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Figuring It Out

Sep 10, 2020

When I heard Tal Ben Shahar on Arm Chair Expert I was introduced to the concept of positive psychology or - scientific study of what makes life most worth living” 

It’s a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behavior, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people up to “great” instead of focusing solely on moving those who are struggling up to “normal”. 

What makes life worth living and building our quote unquote good life is going to look different for each of us...and I wanted to explore how we can get there so we can keep moving towards creating our definition of living well. 

Many think that happiness, like success, comes from getting what they want. But new evidence from positive psychology suggests that happiness is something else, or at least something more. 


Today’s guest reminded me that while external things can make us happy our happiness already exists within...we just have to get to know it...accept it...and fulfill it. 

Robert Mack, M.A.P.P., is the author of four critically-acclaimed, celebrity-endorsed books to date, an elite life coach, and a coveted keynote speaker.


Robert is a highly sought-after television personality, guest expert, and Positive Psychology Practitioner. He can often be seen on various television shows across the world - including The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, and others. He also contributes to articles for numerous magazines, including Oprah, Self, Health, Cosmopolitan, and others.


He helps individuals and organizations achieve an energizing balance of authentic personal happiness and effortless professional success, based on time-tested, face-valid, empirical data and timeless, transcendental wisdom.


We covered a lot during our 75-minute chat including…

  • How Robert turned a childhood of unhappiness, anxiety, stress, and self-loathing into his life’s work 
  • What the science of positive psychology is 
  • How to find happiness on the inside by through thinking less while being, and doing more
  • The progress paradox and the chicken or the egg dilemma of happiness & success
  • Why it’s okay to feel immense gratitude and also depressed at the same time
  • How to remain unattached to the things that we want
  • How happiness in itself is the greatest form of success, but can also lead you to have the things traditionally associated with success. 
  • The common trains of happy and unhappy people 
  • That happiness is simple but it takes practice
  • What a psychological flow state is and how to identify your own 
  • And advice for those struggling to find their own happiness



Find your flow state! 


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