Monday, January 27, 2020

She's Back! Emmy Winning Voice-Over Artist, Emmy Nominated Actress, Executive Communication Specialist and Public Speaker Tasia Valenza joined Janeane on 1/27/20 live on KUCI 88.9fm

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About Tasia
Emmy Winning Voice-Over Artist, Emmy Nominated Actress, Executive Communication Specialist and Public Speaker


Tasia Valenza (born April 5, 1967 in New York City) is an Emmy Nominated actress who has recently found acclaim as a voice actress and is one of the top in the county.

In the early part of her career, Valenza played the role of Dottie Thornton on All My Children from 1982 to 1986, earning a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work. She also showed up in a guest star appearances in many series in the 90s such as a Vulcan in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Coming of Age", and a recurring role as Lieutenant Winslow in Space: Above & Beyond. She also portrayed Jodie Abramovitz in Aaron Spelling's drama series The Heights. Valenza is best known Iconic strong females in video games such as Poison Ivy in Batman: Arkham Asylum games as well as General Shaak Ti in the Clone Wars, Kalyio Djannis in Star Wars the Old Republic and most recently Avra Darkos in Wild Star.


What is Giving Great Voice?
It’s the art of confident verbal communication. By thinking like a voice actor and understanding the roles you play in your own life, hone the ability to communicate powerfully, persuasively and confidently in all areas of your professional and personal life!

Giving Great Voice is a fun, interactive program for individuals looking to maximize their communication skills including media communication. Tasia combines acting games, relaxation & mindfulness practices, and other essential communication tools in this unique program to empower you to use your voice more effectively. Confidently craft your outgoing message to the world, and take control over your most powerful communication tool, your voice! Giving Great Voice will be your secret weapon for more successful, fulfilling personal and professional relationships.

Tasia Valenza is a confidence coach, mentor and the owner of Giving Great Voice, which is a platform dedicated to the art of confident verbal communication. Her unique technique revolutionizes the way we use our voices successfully, by “thinking like an actor” in our own lives. She combines her 25+ years as a master communicator, an Emmy-nominated actress, and a renowned voiceover artist to inspire individuals to find their unique voice, and use their voice powerfully to achieve their goals.

Tasia has Given Great Voice to thousands of companies, brands, and iconic roles, most known for characters such as Poison Ivy of the Batman: Arkham Series and General Shaak Ti in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the spirit of Giving Great Voice Back, she created a kindness campaign called the #GivingGreatVoiceChallenge and co-founded the Haven Affirmation Meditation App. She now teaches these same tools that have made her so successful to help people from all walks of life gain more confidence in themselves and their verbal communication.

From working professionals, to students, to stay-at-home parents, at any age, everyone needs to use their voices to be successful. Unlike most professional development classes, Tasia challenges you to dive deep, and explore your own multi-faceted roles more definitively and effectively, all the while gaining more confidence in yourself. Her teaching style is fun, joyful and affirmative, using self-exploration techniques to empower and hone your communication skills.

Tasia lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, and two doggies. She continues to work in her studio/closet to create iconic characters, both professionally and to annoy her children. Contact her today to set up a 1-on-1 appointment, public speaking event or to learn more about the next workshop!
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Sunday, January 26, 2020

1/27/20 @9:15am pst - “The Soledad Children” (Arte Público Press, Sept. 30, 2019) by attorneys Marty Glick and Maurice Jourdane, who fought against the injustice of culturally biased IQ tests largely affecting Mexican-American and African-American children.

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featuring Marty Glick

In the late 1960s, the California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) filed two class-action lawsuits that advocated for fair education opportunities for Mexican-American children in California. A statewide problem, at least 13,000 farmworker and other second-language students were victims of culturally biased IQ tests and sent to dead-end classes and dubbed “Educable Mentally Retarded” -- in one class, 12 out of 13 students were from farmworker families in the Salinas Valley.

SOLEDAD, California – Ten-year-old Arturo Velázquez was born and raised in a farm labor camp in the small Salinas Valley town of Soledad. He was bright and gregarious, but he was still learning English when he entered third grade in 1968. A psychologist at Soledad Elementary School gave him a culturally biased IQ test in English only and without translation. Based on the results, he was labeled “retarded” and placed in a class for the “Educable Mentally Retarded.” Arturo joined 12 other children, varying in age from 6-13, in that one classroom. All but one were from farmworker families. All were devastated by the stigma and name calling by other children and by their lack of opportunity to learn.

