Happiness 2.02
27: Nichol Bradford: Co-Founder of the Transformative Tech Conference and Transformative Tech Lab on Catalyzing the Health, Happiness, and Fullest Potential of Every Human

27: Nichol Bradford: Co-Founder of the Transformative Tech Conference and Transformative Tech Lab on Catalyzing the Health, Happiness, and Fullest Potential of Every Human

April 11, 2022

Having access to the skills or the opportunities to experience the skills that would give someone the foundation of health, happiness and fulfill their potential - that is really what it is about. – Nichol Bradford, Founder, CEO, and Transformative Technology Pioneer. 

Changing her life after an attack by choosing not to allow being in the wrong place at the right time, Nichol Bradford, through her incredible inner drive of curiosity and possibility, dedicated her life to working at the intersection of human-centered technology and wellbeing.  

Highlights of today’s episode:

  • Her drive of curiosity and possibility at her core
  • Working at the intersection of human-centered tech and wellbeing 
  • Her curiosity related to how things work
  • Her love of science fiction and thinking about problems against a different backdrop
  • How her deep influence by Star Trek created a deep love of technology
  • Applying technology to the inner landscape
  • Being attacked in a park and how choosing not to allow being in the wrong place at the right time changed her life
  • Her love for building Excel models, reading, meditation, boxing and martial arts
  • Studying with Dan Brown to see the vast ocean of awareness
  • Her experiences while meditating 
  • Waking up while dreaming
  • Deep personalization and awareness
  • The Transformative Technology Conference 
  • Technologies that help us understand ourselves better

Be sure to follow Nichol Bradford on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and connect with her on LinkedIn. Learn more about Transformative Tech Org, Transformative Tech Lab, Transformative Tech Conference and on Nichol Bradford

Connect with John on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

If this podcast brings you happiness, we’d be so grateful if you shared that with others. We appreciate everyone who takes 60 seconds to leave an honest rating & review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or wherever you listen.

Until the next episode; take a deep breath and breathe in your Happiness Oxygen.

26: Dr. Belisa Vranich: Renowned Clinical Psychologist On Her Audacious Goal To Help The World To Breathe Better

26: Dr. Belisa Vranich: Renowned Clinical Psychologist On Her Audacious Goal To Help The World To Breathe Better

April 4, 2022

The way you breathe is a marker for your longevity. Your lung capacity, your lung velocity and the mechanics of your breath tell you more about what kind of life you are going to live, your health and how long you are going to live. – Dr. Belisa Vranich, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker, and founder of The Breathing Class. 

After experiencing panic attacks in New York and hitting a wall, Dr. Belisa Vranich, through her psychology background and fascination with breathing, set an audacious goal of helping the world to breathe better.    

Today’s conversation focused around:

  • Her drive to show people that they can get better 
  • Coming from a family of academics 
  • Supporting people to access something they already know or have lost access to
  • Her belief in the importance of serving
  • Hitting the wall and then having to change
  • How her panic attacks in New York led to finding a better way to live
  • Her fascination with breathing
  • Working for Jacques Cousteau 
  • As a psychologist, understanding how people learn and how people breath
  • How Belisa gets to a state of flow when a client begins to understand
  • Locomotive pairing to connect breath to a movement
  • Integrating and connecting the heart, gut and lungs
  • The importance of breathing for digestion
  • Her background in psychometrics, her move to biometrics and The Breathing IQ
  • The importance of the middle of your body for a deep breath
  • Breathing in fight or flight, or rest and digest
  • ITS (interrupt the stress) and practicing rebooting for sleep 

Be sure to follow Dr. Vranich on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and connect with her on LinkedIn. Learn more about her book, and body of work on Dr. Belisa, her Wikipedia page, and on The Breathing Class.

Connect with John on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

If this podcast brings you happiness, we’d be so grateful if you shared that with others. We appreciate everyone who takes 60 seconds to leave an honest rating & review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or wherever you listen.

Until the next episode; take a deep breath and breathe in your Happiness Oxygen.

25: Professor John Mew: His Determination To Find Answers To Important Questions

25: Professor John Mew: His Determination To Find Answers To Important Questions

March 28, 2022

There is a reason for everything. – Professor John Mew, British orthodontist and the creator of Orthotropics and the practice of Mewing.

After being diagnosed as dyslexic, failing his final dentistry exam three times, and then going on to fail his specialist exam eight times, Professor John Mew, through his remarkable persistence and determination, created The Tropic Premise and the rules of Mewing and has gone to help over ten million people’s lives.   

