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Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

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Jameela Jamil an actor, writer, podcaster, and activist. Leaving behind a high-profile life as a host and DJ on two of the UK's most iconic TV and radio shows, a health scare led her to make a radical change that delivered her into a new life in Los Angeles with the intention of shifting into writing. But, fate had a different plan. Never having acted before, she auditioned for and landed a starring role as Tahani on NBC's The Good Place, opposite Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. Seeking to leverage her growing influence to become a voice for change and equality, she launched activism platform, I Weigh. This rapidly became a global movement to mobilize activism, around issues of mental health, climate change, equality for marginalized groups, and what she calls "radical inclusivity." In April, Jamil launched the ‘I WEIGH podcast, where she hosts thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers, and friends, exploring how they are working through their past shames to find where their value truly lies.You can find Jameela Jamil at: Instagram :'s Podcast : out our offerings & partners: Nutrafol: Go to and use promo code GOODLIFE to get 20% off. Plus FREE shipping on every order.
Dani Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author and gifted examiner of life, especially her own. Her latest book, Inheritance, ( drops you into a surprise revelation about who her dad was or, more accurately, wasn’t and the familial earthquake this discovery led to. When the book published, Dani learned something else. She wasn't the only one with big family secrets. That realization became the inciting incident Dani's podcast called Family Secrets ( And, she’s now launched a second daily podcast, The Way We Live Now (, that introduces you to the individual stories of people moving through this current global moment together. And, through all of it, Dani would also find herself hurdled into her husband’s - the love of her life’s - cancer diagnosis and treatment, moving through the surreal experience of celebrating, speaking and traveling, then returning to be with her husband. We explore all in today's conversation.You can find Dani Shapiro at:Website : :
Stephanie Danler is a novelist, memoirist, and screenwriter. She is the author of the international bestseller, Sweetbitter, and the creator and executive producer of the Sweetbitter TV series on Starz. The book and series were based on her own experience being swept up by the intoxication of the New York City restaurant scene in her twenties. Danler's work has appeared in the Sewanee Review, Vogue, The New York Times, and The Paris Review. Her new memoir, Stray, ( is a powerful reflection on the relationships, addictions, moments of awakening, revelation, and connection that defined her earlier life and shaped the person, the partner, the mother, and the writer she would become.You can find Stephanie Danler at: Website : : out our offerings & partners: LinkedIn Learning: Check out the free LinkedIn Learning courses and share them with your teams. Visit to explore dozens of free courses. 
Simultaneously parenting her daughter while caring for a mom who was vanishing into dementia, Maya Shanbhag Lang, found herself reexamining nearly every part of her life, and reimagining how she wanted to tell her own story to her daughter. May's writing has been featured in The Washington Post, In Style, The Millions, and The Rumpus, among others. Her book, The Sixteenth of June was long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, was an Audie Award Finalist for Best Audio Book. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A passionate teacher, she loves working with aspiring writers. Her new memoir is What We Carry.  ( can find Maya Shanbhag Lang at: Website : : out our offerings & partners: Grove: Go to to get a free five piece Cleaning Set from Mrs. Meyer and Grove - a $30 value
John Caglione, Jr. is an Academy Award and Emmy Award-Winning Makeup Artist. Obsessed with monster movies as a kid, he began studying makeup and special effects. A not-so-chance meeting with makeup legend, Dick Smith, turned him from a fan into a devotee of the craft. Graduating high-school, Smith then recommended John to the NBC Makeup Program where he ended up working with the original cast of "Saturday Night Live" for six years, before going out on his own. Having now built a decades-long career in film and TV, John's work includes "Quest For Fire", "Zelig", "Cotton Club", "Heat", "Dick Tracy" (for which he won the Oscar and British Academy Award). John also designed and applied Heath Ledger's 'Joker' character makeup in "The Dark Knight," and he's been Personal Makeup Artist to Al Pacino for 30 years. John's most current work with Al Pacino was "The Irishman" and "Hunters".You can find John Caglione, Jr. at: Website: Instagram: out our offerings & partners: Seed: Start your path to a healthy gut: Visit or use code GOODLIFE for 15% off your first month of the Daily Synbiotic.Lamps Plus is offering up to 50% off hundreds of lights, furniture, and décor from now until May 25th. Go to
