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

Favorite Podcasters

Krista Tippett: On Being

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.

The Moth: True Stories Told Live

Magic Lessons: On Getting the Creative UNSTUCK

Tara Brach on Mindfulness

Tim Ferriss on Accelerated Learning

Abel James, The Fat Burning Man

Dear Sugar: Radically Empathic Advice 

TED Talks and Other Videos


Favorite Documentaries

  • Defining Hope
  • Embrace
  • Shane McGonkey
  • The Perfect Human Diet
  • In Defense of Food
  • Got the Facts on Milk? The Milk Documentary
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roth, G. (2010). Women, Food and God. Scribner.
  • Seligman, Martin. (2002). Authentic Happiness: Free Press
  • Seligman, Martin. (2011). Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. Free Press.
  • Taubes, Gary. (2011). Why we Get Fat and What to do About it. (2011) Knopf Publishers.
  • 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.
  • Wesorick, Bonnie. (2016). Polarity Thinking in Healthcare. HRD Press, Inc.
  • Whyte, D. (2009). The Three Marriages: Re-imagining Work, Self, and Relationship. Riverhead Books.

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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