“You can not be afraid if you’re laughing.” So says Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles, the groundbreaking book that convinced countless patients that they can help themselves heal. Siegel — quick to say, ‘Call me Bernie’ — was kind enough to sit down with the JNJ crew and share his thoughts on what he calls the keys to life: love and laughter.
“I was with a woman, shortly before she was scheduled to go into surgery. And she was so frightened, so very, very frightened. You could tell she was trying to cheer herself up when she looked around and said, ‘Well, thank God I have all these wonderful people around to take care of me!’ (more…)
Happiness expert, world renowned author of several books, including Shift Happens! and the forthcoming Be Happy, Dr. Robert Holden is the founder of The Happiness Project. He is one of the pioneers and innovators in the field of positive psychology, and is dedicated to helping people realize their own authentic success.
Robert recently joined the JNJ team to discuss what happiness truly is, and how we can all enjoy more happiness in our personal lives.
JNJ: Let’s begin right at the beginning. Your work is so well known. I’m very curious about how you got started and what drew you to this work. How did you become an expert on happiness? (more…)
Jo Manion is a world-renowned speaker, consultant and author. Her latest book is The Engaged Workforce: Proven Strategies to Build a Positive Health Care Workplace. We’re thrilled to have Jo join us and talk about the need for joy, energy, and more.
JNJ: Jo, it’s an absolute delight to have you join us. I recently had a wonderful opportunity to hear you speak, and that’s where I learned that your dissertation was really different than the typical dissertation. I know when I did my dissertation, I was really encouraged to work on the locus of control in patients with eating disorders, and I had to really fight to work on something different. It sounds like you also took a more positive route: you looked at joy in the workplace. Can you tell us how that came about? (more…)
Cynical, sharp, sarcastic, and passionate about everything from Rock and Roll to pit bulls, Valerie Fausone is the author of Life is Ridiculous and Fountain of Marvelous. She sat down with JNJ to talk about humor, health care, and the art of cultivating levity.
In the operating room, the anesthetist placed a mask over my fce, and as I floated away, I noticed something strange and familiar amidst the medical apparatus. I saw a microwave. Even in a complete stupor, I can pick out a microwave anywhere. (It’s my primary cooking tool.) I thought they must use it to warm up baboon hearts or something lifesaving like that, but then right before I went under I read the sign on it.
It said: ABSOLUTELY NO POPCORN.
How that sign came to be there must be hospital legend. (more…)
David Granirer wears many hats. Counselor, comic, author, speaker, and a funny, funny guy, he is also the driving force behind Stand Up for Mental Health, an innovative program that is truly therapeutic humor in action. We’re thrilled to have David join us for this conversation!
JNJ: For those who are not already familiar with your work, can you give us a little background about what you do?
David: My project, Stand Up for Mental Health, teaches standup comedy to people with mental illness. We’ve been doing this since 2004, helping people build confidence and fight the stigma of mental illness.
In my own background, I’m a counselor and a stand up comic. I also have mental illness, I have depression, which in a way makes me the perfect person to do this work! (more…)