“The Animal Version of Happy Boils Down to Two Things: Safety and Discovery.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Kathryn Bowers I got to know Kathryn because we’re both in a writers’ group, the Invisible Institute. I love this group because although we’re all non-fiction writers, we cover an extremely wide range of subjects. When else would I hang out in a professional group with someone like Kathryn—who’s an applied animal behaviorist and science writer? Her first book, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, was a New York Times bestseller and was recently featured at…

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The mindset of a Corporate Migrant – Self Improvement Article

An interview with the Author of the Immigrant Manifesto – Obi Odenigbo. A look inside the mindset of a corporate migrant. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do My name is Obi Odenigbo, an aerospace engineer and author of the “Immigrant Manifesto” Obi is short for Obinna which is translated as “heart of the/his father”. I grew up in Enugu State, North East of Nigeria, but currently living in a small city in Iowa, USA called Cedar…

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The Dependencies Behind The Success of A Foreign Entrepreneur – Self Improvement Article

An interview with Davies Iyiegbu, Author of Foreignpreneur on the dependencies behind starting a successful business as a foreign entrepreneur. What makes or break a foreign entrepreneur in business. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? My name is Davies Iyiegbu, Founder & CEO of Study in Europe mobile app, Author of the Foreignpreneur. I was born in Nigeria, from Nnewi South LGA in Anambra state to a family of four. I am married with a daughter. Growing up…

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“Making One’s Bed In My Mind Is the Most Direct Road to a Happier Life.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Isabel Gillies Now, how do I know Isabel Gillies? The answer is lost in the sands of time. We have several mutual friends, perhaps that’s how. She has had a very interesting, varied career. She is an actor who appeared, among other places, on the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and in the movie Metropolitan. She’s also a highly successful writer. Her bestselling memoir Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story recounts the story of how her first…

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“People Need to Find When Their Brains Work Best and Fit Their Schedules Around That.”

Interview: Edith Hall I love Edith Hall’s short biography: “Edith Hall is a London University Academic who specialises in putting pleasure into the history, literature, theatre, myth and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome and their continuing impact in the modern world.” It manages to convey not only her expertise but also her enthusiasm for her subject, and her passion for teaching others to appreciate the ideas and history that absorb her. (Also, from the spellings we know she’s British.)…

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“A Life of Contentment and Joy Doesn’t Mean Avoiding Experiences with Loss and Pain.”

Interview: Sarah McColl Sarah McColl is a writer who has been published by a wide range of publications, and she also was founding editor-in-chief of Yahoo Foods. Her first book just hit the shelves, a memoir called Joy Enough. In it, she tackles her experience of simultaneously going through a divorce and losing her mother to cancer—a double blow. I couldn’t wait to talk to Sarah about happiness, habits, and self-knowledge. Gretchen: What’s a simple activity or habit that consistently…

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“I Realized I Was Expecting More from Myself Than the People I Treat and Counsel.”

Interview: Samantha Brody Samantha Brody has spent more than twenty years in her practice addressing the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of her patients’ health, to help them effectively address and achieve their health goals. Her new book Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out just hit the shelves. I couldn’t wait to talk to her about happiness, habits, and productivity. For many people, stress is a big happiness stumbling block as they try to make their lives…

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“What You Think Is Existential Angst Might Actually Be a Lack of Sleep.”

Interview: Alice Robb Alice is a writer who lives here in New York City, in Brooklyn. She’s written for many publications, including The New Republic and The Cut. She has a book that just hit the shelves: Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey. Throughout history, people have been fascinated by dreams—why we dream, what dreams mean, and if you’re my husband, how do you stop having the same bad dream over and over? (He dreams that…

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