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Harvesting Happiness with Lisa Cypers Kamen brings to the airwaves a fresh talk radio approach promoting happiness, well-being and global human flourishing by presenting a diverse and proactive collection of the greatest thinkers and doers who have devoted their lives to creating a better world in which to live.

  Lisa Cypers Kamen
As a filmmaker, psychologist, coach, author, professor and motivational speaker specializing in the field of happiness, Lisa Cypers Kamen is widely recognized as an expert on the subject. Lisa's acclaimed documentary film co‐produced with her now thirteen year‐old daughter, Kayla, "H‐Factor...Where is your heart?" explores how people in varied circumstances find, generate and share happiness. In addition to her film on happiness, Lisa has also published a number of articles and is currently working on a book on the subject. Lisa also travels the globe presenting her film as a teaching tool in Harvesting Happiness workshops and seminar series within public and private sectors including New York City Parks and Recreation, Equinox Fitness and Motherhood Incorporated.

Additionally, she has developed a specialized Harvesting Happiness program for returning military personnel and their families experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and difficulties reintegrating back to civilian life.  The integrated curriculum uses a stigma free multidisciplinary approach to assist soldiers and their loved ones heal to heal the traumas of war and reawaken happiness in their hearts.

The goal of the program is to empower and assist others in flourishing through awareness, intention and self‐mastery. Harvesting Happiness can serve as an adjunct to other treatment modalities.

As a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, other colleges and a past consultant to Project+, a multidisciplinary research project on happiness and how it can impact the world, Lisa brings to her Harvesting Happiness workshops the most up‐to‐date research and information combined with her simple no‐nonsense warm and humorous approach to "felicitate" joy.


Currently living in Los Angeles, California, Lisa Cypers Kamen is the mother of two active children. She is philanthropically dedicated to the success of various charities related to children and military issues. For more information visit:


Felicitation -

Creating a wonderful life does not happen by accident.  Living a happy life comes from the conscious choices we make everyday - even the smallest adjustment can have the largest impact.  Our coaching programs can assist you in identifying and creating the fulfilling life you want.  You can cultivate greater mental, physical and emotional, patterns to release you from being stuck and assist you in establishing and achieving your goals.  Discover and harvest Positive Psychology tools for enjoying life more fully through greater self-mastery.  Sample Harvesting Happiness on our weekly Talk Radio show with free  downloadable podcasts that explores the art of human flourishing.


Filmography -

How do we find, cultivate and sustain happiness in an increasingly busy and complicated world? Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA Spiritual Psychology, and her young daughter, Kayla, explore the very serious business of happiness through their documentary film, "H-Factor...Where Is Your Heart?"  This film is a journey of the human spirit that educates, delights, provokes and empowers well-being to skeptics and seekers of any age.


Philanthropy -

Our mission objective is to offer stigma-free support services to returning Military personnel and their loved ones challenged by Combat Trauma and other post-deployment reintegration issues.  We offer Battle Buddy workshops, family awareness training, online community support, one-on-one coaching services, as well as retreats for Warriors to decompress from battle to learn the tools available for them to adapt their military skills to civilian society while reawakening joy in their hearts and minds.  HH4Heroes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

The Path to Organization With Daniel Levitin and Paula Rizzo

During this week’s radio show you will learn about:

  • How our Minds Work with Information Overload
  • The Scientific Reasons Against Multi-Tasking
  • Why Some People are More Organized Than Others
  • The List Producer and Productivity
  • Tools to Stay On Task and Organized
Daniel Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, is the James McGill Professor of neuroscience and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University—where he also teaches in the graduate school of business—and dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI.  The author of three New York Times bestselling books, The Organized Mind, This is Your Brain on Music, and The World in Six Songs, he splits his time between Montreal and the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

You can read more about Daniel here.


Paula Rizzo

Paula Rizzo is an Emmy award winning television producer and founder of the productivity site She’s the author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed.

You can read more about Paula here.

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The Power of Music and Dance With Sara Agah and Teresa Taylor

During this week’s radio show you will learn about:

  • The Do It For The Love Foundation and its Purpose
  • The Connection Between Music and Hope
  • The Global Dance Initiative and its Mission
  • True Stories of Healing
  • The Passion Behind Music and Dance and the Effect on the Spirit
Sara Agah

Sara was inspired by her experiences and seeing the complexity of illness and healing first hand, she co-founded the Do It For The Love Foundation with her fiancé, musician Michael Franti. Bringing the world of music and healing together, the Do It For The Love Foundation provides live concert experiences to adults in ends stages of life threatening illness, children with various challenges, as well as wounded veterans. Since being founded in late 2013, the Do It For The Love Foundation has granted over 300 live concert experiences.

In addition to her work in health and healing, she is also the owner and creative director of SaraLua Designs a sustainable jewelry line that is meant to inspire individuality, be made from sustainable and recycled materials that are good for the planet, and encourage the wearer to live free.