Today’s conversation highlights: 

  • The feeling of being obliged to help people out
  • ‘There is a reason for everything’ - a simple message from his father 
  • His determination to find answers to important and complex questions
  • His philosophical discussions with his dentist father
  • Overcoming dyslexia 
  • Persistence
  • His competitiveness in sport
  • Happiness is a change in your level of contentment 
  • Reading books on ideas and theories 
  • His fascination in researching
  • Sleep apnea and difficulty breathing at night
  • Orthodontics and being an oral surgeon
  • The Tropic Premise and the rules of Mewing
  • Keeping your mouth shut
  • The theory of brain action, and the process of cell division and growth

Be sure to follow Professor John Mew Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and connect with him on LinkedIn. Learn more about his body of work on the John Mew Wikipedia page, and on his John Mew Orthotropics website.

Connect with John on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

If this podcast brings you happiness, we’d be so grateful if you shared that with others. We appreciate everyone who takes 60 seconds to leave an honest rating & review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or wherever you listen.

Until the next episode; take a deep breath and breathe in your Happiness Oxygen.

24: Dr. Gino Yu: How Do We Collectively Support Personal Journeys In Life

24: Dr. Gino Yu: How Do We Collectively Support Personal Journeys In Life

March 21, 2022

Live life reverently. – Dr. Gino Yu, Associate Professor and Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development at the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, through an investigative process lives and acts from his deepest truth. 

After facing challenges to find ways to fit in as an Asian American, Gino traveled the world for four months, a journey that became a defining and formative period. The experience, including that of different cultures and people, opened Gino up to allowing things to happen. The commonality of all people, and how each deals with themselves, led to his incredible research in consciousness, phenomenology and neurophysiology, and really understanding how people’s experiences shape their worldviews. 

Highlights of today’s episode:

  • Living and acting from your deepest truth
  • Being born in the United States as an Asian American
  • How the filter of all past experiences shapes you to create the new 
  • His journey traveling around the world for four months
  • His research in consciousness and phenomenology and neurophysiology 
  • Understanding how experiences shape people’s world views
  • The guide within yourself in relation to how things play out in space and time
  • Every moment is precious
  • Presence is being able to be aware of what is going on within you and what is going on around you  
  • Infinite resolution
  • Peak performance flow state
  • Examining the physiology and psychology in totality 
  • The core of your being there is an inner experience and standing ground to that 
  • The important question of ‘What takes you out of that innate joy of being?’
  • Skills to stay grounded and skills to self regulate 
  • Entrepreneurship as a spiritual path
  • Personal development in the era of COVID 

Be sure to follow Dr. Gino Yu on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about his projects on Antarabhav project, Mystagogical project and his biography.

Connect with John on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

If this podcast brings you happiness, we’d be so grateful if you shared that with others. We appreciate everyone who takes 60 seconds to leave an honest rating & review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or wherever you listen.

Until the next episode; take a deep breath and breathe in your Happiness Oxygen.

23: Jacqueline Way: the executive director and founder of 365give on happiness, performance and giving back

23: Jacqueline Way: the executive director and founder of 365give on happiness, performance and giving back

March 14, 2022

When you are at your peak performance and when you are at the happiest place in your life is the time where you can not only perform as an individual but you can perform your best as a company, and you can perform your best as a leader within your company. – Jacqueline Way, founder of 365give which is a charitable organization dedicated to inspiring and educating the hearts and minds of people to create lasting positive global change

After successfully running a special events company, Jacqueline founded 365give with her son Nic and brothers Tyler and Sterling with the dream to inspire people around the world – young and old – to make a better, happier world for everyone.

Today’s conversation focused around:

  • Finding your ‘why’ -  Why are you here on this planet
  • Fundraising for a major Canadian bank while owning a special events company
  • Raising a kind, compassionate, and happy child
  • The struggle to understand her value
  • Feeling your self worth
  • Getting clear on your end game, and taking time for yourself
  • Taking action to change your chemical base 
  • What it feels like to be in a deep state of meditation and infinite energy
  • Getting clear on the things that make you happy
  • Meditation prior to sleep
  • Happy ‘school-at-home’, plus helping teachers and kids to find their happy places
  • Performance in every aspect of your life
  • The journey to happy that interconnects with business and personal 
  • Everyone is looking for happiness: how to get there and how to sustain it

Be sure to follow Jacqueline Way on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and connect with her on LinkedIn. Learn more about her TEDx titled How to Be Happy Every Day: It Will Change the World and her organization 365give

Connect with John on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

If this podcast brings you happiness, we’d be so grateful if you shared that with others. We appreciate everyone who takes 60 seconds to leave an honest rating & review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or wherever you listen.

