Maura Sweeney: Living Happy Inside Out | Encouragement | Inspiration | Empowerment | Leadership (Self-Help)

Has someone ever inquired about your life story? Have you ever asked someone else about theirs?

In this podcast, I explore the innate power and some positive outcomes that arise when we decide to do just that!

#happiness #peace #understanding #encouragement #wellbeing

Direct download: 155_Whats_Your_Story.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 6:43am EDT

Racism impedes our ability to live happily and at peace from the inside out. This podcast invites you to consider the way in which you judge others, and the manner in which you'd like others to judge you.

Look forward to several personal stories, each of which should challenge you and get you thinking about whether we should judge by color - or character!


#Character #Integrity #Racism #Peace

Direct download: 153_Color_Or_Character.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Asking whether you're a label and facade rather than a person of substance and character continues on a theme of judging by externals.

Expect two personal stories, one regarding a person I needed to fire and the other concerning a person I needed to evict. In both cases, you'll find plenty to challenge your thinking and help you ascertain whether form or substance is what truly matters!

#racism #judgment #integrity #harmony #society



Direct download: 154_What_Are_You_Made_Of.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

Racism is a major impediment to living happy from the inside out.

Over the past few years, the notion of racism has become a daily part of our media language and, therefore, our social consciousness. In this new series, I introduce part 1 on the topic to ask: Are you a racist?

Listen in and learn about yourself, your neighbors and the society in which you'd like to live.

#Society #Culture #CriticalThinking #Peace #Empowerment #Happiness

Direct download: 152_Are_You_Racist.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 8:08am EDT

Whether you realize it or not, you are a person of influence! In this podcast, discover the power, source and essence of influence. Listen to stories of two individuals I knew who might not have been aware of the influence they had on my life. Discover an awareness that you, too, have the power to influence those around you in mighty ways.

#influence #power #leadership #consciousness #selfdevelopment #emotionalintelligence

Direct download: 149_Influence.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Life happens. At one time or another, every one of us will feel overwhelmed, stunned, or even wasted and destroyed. In this podcast, I share two totally different stories about the psychological, emotional and physical side effects of devastation. I also deliver hopeful outcomes and some tips to help get you through the process and on to a brighter, more hopeful life.

#devastation #breakdowns #hope #happiness #personalgrowth

Direct download: 148_Devastated.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

Being a person of integrity can be one tall order.

But in this podcast, I talk about walking in integrity, step by step and moment by moment.

As usual, I'll share some definitions and also provide a personal story or two to bring it all home.

Be encouraged to be your best and most whole as you, too, start walking in your own integrity.



#integrity #peace #identity #wellness #career #happiness

Direct download: 147_Walking_in_Integrity.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

We may think that learning stops when we leave school or attain a new academic degree. But life lessons are of another sort that help in the growth of our human soul. Whether good or bad, they can help us grow into our bigger, better, wiser and more peaceful self.

#life #lessons #peace #wisdom #happiness #selfgrowth

Direct download: 146_Life_Lessons.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

We can expend our energy in a negative or positive fashion, fighting against something that disturbs us or applying ourselves toward a positive ideal or vision. One drains our energy while the other helps fuel it.

In this podcast, I share personal experiences on both sides of the political aisle -- plus a unique story behind it -- to bring home some insights on the topic. Listen to assess where and how you're expending your personal energies, then consider how to focus yourself toward something you can positively promote!

#Happiness #Empowerment #Positivity #Uplift #Society

Direct download: 145_For_or_Against.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

We've all suffered from this malaise! Intuition tells us one thing, but we ignore its signals. If you have inwardly known something, yet failed to acknowledge it openly to yourself, you'll eventually have to come to terms with the truth. Like all podcasts, expect to hear a personal story and receive guidance on a brighter outlook for living happy -- from the inside out.

#cognitivedissonance #truth #wellness #trauma #peace #happiness

Direct download: 144_Cognitive_Dissonance.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

Admitting to being wrong is often one of the most difficult things we do. But does avoiding the words, "I was wrong," make us feel better or worse?

In this podcast, I introduce how our early training, and even our religious upbringings, can make admitting to being wrong a major social, emotional and even psychological challenge. Then, I share several stories of how admitting when I was wrong actually made me feel better!

Explore this topic for yourself. See if being "wrong" might sometimes be the "right" thing to do for your personal peace and happiness, too!

#guilt #fear #society #training #peace #happiness

Direct download: 143_I_was_Wrong.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 4:51pm EDT

If you've ever been misunderstood or if you've misunderstood someone else, you're not alone! Misunderstandings bring unnecessary social, emotional and psychological upset to us all.

Discover a few ways misunderstandings play out in everyday life. Then expect to become one who turns misunderstanding into understanding; mistrust into trust; and conflict into harmony.

#peace #understanding #interpersonalrelations

Direct download: 142_Misunderstood.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

Are you truly the author of your thoughts, or did someone else plant them there for you? In this sequel to my previous podcast, I talk more on how we acquire the thoughts, awareness and beliefs of those around us. As usual, expect to hear one of my anecdotal stories. Then, receive some simple suggestions on how to step up into ownership of your own mind.  #thoughts #beliefs #peace #happiness #leadership #authenticity

Direct download: 141_Are_Your_Thoughts_Really_Yours.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 4:45pm EDT

When endeavoring to live happy from the inside out, it's important to recognize that you can actually be the source of cheer. Listen in to this holiday message that is of value every day of the year.

#happiness, #peace, #holidays, #goodwill, #soul,

Direct download: 140_Creating_Cheer.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 8:02am EDT

Our minds and, therefore, our world, are all framed. Sometimes those frames are helpful and constructive but on other occasions, they are not. What we do when our framing encloses, corrals or encases us through negative impingement or entrapment is the subject of today's podcast. Listen to my story about financial framing. Discover how I stepped out of a bureaucratic mindset and into a freer and more abundant one. Prepare to feel freer, happier and more empowered.


#happiness #freedom #emotions #peace #power

Direct download: 139_Are_You_Framed.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:47am EDT

What does it mean to be and how does that translate to you and your life?

Learn some specific definitions on the concept, listen to some stories and get my latest dose of inspiration and hope. For those caught in the world of human trafficking, there's something for you at the end of this podcast, too.  



Direct download: 138_Who_Will_You_Be.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

We've all been misunderstood in life, and it's left us frustrated and deflated. But we've misunderstood the intentions and thoughts of those around us, too.

In this podcast, we'll talk about the common human trap of misunderstanding and how we can turn it around for greater peace and more.

Direct download: 137_Misunderstood.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:16am EDT

In today’s world, the idea of responsibility is hardly a common theme.

To the contrary, we are often engaged in the on-going blame game. We find easy fault with others while often absolving ourselves in the process!

After being involved in several recent conversations, some of which took place on a national level, I was both surprised and disappointed. Specifically, I found myself wondering how personal responsibility could be overlooked as part of the greater social contract. 

In this latest podcast, I have taken up the various meanings of the word responsible. These definitions all bring attention to the various moral and rational decisions we make. They help us realize how what we choose to think, say and do impact the outcomes we experience in life. 

I’ve also related these definitions to two personal stories – one of my own and a second involving a male friend - where personal responsibility plays a valuable role. What I share may step on more than a few proverbial toes. These stories will challenge some popular, modern narratives. However, these same anecdotes illuminate the power we have in life to be accountable – at least in part – for the contributions we make that help form our life experiences. 

When we can own our part in social exchanges, we can grow in confidence, peace, self-possession and personal happiness.

Listen in and discover why responsibility is a powerful key to your life!

