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What does it mean to live a good life? Is it about happiness, health, friendship, love, or meaning? What about work, wealth, purpose, service, or something else? Can you live a good life even when things are hard? These are the questions and topics we explore every week in conversation with leading voices from health, science, art, industry, mindset, and culture, like Brené Brown, Matthew McConaughey, Mel Robbins, Alex, Elle, Adam Grant, Elizabeth Gilbert, Yung Pueblo, Maya Shankar, Mitch Albom, Glennon Doyle & hundreds more. The New York Times says, "the show’s holistic approach to fulfillment is bound to resonate." Listen now! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Author Marisa Renee Lee dives deep into her book Grief Is Love: Living with Loss, recounting personal losses that sparked an awakening - grief stems from love, a vital truth for healing. She dispels myths about "moving on" from grief, instead advocating to embrace it.Marisa shares how marginalized communities face disproportionate grief with little support, underscoring the need for change. You'll learn about self-compassion, vulnerability, and creating "certainty anchors" amidst uncertainty.Whether facing deep loss or supporting a loved one, this conversation provides a refreshing perspective on an inevitable experience.You can find Marisa at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Claire Bidwell Smith about moving through grief.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What if the games we play reveal deeper truths about human nature and society? In this mind-expanding conversation, neuroscientist Kelly Clancy, author of Playing with Reality: How Games Have Shaped Our World explores the profound role of games and game theory in understanding ourselves and actively shaping reality itself.Get ready to rethink what constitutes "winning" and embrace an "infinite game" philosophy focused on mutual flourishing over ego-driven conquests.You can find Kelly at: Website | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Nir Eyal about becoming indistractable.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Stanford neuroscientist Sean Mackey, MD, PhD reveals pain is highly subjective, shaped by our beliefs and experiences - not just injury signals. He unpacks chronic pain's persistence, promising treatment strategies like brief behavioral therapies, and research toward personalizing care through biomarkers and digital platforms. An illuminating look at pain's complexities.You can find Sean at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Dr. David Spiegel about the surprising science of hypnosis, pain & habit change.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Non-binary author Jeffrey Marsh shares their journey from childhood rejection to joyfully embracing identity. They explore finding life-changing language/community, the path out of self-hatred, and why pronouns matter for human dignity. Marsh dives into myths of control, self-acceptance beyond gender/sexuality, and actively cultivating happiness. Their hard-won wisdom offers an inspiring roadmap for living authentically from their groundbreaking book, How To Be You. An uplifting must-listen on belonging and being true to yourself.You can find Jeffrey at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Trystan Reese about living and advocating for your truth.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What if you could rewire your brain to dismantle limiting beliefs and negativity? Neuroscientist Nicole Vignola reveals the power of neuroplasticity in this fascinating listen.Drawing from her book, Rewire: Break the Cycle, Alter Your Thoughts and Create Lasting Change (Your Neurotoolkit for Everyday Life), Nicole provides a roadmap to upgrade your neural circuitry through visualization, meditation, and science-backed practices.You'll learn to overcome subconscious programming and negativity bias. Imagine having more control over your reality by harnessing neuroplasticity. If you want to become the architect of your best life, this mind-expanding episode is essential.You can find Nicole at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Light Watkins about reclaiming a freer story and making big changes in life.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Poet Maggie Smith candidly unpacks the lightning strike success of her viral 2016 poem "Good Bones" and how it strained her marriage, ultimately unraveling - an upheaval she unflinchingly explores in her vulnerable memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful.Smith discusses metabolizing life's "unanswerable mysteries" through writing, going viral as an introvert, modeling authenticity for her kids, and our struggle to embrace life's "andness." With radiant honesty, she pursues the uncomplicated truth of simply being herself through stillness and creativity.This profound dialogue is a masterclass on upheaval, art, and what it means to truly live a good life from one of today's vital literary voices.You can find Maggie at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Liz Gilbert about writing yourself letters from love.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What if everything society told you about how to find happiness was misleading? My guest Stephanie Harrison, author of New Happy: Getting Happiness Right in a World That's Got It Wrong, challenges the cultural conditioning around chasing achievements, wealth, and status as the path to joy. She provides insights from positive psychology research and her own experience with depression to unravel the myths behind our collective pursuit of happiness. Stephanie offers a practical philosophy centered on sharing our gifts of humanity, wisdom, and talent to create ripples of lasting well-being for ourselves and others. Tune in to rethink what true happiness means and how you can live it.You can find Stephanie at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Dan Lerner about the science of passion.