Open Hearts for Healthier Marriages, “Humaning” with Kind People and Finding Your Updraft with Dr. Kelly Flanagan

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We’re very fortunate to have so many legends in the FRD Brotherhood, and today’s guest, Dr. Kelly Flanagan, is definitely one of them. Kelly is a psychologist, consultant, speaker, and author of several books that profoundly transformed my views on marriage, family, relationships, and friendship.

In our conversation, we talked about how easy it is for couples to get triggered by seemingly minor things. Even after decades of expertise in understanding the human psyche, he still deals with this in his relationship. You’ll hear how he’s become aware of when his heart is closing and how the key to managing marital conflict is to keep your heart open.

You’ll also hear what Dr. Kelly is doing with his Humaning Substack and how you can join 14,000 other subscribers. He’s using his platform to share inspiring stories of how we can improve our reaction to stress and crisis by not fighting against the current but instead being present enough to find the updraft as an easier way to reach our destination.

One last thing, if you appreciate this episode, I’m offering to send you a copy of any of Dr. Kelly’s books. Simply leave a review, take a screenshot and send it to us with your address to and I will gladly purchase the book and send it to you. (This offer is for US residents only due to international shipping costs)

A Wide-Ranging Conversation Through…

  • Own your emotional baggage before you share it with others
  • Dr. Kelly’s superpower
  • Love is always about opening up
  • What to do when you notice your heart’s closing
  • Being open-hearted is just as important as hitting the gym
  • Love is not a solo journey
  • Join Dr. Kelly’s Humaning community
  • What separates the FRD brothers from other men
  • To understand love, embrace pain and suffering
“Most of the working out of problems is actually an internal process that happens in each person. Ownership of my inner world and then showing up open-hearted with what I’ve sorted out in there. And when two people can do that magic can… Share on X “The worst in people is just the most protected in people.” - Dr. Kelly Flanagan Share on X “The hardest thing about the hardest things is that we’re closing our hearts to them. And if we don’t close our hearts to it, we can handle it.” - Dr. Kelly Flanagan Share on X “The reality is, by the time you're doing something with a closed heart or saying something with a closed heart, it's probably too late.” - Dr. Kelly Flanagan Share on X


Dr. Kelly Flanagan Bio

Dr. Kelly Flanagan is a psychologist, consultant, speaker, and author, who grew up in rural Illinois and pursued higher education in psychology at the University of Illinois and Penn State, where he earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and started a family.

As a therapist, he frequently heard clients asking if there’s more to life, a question he grappled with in 2011. Despite career success, Dr. Flanagan experienced deep depression around 2011, leading him to start a blog in 2012 and eventually publish books such as Loveable, True Companions, and The Marriage Manifesto. He realized that true fulfillment comes from embracing worthiness, building belonging, and clarifying purpose, which became central themes in his work.

In 2015, he moved back to his hometown, where he now writes books, coaches entrepreneurs on meaningful success, and delivers keynote speeches about human connection.

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