#032 Bonus Episode: Well-Placed Travels with Jessica Parker

In this Happier After Hours Bonus Episode you’ll learn about travel through the lens of the destination with travel public relations consultant Jessica Parker. How does a place become a “brand” and how to get to the essence of a destination? This is a follow up episode to #031 with travel writer David Farley about travel and transformation and the lessons of philosopher George Santayana. #thehappierhour

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#031 The Road Less Travelled With Santayana and David Farley

This episode kicks of The Happier Hour Season 2 as well as our conversations on DISCOVERY. You’ll learn how travel writer David Farley and the philosopher George Santayana can help us find more meaning in our lives by looking at how and why we travel. You’ll also hear unconventional advice about travel writing and the ways in which travel has the ability to transform us. #thehappierhour

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#030 Lessons Learned: On Podcasting & Philosophy

In this series finale of The Happier Hour: Season 1, creator and host Monica McCarthy shares some of the lessons she’s learned so far about podcasting and about philosophy. If you’ve ever thought about creating a show, or wondered how philosophy can help in today’s world, you’ll want to listen to this episode. #thehappierhour

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#028 Facing Our Fears With Montaigne and Adam Valen Levinson

In this episode in our series on CREATIVITY with the writer Adam Valen Levinson you’ll learn how overcoming our fears can lead to a more creative life. You’ll also learn what Levinson and the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne have in common and why humor can help us creatively connect with humanity. #thehappierhour

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#027 Reflections In Wonderland with Gwenda-lin Grewal

In this episode you’ll learn about creativity as a way of revealing and reflecting our true selves. The guest, Dr. Gwenda-lin Grewal, is a professor of philosophy, a writer, and a fashion designer who specializes in ancient Greek philosophy. By the end of this episode you’ll discover what philosophy, fashion, and “Alice and Wonderland” can teach us about creativity in our everyday lives. #thehappierhour

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#026 The Third Way With Émilie Du Châtelet and Amber Baldet

What does it mean to be creative? In this episode you’ll hear what Blockchain expert Amber Baldet can teach us about authenticity, corporations, and challenging assumptions. You’ll also learn what Amber has in common with the 18th century French philosopher Émilie du Châtelet and why most of us are thinking about creativity wrong. #thehappierhour

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#023 Making Money Work With Voltaire And Jill Schlesinger

In this episode with financial expert Jill Schlesinger you’ll learn how most of us are making mistakes when it comes to our finances, and what you can do to empower your financial prowess. You’ll also learn why you shouldn’t leave your fortune to fate and instead, in the words of the philosopher Voltaire, “cultivate your garden.” #thehappierhour

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#022 Act II: Existential Angst and Career Change

What happens when your dream career is no longer the dream? How much of what we do is who we are? In this bonus episode, Monica shares the secrets for successful career change that she learned from interviewing actors who left acting behind, and successfully pivoted into completely different careers. Whatever change you might be considering, this episode is for the existential crisis in all of us. #thehappierhour

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#020 Do The (Side) Hustle With Epicurus and Chris Guillebeau

This episode of The Happier Hour kicks off a two-week series on MONEY. Hear what Epicurus (the non-conformist philosopher) has in common with Chris Guillebeau (the non-conformist author, entrepreneur, and world traveller) and how both fellas can help you rethink the way you value, earn, and spend your hundred dollar bills, y’all. #thehappierhour

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#019 The Write Life With Jenny Blake

In this bonus episode we'll hear how author, podcast host, and coach, Jenny Blake deals with writer’s block, organizes her writing projects, and overcomes her inner critic. You'll also learn how her outlook correlates with principles in Buddhism. Whether you're writing a bool or writing emails, this episode is full of actionable advice for allowing more ease and fun into your writing practice (and life)!  #thehappierhour

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#018 Rebellion Q&A: I’ll Have What She’s Having

In this audience Q&A episode of The Happier Hour, you’ll hear from all four guests on the latest topic of REBELLION as they answer questions ranging from racism to menstruation to incarceration. This wraps up two weeks of rebel-rousing conversations with the reminder that wherever there is oppression, there is an opportunity to rebel. #thehappierhour

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#016 Labor of Truth: Ain't I A Woman

In this Labor Day weekend bonus episode, you'll learn how the courage of former slave Sojourner Truth helped shape the rights of African Americans and the rights of all women. You'll also hear about ten current organizations led by women who are changing the lives of women and society in contemporary America, inspiring each of us to do something for the greater good. #thehappierhour

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#015 Sinners and Saint Teresa of Ávila with Dr. Christia Mercer

What can a Catholic Saint teach us about contemplation and grace? What is the correlation between illiteracy and crime? Will women ever get the credit they deserve? All this and more in today's episode with Dr. Christia Mercer of Columbia University and the work of St Teresa of Avila. #thehappierhour

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#014 Radical Resistance With Hannah Arendt and Genesis Be

This episode kicks off two weeks on the topic of REBELLION. What does it mean to participate in civic engagement? Why are public discussions of opposing views so important? Hear what the rapper/activist Genesis Be has to say about conceptual resistance and why Hannah Arendt's political philosophy is still relevant today. #thehappierhour

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#013 Embracing The Amateur

In this bonus episode you'll hear why Monica believes we should embrace our inner amateur. You'll also hear about examples of amateurs throughout history; from the fields of sports to science to art, who greatly changed their field of study or work. Speaking of work, by the end of this episode you'll understand why Monica hates the popular notion that doing things we love isn't hard work. #TheHappierHour

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