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Good Life Project

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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 Al ...
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What if you could communicate effortlessly with anyone, instantly establishing trust and connection? According to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg, author of the new book Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection, the most compelling communicators don't possess any magical talents. They've simply mastered t…
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Want to cut cravings, boost energy, and take control of your health? Biochemist and bestselling author Jessie Inchauspé shares surprising hacks to steady your blood sugar in this fascinating conversation. Learn how timing sweets, pairing carbs with fat/protein, and starting your day without sugar can work wonders. Jessie busts myths around whole gr…
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What if mattering could be the key to living your best life? Psychologist Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky joins us to unpack the profound human need for mattering. Isaac explains the two components of mattering—feeling valued and adding value. Discover how cultivating mattering through fairness, purpose, and small generous acts can transform health, happin…
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What if your closest friendships were just as significant as your marriage? My fascinating guest Rhaina Cohen, author of The Other Significant Others: Reimagining Life with Friendship at the Center, reveals compelling research on how profound platonic bonds can provide the same fulfillment and devotion as romantic ones. Tune in to hear Rhaina's eye…
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After following in her activist parents' footsteps, Blair Imani reached her breaking point organizing protests in college. She shares how rediscovering spirituality helped her let go of toxic expectations and heal. Blair realized education was a more sustainable way for her to impact change as a historian and creator of the popular Smarter In Secon…
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Do you ever feel like you barely slept even after a full night in bed? You're not alone. Sleep expert Dr. Christopher Winter reveals the truth about the perception gap between how we think we're sleeping and reality. Discover science-backed techniques to get better rest, change your mindset around sleep, and stop obsessing over routines. Dr. Winter…
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Sex educator Emily Nagoski reveals how to sustain passionate intimacy over the long haul with research from her groundbreaking new book, Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections. She explains why pleasure trumps desire, how stress impacts connection, and the importance of open communication about desires. Emily o…
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This January Jumpstart episode explores how we can rediscover our deepest sense of belonging within. Zen priest Rev. angel Kyodo williams and spiritual leader Melissa Carter share how embracing all of ourselves allows us to fully inhabit our humanity. By returning to our inner wholeness through mindfulness, we can move through the world from a plac…
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In this episode, Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, author of The Five Resets: Rewire Your Brain and Body for Less Stress and More Resilience, shares how to reframe our relationship with stress. She explains why feeling overwhelmed is a common human experience, not a personal failing. Simple, science-backed techniques like breathing, social connection, journaling…
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This January Jumpstart episode explores how movement strengthens your mind, body, and immunity. What if exercise could unlock your brain's creativity and make you happier, healthier, and more focused? Neuroscientist Dr. Jennifer Heisz and physician Dr. Gabrielle Lyon reveal how movement strengthens your mind, body, and immunity. Learn how to refram…
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Feeling like you're always behind in life? Leo Babauta joins us to explore why we get stuck chasing unrealistic expectations, and simple mindset shifts that can transform your days into a graceful, meaningful, and fun game worth playing. Discover how to ditch perfectionism and embrace self-compassion to experience more ease and joy right now. You c…
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This January Jumpstart episode explores the power of exquisite attention - the ability to direct your focus with intention to create moments of profound presence. Renowned mindfulness teacher Tara Brach shares practices like RAIN to help awaken us from anxious, judgmental trances. Leading researcher Dacher Keltner illuminates how awe opens our eyes…
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When constant ringing and noise from tinnitus brought anxiety, despair and sleepless nights, Jonathan stumbled upon an unlikely antidote - mindfulness meditation. What began as therapy to cope with daily torment evolved into a profound practice for creativity, clarity and calm. Learn how mindfulness helped Jonathan find peace despite unrelenting sy…
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Change is hard. But what if embracing change led to your greatest growth? My guest is Brad Stulberg, bestselling author of Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything Is Changing – Including You. Brad shares how we can cultivate “rugged flexibility” to gracefully navigate cycles of order, disorder and reorder. Imagine harnessing the storms of ch…
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What really brings meaning and purpose to life? This episode is part of our January Jumpstart series where each week we dive into concepts to drive real change through learning and action. Get science-backed insights from an 80-year Harvard happiness study revealing how relationships and activities—not money or fame—unlock fulfillment with our guid…
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If you have big goals and dreams but struggle with making them happen, this episode is for you! We're sharing our powerful 8-part Success Scaffolding framework to finally accomplish your most meaningful visions this year. We'll create a vivid picture of the outcome you want and understand your deeper purpose behind it. Jonathan will walk you throug…