Sara is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Her passion has driven her to start her Masters in Public Health, which she hopes to use as a platform to concentrate on the effects of climate change and women’s health. Her work, life, and play are influenced by her mantra “Be your best. Serve the greater good. Rock out wherever you are.”

You can learn more about Do It For The Love Foundation here.


Teresa Taylor

A unique talent in the world of entertainment, Teresa has more than twenty creative years experience producing and brokering dynamic talent and projects with a focus in dance, music and television. Her various roles of producer, writer and former dance and choreography agent have allowed her to work collaboratively with some of the most visionary dance and creative artists in the industry.

Of her vast slate of projects, Teresa is exceptionally proud of TV MOVES! LIVE  A Tribute To Dance In Television, a remarkable historical accolade for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Her other credits include The American Choreography Awards, The Choreography Media Honors, the cultural concerts Paris By Night and the LA County Holiday Celebration.

She was exceptionally honored to produce the show for the USA Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 – Dance America! , as well as the performances for the Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi. Together with Creative Director Amy Tinkham, Teresa was honored to produce the performances for the Royal Wedding in Dubai.

She is the recipient of  three Emmy Awards for the Childrens Hospital LA series titled Imagine (ABC), as well as The LA County Holiday Celebration.

Teresa is exceptionally proud to bring the heart of her career – the spirit of dance to The Global Dance Initiative.   Her dream is use the power of dance in the media today, to ignite the positive power of dance globally to use this art-form to, quite simply, inspire life.

You can learn more about Global Dance Initiative here.

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Education Pioneers Leading the Way With James Tynan of Khan Academy and Shanna Peeples

During this week’s radio show you will learn about:

  • Khan Academy’s Mission and Work Outside of the Classroom
  • The Importance of Teaching ‘Hustle’
  • The Power of Personalized Learning
  • How Trust Affects Education of Those Dealing With Trauma
  • What is Inspiring in Public Education Today
James Tynan

James leads the Adoption team at Khan Academy. This means he drives efforts to bring a free world-class education to more students by developing programs and working with partner organizations.

Over the past few years James has developed and launched partnerships with organizations including Bank of America, Comcast, Disney/Pixar, NASA, MoMA, and the Aspen Institute.

James came to Khan Academy from McKinsey & Co by way of, a startup that specializes in building and mobilizing online communities. At Purpose he was the founding GM for an advocacy group dedicated to collaborative consumption. At McKinsey he led teams of healthcare and IT professionals to design new modes of care for chronic illness utilizing fiber networks. He also helped develop the Implementation Plan for Australia’s $43 billion fiber-to-the-premises network and delivered the growth strategy for one of Australia’s most popular sports.

James graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a degree in Arts (Communication) and a Law degree for which he won the University Medal (Valedictorian).

You can learn more about the Khan Academy here.

Shanna Peeples

Shanna Peeples is the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.

She took a circuitous route to the classroom. She worked as a disc jockey, medical assistant, pet sitter and journalist before teaching, as she says, chose her. Peeples now teaches at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, where she spends half of her day as a high school English teacher and the other half mentoring, coaching and challenging her colleagues to grow in the teaching profession.

At Palo Duro High School, her students come from many different backgrounds. Amarillo is one of several cities in the United States that helps refugees find new paths in life and gain access to critical resources. As a result, Peeples works with many students who speak English as a second language or recently entered the United States from another country.

“My students, survivors of deep and debilitating trauma, have shaped the kind of teacher I am,” she says. “They have taught me to never make a promise I can’t keep because so many already have learned to see the world through suspicious eyes. To be the best teacher to them, I have to remember this and honor their background. I remember so I can gain their trust because I want them to read and write their way out of where they are.”

As the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Shanna is shaping the conversation in this country about working with students in poverty, and those who have already faced extreme challenges in their young lives. Through a variety of teaching methods, Peeples reaches her students and helps them achieve their full potential far beyond her classroom walls.

Shanna has taught for the past 12 years, four of them in her current role. She earned an Associate’s degree from Amarillo College, a Bachelor of Arts from West Texas A&M University and a Master of Education from the University of Texas at Arlington.

You can learn more about Shanna here.

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Discovering Heroes in Disastrous Situations With Suzanne Bernier and Alan Monroe

During this week’s radio show you will learn about:

  • Learn about the Hidden Heroes
  • What to Learn From Those Who Step Up in the Face of Disaster
  • Individual Stories of Courage and Bravery from the Front Lines
  • The Organization ShelterBox and their work around the Globe
  • What You Can Do in the Face of Disaster
Suzanne Bernier

Suzanne is an award-winning and internationally-recognized disaster management consultant, instructor and speaker, who has helped governments, communities and companies plan for and respond to disasters for nearly twenty years. She was recently awarded the prestigious global 2015 Innovation & Excellence Award – Excellence in Emergency Management (Canada), as well as the 2014 International Business Excellence Award – Crisis Communications Consultant of the Year (Canada). She is also the recipient of the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, Cambrian College.