Brand new at the time was the Lyndon Johnson and Sargent Shriver inspired national legal services program and one of its grantees, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), had evening office hours at the Catholic church in Soledad. In 1969, two Soledad parents had the courage to complain to CRLA staff. The CRLA attorneys knew that the problem was statewide with at least 13,000 farmworker and other second language students sent to dead end classes where they were given coloring books and magazines to cut pictures out of and, if old enough, made to wash school buses. Another generation of over 100,000 was in line to get the same mistreatment. The legal battle to stop the practice and rescue the mostly Mexican-American children ensued. That case was followed closely by a fight to end the use of the same biased IQ tests with African-American students. While African-American and Mexican-American students made up 21.5% of the state population, they were 48% of special education programs.

Written by Marty Glick and Maurice Jourdane, the two attorneys who led the charge “The Soledad Children” (Arte Público Press, Sept. 30, 2019) recounts the history of the advent of rural justice through CRLA and the two class-action suit filed in 1970 and 1972, Diana v. the State Board of Education and Larry P v Riles.


“‘Soledad Children’ is an extremely vital piece of California history, relating the exciting birth of CRLA in 1967 while elaborating the early struggles that gave it purpose and definition. I particularly enjoyed the riveting account of the court battles to rescue thousands of normal Mexican- and African-American kids prejudicially assigned to EMR classers for the retarded. The specter of eugenics still looms.”

~ Famed Mexican-American playwright Luis Valdez (author of “Zoot Suit” and “La Bamba”)

“‘Soledad Children’ is a primer for taking legal action on the socially significant issues that plague our society. It is a great read and highly recommended.”

~ Retired Federal judge and civil rights pioneer, Thelton Henderson

“The story demonstrates the power of our legal system when attorneys are relentless. It was a fight to the finish.”

~ San Jose State professor and educator Maria Luisa Alaniz

“This engaging account by two lawyers who championed equal educational rights talks of ingrained prejudices throughout the California educational system, the accessible text relates conversations with principal players, including students who were erroneously labeled “Educable Mentally retarded.” Concluding chapters revisit these kids as adults.”

~ Booklist, American Library Association Journal

‘“The Soledad Children” is a painful legal history from the not -so-distant past, when biased testing and cultural segregation were the rule, rather than the exception. Concise text covers complex legal issues in a clear way. More impactful are the Book’s anecdotal stories and legal testimonials that stem from the central case. They capture the voices of family members and misplaced students who recount spending their class time coloring cutting pictures from magazines, and serving as janitorial assistants.”

~ Forward Clarion Reviews


MARTY GLICK is a litigator with the international firm, Arnold & Porter, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America in Intellectual Property and Patent Law. He worked in Mississippi for the Justice Department in the 1960s and for the California Rural Legal Assistance for eight years. He has been CRLA’s outside counsel for four decades and has been lead counsel on countless pro bono cases. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

MAURICE “MO” JOURDANE is the author of “The Struggle for the Health and Legal Protection of Farm Workers: El Cortito” (Arte Público Press, 2005). His work at California Rural Legal Assistance helped secure farmworkers’ rights during the nation’s civil rights gains of the 1960s and 1970s. He lives and works in San Diego, California.

In an interview, MARTY GLICK discusses:

● The impact of giving culturally biased IQ tests to tens of thousands of young, enthusiastic and often bright farmworker and other Mexican-American children

● The decade-long fight to change the education system’s approach to educating immigrants and the parallels to the treatment of those of Mexican descent today

● The history and misuse of IQ testing and the nature versus nurture debate

● The importance of lawyers collaborating with community groups to bring lasting change

In the late ‘60s, public schools in California were measuring the IQs of children using tests with culturally biased content, which led to students, many of whom were minorities, being placed in special education classes. Why were schools doing this?

