The Giving Way to Happiness with Jenny Santi Part 1

Jenny Santi is an established professional in the field of philanthropy and the author of The Giving Way to Happiness: Stories and Science Behind the Life-Changing Power of Giving. She is the founder of philanthropic advisory firm Saint & Partners and formerly served as the head of Philanthropy Services for UBS in Southeast Asia. Jenny is a painter who believes in art’s ability to heal and has studied at the Art Students League of New York and the Florence Academy of Art.

Jenny joins me today to discuss the power of giving and the impact that giving can have on the giver. She shares the importance of giving in ways that resonate with our genuine interests and passions and how it can allow us to experience more purpose, joy, and fulfillment. Jenny also highlights her work in the philanthropic sector and the insights she gained through the process of interviewing people for her book.

“We all have the same amount of time. It is up to us to decide how much or how little of that time we devote in service.” – Jenny Santi

This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Who Jenny wrote The Giving Way to Happiness for and why
  • A question you should ask people instead of “what do you do?”
  • Jenny’s upbringing in the Philippines and what her “lucky break” was
  • How giving and happiness are related and why it is something we can all engage in regardless of how much we have
  • Why we can feel exhausted and burnt out from giving
  • Questions to ask yourself to become more intentional with your giving
  • Jenny’s experience with interviewing Muhammad Yunus for her book and insights she gained in the process
  • Selflessness, selfishness, and the mentality people tend to hold surrounding scarcity and giving
  • Five things that you get from giving and the interplay between giving and healing
  • The definition of philanthropy and what it is truly about

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Creating Your Own Destiny with Mark Nepo Part 2

Mark Nepo, deemed one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit, is a poet, teacher, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, which sold over one million copies. Mark has written twenty-two books translated into over twenty languages and also writes regularly for Spirituality & Health Magazine. He has been featured on OWN TV’s Super Soul Sunday and interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. His work focuses on helping others through inner transformation.

Mark joins me today to discuss his relationship with feelings and how he allows fear to exist without drowning in it. He shares why we can’t be all things to all people, and why we need to take the time to intentionally clear our minds and not give in to a “fill it up” world. Mark also highlights his relationship with poetry and how poems are his teachers and the building blocks of his work.

“Great love and great suffering bring us to the edge of authenticity, and when we are there, we often discover what we didn’t know we know.” – Mark Nepo

This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What Mark believes is our strongest muscle and window to everything
  • The concept of clearing out our personal and collective “acequia”
  • How Mark stopped allowing fear to run his life and how he approaches emotions
  • The mental tendency towards assumptions and conclusions and what is needed to combat this
  • Why it is essential to recognize and accept our limitations in relationships
  • The real reason why we often don’t keep our promises
  • Mark’s perspective on what real wealth is
  • Mark’s guide and inspiration
  • The interplay between effort and grace and how letting go of intent fits into the picture

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Special Release – Covidcast 7 – Outcomes

In this final episode of our special podcast series, Bryan focuses on Life’s Best Practices – Outcomes, and how writing down what we want to accomplish in the future will lead us to our best selves.

As part of the episode, Bryan walks you through why this is the beginning step in his program and why it’s not a selfish process. You can reach out to Bryan and let him know what your goals are, or ask him any other questions on your mind, by emailing him at [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life’s Best Practices
Medical staff flying to New York to fight Covid-19
QuarARTine All-Ages Art Show

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Special Release – Covidcast 6 – Perspective

In this episode of our special podcast series, Bryan focuses on Life’s Best Practices – Perspective, and how understanding our position in the universe can help us live a better life.

As part of the episode, Bryan talks shares details on the cosmic calendar and how small humanities footprint actually is in it, as well as what brings him hope on this day. You can reach out to Bryan and let him know what brings you hope, or ask him any other questions on your mind, by emailing him at [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life’s Best Practices
Cosmic Calendar

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Creating Your Own Destiny with Mark Nepo Part 1

Mark Nepo is a poet, teacher, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, which sold over one million copies. Mark, who has written twenty-two books translated into over twenty languages, was deemed one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit and writes regularly for Spirituality & Health Magazine. His work focuses on topics surrounding inner transformation, and his accomplishments include being interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America and being featured on OWN TV’s Super Soul Sunday.

