Former Shows & Episodes

The Happy Hour Effect

The Happy Hour Effect – Bouncing Back From Loss with Donna Marie Thompson PhD

Loss is an inevitable and stressful part of life. Donna Marie Thompson PhD is the author of Bouncing Back From Loss: How to Learn From Your Past, Build the Present, and Transform Your Future. She overcame multiple losses and is now a leading expert in relationships and overcoming loss. Her website, www.BouncingBackNow.com, is a resource for those seeking inspiration and motivation to embrace loss and change and spin it into a positive force in their life. Donna Marie Thompson PhD is one of those women who didn’t let loss take her down. She overcame multiple tragedies in her life and is now The Bouncing Back Now Relationship Coach. She is a Certified Professional Coach, a Certified NLP Practitioner, and a Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index. Donna Marie is one of America’s premier experts on relationships and personal development. She is the host of the Bouncing Back Now show both on internet radio and on the Real Coaching TV network. Donna Marie has been the featured guest on many radio and TV shows across the country reinforcing her motto, Just Say No to the Status Quo. She is a bestselling author and her featured Book is: Bouncing Back From Loss: How to Learn From Your Past, Build the Present, and Transform Your Future. Learn more at www.BouncingBackNow.com. In this episode, I will also share my latest Song of the Week and give away prizes too, so listen now!

The Happy Hour Effect – Chocolate Today Keeps the Stress Away: Healthy Indulgences for Stress Relief

We experience stress every single day. But a long bath, a delectable chocolate truffle, yoga – these can all be little indulgences that can turn a stressful day into a happy one. In this episode, Melissa Halas-Liang, founder of SuperKidsNutrition.com, will teach us about healthy indulgences for stress relief and share the super health benefits of chocolate. Then we will talk to Ally Sinclair, a chocolatier and founder of Cocopotamus.com about the chocolates her company makes and their mission to celebrate life every day.

Melissa Halas-Liang, MA RD CDE is a nationally-recognized, award-winning nutrition educator and wellness expert. She founded SuperKids Nutrition Inc to save the world one healthy food at a timeTM through her nutrition articles, resources, learning activities and newsletters for schools, kids, parents and teachers. Her website, blog, Twitter and Facebook pages offer fun tips and tools for eating healthfully. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine, on The Food Network and many more. Melissa provides nutrition counseling in Los Angeles with a holistic approach through her company and website, LANutritionCoach.com, and teaches nutrition to the public through several universities on-line at NutritionEd.net.

Ally Sinclair is a chocolatier and founder of Cocopotamus.com. She started the company with her husband with the philosophy to live with vision, humor, and joy. Their vision is of a luxuriously delicious yet down-to-earth line of all-natural, gourmet chocolate truffles. They are also the founders of NYDC dessert café and have been featured in Vogue, Elle magazine, Rachael Ray, Reelz Channel, Health magazine and many more. Most recently they were featured at an Oscars event in Hollywood where they shared their delicious chocolate truffles with Teri Hatcher, Jane Lynch, Terrell Owens and many more celebrities. Their chocolates can be purchased at selected Whole Foods, HyVee stores and other specialty retailers or ordered directly online at Cocopotamus.com.

In this episode, I will also discuss the Stresslebrity of the Week, share my latest Song of the Week and give away prizes too, so listen now!

The Happy Hour Effect – Money for Success Not Stress

Money and finances are one of the top causes of stress and relationship problems. But with a shift in perspective, we can flip that stress into success and view money differently in the process. This episode’s guest, Jeff Gitterman, is an award winning financial advisor and the CEO of Gitterman & Associates Wealth Management, LLC. He is also the co-founder of Beyond Success, a coaching and consulting company that brings more holistic ideas to the world of business and finance. His first book, Beyond Success; Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity, was recently published by the American Management Association (AMACOM). Jeff has been featured in Money Magazine, CNN, AM New York, Affluent Magazine, The Star Ledger, London Glossy, and more. In 2004, he was honored by Fortune Small Business Magazine as “One of Our Nation’s Best Bosses.” Jeff also serves as chairman of the advisory board to the Autism Center of New Jersey Medical School, an organization that to date has raised over a million dollars for autism research and support services. Learn more about Jeff and his work at: www.BeyondSuccessConsulting.com and www.gawmllc.com. In this episode, I will also discuss the Stresslebrity of the Week, share my latest Song of the Week and give away prizes too, so listen now!

