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The Optimistic American - Audio Edition


Nov 22, 2023

In this episode of The Optimistic American, we learn conversations techniques with guest Peri Kinder, an acclaimed writer and podcast host with a passion for bridging divides and fostering inclusivity in our diverse nation. In this vibrant conversation, we navigate through the complex layers of human connection, empathy, and the art of active listening.

Here are the key points we will be covering in this episode:

  • Defining 'Bad Othering': We seek to understand the concept of "Bad Othering" and its detrimental effects on our society. With Peri, we aim to provide tangible ways to identify this issue and promote a more inclusive and empathetic approach.
  • Encouraging Kindness: Peri explores the idea of inculcating kindness and compassion, sharing prudent insights on how we can practice these virtues with loved ones and ourselves.
  • Facilitating Connection: We delve into the techniques of establishing meaningful connection, emphasizing the power of simple acts like eye contact and shared laughter, even amidst disagreements.
  • Improving Listening Skills: Peri elucidates on the art of holding space for others and active listening without judgment. She also provides strategies for creating a balanced dialogue that respects and values diverse opinions.
  • Overcoming Challenges: Taking inspiration from her work as a life coach and yoga instructor, Peri also shares her views on how we can deal with life's obstacles while maintaining a positive outlook.
  • Behind the Scenes of "Life and Laughter": Peri offers an inside look at her award-winning podcast, "Life and Laughter," inspiring listeners with her unique blend of humor and wisdom.

We conclude with Peri's compelling perspectives on unity and the importance of celebrating our shared human spirit. Experience her practical wisdom firsthand - a tool we all can use to forge stronger relationships and build a more inclusive, empathetic America.