Jacqueline Novogratz co-founded Rwanda’s first microfinance institution, Duterimbere, before launching the groundbreaking impact-investment and activist platform, Acumen. Nineteen years in, Acumen has helped build more than 128 social enterprises across Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States, bringing affordable education, health care, clean water, and energy to more than 300 million people. Novogratz sits on the Advisory Councils of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the Oxford Said Global Leadership Council, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, and UNICEF. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world. Jacqueline's new book, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution ( offers a revolutionary lens on leadership, activism, social responsibility, investing, and calls us to play a more active role in reshaping the future of the world we live in.You can find Jacqueline Novogratz at: Website: | Instagram: out our offerings & partners: LinkedIn Learning: Check out the free LinkedIn Learning courses and share them with your teams. Visit to explore dozens of free courses. 
Acclaimed comic, Adam Cayton-Holland, has appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Central Presents, @midnight, and was named one of Esquire’s “25 Comics to Watch,” as well as one of “10 Comics to Watch” by Variety. Along with his cohorts in The Grawlix, he created, wrote and starred in “Those Who Can’t,” which aired for three seasons on truTV. His albums, “I Don’t Know If I Happy,” “Backyards,” and “Adam Cayton-Holland Performs His Signature Bits,” (voted one of Vulture’s Top Ten Albums of 2018) are all available on iTunes, and his writing has appeared in Village Voice, Spin, The A.V. Club, The New York Times, Esquire and The Atlantic. His first book, Tragedy Plus Time, ( shares the moving story of his ascension into the world of comedy as his sister descended into mental illness and how he moved through that devastating moment of life.You can find Adam Cayton-Holland at: Website: |Instagram: Check out our offerings & partners: ShipStation: Try ShipStation FREE for 60 days when you use the offer code GOODLIFE. Get started at today! Click on the microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in GOODLIFE.
Macy Gray's unmistakable rasp, soul, and powerful spirit established as a 21st-century music icon with her triple-platinum album On How Life Is in 1999, featuring the generation-defining song "I Try." She's sold over 25 million albums, winning a GRAMMY, two BRITs, and collaborating with everyone from Ariana Grande to Galactic, and sold out venues in nearly every corner of the globe. Macy’s talents resound beyond music as well. She starred in Tyler Perry’s Black Reel Award-winning For Colored Girls and graced the screen everywhere from Brotherly Love and Cardboard Boxer to NETFLIX’s hit Fuller House, and made a legendary appearance in Training Day alongside Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. Now, her tenth full-length album, RUBY (, reaffirms and reasserts that signature rarity millions continue to treasure. Channeling the spirit of the R&B and jazz closest to her heart, Gray made a leap forward by looking back to formative inspirations. In the end, RUBY represents Macy Gray at her most passionate, poetic, and powerful.You can find Macy Gray at: Website: | Instagram: out our offerings & partners: Lamps Plus is offering up to 50% off hundreds of lights, furniture, and décor from now until May 25th. Go to
Brad Montague is the co-creator of Kid President, the internet sensation featured on Soulpancake Youtube channel. As a writer and director his work has garnered more than 900 million views, been translated into countless languages, and captured the attention of people like Tom Hanks, Beyonce’, and even the Obamas. As an illustrator, his encouraging work is seen and shared daily online. It can also be found on newsstands in Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Journal. Brad is the force behind ‘Socktober’ the worldwide annual drive connecting people with their local homeless shelters and ‘Wondersparks’ - free classroom resources designed to cultivate empathy and imagination. He and his wife Kristi live in Tennessee. They have two small children and operate Montague Workshop, a creative studio working to reimagine the future. His newest book, Becoming Better Grownups, ( inspires us to spend more time discovering what matters.You can find Brad Montague at: Website:|Instagram: out our offerings & partners: Literati is the leading kids' book club in America! Go to for 25% off your first two orders.Ten Percent Happier: To get all of the meditations and courses in the app at 40% off, go to
Jennifer Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first bestseller, The Woman’s Comfort Book. Since then, she’s written seven additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Woman’ s Retreat Book and The Life Organizer, with close to a million copies of her books in print in nine languages. Jennifer has lead retreats and workshops internationally since 1992, written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine, and been profiled or quoted in dozens of major magazines; two of Brené Brown’s books, Daring Greatly and Dare to Lead; and appeared on hundreds of TV, radio shows and podcasts—even on Oprah. Her new book ,Why Bother (, challenges you to choose what you devote yourself to in a more intentional way.You can find Jennifer Louden at: Website:| Facebook: out our offerings & partners: OMGyes!: The Science of Women's Pleasure. Go to for a special discount.
Stephen Haff is the founder of Still Waters in a Storm, a one-room school serving mostly Spanish-speaking immigrant children in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Previously, he taught English at a public school in Bushwick for nearly a decade, before leaving to recover from the effects of extreme psychological stress that led him to re-evaluate how he would return to serve kids as an educator and activist. In his new book, Kid Quixotes ( Stephen shares a powerful story about the kids and an incredible 5-year project to translate and perform a modern version of Don Quixote. He earned his MFA in Theater Studies at Yale, and has made a living directing plays and writing essays for the Village Voice and other publications.You can find Stephen Haff at: Website: out our offerings & partners: OMGyes!: The Science of Women's Pleasure. Go to for a special discount.Better Help: Join the over 800,000 people talking charge of their mental health with the help of an experienced professional. Get 10% off your first month at