Farmworker children and children from low income homes where Spanish was the primary home language as well as intercity minority children lacked pre-school education and came to public schools well behind their peers. This presented problems for resource scarce school districts. Schools should have created individualized programs to help these children but instead, referring these children to special education got them out of the way and earned the districts more money.

The court specifically found in Larry P v Riles that the practice of segregating minority children into classes for “the mentally retarded” was purposeful discrimination against African-American and Mexican-American children.

Furthermore, why did professionals who knew better, like school psychologists, facilitate this practice?

There is no excuse for the failure of school psychologists to halt this practice instead of facilitating it. Too many considered IQ tests holy and believed that minority children were genetically inferior or didn’t want to rock the boat.

1/27/20 @9:00am pst - RECLAIMING MY DECADE LOST IN SCIENTOLOGY by Sands Hall

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SANDS HALL is the author of the memoir Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, finalist for the Northern California Book Award, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book in Religion and Spirituality. She is also the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a Random House Reader’s Circle selection, and Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She teaches for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, among other conferences. She lives in Nevada City, California. Find out more at

Named a Best Book in Religion and Spirituality by Publishers Weekly

Longlisted for NCIBA’s Golden Poppy Award in Nonfiction

A Finalist for the 2019 Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction 

In Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion—what she found intriguing and useful—and how she came to confront its darker sides and escape.


A Memoir by Sands Hall


“Like many former Scientologists, Hall is honest about the insidious ways it can capture and isolate its adherents. It’s a memoir of a life filled with joy and tragedy, and readers will appreciate the author’s candor.” —Booklist

“Hall is a true wordsmith, a verbal lapidarist for whom language is a laboratory, a factory, and an ‘audit’ process in its own right. The result is a piercing emotional honesty and adamant clarity, giving readers more than simply a memoir or a look into a corner of American culture that’s usually concealed from the uninitiated. This book, generous and penetrating, is a rather profound act of psychological inquiry.” —Northern California Book Awards

“It is no surprise when, after a few encounters with Scientology . . . Hall begins to feel its pull. And if it is Scientology’s offer of a life with meaning that hauls her in, alongside pressure from her new Scientologist husband, it is its approach to meaning that keeps her . . . Those sections of the memoir with ‘Study Tech’ as their focus are some of the most interesting: a misunderstood word can be ‘cleared’ using a dictionary, often with focus on etymology, and Hall’s fascination with this is palpable . . . Etymology lights a path deep into history, into the twists and turns of language, for both Sands Hall and the reader.” —Camille Ralphs, The Times Literary Supplement

“With its keen attention to the language and tactics of the church, Hall’s memoir is unique among the assortment of Scientology reports and exposés, offering insight into the certainties that its subjects gain . . . Hall’s focus on this ‘cobweb’ of intimate entanglement is what makes Flunk. Start. compelling—and different from other, more extraordinary accounts of abuse in Scientology’s upper echelons . . . Flunk. Start. is most revealing in its depiction of Scientology as just one of many expressions that the American search for selfhood can manifest.” —The Nation

In the secluded canyons of Hollywood, Sands Hall—a young woman from a literary family striving to forge her own way as an artist—finds herself increasingly drawn toward the certainty that Scientology appears to offer. Her time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. In Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion—what she found intriguing and useful—and how she came to confront its darker sides and escape.


“Serves as a significant behind-the-scenes look at this cultlike religion. Frank and edifying . . . A good complement to Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing, beautifully written memoir . . . She toggles between her family and the church, digging deeply into the dynamics of power and control, love and compassion, before coming to a surprising resolution.” —Literary Hub, 1 of 15 Books You Should Read This March

“Sands Hall is an experienced literary talent and writing teacher whose seven years in Scientology . . . provide some of the most penetrating, illuminating prose about how an educated and skeptical person could get so deeply into, and then struggle to escape, what everyone around her warned was a dangerous cult . . . Hall does a brilliant job.” —The Underground Bunker

“A wonderful memoir . . . As a memoir and a thoughtful exploration of faith and belief, Flunk. Start. has enormous objective power. I heartily recommend it.” —MorningNewsBeat

“[Hall] uses her impressive writing skills to convey her experiences during what she had once shamefully viewed as a squandered decade in her life . . . What makes her memoir most enjoyable and understandable is her decision to be honest about all the personal doubts she had during this time.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“Sands Hall’s transcendent memoir, Flunk. Start., describes, with precise and utterly absorbing detail, her experience in the world of Scientology. But this is also a story that explores so many issues—how language is used to both illuminate and obscure, how we long for connection and meaning; it’s also a vivid portrait of how we find a place in our family and find a path through chaos. I could not put down this book—it is a triumph, a work of great honesty and insight. It is a necessary book for our time.” —Karen E. Bender, author of Refund

Sunday, January 12, 2020

1/13/20 @9:30am pst - Kerry Hannon, a leading authority and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement.

