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It's Veterans Day in the USA Veterans are hurting this year. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day, and millions are stressed, suffering, and having a hard time right now. And even if you're not a veteran, this has been a tough year. We all feel like we're in a war. So in this episode, I remind you where you can find your armor and your weap…
 
If you're stressed about the election, or anything else, take heart! Today I've got six lessons from the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk to help you change your mind and change your life. Transplant THOUGH and YET for the thought cancers IF and WHEN, and you'll learn to have faith and joy no matter what you're going through.…
 
All of us feel depressed, sad, or melancholy sometimes And I've been feeling that lately too. So has Lisa. So, I thought it might be helpful for us to talk about strategies to use when you're not feeling Infinitely Happier. Of course, my go-to weapon against melancholy is scripture. Here's a great article from Jack Wellman on scriptures to use when…
 
Flinching before you fire a gun leads to inefficiency, missed shots, and frustration. But flinching in life is tragic, because it can keep us twitchy and afraid to take the shots God gives us at abundance and joy. In this episode, we learn the secrets of not flinching, starting today.By W. Lee Warren, MD
 
Defining Moments Are Never What They First Seem to Be I want to talk for just a few minutes today, in the shadow of 9/11, about my experience in Iraq. How it colors every day of my life and my work. Because 9/11 was a defining moment for me, I thought it would be good to talk about defining moments, and what they teach us about ourselves.…
 
There Are Four Types of Relationship Investors: Consumers, Gamblers, Traders, and Investors. Which are you? It occurred to me recently that the same behaviors people have in terms of money follow them in their relationships with other people. Now the bible has a lot to say about relationships. So I started wondering if I could find scriptures to gu…
 
If There's One Thing I've Learned From Losing a Son, It's Empathy When you're hurting, you don't need someone to try to "fix it." Someone needs to listen, someone needs to try to get it. Someone needs to be open and share what’s real, to be there. Lisa got to where she would tell me, “Don’t try to fix me; just feel me.” Here are some thoughts on ho…
 
Sometimes the person who treats you the worst in life is... you. Today we’re going to talk about how we talk to ourselves. We’re going to look at something good writers do sometimes, when they create what’s called an “unreliable narrator. That works great in fiction, to keep the reader guessing and to unfold a story to shape the reader’s perspectiv…
 
I've Learned a Lot About Things We Cannot See Lately There’s always a lot of sadness lurking about in this life, isn’t there? You don’t have to look very far to see someone going through impossibly hard things. So today, I want to share three things I’ve noticed about times when you can’t seem to see a path forward out of the darkness you’re in. Wh…
 
Hope is a verb: there’s two consistent things about biblical examples of when people feel hopeless, and what they do next, that are important to flesh out: Any time we’re faced with a seemingly hopeless situation, there’s movement and there’s memory. There’s action. There’s a choice made. You have to fight for hope, friend, because life doesn’t alw…
 
We've Reached the End of Infinity, at Least for a While Today, a story about stumbling stones, brain cancer, finding God in unexpected places, and how God is always working to help all of us, even when we can't see it. Plus, Tommy Walker music, AND I'm going to pray for you WHILE teaching you more self-brain surgery techniques. Whew. A lot going on…
 
All of Us Have a Story We Tell Ourselves And it's often a lie. Today, we're taking a look at the art form known as Story, and we're going to finally learn how to find the courage to enter the scary places from which those stories come. We'll get into the cave of our minds, find the source of the lies we tell ourselves, and finally overcome them to …
 
Motivational Speakers and Preachers Promise You a Perfect Life But that's not my thing. I'm here with a very different set of promises. If I'm a motivational speaker, I might be the worst one ever. Because you won't ever hear me tell you that everything will be good in your life if you just have enough faith. But you will hear me tell you that you …
 
God wants your life to soar, but often it feels like we're crashing instead. Today, I want to talk about flying. I grew up around airplanes, because both of my parents were private pilots. And we lived down the road from a WWII pilot, Glen Walters. I used to go down to his house, and his wife Betsy would make ginger bread and I’d fish in their pond…
 