Direct download: 136_Are_You_Responsible.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 8:14am EDT

Today, it’s easy to identify ourselves as a victim: one who has been injured, adversely affected or otherwise sacrificed under some form of hardship or mistreatment. But on our inward path to experience happiness, it’s important to consciously evaluate these the beliefs we hold about ourselves.

In this podcast, I not only define the word victim, but I provide its the opposite term, a word you should find both illuminating and empowering.

I’ll take you to one of my early life stories when confronted with my own opportunity for “victimhood.” When viewed through a different lens, I share how even unfortunate circumstances can yield us great benefits and personal gain.

Direct download: 135_Are_You_a_Victim.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

How can we navigate well in a world that thrives on the polarity of winners and losers? This podcast sets aside for a few moments our collectivized mindset and the acquired need to self-protect against the many “others” out there that we perceive.

There is another way to view the seminal question: Who won? We’ll take a look at different viewpoints, stories and paradigms in search of something bigger, higher, greater and better for all of humanity.

If you need an uplifting new perspective, expect to emerge with a brighter and more empowered outlook. It may require a bit of faith and vision, but you can anchor some of it to live happier, from the inside out.

Then, listen in as we hear from Trey Downes from Baltimore, Maryland who shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.


#mindsets #paradigms #fear #domination #soul #humanity

Direct download: 134_Who_Won.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

You may be careful to feed your body with nourishing and healthy ingredients. But are you feeding your soul with thoughts, behaviors and intentions that support your well being?

This latest podcast provides several ways in which you can gain awareness of what you’ve been doing to fuel and feed your soul in helpful ways. Whether you’re aware of this active process or not, be empowered to uplift and energize your soul, your peace of mind and your personal happiness, too.

Then, listen to Linda Wattley share what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


#soul #wellbeing #awareness #empowerment

Direct download: 133_Feeding_Your_Soul.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:31am EDT

Are you employing your most powerful weapon? If you’re on a path to living happy from the inside out, you’ll want to know what this weapon is – and how to use it!

The powerful weapon is choice, the choice to forgive. If you have suffered emotionally, physically, financially or otherwise, exercising the power of forgiveness is your key to peace and happiness.

Listen as I share how I discovered and triggered this personal weapon, even as a young child.

You’ll hear an alternate story of another woman who chose to withhold forgiveness instead. Muse over a few unpleasant and confining outcomes that occur when we choose not to release forgiveness.

Wherever you are today, I urge you to listen in to this insightful and profoundly personal message. Choosing the power of forgiveness may be difficult, but the benefits we receive are bountiful!

Learn how to get access to another story of my major forgiveness secret available in a new book release called I Bared My Chest.

Finally, meet Cathy Sanders from Clearwater, Florida, and discover what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


#Forgiveness #Emotions #Burdens #Karma #EmotionalWeapons

Direct download: 132_Your_Most_Powerful_Weapon.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:04am EDT

We’re often waiting for happiness to “happen” to us. But can we do something on our end to facilitate those good feelings and a sense of well-being?

In this podcast, I share many upbeat synonyms for happiness and contrast them with a few antonyms – to include the word sadness. Listen in as I share on at least one occasion how I made an affirmative choice to step away from sadness and chose happiness and hope for myself.

Make some of your own connections with feelings of happiness and choose a more empowered path for yourself, too. Don’t forget to listen to our special guest who shares how she lives happy from the inside out, too.


#Hope #Empowerment #SelfAwareness #EmotionalIntelligence



Direct download: 131_TimeTo_Choose.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 10:58am EDT

Have you ever experienced loss, only to discover you’d gained?

Most of us try to avoid loss, even when we’re bored, unhappy, in pain or in a present state of discontent. We consider loss as a negative proposition and can be tempted to see such losses through a limited and disappointing lens.

In this podcast, I share three types of “losses” I’ve experienced over the years. Then, I demonstrate how each loss transitioned into several types of unexpected, personal gains.

Regardless of the type of loss you might be facing, may you feel inspired to see circumstances through a broader, brighter and more hopeful personal lens.

Then, listen in to Christina from Brooklyn, New York.

#Fear #Loss #Love #Soul #Gain #Purpose #Happiness  

Direct download: 130_Losing_Or_Gaining.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Designed with the holiday season in mind, this latest podcast can be listened to and appreciated any day of the year.

What are some of your favorite things to do, to watch, to experience and feel that expand your sense of inner joy and well being?

In this podcast, I offer a few of my own favorite things. They require little or no money, yet leave me feeling expansive, happy and abundant. Let my list inspire you to think of some of your favorite things in life, too.

Finally, listen to my friend Emmitt Muckles as he shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.

#happiness #bliss #abundance #holidays #gifts #selflove

Direct download: 129_My_Favorite_Things.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Are you preparing for success or waiting around for it to happen?

In this podcast, we examine an old adage: Success happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Often, we wish for our success and long for seemingly elusive events.

However, we overlook the fact that luck most often occurs when our intentions, efforts and activities point us toward a desired end. We can either be passive hopers or actively engaged doers as we prepare for the positive outcomes we hope for in life.

Listen in to three stories about turning hopes and dreams into realities. As you do, feel inspired to discover how the process of preparation is good for us on a number of levels. Perhaps most importantly, preparing for our future success ultimately makes us happier from the inside out.    

As a special holiday offer, find out how you can receive one of my Art of Happiness books for free.

Finally, listen in as Jason shares with us what makes him happy from the inside out, too.

#dreams #goals #perseverance #luck #success


Direct download: 128_Preparing_for_Success.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

Most of our personal conflicts and greater social problems arise out of fear.

In this podcast, I discuss the two ultimate, yet polarized, human emotions: one is love and the other is fear. Love is our birthright and our natural state of wholeness, peace and harmony where vitality continually flows.

The second emotion, fear, exists on the opposite side of the emotion spectrum. Fear obscures our true life, seeking to avoid, protect and limit rather than allowing us to extend and grow.

Discover some ancient words of wisdom that remain timeless and telling for us today. Then expect some guidance on how to step beyond fear and pass through to the love and life within that longs to wake us up to something better, brighter and freer.

In this podcast, I also offer a special gift that should make you smile. Find out how you can get a free copy of my Art of Happiness book on Values by writing Maura@Maura4u and referencing this podcast.

Finally, meet former NFL player Mark Pattison and now Find Your Summit podcaster as he shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.


#Peace #Fear #Truth #Love 

Direct download: 127_What_Are_You_Afraid_Of.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

Are you seeing life through a limited lens?

 Have you been viewing your life and circumstances through a restricted and narrow perspective, or opening up your mind to a broader way of thinking?

In this podcast, discover several examples of how by defining an idea through a narrow perspective, I prevented myself from seeing so much more – even though the evidence was all around me!

If you have ever restricted your own ideas on life and are looking for inspiration that leads to abundant vision, listen in.

Then listen to Natalia from Poland as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

#abundance #vision #hope #perspective #mothering


Direct download: 126_Limited_Scope.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 3:39pm EDT

What do you do when facing some of your biggest fears?

In this impromptu and unedited podcast, Maura Sweeney releases some of her own thoughts on the subject, while hours away from the eye of Hurricane Irma approaching her Tampa Bay, Florida home.

Whether you are facing a traditional hurricane or encountering any of a number of common human fears, you’ll find something to uplift, inspire and empower you from the inside out.


#Hurricane #Irma #Empowerment #Fears #Peace

Direct download: Eye_of_the_Hurricane1.m4a
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

We all want to be happy, but what if that desire for happiness makes us afraid? Often, we focus on the “cost” of change rather than the ultimate benefits we hope to enjoy.

The cost of happiness can show up in a variety of ways. Each one of them reveals itself via a private nudge, especially when we’re paying attention to life cues.