Pete Holmes is a comedian, writer, cartoonist, spiritual seeker, and the host of the You Made It Weird ( podcast. He was the creator-star of the hit HBO show Crashing. From standup comedy to screens, large and small, Pete is constantly examining and commenting on life. You can see this in his performances on stage on screens of all sizes, as well as his latest memoir. Part autobiography, part philosophical inquiry, and part spiritual quest, Pete's book, Comedy Sex God ( is a sweeping, raw, funny and illuminating exploration of the deeper meanings of life, love, and comedy.We dive into the deep end of the pool today, with a no-holds-barred exploration of family, faith, atheism, mysticism, comedy, parenting, love and how they all tie together and inform each other. This conversation was taped during our LA Sessions in Pete's studio, aka, the garage behind his house.You can find Pete Holmes at: Website: | YouTube: out our offerings & partners: Literati is the leading kids' book club in America! Go to for 25% off your first two orders.Ten Percent Happier: To get all of the meditations and courses in the app at 40% off, go to
Dr. Sayantani Dasgupta has a foot in three worlds: medicine, teaching and writing. Growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants, she fell in love with writing at an early age. But she decided to focus on medicine as her early career, eventually becoming a pediatrician and then a professor, teaching med-students and others about the power of listening and peoples’ stories as a faculty member in Columbia University’s Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine (, and co-chair of Columbia’s University Seminar on Narrative, Health and Social Justice ( the while, she was writing. She started with a memoir, then collaborated with her mother on a collection of Bengali folk tales, before creating her own fantasy series designed to not only capture the imagination of young adults but also feature a heroin with brown skin that her kids could relate to. Now with 3 books out, including The Serpent’s Secret, Game of Start and the Chaos Curse, and a NYT bestseller in the mix, she splits her time between the world of medicine, teaching and writing, all the time focused on reconnecting people with stories that allow them to see themselves as they are in the world.You can find Sayantani DasGupta at: Website| Twitter out our offerings & partners: Seed: Start your path to a healthy gut: Visit or use code GOODLIFE for 15% off your first month of the Daily Synbiotic.OMGyes!: The Science of Women's Pleasure. Go to for a special discount.Skylight Frame: Get $10 off your purchase of a Skylight Frame when you go and enter code GLP.
Danny Koentopp wakes up every morning, gets dressed, has a bite to eat, kisses his wife and kids, and heads off to a garage in LA, often not coming out until long after the sun has set. For Danny, this garage is a creative temple. An innovative workshop, where he spends his days handcrafting some of the most breathtakingly-beautiful and sought after archtop acoustic jazz guitars and hollow-body electric guitars on the planet. He literally loses time there. But, his story runs deeper than a devotion to craft and music, family and mastery. When Danny steps into his workshop, he's not alone. He built his first guitar side-by-side with his dad in a home workshop. Danny's father passed-on shortly after, but he inhabits this little oasis, guiding and inspiring Danny along the way. In that magical space, they reconnect and make magic together.You can find Dan Koentopp at: Website| Instagram out our offerings & partners: Mint Mobile: To get your new wireless plan for just $15/month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to For20% off your first purchase, visit and use promo code GOODLIFE during checkout
For Samin Nosrat, cooking is love. A way to gather, delight and savor time with those you love. Maybe, at this time that finds more of us home and cooking, it can become the same for you.Samin's New York Times bestselling book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, received the James Beard award and her Netflix series of the same name is a stunning exploration of food, culture, travel, and life. Called “the next Julia Child” by NPR’s All Things Considered, Samin has been cooking professionally since 2000, when she first stumbled into the kitchen at the legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California.In this Best of episode, we explore Samin's journey, growing up the child of first-generation immigrant parents in southern California and feeling like the outsider. We dive into her lifelong love of writing and books, her experience with anxiety and depression and work to be present and joyful in her life. And, we track her "strange left turn" into the world of food and, now, with the massive success of her book and Netflix series, how she's navigating the pace, exposure and opportunities coming her way.You can find Samin Nosrat at: Website | InstagramCheck out our offerings & partners: AquaTru: Receive $100 off an AquaTru plus free shipping when you go to & enter code GOODLIFE at checkout.The Jordan Harbinger Show is where self-motivated people, just like you, dig deep into the untapped wisdom of the world’s top performers -- from legendary creators to intelligence operatives, iconoclastic writers to visionary change-makers. Subscribe today!
