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Feel happy by changing your mindset. Depression, anxiety, loneliness, and stress are all things you can overcome. Join us as we navigate and discuss people's successful journeys to happiness. Learn to deal with everyday worry, self-doubt, self-worth by changing the way you think.
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Kibby has been cooking in the kitchen for over 25 years. In his role as a biological, foster, and adoptive parent, he has seen first-hand the affects that trauma can have on a child’s relationships and their ability to receive love, regulation, and support - even from the most well-meaning of caregivers. Over the last year he has became more trauma informed to better understand  all of this. During this time, something amazing happened and he saw first hand the power of connecting in the kitchen and the benefits it can have on breaking through the barriers of trauma and maladaptive behaviors in children. Not only does cooking and connecting have that power, but it also  gives caregivers and parents a voice that speaks love, acceptance, and safety. Somethiing that children need when they have experienced trauma. Connect with Kibby: https://www.cookinwithkibby.com/cooking-is-connecting_____________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
Trigger Warning: This episode may act as a trigger as it covers a topic of sensitive nature.Ginn has been on a healing journey for five years after experiencing sexual abuse at the age of five. Throughout her life she struggled with several addictions including sex and drug addiction. She never understood why. She actually had forgotten about her traumatic event until a memory came into her head years later. After remembering this, Ginn went from being a victim to becoming a survivor. In this episode she shares her exact tools that has helped her heal. She talks about why talk therapy and journaling played a huge part in her healing process. She also gives great advice when asked what's the biggest thing she has learned about herself through all of her life experiences. Check out Ginn's blog here: https://www.themisbehavingmind.com/ _____________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
For the past year, I have been on a mental health journey to heal, deal with grief, trauma, and anxiety, practice self love, find my self worth, and find peace within myself. On this journey I have found that there are some important must haves in order to make progress towards this goal. In this episode I discuss these twelve Mental Health Must Haves you need while taking care of your self._____________________________ Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), is a hybrid therapy combining principles from Hypnotherapy, CBT (Cognitave Behavioral Therapy), Psychotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Regression Therapy.  In Lauren Jean's previous epsiode (36), she explains exactly what RTT is and how it works. In this epsiode, we actually do an RTT session on me. This is my first time ever doing any kind of therapy like this, and I get vulnerable about my childhood and past experinces in hopes to get to the root of some of my self worth and trust issues. Connect with Lauren Jean on IG: https://www.instagram.com/laurenjeansubconsciousy_stuff/Email Lauren Jean: Laurenjeanivf@gmail.comConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
On Febuary 17th of this year Tim started getting chronic headaches, dizziness, and no energy. He knew something was off. Little did he know he would be in this same painful state for the next three months with the diagnoses of Long Haulers, people living with post-COVID syndrome. Tim has been in hell, but through trusting his self, advocating for himself, and having his community rally around him, he is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Tim has an inspiring message he wants to share with the world. _________________________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
Lauren Jean's is an Inner Voice Facilitator and Rapid Transformational Therapist. Her intuition has always pulled her to helping people. She helps women untangle their inner voice from their ego to live in a body they trust, have fun with  ease and joy in without self sabotage returning. She shares what her process looks like in her sessions and the benefits of inner voice work and RTT. She also gives tips on how people can get in tune with their inner voice and how to quiet down the ego. Connect with Lauren Jean on IG: https://www.instagram.com/laurenjeansubconsciousy_stuff/Email Lauren Jean: Laurenjeanivf@gmail.com_________________________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
Actress Brianne Davis is the author of the book, Secret Life of a Hollywood Sex and Love Addict. She shares what happened in her childhood and teenage years that brought her to rock bottom in her late twenties with a full blown sex and love addiction. With the help of therapy and Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, Brianne has been sober for over a decade. She talks about what it takes to be able to have healthy relationships and to not become a victim of this disease. She has stepped into her truth and has surrendered to her addiction, and now spends her time serving others that also suffer.   Brianne wants people to know they aren't alone in their struggles and wants to help anyone that might need help. Get Brianne's book, Secret Life of a Hollywood Sex and Love Addict, here: https://secretlifenovel.com/Check out Secret Life podcast here: https://secretlifepodcast.com/Get 40 Questions for Self Diagnosis here: https://slaafws.org/download/core-files/The_40_Questions_of_SLAA.pdf_________________________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