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Kerry Hannon is a leading authority and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences.

Millions of viewers, readers and listeners have been motivated by Kerry’s can-do, down-to-earth message.

Kerry is the best-selling and award-winning author of a 13 books. Her latest book, Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life, was published by John Wiley & Sons, June 2019, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon and was selected by The Washington Post for its Book-of-the-Month Club in September.

Other best-selling and award-winning books penned by Kerry include: Money Confidence: Really Smart Financial Moves for Newly Single Women, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy . . . And Pays the Bills, Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness, Getting the Job You Want after 50, and What’s Next?: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond.

She has spent more than three decades covering all aspects of careers, business and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies, including The New York Times, Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Kerry’s work has also appeared in BusinessWeek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and The Wall Street Journal, among other national publications.

She has appeared as a career and financial expert on The Dr. Phil Show ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, Yahoo Finance and PBS.

Kerry is currently an expert columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times, MarketWatch, Forbes, and is the PBS website personal finance and entrepreneur expert. Her areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, personal finance, retirement, wealth management and career transition.

Her advice as a work and jobs expert is a regular feature in AARP publications.

In addition to practical advice for mid-life workers seeking to land rewarding jobs, find financial and personal rewards and ride the age wave of longevity with grace, a key passion for Kerry is helping and advising women on how to take charge of their own financial planning, at all stages of their lives, to prepare themselves for a financially secure future.

Her earlier books include Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows and The 10-Minute Guide to Retirement for Women.

Kerry is a former National Press Foundation Fellow, a former Fellow of the Columbia Journalism School and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center’s Age Boom Academy. She is also a former Metlife Foundation and New America Media Fellow on Aging.

She has testified before Congress about the importance of older workers.

Kerry graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she serves on the Board of Visitors. She received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she is currently a member of an editorial board. Kerry lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, documentary producer and editor Cliff Hackel, and her Labrador Retriever, Zena.

Follow Kerry on Twitter @KerryHannon, visit her website at, and check out her LinkedIn profile at

Coming up 1/13/20 at 9:00am pst - Laura B. Whitmore shares all of the details of the up-coming SHE ROCKS AWARDS January 17th!


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with featured guest Laura B. Whitmore!

Gloria Gaynor, Linda Perry, Lzzy Hale, Suzi Quatro and More to be Honored at the 2020 She Rocks Awards

Iconic vocalist Gloria Gaynor, multi-platinum producer and songwriter Linda Perry, Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale, and legendary bassist, singer and musician Suzi Quatro are among this year’s diverse recipients

Tickets on sale now

Top row L to R: Gloria Gaynor, Linda Perry, Lzzy Hale, Suzi Quatro, Beatie Wolfe
Bottom row L to R: Myrna Sislen, Judy Schaefer, Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Ebonie Smith, Tara Low

PHOTO CREDITS: Beatie Wolf – Ross Harris; Linda Perry – Angela Izzo; Suzi Quatro – Tina K

ANAHEIM, Calif., October 2, 2019 – The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), proudly announces a stellar array of honorees for the 2020 She Rocks Awards. Paying tribute to women in the music industry, the eighth annual She Rocks Awards will take place at 7:30p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at the House of Blues Anaheim, during the NAMM Show. This high-energy evening includes live music, awards and speeches, celebrity appearances, a fabulous silent auction, amazing gift bags and much more.