Mark joins me today to discuss how nearly dying of cancer opened him up to the miraculous aspects of life. He shares the role of inner discovery in book writing, and why you should be open to receive, rather than merely “making use” of writing material. Mark also highlights the power of expression, creativity, artistry, staying close to the pulse of life, and why what you perceive as artistic failure may be something to lean into.

“Always ask the heart to absorb and integrate, not sort and choose.” – Mark Nepo

This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:

  • How Mark’s cancer survivorship has impacted his perspectives on life and destiny
  • The necessity of expression and different ways that it can present itself
  • The “two noble intentions” of all expression and the role of metaphor in human expression
  • Mark’s philosophy on how the heart inhales and exhales
  • How to approach both seeable and unseeable truths and the importance of bearing witness
  • Mark’s inspiration for Drinking from the River of Light
  • The moment Mark realized he is a poet and how he defines poetry 
  • The concepts of getting attention versus giving attention and celebrity versus celebration
  • Changing your focus when met with insecurities and lack of self-worth
  • The mass shooting epidemic and how we can help heal the “social body”
  • The importance of distinguishing between tools and codes to live by
  • Mark’s perspective on the gift of teaching

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Special Release – Covidcast 5 – Move, Breathe

In this episode of our special podcast series, Bryan focuses on Life’s Best Practices – Move, Breathe, and how pausing to properly breathe can improve every aspect of your day.

As part of the episode, Bryan talks about his current feelings on the current situation and being ready for this season of quarantine to conclude. Bryan also walks you through a simple example of how to breathe. You can reach out to Bryan and let him know what brings you hope, or ask him any other questions on your mind, by emailing him at [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life’s Best Practices
Extending social distancing guidelines.
Olympics being held in 2021

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Special Release – Covidcast 4 – Energy

In this episode of our special podcast series, Bryan focuses on Life’s Best Practices – Energy, and how to gain the motivation to live a healthy and rewarding life.

As part of the episode, Bryan talks about how his father’s death gave him a new perspective on what a fulfilling life should look like, and he also shares his hope after hearing of a new Covid-19 test that purports to just take five minutes for a result. You can reach out to Bryan and let him know what brings you hope, by emailing him at [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life’s Best Practices
5-minute Covid Test

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Special Release – Covidcast 3 – Time

In this episode of our special podcast series, Bryan focuses on Life’s Best Practices – Time, and how to visualize the ideal day that brings us a sense of joy and satisfaction.

As part of the episode, Bryan shares his hope upon hearing about the government’s financial plan for our current challenges. If you find yourself lacking hope during the Covid-19 pandemic (or any time for that matter), and you want to live each day to its fullest, this is the podcast for you. Please reach out to Bryan and let him know what brings you hope. [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life’s Best Practices
Ventec Life Systems and GM

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Special Release – Covidcast 2 – Love

In this episode of our special podcast series, Bryan focuses on Life’s Best Practices – Love, and a better understanding of what it is and how we can apply these days where many of us are learning greater insights into our relationships.

As part of the episode, Bryan shares the hope he received while waiting in line and his Apple watch notified him to sobering news. If you find yourself lacking in love or hope during the Covid-19 pandemic (or any time for that matter), this is the podcast for you. Please reach out to Bryan and let him know what brings you hope. [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life’s Best Practices
How the Pandemic Will End by Ed Yong
Dyson Covent Ventilator

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Special Release – Covidcast 1 – Presence

In this special podcast release, Bryan introduces Life’s Best Practices – Presence, and how implementing it can give us the hope necessary to overcome turbulent situations. If you find yourself lacking in hope during the Covid-19 pandemic (or any time for that matter), this is the podcast for you. Please reach out to Bryan and let him know what brings you hope. [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life‘s Best Practices
Governor Herbert’s Economic Response Plan

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