175: The Science of the Good Life

Emiliya Zhivotovskaya

Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, founder of The Flourishing Center (which offers a certificate in applied positive psychology), discusses the science behind positive psychology. Emiliya and I discuss the following topics:

  • How research can be “me”-search
  • How to add mindfulness to a meal
  • Overcoming bulimia and loving her body
  • The science of well-being
  • How physical pain is different from social pain and what happens to the body
  • How learned helplessness has turned into learned hopefulness
  • Activity hacks, such as desk bikes, standing desks, vibration plates, pull-up bars, meditation cushions, and massage balls can help “energize the brain”

Serena Marie, RD, shares how bulletproof coffee consists of coffee, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil (or coconut oil), and grass-fed butter blended together. Benefits include the following:

  1. Coffee beans provide powerful antioxidants, and caffeine suppresses appetite.
  2. Coconut oil/MCT helps upregulate fat burning instead of sugar burning.
  3. Grass-fed butter contains vitamins A, D, K, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Serena prefers eating a diet that is more balanced, and since bulletproof coffee is a high-calorie option that does not provide vitamins/minerals from vegetables and is protein poor, she does not think it’s a healthy, daily choice.

Links and resources discussed on this episode include the following:

Waitplate System
R2 Strengths Finder
VIA Strengths Finder
Gallup Strengths Finder
The Gottman Love Lab
Yoga Tune Up Balls

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2017 is the year of the Flourishing Experiment! If you’d like to join a group to help you with your habits and resolutions, or create a Flourishing Experiment yourself, reach out to Kari at Kari@TheRunningLifestyle.com for more information.

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Serena Marie, RD:
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