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

Favorite Podcasters

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

Phit ‘N Phat: How to  Lose 100 pounds

Found My Fitness with Dr. Rhonda Patrick

Peter Attia MD: The Drive: Opimiizing 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

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 

TED Talks and Other Videos


Favorite Documentaries

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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