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I was on the ABC National Radio talking about covid and flourishing

Originally published on ABC’s God Forbid website.

Has the new year brought a fresh approach to life amid the uncertainty of the pandemic? In achieving human flourishing, developing good habits are as important as extinguishing the bad. On God Forbid, James Carleton and our panel take a look at how we’re going with our new year’s resolutions, one habit at a time.

In this episode:

How difficult – or easy – is it to fix a bad habit? There’s no single answer to that question, but it’s clear that for many of us, replacing bad habits with good ones can feel like a near impossible task. 

One of the most damaging aspects of the COVID pandemic has been its effect on our relationships with family, friends, and workmates. How much of our habit formation is reliant on those around us?

Sometimes, forming good habits can require a change in perspective. Is your life filled with things you are grateful for? Not just on a material level, but on a mental, spiritual — and even existential one.

Duration: 53min 57sec

Broadcast: Sun 13 Feb 2022, 6:05am

More Information

Listen to Professor Katy Milkman’s conversation with Hilary Harper on RN’s Life Matters: ‘It’s not you. It’s your strategy’

Hear co-host of RN’s The Minefield Scott Stephens chat to co-host Waleed Aly: What if COVID-19 doesn’t go away?

Listen to Toni Powell speak with Kerry Stewart on Encounter: Gratitude


Dr Victor Counted is Research Fellow at Western Sydney University’s School of Psychology, and a research associate at Cambridge and Harvard Universities. He’s also the author of several books, including his latest Place and Post-Pandemic Flourishing: Disruption, Adjustment, and Healthy Behaviours.

Liana Taylor is a clinical psychologist and founder of the Australian Institute of Applied Mindfulness. Her training is from the Flinders University and the Universities of Adelaide and South Australia. For more resources, links and webinars on mental health and mindfulness, you can visit Liana’s website:

Princess R Lakshman is a nutritionist, counsellor, life coach and narrative therapist in Sydney – she works with all, but particularly serves the mental health needs of her Muslim community. Her website is:


James Carleton


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