The event is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased at

The 2020 She Rocks Awards recipients include:

Gloria Gaynor, GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductee, and the legendary voice behind the iconic hit “I Will Survive"
Linda Perry, GRAMMY, Golden Globe, Critic's Choice-nominated artist, Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, multi-platinum producer and former frontwoman for 4 Non Blondes
Lzzy Hale, GRAMMY Award-winning artist/songwriter and frontwoman for Halestorm
Suzi Quatro, pioneering bass player, singer, musician and actress who played the role of Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days
Beatie Wolfe, Singer-songwriter, pioneer of immersive music formats, UN Women role model
Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, Executive Director of the D’Addario Foundation
Tara Low, Music-based entrepreneur and editor and founder of Guitar Girl Magazine
Myrna Sislen, Owner of Middle C Music in D.C., classical guitarist, philanthropist, former music professor
Judy Schaefer, Marketing Director at PRS Guitars
Ebonie Smith, Founder and President of Gender Amplified, Inc, and Atlantic Records audio engineer and producer
Additional honorees and featured guests will be announced soon.

This year’s opening performers will be Japanese act D_Drive, hosted by Marshall Amplification. Consisting of Seiji and Yuki on guitar, Toshi on bass and Chiiko on drums, they play high energy, instrumental rock music with a combination of jaw-dropping guitars and a fireball rhythm section delivering a unique sound.

“We’re ready to kick off 2020 in a big way, and our upcoming honorees are an exciting part of that,” says The WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. “These women go above and beyond in their respective corners of our industry and are perfect examples of why we are proud to celebrate women in music.”

Gearing up for its eighth consecutive year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, The B-52s, Colbie Caillat, Sheila E, Chaka Khan, Ronnie Spector, Orianthi, Lisa Loeb, The Bangles, and many more, plus a collection of role models from all walks of the music and audio industries.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 She Rocks Awards, available in four tiers that include dinner and more. This event is open to the public; a NAMM Show badge is not required to attend the She Rocks Awards. Find out more and purchase tickets at

The 2020 She Rocks Awards is sponsored by Sweetwater, PRS Guitars, Marshall Amplification, Reverb, NAMM, Rat Sound Systems, Zildjian, Fishman, D’Addario, PreSonus, Shure, Roland, M.A.C Cosmetics, Monster Energy, 108 Rock Star Guitars, Soundgirls, Parade magazine, Guitar Girl Magazine, The Music & Sound Retailer, KVR Audio, IK Multimedia, and more. For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Learn more about the She Rocks Awards at

L to R: Nita Strauss at the 2019 She Rocks Awards; Aiza performs at the 2019 She Rocks Awards
photo credits: Andie Mills

About The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the #SheRocksIt panel & networking series, WiMN She Rocks Showcases and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit

Leslie Buttonow
Mad Sun Marketing

Friday, January 10, 2020

Rachel Friedman, author of AND THEN WE GREW UP: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood speaks with Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm.

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with featured guest Rachel Friedman.

One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2019! 

What happens when early artistic promise doesn’t materialize into fame and fortune?

Rachel Friedman was a talented viola player who attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp as a kid. She quit music in college but never stopped fantasizing about what her life might be like if she had never put down her bow. In her 30s, a freelance writer in New York, she again found herself struggling with her fantasy of an artist’s life versus its much more complicated reality. In search of answers, she decided to track down her former Interlochen campmates—actors, writers, fellow musicians, and more—to find out how their own creative promise has translated into adult careers, relationships, and identities.


On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood

AND THEN WE GREW UP: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood is a funny, insightful exploration of how Friedman and eight of her talented childhood friends have reckoned with creativity mid-life. Each of these men and women reveal important insights about creativity: that it doesn't have to be all or nothing, that success isn't always linear, that sometimes it's okay to quit.

Those interviewed include Michelle, a violist who got the musical career Friedman thought she wanted; Dalia, a former actress who struggles as an adult to satisfy her creative impulses; Sarah, a professional flutist who quits at 29 in spite of success; Daniel, whose day job at a special effects studio turns out to be far more fulfilling than his earlier aspirations to be a screenwriter. AND THEN WE GREW UP provides a warm and whip-smart way forward for anyone struggling to write, play music, or make art, while also balancing things like having a family, making rent, and finding contentment.

Creativity Myths Debunked:

· A real artist makes her full-time living from her art.