Joe Delagrave captivates his audiences by using his heart gripping life experiences, humor, storytelling, and background as a professional counselor to be relatable, authentic, and real.  He believes that we all have the responsibility to take control of our own lives despite our circumstances.  We get a choice to play the victim card or find our victor mindset.  Joe Delagrave has over 13 years of experience on the National Wheelchair Rugby Team. He is a Paralympic bronze medalist, and as a captain for over eight years, he has proven leadership as the team has been podium contenders each year. With that athletic mentality, Joe captivates and motivates people to find that competitive fire within themselves no matter the obstacle. Life threw Joe a curveball, but he rose above to find the opportunity in his circumstances. Joe works with leaders and organizations to develop plays and action plans for success as we all strive to get that Gold.__________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/ Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
Since 2013 Luke has been on a weight loss journey. He has lost over 400 pounds, but struggles with keeping the weight off. In October of 2020, Luke set out on another mission...becoming a better person while fighting a food addiction. The weight loss is just a small portion of what he wants to change in his life.  Luke shares that he used to be manipulative, selfish, and lazy. He realized, what's the good in changing the outside, without working on the inside.  Luke talks about his new tools from therapy, Overeaters Anonymous, and Facebook Support groups for over eating, that has sent him on his road to redemption. Check out The Luke Loses Podcast here: https://lukelosespodcast.com/Facebook Support Groups for Eating Disorders/Food Addiction:https://www.facebook.com/groups/overeaterssupport/?ref=share&exp=3bcfhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/512560489195269/?ref=share&exp=3bcfhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/2702968646682531/?ref=share&exp=3bcfOvereaters Anonymous: http://oa.org/__________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
Stacey's story is one of a higher purpose and to help others heal. Three years ago her 17 year old son who was a starting football player, had good grades, wanted to join the military, started in a downward spiral with drugs and alcohol.  It ultimately led to a full blown heroin addiction after driving his car into a tree at 100 mph attempting suicide. This then led to Stacey to address years of her own pain. She believes she was given this story to help other people in similar situations. Her son's story getting this dark woke her up and encouraged her to show up as her authentic self pain and all.  She believes the greatest gift we can give ourselves is the freedom of finding the bright side. That  when we take the time to share the darkest parts of ourselves, we give permission for the light to shine through, and that can ultimately help others do the same. __________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/  Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
Finding the silver lining in life isn't always easy, but it's necessary to stay in a positive mindset.  Rick Ornelas  is an author and Positive Change Expert who teaches men and women to unlock their amazing potential to create an incredible future and change the world around them.  Rick shares his own stories of trials and tribulations of how finding the silver lining was the thing that helped keep him moving forward. Rick believes anyone can be a positive change expert and in this episode he shares how and why he believes this to be true. To find out more about Rick and his I  Spark Change community, you can go to: https://isparkchange.com/__________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
One day Jackie's father walked out her life and would't be found by anyone until eleven years later. This story is one of getting vulnerable about abandonment and mental illness. Jackie's journey to healing has been long, but now she is putting the pieces together as to why her Dad leaving had such an impact on her and her relationships with people. She shares some great insight on self reflection and what she had to do to start making sense of everything and how she started getting over her abandonment issues.  __________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
Joyful YouTube creator & character (Grandma Goodie). Connie lives on the bright side, but with scars from battles won! She has overcome poverty, all manner of dysfunction and addiction in her family, tragedy, infidelity, and public shaming by a church, but transformed her traumas into dreams-come-true. Connie is the Author/Writer of 40+ traditionally-published books & Bible projects including The Life Recovery Bible (over 2 million sold), Dancing in the Arms of God, Holding on to Heaven While Your Marriage Goes Through Hell, and The Emotional Freedom Workbook.Check out Grandma Goodie at: https://www.grandmagoodie.com/ Check out Connie's published books at: https://www.amazon.com/Connie-Neal/e/B001IQX9EE?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1617659125&sr=8-1__________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
In this episode I talk with a man named Brandon Mouw that shares his story of overcoming Type 1 Diabetes. He was just 3-years-old when he was diagnosed as a Juvenile Type 1 Diabetic.  His journey with Diabetes is a survivor’s story. Growing to become a brittle diabetic, he underwent 9 surgeries, lost a kidney, told that death was imminent, and raised over $250,000 to pay out-of-pocket for a life-saving pancreas-only transplant. Connect with Brandon at: https://brandonmouw.com/__________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
