Melissa Hemsley returns for series three of Live Life Better, the show that aims to do exactly what it says on the tin – help you live life better. From mental health to our bodies, relationships, work-life balance and the food on your plate, this podcast is full of advice and insights to make a difference where it matters most to you.
Throughout this third series Melissa will be enlisting the help of authors, artists and sensory experts to take a look at how we can all live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives by immersing ourselves in new sensory experiences. Each week a different sense will be explored, so prepare to hear, see and even taste the world a little differently this year.
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Seeking the sixth sense
43:46Whether you believe there's something 'out there' or not, there's no disputing many of us have experienced gut-feelings or tingling sensations when something's wrong. Melissa Hemsley finds out from this week's guests. Joining her in the studio this week are Dr Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and leadership coach, Amy Thomson, founder of Moody Month, and Jayne Wallis, from the Psychic Sisters to discover more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45:52What your signature scent? Smell is important to all of us, as Melissa Hemsley finds out from this week’s guests. Joining her in the studio this week are Lizzie Ostrom, an author and perfume expert, Niko, Earl of East, a multi-sensorial lifestyle brand, and Annee de Mamieel, an acupuncturist, aromatherapist and skincare expert. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42:21Are you a hugger or a handshaker? Touch is important to all of us, as Melissa Hemsley finds out from this week’s guests. Joining her in the studio are Alice Vincent, author of How to Grow Stuff, who has been gardening from her balcony in London over the last few years, and Tony Riddle, The Natural Life-Stylist, who has spent 18 years developing a way of life based on the principles of a natural lifestyle. Melissa also spoke to Adrienne LDN, a fitness and wellness influencer, about embracing touch. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52:04We all have a favourite song, or an album that we turn to when we need a boost. But how do the music we listen to and the sounds that we hear affect our everyday wellbeing? Melissa Hemsley finds out from three sound experts: Dr Kelly Snook, former NASA scientist who is now reimagining the solar system as an immersive musical instrument, Nick Ryan, multi-award winning composer, sound designer, artist and audio specialist, and Trevor Cox, author of Sonic Wonderland and Now You’re Talking, and one-time holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest whoopee cushion, share their insights on a world of sound. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43:57We’ve all had a first sip of a drink or a bite of a meal which transports us to a different location, another time or a familiar emotion. But how can we harness the power of taste to open up different experiences and improve our lives? Melissa Hemsley invites three food and drink experts into the studio to find out some answers. Vegan cook and author Rachel Ama, chartered psychologist and Great British Bake Off finalist Kimberley Wilson and ‘king of the cocktails’ Ryan Chetiyawardana - aka Mr Lyan - provide us with unique insights and unforgettable flavours for you to try out. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40:41How can the visual world make our lives better? This week we explore the power of colours, light and how immersing our eyes in new experiences can lead to a happier, healthier and more fulfilled existence.Melissa Hemsley is joined Nina Ryner, founder of ChromaYoga – a new approach to yoga combining light and colour therapy techniques, innovative photographer Vicki King and Karl Ryberg – architect, psychologist and the author of Light Your Life, a book that explores the art of using light to promote health and happiness. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Live Life Better approach to immersing your senses
24:24On this preview edition of Live Life Better series three Melissa Hemsley is joined in the studio by a true sensory guru, Sam Bompas, one half of the highly acclaimed multi-sensory design and experience studio Bompas & Parr. The pair take us on a whistle-stop tour of our senses, explaining how we can stimulate each one of them in a unique and fulfilling way in 2019. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mental & physical health
34:40Feeling lethargic? A little sluggish even? Perhaps you wish you were fitter, but those trainers only surface when popping to the shops – If so, join us, in this last episode of the season, where Melissa asks how physical fitness can be used to shape our bodies and minds alike. Psychotherapist William Pullen (Run for Your Life) demonstrates how running with purpose can be used to exercise our inner demons, whilst tennis coach and author Judy Murray (Knowing the Score) shares her thoughts on cultivating resilience through sport. Plus, we hear from Ruby Wax, a monk and a neuroscientist, who think that the mental and physical stresses of body and brain are one in the same – and that mindfulness holds the key to overall contentment. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Secrets of Sleep
45:49Late night yesterday? Feeling sleepy? Turning to the caffeine? Stop and listen up! In this episode of Live.Life.Better., Melissa is joined by the only Professor of Sleep Science in the whole world, Jason Ellis. Together with the life-style writing extraordinaire, Kate Faithfull-Williams, they explore the mysterious world of sleep. With extracts from the best selling book by Matthew Walker - Why We Sleep - the show looks at why sleep is so important to our health and how we can regulate our night-time rhythms to combat the challenges of insomnia, restless babies and late nights. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
International Women’s Day 2018
51:32Melissa Hemsley presents a special podcast for International Women’s Day, recorded live at Penguin’s pop-up book shop in East London. She is joined by Holly Branson (Chair of Virgin Unite and author of, WEconomy), Rukmini Iyer (former lawyer turned food stylist, and author of The Roasting Tin) and Alice Olins (author and co-founder of Step Up - a career coaching platform for women). Together they share thoughts on redefining success, breaking stereotypes, and fulfilling potential in the modern business world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.