The Liz Moody Podcast

Anyone Can Become More Optimistic—Here’s How with Dr. Sue Varma

Psychiatrist Dr. Sue Varma discusses what practical optimism is (and how it differs from toxic positivity), why anybody can become one, and the tools you can use today to start being more optimistic.

  • How to know if you’re an optimist or a pessimist
  • The positive health effects of optimism 
  • The secret to forming good habits that no one talks about 
  • The major difference between practical optimism and toxic positivity
  • The neurological changes that occur as you practice optimism
  • A genius trick to stop worrying 
  • 2 secrets for finding purpose (and why it’s so important to optimism) 
  • Science-backed tools you can use to immediately become more optimistic 
  • And so much more!

For more from Dr. Varma you can find her on Instagram @doctorsuevarma and on her website Her book Practical Optimism: The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being is available for pre-order in advance of its February 20th release.

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Previous episodes referred to in this episode:

What We Get Wrong About Anger + How To Harness Its Full Potential with Dr. Ryan Martin

How To Drink Less Without Feeling Boring, Judged, Or Stressed with Therapist Amanda E. White

How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome And Start Living Your Best Life with Dr. Valerie Young

The Liz Moody Podcast cover art by Zack. The Liz Moody Podcast music by Alex Ruimy.

Formerly the Healthier Together Podcast.

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