In this episode I talk with a woman named Laura who shares her story of amicable separation and divorce that she successfully negotiated through with three young children involved. This led her to have the strength and freedom to be happy within herself and to start a new life including a brand new business. Laura shares what it was like in her relationship  being married with three children and unhappy in her marriage. She talks about as parents we often feel selfish if we are unhappy, so we don't voice it. But that's where her story takes a different turn. She did speak out, and now she has found herself on the bright side of life!  __________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife__________________________________Was there something that resonated with you in Laura's story? Let us know in about Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1992892244168224Connect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
*This episode may act as a trigger for some as it covers a topic of sensitive nature.*In this episode I talk with a woman named Megan who shares her story of losing her daughter Aria at only the age of 15 months old. She was diagnosed with PTSD and lived a terrifying year. After she dug herself out of the hole she was in, she became a grief coach, who is now supporting other grieving women through their grief experience. She helps them navigate the difficult and intense emotions of loss, so that they can find life after loss. Megan shares some of her own coaching methods including: C.A.R.R.Y.ing Grief Method for living with grief instead of suffering with grief. She also discusses feeling the difficult emotions of grief, and how to care for yourself when you are grieving.  If you would like to connect with Megan to learn more about her services, you can go to: https://www.meganhillukka.com/__________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflifeConnect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
In this episode I talk with a man named Mike that shares his story of overcoming depression and anxiety. From a small child, Mike knew he felt sad. But it would be a long journey to gathering all the right tools to finally be able to start overcoming them both.  __________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife_________________________________Want to help support the show? Click here: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/Leave a review: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/reviews/Connect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/  Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
In this episode I talk with Kelly Roman, the Co-Founder and CEO, of Fisher Wallace Laboratories.  Kelly shares what the Fisher Wallace Stimulator is, what it does, and how it can help with depression, anxiety and insomnia. He also talks about how the device helps the body release dopamine, serotonin and fall into a state of deep relaxation with no drugs required. Kelly shares the fascinating results of Fisher Wallace’s bipolar study, which was conducted with both a placebo group and a crossover design. If you would like to learn more about the Fisher Wallace Stimulator please click here: https://www.fisherwallace.com/__________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife_________________________________Want to help support the show? Click here: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/Connect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
In this week's episode I talk with a woman named Alex who shares her amazing story of how she was able to pay off all of her student loans by using credit card tricks, listening to Dave Ramsey, and rehabbing a home. When Alex started college she took out student loans totaling  $30,000. By ten years later her student debt had DOUBLED from interest loans alone.  Facing $60,000 worth of student loan debt, Alex found a way to completely  pay off her student loans and then some. She shares the process of how she made it happen and wants to share her story with the world. Have a question for Alex? Join The Bright Side of Life Podcast Community Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1992892244168224__________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife_________________________________Want to help support the show? Click here: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/Connect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
In this episode I talk with Gabrielle Stone. Besides being an actress, director, dancer, and podcaster,  Gabrielle is also the author of the amazing book, Eat, Pray, #FML. The book is a story of love, heartbreak, and soul searching. She shares how and why she wrote the book, and also gives some of her best self love tips otherwise known in her book as the, Self- love cocktail. She talks about what it was like to travel solo in Europe and what she gained from doing so. She shares about how she processes things that happen to her and she even made a name for it called the "thought onion". Don't know what that is? Listen to this episode to find out! Check out the book at https://www.eatprayfml.com/__________________________________Thank you to our sponsors:BetterHelp - Visit https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife to join the over 500,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional.Special offer for The Bright Side of Life listeners... get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/brightsideoflife_________________________________Want to help support the show? Click here: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/Connect with Melissa: https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/Shop The Bright Side of Life Clothing Co.https://the-bright-side-of-lifee.myshopify.com/Join in on the conversation on our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199289224416822Support the show (https://www.thebrightsideoflifepodcast.com/support/)
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