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What if small, incremental actions could transform your life? In this fascinating conversation with James Clear, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Atomic Habits, you’ll get proven strategies based in psychology and neuroscience for building the habits you want and breaking the ones holding you back. Learn how to create an environment that rei…
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Reignite your passion for life in 2024 with our January Jumpstart episode! We debunk false beliefs about finding your one true passion, reveal the science behind harmonious vs. obsessive pursuits, and explore why curiosity offers a healthier path than waiting for a thunderbolt moment. You'll hear insights from positive psychology expert Dan Lerner …
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What does your Contribution Bucket look like these days? On this special year-end reflection episode, we dive deep into the work and effort that fills you up rather than drains you. Jonathan shares what he's learned from researching human flourishing at work, including identifying the 5 key qualities that make work energizing: purpose, excitement, …
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What does it mean to live meaningfully? Journey with us as we revisit poignant moments from conversations on presence, curiosity, self-acceptance, integration, community, and the power of our stories. We'll dive into chats with Pico Iyer on living fully through presence, Karen Walrond on embracing change and aging with creativity, and violinist Vij…
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What makes some couples thrive for decades while others fizzle out? Psychotherapist and bestselling author Amy Morin reveals the habits that erode relationships and the tools needed to build resilient joy in her latest book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do. Drawing on research and years of counseling experience, Amy shares how small chan…
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In this illuminating episode, we dive deep into the power of human connection for a fulfilling life. Jonathan shares insights from decades of research showing our most important relationships are key to wellbeing. We explore how to take stock of your Connection bucket and nurture the few deep bonds that matter most. Learn simple but profound practi…
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Discover the winning money mindset to change your financial life. Personal finance phenom and TikTok star Vivian Tu decodes finances in simple steps so you can stop living paycheck-to-paycheck. Learn how to negotiate your true worth, overcome investing fears, adopt wealth-building habits, and use money as a tool for good. Vivian shares insider stra…
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Have you ever wondered about the secret fungal networks operating unseen beneath your feet? My guest Merlin Sheldrake, author of the New York Times bestseller Entangled Life, reveals a surreal subterranean cosmos of mycelium underlying life as we know it. In this mind-expanding conversation, Sheldrake illuminates the alien intelligence of fungi and…
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It's been a turbulent year for many of us, taking a real toll on our vitality buckets - our energy levels, physical health, mental focus and overall sense of well-being. In Part 2 of this special Year-End Reflection series, we're tapping into the wisdom of the Good Life Buckets model to help you understand how the last year has impacted your own vi…
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Have you noticed patterns in your life traced back generations? My guest Dr. Mariel Buqué shares how trauma gets embedded in our biology and psychology, passed down through families. In her new book Break the Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma, this psychologist provides clinically proven techniques to regulate our nervous systems, …
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What if you could rewrite the subconscious scripts controlling your life? Harness untapped mental powers to conquer pain, anxiety, and addictions? My guest Dr. David Spiegel, renowned psychiatrist & director of Stanford's Center on Stress and Health, pulls back the curtain on hypnosis. With 45+ years of researching and successfully treating patient…
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It's time for deep reflection as we close out 2023. Over four weeks, join us for an intimate year-end review built around the Good Life Buckets. We'll guide you to reflect on how this year unfolded, your role in it, key learnings, and how to carry those into 2023 with more wisdom and agency. We'd also love for you to share your journey! Record a vo…
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After years of requests, it's finally happening - I'm the one in the hot seat for this special interview with none other than beloved 4x bestselling author and podcast host Kelly Corrigan of Kelly Corrigan Wonders. We have a heart-to-heart chat about life, work, relationships, challenges and more. Kelly nudges me into sharing personal stories and i…
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What does it take to live a life filled with love? This special episode draws upon the wisdom of five relationship experts to share insights on how to love and be loved in a complicated world. Hear research-backed tips from bestselling authors and marriage researchers Julie and John Gottman, Diego Perez (Young Pueblo) shares thoughts on allowing re…
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When was the last time you truly embraced yourself, inside and out? My guest Cleo Wade, New York Times–bestselling author and poet shares her incredible wisdom for finding inner peace amid life's changes in her new book, Remember Love: Words for Tender Times. We explore how poetry anchors us when lost, tuning into natural rhythms, and growing throu…
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Have you ever felt stuck in life? Psychiatrist Phil Stutz says leaning into adversity is the secret to getting unstuck. His unconventional methods have helped celebrities and everyday people find meaning and purpose when they felt lost. Now, in his new book Lessons for Living: What Only Adversity Can Teach You, Stutz shares the tools and wisdom fro…
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In an era of polarization, we’ve lost the art of gathering, listening, and connecting across divides. How can we rediscover the power of discourse to build mutual understanding? Priya Parker, Anand Giridharadas, and Jonah Berger reveal simple but transformative tools to help us relearn how to truly listen, relate, and influence. Through stories and…
