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Danielle LaPorte is soul-personified. I’ve known her for nearly a decade, and in that time, while so much has changed, one thing has remained consistent. Her fierce devotion to truth, to love, to kindness and the creation of beauty. Over that same time, she’s left a trail of both massive successes and a few equally-notable […]
Heard any of these? You have to take care of yourself, before you can take care of others. In an emergency, put your oxygen mask on first, or else you won’t be in position to help those who rely on you to be okay. The purest form of service to others is when it comes […]
To be amazing at any one thing, do you have to abandon everything and everyone else along the way? Or, is there a better way? That’s the question that has obsessed with week’s guest, Dan Lerner, for his entire adult life. The son of world-class classical musicians and an accomplished cellist himself at an early […]
How do you continue to grow, to honor the call of your “true self,” when you’re far enough into life that you’ve got responsibilities and people looking to you for some semblance of stability? When you don’t want to rock that boat? Put another way… How do you do what you love when you don’t […]
Dani Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels and four memoirs, including her latest, Hourglass: Time, Memory, Money. A recent guest on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday, she’s taught writing at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University. Dani is also the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy […]
In the last month, two annual reports have come out that offer guidance on who the happiest and healthiest countries in the world are. They rank each in order. And, the results tend to be fairly consistent year-over-year. The nordic countries generally report being the happiest. The United States is somewhere in the middle. Similar […]
Today’s guest, Vanessa Van Edwards , is a behavioral investigator and founder of human behavior research lab, the Science of People. She’s also known as a human lie-detector, master of influence and someone who has spent her adult life decoding human interaction, influence, social and power dynamics, charisma, likability and more. As a geeky, modern-day Dale Carnegie, Vanessa […]
Comes a time you’ve gotta get out of your head and just act. Maybe you want to change careers, start a company, learn to paint, start a relationship, write a book or mount any other potentially transformational endeavor. Think about it, ponder for a bit, suss out the basics, but then stop talking about it, […]
Suicide or psychedelics? Those were the options this week’s guest, Ayelet Waldman, found herself facing. A married mother of four and novelist living in Berkeley, Waldman struggled with bipolar, anxiety and depression her entire life. According to her, mental illness ran wide and deep in her family. Over the years, she’d found a pharmaceutical regime that made […]
Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’re living in uncertain times. And, that can have a pretty life-stifling effect on us. It can impact everything from state-of-mind to our physical health and even our creative and mental abilities. Question is, if you can’t change the immediate circumstance at work or in life, is there something […]
Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research. She is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success and is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. Michelle is also […]
There’s this mythology. Go all in. Don’t dabble. Don’t play. Don’t make it a hobby, make it your “one thing.” From the very beginning. Even if you have no idea if you’ll like it, how it’ll make you feel and whether it can ever really be what you’ve told yourself and the world you’re going […]
Born in Ghana, West Africa,Kute Blackson was the child of a Japanese mother and a Ghanaian father who was a legendary faith leader with some 300 churches across Ghana and a massive following in the U.K. By his early teens, Kute was being groomed to rise up in his father’s church, but that would all change when […]
We are taught, from a young age, to exist in the middle. Everything in moderation. Don’t be a tall poppy, nor a shrinking violet. Good enough is good enough. The middle way, middle-class, mid-tier. That’s where we want to be. Not so big that we get cut down, and not so small that we can’t […]
You know that little button on Facebook you click to “like” something? Well, as one of the early employees at Facebook, today’s guest, Leah Pearlman, came up with that idea. Actually, its original incarnation was the “awesome button,” but what’s more interesting is why she created it. And, what was going on in her life […]
There’s this odd thing that happens the moment after we ask for help. While we’re asking, we stand in a place of surrender. We hit a point, often deeply uncomfortable, where we’re riddled with uncertainty and we step into a place of vulnerability and say, “please, I don’t know where to go from here. Can […]
A pioneer in functional and integrative medicine, Dr. Frank Lipman is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City and the author of many New York Times-bestselling books, including 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat, The New Health Rules. and Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living […]
What happens when you take a social risk? Simple truth, we’re all wired for a certain level of human interaction. Some of us cannot get enough of other people. We’ll walk up to anyone, introduce ourselves, enter conversations and engage with just about anyone, even total strangers. It’s a bit like each new human is […]
When Tiffany Dufu left for summer camp as a teen, both parents dropped her off. Only one picked her up. She’d soon discover her parents had split while she’d been gone. Not long after, her mom’s boyfriend moved in and began to behave in ways Dufu, a self-described preacher’s daughter, had never been exposed to. […]
There’s this beautiful verse in Khalil Gibran’s book, The Prophet that speaks to the interplay between reason and passion. It reminds us that these two qualities, so often treated as opposing forces and even warring world-views, are actually essential and hopelessly co-mingled elements of a live well-lived. They each make the other possible. Gibran writes: For […]
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