Sailing to Happiness with Rob Dubin

Rob Dubin sailed the world studying happiness. Before that, though, he had to deal with a prognosis for his wife that said she’d lose both feet to frostbite. And before that, he and his wife were lost for days in a Colorado blizzard that had rescuers giving them up for dead. Rob Dubin learned a lot from all of that, and he found out that, whether you’re a billionaire sailing in America’s Cup or whether you’re a barefoot villager, there are certain things you can do to learn happiness.

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Robots at Home with Steve Favis

Steve Favis is in the process of inventing a robot that could make our lives easier and even keep seniors in their homes. He started loving AI — artificial intelligence, or robots to the rest of us — at an early age when he had to read computer manuals to his visually impaired father. A few years later, he was winning the Innovator Award from Intel. He’s thinking about robot coding, robot ethics, and even robot sex.

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Dietitian Dion Turner

Dietitian Dion Turner says your gut is like a garden. Probiotics are the seeds and processed foods are like the weeds.

She uses metaphors a lot because she is passionate about teaching people how to eat for their gut health and their overall health. It includes eating colorful, natural foods and being mindful, both of the food that goes into our bodies and of the microbes that live in our gut and can affect health all over your body.

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Functional Medicine

Greg Mongeon is all about functional medicine. It’s a different approach to medicine – for one thing, it’s focused on keeping you well as opposed to treating you once you get sick. Have a headache? A headache, he says, is not a lack of aspirin but a response to something else, and it’s his job to find out what that is. If you’re not already hearing about functional medicine from your doctor’s regular medical practice, you might be soon.

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A Happy Retirement with Dorian Mintzer

Some people never want to retire, not because they love their jobs, but just because stepping into retirement seems like stepping off a cliff. Dorian Mintzer says there’s a way to have a happy retirement and sure, you should manage your financial investments, but manage how you invest your time now, too, if you want a successful retirement!

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Aging Youthfully: Dr Defne Nayman

Defne Nayman was an ER doctor, when she noticed that many of her patients wouldn’t be there if someone had taught them better life habits. These days she’s talking more about wellness than illness. She wants you to know how to age marvelously. She says you can make small changes and, the good news is it’s never too late to start.

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Death: The Last Taboo

All too often, it’s a taboo topic.

But Anna Lyons and Louise Winter tackle the taboo head on with their book, We All Know How This Ends. The “this” of their book title is life, and the end of life and death – two very separate things, as it turns out – are what Anna and Louise talk about.

When it comes to the end of life, and to grief for the survivors, there’s no right way to deal with it all. And you don’t have to get through it, you really have to learn to live with it. About the only “wrong” thing you can do is to avoid the whole topic because it makes you uncomfortable.

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Keep it Juicy: Irvine Nugent

Irvine Nugent is an expert on two topics. The first is emotional intelligence. That’s the thing that corporations bury as “soft skills” but they can be the most important skills to bring to a job, or to a relationship. The second is something called Facial Action Coding System or FACS. That’s the ability to read faces and tell what people are really feeling, not what they say they’re feeling. That’s an important talent in today’s world of zoom meetings! Both of those skills may be necessary as we recalibrate in a post-mask world!

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Ageism & Job-Hunting

Jan Newberry was a magazine editor when she was laid off and, suddenly, she found out what it’s like to look for work when you’re over 60. It’s not fun. But, let’s just say, Jan didn’t take it lying down.

Her observations – from the young guy on the Zoom interview who seemed like he’d rather be doing anything else, to the nervous laughter when she’d walk into a job interview with her 60-plus-year-old self – are funny and sad both, and the good news is her story has a happy ending.

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Romance Scams, Chaos & Change

Chaos and confidence and something that can blow that confidence right out of the water…romance scams.

Gina L Osborn, knows a thing or two about all of those things. She’s been in counter-intelligence and investigated some of the highest profile espionage cases in Europe. She left the FBI in 2018 and is now a leadership consultant and has her own podcast, Lead Like A Lady.

You might think that someone taken in by a romance scam isn’t very bright. YOU would never be taken in, right? Well, Gina says that romance scam victims are often highly educated, they just happen to lead with their hearts.

Sadly, Gina says it’s hard to prosecute romance scams. Often the scammer is in another country, and the money at stake isn’t big enough to get the big guns of federal law enforcement involved.

But the good news is there are some red flags you can watch out for so that you don’t get scammed.

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