When Your World is Crashing, You Might Need a Trust Transplant Lately, we’ve been talking about the basics of self-brain surgery to learn how to think about our thinking, and the ideas behind the new book I’m writing, Infinitely Happier: A Neurosurgeon’s Thoughts on Thinking. Today, I want to teach you an operation you can perform that will make al…
 
Overthinking Can Drive Us Crazy and Wreck Our Peace of Mind Worrying isn’t the only thought issue we face. Whether it’s worry, regret, sadness, decision making, whatever, sometimes we simply overthink things. In this episode we'll learn how to stop overthinking everything, which will help us in our quest to become Infinitely Happier.…
 
We're all feeling loss right now. We need some wins. Sometimes we struggle because we keep losing battles our heart knows we’re supposed to win. Or even worse, we don’t even try sometimes. And when we know we were supposed to take up a challenge and we’re too afraid to even try, it leaves us feeling ashamed and guilty. In this episode, we'll learn …
 
Today we’re going to do a little relationship brain surgery. Because when you’re trying to change your life, it seems like there’s always one person- THAT GUY- who’s out there to stymie you. Last episode, we talked about the new job I’m taking in a new place. I'm so pumped about it, because Lisa and I and our team are bringing neurosurgery to a com…
 
Synapses are where the business of the nervous system happens. Lately, we’ve been talking about the basics of self-brain surgery to learn how to think about our thinking, and the ideas behind the new book I’m writing, Infinitely Happier: A Neurosurgeon’s Thoughts on Thinking. But this isn’t just some “self-help” or motivational speaker-type thing. …
 
Life is Hard. But Learning Self-brain Surgery Can Help Last week, we talked about the basics of self-brain surgery to learn how to think about our thinking and learn to biopsy our thoughts- put a little pause in there between what happens to us, what thoughts pop up- and how we respond, either in terms of how we proceed to think or feel, or in what…
 
Life is not brain surgery. It’s harder. You can actually train someone to do brain surgery. But you have to live life to get good at it. Today, we're starting a series of episodes that will form a sort of outline for the new book I’m writing, which is tentatively titled Infinitely Happier: A Neurosurgeon’s Thoughts on Thinking. Anxiety is one of th…
 
When you're going through something hard, it's easy to focus on your own troubles. This can lead to depression and anxiety, and a downward spiral in your heart. But a great way to make things better is to look around to see what other people are dealing with and try to find ways to help them. Join me for a great conversation with a young couple who…
 
Tommy Walker is a world-renowned songwriter, worship leader, and pastor. His song, "He Knows My Name," has helped people all over take comfort in being known by God. Today, Tommy shares the beautiful origin of "He Knows My Name," to help us all understand that even when we feel isolated and unnoticed, God sees us, hears us, and loves us. Check out …
 
What happens when a committed, lifelong atheist begins to doubt his faith? Join me for a three-hour conversation with my good friend Dr. David Martorano. David sent me a shocking text message recently. We've had several long conversations over the years about his faith in atheism and my faith in Jesus Christ, and they always end in both of us shaki…
 
The COVID-19 Crisis Had a Huge Impact on Early Childhood Education High schools and colleges these days commonly use distance learning as a routine part of their work to educate their students. But preschools and elementary schools don't often use these technologies or even have practical ways to do so. When the COVID-19 virus caused schools to shu…
 
Even in our hardest moments, hope is always available. Join me for a great conversation about hope and perseverance with American heroes Scotty and Tiffany Smiley, and you'll find yourself inspired and uplifted in this dark time. Blindness became Major Scotty Smiley’s journey of supreme testing. As he lay helpless in the hospital, he resented the t…
 
Paul Baloche has given the global church hundreds of worship songs over the years. And through his leadworship.com ministry, Paul has helped equip thousands of musicians and singers to hone the craft of worship ministry. Join me for a conversation with Paul Baloche on how whatever you're going through, worship makes it better. Learn more about Paul…
 
Join me for a fun conversation with Internet sensation, writer, musician, and entrepreneur Zuby about following your heart, hard work, and finding your own path. Zuby is more than just a rapper. He is a rising public figure and influential voice, whose unique perspective, authenticity and positive energy have earned him over 300,000 followers on so…
 
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