Until the next episode; take a deep breath and breathe in your Happiness Oxygen.

22: Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky: The importance of having a structure in place for well-being and productivity

22: Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky: The importance of having a structure in place for well-being and productivity

March 7, 2022

It is impossible to change personal or collective behavior without sustainability practices. – Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky, Vice Provost for Institutional Culture and Professor at the University of Miami, who has contributed to bringing the University to be the number one employer in the country's education sector as ranked by Forbes.

After losing his parents in a car accident at age eight in Argentina, and being adopted by an aunt along with two other siblings, Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky, through his personal hurt and pain went on to pursue helping other people who are going through difficult situations. As well, he has brought his learnings and teachings to creating well-being and productivity for organizations and their employees.

Today’s conversation highlights: 

  • The three core values of wellness, fairness and mattering
  • How well-being increases when you feel like you matter
  • The impact of losing his parents at an early age in a car accident
  • How growing up in oppression in Argentina led to becoming a young leader in a youth movement
  • How reading and studying about great thinkers grew inspiration and a sense of awe
  • The concept of ‘Intellection’ and enjoying the world of ideas
  • How writing about humor and nonfiction gets him into a state of flow
  • The incubation, conceptualization and execution of writing
  • Breaking down the I COPPE domains of well-being
  • Diversification of well-being routines and habits
  • The How People Matter book
  • The importance of skill development and action
  • The importance of having structure in place and involving your colleagues and employees to become a happier, healthier, and more productive organization 

Be sure to follow Dr. Prilleltensky on Facebook, and Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn. Learn more about his findings, research and great resources on Fun for Wellness, The Laughing Guide and his website Professor Isaac and contact Dr. Prilleltensky directly at isaac@miami.edu

Connect with John on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

If this podcast brings you happiness, we’d be so grateful if you shared that with others. We appreciate everyone who takes 60 seconds to leave an honest rating & review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or wherever you listen.

Until the next episode; take a deep breath and breathe in your Happiness Oxygen.

21: Victor Brick: Building A Fitness Empire and Changing the Perception of Mental Health

21: Victor Brick: Building A Fitness Empire and Changing the Perception of Mental Health

March 1, 2021

“I want everyone to know that you are not alone – Victor Brick. 

Victor Brick is the co-founder and CEO of Planet Fitness Growth Partners and the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation. Driven by his competitive spirit and alongside his wife, Victor has been able to expand his health and fitness empire all across the US. But one of his deepest desires is changing the perception of mental health and the treatments for it. Listen to today’s episode to learn how Victor and his wife are contributing immensely to solve the issues related to treating mental health conditions. 

Highlights of today’s episode 

  • His competitive spirit
  • How he started his path in the health and fitness industry   
  • Choosing your attitude!  
  • How influential it been to make his parents proud 
  • Understanding himself from the feng shui perspective 
  • Techniques to hold your breath 
  • His strategies to build his club empire 
  • What inspired his foundation’s work to support mental health 
  • Changing how the world sees and treats mental health 

Visit John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation to make a donation and find out more about their work around mental health 

Listen to Admiral William McRaven’s speech at the University of Texas commencement ceremony mentioned.  

Be sure to follow Victor on Facebook, Twitter, and connect with him on LinkedIn. Learn more about his foundation here

Connect with John on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

If this podcast brings you happiness, we’d be so grateful if you shared that with others. We appreciate everyone who takes 60 seconds to leave an honest rating & review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or wherever you listen.

Until next week; keep breathing in your Happiness Oxygen.

20: Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann: Former CEO and Senior Advisor To The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

20: Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann: Former CEO and Senior Advisor To The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

February 22, 2021

“Understanding who drives decision making in a community, understanding who people believe and then working with them in a respectful way, will be the differentiator for science.” Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann.

We are incredibly pleased to announce today’s guest: Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann! The former CEO and Senior Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and current board member of Pfizer. Throughout her 30+ year career, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has always been dedicated to improving the human condition with her knowledge and determination. Most recently she has made strides in public health, climate change and changing the conversation around science.