Listen as I share three of my own stories about confronting the cost of happiness: 1) facing a type of self-incarceration so I could adjust for future freedom; 2) acknowledging a life phase was over and shedding old things to prepare for a new, purposeful life chapter; and 3) confronting a private “aha!” moment and choosing to drop childish thinking so I could move into greater realms of authenticity and emotional adulthood.

Are you ready to pay the cost for experiencing greater happiness? This podcast will help challenge and inspire you to pay in – and expect to gain big benefits in the end.

Then listen to Margaret from Waterford, Connecticut as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


#Fear #ComfortZones #Spirituality #Consciousness #Happiness #Authenticity #Freedom #Empowerment


Direct download: 124_Cost_Of_Happiness.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Have you ever felt all alone, crying for help, wondering if anyone in the universe was listening to your call? Perhaps you’re experiencing that kind of daunting vulnerability right now.

You are definitely not alone; the call for help is common to us all.

This podcast delves deeper into the cry for help, viewing it from an an alternate angle and a more encouraging, perspective.

Your call for help may actually indicate something quite positive. Your greater self may be anticipating new growth and expansion even as your limited ego struggles for footing in the midst of impending change.

The process might feel challenging and even overwhelming. However, I offer two analogies from nature that will put things in a different light. I also offer two stories from my past so you can learn how my own cries for help stretched me for things to come.

Feel inspired as well as challenged. Expect to see how your own daunting circumstances might actually be preparing you for future growth and transformation.

Listen in as Florison from the Netherlands shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.

#ComfortZones #Growth #Transformation #Metamorphosis



Direct download: 123_Help.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Remember The Golden Rule, the credo that reminds us to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us?

Many of us agree that The Golden Rule sounds great in theory. Over time, however, we discover that people around us don’t always abide by it. Perhaps we don’t abide by it, either.

My previous podcast on Respect feeds right into this latest subject, delving into the nebulous and often challenging arena known as interpersonal relationships. Within this current podcast, I share how I’ve endeavored to employ The Golden Rule on personal and professional fronts, and offer a final tale that might greatly surprise you!

If you’ve ever pondered why the world behaves the way it does, and wondered what can be done to turn it around, tune in for a listen.

Expect to be challenged and inspired. More than that, expect to operate as a potential world changer as you increase your peace and happiness while you’re paving a way to the peace and happiness of others!

Finally, listen in as Patti Mocco shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


#GoldenRule #Happiness #Atonement #Peace #Influence #Power #Inheritances


Direct download: 122_The_Golden_Rule.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

In our quest to live a happy life, the desire to feel respected by others plays a big part. But what happens when we’re not sufficiently respected? What do we do and how do we respond, especially when we feel humiliated?

When such challenges occur, we can respond by counter-attacking those around us. Choosing to do so, however, can further erode our self-respect while undermining the respect we might offer to others.

Is there another way to handle disrespect and humiliation? Can we possibly take a negatively charged, disrespectful situation and turn it around for good? This podcast may provide you with an “aha!” thought – or even two – on the topic.

In this latest podcast, I share several personal stories on the subject of respect. Follow me as I recount uncomfortable situations with others: peers, an authority figure, and even close family members.

In it, discover that there’s more than one way to respond when disrespect comes knocking at your door. Respect runs in more than one direction, and you might become an unwitting vehicle to help others learn respect – even as you’re busy upholding your own.

Finally, listen in as Enrique Nuss from Guadelajara, Mexico shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.

#Embarrassment #Humiliation #Respect #Happiness #WellBeing #Life #Stories

Direct download: 121_Respect.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 4:07pm EDT

You might not be dealing with anger, but you could easily find yourself in the negative emotional zone known as fear.

Fear is the opposite of peace; it’s the antithesis of love. By its very nature, fear separates us from the awareness of peace, security, happiness and so many more positive, life-affirming emotions.

In this latest podcast, I share a personal story from my background. Busting the myth of the “perfect childhood,” I talk about a weakness in my own household that left me feeling fearful. That fear caused me to self-protect and create my own wall of emotional isolation.

Ultimately, those suppressed feelings found their outlet in a dramatic moment of anger, one that needed to be addressed in a helpful rather than harmful way.

Come along with me on my journey. I convey the surprising role of love in dissipating negative emotions and paving a path to the awareness of love, grace and peace.

Your experiences with negative, fear-based emotions may arise from a variety of sources. This podcast will help you remove some of your own barriers to love and free you to enjoy greater happiness and well-being.  

Finally, listen in as Jenny from East Bridgewater, Massachusetts                     who shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

#Miracles #Alcoholism #Forgiveness #Peace #Wellbeing

Direct download: 120_Angry_or_Aspiring_to_Love.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Are you a person of integrity?

In this latest podcast, I take up the definitions of integrity. Not only do they include honesty and moral uprightness, but definitions for integrity speak to a person’s state of being “whole” or undivided.

There are many ways in which our sense of being “whole” or “undivided” impacts our thoughts and intentions about ourselves and others. In particular, when we see ourselves as divided rather than part of the whole of society, we can lose our peace and compromise the expression of our higher self.

Listen in as I share a few anecdotes and hear an apt, famous quote on the topic. Then, expect to be challenged to check into your own relationship with integrity.

May you find your vision expanding, your consciousness growing and your ability to become a person of integrated character adding to your happiness and the betterment of the world.

Finally, listen to Ally, a university student from Cape Cod, Massachusetts as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.  

#Character #Spirituality #Society #Happiness #Peace #Justice


Direct download: 119_Are_You_A_Person_Of_Integrity.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

I recorded this latest podcast at a park rather than from my familiar, sound-controlled closet. The change-up of venues was prompted by yet another day marked by upsetting “news” reports.

Such ever-escalating, emotionally charged reports are fostering fear and division not only among the U.S. populace; they’re threatening the equilibrium of people in several Western European countries, too.

The intoxicating and reality-shifting power of hyper-sensationalized news had prompted me to reclaim my reality and source. I found it anew while enjoying nature and quietude, even as I’d invited listeners to do the same.

In this podcast, hear me share a vivid childhood impression of “reality.” Next, listen as I convey some recent impressions of how people interact in more natural, everyday settings when there is no “news” to narrate the dialogue or to artfully frame the supposed problems.  

If you’ve felt challenged by negative reports from external news, discover reflections, encouragement and a few empowerment tips. Find your reality and your peace from a more reliable source than the ever-shifting news: find it within you.

Then, listen in to my former college friend Patty Hall as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.  

#Empowerment #FakeNews #Peace #Happiness #Faith #Division #Spirituality



Direct download: 118_WhereI_s_Your_Reality.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Are you protecting someone, or something, to your own detriment?

We can all train ourselves to believe in something quite strongly. We may adamantly protect a person, a belief or even a dogma, even when such protection proves illogical.

In this podcast, I talk about Stockholm Syndrome, a term coined several decades ago when victims of a Swedish bank robbery curiously protected their own captors, refusing to testify against them in court.

The idea of protecting other people, ideas or even dogmas is universal; it’s part of the human condition. The notion often shows up when we’re part of a religious, peer or group mentality. Within such confines, we often refuse to consider facts or ideas that fall outside the scope of commonly agreed-upon thought.

While we might be open-minded in certain ways, some of us remain highly defensive and protective in others.

Listen in as I explain a few experiences I’ve had in life. See if you can relate and feel more empowered as a result.

Our willingness to open the doors to new light, broader perspectives and alternate ideas not only frees us from hidden fears. It ultimately helps us enjoy greater freedom, harmony and happiness.

Finally, listen in to Casey from Southington, Connecticut talk about what makes her happy from the inside out, too!


#Lies #StockholmSyndrome #Cults #Freedom #Peace

Direct download: 117_Who_Or_What_Are_You_Protecting.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

Are you waiting for someone else to create happiness, or are you ready to create some yourself?

