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Eat, Pray, Love...and Relax

Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of the book, Eat, Pray, Love, talks about why divorce produces such a high level of stress, how she discovered her own pathways to happiness, and why we must stand firm against the river of forces of stress in modern life.

Understanding stress

  • Bruce McEwen Ph.D.
  • Dr. Bruce McEwen, Director, Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University, answers the questions, What is stress? Does stress harm the brain? and, What can we do to protect ourselves from stress?

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The space between your thoughts

  • Richard Gere
  • Actor Richard Gere ponders his personal philosophy of meditation. He talks about the value of using meditation to find the personal space between our thoughts.

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Positive and negative stress

  • Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D.
  • Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky explains that stress in the form of stimulation is a positive force in our lives, but too much stress can have adverse affects on the brain. He explains how chronic stress affects our memory and decision making, saying that “Your memory goes down the tubes with chronic stress."

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We are what we choose to think

  • Louise Hay
  • Louise Hay, the best-selling self-help author who claims to have cured herself of cancer through “positive thinking,” talks with Dan Gilbert about how we can control our emotions by what we choose to think. She questions the usefulness of scientific findings and says that she relies on her "inner ding" to validate her thoughts and feelings.

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A survivor's story

  • Michele
  • Michelle, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, struggles with the changes in her life. In addition to chemotherapy, she pursues various paths in an attempt to find the tools that will help her tap into her inner strength and survive emotionally. She attends the Heal Your Life Conference and self-help book fair and discusses her experience at the conference with her daughter.

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Behind the scenes with Dr. Phil

  • Dr. Phil McGraw
  • Dr. Phil, a clinical psychologist, with the second-highest-rated daytime talk show on TV, speaks with Dan Gilbert in this behind-the-scenes look at America’s most popular TV psychologist. The two discuss the limits and extent of personal responsibility each of us has in our emotional lives.

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