Dr. Eileen O’Grady’s Resources, Evidence Base and Favorites

Favorite Podcasts

Sugar Calling

The Happiness Lab @ Yale

How’s Work? with Esther Perel  and Where Should we Begin? (live couples counseling)

Unlocking Us

The Doctor’s Farmacy

The Knowledge Project 

WorkLife with Adam Grant: A TED original podcast

Kind World

Phit ‘N Phat: How to  Lose 100 pounds

Found My Fitness with Dr. Rhonda Patrick

Peter Attia MD: The Drive: Optimizing Health and Longevity,

Krista Tippett: On Being

Interviews with Yuval Harari (Author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind)

Alain De Botton on using Ancient Philosophy in Modern Life.

Hidden Brain: A Conversation about Life’s Unseen Patterns

Invisibilia: The Invisible forces that control human behavior

Aspen: Ideas to Go Big Ideas that will open your mind

The Moth: True Stories Told Live

Magic Lessons: On Getting the Creative UNSTUCK

Ten Percent Happier 

Ear Hustle: A Podcast from the incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison

Tara Brach on Mindfulness

Tim Ferriss on Accelerated Learning

Rich Roll Podcast 


Dear Sugar: Radically Empathic Advice 

Parenting Courses that Will Change your Life (for the better)

Parent Encouragement Program (PEP Parent)  Start with a course on discipline or encouragement.  Courses based on Alfred Adler’s theory of giving kids a strong sense of belonging, competence and self-regulation.

TED Talks and Other Videos


Favorite Documentaries

  • The Weight of  Gold
  • Wild Wild Country
  • The Biggest Little Farm
  • Kareem: Minority of One
  • Brene Brown: The Call to Courage
  • Valley Uprising (see first) then, Free Solo
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • Lipstick and Liquor
  • If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
  • The Magic Pill
  • Defining Hope
  • 13th
  • Icarus
  • The Gamechangers
  • Embrace
  • Shane McGonkey
  • The Perfect Human Diet
  • In Defense of Food
  • Happy. The Movie
  • Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
  • Fed Up
  • Misery Loves Comedy
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
  • Man on Wire
  • The Search for General Tso


  • Allen, David. (2015). Getting Things Done : The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Penguin Books.
  • Arloski, M. (2009). Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change. Whole Person Associates
  • Baumeister, R. & Tierney, J. (2011). Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. Penguin Press.
  • Berger, W. (2014). A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. Bloomsbury.
  • Brach, Tara. (2003). Radical Acceptance. Bantom Books.
  • Brown, Brene. (2017). Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Random House.
  • Brown, Brene. (2012). Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Gotham Books.
  • Brown, B. ( 2010). The Gifts of Imperfection. Hazeldon.
  • Buettner, Dan.(2009). The Blue Zones. National Geographic Society.
  • Chodron, P. (2009). Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears. Shambhala Publications.
  • Chodron, P. (2001). Start Where You are: A Guide to Compassionate Living. Shambhala Publications
  • Clear, J. (2018). Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Penguin Random House
  • Csikzentmihalyi, Mihaly. (1991). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Harper-Perennial.
  • Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: How We Can Lean to Fulfill our Potential. Random House
  • Fairburn, C. (2013). Overcoming Binge Eating. 2nd ed. Guilford Press.
  • Garvey-Berger, Jennifer (2012). Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World. Stanford Business Books.
  • Garvey-Berger, Jennifer (2019). Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps:  How to Thrive in Complexity. Stanford University Press.
  • Goleman, D. (2013). Focus. Harper Publishers.
  • Gorman, S. & Gorman, R.  (2017). Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts that Will Save Us. Oxford University Press.
  • Gowdat, Mo. (2018). Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy,. North Star Way.
  • Hicks. D. (2011). Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict. Yale University Press.
  • Holiday, Ryan  (2016). Ego is the Enemy. Penguin
  • Holiday, Ryan  ( 2014). The Obstacle is the Way. Penguin
  • Halvorson, H. (2012). Succeed: How we can Reach our Goals. A Plume Book.
  • James, A. (2012). A**holes: A Theory. Anchor Books.
  • Kegan, R. & Lahey, L. (2009). Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and your Organization.  Harvard Business Review Press.
  • May, Michelle. (2005). Am I Hungry? Nourish Publishing.
  • Norcross, J. (2013). Changeology.  Simon & Schuster
  • Pillemer, K. (2011). 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. Hudson Street Press.
  • Porath. C. (2016). Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace. Grand Central Publishing.
  • Pressfield, S. (2002). The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win your Inner Creative Battles.  Black Irish Entertainment.
  • Roth, G. (2010). Women, Food and God. Scribner.
  • Siegel, D. (2010). Mind-sight: The New Science of Personal Transformation. Mind Your Brain, Inc.
  • Seligman, Martin. (2002). Authentic Happiness: Free Press
  • Seligman, Martin. (2011). Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. Free Press.
  • Siegel, D. (2010) Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation. Mind Your Brain, Inc.
  • Taubes, Gary. (2011). Why we Get Fat and What to do About it. (2011) Knopf Publishers.
  • Thaler, R. & Sunstein, C. ( 2009). Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Penguin Books.
  • Tippett, Krista. (2016). Becoming Wise:  An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. Penguin Press.
  • The School of Life. (2017). The School of Life Dictionary: The Language of Emotional Intelligence. The School of Life.
  • Trzeciak, S. & Mazzarelli, A. (2019). Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring  Makes a Difference. Struder Group LLC.
  • Wakeman, Cy. (2017). No Ego: How Leaders can cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results.  St. Martin’s Press.
  • Wesorick, Bonnie. (2016). Polarity Thinking in Healthcare. HRD Press, Inc.
  • Whyte, D. (2009). The Three Marriages: Re-imagining Work, Self, and Relationship. Riverhead Books.

Favorite Meditation Teacher and APP

Suggest experiment with his 50-day daily guided meditation:  Waking up with Sam Harris

Listen to samples: on The Power of Regret and Gratitude 

To assess core strengths

Authentic Happiness: Values in Action (VIA) Strengths Test at the University of Pennsylvania, Authentic Happiness/Positive Psychology Website.  The test is free but you have to register on the website to take it and get your scores. It takes about 40 minutes .

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