In this latest podcast, I take up the topic of Happy Hours! Discover the elements that make a happy hour truly happy and start thinking outside-the-box.

Though I talk about my earliest recollections of family “happy hours” during the 1960’s era of cocktails and martinis, I expand the notion about where – and how – happy hours happen. Join me through a few of my own experiences in life as I created different versions of happy hours. Then be inspired and challenged to make a happy hour happen that’s all your own.

In my first ever challenge of this type, I invite listeners to write and send me photos or videos of their own versions of “Making Happy Hour Happen.”

Then listen in as Brigitte Plugge from The Hague, Netherlands shares with us what makes him/her happy from the inside out, too!


#Happiness #Creativity #Empowerment #Inspiration

Direct download: 116_Making_Happy_Hour_Happen.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 8:56am EDT

When paving the path to happiness from the inside out, we can supercharge our travels by checking in with our emotions. They can speak to us plainly in ways that intellect alone cannot.

This latest podcast got its genesis from two recent encounters, both of which left me with positive, expansive feelings. Those same encounters inspired me to reflect upon two previous experiences from decades ago that provided me with earlier cues to forming healthy relationships. The first was negatively motivated, leaving me questioning myself, my worth and the type of friendships I’d want to keep at bay. In contrast, the other always left me feeling supported, valued and loved.  

If you’ve been struggling with familiar, toxic or other unhealthy relationships that drain your energy and joy, you’ll want to pay attention to this podcast.

Giving a nod to Maya Angelou’s adage reminding us how people don’t remember what we say or do, but they remember how we made them feel, you’ll emerge feeling fresher, and more inspired by this podcast.

Discover new ways to assess your healthy relationships. Then empower yourself to refine -- and redefine -- the parameters of some less sound ones, too.

Finally, tune in to Veronika Ligeti from Luxembourg as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too!


#Empowerment #Empath #Happiness #Reflection #Energy

Direct download: 115_How_Did_They_Make_You_Feel.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:05am EDT

Are you a knee-jerk reactor to news and stimuli? Do you succumb to words or reports that excite, anger or otherwise move you to fear, anger or unrest? If so, you’re not alone.

We all experience external probes that press our proverbial buttons. Those moments take us away from our peace, happiness and rest and, as unwitting followers, we unwittingly give away our personal power.

If you’ve struggled with being thrown off your place of peace and served as reactor rather than creator of your personal space, this empowering podcast is a help and reminder for you to reclaim it.

In this podcast, empower yourself to be a creator rather than a reactor. Be the power change you wish to see in the world – from the inside out!

Then, listen in to Amy Woo talk about what makes her happy from the inside out, too!

  #Happiness #Empowerment #Empathic #Leadership #Influence

Direct download: 114_Reactor_or_Creator.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

Did you know that harmony is a secret to happiness? It is!

When we harmonize our words with our behaviors, we discover heightened levels of happiness, peace and well-being.

In this podcast, I take up the topic of marrying our public professions and beliefs with private and sometimes unconscious behaviors. We begin with several meanings for the word harmony and learn the concept as described by Buddha.

Next, we’ll cover the difference between stage personalities and behind-the-curtain, sub-personalities that bring us into disharmony and unrest.

Discover how triggers exposing our hypocrisy can actually help us connect with inherent contradictions. Find out how to convert “aha!” moments into empowering new choices for a happier and more peaceful life.

Then, listen in as Janelle Alex, a traveling entrepreneur and writing coach, shares some of the simple pleasures that make her happy from the inside out, too.

#happiness, #selfreflection, #emotionalintelligence, #peace, #selfgrowth

Direct download: 113_Harmony_is_a_Secret_to_Happiness.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

Bridges are spanning structures that provide passage over waterways, railroads or other obstacles. And when we think of bridges, architectural wonders like the Brooklyn Bridge, the Golden Gate or the Sydney Harbor Bridge come to mind.

In this podcast, however, we talk about the idea of serving as a human bridge and consider the ways in which doing so can change our lives and the lives of others, too. Learn about the first time I became an unwitting bridge and how the experience changed at least one of my perspectives.

In a world divided by ideologies and innumerable identifiers, this podcast will help you see your powerful potential as a bridge builder to a more peaceful and happy world.

For all those who relate to Gandhi’s quote that says, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” there will be inspiration and more for you here.

Then, listen in as Venezuelan native and Players School of Music owner Vicky Folop shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

#culture, #happiness, #worldpeace, #tutoring #PlayersSchoolOfMusic

Direct download: 112_Can_You_Be_A_Bridge.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT

Are you paying attention to what you’re hearing?

This podcast examines the way we inadvertently act as self-censors. We screen in certain types of news, ideas, sounds and insights – and we also screen out others!

If you have never considered how what you listen to impacts your well-being, this is a podcast for you. I share a bit of my own background and the process of learning how to listen in ways that would empower, rather than depress, my sensibilities and thoughts.

I also talk about an easy-to-do listening exercise that I shared with participants during a recent smoking cessation retreat.

If you’re looking to become more aware of what you’re hearing, this exercise will help you become more conscious. You’ll be better equipped to take inventory of your own thoughts and make positive, intentional choices that bring a sense of authority back to where it belongs – with you!

Then, listen in as Sam Dykstra shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.


#Smoking #Happiness #Listening #Empowerment

Direct download: 111What_Are_You_Listening_To.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

In this special holiday podcast, I ask the central question: Are You Peace on Earth?

We live in an externalized society where everyone seeks peace but fails to find it. We fight, we strive and we even go to war, chasing that ever-elusive desire for "Peace on Earth."

However, true peace begins in our hearts.

Listen in to my podcast that breaks down the meaning of peace and invites you to experience it for yourself. Be sure to stay tuned till the end of this podcast. You'll want to meet a host of listeners and friends who share their holiday wishes with you!  

#PeaceOnEarth #Holidays #Happiness #NewYear

Direct download: 110_Peace_on_Earth.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

It’s easy to get caught up in stereotypes, those widely held but preconceived notions we use to categorize people or ideas into fixed boxes.

Stereotypes provide us with easy ways to identify each other and communicate in general terms, but they also contain a downside. When improperly applied, they cause us to limit our understanding of others and run the risk of having others limit their understanding of us.

We often find ourselves assimilating into one group, culture, ideology, religion or philosophy. We enjoy being part of a clan or associated with like-minded or familiar groups. However, without opening ourselves to inquiry and generous reflection, we can sometimes wrongly assume that one member of a group is exactly like another.

In this podcast, I share two ways in which I experienced the use of stereotypes in my own life. May they help you explore your own thoughts, attitudes and belief systems. Doing so may cause you to open the doors of light of your own identity plus revisit notions you’ve held concerning other people’s identities.

Then, listen in to Bryan Rivera from the Bronx, NY share what makes him happy from the inside out, too.  

#Stereotyping #Labeling #PoliticalCorrectness #Happiness #EmotionalIntelligence #Culture

Direct download: 109_Are_You_a_Stereotype.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

If you’ve ever felt disenchanted, disillusioned or even critical of experts and authorities, consider looking to yourself as a new source.

In a busy world, we often surrender our talents and ideas to others. We take a passive approach to the greater world, viewing it like observers watching an on-stage performance rather than actively playing a role of our own.

Listen as I share two seminal personalities from the past and how they helped inspire me to play a role in our current culture and marketplace of ideas. Then, I invite you to use your own imagination. Ignite some of your latent talents and untapped abilities to “be who you really want to be” in the world.

