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Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Kelly McGonigal translates academic research into practical strategies for health, happiness and personal success.
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HER?
Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal is a leader in the growing field of “science-help.” Through books, articles, courses and workshops, McGonigal works to help us understand and implement the latest scientific findings in psychology, neuroscience and medicine.
Straddling the worlds of research and practice, McGonigal holds positions in both the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the School of Medicine. Her most recent book, The Willpower Instinct, explores the latest research on motivation, temptation and procrastination, as well as what it takes to transform habits, persevere at challenges and make a successful change.
She is now researching a new book about the “upside of stress,” which will look at both why stress is good for us, and what makes us good at stress. In her words: “The old understanding of stress as a unhelpful relic of our animal instincts is being replaced by the understanding that stress actually makes us socially smart — it’s what allows us to be fully human.”
Lessons of Steve Jobs: Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki is the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. He is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Intentional Serendipity: Corey Ford
Corey Ford on “Intentional Serendipity.”
Corey Ford is the CEO of Matter Ventures, a $2.5 million incubator and start-up accelerator launched by Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to spur innovation in public media. He most recently built Runway, a pre-team, pre-idea incubator for entrepreneurs at Innovation Endeavors, Google chairman Eric Schmidt‘s venture capital fund. Prior to that, he taught design thinking innovation at the Institute of Design at Stanford University. Corey began his career in public broadcasting managing the production of 17 films for the PBS/WGBH series FRONTLINE, earning an Emmy and a duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award. He earned an MBA at Stanford and was a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill where he majored in Journalism and International Studies.
When Change is not a Choice: Armen Berjikly
After a close friend’s diagnosis with a serious medical condition, Berjikly began creating online communities designed to sponsor hope through research and community. Witnessing the power of connecting people with a shared experience, and therefore common understanding, led to the creation of Experience Project which has rapidly grown to the largest community of people sharing life experiences, with over 10 million people a month sharing over 20 million experiences. Previously Berjikly worked at the Echelon Corporation, where he helped manage their “intelligent utility grid” solution from paper concept to millions of units shipped. Berjikly’s passion continues to be building products that unite people who can improve each other’s lives, and pioneering new ways to bring emotional awareness to technology.
Berjikly obtained his Master’s Degree from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship. Prior to that he graduated with honors in Computer Science from Stanford, where his primary research focus was Human-Computer Interaction.
Grieving the loss of a loved one is a journey which starts before they die and does not end 1 or 2 years after they die. It is a normal, complex, unique part of life which can lead to personal growth and a more resilient survivor. Still, many people struggle with mood, doubts, regrets, and function of life after the loss of a loved one. We will discuss these issues together and help people understand how the difficult journey of grief can be a good one.
Clay M. Anderson, MD, FACP, is an associate professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and is Director of the Missouri Palliative Care Program. He is also has a faculty appointment in the MU Center for Health Ethics as a clinical ethicist and in the Sinclair School of Nursing as a teacher and research collaborator and is a part-time senior medical director for Hospice Compassus, Inc. — Central Missouri Office. He is board-certified in palliative care, medical oncology, and internal medicine, and leads his team in caring for people and families living with life limiting illness of many kinds.
He teaches and generates original work for the MU School of Medicine, University of Missouri Health Care, and beyond in the areas of end of life care, hospice and palliative care, pain management, palliative/supportive oncology, patient-physician communication, narrative medicine, and spirituality and health care. His education includes an undergraduate degree from MU, an MD degree from Stanford University, and postgraduate training from University of Colorado in Denver and University of Texas – M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
He has been on the faculty in the School of Medicine since 1997. He lives in Columbia with his wife Michelle and their three children and enjoys reading, fly fishing, duck hunting, camping, hiking, cooking, wine tasting, and playing games with his family. He is active in his church home in Columbia, Calvary Episcopal Church
Happiness Within Reach Conference at Stanford University
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