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What does it mean to live a good life? What's the role of happiness, meaning, work, love, purpose, kindness, friendship, and more? How do status, circumstance, gender, privilege, race, identity, and more play into the quest to live your best life? These are the questions and topics we explore every week in conversation with leading voices in art, science, industry, and culture, from Brené Brown, Matthew McConaughey, & Bishop Michael Curry, to Austin Channing Brown, Glennon Doyle, Julián Castro, & hundreds of others.

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The world of medicine is in a place of profound disruption, and that’s a really good thing. Because things have needed to change for a long time. That’s why I’m so glad to be able to sit down with an old friend today, Dr. Aviva Romm, who is my go-to doc for a better understanding fact from fiction, and where the world of medicine is headed, in no small part, through her efforts. Referred to as “the face of natural medicine in the 21st century” by Prevention Magazine and named one of the 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by Mind Body Green, Aviva Romm, MD has bridged the best of traditional medicine with good science for over three decades. A midwife, herbalist, and Yale-trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics, as well as a graduate of Dr. Weil's Integrative Medicine Residency, she is an avid environmental health advocate, researching and publishing on the impact of toxins on fertility, pregnancy, women’s hormones, and chronic illness in women and children. Aviva is one of the nation’s leaders in botanical medicine and is the author of seven books on natural medicine, including the textbook Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, and her latest book, Hormone Intelligence (https://amzn.to/3wboGt8). She is the author of the integrative medicine curriculum for the Yale Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residencies, and is on numerous scientific advisory and editorial boards, including Prevention Magazine. And, today, we’re diving into the evolving issues around medicine, equality, agency, and the role that hormones play in nearly every aspect of wellbeing, and how nearly everything we do affects this system.You can find Aviva at:Website : https://avivaromm.com/book/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/dr.avivaromm/If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with Dr. Frank Lipman about a fully integrated approach to healing and wellness : https://tinyurl.com/GLP-LipmanCheck out our offerings & partners: Theragun: A deep muscle massage treatment, unlike anything you've ever felt. Feel better, move better, and recover faster with tension and soreness relief. Try Theragun for 30-days starting at only $199. Go to Theragun.com/GOODLIFE right now and get your Gen 4 Theragun today.Fundrise: Fundrise is the first investment platform to create a simple, low-cost way for anyone to access real estate's historically consistent, exceptional returns. It takes just a few minutes to get started. Go to Fundrise.com/GOODLIFE today.Talkspace: Online Counseling Via Text, Audio, Or Video Messaging. At Any Time, From Anywhere. Get $100 off of your first month with Talkspace. To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code GOODLIFE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show.
How does the neuroscience of attention affect nearly every aspect of our capacity to live good lives? How can we harness tech as a tool to help our brains be more, rather than less present and aware? What do psychedelics and neuroscience have to do with each other, and how might both work together to profoundly improve our experience of life?These are a few of the questions today’s guest, Adam Gazzaley, has spent researching for decades, and continues to immerse himself in today. Adam is a neuroscientist, inventor, author, photographer, entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder and executive director of Neuroscape, and the David Dolby Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is also the co-Founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive, JAZZ Venture Partners, and Sensync, and has authored over 150 scientific articles and delivered over 675 talks. And, he is also a stunningly accomplished nature photographer and artist.We dive into all of this, with a special focus on his latest initiative, The Neuroscape Psychedelic Division, dedicated to advancing the field of psychedelic science and medicine through multi-level research covering basic to translational to clinical science. The level of scientific rigor Adam and his team are bringing to this area is kind of mindblowing, and we explore where it’s all headed.You can find Adam at:Website : https://gazzaley.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/adamgazz/If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with fellow neuroscientist, Ryan D'Arcy, about advances in technology that are allowing us to rewire the brain in ways we never imagined : https://tinyurl.com/GLPryandarcyCheck out our offerings & partners: Indeed: Connect with your talent audience so you can make more quality hires faster. Post your job, interview candidates, and make offers all on Indeed. Start hiring today. Get started right now with a FREE $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at  Indeed.com/GOODLIFEEverlane: Shop Everlane for the most beautiful essentials, at the best factories, without traditional markups. Go to everlane.com/goodlife and sign up for 10% off your first order plus free shipping. And get easy returns within 30 days of your ship date.Teamistry: In season three, host Gabriela Cowperthwaite spotlights teams that not only achieve the impossible, but also inspire change across the board. These are stories of leadership and courage that mark a turning point in how organizations – and even whole industries – are transformed for the better. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts.