Afterward, listen in to music maker Vicky Fulop share what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


#SelfDevelopment #Leadership #SelfGovernance #Authenticity #Happiness #Maura4u

Direct download: 108_Who_Do_You_Want_To_Be.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

We all look forward to receiving gifts that excite our senses and surprise us in positive ways. But what happens when the “gift” we encounter has nothing to do with our perceptions of good?

In this podcast, we explore how life’s curve balls can actually bring us some unexpected gifts in the form of personal benefits. In it, I share a story from several years ago that turned a good portion of my life, thoughts, spirituality and even sense of self on its head. During the process, I was forced to face certain personal issues and hidden fears that needed some introspection.

As painful and grievous as the process felt, I gained greatly and emerged far freer, stronger and happier.

Whether you’re facing separation, sickness, economic loss or something else that stings you today, tune in to this inspiring and hopeful podcast.

Don't forget to share this podcast with a friend who may be in need!

Also, check out my additional resources on this topic:

My Huffington Post blog: The Flip Side of Giving Thanks

My Maura4u YouTube video: Do You Know What a Gem You Are

Then, listen in to Nick from Manchester, U.K. who shares with us what makes him happy from the inside out, too!  


#Thanksgiving #Gratefulness #Spirituality #Attitude #EmotionalIntelligence #Happiness #Peace

Direct download: 107_Thanks_for_Gifts_in_Disguise.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

The contrast between polarity and peace came into sharp focus recently with the 2016 U.S. Presidential election process and the division and strife that followed.

In this timely, yet evergreen, episode, we take a look at the distinctions between what it feels like to live in polarity and what it’s like to abide in peace.

Discover how peace is not the opposite of someone else’s position. Instead, it paves a third path for anyone seeking inner happiness. Choosing to live in peace provides us opportunity to think, envision and operate in ways that promote new outcomes and increase our sense of personal agency.

Learn more about living in peace here.

Then, find out what makes a street drummer on NYC’s High Line happy from the inside out, too.


#PresidentialElection #Trump #Hillary #Peace #Inspiration #Empowerment #Hope

Direct download: 106_Polarity_Or_Peace.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT

When it comes to living happy from the inside out, inspiration plays a major role in the process.

In this podcast, we’ll explore several meanings for the word that help provide familiarity with the emotions, energies and atmospheres that accompany inspiration.

Next, I share two personal stories that demonstrate how inspiration (or the lack of it) plays a part in our human experience. As I talk about both a private discourse and a public event, you’ll learn how individuals felt, responded and reacted as a result of feeling more -- or less – inspired.

Be empowered in your own life as you grow more mindful and cognizant of the power of inspiration. Not only will you find it a means to greater happiness, but you’ll see how it opens the door to so much more in the realm of positive possibilities.

Then, listen to Alex Okoroji from Nigeria as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

 #Inspiration #Happiness #Peacefulness #Empowerment #Mindfulness #Empowerment #Maura4u

Direct download: 105_Living_With_Inspiration.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

When defining yourself as generous- or not - do you restrict the meaning of the word to giving others big presents or large sums of money?

The concept of generosity carries far greater meaning, one that starts with the heart. In fact, when distilled down to its earlier roots, generosity actually points to the “great soul” within us, one that finds varied ways to express itself liberally in the world.

In this podcast, learn some of the finer attributes that constitute generosity. Discover also how we can see ourselves in grander and more gracious fashion, even when others around us are having trouble viewing themselves well.

Expect to connect with peace, happiness and a greater measure of well being.

Then, listen in as Diane Kutz shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


#Happiness #Spirituality #SelfDevelopment #Gratitude #Generosity #Peace

Direct download: 104_Are_You_Generous.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:59pm EDT

Most of us absorb and assimilate into cultures that surround us, but did you know you have a role to play in creating culture, too?

We don’t often think about the word, but it provides a powerful topic for anyone wishing to influence positive shift or desiring a more satisfying life experience.

In this podcast, we’ll explore some of the definitions of culture. I’ll also share two of my personal stories about how I’ve been a recipient of positive culture and how I had to become a creator of one as well.

Prepare to be inspired, empowered and uplifted as you imagine ways you can create culture in your world.

Then, listen in to University of South Florida student Sebastian Blumberg share what makes him happy from the inside out, too.

Direct download: 103_Creating_Your_Culture.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

In an externalized world, we often seek life everywhere but at its source: our essence!

Discover some of the intriguing and powerful definitions for this little referenced word. Learn how it addresses and points to some of the intrinsic and desirable properties of who we truly are. If you’ve been looking to increase your sense of happiness and connect with your true life, tune in to this latest podcast which is all about your “be-ing” rather than your do-ing.

Then, listen to Guy Djoken, director of the UNESCO Center for Peace, share what makes him happy from the inside out, too.



Direct download: 102_Following_The_Essence_of_Your_Life.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

If you’ve ever baked cookies with a cookie cutter, you’ll know exactly where this message is heading.

In this light hearted podcast, I talk about the well-intentioned but sometimes limited paths we occupy because of our upbringing and “cookie cutter” social training. As a result, many of us leave extra cookie dough on the kitchen’s cutting room table. We’ve forgotten to cook up our life with self-expressed flavorings, spices and flair.

Listen as I share a bit about zumba instructor Debbie Rivas who grew out of her own cookie cutter upbringing. Drawing upon an early but unfulfilled desire to become a teacher, she continues to grow and express her life in new and fun ways toward that end. Doing so, she’s become her own kind of cookie – a happy one.

Then, listen to author Brenda Martin share what makes her happy from the inside out, too!

Direct download: 101_Be_Your_Own_Cookie.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT


Why does money carry such an overwhelming importance in our lives and our decision-making processes?

A recent conversation I had with a retired U.S. general provided inspiration for this ever-present and seemingly overwhelming question.

We’ve all fallen prey to the powerful idea that claims we need money in order to live. The all-too-familiar familiar notion shows up in ways ranging from the subtle and familiar to the highly coarse and cavernous.

In this podcast, I take up several examples of how our higher decisions yield and become compromised when weighed against the collective belief in the sovereignty and allure of money. I also consider what life might be like if we’d scale back our interest and deference to its lofty position and imagine living in more sincere and authentic ways.

If you’ve blamed others around you for compromising themselves to money or have condemned yourself for doing the same, tune in to this uplifting podcast. Regardless of past or current circumstances, there’s always room for new, brighter and happier perspectives to be gained.

Then, listen in to author and small space celebrity Felice Cohen who shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

 #Money #Mammon #Idolatry #Empowerment #Authenticity #Happiness 


Direct download: 100_What_If_You_Didnt_Need_Money_.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

We’ve all experienced some bad examples in life.

Bad examples show up as parents, teachers, bosses and other supposedly superior personalities. Their effects often remain with us, even long after those relationships have passed!

In this podcast, I share two bad examples I had in my life and how the difficulties I experienced were ultimately used for good. We’ll look into why some people we’ve expected better from flounder in their own frailties. We’ll also consider how to become beneficiaries of what we’ve learned from others’ errors.

If you have struggled with bad examples in life or ever felt like a victim, this is an empowering and thought-provoking podcast. Expect it to help you move forward in life as you change your perceptions, create new intentions and make a choice for inner happiness on the subject.

Then, listen in to Frederic Bye from Montreal, Canada as he shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.


#Leadership #Empowerment #Influence #Happiness #EmotionalIntelligence

Direct download: 099_Can_You_Learn_From_Bad_Examples_.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Whether you realize it or not, there is a beauty that is waiting to be discovered in you.

We often reduce our ideas about beauty into narrow categories that restrict our awareness and experience of beauty. But there are definitions to beauty that far exceed our imagination and beg for disclosure in and through your life.

Join me in this podcast as we take a look at fuller definitions of beauty and consider how limiting our traditional senses are to perceive it. You’ll come away with an increased consciousness and expectation of what’s yet to be manifested about true and lasting beauty.

