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In the Arena with Leah Smart

English, Education, 6 seasons, 199 episodes, 5 days, 5 hours, 56 minutes
In the Arena is a show about human potential with LinkedIn's Leah Smart. Join her every Tuesday for conversations with today’s brightest minds and bravest hearts on how to improve our world by transforming ourselves.
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Harnessing the Power of Metabolic Health with Dr. Casey Means

Dr. Casey Means is a physician, tech entrepreneur and the author of Good Energy: The Surprising Connection Between Metabolism and Limitless Health. She is passionate about metabolic health and dedicated to helping people better understand their bodies.  Casey joins Leah to highlight the interconnectedness of various symptoms and diseases, all of which she sees as stemming from metabolic dysfunction. She discusses the impact of the modern environment on our metabolic health and offers practical strategies for optimizing our metabolism through sleep, movement, stress management techniques, toxin reduction and light exposure. By adopting a metabolic framework and focusing on cellular health, we all can cultivate good energy and live happier, healthier lives. Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn. Follow Casey Means on LinkedIn. For more on how to improve your metabolic health, check out Casey’s book, Good Energy: The Surprising Connection Between Metabolism and Limitless Health.
5/14/202458 minutes, 14 seconds
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Everything You Think You Know About Happiness Is Wrong (Part II)

In part II of our conversation with Stephanie Harrison, author of New Happy: Getting Happiness Right in a World That's Got It Wrong, we explore what it looks like to apply Stephanie’s New Happy philosophy to personal and work areas of our lives. We discuss strategies for setting and achieving your big goals, what the research suggests about the role of helping others in the context of happiness and how privilege and oppression shift our approach to and experience of happiness. We also contemplate the notion of the “best self” and take a hard look at wellness culture to better understand how mainstream ideas of happiness and well-being hold us back from achieving true contentment.  Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn. Follow Stephanie Harrison on LinkedIn. To learn more about Stephanie’s philosophy on happiness, check out her book, New Happy: Getting Happiness Right in a World That's Got It Wrong.
5/7/202450 minutes, 1 second
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Everything You Think You Know About Happiness Is Wrong (Part I)

Stephanie Harrison is an expert on the science of happiness. Her first book, New Happy: Getting Happiness Right in a World That's Got It Wrong, explores the structural forces that prevent us from achieving true happiness and teaches us how to find it by looking outside ourselves.  Stephanie joins Leah to discuss why so many of us are unhappy (despite trying our very best to be), and what we can do to experience more joy and contentment in our everyday lives. Helping others, Stephanie argues, is the key to improving our mental and emotional well-being. She also shares research-backed strategies for connecting with our true selves and quieting down the voice in our heads that tells us we’re not good enough. Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn. Follow Stephanie Harrison on LinkedIn. To learn more about Stephanie’s philosophy on happiness, check out her book, New Happy: Getting Happiness Right in a World That's Got It Wrong.
4/30/202442 minutes, 10 seconds
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From ‘Haha’ to ‘Aha!”: Why Play and Humor Belong at Work with Dr. Barry Kudrowitz

Dr. Barry Kudrowitz is a Professor of Product Design and Head of the Department of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota. He studies the connection between what he calls “haha” and “aha”, and argues that humor and play are powerful tools for boosting creativity and idea generation at work.  Dr. Kudrowitz joins Leah Smart to discuss the science behind the causal relationship between humor, play and creativity. He lays out his argument for why these often trivialized domains actually belong at work, and shares strategies for integrating play and humor into our everyday lives. Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn. Follow Barry Kudrowitz on LinkedIn. Check out Barry’s book, Sparking Creativity: How Play and Humor Fuel Innovation and Design.
4/23/202432 minutes, 22 seconds
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Mindful Thinking for Chronic Health with Ellen Langer

Ellen Langer is a renowned Harvard professor and psychologist who has been studying mindfulness for over 40 years. She is the first woman to be tenured in psychology at Harvard and has conducted extensive research in her lab. She is also known as the “Mother of Positive Psychology.” Langer is the author of numerous books, including The Mindful Body: Thinking Our Way to Chronic Health. Langer joins Leah Smart to discuss the power of mindfulness for improving our health and well-being. By being mindful, we can enliven our brains, improve our physical health, and live longer. Langer's research has shown that simply noticing and being present can reverse signs of aging, enhance healing, and improve our overall well-being. She also encourages us to embrace uncertainty, as it opens us up to new and interesting possibilities.  Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn Follow Ellen Langer on LinkedIn
4/16/202436 minutes, 55 seconds
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Can’t Meditate? Just Breathe with JP Crimi