Today’s episode is special, it’s a unique meditation deep dive that brings together the deep, research-driven insights from Daniel Goleman, best known for his work on Emotional Intelligence, as well as his book, Altered Traits. Daniel takes us into the science behind meditation and also asks a surprising question - what if popular wisdom and science about meditation were wrong? Goleman reveals powerful new truths about meditation, what it really is and isn't, and how only about 1% of the 6,000+ studies done on the topic are what might be considered "good science."We then turn it over to Sharon Salzberg, renowned meditation and loving-kindness teacher and founder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She travels the world teaching people how to become aware and cultivate loving-kindness in their lives and has been doing so for decades. Sharon also recently partnered with Dan Harris to bring her latest venture to life, 10% Happier, an exciting new app that builds on Dan’s book, 10% Happier.And finally, I’ll take the meditation reigns for our Act 3, guiding you through a special blended mindful body scan and loving-kindness meditation.I hope you enjoy this meditation deep-dive. And if you loved this episode, be sure to share it around, and listen to the full-length conversations with Daniel and Sharon, linked belowYou can find Daniel Goleman at: Website : https://www.danielgoleman.info/First Person Plural: EI & Beyond podcast : https://pod.link/1538498597You can find Sharon Salzberg at: Website : https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/Instagram : https://instagram.com/sharonsalzberg/Metta Hour podcast : https://pod.link/923019021If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the full-length conversations we had with Daniel Goleman (https://tinyurl.com/GLPgoleman) and Sharon Salzberg (https://tinyurl.com/GLPsaltzberg).Check out our offerings & partners: LinkedIn Learning: Enhance your skills with over 16K+ expert-led, online video tutorials. No matter your goal, LinkedIn Learning helps you learn the skills to make it happen. Try free for 1 month at LinkedInLearning.com/FREEMONTHAir Doctor: Capture contaminants and chemicals with a medical-grade UltraHEPA air purifier that’s 100X more effective than ordinary purifiers. Go to airdoctorpro.com and use the promo code GOODLIFE to receive a 35% discount off their classic AirDoctor 3000 purifier.
What happens when the thing you’ve loved since you were a kid, the thing that led you to become an 11-time NBA All-star, and two-time champion, playing alongside the best in the world, comes to a cataclysmic end at the age of 31? Leaving you to figure out what to do with the rest of your life? That is exactly what happened to this week’s guest, Chris Bosh. He fell in love with basketball at an early age and earned the prestigious “Mr. Basketball” title while still in high school in Dallas, Texas. A year into college, Chris was drafted to the Toronto Raptors, where he played for 7 years, before joining the Miami Heat and winning two championships. But, a handful of years into his time in Miami, he was having trouble breathing and found himself in the hospital with blood clots in his lungs. A year later, the clots returned in his leg, officially ending his career, and launching him into an exploration of who he was, beyond the sport that had defined much of his life and his career. Chris shared many of his awakenings in his new memoir, Letters to a Young Athlete (https://amzn.to/3wrUfi4).You can find Chris at:Website : https://www.chrisbosh.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/chrisbosh/If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with rock icon, Peter Frampton about his profound passion for guitar that led to an album and career taking him to the top of the charts for year, but then leaving him to reimagine who he wanted to be in the context of an industry that pulled him to be someone else : https://tinyurl.com/GLPpeterframptonCheck out our offerings & partners: Indeed: Connect with your talent audience so you can make more quality hires faster. Post your job, interview candidates, and make offers all on Indeed. Start hiring today. Get started right now with a FREE $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at  Indeed.com/GOODLIFESleep Number: Adjustable firmness, comfort and support on each side. Proven quality sleep is life-changing sleep. Discover proven quality sleep. Save $1,000 on the NEW Sleep Number® 360 Special Edition smart bed during the Memorial Day Sale. Only at Sleep Number stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFEUpstart: Upstart's lending platform provides direct-to-consumer personal loans from $1,000 to $50,000 and automated borrowing technology for banks and credit unions. Find out how Upstart can lower your monthly payments today when you go to Upstart.com/GOODLIFE. Loan amounts will be determined based on your credit, income, and certain other information provided in your loan application.
Growing up in Alabama in a family of six, Light Watkins never imagined he’d find himself in his mid-forties, some 15 years into a career as a meditation teacher having led workshops and trained thousands around the world, giving up nearly all his worldly possessions to live out of a backpack and be nomadic for the last three years. Based out of Mexico City for the moment, this last year and a half created the space to reflect on his life of teaching, travel, connection and impact. And, stories and insights began to emerge that needed to be written down and shared. Ones about being a young Black kid growing up in the south, living in New York, saying yes to a gig in advertising that would become his one and only traditional job, walking into a meditation workshop with hesitance and walking out knowing it’d be his life’s work, immersing himself in study in India, starting a sober social-movement called The Shine, and reflecting on meaning, friendship, love, serendipity, surrender, and, of course, meditation and, more broadly, the role of stillness and reflection in our lives. He’s distilled these stories and awakenings into a beautiful new book, Knowing Where to Look (https://amzn.to/3wrsBC9). We dive into all of it in today’s inspiring conversation.You can find Light at:Website : https://www.lightwatkins.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/lightwatkins/At The End of the Tunnel : https://pod.link/1515614913If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with Tara Brach about a life of awareness and awakening from trance : https://tinyurl.com/GLPTaraCheck out our offerings & partners: AquaTru: Countertop reverse osmosis water purifier that's certified to create bottled-quality water. Receive $100 off an AquaTru plus free shipping when you go to AquaTru.com & enter code GOODLIFE at checkout.Zocdoc: Find In-Network Doctors. Choose from the largest directory of in-person & video visit providers in the nation. Search for Doctors based on availability, location, insurance, reviews & more. Go to Zocdoc.com/GOODLIFE and download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for FREE and book a top-rated doctor. Many are available as soon as today.