Inspiration, empowerment and self-help for anyone seeking to better their own life experience and the experience of others around them.

Then, listen to coach and fellow podcaster Jody Flynn as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


#Beauty #Inspiration #Empowerment #Happiness

Direct download: 098_Have_You_Discovered_The_Beauty_Of_You__2.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Are you choosing when to speak and when to be silent, too?

In this podcast, we explore the old adage “Silence is golden” that dates back to the early Egyptians. Using a bit of observation with life scenarios common to us all, we’ll discover new ways to inject peace into our own lives and into the lives of others as well.

Enjoy this inspiring self-empowerment episode that reminds you of your own power to positively influence the world around you.

Then, listen in as Helena from Bosnia & Herzegovina shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


#Inspiration #Empowerment #Happiness #Spirituality

Direct download: 097_Is_Your_Silence_Golden.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

In a world where we can get caught up in the heaviness of a 24/7 news cycle that draw us into anger, defensiveness and aggression, we can benefit by choosing to invest our energies in other pursuits. In this podcast, we’ll explore how you can become a focal point of energy and a force to create positive experiences that uplift both you and the world around you, too.

Personal empowerment for a happier and more peaceful life. 

Then, listen in as Christy James, a professor at Liberty University, shares with us what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


#SelfHelp #Inspiration #WellBeing #Happiness #Influence

Direct download: 096_What_Are_You_Giving_Your_Power_To.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Have you ever found yourself asking the question, “Can I do this?”

When it comes to slaying dragons and setting ourselves to task for some big life expectations, we can be extremely daunted by our own doubts and abilities.

In this podcast, we’ll learn how – and where – to find the source to do what you’re hoping to do in life. A fresh look at a Bible scripture will provide inspiration and self-help for anyone who has big things planned in their heart and in their future.

Then, listen as Leanne Penna from the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


 #Bible #Inspiration #Goals #Power #Leadership

Direct download: 095_Can_I_DoThis.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

How do you speak your truth?

When we think about speaking our truth, we imagine ourselves boisterously declaring our point of view or fighting aloud either for or against an idea or an agenda.

However, speaking our truth can also occur in nonverbal ways. At times, we can “speak” without saying a word. In this podcast, explore how we can convey our truth to others simply by our presence. Be inspired to tap into your own truth and extend it in powerful ways to the world around you.

Then, listen as Jorge Montero from Costa Rica share with us what makes him happy from the inside out, too.

#SelfDevelopment #EmotionalIntelligence #Happiness #Spirituality

Direct download: 094_Speaking_Your_Truth_3.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

Today’s special podcast is a return to my back story and why it helps me relate to you. Our life details all vary, but this unifying story helps me relate to any person who has been living beneath outer expectations and wants to move into their inner hopes for personal expression. Pressures in life may daunt us, but they also help us move forward into new possibilities. They also empower us to discover our own sense of agency. Listen in and make some of your own connections toward living happy from the inside out.

Then, meet Miranda Reshaw from Atlanta, Georgia and learn what makes her happy from the inside out, too.  



 #Happiness #Peace #EmotionalIntelligence #Authenticity #Spirituality #Mindfulness

Direct download: 093_I_Am_You_Too.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Do you know what you really want in life? If not, this podcast will help you become more emotionally aware of what you truly desire and facilitate your focus and behaviors toward those ends.

Using results from my own Happiness Survey of individuals from 28 states and 23 countries, I share five key areas that define what most of us truly want in life. Find out what these unifying elements are that define our common pursuit of happiness. Use the list as personal inspiration or create a list of your own as you pursue your path to happiness in life.

Then, meet Dawna Harrison from Chicago, Illinois and learn what makes her happy from the inside out, too.  


Direct download: 092_World_Happiness_Survey.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

Are your inner beliefs in accord with your outward behaviors? If not, this podcast is for you!

First, we’ll take up the various definitions of the word belief and explore how our inner self recognizes and resonates with our true belief systems. I’ll discuss some of the ways we ignore, suppress or resist expressing those beliefs as well as the feelings of stress this fracturing process engenders. As always, you’ll hear some of my personal anecdotes navigating along the path to personal harmony. Be inspired and empowered to express your truest and happiest self as you listen along.

 Then, listen to Jodi Flynn from Portland, Maine share what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

 #SelfHelp #Happiness #EmotionalIntelligence #Belief #Spirituality

Direct download: 091_Living_Out_of_Your_Belief.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Are you defending a dogma, a point of view or “-ism” that has become insufficient, obsolete or even discredited? If you have been struggling with an outmoded belief system established by an external authority that is no longer speaking truth to you, it may be time to step into the light.


This is a self-help episode to help you find harmony, integration and greater peace from within. Listen and let go of what you no longer can uphold as reality while increasing your happiness and emotional intelligence. Allow what truly resonates within you to help reshape your world view.


Then, listen in to Savannah Kutz from St. Petersburg, Florida as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


#EmotionalIntelligence #Happiness #WellBeing #Maura4u #SelfHelp #Peace

Direct download: 090_Defending_Your_Dogma.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

I'm not referring to your official job title, but to an identity that best describes the essence and fullness of who you truly are.

Most of us are accustomed to carrying limited ways of identifying ourselves, staying carefully and rigidly within the lines of social and professional constructs. Yet each of us carries attributes that make us uniquely rich in character, talents and more. As we begin to think of ourselves in outside-the-box ways, we set ourselves free to shine in full bloom and inspire others to bring out their own true colors, too.

If you are seeking a richer and more authentic life, this is a great listen for you to further manifest some of your inner dreams and aspirations.

Then, listen in to Heather Ann Havenwood from Austin, Texas share the development of her unique title role as Chief Sexy Boss.


Direct download: 089_What_is_Your_Title.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:15am EDT

You may be unfamiliar with the term vaunter, but you’ve definitely met a few!

If you’ve ever been turned off by braggarts whose presence fills the air with an inflated ego, you’ll find today’s podcast to be of interest. More than exploring the role of the vaunter, this podcast examines what happens to any of us when our position in life causes our pride to puff up in unattractive – and exclusionary - ways.

Excellent food for thought and an opportunity to practice some emotional intelligence. When your profile begins to rise, you’ll keep your own vaunting in check and continue to embrace and value those around you.

Then, listen to professional organizer Alison Kero who shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.  



 #SelfHelp, #EQ #Influence #Leadership #Peace

Direct download: 088_Are_You_a_Vaunter.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 10:26am EDT


You don’t need to hold the title of school teacher to realize that your life is teaching others about you – and life – all the time! This podcast takes a look at the disconnections that often show up between our words and professions versus our hidden motives and actual behaviors. If you appreciate the familiar expression “actions speak louder than words,” you’ll want to listen in and find out whether what you’re teaching others is something you want to truly convey!

Then, listen to Leann Penna share with us from the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece about what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

Direct download: 087_What_Are_You_Teaching.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

Are you creating a party or still living in polarity? What are the differences between these two atmospheres and how do they affect you and others around you?

We can live in environments that are supportive, inclusive and uplifting or we can default back to the land of conflicts, opposites and opposing forces.

One environment brings us peace and joy while the other keeps us in a continual state of fear, unease and instability. Learn more and discover how you can create your own happiness – from the inside out.

Then, listen to Anthony Witt from The Champion Entrepreneur talk about what makes him happy from the inside out, too.

Direct download: 086_Party_Or_Polarity.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

With one of the most central questions you can ever ask yourself, this podcast explores the social and emotional constructs that keep us from living our true self.

Discover what they are and what hurdles you might have to overcome in order to live out your fullest, happiest and most authentic self. Allow this podcast to inspire you to greater levels of influence and leadership in your life.

