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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.

Constructive Wallowing and Mindful Emotion with guests Tina Gilbertson and Dr. Thomas Bien, Wed July 23

During this weeks radio show you will learn about:

  • What is constructive about wallowing?
  • Fear of our own emotions
  • Is anger really toxic?
  • Buddha’s way to happy
  • Mindfulness of emotion
Tina Gilbertson

Tina Gilbertson holds  a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology  and is a licensed mental health counselor. In addition to working with adults one-on-one, she teaches assertiveness and self-esteem workshops and  classes on  goal-setting, decision-making, overcoming anxiety and finding the right career. She has written feature articles on emotional intelligence and health for Portland’s Natural Awakenings magazine, and contributes wisdom as a self-esteem expert for online therapist directory She   lives in Portland, Oregon, and can be found online at

You can learn more about Tina here.

Thomas Bien

Thomas Bien, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Albuquerque.   He is the author of:  Mindful Recovery: A Spiritual Path to Healing From Addiction (Wiley, 2002), Finding the Center Within: The Healing Way of Mindfulness Meditation (Wiley, 2003), Mindful Therapy: A Guide for Therapists and Helping Professionals (Wisdom, 2006), and  Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship, (Guilford, 2007).  His most recent book is The Buddha’s Way of Happiness.

You can learn more about Thomas here.

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Exploring Addiction with guests Noah Levine and Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Wed July 16

During this weeks radio show you will learn about:

  • Well-being and addiction recovery through Buddhist Meditation.
  • Refuge Recovery
  • Digital Detoxes: Do they work? How long do you have to go on them to see benefits?
  • Contemplative Computing
Noah Levine

Noah Levine started his journey of recovering from addiction through the practice of Buddhism in 1988. At the time he was sitting in a jail cell, so hopeless and demoralized that he found the willingness to try his fathers “hippy meditation bullshit”. Much to his surprise and great relief he found in Buddhist meditation a sense of well-being that nothing else had ever provided. Noah was eventually trained and empowered to teach by Jack Kornfield. He went on to create the Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and now offers the Refuge Recovery program.

You can learn more about Noah here.


Alex Pang

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang writes about people, technology, and the worlds they make. He has spent more than two decades exploring this relationship, first as an historian of science and technology, and as a futurist and technology forecaster. Alex received a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a senior consultant at Strategic Business Insights, a Menlo Park, California consulting and research firm. He has also recently recently held academic appointments at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

Alex began his latest book, The Distraction Addiction (Little Brown, 2013) while serving as a Visiting Fellow in the Socio-Digital Systems Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge. The Distraction Addiction explores our deep, intense, and easy to misunderstand relationships with technology. It explains how they help define who we are, and they they sometimes seem to drive us. Finally, it shows how even in today’s high-tech tsunami of new products and tweets and likes, we can learn to make choices that don’t just help us better “manage” technology, but expand our minds, become wiser and more creative, and help us become better people.

You can learn more about Alex here.

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Modern Day Meditation with guests Dan Harris and Suze Yalof Schwartz on July 9th

During this weeks radio show you will learn about:

  • How meditation and a high profile, high stress job can mix
  • Steps to admit you need help with your well-being
  • Does meditation re-wire the brain?
  • Meditation’s modern make-over
  • How to start a meditation practice
Dan Harris

Dan Harris is co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline and also co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Before that, he was the anchor of the Sunday edition of World News. He regularly contributes stories on ABC for such shows as 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer, and GMA. Harris has reported from all over the planet, covering wars in Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iraq; and produced investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, and the Congo. He has also spent many years covering America’s faith scene, with a focus on evangelicals—who have treated him kindly despite the fact that he is openly agnostic. He has been at ABC News for 13 years, receiving Murrow and Emmy awards for his reporting. Prior to joining ABC, he was in local news in Boston and Maine. He grew up outside of Boston and currently lives with his wife, Bianca, in New York City. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story is his first book.

You can learn more about Dan here.

