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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 Future of Food With Dickson Despommier and James Holtslag and Trey Nichols

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

  • The Vertical Farm and Changing the Landscape of Urban Communities
  • How to Make the Transition into Vertical Farming
  • The Ripple Affect for Local Communities
  • The Heart & Trotter and the Expansion of Whole Animal Local Butcheries
  • Choosing Sustainable, Humane and Local Meat Sources
Dickson Despommier

Dickson Despommier, Ph.D. spent thirty-eight years as a Professor of Microbiology and Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia, where he won the Best Teacher award six times. In 2003, he was awarded the American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award for teaching. He has addressed audiences at leading universities including Harvard and MIT, and he has also been invited to speak at the United Nations. He has been asked by governments of China, India, Mexico, Jordan, Brazil, Canada, and Korea to work on environmental problems. Despommier lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

You can read more about Dickson here.


James and Trey

Trey Nichols is the co-founder of The Heart and Trotter Butchery, a whole animal butchery in San Diego, California. With his background in the medical field and avid crossfit enthusiast, healthy and sustainable eating has always been a priority for him. Trey opened The Heart & Trotter Butchery in 2014 with his long-time friend James Holtslag to bring the benefits of a local whole animal butchery to the community.

James Holtslag is the head butcher and co-founder of The Heart and Trotter Butchery. After working as a butcher and receiving his training in whole animal butchery at Lindy & Grundy Butchery in Hollywood, he and his long-time friend, Trey Nichols decided to bring the health benefits and sustainability efforts of the art of butchery to the area.

About Heart & Trotter: All of our beef, lamb, pork, and chicken will be sourced from local, sustainable, antibiotic and hormone-free family farms. We receive humanely-raised, whole animals from farms within California, south of San Francisco. More than just offering traditional cuts of meat, The Heart and Trotter utilizes every edible part of the animal to make our products including: fresh sausages, pates, deli meats, stocks, charcuterie, dog-food, and more. Our promise is that nothing will go to waste.

San Diego has been at the forefront of the organic produce movement. H&T is proud to join San Diego’s burgeoning farm-to-table movement, while educating the public on the importance of healthy, chemical-free meat and humane farming.

You can read more about Heart & Trotter here.

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Independence from Injustice: A Look at Our Legal System With Adam Benforado and Bryan Stevenson

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

  • Identifying the Flaws and Initiating Change Within the US Legal System
  • Why the Letter of the Law Can Become Irrelevant
  • What Can Be Done to Enable Our Legal System to Operate the Way It Was Meant To
  • The Purpose and Place of Compassion Within the Justice System
  • Changes That Can Happen on a Local Level
Adam Benforado

ADAM BENFORADO is an associate professor of law at Drexel University. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he served as a federal appellate law clerk and an attorney at Jenner & Block. He has published numerous scholarly articles, and his op-eds and essays have appeared in a variety of publications including the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Legal Times. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.


His new book UNFAIR crusading legal scholar Adam Benforado exposes the powerful psychological forces that undermine our criminal justice system and affect us all. Comes out JUNE 2015 from Crown Books.

You can learn more about Adam here.


Bryan Stevenson

BRYAN STEVENSON is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal JusticeInitiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. EJI has also initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts challenging the legacy of racial inequality in America.


Mr. Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards including the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize, the Olaf Palme International Prize, the ACLU National Medal Of Liberty, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award, the Gruber Prize for International Justice and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, has been awarded 16 honorary doctorate degrees and is also a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. He is the recent author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 best books of nonfiction for 2014 and has been awarded several honors including a 2015 NAACP Image Award.

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Courage, Joy and Leading by Example with Gabi Ury and Nancy Belmont

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

  • 16 year old Guinness Book World Plank Record Holder Gabi Ury
  • Tackling the Biggest Obstacles to Live Passionately
  • Courage Walls and Their Communities
  • The Interplay of Courage and Joy
  • The Power of Declaration

Gabi Ury

Gabi Ury, a 16-year-old high school junior, is the world’s planking champion (female), as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. Born with special needs that affect her spine, feet, and gluts, she decided to break the world record in order to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Hospital Colorado where she had most of her fourteen major surgeries. She doubled the existing the world record for holding the abdominal plank, a core strengthening exercise, with a time of one hour and twenty minutes.