Then, listen to author and leadership expert Dr. William Anton talk about what makes him happy from the inside out, too.  

Direct download: 085_Are_You_Being_You.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

Here’s a look at separating our ideas, desires and intentions from those placed upon us.

Have you taken time to discover how frequent messages, close relationships and familiar atmospheres may have clouded you?

You may be assuming that you authored your own ideas when, in fact, someone else gave them to you!

This podcast provides you with self-awareness and self-empowerment to help you separate your own ideas from those conveyed to you by others!

Then, listen to Lila Zizoula from the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece, as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


Direct download: 084_Did_You_Buy_That.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:51pm EDT

Are you the embodiment of the Declaration of Independence?

The official document announcing a free and independent people would eventually form the foundation of the U.S. Constitution. Find out what the Declaration of Independence has to do with happiness – and how you can apply that document’s intent to your personal life today. This podcast contains empowering content with a governmental angle.

Then, listen to mentor and coach Kristie Kennedy as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.


Direct download: 083_Declaration_of_Independence.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

In this podcast inspired by the holiday season, I explore what universal love feels like so that you might recognize it, too.

I share some of my earliest recognitions of this kind of love, explaining how it manifests and what it feels like when we’re on the receiving end of it.

You’ll be inspired to connect with this kind of love and possibly become a source of extending it to others.

Then, listen to my daughter Kaley as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

Direct download: 082_Recognizing_Love.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

Have you been walking around incognito, concealing your true colors and identity from everyone -- including yourself? This podcast provides empowering content that will encourage you to step to the forefront, even if just a little bit.

Then, listen in to Elizabeth MacDonald as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.  

#Empowerment #SelfHelp #Happiness #Freedom #Maura4u 

Direct download: 081_Incognito.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Do you know you can author your own possibilities in life? We begin with the meaning of the word possibility and then explore how your mind’s views of possibilities reflect back to you in experience. Powerful self-help for anyone who wants to gain access and control over their thought life and break through into new arenas of empowerment, creativity and more.

Then listen to today’s guest from Israel as he shares what makes him happy in life from the inside out, too.

#Visualization #Empowerment #Leadership #Happiness #Freedom #Maura4u

Direct download: 080_The_Land_of_Possibilities.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

What are you doing with childhood memories – then, as well as now?

Referencing a seminal article entitled “5 Things Your Kids Will Remember About You” released earlier this year by the Pantheos website, I explore the power of memories and how we can become architects of new ones today. You don’t need to be a parent to appreciate the sense of meaning and influence this podcast will convey. You can become the power of memories that can change the lives of others.

Then listen to Connie Bowman, author of Back to Happy, as she shares what makes her happy in life from the inside out, too.


#Influence, #Empowerment #Happiness #ConnieBowman #Parenting #Maura4u


Direct download: 079_Power_of_Memories.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Do you realize that you – yes, you – are an ambassador? You don’t need an official diplomatic title to become a person of influence. This is powerful and inspiring content to help you gain awareness of your voice, ideas and ideals. This is also empowering information for you about the stature and presence you can carry as you choose to intentionally activate those ideals.

Next, listen to Brent Price, Lifestyle Income Show expert from Australia, who shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.


#Ambassadorship #Diplomacy #SelfHelp #Empowerment #Visualization #Maura4u


Direct download: 078_You_as_Ambassador.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

An exploration of what we gain as we see things without our natural sight. In this podcast, I share how enhanced perspectives and freedom arise when traditional eyesight is removed. Helpful and inspiring content for anyone who needs a more liberated outlook.

Then listen to Guy Djoken, Executive Director of UNESCO Center for Peace share what makes him happy in life from the inside out, too.


#SelfHelp #Visualization #Empowerment #Peace #Freedom #Maura4u #Happiness

Direct download: 077_Seeing_With_Eyes_Closed.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Have you ever heard the old adage, “Who died and made you king?”

A light-hearted look at how we can either overstep our own authority or unwittingly fall under someone else’s, even if neither party was ever officially appointed “king”! If you are seeking happiness that stems from a healthy view of your own worth and boundaries -- as well as those of others -- this is an enlightening bit of self-help conversation.

Then listen in to Sithara Reddy from southern California as she shares with us what makes her happy in life from the inside out, too.  

#Kings #Monarchs #Authority #SelfRespect #Boundaries #Enlightenment #Happiness


Direct download: 076_Who_Made_You_King.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Where do you go for “proof” in life and just what kind of proof are you looking for?

An introspective conversation designed for those who are seeking human advancement and genuine leadership apart from labels, titles, etc. Tune in for this empowering self-help discussion to help you discover and discern people from a different perspective in both life and society.

Then listen in to Adnan Zukar from Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.


#Mindfulness #Spirituality #Sarajevo #God

Direct download: 075_Whats_The_Proof.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Hearing the words, “You’re grounded,” often conjures up negative ideas about punishment, confinement and separation.

But what if something so seemingly negative in life can actually work to our advantage? An inspiring look at what can be gained for our good -- if we have the eyes and perception to see things anew.

Then listen to Elena Zhukova from Nikolaev, Ukraine as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

#Grounded #Punishment #Redemption #Ukraine #Happiness #Peace

Direct download: 074_Are_You_Grounded.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 11:20am EDT

Can you look at yourself in the mirror?

We’re not focusing on vanity here or the way in which you might appear in your clothing. Instead, we’re taking a “look” at the eyes in the mirror that are peering back at you! Some thought-provoking conversation that will inspire you to look into your own mirror and see beyond the superficialities and into your more wholesome identity. Expect a more glorious and authentic “you” to smile back in return. Then listen in as my friend (Nina) Mandic from Dubrovnik, Croatia shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too!

Direct download: 073_Looking_In_the_Mirror.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 10:06am EDT

Life presents opportunities for us to judge and be judged all the time.

But is there a better and happier way to do it? A look at judging and condemning others v. discovering the better one that resides in all of us. A powerful, self-help concept that can improve the way you feel while helping others step up to their higher self. Listen and consider a different perspective to the age-old practice of condemnation and expect some happier outcomes.

Then listen as Tiffany Cosby shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.  


#Maura4u, #LivingHappy, #Judgment, #Condemnation, #Vibration 

Direct download: 072_Are_You_Judging.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:30am EDT

Do you always believe what the authorities tell you?

You may not be aware of how frequently -- and sometimes blindly – we accept the words or advice from others without questioning the veracity or intentions of their proclamations and expertise.

Listen to three unique stories and hear several perspectives on what happens when we believe every authority. See how automatically believing every authority doesn’t always help us. This is empowering self-help for anyone on a path toward personal peace and happiness.

Then listen to Davie Bernard who shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

#Maura4u, #LivingHappy, #Mindfulness, #Self-Help, #PersonalGrowth #Communism #LifeLessons

Direct download: 071_Believing_Authority.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

What is the song of your life? We all have one, even if we can’t carry a tune.

We all have a private song that hums within us and serves as a mental backdrop to our life expectation and experiences. After listening to a story about writing the lyrics to a song from my junior high years, you’ll be inspired and empowered to discover, evaluate and possibly choose a new song of your own. Self-help for living happy from the inside out.

Then listen to John Hanfland from Brooklyn and hear what makes him happy from the inside out, too. 


 #Maura4u, #MauraSweeney, #LivingHappy, #MyMusic, #SelfHelp, #Mindfulness


Direct download: 070_The_Song_Of_Your_Life.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

How would you describe – and find – what constitutes an enlivened day for you?