Suzanne has been personally involved in crises such as the 1998 “Ice Storm of the Century” in Eastern Canada, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the H1N1 pandemic, as well as numerous floods, fires, severe storms and reputational crises. One of Suzanne’s key career achievements was being commissioned by the UN Headquarters to help them review, test and evaluate their pandemic plans and procedures.

Prior to her career in emergency management, Suzanne was a news reporter and anchor, government press secretary, and speechwriter.

Suzanne became Ontario’s first female Emergency Management Field Officer, where she helped coordinate the government’s response to emergencies.  In recognition of her response work during the 1998 “Ice Storm of the Century” in Canada, she received the Amethyst Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Government of Ontario.

Suzanne’s first book, Disaster Heroes, was released in May 2015 and tells the stories of ordinary men, women and children who have done extraordinary things to help respond, recover and rebuild following some of the world’s most significant disasters.

You can learn more about Suzanne here.


Alan Monroe

About Shelterbox:

Every year, hundreds of thousands of families across the world lose everything when disasters strike. Often with no warning, families lose their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods. Every day they are faced with a battle for survival.

Since we began in 2000, we have responded to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict, delivering emergency humanitarian aid to communities in need.

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Syria crisis, and the biggest storm to ever make landfall – Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; we have responded to some of the largest humanitarian crises the modern world has ever known. Alongside this, we have also helped many thousands of people displaced by disasters that are not featured in the media. Simply put, if there are families in need of emergency shelter, we will do everything we can to help them.

The top priority of many aid organizations is to provide food, water and medical care to help people survive the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Without protection from the elements, survivors are at a higher risk as they await nourishment or medical attention. We recognized that little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. Today, ShelterBox assists disaster survivors during the critical period following a disaster but preceding reconstruction.

To help them begin to rebuild their lives and communities, we deliver shelter and lifesaving supplies to the most vulnerable people.

Highly trained ShelterBox response teams distribute aid on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and a global network of volunteers.

You can learn more about Shelterbox here.

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Reclaim Productivity, Reclaim Life With Ari Meisel and Josh Davis

During this week’s radio show you will learn about:

  • The Less Doing, More Living Method
  • What does Optimize, Automate, Outsource mean?
  • Reclaiming Your Life from Chronic Illness
  • Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done
  • Setting Up the Right Conditions for Productivity
Ari Meisel

oving husband to his wonderful wife, Anna, and adoring father to three bright, beautiful little boys—Benjamin, Lucas and Sébastien—Ari Meisel is a family-man first and foremost. He is also an author, speaker, coach and the creator of Less Doing, More Living—an effective set of practices and principles designed to help the overwhelmed become more effective. A New York native, Ari spent his formative years in the Empire State before leaving to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his degree from the prestigious Wharton School. Following his studies at Penn, Ari began a successful career in real estate development until the unexpected took him off-course in 2006: Crohn’s Disease.

Ari’s case was severe, and required over a dozen daily medications and several hospital visits. After reaching a personal low point in hospital, Ari decided he would do everything in his power to strengthen his by then weak body. Through a combination of yoga, nutrition, natural supplements and rigorous exercise (Triathon and Crossfit) he was able to fight back the symptoms of Crohns until he was finally able to suspend his medication. Eventually Ari was declared free of all traces of the ‘incurable’ disease, and competed in Ironman France in June of 2011. Ari has since spoken at seminars and at a regional TED Talk about his struggle against a seemingly insurmountable opponent. Through the process of data collection, self tracking, and analysis, Ari helped develop Less Doing. This was a way of dealing with the daily stresses of life by optimizing, automating, and outsourcing all of his tasks in life and business.

You can read more about Ari here.


Josh Davis

Josh Davis, Ph.D. is the author of Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done. He holds a bachelors from Brown University and a PhD from Columbia University. His past work has included mechanical engineering, teaching in a Brooklyn Public High School, and serving on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University. Currently, he is the Director of Research and Lead Professor for the NeuroLeadership Institute. He also coaches and trains individuals in the art of public speaking and managing being overwhelmed. His writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, strategy+business, Training + Development, People & Strategy, the NeuroLeadership Journal, and Psychology Today. He co-edits the NeuroLeadership Journal.

You can read more about Josh here.

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HH FOR HEROES Phantom Friend-Raiser


Harvest greater happiness this fall by participating in our Phantom Friend-Raiser, which is being hosted by .Enjoy your own harvest celebration from the comfort of wherever you are while backing a great cause by giving a gift of happiness support to our returning Vets. No make-up, heels, tuxedo, or hob-nobbing required. Rules are very simple: donate your support and share our mission with your friends who will hopefully tell two friends and so on to help us continue to grow our community. Your generous donations are tax deductible and provide no-cost and stigma-free programming to returning Vets and their loved ones as they struggle with combat trauma and other post-deployment reintegration issues.




Harvesting Happiness for Heroes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Our mission objective is to offer support services to Warriors and Warrior families challenged by Combat Trauma and post-deployment reintegration issues. We offer Battle Buddy workshops, family awareness training, online community support, one-on-one coaching services, as well as retreats for Warriors to decompress from battle and understand the tools available for them to adapt their military skills to civilian society.




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