· A real artist is an “art monster” (unbalanced, selfish, lonely, uncompromising, etc.) who sacrifices everything in service to her art.

· A real artist’s hard work and ambition is eventually rewarded with “making it.”

· A real artist never gives up.

· A real artist has a sustained and specific creative output.

· Someone out there – whether outlier or peer – is living the exact life we could have had if we made different choices or had more talent or gotten luckier, etc.

· A real artist is free.

· A real artist is special.

Find out more about

Twitter: @RachelFriedman

Rachel Friedman is the author of And Then We Grew Up and The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost. Her work has appeared in The Best Women’s Travel Writing, The McSweeney’s Book of Politics and Musicals, The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her son.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

1/9/20 - Kelly McGonigal, PhD speaks with Janeane Bernstein about her latest book The Joy of Movement. The bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct introduces a surprising science-based book that doesn't tell us why we should exercise but instead shows us how to fall in love with movement.

In THE JOY OF MOVEMENT, health psychologist and Stanford University lecturer Kelly McGonigal, PhD combines her passion for fitness and background in health psychology to investigate movement as a source of joy. THE JOY OF MOVEMENT is a love letter to movement and exploration of what is most human about us.

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Author of


How exercise helps us find happiness,

hope, connection, and courage

Dr. McGonigal tells the stories of people who have found fulfillment and belonging through running, walking, dancing, swimming, weightlifting, and more, with examples that span the globe. From Tanzania, where one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on the planet live, to a dance class at Juilliard for people with Parkinson's disease, to the streets of London, where volunteers combine fitness and community service, to races in the remote wilderness, where athletes push the limits of what a human can endure.

Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, as well as memoirs, ethnographies, and philosophers to clear up some common misconceptions about the brain on exercise.

Fascinating insights include:

· The so-called ‘runner’s high’ and other post-exercise satisfaction is more than just an endorphin rush

· During physical activity, muscles secrete hormones into your bloodstream that make your brain more resilient to stress. Scientists call them “hope molecules.”

· Physical activity is instinctual—our brains are designed to get us to move

· Exercise can remodel your brain in ways that make you more sensitive to pleasure and more open to social connection

· Movement can fulfill core human needs, like the desire to connect with nature or belong to something bigger than yourself

· Today’s most popular fitness trends harness both our individual strengths—the ability to persist, endure, learn and grow—and our capacity to work together

· How you move changes how you think and feel about yourself at a fundamental level – you can challenge inner self-critical voices through movement, and create a whole new sense of self built on strength and skill

· Exercise can improve treatment outcomes for depression, anxiety, and addiction

· Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to build trust and belonging in a community

People who are regularly active have a stronger sense of purpose, and they experience more gratitude, love, and hope. They feel more connected to their communities, and are less likely to suffer from loneliness or become depressed. These benefits are seen throughout the lifespan, apply to every socioeconomic strata, and appear to be culturally universal. Importantly, the psychological and social benefits of physical activity do not depend on any particular physical ability or health status, and they have been demonstrated in people with chronic pain, physical disabilities, serious mental and physical illnesses, and even among patients in hospice care. The joys described above— from hope and meaning to belonging— are linked first and foremost to movement, not to fitness.

THE JOY OF MOVEMENT is a revolutionary narrative that goes beyond familiar arguments in favor of exercise, to illustrate why movement is integral to both our happiness and our humanity. As McGonigal’s research shows here, movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, including self-expression, social connection, and mastery--and it is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

Twitter: @kellymcgonigal

Facebook: @kellymcgonigalauthor

Instagram: @kellymariemcgonigal


Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a research psychologist, a lecturer at Stanford University, and an award-winning science writer. She is the author of the international bestseller The Willpower Instinct, The Upside of Stress, and Yoga for Pain Relief. Her work has been published in twenty-eight languages. Since 2000, she has taught dance, yoga, and group exercise in the San Francisco Bay Area.

LIVE on KUCI - 7/17/24 9:00am - Janeane chats with Producer Jay Silverman about his latest film CAMERA, starring Beau Bridges

LISTEN ‘CAMERA’ starring Beau Bridges, centers around a young mute boy who uses an old film camera to express his point of view, with the h...