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Did you know that moving as a collective–whether it’s in a fitness class, walking a marathon that honors the life of someone, or even hiking with friends–enhances a deep sense of belonging? It’s called the “joy of movement.” Health psychologist, Kelly McGonigal, shares her research and wealth of knowledge on how movement is the antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness that we often feel.

Kelly’s a lecturer at Stanford University and specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. As a pioneer in the field of Science Help her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal wellbeing and strengthen communities. Through the Stanford Center of Compassion and Altruism Kelly helped create the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training, a program that’s now taught around the world to help individuals strengthen their empathy, compassion, and self-compassion. Kelly’s a bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress as well as the soon to be released Joy of Movement.

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Key Takeaways:

Your courageous discomfort. Have you ever thought: I wish my life was a little more comfortable? More safe? More rewarding? Although very common, how we respond to those thoughts can cause extraordinary amounts of disconnection and missed opportunity for deep growth. But wait! There’s light in the darkness. The TRUTH is this . . . [12:02].

Your hidden superpower. Did you know there are proven studies that show knowing who you are is intimately connected to the feedback you get from your body all the time? You’re running fast, your body senses your heart pacing, you think, “I am free, I am powerful.” Oh, but there’s more! Start HERE to begin building a better, stronger self today . . . [16:38].

Your unknown connection. You might be familiar with the idea of runner’s high–where one feels good because their brain has an influx of ‘happy hormones”–but have you heard of endocannabinoids? They’re released alongside endorphins and what they can do for you is something much more powerful. Their SECRET power is this . . . [21:56].

Your subconscious battle. Sometimes you choose to eat healthy, other times you give in and indulge. One moment you’re connected with others, the next you’re locked up and isolating. Is there a way to be one way all the time? The answer is no; it’s human nature. Remember THIS the next time you’re having an internal struggle . . . [31:46].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. You’re never more than One Idea Away from a whole, new reality.