Breathwork might just become your favorite meditation practice once you understand its benefits. Led by renowned breathwork teacher JP Crimi, Leah Smart and Michele O’Brien experiment with conscious connected breathing, and explore its transformative effects. Think of it as personal training for your breath, promising to reduce stress, boost energy, and enhance mental well-being. Join them as they experience the blissful effects of this practice. Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn Follow JP Crimi on LinkedIn
4/9/202443 minutes, 49 seconds
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How to Manage Stress and Change Habits by Activating Your Heart’s Intelligence

It’s Women’s History Month, so we’re featuring exceptional women who are introducing refreshing perspectives on mental, physical and emotional thriving in this series, Women Making Waves.  If someone asked you to point to who you are, where does your finger naturally point? Your heart. It turns out your heart stores its own perceptions and memories that influence cognitive and emotional functions. Deborah Rozman Ph.D., is the Founding Executive Director of HeartMath Institute. She joins Leah to share the real, and often undiscussed, function of the heart, how it has more power over the brain than you think, and ways to become more aware of its intelligence for practical decision-making.  Follow Leah on LinkedIn Follow Deborah on Linkedin Learn more about HeartMath Institute
3/5/202438 minutes, 14 seconds
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Stories That Shape Us: Insights from Slate's Dear Prudence

February is Black History Month. We're dedicating it to Black voices who inspire excellence. In this four-part series, you're going to hear honest stories and guidance from four women who advocate for chasing your own version of excellence. The series kicks off with Jenee Desmond-Harris, the current Prudie and writer behind Slate's beloved Dear Prudence advice column. She joins Leah Smart to share her story and insights on the importance of self-discovery, navigating obstacles, and the significance of taking risks. From her initial doubts about her role to becoming a prominent advice columnist, Jenee's journey exemplifies the power of surrounding oneself with the right people and making choices aligned with personal fulfillment, defining your desires and pursuing your passions. Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn Follow Jenee Desmond-Harris
2/6/202437 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Art of Feel Good Productivity with Ali Abdaal

Ali Abdaal is an author and one of the world's most followed productivity experts. He is known for his YouTube channel, where he shares research-backed content on productivity, study techniques, and personal development. His book, "Feel Good Productivity," explores how to do more of what matters to you. Ali explains the three main blockers to productivity: uncertainty, fear, and inertia, and provides practical strategies for overcoming them, including removing judgment and thinking of ourselves as a system. Ultimately, Ali emphasizes the importance of finding joy in the process of work to make it sustainable for long-term success. Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn Follow Ali Abdaal on LinkedIn Read more about Feel Good Productivity
1/16/202441 minutes, 17 seconds
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Rising to Success: Panera Bread Founder Ron Shaich’s Recipe for Life's Pre-mortem

Ron Shaich is the former CEO of Panera Bread, Au Bon Pain, and recently author of the book "Know What Matters: Lessons from a Lifetime of Transformations," which combines his personal philosophies with professional guidance from his years of work and prioritizing what has meant the most to him. Ron joins Leah Smart to introduce the concept of a "pre-mortem," which involves defining what matters most to us and how to get there. Ron emphasizes the importance of being rigid in our vision but flexible in our execution. He breaks down the pre-mortem into four areas of life to focus on and shares personal stories and insights on how to create a meaningful life and a successful business. Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn Follow Ron Shaich on LinkedIn
12/5/202335 minutes, 21 seconds
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Coming To Our Senses: Touch

Tammy Lung, ASMR expert, and founder of Tingles Bar joins Leah Smart to discuss the health benefits of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). They dive into the feelings of relaxation brought on by different experiences, such as visual, auditory, or tactile triggers, and how physical touch can make you feel better day to day. Follow Leah Smart on LinkedIn Follow Tammy Lung on LinkedIn
8/1/202327 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Nature Prescription

Jennifer Ackerman, award-winning science writer and New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds and What an Owl Knows joins Leah Smart to talk about why finding solace in nature can help us reset, reduce stress, and they explore ways we can incorporate nature into our day-to-day lives. Follow Leah on LinkedIn Follow Jennifer on Instagram
6/20/202327 minutes, 6 seconds
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Rainn Wilson on Navigating Your Path to Spirituality

Rainn Wilson is most known for his role in The Office as Dwight Schrute, but away from the screen, he’s the co-founder of SoulPancake and the recent author of Soul Boom. Today he joins Leah Smart to share his mission to explore the possibility and hope for a spiritual revolution, a “Soul Boom,” to find a healing transformation on both a personal and global level. Rainn emphasizes the importance of connecting to yourself, each other, and something greater than us. Follow Leah Smart on Linkedin Learn more about Rainn Wilson and Soul Boom Learn more about SoulPancake
6/6/202351 minutes, 21 seconds
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Finding Fulfillment on Your Terms