The Happy Hour Effect – Change the Channel, Change Your Life: TV for Stress-Relief

Television can be a release at the end of a long day, an outlet to balance us out or a destructive stream of imagery that sucks our productivity and changes our outlook. But we have a choice in how we view television. Dr. Nancy Mramor is an award-winning author, trainer and psychologist who specializes in health and education issues with a focus on body, mind and spirit. She will teach us to follow our gut so we make better choices for ourselves and our children in what we choose to watch on TV. And she will share her recommendations for what we SHOULD be watching to improve our stress levels and overall well-being. You can learn more about Dr. Nancy, her book, Spiritual Fitness, and her other resources at www.drnancyonline.com. In this episode, I will also discuss the Stresslebrity of the Week, share a fun, name-that-TV-tune Song of the Week and give away prizes too, so listen now!

The Happy Hour Effect – Meditation for Stress Relief: Getting Started

Meditation can be short, easy and super-powerful at helping us combat stress and its symptoms. Thousands of studies demonstrate the positive effects of meditation on our physical and mental health and in this episode we will learn how to get started. Tori Hartman is a meditation guru, psychic, intuititve and color expert who specializes in making meditation approachable, fun and simple for even those with the busiest lifestyles. She will give us insight into what meditation is, how it impacts our physical and mental states and how we can get started in just a few minutes a week. You can learn more about Tori and try out her guided meditations and other products at www.torihartman.com. In this episode, I will also discuss the Stresslebrity of the Week, the Song of the Week and give away prizes too, so listen now!

The Happy Hour Effect – Kids and Stress 101: A Child Psychotherapist Tells All

As adults, we often get so sucked into our own stress that we may forget about those around us. Whether absorbing ours or suffering their own, kids get stressed too. But there are things we can do to help them minimize stress so they can grow up into balanced adults. Dr. Russell Hyken is a psychotherapist specializing in education and children’s wellness at his St. Louis-based practice, Educational and Psychotherapy Services. He will arm us with the knowledge we need to help our children manage their stresses both big and small. He also shares articles on kids’ health on his blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. In this show, I will also talk about the Stresslebrity of the Week, share a very special Song of the Week and give away fun prizes, so listen now!

The Happy Hour Effect – Tapping Into Your Inner Power: Secrets from a Mojo Guru

We’ve all had one of those days (or years) when we just can’t get into our groove. And when we’re not filled with happiness and a spirit for life, it can cause stress and anxiety. But Theresa Rose will help us recapture the zest for life that eludes us sometimes. Theresa is a nationally-renowned speaker, healer and award-winning author of “Opening the Kimono: A Woman’s Intimate Journey Through Life’s Biggest Challenges.” She has been interviewed by Good Housekeeping, CNN, Glamour and many more and she will give us tips to immediately stimulate our mojos and find greater satisfaction in our lives every single day. She truly is the “Bringer of the Mojo.”

The Happy Hour Effect – Maximize Career Happiness = Less Stress

We spend 25% of our working years on-the-job. Shouldn’t those 90,000 hours be spent doing something we love?

Unfortunately, even if we love our jobs, work stress is an everyday issue. Constant juggling of responsibilities, difficult co-workers, long commutes and office politics all play a role in making our 9-5 lives challenging. But Julie Bauke, president of Congruity Career Consulting, can help us to find the sweet spot in our career journey whether we’re self-employed, a worker bee, unemployed or a stay-at-home parent. Julie has been featured extensively on television, radio, print and online and her book, Stop Peeing On Your Shoes: Avoiding the 7 Mistakes That Screw Up Your Job Search, has helped countless job seekers streamline their careers.

She will share her insights on career satisfaction and help us stress less in the process. I will also talk about My Favorite Things, the Stress-lebrity of the Week and give away some fun prizes so don’t miss the show!

The Happy Hour Effect – Stress Less About Your Body: Making New Year’s Resolutions That Stick

Does your weight or body image stress you out? Have you already forgotten your New Year’s resolutions to exercise and eat more healthfully? Not anymore! This week, we will learn how to make weight loss and diet changes that will last, not just for the New Year, but for our entire lives. Our guest, Jina Schaefer, is an author, personal trainer, health program manager, yoga instructor, massage therapist and owner of Discover Health LLC. Wow that’s a long list of health expertise! She will give us a sneak peak into her new book, Fountain of Youth and help us stress less about reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. I will also talk about My Favorite Things, the Stress-lebrity of the Week and give away some fun prizes so don’t miss the show!