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How do we want to show up, especially when things get tough? This is a great question to ask ourselves as many of us have the tendency to fall quickly and easily into patterns that don’t serve us well, often causing more harm than good, both physically and mentally. There are ways we can take back control of our minds, however, so that we can let go of stress and enjoy what most matters in life.
In today’s episode, I talk with Dr. Elissa Epel, Dr. Susan David, and Gabrielle Bernstein about the power of the mind to create or reduce stress.
Elissa Epel, PhD, is an internationally renowned health psychologist who is focusing on how to live well and thrive with existential stress, despite the challenges we face personally and globally. She is a professor at UCSF and the director of UCSF’s Aging, Metabolism, and Emotion Center. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and past president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine and serves on scientific advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health. She is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Telomere Effect. Her latest book is The Stress Prescription: Seven Days to More Joy and Ease.
Susan David, PhD, is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility, describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. Susan’s TED Talk on the topic went viral, with over 1 million views in its first week of release. Susan is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, a cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate), and on the scientific advisory boards of Thrive Global and Virgin Pulse.
Gabrielle Bernstein is the New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written six additional bestsellers, including Super Attractor, which launched in September 2019. She was featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader,” and the Oprah Winfrey Network chose Gabrielle to be part of the “Super Soul 100,” a dynamic group of 100 trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world.
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Dr. Elissa Epel
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