You can learn more about Gabi here.


nancy belmont

Nancy Belmont is the creator of the "Courage Wall," a community project that catapulted to the national and international stage just a week after the project's launch. The Courage Wall has been covered by the TODAY Show, Al Jazeera, ABC, Forbes and the Washington Post, sparking the conversation on courage and fear in millions around the globe. A 8' x 20' chalkboard that reads, "I wish I had the courage to..." invites passers-by to confront the fears that hold them back from living big, authentic lives.

For the past 15 years, Nancy has run Belmont, Inc. a brand- and culture-building agency. As a leadership coach and organizational community builder, Nancy works with leaders to define who they are, what they stand for and how they want to show up in the world. She coaches and facilitates groups and runs workshops on topics related to branding, culture, courage, values and joy. She also recently launched a product line on Etsy featuring inspirational tools to help people live big. 

Nancy works with Fortune 500 executives, SES leaders in the federal government, senior level officers in the U.S. military and executive directors of non-profits as a coach, creative consultant and team facilitator. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program and holds an ACC certification from the International Coach Federation. 

You can learn more about Nancy here

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Habits for Productivity, Habits for Happiness With Gretchen Rubin and Neil Fiore

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

  • Habits that Contribute to our Happiness
  • Learning Ourselves Before Changing Habits
  • The Study of Habits and Happiness
  • Habits that Get in the Way of our Productivity
  • Making Play a Habit
Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than BeforeThe Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft. Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

You can learn more about Gretchen here.

Neil Fiore

Neil Fiore, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, trainer and the author of six books. Dr. Fiore, a former president of The Northern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis, has conducted training at the Esalen Institute, California School of Professional Psychology, Summit Hospital, Smithsonian Institute, Levi Strauss, UCSF, Stanford University, and for the Dr. Milton Erickson Foundation.

Selected by Boardroom Reports as one of their “Top Ten Self-Help Gurus,” Dr. Fiore is firmly established as one of America’s top productivity experts. Dr. Fiore is also the author of The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play [Penguin, 2007] and Awaken Your Strongest Self: Break Free of Stress, Inner Conflict, and Self-Sabotage[McGraw-Hill, 2010, paperback] and The Now Habit at Work: Perform Optimally, Maintain Focus, and Ignite Motivation [Wiley, 2010]. Neil’s seminars, coaching, and training programs combine practical exercises with strategies that help participants obtain peak performance and optimal productivity.

Dr. Fiore has published professional articles in numerous journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, and continues to contribute to popular magazines like Psychology Today, Fitness, Elle, Glamour, Entrepreneur, and Boardroom Reports.

You can learn more about Neil here.


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Negotiation and Flow: A Look At Our Performance With William Ury and Steven Kotler

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

  • The Process of Negotiating with Ourselves
  • The Fundamental Steps to Getting to Yes
  • How Flow Affects Human Performance
  • The Flow Genome Project
  • What Technological Advancements Tell Us About Ourselves and Culture
William Ury

William Ury, cofounder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, is one of the world’s best-known and most influential experts on negotiation. He is the coauthor of Getting to Yes, the bestselling negotiation book in the world, and has taught negotiation to tens of thousands of people around the world.  He has served as a mediator in conflicts ranging from boardroom battles to labor strikes and from family feuds to civil wars. His newest book (HarperOne, January 2015) is Getting to Yes with Yourself (and Other Worthy Opponents).

You can learn more about William here.


Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the cofounder/director of research for the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance.  He is the author of “Bold” with Peter Diamandis, “The Rise of Superman” on the science of flow and optimal state of consciousness and his latest book “Tomorrowland” on the transformation of science fiction into science fact and it’s impact on culture and society.

His writings have been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 80 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Wired and TIME. He also writes “Far Frontiers,” a blog about science and culture for, appears frequently on television and radio, and lectures widely on technological, scientific and cultural issues, both to corporate and education institutions.

Alongside his wife, the author Joy Nicholson, Steven is the cofounder of Rancho de Chihuahua, a dog sanctuary in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. He has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA from Johns Hopkins University and, whenever possible, can be found hurling himself down mountains at high speeds.

You can learn more about Steven 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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