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What's the difference between habits and rituals, and how can everyday routines shape our lives? Author Michael Norton reveals the hidden power of rituals in his new book, The Ritual Effect: From Habit to Ritual, Harness the Surprising Power of Everyday Actions. Discover how rituals create meaning, bind groups, help us grieve, and provoke a diversity of emotions. Learn to appreciate current rituals and add new ones to enhance your relationships, mental health, personal growth and more. Michael’s research shows rituals do far more than habits, transforming the emotional impact of mundane actions. Tune in for practical steps to tap into the ritual effect and imbue your life with greater connection and significance.You can find Michael at: Website | LinkedIn | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with James Clear about habits.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Could regenerative medicine transform how we treat disease and even reverse aging? Dr. Adeel Khan shares groundbreaking insights on leveraging stem cells, gene editing, and tissue engineering to unlock healthcare's full potential. Learn how induced pluripotent stem cells are being used to regrow neurons in Parkinson's patients' brains. Hear about revolutionary gene therapies that could permanently alter genetics to cure chronic illnesses. Discover the incredible possibilities emerging at the intersection of cellular medicine, CRISPR, and 3D-printed organs. But also gain wisdom for navigating this complex landscape responsibly. Dr. Khan provides an accessible primer on the risks, limitations, and realistic timeline for bringing these powerful technologies into standard practice. The future of medicine has arrived - tune in to stay at the cutting edge of what will soon be possible.You can find Adeel at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Dr. Frank Lipman about the 6 pillars of well-being.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Unlock the secrets to a mind-blowing sex life and deeper intimacy. This boundary-pushing episode brings together three trailblazing experts to shatter myths and reignite your desire.Vanessa Marin provides communication exercises and a "sex menu" to explore new realms of pleasure. Emily Nagoski, author of Come As You Are, shares neuroscience insights to rewire your brain for extraordinary orgasms. And Nicole Prause reveals cutting-edge research on using brain stimulation to boost libido or reduce hypersexuality.From overcoming shame to navigating mismatched drives, they guide you through candid conversations about erotic empowerment. Discover practical techniques to fan the flames of passion, prioritize pleasure, and create profound emotional and physical connections.Whether you're struggling with a dormant sex life or seeking the keys to next-level bliss, this is your roadmap to unlocking ecstasy. Get ready for a pleasure revolution!Episode TranscriptYou can find Vanessa at: Website | Instagram | Listen to Our Full-Length Convo with VanessaYou can find Emily at: Website | Instagram | Listen to Our Full-Length Convo with EmilyYou can find Nicole at: Website | Twitter | Listen to Our Full-Length Convo with NicoleCheck out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Feeling stuck and can't break free? Neuropsychotherapist and author Britt Frank shares science-based insights on getting unstuck. Learn what underlies stuckness, how to reframe procrastination, collaborate with your inner parts, and move forward with self-compassion. Britt offers eye-opening new perspectives on relationships, play, possibility and more. Discover her powerful tools from The Getting Unstuck Workbook: Practical Tools for Overcoming Fear and Doubt - and Moving Forward with Your Life to overcome fear, doubt, and shame and start making real change. If you've ever felt trapped in life, this episode will give you a breakthrough understanding and practical way to get unstuck.You can find Britt at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Charlie Gilkey about finishing projects that matter.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sharing an episode of a podcast called Ways to Win, where Coach Cal and Craig Robinson use on-court wisdom to solve your off-court problems. Craig talks with prominent athletes, business leaders, and celebrities, who reveal insights that made them into the leaders they are today. Like President Obama, who shared how he deals with pressure by projecting confidence, believing in your team, and taking criticism.In this episode, Kentucky basketball legend and former NBA star Rex Chapman discusses his new memoir, It's Hard for Me to Live with Me. You'll hear how he overcame the rockiest period in his personal and professional life: His battle with addiction, depression, and anxiety. At the end of the day, says Rex, whether in sports or in life, it’s all about the teammates you surround yourself with. Rex also talks about filling the void the end of his playing career created, and gives a listener advice for dealing with people who are resistant to change. You can find more inspiring episodes of Ways to Win at https://link.chtbl.com/waystowin?sid=goodlifeproject Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Do you ever feel like you're just going through the motions without fully appreciating life's gifts? My guest Cass Sunstein, co-author of Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There, explores how we unintentionally become desensitized to the amazing parts of our lives through "habituation." Learn how shaking up routines can reawaken childlike awe and help you see your relationships, work, and world with fresh eyes again. Cass shares fascinating research on habituation and practical tips for breaking out of "auto-pilot" to rediscover meaning in your marriage, health, community and more. This inspiring chat will open your eyes to the extraordinary possibilities waiting right in front of you - if only you know how to look again.You can find Cass at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Daniel Kahneman about how our brains do weird things to our behavior.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What makes love last decades instead of years? After studying thousands of couples, Drs. Julie and John Gottman discovered what separates the masters from the disasters. Learn their research-backed secrets, like the 5:1 magic ratio, bids for connection, and the 4 horsemen to avoid. It's all here - including insights from their book, Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.You can find The Gottman's at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Eli Finkel about the self-actualized marriage.