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What if you could reverse the aging process? Sounds like science fiction, but the new science of aging is turning it into science fact. Today, we learn the truth about aging and how to potentially slow, stop and even reverse it from one of the world's leading voices in the science of aging, David A. Sinclair, Ph.D. He is a Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging Research at Harvard Medical School, Professor and Head of the Aging Labs at UNSW, Sydney, and an honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. Best known for his work on genes and small molecules that delay aging, including the Sirtuin genes, resveratrol and NAD precursors, he has published over 170 scientific papers, is a co-inventor on over 50 patents, and has co-founded 14 biotechnology companies in the areas of aging, vaccines, diabetes, fertility, cancer, and biodefense. And he's the author of Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don't Have To.You can find David A. Sinclair, Ph.D. at: Website | InstagramCheck out our offerings & partners: OMGyes!: The Science of Women's Pleasure. Go to for a special discount.Mint Mobile: To get your new wireless plan for just $15/month, and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to
Daina Trout thought she was starting a hair-growth company with her husband and best friend, before pivoting to become Health-Ade Kombucha, a national brand that is sold at 30,000 grocery stores and health food markets nationwide. In 2017, Food & Wine named Trout one of the most innovative women in food & drink and in early 2018 Create & Cultivate featured her in its C&C 100 list, celebrating 100 women who are masters of their field. In 2019, Daina was included on Inc’s Female Founder 100 list and was also named BevNet’s Person Of The Year.You can find Daina Trout at: Website | InstagramCheck out our offerings & partners: AquaTru: Receive $100 off an AquaTru plus free shipping when you go to & enter code GOODLIFE at checkout.iD Tech: Save $125 on Virtual Tech Camps this spring…and your child can start learning online from a live instructor, right now by going to And if you sign up for one of their Online Private Lessons, you can bring a sibling or a friend, for free.
Kate Murphy is a Houston, TX-based reporter whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, Agence France-Presse, and Texas Monthly. Her book, You're Not Listening is equal parts cultural observation, scientific exploration, and a rousing call to action that's full of practical advice. Murphy explains why we’re not listening, what it’s doing to us, and how we can reverse the trend. She makes accessible the psychology, neuroscience, and sociology of listening while also introducing us to some of the best listeners out there (including a CIA agent, focus group moderator, bartender, radio producer, and top furniture salesman). It’s time to stop talking and start listening.You can find Kate Murphy at: The New York TimesCheck out our offerings & partners: LinkedIn Learning: Visit and sign up for a demo today.The Good Life Journal will get you going with a simple and fun, science-based 7-minute morning practice that'll set your day up completely differently. And, a 5-minute evening practice that'll help you wind down, let go of the day, and relax into peace, ease and gratitude.
Anxiety is at an all-time high right now, and there are valid reasons for concern. At the same time, most of us have more control over how we experience this moment, psychologically and emotionally, than we realize. There are many practical, accessible ways to reduce anxiety and move away from panic.This is why we asked longtime collaborator and wellbeing advisor, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, to help us better understand anxiety, and walk us through 20 highly-specific tools and techniques to reduce anxiety and bring yourself back to a place of relative ease and calm, no matter how groundless or anxiety-provoking the world around you may feel in this moment.Emiliya is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center, a New York City-based, B-Corp dedicated to increasing the flourishing of individuals, organizations, and communities. She is the creator of the Certification in Applied Positive Psychology, the Bounce Back Better® training on resilience, Positive Psychology Coaching Certification, the Flourishing Skills Group, and is the co-founder of the Positive Educator Certification™ Program. Emiliya holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine and is also an adjunct faculty member.  As always, these tools and techniques can be incredibly useful, but we are not in a position to make specific medical or mental health recommendations for any one individual, we strongly suggest consulting a qualified mental health professional to better understand the most appropriate actions to take for your unique needs. Last quick note. Our whole team wants you to know that we so appreciate you, we will continue producing this show to the best of our abilities (though we are moving to a remote recording format in order to honor the need for safety), we love you and look forward to continuing to be of service as we all move through this challenging time together. Here is a link to the references we mentioned in this episode.You can find Emiliya Zhivotovskaya at: Website | InstagramCheck out our offerings & partners: HumanN Super Grapes Soft Chews: Get your Super Grapes Soft Chews at and get a free 30-day supply with your first purchase.Allbirds shoes are made from natural materials. That means less of the bad stuff, and more of the good stuff. Find your perfect pair today at
Comments (67)