Most of us try to find happiness through activities driven by social norms, familiar patterns and even our intellect. But what happens when we seek to engage and interact with what enlivens us on a different level? A cellular level? I share my own experience with several activities that bring a sense of life to me so that you can be inspired to discover what enlivens you, too. Happiness and vitality truly does come from the inside out, so enjoy this inspiring self-help podcast. Then listen as Yasna Tonovic from Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina shares about what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

#JamieMeloney #Mostar #Bosnia #Vitality #Happiness #LivingHappy #Purpose

Direct download: 069_What_Enlivens_You.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Is it time for you to take a mental vacation?

Listen to a recent story of how “going dark” following a bout of food poisoning caused me to realize just how much of life is filled with negative news, fearful thoughts and often unnecessary stress. Get inspiration to unplug and find space for an empowering and refreshing mental break. Change our outlook, uplift your energy and improve your sense of happiness and well-being.

Then meet author and dancer Arielle Giordano who shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

#MauraSweeney. #Maura4u, #LivingHappy, #ArielleGiordano


Direct download: 068_Mental_Vacation.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Encountering a centuries-old well in Europe brought forth this latest reflective question.

You might be reminded of Capitol One’s famous slogan, “What’s In Your Wallet?” as we turn a phrase here and invite some introspection.

Listen in to what’s designed to inspire you to see beyond the material. Discover a different source of wealth that’s been hiding in your own life well.

Then meet Greg Taylor from Pennsylvania who shares what makes him happy from the inside out, too.

Self-Development, Self-Help, Mental Health Tips, How to Live Happy 

Direct download: 067_Whats_In_Your_Well.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:30am EDT

My encounter with a clever mural in the city of Mostar, Bosnia provides an impactful way for me to share how “picking our glasses” makes a big difference in our life experience.

If you’re somehow stuck in life and seeking a pleasant change of outlook, listen in.

You’ll be empowered and inspired to pick a new pair of glasses and expect to see a new and better view ahead of you.

Then listen to Marina from Hvar, Croatia as she shares what makes her happy from the inside out.


Self-Help, Mental Health Tips, Living Happy, Bosnia, Croatia  


Direct download: 066_Pick_Your_Glasses.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:30am EDT

My visit to a Renaissance era stone house in Croatia provides a great backdrop to discuss more than just this famed House of the Happy Man. It allows me to talk about how the thoughts and intents of our heart can create a broad and lasting legacy toward living happy from the inside out.

An inspiring and thoughtful way to consider creating your own happy house. Meet Detroit native Betty Norland and learn what makes her happy, too.

Self Help, Self Development, Mental Health Tips, Living Happy, Omish Croatia, Renaissance History 




Direct download: 065_House_of_Happy_Man.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:30am EDT

Are you currently experiencing a life crusher – or a life catalyst?

If you’re experiencing loss, disappointment, frustration or any other daunting challenge, how are you processing?

A look at the way these challenges can either crush us in life or provide a powerful catalyst to move us upward, onward and to a more powerful state.

An empowering way to reassess where you are and help you see your current challenge as a pathway to greater happiness in life.

Meet Ossama El Dabbagh from Egypt who will share what makes him happy, too.


Self-Development, Mental Health Tips, How to be happy, Egypt, 


Direct download: 064_Crusher_Or_Catalyst.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:30am EDT

Are you doing what you want but in the wrong place?

A look at how venues we gather in can either support and uplift us or marginalize and overlook our talents and presence.

If you’ve never heard Katie Couric’s back story about starting out her career at CNN, don’t miss this excellent example and more.

An inspiring and insightful self-help podcast demonstrating how venues can make a difference when we’re desiring to live happy from the inside out.

Meet Elizabeth MacDonald from Ft. Wayne, Indiana who shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.

Self Development, Mental Health Tips, How to live happy, Elizabeth MacDonald, 


Direct download: 063_Whats_Your_Venue.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 7:30am EDT

Are you watching the world pass by or taking it boldly by the horns and becoming a force yourself?

It is in the "doing" of life that we find strength, purpose and joy. 

Some reflections on what keeps us in a spectator mode and the benefits that occur when we step out on our own. Want to become one who "does" life rather than "watches" it? Here's some encouragement to find what is within you so that you can live according to the yearnings of your soul. Be inspired and get happier by remembering: Only You Can Do It! 

Then, meet author and speaker Teresa Morrow to learn what makes her happy from the inside out, too. 

Direct download: 062_Only_You_Can_Do_It.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Are you measuring age by calendar years and birthdays or by the patterns of thought you've acquired inside your head?

Some reflections about how all of us -- regardless of age -- can get "stuck" in our own generation and how we might un-do those thought processes to emerge more flexible, happy and free. For listeners of ever age who want to become ageless in their own right. 

Then, meet Gina Shepro from Luxembourg who will share what makes her happy from the inside out, too!  

Direct download: 061_Ageism.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Giant ships are directed and controlled by a small and often unseen rudder that is hidden below the sea. If your life were to be directed by a rudder of your choosing, what would it be? How would you use it to get to your desired destination?

An inspirational and empowering podcast that will get you thinking about heading toward your destination in life!

Then meet Vesna, a nurse from Orebic, Croatia who shares what makes her happy from the inside out, too.  

Direct download: 060_Wheres_Your_Ship_Headed.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

Maybe you don’t know it! Stress is everywhere around us.

A look at how familiar environments affect us and a discussion about how to change your atmosphere and your world.

A self-help quote from Gandhi will empower and inspire you to greater peace and happiness - from the inside out. Meet Lee Silverstein, director of career services at Sanford-Brown College, who shares what makes him happy, too.


Direct download: 059_Addicted_To_Stress.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Is there a mocker in you?

A look at the aftermath of life for Bill Clinton’s former intern and sexual dalliance.  What were the emotional effects for Monica and also for those who contributed to her mocking? Fascinating and empowering self-help content for anyone who wants to lighten their own guilt load and bolster their own happiness.

Then, meet author, engineer and self-help engineer Chris Gorog who will share what makes him happy from the inside out. 

Direct download: 058_Mocking_Monica_Lewinski.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

A Kellogg cereal campaign calling on Baby Boomers and GenX’ers to buy Frosted Mini Wheats provided the perfect segue to talk about kidults. 

Explore the possibilities of living happier from the inside out. Grow into adulthood, but rediscover and keep the kid within you.  Inspiring self-help for you to enjoy all that life offers you today! 

Meet guest Gloria Washington of Super Woman Success and find out what make her happy from the inside out, too. 

Direct download: 057_Kidult_In_You_2.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

I’m not talking about your physical shoes but, rather, your “walk in life.”

Are you living and walking in accordance with your interests and personal essence? An analogous look at our walk in life through the lens of two familiar fairy tales: Goldilocks and Cinderella. Inspiring self-empowerment designed to help you more comfortably walk out your truer identity. 

Today’s guest happiness sound bite comes from student and content manager Brandon Fisher. 

Direct download: 056_Wrong_Shoes.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

What’s the difference between being a minimalist and a purist?

If you’re looking for a way to harmonize with your passions and interests, listen to a discussion about how purism can help reflect your true essence. Thoughtful content designed to simplify your life while providing room for increase and abundance. Self-empowerment and self-help content to help you find greater happiness from the inside out.

Today’s guest happiness sound bite comes from management booking and promotion agent Bruce Wawryzniak.

Direct download: 055_Minimalist_Purist.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

We’re not talking here about responding to traditional Hallmark invitations to birthday or engagement parties.

Instead, we’re tackling the subject of answering life invitations to strife, debates, problems or any other insecurity that does not serve our best interest. Listen to some invitations I’ve declined; then consider some of your own. Self-help and self-empowerment. Peace and greater happiness await you - from the inside out.

Today’s guest happiness sound bite comes from relationship coach Jody Agard at


Direct download: 054_Accepting_Invitations.mp3
Category:Self-Help -- posted at: 9:00am EDT