From the earliest age, Brian Broome was taught that a man was, basically, everything he wasn’t. The model of masculinity handed down to him, from his father to local kids, community, and even the local barbershop made him feel like his very existence was an affront. So, he started hiding, then began to play different roles in the name of belonging. Eventually, the weight of it all led to years doing nearly everything he could to destroy himself, sinking into addiction, until his body, heart and mind just couldn’t take it anymore. Returning to writing, which he’d loved as a kid, Brian began to pour out stories. At first, for no one but him. It was his form of exorcism, of coping, and sense-making. But when he began sharing those stories and poems in the form of spoken word, everything began to change. Now, an award-winning writer, poet, and screenwriter, and K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and Moth storyteller, he shares his journey in the powerful new memoir, Punch Me Up to the Gods (https://amzn.to/3fFbMwG). We dive deep into it all, including a hard, yet revealing and important look at how cultural norms about masculinity, sexuality and race shape our lives.You can find Brian at:Website : https://www.brianbroome.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/bbromb/If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with Casey Gerald about his upbringing and how he navigated the world around similar topics : https://tinyurl.com/GLPCaseyCheck out our offerings & partners: Warby Parker: Warby Parker eyewear and contacts elevate style at a low cost. Try Warby Parker’s free Home Try-On program: Order 5 pairs of glasses to try at home for free for 5 days – there’s no obligation to buy! Ships free and includes a pre-paid return shipping label. Try 5 pairs of glasses at home for free at warbyparker.com/goodlife.ShipStation: Shipping software is designed to save you time and money on eCommerce order fulfillment. Ship more in less time. Just use my offer code, GLP, to get a 60-day free trial. That’s 2 months FREE of no-hassle, stress-free shipping. Just go to ShipStation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the page, and type in GLP.Peloton: Access high-energy workouts, instantly. Discover Peloton: streaming fitness classes to you live and on-demand. Get started on your Peloton journey. Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.
So, how do you turn a gathering, whether over a meal or a giant event, into an experience of collective elevation? Priya Parker is on a mission to help us take a deeper look at how anyone can create collective meaning in modern life, one gathering at a time. She is a facilitator, strategic advisor, acclaimed author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters (https://amzn.to/2K95VyJ) and the host of the New York Times podcast, Together Apart (https://pod.link/1506057555). Priya has spent 15 years helping leaders and communities have complicated conversations about community and identity and vision at moments of transition. Trained in the field of conflict resolution, she has worked on race relations on American college campuses and on peace processes in the Arab world, southern Africa, and India.Parker is a founding member of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, and a Senior Expert at Mobius Executive Leadership. She studied organizational design at M.I.T., public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia. Her work has been featured everywhere from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and TED to Real Simple, Oprah.com, Glamour, the Today Show and more. In today’s Best Of conversation, we dive into the art of gathering and how to create those shared moments of understanding and transformation, which we could all use more of right now. You can find Priya at:Website : https://www.priyaparker.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/priyaparker/If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with Mia Birdsong about building community and really reimagining family and chosen family : https://tinyurl.com/GLPBirdsongCheck out our offerings & partners: OSEA: Plant-based formulas that deliver your best skin. Bioavailable seaweed, sustainably harvested & infused w/ cold-pressed essential oils. Vegan & Cruelty-Free. You can try OSEA risk-free for 30 days and get free shipping on orders over $50 and get 10% OFF your first order at OSEAmalibu.comLinkedIn Learning: Enhance your skills with over 16K+ expert-led, online video tutorials. No matter your goal, LinkedIn Learning helps you learn the skills to make it happen. Try free for 1 month at LinkedInLearning.com/FREEMONTHSunday Lawn Care: Sunday takes the guesswork out of a healthy lawn with our Smart Lawn Plan subscription. With ingredients like seaweed and molasses, Sunday lawns are made for people, pets, and the planet. Visit GetSunday.com/GOODLIFE to get $20 off your custom lawn plan at checkout!
Ranked among the fifty most influential people in India, Sadhguru is a yogi, mystic, and visionary. He has been conferred three presidential awards in India, including one for his environmental work as well as the country’s highest annual civilian award for exceptional and distinguished service. He’s spoken before the United Nations, World Economic Forum, World Bank, the UK House of Lords, TED, and countless global companies, and has also been invited to present at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Wharton, and MIT, among others.Over the years, Sadhguru has also launched large ecological initiatives that have created a blueprint for economic development that is ecologically sustainable. And three decades ago, Sadhguru founded Isha Foundation, a nonprofit human-service organization, with human well-being as its core commitment. The foundation has initiated yoga programs for human transformation and outreach projects to uplift rural communities. Isha is supported by over 11 million volunteers in more than 300 centers worldwide.We explore his extraordinary life’s journey today, then drop into the focus of his latest book, Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny, (https://bookshop.org/a/22758/9780593232019) which has also been a concept that has fascinated me for years.You can find Sadhguru at:Website : https://isha.sadhguru.org/karma/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/sadhguru/If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with Nepal-based French philosopher, writer, teacher, and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, who, after having his brain study by neuroscientists, was kind of dubbed with a smile, The World's Happiest Man: https://tinyurl.com/GLPRicardCheck out our offerings & partners: OUAI: Get healthy hair & soft skin with our nourishing formulas; free shipping over $50. Simple routines & real solutions for real people by Jen Atkin. Cruelty-free. So when you’re ready to undo some damage, hit the reset button with the OUAI Detox Shampoo. Go to theouai.com and use code GOODLIFE to get 15% off your entire purchase.Active Skin Repair: Use Active Skin Repair on cuts, scrapes, sunburns, normal burns, chaffing, rashes, wounds. Works on insect bites & other skin irritations. Antibiotic-free & non-sensitizing. Get 20% off your order and FREE shipping by texting GOOD to 64-000. Message and data rates may apply.Indeed: Connect with your talent audience so you can make more quality hires faster. Post your job, interview candidates, and make offers all on Indeed. Start hiring today. Get started right now with a FREE $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at  Indeed.com/GOODLIFE
