and other challenges find meaningful rewarding work and live more independently. They have been active in the Ottawa area since 1977. Today we are chatting with the Executive Director of Causeway, Hailey Hechtman, about giving back to the community, pivoting to serve clients in a pandemic world, and how she went through a personal wellness journey that allowed her to truly serve her community from a place of compassion and authenticity.Learn more about Causeway on their website.Find out about hiring your next employee from CausewayFollow Causeway on Instagram, and Facebook.Happy listening!
48 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Feeling Blah? You Might Be Languishing
Are you feeling ‘blah’ right now?You’re DEFINITELY not alone.Recently described in viral New York Times article called “There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing” by Adam Grant, languishing is a term that has been described as the absence of well-being. You’re not depressed, but you’re not thriving either. You’re somewhere in the middle - experiencing a dullness of motivation and focus in your daily life.This on-going pandemic has a lot of people feeling this way. On this week’s minisode, we chat about ways to combat languishing, fight the blahs and spark some joy again.If you’re feeling unmotivated, uninspired, or kinda “meh” this episode is for you!
46 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Building a Happier Work Life Balance with Kimilu
Ready to take a quantum leap?Today we are chatting with Kimilu, a Life and Corporate Coach based in the Philippines who is dedicated to helping individuals, teams and companies in their journey towards more positivity and confidence. Kimi has a wide range of expertise - she is a licensed Certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy Life Coach, Reiki Master Practitioner, and certified NIA instructor.Kimi is also a corporate coach who helps companies create a progressive culture by equipping employees and business owners with essential skills that make them feel good about themselves, their work and their teams through these healing modalities.Since the COVID pandemic has thrown everyone into an unfamiliar work from home situation, we were really excited to chat with Kimi about her best advice for managing personal relationships and focusing on career happiness in this new work environment.Check out Kimilu’s websiteFollow @KimiluLifeCoach on InstagramHappy listening!
59 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Self Care in a Pandemic Minisode
We’ve all heard of the importance of taking time for self care… But what does self care even look like during a pandemic?In this episode, we chat about the importance of self care and the different options we have right now as we head into another lockdown (in Ontario at least!).- An extra long shower with sprigs of eucalyptus from a local florist- A spa kit pickup from a local spa- Call your besties and play virtual games while enjoying takeout from your favourite restaurantThere might be a bit of a trend here…keep safe AND support local! These are just some of the ways you can invest a little extra in yourself during a time where we are all feeling a little burnt out, and a lot overwhelmed.Interested in hearing more, check out our episode below!Happy listening!
56 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Healing Through Laughter with Sylvie Dagenais-Douville
Down dog, Warrior One, Shavasana…. laugh?Laughter and yoga may seem like an unconventional fit when you think of traditional stretching and meditation type yoga - but laughter yoga is something totally different. This simple form of exercise is a surefire way to put a smile on your face.Breath work is the core of both yoga and laughter and when you combine the two, you get the totally unique practice of laughter yoga. During these challenging times, finding ways to release that bring us joy are not only helpful, but necessary.On this week’s episode of Positively Happier, Jessie and Alayna chat with Sylvie Dagenais-Douville, a Certified Laughter Yoga Master Trainer. She stumbled upon this unique career, and has since dedicated her time to helping people heal through laughter.Happy listening!
39 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Breaking Up With Your Bad Mood Minisode
Do you ever find yourself in a bad mood and you just can’t shake it?Sometimes it certainly feels easier to hang on tight to that bad mood relationship, but we wanted to find ways to break up with that crummy feeling and move on to brighter days ahead.From simple tricks to feel productive and organized, to moving your body, to helping other people, Alayna and Jessie chat about all the best bad mood busters in this minisode. Happy listening!
49 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Stop the Guilt and Pursue Your Dreams with Emily Harrington
Do you have big dreams waiting to be pursued?Are you held back by a landslide of guilt? Worried those goals might pull you away from your partner, kids, friends, or other duties?In our most recent episode of Positively Happier, we chat with Emily Harrington, the brains behind the blog and coaching biz emilyharrington.ca, and as she calls herself, a no BS-business mom of two young kiddos.Emily is a big advocate for pursuing your goals no matter what. Helping other women push the envelope and turn those dreams into reality is her passion. To fuel your fire and tap into your big dreams, listen on!Follow Emily on Instagram @emilyharrington.caVisit her website https://www.emilyharrington.ca/Snag her Affirmation Cards!Happy listening!
52 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Playlist of Happy Memories Minisode
Nothing can change your mood like music, and a lot of songs can instantly transport you back to happy memories. The first dance at your wedding, that song playing on the radio on your epic friends road trip, that song your parents used to play in the house while doing their weekend chores when you were a kid. In our most recent episode, we chatted about making a playlist of happy memories. Each song tied to a specific memory that can instantly turn a frown upside down. Back in the day we made mixtapes and burned CDs, but now with the help of our digital world you can easily and quickly make yourself a mood boosting playlist to enjoy.What would you add to your playlist? Nothing can change your mood like music, and a lot of songs can instantly transport you back to happy memories. The first dance at your wedding, that song playing on the radio on your epic friends road trip, that song your parents used to play in the house while doing their weekend chores when you were a kid. In our most recent episode, we chatted about making a playlist of happy memories. Each song tied to a specific memory that can instantly turn a frown upside down. Back in the day we made mixtapes and burned CDs, but now with the help of our digital world you can easily and quickly make yourself a mood boosting playlist to enjoy.What would you add to your playlist?
51 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Managing Mental Health in the Classroom with Stéphanie Douville
Understatement of the century… working as a teacher over the last year has been incredibly challenging.Dealing with large groups of young children is a feat on a good day. Now throw in a global pandemic, a ton of uncertainty, and switching back and forth from virtual learning to in-class sessions - now you’ve really got your hands full.Our guest this week is Stéphanie Douville, a fantastic kindergarten teacher in Ontario, Canada. During these remarkably difficult times, she has focused on the mental health of the little ones in her classroom. From wellness check-ins, to getting kids active, to providing advice to parents - Stéphanie has adapted her teaching style and is helping her kids thrive.In this episode of Positively Happier, we chat with Stéph about mental health, how she has pivoted her teaching style for this year, and her best advice for parents trying to help their kids navigate this new school environment.Find Steph on Instagram @madamestephaniedHappy listening!
49 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Set to Snooze: Tips for a Great Night Sleep Minisode
Getting a good night sleep can be the difference between a good day and a bad day. Does the slogan, Good Nights Mean Good Mornings, pop into your head when thinking about it? Well, it did for us, and it definitely doesn’t only refer to babies!We came across countless tips and tricks on how to get the most solid snooze, and wanted to share some of the best nighttime remedies with you! In this episode we discuss these slumber rituals, as well as how strongly linked sleep is to overall happiness, and how a crummy sleep is a major contributor to a crummy mindset.Happy Listening!
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