Maureen Healy — The Life of Happiness, Emotional Self-Regulation, How to Build Resilience, Parent-Child Relationship, and More (#157)

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Maureen Healy

Our parents bring us into the world, but in the end, we are responsible for what we become.

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Maureen Healy is an award-winning author, sought-after speaker and expert in children’s emotional health. She writes a popular blog for Psychology Today, which has reached millions worldwide. Maureen’s most recent book, The Emotionally Healthy Child (preface from Dalai Lama), won the Nautilus Book Award, Book Excellence and Forward Indie in 2019. With 15+ years of experience, Maureen has guided 1000’s of parents and their children, worked with educators globally, taught in the classroom, and given keynote talks throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

She’s also appeared across all media outlets such as: ABC’s “Midday Live” in San Francisco, New York Times and Forbes, PBS’s “This Emotional Life” series, and Scholastic magazine, as examples. Maureen’s educational credentials include a BA and MBA from Clark University in Worcester, MA and a PhD program in Child Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. Additionally, Maureen has studied with happiness teachers globally, which has bolstered her joy immensely. She says, “Life is never boring,” especially as she continues to learn from every experience she has and person she meets.

In 2007, Maureen lived at the Base of the Himalayas teaching kindergarten to Tibetan refugee children and studying with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his temple with many others.

Maureen’s new book: The Emotionally Healthy Child

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  • Could you tell us a story about a monk and monkeys?
  • Did you get a chance to talk to that monk how he developed that inner confidence, clarity, calm  and peace?
  • Why did you go to Tibet and what was your motivation?
  • What was the reason of their happiness in Tibet?
  • Who introduced you to the practice of Buddhism?
  • Did your parents talk about resilience, happiness, and all these practices when you were growing up?
  • Tell us the differences or anything that comes to your mind between Buddhism and Christianity?
  • Do you have any concrete Buddhism practice in your everyday life?
  • Could you describe in brief what chakras are?
  • You have a doctor degree in child clinical psychology – why did you study this? Was there anything connected to your childhood that you wanted to uncover? Why did you do that?
  • You mentioned about child development and I am a huge fan of Dr. Gabor Mate. What are your thoughts on parenting to develop a resilient and emotionally healthy child?
  • What if a child is intense and rebellious and not listening to their parents?
  • What was your relationship with your parents?
  • Is there a basic difference between emotional child and emotionally healthy child? And the reason I’m asking you because while growing up I was an emotional child, I wasn’t emotionally healthy child. I didn’t know how to process my emotions because nobody was talking about it around me. So what is the difference between emotional child and an emotionally healthy child?
  • A lot of families will have parent child relationship issues. So how should parent develop the awareness that they need help?
  • What does mindfulness for children look like? Do we have different sort of practices for children or mindfulness is the same for adults and children?
  • What are your personal mindfulness practices?
  • Every frustration and every unpleasant emotion has a trigger. What is your trigger behind your frustration when you drive car?
  • You were a wild child. Could you share one of your memorable childhood challenges?
  • You have touched upon  Happiness many a times in our conversation – you also studied with the Dalai Lama. Could you share with us what is the foundation of happiness or happy life in a human being existence?
  • You also have a studied with many other happiness teachers globally, such as Tal Ben Shahar and many others. So what common denominator do you see among those happiness teachers who are spreading happiness and love through the world?
  • Do you rely on your intuition more or intellect or how do you find the balance?
  • I would love to ask you about some of the books that he might have gifted the most besides your own books.
  • I heard that you love children jokes. Do you have any joke to share with us?
  • and much more

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