In 2008, Jill Bolte Taylor gave the first-ever TED Talk to go massively viral. A Harvard-trained neuroscientist, she told the story of her stroke that largely wiped out the entire left hemisphere of her brain, a horrifying experience and yet, the entire time, at her left hemisphere was shutting down, it was observing and analyzing the process in the way a scientist might, wondering at the moment by moment changes. She shared this deeply moving story, along with the 8-year journey it took to rebuild and bring her left half back online, enough to step back into her career and stand on maybe the most intimidating stage in the world and leave her audience both captivated and yearning, in an odd twist of circumstance, to experience even a glimpse of the profound expansive, connectedness and bliss Jill described as her right hemisphere took the reigns and all but eliminated and sense of separate self, otherness or separation. Despite the stunning success of her talk and book that followed, she still viewed them, in a way, as failures. Her ultimate goal was to invite people to explore reconnecting with that same sense of spaciousness, joy, empathy and compassion, to activate and embrace all parts of their brains, not just the head’s down, individualistic, achievement-oriented parts. People wanted to, but there was no clear roadmap, so she spent years deconstructing the process and distilling it into a powerful, insight-packed call to action in her new book, Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life (https://amzn.to/2Q9MFtc), where she reveals the 4 characters living in your brain and how to harness them to live an extraordinary, intentional and present life.You can find Dr. Jill at:Website : http://www.drjilltaylor.com/If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with neuroscientists and innovator, Ryan Darcy who is doing stunning things with brain neuroplasticity : https://tinyurl.com/GLPDArcyCheck out our offerings & partners: Gita: The first consumer robot programmed with pedestrian etiquette. It pairs with and follows you using sensory vision and carries up to 40 pounds of cargo, so you have everything in reach, no carrying required. Take 15% off your order and free shipping always with code GOODLIFE15 at mygita.comTalkspace: Online Counseling Via Text, Audio, Or Video Messaging. At Any Time, From Anywhere. Get $100 off of your first month with Talkspace. To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code GOODLIFE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show.Active Skin Repair: Use Active Skin Repair on cuts, scrapes, sunburns, normal burns, chaffing, rashes, wounds. Works on insect bites & other skin irritations. Antibiotic-free & non-sensitizing. Get 20% off your order and FREE shipping by texting GOOD to 64-000. Message and data rates may apply.
How does someone who despised himself for most of his life go from loving himself and his life, and creating music that makes millions smile? That’s the journey my guest, Axel Mansoor has been on. A singer/songwriter and self-described Third Culture Kid, he’s become known for leveraging technology to build community and intimacy with his music. His songs have taken him from a Daytime Emmy nomination to collaborations with the biggest brands in the world, Spotify’s Viral 50 Chart, to your television screen as he pitched a song to H.E.R. on NBC's Songland. Axel’s debut EP, I hadn’t ever Loved Myself, just dropped and is quickly climbing the charts.And, until a few days ago, his image was the icon for the massively viral Clubhouse social audio app, appearing on the screens of tens of millions of phones. He is also the creator of the app's popular Lullaby Club: a nightly musical experience where your favorite artists sing you, and the rest of the world, to sleep. But, there’s also a deceptively beautiful and creative ulterior motive, helping artists get discovered, build careers and expand their communities.In this conversation, we explore the idea of being a third culture kid, a phrase I’ve heard more and more, and how literally living with a foot in three worlds led to this seemingly contradictory ability to fit it and make people like him, while also being brutally bullied and deepening into a place of self-hatred that tore apart his sense of self, belonging, and expression. And we talk about how music, along with a powerful inciting incident, turned his world upside-down and became a source of joy, expression and, to his surprise, even self-love. You can find Axel at:Website : http://www.axelmansoor.com/Lullaby Club : https://lullaby.club/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/axelmansoor/If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with extraordinary singer, Lisa Fischer who, in addition to her own breakout hits, spent years touring and recording with everyone from Luther Vandross to the Rolling Stones : https://tinyurl.com/GLPFischerCheck out our offerings & partners: ShipStation: Shipping software is designed to save you time and money on eCommerce order fulfillment. Ship more in less time. Just use my offer code, GLP, to get a 60-day free trial. That’s 2 months FREE of no-hassle, stress-free shipping. Just go to ShipStation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the page, and type in GLP.Theragun: A deep muscle massage treatment unlike anything you've ever felt. Feel better, move better, and recover faster with tension and soreness relief. Try Theragun for 30-days starting at only $199. Go to Theragun.com/GOODLIFE right now and get your Gen 4 Theragun today.Tommy John: We fixed underwear. Smart design and fabrics mean no more pulling at your pant line. Get comfortable with yourself. No Adjustment Needed. And right now you’ll get 20% OFF your first order at TommyJohn.com/GOODLIFE.
David Yarrow is one of the world’s best-selling fine art photographers. He has spent the past decade documenting the natural world from new perspectives, and his distinctive, evocative and immersive photography of life on earth has earned him an ever-growing following amongst art collectors as a relevant artist of his generation. His limited edition works regularly fetch record bids of over $100,000 at auction houses such as Sotheby’s. He is also a passionate philanthropist and conservationist, and holds multiple ambassadorships including those for WildArk, Nikon, Land Rover and UBS and has donated millions to wildlife and sustainability causes. But, here’s the thing, this almost never happened. David’s career had a bit of a false start when, on break from university, he talked his way into a world cup soccer match and captures a legendary image of iconic soccer star, Maradonna. But, instead of embracing a career in photojournalism, he went into finance where he was building a big reputation. For decades. Until a series of experiences led him to walk away from it all and step back into the world of photography but in a very different way.You can find David at: Website : https://davidyarrow.photography/In Focus Podcast : https://www.davidyarrowpodcast.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/davidyarrow/If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with Mark Mann: https://tinyurl.com/GLPmannYou’ll also love the conversations we had with the artist, Peter Tunney: https://tinyurl.com/GLPtunneyCheck out our offerings & partners: Peloton: Access high-energy workouts, instantly. Discover Peloton: streaming fitness classes to you live and on-demand. Get started on your Peloton journey. Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.Expensify: Automate your pre-accounting process for expenses, bills, invoices, and more with the world’s most widely-used expense management service. Approval Workflows. Realtime Customer Support. Next-Day Reimbursements. Company Card Management. Visit Expensify.com/goodlife to get started with a free trial. Klaviyo: Increase your average order value & volume—Klaviyo accelerates e-commerce sales. Launch sophisticated email automations in minutes. To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit Klaviyo.com/listen