Monnie Moores

This name sounds very familiar to Dr. Sanjay Gupta.Anyone know why ?

Apr 14th


absolutely amazing , such insight.... stunning.

Apr 12th

mona kad

thank you very useful

Mar 15th

Cheri Anderson Phillips

Just some constructive feedback.. Dr. Hayes's low throat, almost lazy voice, makes it hard to stay awake while listening.. The topic is exciting....make it sound that way.

Mar 11th

Cheri Anderson Phillips

Her constant use of the word "like" quickly becomes annoying and makes this hard to listen. It's a bad habit she may not even be aware she has. I recommend she try to overcome it. She's a woman of words....but that's one she needs to stop using.

Mar 11th

Gisele C S P

Amazing ! Thank you ☺️

Feb 10th

Douglas Smith

thinking about the third lie, the Easy Life: funny thing us, when we Master a skill, life does become easier, but it has to get harder first. in some ways our jobs are to become masters of living.

Jan 26th
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hosna 1379

AMAZING. between all different podcast , I just listen to yours ... that's amazing

Jan 20th

Marziye Goudarzi


Jan 10th


I have never heard my experience with depression and anxiety identified and explained so well. Really great podcast, especially for starting 2020 on a positive vibes and for putting words on feelings that are tough to identify!

Jan 1st
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Loli M

I really like this episode it made think about what I do in my life and how to make it better

Dec 26th
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Andrea Curtis

India culture and people i think are beautiful.

Dec 24th

Douglas Smith

I'm not sure who said this but this podcast reminds me of this quote: "You can do anything you want, you just can't do everything you want" In other words, life is about making choices and prioritizing those choices.

Sep 30th

Karthik Onteddu

I definitely needed this ... thnx. ♥️

Jul 25th
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really great one!

Jul 10th

sage Sage

So powerful, so touching, so honest. Thank you for sharing. I am so looking forward to seeing Elizabeth speak in person in the next few days.

Jun 18th

Bee Stone

I don't know what the Times Sq pimp told him, but the PATH train was $1.50 in 2005.

May 5th

Bridget Norton

I like the distinction between "calling" and "life purpose." It was helpful.

May 2nd

Andi-Roo Libecap

I love everything about this episode. Brene Brown is just everything. One part of the conversation that really hit me had to do with leadership asking their employees to do things they aren't willing to do themselves. What I've come to understand is that business owners and managers expect employees to care more about the product or the company than THEY (the bosses) do. That's been my experience, at any rate, and it is so frustrating. Another thing that hit me is us as parents asking our kids to be stronger than we are -- standing up to others, disregarding public opinion, self-image, etc. I've never correlated all these ideas as related and similar and even hypocritical. What a mind-blowing episode! I've got a lot to chew on... thanks!

Apr 16th

Fatemeh Backtash

very interesting

Feb 26th
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