Suze Schwartz

Suze Yalof Schwartz is the founder and Chief Meditation Officer of Unplug Meditation. Before becoming a spiritual entrepreneur, Suze enjoyed decades as a fashion editor, director and stylist. The New York Times touted her as the “fairy godmother of makeovers.” She has worked at Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Glamour. She was a regular on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CBS Early Show” and “The View,” and made appearances on “Oprah” and CNN. Suze had an aha moment in late 2012 when she wanted to learn how to meditate and couldn’t find a place that fit her schedule, budget or aesthetic. So she decided to build it herself. After taking dozens of meditation classes, devouring lots of podcasts, books and Web sites and collaborating with Maha Yoga’s Steve Ross and MBSR teachers Stefanie Goldstein Ph.D. and  Nicholas Bruss she came up with a program that works for the hurried, modern American.

You can learn more about Suze here.

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The Pursuit of Happiness with guests Former Congressman Marty Russo and Douglas Kmeic on Wed July 2 at 12pm EST

During this weeks radio show you will learn about:

  • Happiness as a fundamental part of the foundation of Declaration of Independence
  • The pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right
  • Concept of happiness and how it is tied to civic responsibility
  • The power of volunteering
  • Personal activism
  • How the average person can play a role in our local and regional governments
Marty Russo
Congressman Marty Russo hails from the great town of Chicago, Illinois and he grew up in a big Italian family where he learned the value of hard work and getting an education. After graduating from DePaul Law School, Marty started his professional career in the State’s Attorney office of Illinois. His first work assignment was to tackle one of the most difficult problems facing Chicago – the violent street gangs that roamed the streets.  Marty spent 3 years in this dangerous job — gathering evidence and prosecuting gang members to put them behind bars. At the age of 30, Marty was elected as a moderate Democrat in the 3rd District of Illinois. When he arrived at the United States House of Representatives, he brought the same tenacity that it took to fight street gangs and used it to achieve compromise in Washington. Over the next 18 years Marty was involved in all the major issues facing Congress:  tax reform, saving social security and Medicare, the energy crisis, national security challenges and ever growing fiscal issues. Marty was best known for his many close relationships on both sides of the political aisle. I know he keeps in touch with more than one former president. After leaving Congress Marty went into the lobbying profession and quickly rose to become CEO of one of the most powerful firms in Washington. Now, in his “third career” Marty gives back by speaking and lecturing on how to make a positive difference in our Democracy by getting involved.
You can learn more about Cong. Marty Russo 
Doug Kmeic

Professor of Constitutional Law and Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law and Ambassador of the United States (Ret.) An American legal scholar, diplomat, and author, former Ambassador Douglas W. Kmiec holds the Caruso Family Chair. He has focused the chair toward constitutional and human rights law. The Ambassador’s work has won much acclaim, including prestigious fellowship and honorary degree. Ambassador Kmiec is a popular speaker at commencements and other university wide conclaves. He is the retired Ambassador to Malta, appointed by President Obama. He is running for Congress in 2014.

You can learn more about Douglas here.

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The Brain: How does it perceive humor and happiness? with guests Joel Warner and Rick Hanson

During this weeks radio show you will learn about:

  • Theories of humor
  • What is a sense of humor
  • Humor in dark and troubling times
  • Why we laugh
  • The benefit of positive emotions
  • Hardwiring for Happiness
Joel Warner
Joel Warner, an award-winning former staff writer for Westword, Denver’s alternative newsweekly, has written for Wired, the Boston Globe, Slate, Popular Science, Men’s Health, Grantland, and other publications. He’s also co-author ofThe Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
You can read more about Joel here.
Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and ConfdenceBuddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom , Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson’s work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine. His weekly e-newsletter – Just One Thing – has over 100,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites.
You can read more about Rick here.
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Exploring Addiction with guests Noah Levine and Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Modern Day Meditation with guests Dan Harris and Suze Yalof Schwartz
The Pursuit of Happiness with guests Former Congressman Marty Russo and Douglas Kmiec
The Brain: How does it perceive humor and happiness? With guests Joel Warner and Rick Hanson
Methods of Happiness with Barry Dennis and Daniel Parmeggiani
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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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