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What if everything you think about free will is an illusion? Behavioral scientist Robert Sapolsky makes a provocative case that free will is largely fiction.Drawing from his book, Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will, he deconstructs the idea through neurobiology, genetics, and anthropology. Sapolsky explores startling implications for criminal justice, achievement, and being human. From reframing punishment to questioning meritocracy, he doesn't flinch from disruptive conclusions. Can we truly "choose" anything? Get ready to have your perception of human behavior radically reshaped in this mind-bending dialogue.You can find Robert at: Website | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Milton Glaser about how different people and experiences influence your path.Check out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Feeling weighed down by incessant overthinking and anxiety? Unlock shockingly simple mindset shifts to disarm unhelpful mental chatter and regain control.Positive psychology expert Emiliya Zhivotovskaya reveals the core forms of draining thought patterns like worry spirals, harsh self-judgment and obsessive rumination. More importantly, you'll learn potent "talk-back" tricks to befriend (not fight) your inner voice.Subdue the overthinking monster keeping you stuck. Tap into newfound mental calm and creative energy. This masterclass in mastering your mindset will transform how you relate to the voice in your head.You can find Emiliya at: Website | Instagram | Mind Over Chatter Course | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Ethan Kross about handling chatter.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book SparkedMy New Podcast SPARKED. Visit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In our disconnected world, are you longing for deeper bonds and a true sense of belonging? Discover how to cultivate extraordinary friendships, nurture healing communities, and transform the way you show up in relationships. This powerful episode brings together three trailblazers - Mia Birdsong on reimagining family beyond the nuclear model, Dr. Marisa Franco sharing the science of making profound platonic connections, and Dr. Joy Harden Bradford illuminating the restorative magic of women's circles and sisterhoods. Through candid stories and research-backed insights, you'll gain practical tools for initiating authentic friendships, resolving conflict with empathy, and creating safe spaces to be truly seen and supported. Whether you crave more intimacy, community, or platonic love, this conversation will inspire you to invest in the meaningful relationships that allow you to thrive.Episode TranscriptYou can find Mia at: Website | Instagram | Listen to Our Full-Length Convo with MiaYou can find Marisa at: Website | Instagram | Listen to Our Full-Length Convo with MarisaYou can find Joy at: Website | Instagram | Therapy for Black Girls podcast | Listen to Our Full-Length Convo with JoyCheck out our offerings & partners: Join My New Writing Project: Awake at the WheelVisit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What if overcoming challenges and living an extraordinary life is simpler than you think? Jeff Karp shares his unlikely journey from a struggling student to pioneering Harvard professor and serial entrepreneur. Jeff developed a toolbox of “life ignition” practices to unlock creativity and possibility, despite learning differences. He reveals how embracing curiosity transformed his work and relationships. We explore tools to spark ideas, reframe failure, and lower the “activation energy” for change. Jeff explains how he turned to nature for inspiration to overcome setbacks in the lab, leading to breakthrough innovations. Discover how small mindset shifts can unlock your innate potential. Jeff Karp’s new book is LIT: Life Ignition Tools: Use Nature's Playbook to Energize Your Brain, Spark Ideas, and Ignite Action.You can find Jeff at: Website | LinkedIn | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Ozan Varol about drinking in life and making big things happen.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book SparkedMy New Podcast SPARKED. Visit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What if writing simple letters of love to yourself could change everything? Liz Gilbert shares an unusual practice that became her lifeline during painful times. Discover how tapping into self-compassion through daily letter writing provides surprising wisdom and comfort. Liz explains the transformative power of listening to your heart's guidance - something she now shares with thousands on her popular Substack, Letters From Love. Learn to turn inward and receive the unconditional love and support you crave through this magical daily ritual. Liz provides inspiration and practical guidance to unlock your inner wisdom through writing.You can find Liz at: Website | Letters From Love with Elizabeth Gilbert | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Elizabeth Gilbert about navigating love and loss and finding lightness again.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book SparkedMy New Podcast SPARKED. Visit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What if facing mortality could unlock the secret to living fully? My guest Alua Arthur, a death doula and author of Briefly Perfectly Human: Making an Authentic Life by Getting Real About the End, knows firsthand how confronting death can transform how we live. In this thought-provoking episode, we dive into taboo topics like grief, loss, and our cultural avoidance of mortality. Alua shares insights from her deeply personal journey of embracing end-of-life experiences, leading to more meaning, authenticity, and connection. Learn tangible practices to live more present and purpose-driven lives, reflect on death consciously, craft your own ideal experience, and discuss difficult topics with loved ones. This conversation may shift your entire outlook on how to live well by leaning into our universally shared mortality.You can find Alua at: Website | Instagram | Episode TranscriptIf you LOVED this episode you’ll also love the conversations we had with Elizabeth Gilbert about embracing life.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book SparkedMy New Podcast SPARKED. Visit Our Sponsor Page For Great Resources & Discount Codes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Denial Brown

