Action for Happiness
Headspace - with the inspirational Andy Puddicombe

Headspace - with the inspirational Andy Puddicombe

August 19, 2020

What a great honour it is to talk with Andy Puddicombe, co-founder and the voice of the amazing Headspace app and website. The Headspace mission to improve the happiness and health in the world is making great progress and has become the most impactful mediation tool.  We talk about Andy's long term friendship with Action for Happiness, his 10 year monastic journey and how this led to creating the Headspace app.  We also talk about Headspace's contribution to the scientific research and get a unique insight into the patterns and trends that Andy has noticed, especially following the global pandemic and his outlook on the next five years.  I get to share my personal story about Headspace and it's impact on my life and I get to geek out in appreciation and end on community and how we can all help to take more action.

We also talk about all the wonderful resources that are available for free such as his 'weathering the storm' section, mindful movement classes and much more.  Try it for free today at headspace.com

Gui -Action for Happiness podcast host

@mindfulnews.uk

 

Self discipline and meditation - with Giovanni Dienstmann

Self discipline and meditation - with Giovanni Dienstmann

July 21, 2020

Giovanni Dienstmann is an author and meditation teacher based in Sydney.  On this podcast, we talk about the different styles of meditation, the importance of training self-discipline and its relationship to meditation. We discuss the difference between mindfulness and meditation, great tips on how to develop and maintain a practice during this lockdown. We also have fun discussing what is Spirituality and how this has impacted Giovanni.

Giovanni has kindly set up a page with three guided meditations specifically for Action For Happiness listeners at: liveanddare.com/actionforhappiness

-Emotional Emergency Pause

-Effortless sleep

-Letting go meditation

Find out more about Giovanni and his work at liveanddare.com

Gui @mindfulnews.uk

The Wanderful path to happiness with David Pearl

The Wanderful path to happiness with David Pearl

March 11, 2020

On today’s episode we have the pleasure of speaking with performer, author and public speaker David Pearl. David worked at the Royal Opera House as the boy soprano soloist for 4 years and Later in his life he played Double Bass, touring as a member of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. In 2009, David founded a not-for-profit social enterprise called Street Wisdom and we dig into this international, volunteer-led, movement that is active in more than 20 countries. We also talk about his latest book Wanderful, playing the piano, helping others, urban mindfulness and how to use the streets to answer questions. 

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society.  You can join thousands of others who are spreading a bit more happiness in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities. Our website has all the information you need to sign up for our ‘exploring what matters course’ and also details about facilitating one yourself, all the information is online, and we are here to answer any questions you have. 

Don’t forget to subscribe, like and follow to keep up to date with all our content.  Find out more at AFH.org. Join the movement, be the change. 

Gui @mindfulnews.uk

The Rabbit Effect with Dr Kelli Harding

The Rabbit Effect with Dr Kelli Harding

January 13, 2020

Welcome to the Action for Happiness Podcast! In this first episode of 2020, we are joined by Dr Kelli Harding, author of the Rabbit Effect. When Columbia University Doctor Harding began her clinical practice, she never intended to explore the invisible factors behind our health. This path led her to discover the incredible beauty of kindness and how even rabbits lived longer and were healthier the more they were shown human kindness and touch. What does that say about how negative people can really affect us, and also how our kindness and how we choose to treat others can have amazing positive effects. 

'Our bodies are constantly reacting to our social environment' 

'It's our connections to other people that is the most important thing at the end of the day'

And remember, if you would like to help create a kinder and happier world, please get involved with AFH.  You can join thousands of others who are spreading a bit more happiness in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities. Our website has all the information you need to sign up for our ‘exploring what matters course’ and also details about facilitating one yourself, all the information is online, and we are here to answer any questions you have: www.actionforhapinness.org

 

Gui - @mindfulnews.uk

Engineer your path to Joy - with Mo Gawdat

Engineer your path to Joy - with Mo Gawdat

September 7, 2019

We are back on the road for another Carpool podcast. Our guest today is Mo Gawdat and he is the former Chief Business Officer for Google X, an entrepreneur, and the author of the book Solve for Happy. His understanding of Happiness is truly remarkable having spent over a decade researching and reading on the subject following the tragic death of his 21-year-old son. We talk about how he was able to turn this terrible event into a wonderful life of helping others and inspired his mission to make one billion people happy. Mo and I drive through west London, from Hammersmith to victoria via Buckingham Palace in all its glory. Mo’s breakdown of life, happiness, suffering, meditation, politics is a breath of fresh air and hits at the core. Visit www.actionforhappiness.org for more information, videos and podcasts.

Gui - Podcast host www.mindfulnews.uk

To support Mo and find out more, visit https://www.onebillionhappy.org/

For our full AFH podcast archive, visit https://www.actionforhappiness.org/podcasts

 

 

Levelling up your happiness with Floating - with Ed Hawley

Levelling up your happiness with Floating - with Ed Hawley

July 25, 2019

How can Floating make us happier? What is an isolation chamber or a sensory deprivation tank? Floatworks co-founder talks about the evolution of floatation tanks over the last 5 years and the physical and mental benefits that it can bring. We also discuss the cross-over with mindfulness meditation and we touch on the importance of Philosophy as it relates to Ed's own happiness. For more information visit www.actionforhappiness.org

What sport teaches us about life - with BBC’s Simon Mundie

What sport teaches us about life - with BBC’s Simon Mundie

May 31, 2019

In this episode, Gui is joined by BBC radio sports presenter and Podcaster, Simon Mundie.  Simon talks about the common themes and learning lessons following his many interviews, especially those around psychology, wellbeing and resilience in sport.  We talk about Mindfulness and the significant impact this has had not only in his life but for many high performing athletes. His colleague and very good friend of mine, Marv, co-hosts this episode and this is truly one of my most enjoyable and fun podcast conversations. 

Do check out Simon's podcast 'Don't tell me the score' here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06qbt0y/episodes/downloads

For our full AFH podcast archive, visit https://www.actionforhappiness.org/podcasts

For more about Gui, visit www.mindfulnews.uk

The price of heartbreak - with Rick Sharpe

The price of heartbreak - with Rick Sharpe

March 27, 2019

In this episode, Gui interviews Rick Sharpe, the author of "The price of heartbreak" about how we can respond constructively to challenging situations in our life - and how mindfulness can help.

In search of deeper meaning and fulfilment - with Dr Andrew Parnham

In search of deeper meaning and fulfilment - with Dr Andrew Parnham

February 22, 2019

In this episode, happiness expert Dr Andrew Parnham shares his thoughts on how we can find lasting happiness - by developing healthy relationships and cultivating a greater sense of meaning and purpose in life, even in the face of adversity.

AFH Carpool Q&A with Jon Kabat-Zinn

AFH Carpool Q&A with Jon Kabat-Zinn

December 11, 2018

This is our second Carpool chat with the remarkable Jon Kabat-Zinn. Co-host Will, joins me as we make our way through the streets of London with the father of modern day mindfulness.  Jon talks about the future of Mindfulness in education, the shadow side of 'making money' through mindfulness and towards the end answers a few of the listener's questions. 

To watch the video podcast and for more information visit www.actionforhappiness.org/podcasts

Hugs,

Gui - Podcast host (mindfulnews.uk)

 

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