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The Happiness Playbook

We help people practice happiness through the four principles of Play Theory; Be Present, Let Go & Play, Accept & Build and Look Outward.


You Can Go Around Again
I just returned from a 2 week trip to hike in the Dolomite mountains of Italy. For part of our travel we rented a car.  Even though they drive on the same side of the road as here in the USA, driving in Europe can be stressful not knowing what some of the road signs […]
21:12 7/28/23
How Can I Be Happy? Children Are Starving In China!
Right now someone is in agony. So how can we be happy? Navigating life on this big spinning orb can be tricky. Using the PLAY THEORY principles can help us sort out some tough things, like how to help others who are suffering by being present with our needs so we are in a better […]
17:32 7/14/23
The berries are ripe on the vine and the freezer is full of popsicles. I love the feel of hot pavement under my feet and the cool splash of hose water pouring over my toes. I love the long evenings and refreshing mornings. Summer brings changes, growth in the garden, advancements in school grades, and […]
17:18 6/30/23
What Are You Not Seeing?
Sometimes inspiration comes as a hopeful invitation leading to desired outcomes. And other times it comes as a warning of what not to do in order to avoid an undesirable outcome. This episode has turned into more of the latter. Looking Outward is essential if you want to feel connection, community and purpose. Not seeing other's service […]
23:30 6/16/23
Accept It- You Can't Stop it
Is there anything in your life you want to stop doing? For me in Pickleball it’s missing put away shots that I keep putting into the net instead of past my opponents. Maybe it’s stopping eating junk food or stopping being sarcastic or dismissive when you talk to your parents, spouse or siblings. In this […]
19:59 6/1/23
Play to Win
How have the PLAY THEORY principles helped the NBA superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, develop into the MVP player that he is today? Today we talk about Giannis' early life, his rise to fame and his ability to Let Go and Play in the NBA and in life. There are some inspiring life lessons form this amazing […]
22:53 5/18/23
Self Awareness is the Key
Researchers have found that 95% of those polled think they’re self aware but when tested only 10-15% actually are. And that's tricky cause it’s hard to change something that you don’t think needs fixing. Improving our self awareness is worth it though because when we do, we are more in tune with our feelings, thoughts, […]
26:02 5/11/23
May the 4th
It’s May 4th and for STAR WARS fans that means "May the fourth be with you!" Given, it’s just a multimillion, let’s call it billion dollar movie franchise that not everybody cares about. I however have been changed in profound ways by the characters and storyline of this beloved epic. So I’m gonna roll with […]
17:26 5/4/23
Below the Surface
Maybe in life we’re all like waterskiers; some are in the proverbial boat with friends watching the action, some are driving the boat and offering support and suggestions for success. And some of us are in the water. And just like being in the water- some things in life are harder for some than for […]
21:46 4/27/23
Warts and All
Have you ever tried to erase that part of yourself that you perceive as unattractive or unacceptable. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t wanna be anyone’s joy kill when it comes to improving our self image with a new outfit, a workout routine or even some plastic surgery. To each his or her own. […]
23:51 4/20/23
Blissfully Aware
In this episode we're talking about a happiness power play that can lift you out of depression and alleviate the suffocating force of grief if only long enough to catch your breath for another deep dive into the abyss of despair. Such gasps of air are life saving if you’re in the throes of a […]
23:48 4/13/23
Trauma Drama
The long lasting effects of trauma are real. We don't do ourselves any favors by trying to ignore them or take a short cut on dealing with them. We need to Be Present with the uncomfortable emotions which will allow us to eventually Let Go and move past them into a place of greater awareness, […]
24:44 4/6/23
127. Improv Yourself
In this episode you may be tempted to call me a liar because what I’m going to share may seem unbelievable to some of you. But I swear on a stack of bibles and my mother’s grave- it’s true. And by the way that’s not a typo in the title. Play of the Week: EVERY […]
23:29 3/30/23
Acknowledge Other's Experiences
If you’ve you ever thought you heard one thing but ended up being wrong you'll enjoy this episode. Communication can be tricky. Misunderstandings happen despite having more ways of communication available than ever in the history of the world. We all still see things from our own perspective which makes effective communication and understanding challenging. […]
21:55 3/23/23
Wanna Build? Accept the Box
Acceptance is necessary before we can build anything. But acceptance can be hard. There are some things we really struggle to accept, like other's opinions and perceptions. What if there was a script to help you develop more acceptance in relationships and conversations? You're in luck cause Tony Overbay, a certified Marriage Family Therapist and […]
21:31 3/16/23
Shake It Off & Let It Go
Everybody has regrets- some are harmless while others can haunt us for the rest of our lives if we let them. In this episode I'll be sharing some of my regrets and hopefully helping you better manage yours by using the PLAY THEORY principle, Let Go and Play. Play of the Week: Listen to Taylor […]
14:29 3/2/23
Practice Now
According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 in 3  of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder, and these numbers are steadily rising. Adults are no better off. How can Play Theory help turn this trend around? Being in the now dissolves anxiety and regret. In this episode we […]
22:23 2/23/23
How's Your Mental Hygiene?
How many of you brush your teeth? Do you do it more than once in awhle? More than once a week? Daily? Twice a day? What would happen if you didn’t? That depends on what you consume. Is your life saturated in empty, societal sugars devoid of nourishing nutrients that instead of fueling you fuels the […]
22:06 2/15/23
What Gets You Out of Bed?
In this episode we're sharing another Japanese secret to living a long and happy life. Ikigai is having something that makes you want to get up in the morning, work hard and makes you happy. The centurions of Okinawa all have ikigai. In Japan people never really retire, there isn’t even a word for retirement […]
21:33 2/9/23
Adapt or Die
How are dinosaurs and Imagine Dragons related to PLAY THEORY? Tune in to learn this surprising secret to gaining longevity and happiness.
24:02 2/2/23
119. PLAY THEORY For the Win with Jaydee Sheppard
This week I sit down with one of my favorite people, Jaydee Sheppard. Tune in to learn how PLAY THEORY helped this mom of 8 launch a successful career in a very competitive real estate market, rising to the top 3% in just 18 months
25:04 1/26/23
Just Breathe!
Did you know breathing in a focused way has huge health benefits?
19:50 1/19/23
You Need a Happiness Practice
It takes regular and committed practice to develop and maintain a healthy mental mindset.
19:18 1/12/23
Make You Dreams Come True
Dreams really do come true. So be careful what you wish for.
18:05 1/5/23
8 foundational Principles for a NEW START.
25:31 12/29/22
For Happier Holidays 4 Tips
4 timeless tips to make the most of your holidays.
16:58 12/22/22
Apology Expected?
When is an apology needed, and when is it not a positive thing. Not sure? Tune in for some great ideas on when and how to say you're sorry.
14:43 12/15/22
Offering Help to the Grieving
in this podcast we share some ideas on how to offer support and care for those experiencing a heartbreaking loss.
19:29 11/30/22
Holiday Happiness Power Play
Feel less stress and more connection during the holidays. If you’re listening in real time it's Thanksgiving week. That means lots of food, family and expectations. And we all know what happens when our expectations aren't met. We're disappointed, frustrated and discouraged. So how do we navigate a season with so many expectations riding on […]
18:29 11/23/22
Your Brain is Play Dough
How long has it been since you’ve indulged in some good old time playing with play dough?  Remember the wonderful squishy texture that is so pliant without being sticky? Rolling it out into snakes or just squishing it in your hands over and over was so soothing. Clay is an amazing medium. Our brain is […]
18:30 11/17/22