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Armita

all of the subjects of good life project podcasts are the greatest in their own way and there’s no episode that is not attractive to me

Jan 10th
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Armita

it was great no doubt

Jan 7th
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Nov 23rd
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Nov 23rd
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Farnaz Tayebati

where can I find transcripts of this podcast ?

Sep 22nd
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it ended up when april was talking about "enough"

Sep 14th
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added to me, thank you✨️

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Aakash Amanat

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Bobby Kuriacose

good news for those suffering from depression. It will great if you can do a follow up on this episode on the keto diet that works for these ailments.

Jul 12th
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Amanda Woodson

After listening to the insightful podcast episode on the surprising link between metabolism and mental illness by Dr. Chris Palmer, I was fascinated by the connection explored between these two aspects of our well-being. It's incredible how our body's metabolic processes can impact our mental health. The episode shed light on the importance of understanding the intricate relationship between metabolism and mental illness. It emphasized the need for comprehensive approaches to mental health, considering both biological and psychological factors. In light of this topic, I wanted to share a resource that can further support individuals in their mental health journey. The link provided, https://www.covingtonreporter.com/blog/5-best-online-therapy-platforms-2022/ presents a compilation of the top 5 online therapy platforms in 2022. These platforms offer accessible and convenient avenues for seeking professional help and support. Just as our metabolism influences our mental well-being, it

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Takisha Martin

This is amazing. We truly are what we eat.

Jul 3rd
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八王

good

Jun 10th
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Bandulu88

This was great. Thank you.

Apr 27th
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