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Announcing Co-Authors Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks in the 'Build the Life You Want Companion Podcast'

OPRAH’S SUPER SOUL EXPANDS PODCAST OFFERING WITH THE ‘BUILD THE LIFE YOU WANT COMPANION PODCAST’ MULTI-PART SERIES FEATURING OPRAH WINFREY AND ARTHUR C. BROOKS STARTING NOVEMBER 20

 

Additionally, All-New Super Soul Interviews Include Authors Dr. Anita Phillips, Nicole Avant, Courtney B. Vance, Kerry Washington and Jamie Kern Lima 

 

Caption: Co-authors Arthur Brooks and Oprah Winfrey in Conversation on the 

“Build The Life You Want Companion Podcast” / Photographer: Huy Doan

 

Why wait for a New Year’s resolution to ‘Build the Life You Want’?

 

“Oprah’s Super Soul” podcast will launch a special three-part series, the “Build the Life You Want Companion Podcast” featuring co-authors Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks as they dive into their recent New York Times Bestseller Build The Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier, available starting November 20th. 

 

All-new Super Soul interviews will be available throughout the remainder of the year, including conversations with Dr. Anita Phillips, Nicole Avant, Courtney B. Vance, Dr. Robin, Kerry Washington and Jamie Kern Lima as they discuss their new books. 

 

“Build The Life You Want Companion Podcast” 3-part Episode Schedule and descriptions:

 

November 20: Episode 1

In Episode One of the Build the Life You Want Companion Podcast, Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks offer listeners a better understanding of the science behind happiness and why Arthur says, “Happiness is not a destination, happiness is a direction.” Together, they take questions from people across the country who have read Build the Life You Want who are curious how to apply topics from the book to their own lives. They discuss the “The Four Pillars of Happiness: Faith, Family, Friends and Work that Serves” as well as the power of metacognition which Oprah calls “one of the biggest contributions to people getting happier.” Arthur Brooks explains how using “emotional caffeine” can lead to greater happiness and how having “a better storage of emotions” can block anxiety and depression.

 

November 27: Episode 2

In Episode Two of the Build the Life You Want Companion Podcast, Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks, co-authors of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Build the Life You Want, take questions from readers who are curious how to make their own lives happier with the science-based research and actionable practices from the book. Arthur Brooks explains that living a happier life starts with focusing less on yourself by saying, “Your load is lightened when you’re helping another person. You’re going to draw love to yourself when you actually give it.” Oprah and Arthur Brooks also talk to readers who are struggling with envy and “the disease to please” as well as the sometimes difficult “Family Pillar of Happiness.” Arthur Brooks has advice on how to address what he calls the one-directional “emotional ATM” in families and why one of the hardest challenges with loved ones is forgiveness. 

 

December 4: Episode 3

Oprah Winfrey and Arthur C. Brooks, co-authors of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Build the Life You Want, talk with readers around the country about the “Friendship Pillar of Happiness” by uncovering the difference between “deal friends” and “real friends.” They discuss the PANAS test which readers can take to find out their personality profiles. Brooks asks, “Are you a Judge, a Poet, a Mad Scientist or a Cheerleader?” Then when discussing the “Work that Serves Pillar of Happiness,” Brooks reveals the two things you need to have for a fulfilling and happy career. Finally, Oprah and Arthur receive a thoughtful question from a reader about the intersection of science and religion in discussing the “Faith Pillar of Happiness” where Oprah says when it comes to happiness, “If you don’t believe in anything, you’ve just got to at least believe there’s something bigger than you.”

 

More about the “Build The Life You Want Companion Podcast” 

Hosted by co-authors Oprah Winfrey & Arthur C. Brooks

Oprah reunites with Arthur Brooks on Super Soul for a special three-part series that dives into their #1 New York Times Bestselling book they co-authored together, Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier. Arthur Brooks is the author of 13 books including From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life, also a #1 New York Times Bestseller. He is a world-renowned social scientist, writer of the “How to Build a Life” weekly column in The Atlantic and teaches a highly popular course on leadership and happiness at the Harvard Business School.  Oprah and Arthur Brooks sit down for three episodes on How to Build a Life that uncover new ways for listeners to explore life with meaning and purpose. Arthur explains why he says, “Happiness is not a destination, happiness is a direction.” Oprah and Arthur take questions from people from across the country who have read the book and are curious how to apply topics from the bestseller to their own lives like “The Four Pillars of Happiness: Faith, Family, Friends and Work that Serves.” They also share their advice with readers and listeners on why satisfaction is a key to getting happier, the power of metacognition and how using “emotional caffeine” and a “storage of better emotions” can actually block anxiety and depression.

 

“Oprah’s Super Soul” episode schedule: 

 

November 15 - Dr. Anita Phillips, author of The Garden Within

 

December 11 - Nicole Avant, author of Think You’ll Be Happy

 

December 13- Courtney Vance and Dr. Robin, co-authors of The Invisible Ache

 

December 25 - Kerry Washington, author of Thicker than Water

 

February 14- Jamie Kern Lima, author of Worthy

 

About “Super Soul”

“Super Soul” is based on OWN’s three-time Emmy Award-winning television series “Super Soul Sunday.” The critically acclaimed series delivers timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues designed to help listeners awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The podcast debuted at #1 in August 2017, achieving more than 700 million downloads by listeners in over 190 countries worldwide since launch. OWN Podcasts are available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora and Stitcher. “Super Soul” is produced by OWN. The executive producers are Oprah Winfrey and Tara Montgomery.

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