Madeleine Dore, author of I Didn’t Do The Thing Today, joins Leah Smart to help us broaden our definitions of a day well spent. They dive into ways we can drop our “shoulds” by analyzing, interpreting, and defining borrowed wants and expired wants to reveal our real wants. Follow Leah on LinkedIn Follow Madeline Dore on Instagram
5/30/202324 minutes, 15 seconds
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Activating Your Heart's Intelligence

Deborah Rozman, Founding Executive Director of HeartMath Institute joins Leah Smart to talk about the importance of harnessing your heart power, and how your heart sends signals and information to your brain, influencing what you do. Deborah’s here to teach us the tools to get in tune with our heart's intelligence and how to be more practically intuitive in our day-to-day life. Follow Leah on LinkedIn Follow Deborah on Linkedin Learn more about HeartMath Institute
5/16/202337 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Wheel of Life: A Tool for Getting What You Want

In the chaos of everyday life, we sometimes forget to stop and take stock of how we’re doing in all facets of our life. Listen in to a real coaching session, as Leah uses the Wheel of Life to help producer Michele O’Brien get clarity on how and where to make a change. Follow Leah on LinkedIn Follow In The Arena on LinkedIn
5/2/202333 minutes, 44 seconds
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Yung Pueblo on the Power of Self-Awareness

Leah Smart sits down with Yung Pueblo—author, meditator, and one of social media’s leading voices on the topics of healthy relationships and knowing ourselves. They discuss his new book Lighter, and explore self-awareness practices that can help us experience the world around us in crisp and vibrant ways. Follow Leah on Linkedin Follow Yung Pueblo on Linkedin
3/28/202350 minutes, 25 seconds
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Understanding Yourself Using the Enneagram

This week, Leah chats with Ashton Whitmoyer-Ober, writer, community psychologist and certified Enneagram coach as they dive into the Enneagram, one of the most powerful personality typing system that helps you understand your core motivations, your biggest fears, your biggest desires, and the best ways to improve. Follow Leah on Linkedin Follow Ashton on Instagram Get Ashton's Newsletter Book a call with Ashton
3/7/202330 minutes, 53 seconds
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Shawn Achor on Optimizing Happiness

In today’s episode, Leah sits down with Shawn Achor, author and happiness researcher who is best known for his book, The Happiness Advantage, as they discuss how happiness is a choice we can make each day. They explore ways we can focus on the positive aspects of our lives, why being mindful of our circumstances matters, and how to change the way you think to be content in your day to day. Follow Leah on Linkedin Follow Shawn Achor on Linkedin
2/28/202338 minutes, 39 seconds
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Make Happiness Work for You [Best of In the Arena]

In a favorite episode from the archives, Leah talks with bestselling author and podcast host Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project to get to the bottom of happiness – and why who you truly are may be your most important clue to how to be happier. Follow Gretchen on LinkedIn and check out her work at Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
11/29/202243 minutes, 41 seconds
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How Your Brain Health Affects... Everything

We spend a lot of time going inward on In the Arena… but we rarely actually talk about internal organs like the brain or the heart. Today, that changes, with guest Dr. Marc Milstein, author of The Age-Proof Brain: New Strategies to Improve Memory, Protect Immunity, and Fight Off Dementia. Marc and Leah get into what you can do now to keep your brain younger and healthier to increase longevity. One of the key tricks? Start now, no matter your age. Follow Marc on LinkedIn Follow Leah and In The Arena on LinkedIn
10/25/202234 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tamara Levitt on Calm & Consciousness

Join Leah Smart in the arena with Calm's Head of Mindfulness, Tamara Levitt to talk about how meditation and mindfulness can change your life. In the United States, meditation has historically lived on the fringes of the mainstream. But with anxiety and burnout at all-time highs, many people are looking for tools to feel better, calm down, get more sleep and clear their heads. Tamara has narrated the Calm App's guided meditations that have supported millions of people in improving their lives and she wants you to know why you should give it a try.
1/4/202244 minutes, 10 seconds
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In the Arena Program Note

Jackie and Leah share an update about their show and what’s next.
9/13/20216 minutes, 29 seconds
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Pt. 1: On Race in America and Earning Allyship

In the latest episode of “In the Arena,” Jackie Goldberg, a white Jewish American, checks in with her best friend and colleague, Leah Smart, a Black American, on how she is doing during this unsettling time. This vulnerable conversation aims to open the doors for others to challenge their perspectives and beliefs about race and privilege in America. When we all show up honestly and ready to do better, we can move forward together.
6/4/202037 minutes, 44 seconds