Iconic actress, producer, author and activist, Marlo Thomas, never wanted to marry. She saw what she believed was the way marriage “had” to be - one person giving up their dream for the other - and knew it wasn’t for her. Then, one fateful day in 1977, she appeared as an hourlong guest on the legendary daytime talk show hosted by Phil Donaghue. Both were smitten, they sensed something powerful had happened, but neither of them knew that conversation, aired before millions of viewers on daytime TV, would effectively be a first date that would lead to a marriage that’s now lasted more than 40 years.Reflecting on what makes a relationship last that long, they got curious and began to set up double dates with many celebrity couples they know, and others they didn’t. People like Viola Davis and her husband, actor Julius Tennon, filmmaker Rob Reiner and his wife Michele; award-winning journalists Bob Woodward & Elsa Walsh; Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen; Ray Romano and his wife Anna, Neil Patrick Harris and his actor/chef-husband David Burtka; the Rev. Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson, John Leguizamo and wife Justine and so many others. Those hours-long conversations went so deep, got so vulnerable, open and at times, hysterically funny, they turned interviews into the bestselling book, What Makes a Marriage Last. And now, those conversations and more are featured in their new original podcast series, Double Date (https://www.pushkin.fm/show/double-date-marlo-thomas-phil-donahue/). We had so much fun talking about those early moments in their lives and relationship, what was really going on in each of their lives, hearts and minds and what they learned sitting down for double dates with so many incredible, long-term couples. You can find Marlo & Phil's new podcast at:Double Date : https://www.pushkin.fm/show/double-date-marlo-thomas-phil-donahue/If you LOVED this episode:You will also love the conversation that we had with Julie and John Gottman (https://tinyurl.com/gottman-love-lab), who are the founders of the legendary Love Lab, and their deep-dive into what love and what long-term relationships and marriages really are all about.Check out our offerings & partners: Active Skin Repair: Use Active Skin Repair on cuts, scrapes, sunburns, normal burns, chaffing, rashes, wounds. Works on insect bites & other skin irritations. Antibiotic-free & non-sensitizing. Get 20% off your order and FREE shipping by texting GOOD to 64-000. Message and data rates may apply.Sleep Number: Adjustable firmness, comfort and support on each side. Proven quality sleep is life-changing sleep. Save up to $1,200 on select Sleep Number 360® smart beds and adjustable bases, for a limited time. Only at Sleep Number stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFEAir Doctor: Capture contaminants and chemicals with a medical-grade UltraHEPA air purifier that’s 100X more effective than ordinary purifiers. Go to airdoctorpro.com and use the promo code GOODLIFE to receive a 35% discount off their classic AirDoctor 3000 purifier.
Growing up in LA, Ellen Bennett had no idea her summer spent with her grandma in a small town in Mexico would play a huge role not only his how she saw the world and related to people, but also in the career she’d eventually pursue and the company she would build. Describing herself as half Mexican, half English, born and raised in LA by a fiery mom who calls her “Mami,” and having never met a color she didn’t like, she is the founder of Hedley & Bennett, a company that crafts some of the coolest, most beautiful and kitchen tough aprons, worn by a lineage of many of the top chefs in the most iconic restaurants and kitchens in the world.But she didn’t start out that way. Coming out of high school, without a strong sense of direction, she got on a plane to Mexico City, alone, and vanished into the culture, building a career and life before feeling called back to LA to make her mark cooking, under the guidance of two legendary chefs and restaurateurs. But a single, fateful moment, when she heard her mentor ask a simple question, then made a promise that, at the time, she had no idea how to keep, led her to launch her own company. The adventures that followed are the stuff of legend, many of the learnings and tales are shared in her wonderful new book, Dream First, Details Later (https://amzn.to/3aJf9kj), and we dive into it all in today’s conversation. You can find Ellen at:Website : https://www.hedleyandbennett.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ellenmariebennett/If you LOVED this episode:You’ll also love the conversations we had with Samin Nosrat, chef, teacher, and author of one of the most beautiful and soulful cookbooks ever, Salt Fat Acid Heat, and host of the hit TV show of the same name. https://tinyurl.com/3phhve7nCheck out our offerings & partners: Zocdoc: Find In-Network Doctors. Choose from the largest directory of in-person & video visit providers in the nation. Search for Doctors based on availability, location, insurance, reviews & more. Go to Zocdoc.com/GOODLIFE and download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for FREE and book a top-rated doctor. Many are available as soon as today.
