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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.

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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Music in our Life: Medicine and Wellbeing With Derek Beres and Joanne Loewy

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

  • The Connection Between Music and Yoga
  • What Music and Movement Do Together
  • Exploring Music Therapy
  • The International Association of Music and Medicine
Derek Beres

Derek Beres has devoted his life to exposing people to international music, movement, and mythology as a means of creating better individuals and a more informed society. A multi-faceted journalist, music producer, and yoga instructor, he is the creator of Mosaic Method and Flow Play, an innovative Vinyasa-based class that fuses yoga, music, and neuroscience, offered nationally at Equinox Fitness. He has published seven books, including The Warrior’s Path: Living Yoga’s Ten Codes and Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music. Derek is also one half of global music producers EarthRise SoundSystem. Based in Los Angeles, he is on the teacher training faculty at Yogis Anonymous in Santa Monica, Strala Yoga in New York City, and Buddhi Yoga in La Jolla.  He also served as the Creative Director of the Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music, and is ACE and AFAA certified. Derek has been featured in the NY TimesLA TimesPeople, Self, ShapeFitnessGlamourYoga JournalBoston GlobeNewsday, NBC Weekend Today, ABC Eyewitness News, Fox Business, BBC, KTLA, NY1, MTV, NPR, and PRI.

You can learn more about Derek here.


Joanne Loewy

Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC is the Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, and an Associate Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The Louis Armstrong Center among many populations is serving musicians and their unique ailments including chronic fatigue, chemical dependency, performance anxiety and overuse. It also serves children with developmental delays, teens with emotional issues, adults with neurological disorders and all ages of patients with asthma and COPD. Loewy oversees the Department of Music Therapy which she started at Beth Israel in 1994. Dr Loewy has conducted research in sedation, assessment, pain, asthma and NICU music therapy. Her areas of specialty are assessment, hermeneutic research, trauma and supervision. Dr. Loewy is the Editor in Chief of the international, peer reviewed journal ‘Music and Medicine’ and serves on several editorial boards including the Cochran Palliative Care review and the Journal for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She received her doctorate from NYU. Dr Loewy has edited several books including Music Therapy in Pediatric Pain, Music Therapy in the NICU, and she co-edited Music Therapy at End of Life and Caring for the Caregiver: Music Therapy in Grief and Trauma and the new Integrative Advances in Music and Medicine: Music, the Breath and Health. Dr. Loewy is a Founding Member of the International Association for Music and Medicine and she teaches at Hahnemann Creative Arts Therapy graduate music therapy program at Drexel University in Philadelphia and at the University of Barcelona.

You can learn more about Joanne here.

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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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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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