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Have you ever felt like you've lost your sense of self? Psychotherapist Sara Kuburic joins me to discuss her experience with profound "self-loss" and the journey back to oneself. In her insightful new book, It's On Me: Accept Hard Truths, Discover Your Self, and Change Your Life, Sara blends personal stories with psychology and neuroscience to offe…
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What if the secret to a fulfilling life was simpler than you thought? My guest Simon Sinek offers a visionary perspective on transforming work into a source of passion and purpose. Simon believes we all have the capacity to live inspired, safe, and fulfilled lives, yet too many are deprived of this. He may be best known for starting a movement with…
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Have you ever felt like your brain just operates differently? Like no matter how hard you try, you're perpetually distracted or struggling to focus? You're not alone. Psychiatrist Dr. Sasha Hamdani shares her personal ADHD journey and provides research-backed techniques to better understand and thrive with your uniquely wired brain. We dive into pr…
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After experiencing profound personal tragedy, Michael Tennant made it his life's mission to cultivate empathy in himself and others. In our conversation, the Founder of Curiosity Lab and author of The Power of Empathy: A Thirty-Day Path to Personal Growth and Social Change shares his journey to understanding this powerful yet often neglected skill.…
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What if confidence was an illusion stopping you from an amazing life? Today we're unpacking how chasing confidence distracts us from meaningful growth and connection. Instead, cultivate awareness, bravery and conviction to take unconfident action. Learn to make decisions and live fully, even when uncertain. You’ll unlock growth and impact without n…
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What if ancient indigenous wisdom could guide us to live a good life today? My guest James Vukelich Kaagegaabaw, a descendant of the Ojibwe tribe, reveals hidden insights encoded in their language after dedicating over 20 years to studying and translating their stories. His fascinating new book, The Seven Generations and The Seven Grandfather Teach…
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Does anxiety feel like it's spiraling out of control? You're not alone. In this episode, we dive into the neuroscience behind anxiety and gain research-backed techniques to find calm, from embracing acceptance to short-circuiting unhelpful rumination. Hear perspectives on shifting your relationship with anxiety from: Dr. Jud Brewer Dr. Wendy Suzuki…
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Have you struggled to speak up when it matters most? My guest Sam Horn has devoted her career to helping people transform awkward moments into open communication. In this episode, Sam shares her expertise on how to find your voice, even on eggshells. We explore essential skills like awareness, listening, and empathy to shift from reactive to proact…
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Why do we sometimes feel unsafe or anxious for no reason? Neuroscientist Stephen Porges, Ph.D. shares how his groundbreaking polyvagal theory reveals the hidden workings of our nervous system. He and his son Seth Porges, explore in their new book Our Polyvagal World: How Safety and Trauma Change Us, how subjective feelings of safety versus danger s…
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Modern life is silently destroying our health. But what if the real culprit isn't too much fat, but too little muscle? Dr. Gabrielle Lyon, a physician researching the overlooked importance of muscle for metabolism, immunity, and disease prevention, reveals how the loss of muscle mass as we age secretly undermines health. In her groundbreaking book,…
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We've been sold a story that aging means decline. But what if that was a lie? My guest Karen Walrond flips the script on aging with her new book Radiant Rebellion: Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy, and Raise a Little Hell. She argues we can embrace getting older as a time of growth, joy, and possibility. Karen shares how we can rewrite narratives around…
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Dive into the captivating tale of Yunha Kim. An immigrant who exceeded expectations, yet felt unfulfilled despite having every hallmark of success. From thriving in Wall Street's corridors to becoming a passionate entrepreneur, living with 5 workmate-roommates as they built from scratch. Yet, fulfillment evaded her until she combined tech and a per…
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Life will knock us down. But how we get back up defines us. Where do we find the resilience to face hardship? How do we transform struggle into meaning? Mark Nepo, spiritual teacher and bestselling author of The Book of Awakening, returns with his new book Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength, to share the win…
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Colorado's new poet laureate Andrea Gibson takes the stage to illuminate and heal through raw, vulnerable spoken word poetry. A pioneering LGBTQ voice, Andrea discusses poetry's power, the courage growth requires, and their guiding ethos that authenticity matters more than suffering. Despite fear, their immersive performances resonate deeply, chang…
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How do you make the right call when faced with high-stakes decisions? Shane Parrish devoted his career to decoding the art and science of decision-making after being overwhelmed with life-and-death choices in his 20s. Now, the founder of Farnam Street and acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments int…
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What if chasing outer success still leaves us feeling empty inside? My guest Suneel Gupta can relate. After selling his startup, he realized achievements weren’t enough. Rediscovering the Hindu concept of dharma—expressing your essence through work—he found new purpose. In our conversation, Suneel shares insights from his book Everyday Dharma to re…
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When was the last time you felt truly seen, flaws and all, without pretending or minimizing yourself? For many, those moments of radical self-acceptance are rare. Today we're sharing stories from three inspiring women - author Alex Elle, teacher Rosie Acosta, and poet Arielle Estoria - who have uncovered their truest selves after shedding layers of…
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