Morgan Harper Nichols is an artist and poet whose work is inspired by real-life interactions and stories. Morgan spent the first couple of years of her professional life as a college admission counselor, and then, as a full-time touring singer-songwriter and musician. It was on the road that she cultivated her curiosity and passion for writing, art, and design and slowly began to share her work online.In 2017, Morgan started a project where she invites people to submit their stories to her website. From there, she creates art as a response to their stories and sends it to them before sharing the work publicly. All stories and names are kept private. The fruit of this project is shared daily around social media, in publications, and various creative collaborations and installations.As an artist, Morgan has collaborated with a wide range of brands including Coach, Adobe, Vogue Singapore, Aerie, and more. As a designer and author, her work has been available in many stores, including Anthropologie, Barnes and Noble, and Target. Her latest book, How Far You Have Come: Musings on Beauty and Courage (https://amzn.to/3azMSgm)is a beautiful collection of illustrations, poems and essays and we dive into the verse, experiences and moments that often reveal deeply personal, yet universal awakenings, in today’s conversation.You can find Morgan at:Website : https://morganharpernichols.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/morganharpernichols/Check out our offerings & partners: Ana Luisa: Sustainably-made jewelry with a conscience. If you’re looking for a gift for yourself or a loved one, check out Ana Luisa's pre-Mother’s Day sale at analuisa.com/goodlifemd to get 15% OFF.AquaTru: Countertop reverse osmosis water purifier that's certified to create bottled-quality water. Receive $100 off an AquaTru plus free shipping when you go to AquaTru.com & enter code GOODLIFE at checkout.
Ever feel like life is one non-stop boundary issue? You’re not alone. And my guest, Terri Cole, can help. Before earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychotherapy from New York University, Terri ran a talent agency for actors and supermodels. She was your typical Type A overachiever with zero balance and no internal peace, driven by ambition, living on planes and serving as a business executive, confidante, advisor, surrogate parental figure and bounding between nearly every role, with every person imaginable. She began to realize every part of work and life was bleeding into every other part of work and life and the net effect was that everything was bleeding out. Something had to change. She wanted her life back, and she wanted to do something that felt more driven by meaning and service. Changing direction, she went back to school, started a partnership in life and family, and therapy practice at the same time, that’s now been her devotion for over two decades. What she learned in the trenches with her high-profile clients informed and continues to inspire the work she does today. She’s been on a mission. Her dharma, she shares, is teaching women how to attract and sustain healthy, vibrant, Real Love into their lives and establish and maintain effective boundaries with ease and grace. That latter part, she’s come to believe is at the heart of so much interpersonal struggle and is perpetually at the center of nearly therapeutic engagement. So, she figured it was time to share was she’s learned in her new book, Boundary Boss: The Essential Guide to Talk True, Be Seen, and (Finally) Live Free (https://amzn.to/3srgUZC). We dive deep into the world of boundaries in today’s conversation.Be sure to check out her 2017 conversation (https://www.goodlifeproject.com/podcast/terri-cole-real-love/) with us for a deeper dive.You can find Terri at:Website : https://www.terricole.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/terricoleDiscover Your Secondary Gain : https://boundaryboss.me/goodlifeCheck out our offerings & partners: Expensify: Automate your pre-accounting process for expenses, bills, invoices, and more with the world’s most widely-used expense management service. Approval Workflows. Realtime Customer Support. Next-Day Reimbursements. Company Card Management. Visit Expensify.com/goodlife to get started with a free trial. Klaviyo: Increase your average order value & volume—Klaviyo accelerates e-commerce sales. Launch sophisticated email automations in minutes. To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit Klaviyo.com/listen
Imagine being a young photographer, working to stand out and rise up in a hyper-competitive industry, then getting a call one day from Iman and David Bowie, asking to shoot the cover of Iman’s next book, after two of the covers shot by two of the world’s top photographers had been rejected? That is exactly what happened with Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri. That moment would become an inciting incident, leading evermore opportunities to deepen into her wildly imaginative and compelling magical realism style and launch years of award-winning collaborations, image-making and storytelling with everyone from HBO, Vogue and Vanity Fair, to Pepsi and Nike to L'Oreal and icons like Beyonce, Gaga, Bowie, Kate Winslet, Pharrell Williams, Eugene Brave Rock, Jay-Z and countless others. Indrani’s work is exhibited in museums worldwide and in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian. Over time, she’s integrated her love of image-making and storytelling with her passion for service in the name of social justice and impact, and expanded from still images to film, including directing the powerful Girl Epidemic documentary about sex trafficking and slavery.Beyond directing, advocacy has taken a much more central role in her work and life, with positions as the co-Host of the Global People’s Summit at the United Nations, host of the New York Live Arts' Humanities Symposium, and Co-Founder and Executive Director of Shakti Empowerment Education for women and children in India. She also lectures at her alma mater, Princeton University, on "Mobilizing Millions with Art and Film for Human Rights and Social Justice." You can find Indrani at:Website : https://www.indrani.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/indranipc/Check out our offerings & partners: Ana Luisa: Sustainably-made jewelry with a conscience. If you’re looking for a gift for yourself or a loved one, check out Ana Luisa's pre-Mother’s Day sale at analuisa.com/goodlifemd to get 15% OFF.
Growing up outside Rochester, New York, all Elizabeth Miki Brina knew was that she was different, an outsider, and she blamed her mom, a first-generation immigrant from Okinawa, for it all. Elizabeth’s mother was working as a nightclub hostess on U.S.-occupied Okinawa when she met the American soldier who was deployed during the Vietnam war who would become her husband. Leaving her home, family, friends and culture, to move to the U.S, the language barrier and power imbalance that defined their early relationship followed them to the predominantly white, upstate New York suburb where they moved to raise Elizabeth, who felt perpetually othered among her peers, turning that feeling into a cocktail of anger and rebellion.Decades later, Elizabeth came to recognize the shame and self-loathing that haunted both her and her mother, and began a process of reconciliation, not only to come to terms with the embattled dynamics of her family but also to reckon with the injustices that reverberate throughout the history of Okinawa and its people. She came to see the profound courage and strength and saw her parents enduring marriage in a profoundly different light. We dive deep into this journey, which is beautifully detailed in Elizabeth’s haunting memoir, Speak, Okinawa (https://bookshop.org/a/22758/9780525657347), which is a heartfelt exploration of identity, inheritance, forgiveness, and what it means to be at peace with who you are.You can find Elizabeth at: Website : https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/611688/speak-okinawa-by-elizabeth-miki-brina/Check out our offerings & partners: ShipStation: Shipping software is designed to save you time and money on eCommerce order fulfillment. Ship more in less time. Use offer code, GLP, to get a 60-day free trial. That’s 2 months FREE of no-hassle, stress-free shipping. Just go to ShipStation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the page, and type in GLP.Theragun: A deep muscle massage treatment unlike anything you've ever felt. Feel better, move better, and recover faster with tension and soreness relief. Try Theragun for 30-days starting at only $199. Go to Theragun.com/GOODLIFE right now and get your Gen 4 Theragun today.
