Dr. Michael E. Bernard: The Strength of Self-Acceptance | Sero Boost #1

In this episode of Sero Boost: The Happiness Science Insights Podcast, host Lu Ngo is joined by Michael E. Bernard, Ph.D. who brings us expert knowledge about the strength of self-acceptance.

Do you always have a habit of taking setbacks personally? Do you find it a struggle to accept fault and have a habit of projecting it onto other people? Or do you know someone who suffers from anxiety for feeling unfulfillment? If you answered ‘yes’, this episode is for you.

Meet Dr. Michael E. Bernard

Dr. Michael E. Bernard is the founder of You Can Do It! Education, Australia’s first social-emotional well-being program for promoting student well-being and achievement, that is being used in over 6,000 schools in Australia, New Zealand, England, and North America. His book Rationality and the Pursuit of Happiness and his most recent book, The High-Performance Mindset at Work, School and Home, reveal how anyone can use the principles of rational living identified by Albert Ellis and social-emotional learning to achieve lifelong happiness. 

About the episode

The episode started with defining some practices to cultivate self-acceptance, the benefits of those practices, and some challenges of practicing an attitude of self-acceptance. The discussion on positive psychology and positive toxicity will shine a light on how some amount of negative thinking can actually be beneficial. Dr. Bernard also discussed the program that kids go through and how the self-acceptance practice can be applied in the family, at work, and in society.

In conclusion

If you are just getting started on your journey to self-acceptance, practice unconditional self-acceptance. Understand which parts of your life you struggle with and be mindful about how you take things personally in those parts. 

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