Being Happiness Podcast 9 – Ending All Stress and Achievement Anxiety

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Today I look at all the reasons for stress, and how to solve each one, plus, achievement anxiety, how to change the way we think about what really matters, what good achievement really consists of, and how to be in peace with almost no achievement at all!

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Being Happiness Podcast 8 – Everything Turns Out OK

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In today’s podcast Ben talks about the wonder of impermanence, how it can help us weather difficult events in our lives, and keep us from getting too caught up in things, plus how to deal with difficult politicians, and the wonderful Zen tale about the farmer.

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Being Happiness Podcast 7 – What Is The Meaning of Life?

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In the 7th Being Happiness podcast, Ben looks at the meaning of life! We go on a philosophical journey with help from Albert Camus and Thich Nhat Hanh to come up a wonderful way of living…

Mentioned in the podcast…

Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

Albert Camus and Absurdism in Wikipedia

Albert Camus and the meaning of life at

Thich Nhat Hanh on The Outsider

Being Happiness Podcast 6 – Celebrating and Angry People!

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Today Ben looks at celebrating life even in difficult moments, how to deal with angry people, how we can see what people are saying yes to when they say no to us, and why Richard Branson plays tennis.

Books mentioned in today’s episode:

Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography by Richard Branson

Being Happiness Podcast 5 – What the World Needs.

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Ben looks at purpose anxiety and possible solutions, and how to feel like the king of the world!

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

Things mentioned in today’s episode…

2 episodes from the Tim Ferriss show:

A.J. Jacobs — 10 Strategies to Be Happier Through Gratitude – The guy who thanked everyone for his coffee.

How to Make a Difference and Find Your Purpose — Blake Mycoskie – Founder of Tom’s shoes.


Patrick Collison — CEO of Stripe – Not mentioned in today’s episode, but incredibly interesting on many levels. Fascinating to hang out with a very bright mind for an hour or so…

Being Happiness Podcast 4 – Too Many Cows

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In today’s episode Ben talks about how our body can let us know when we are doing the right thing or not, and tells a favourite tale from long ago that can help us enormously to see what we might better be focusing on in life.

Mentioned in today’s episode:

The One Thing by Gary Keller

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Being Happiness Podcast 3 – What Fulfills Us

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In today’s episode Ben talks about a surprising day where he learned a lot about what leads to fulfillment in life, how easy it is to abandon our needs in favour of achievement-seeking, and how to reconnect with what those needs really are.

Things mentioned in this podcast

– Ben’s blog post: Dear Mum, I can’t change the world

– Non-Violent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg: This workshop video on YouTube is pretty comprehensive. If you prefer just audio I also very much like this 2 hour, 2 part audio program from Sounds True, Speaking Peace. If you want the most complete experience, the original 5 hour Non-violent Communication audiobook is wonderful.

Non-Violent Communication has completely changed the way I communicate with and listen to my wife and kids, all to the benefit of our relationships. More on that in another episode…