Justin Tranter is one of the top songwriters and collaborators in the music industry, writing with everyone from Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, and Selena Gomez to Demi Lovato, Bebe Rexha, Brandy Clark, Shea Diamond and countless others. With their astonishing success and abundant self-love, you’d never imagine Justin was bullied mercilessly as a kid growing up in Chicago. Every day was torture until the Chicago Academy For The Arts high school provided a place of refuge and emergence and ultimately saved their life. Starting out in the business, Justin began their career on stage as the figurehead of the glam-punk band Semi Precious Weapons, but eventually discovered something surprising. They didn’t actually need to be on stage to do the part of the work they loved; collaborating, writing and helping other leading artists create works of art that told their stories in a powerful way and moved millions. Justin has since become a pioneer in the music industry, working tirelessly to elevate the voices of everyone around them — whether marginalized people, emerging artists or global pop icons. Along the way, Justin’s also remained a committed philanthropist & GLAAD Board member, using their platform to rally for change across a number of causes, including representation/inclusion for LGBTQIA+ people, women & women of color. And, in 2018, coming full-circle, Justin made a donation to fund a state-of-the-art recording studio and part-time music teacher at that very same place that was their salvation as a kid, the Chicago Academy For The Arts.You can find Justin at:Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/tranterjustinCheck out our offerings & partners: Talkspace: Online Counseling Via Text, Audio, Or Video Messaging. At Any Time, From Anywhere. Get $100 off of your first month with Talkspace. To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code GOODLIFE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show.Peloton: Access high-energy workouts, instantly. Discover Peloton: streaming fitness classes to you live and on-demand. Get started on your Peloton journey. Go to onepeloton.com to learn more.
My first exposure to Anne Lamott’s work was her iconic book, Bird By Bird, which as a writer, was transformative. Not just because it helped me better understand how and why to write, but also because her wonderfully wise and irreverent voice inspired me to be more real, more honest in both my work and my life. I’ve remained captivated by her writing ever since. The author of too many The New York Times bestsellers, including Almost Everything; Hallelujah Anyway; Small Victories; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; and her most recent Dusk Night Dawn (https://amzn.to/3rYhHB5), Anne goes places other fear to tread with such humility, humor and craft, it’s like you’ve been invited into her mind, her life and her ability to draw belly laughs, deep wisdom and hits of awakening from those often tiny moments that touch down in our lives that so many of us miss. She reminds you, it may not be fun while it’s happening, but it’s all part of the beautiful souffle of life and every ingredient matters.You can find Anne at:Website : https://sites.prh.com/dusknightdawntourInstagram : https://www.instagram.com/annelamott/Check out our offerings & partners: Ana Luisa: Sustainably-made jewelry with a conscience. If you’re looking for a gift for yourself or a loved one, check out Ana Luisa at analuisa.com/goodlife, and use the code GOODLIFE to get 10% OFF.Sleep Number: Adjustable Firmness, Comfort And Support On Each Side. Proven quality sleep is life-changing sleep. Introducing the NEW Sleep Number 360® c4 smart bed. Queen now only $1,499. Only at Sleep Number stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFE
Sophia Chang is a force to be reckoned with. A soft-spoken French-lit major in college and the child of Korean immigrants raised in Vancouver, when she first heard "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five everything changed. Taken by the mix of urgency, anger, and pride that was hip-hop in the 80s and 90s, Sophia rerouted her life to New York, quickly becoming a fixture in the music industry and hip-hop scene, and finding fast-family with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan.Over the years, Chang would end up not just a member of the Wu-Tang family, but also manage a number of the group's individual members, as well as other legends including A Tribe Called Quest, Raphael Saadiq, and D'Angelo. In 1995, she left the music business to train kung fu and manage a 34th Generation Shaolin monk, who would later become her partner and father of her two children, before returning to music. Now, after decades of being the force behind other amazing artists' stories, she's finally telling her own story in her breakout audiobook, The Baddest Bitch in the Room (https://amzn.to/3sQbE2S). We're so excited to share this Best Of conversation with you today.You can find Sophia at:Website : https://www.sophchang.com/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/sophchangnyc/Check out our offerings & partners: Expensify: Automate your pre-accounting process for expenses, bills, invoices, and more with the world’s most widely-used expense management service. Approval Workflows. Realtime Customer Support. Next-Day Reimbursements. Company Card Management. Visit Expensify.com/goodlife to get started with a free trial. Air Doctor: Capture contaminants and chemicals with a medical-grade UltraHEPA air purifier that’s 100X more effective than ordinary purifiers. Go to airdoctorpro.com and use the promo code GOODLIFE to receive a 35% discount off their classic AirDoctor 3000 purifier.OSEA: Plant-based formulas that deliver your best skin. Bioavailable seaweed, sustainably harvested & infused w/ cold-pressed essential oils. Vegan & Cruelty-Free. You can try OSEA risk-free for 30 days and get free shipping on orders over $50 and get 10% OFF your first order at OSEAmalibu.com
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FREE PALESTINE

