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194: Combatting LSD Using Positive Psychology with MJ Shaar, Motivational Speaker

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**Disclaimer – this episode was recorded pre-COVID.**

More than 80% of workers admit to feeling stress, 40% report being lonely, and 10% admit experiencing depression – and these are only those willing to report. LSD (Loneliness, Stress, and Depression) costs companies a collective 1 billion dollars annually. Today’s guest, MJ Shaar, one of the most sought after experts in applying positive psychology to health promotion, believes that increasing employee bonding and creating healthy work cultures through positive psychology is the answer to lowering the effects of LSD in workplaces.

MJ Shaar is a renowned speaker, wellness culture coach, and bestselling co-author of Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance. She has been creating healthy lifestyles for over 20 years and has been published in both the Huffington Post and Psychology Today.

In this episode, MJ explains LSD and shares a few statistics that illustrate the importance of managing it. She discusses how “bringing your human” to the workplace instead of wearing a professional mask can impact employee bonding and work culture.

MJ talks about a few barriers that get in the way of positive work cultures and provides a list of specific strategies for employees, managers, and wellness professionals to start using positive psychology to combat LSD. Finally, she leaves us with a tangible tip on how to get started improving the culture in our own organizations.

Interview Highlights (with timestamps):
  • [6:28] LSD (Loneliness, Stress, and Depression) statistics and why they are important
  • [11:05] Bringing your human to the workplace instead of wearing a professional mask
  • [14:17] Barriers to creating positive cultures at work
  • [16:44] Compassion for lonely coworkers
  • [19:01] Specific strategies to combat LSD 
  • [25:15] Positive psychology techniques for managers to lessen LSD within their teams
  • [34:42] Tangible tip for wellness professionals
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MJ Shaar is one of the most sought-after experts applying positive psychology to health promotion. Trained by the National Speakers Association, she is known for offering high-energy sessions with emotional twists. One of the first 50 in the world to obtain a Master in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she studied directly with Martin Seligman, the founder of the Positive Psychology field. Later, she taught alongside him.

MJ has offered trainings and keynotes for Fortune 500 companies, government institutions, wellness organizations, as well as various universities. She also currently serves as an adjunct faculty for the Federal Executive Institute. She has worked in 10 countries on 4 continents, and her trainings have been delivered in 4 languages. She co-authored Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance, and she occasionally contributes articles to the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. MJ takes great joy in her work, but her proudest accomplishment is mothering her sweet son, James.

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