Today’s conversation focused around: 

  • Some of the biggest influencers in her life
  • Her journey of becoming an oncologist 
  • What circumstances get her to flow states 
  • Her vision of having eyes on the prize 
  • Having a sense of purpose and mission 
  • The importance of having a diverse and strong team that you can rely on 
  • Wanting to change the communication around science to regain credibility 
  • Educating people on public health and climate change 
  • How you can expose your children to science from an early stage 
  • And her admiration for Dr. Anthony Fauci! 

After stepping down as the CEO from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation she has been playing several different roles: 

  • Senior Advisor and board member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute.
  • Working with nonprofit organizations that are looking at the future of science in the US and the communication surrounding it
  • Teaching at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley 
  • Product development advisor for different organizations  
  • Current board member of Pfizer 

 

*Listener Note: when the episode was recorded, the vaccines for Covid had not been approved by the FDA yet.

Be sure to follow Sue on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and connect with her on LinkedIn. Learn more about her work with Pfizer here

Connect with John on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into health, happiness, breath and well-being, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

If this podcast brings you happiness, we’d be so grateful if you shared that with others. We appreciate everyone who takes 60 seconds to leave an honest rating & review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or wherever you listen.

Until next week; take in a deep breath to find your Happiness Oxygen.

19: Dr. Lou Ignarro: Nobel Prize Recipient on the Health Benefits of Nitric Oxide

19: Dr. Lou Ignarro: Nobel Prize Recipient on the Health Benefits of Nitric Oxide

February 15, 2021

“Nitric oxide leads to a healthy lifestyle and prevents cardiovascular diseases.” – Dr. Lou Ignarro, Nobel Prize recipient who discovered the wide range of nitric oxide’s benefits for the human body. 

After struggling with language barriers early on in his life due to coming from an immigrant family, Dr. Ignarro was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1998. Since then, his life goal has been to use his key discoveries to help eliminate cardiovascular diseases and make nitric oxide a household phrase

Today’s conversation highlights: 

  • His unrelenting passion for ‘understanding the why’
  • The exact moment he realized he wanted to study chemistry and biology 
  • The language challenges he experienced at an early age 
  • His passion, drive and motivation in answering questions that have not been answered before
  • How breathing opens up his creativity 
  • What nitric oxide (NO) is, and why he considers it the miracle molecule  
  • Foods that increase the production of nitric oxide in the body 
  • Which supplements are key to intake on a regular basis 
  • His experience traveling globally to advocate about the things you need to do to maintain your nitric oxide production
  • What he does as part of the scientific advisory board of Herbalife Nutrition 
  • How NO protects us against hypertension, strokes and heart attacks  
  • How his work influenced the marketing of Viagra 
  • And the new research around how inhaling nitric oxide helps the body combat the novel coronavirus 

 

Be sure to follow Dr. Ignarro on Instagram, and Facebook and learn more about his findings and research on his website here

Connect with John on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

If this podcast brings you happiness, we’d be so grateful if you shared that with others. We appreciate everyone who takes 60 seconds to leave an honest rating & review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or wherever you listen.

Until next week; keep breathing in your Happiness Oxygen.

18: Patrick McKeown: Breathing for Your Brain (Buteyko Method)

18: Patrick McKeown: Breathing for Your Brain (Buteyko Method)

February 8, 2021

“We need to train the brain to be focused, and one way to do that is by focusing on the breath.” – Patrick McKeown. 

Patrick is a breathing practitioner, author of The Oxygen Advantage and The Breathing Cure, and founder of the Buteyko Clinic. After struggling with asthma and difficulty concentrating when he was younger, Patrick changed his breathing to be strictly through the nose — and his life changed completely. Now, he has dedicated his life to teaching others how to breathe for better concentration, sleep, and stress management. 

Learn how to change your life by working on your breathing with some of today’s highlights: 

  • How Patrick matched his career to his skillset 
  • How breathing through his nose changed his life 
  • MYTH: the more air you breathe, the better for the body. 
  • How to train the brain to think, but also to STOP thinking! 
  • Reaching flow states through nose breathing, slow breathing, and practice 
  • The importance of sleep

Be sure to follow Patrick on Facebook, Instagram, and visit his YouTube channel. Learn more about his company The Oxygen Advantage here, his newest product the MYOTAPE and his most recent book The Oxygen Advantage.

Connect with John on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To delve more into breath and high performance, check out johntukums.com; or better yet, sign up for the newsletter so the best content related to breath and high performance comes straight to you.

If this podcast brings you happiness, we’d be so grateful if you shared that with others. We appreciate everyone who takes 60 seconds to leave an honest rating & review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or wherever you listen.

Until next week; keep breathing in your Happiness Oxygen.

Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App