In getting lost, you get completely found.

Apr 10th
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FREE PALESTINE

...as my Mother would say, 'all over for England, if people got to know who you really were'.

Apr 10th
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FREE PALESTINE

“Perfectionism [is] the most toxic condition for the soul. The next most toxic is the ensuing and chronic contempt for oneself, the belief that one is secretly defective and less-than. The next is the obsession that one is right and better-than.” ~ @ANNELAMOTT

Apr 10th
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FREE PALESTINE

Black-belt codependence

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FREE PALESTINE

Dread was my governess growing up.

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FREE PALESTINE

...that beautiful soufflé of life...every single ingredient matters.

Apr 10th
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FREE PALESTINE

On language Owens says: "To name something in a way that immediately connects to the experience of others" I relate to people who say, I could never articulate this 'thing' until I read you or heard you. Living in the reality of language.

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kym madden

fantastic episode

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Laura Barber

Loved this episode with Dr Tal Ben-Shahar! So many of us are struggling with "happiness", especially right now. Personally, this has come at a perfect time. Many things for me to think about. Glad to know I'm not the only one who hates it when they hear What is your life purpose? Finding purpose in what we do rings true. Like I said, Lots to think about! Thank you for another great episode!

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Colleen Craig

Beautiful episode, thank you Ashley for sharing your story and hope. I related more to your story than any other podcast before. You are an incredible storyteller, with an authentic yet calm voice. Thank you again!

Sep 30th
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Kinny Ramoeng

love!

Jun 30th
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This name sounds very familiar to Dr. Sanjay Gupta.Anyone know why ?

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Alucard

absolutely amazing , such insight.... stunning.

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mona kad

thank you very useful

Mar 15th
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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
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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.

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Gisele C S P

Amazing ! Thank you ☺️

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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.

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hosna 1379

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

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Marziye Goudarzi

☘️

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