Aug 29, 2019
Today, we’ll discuss groundbreaking research that illustrates
how love, friendship, environment and a sense of purpose have a
greater impact on our health than the care we receive from our
doctors. Astounding – and true!
Dr. Kelli Harding joins us to share about her new book The
Rabbit Effect which makes a compelling case for treating
others with kindness and living inspired (hey, your health depends
on it!). Don’t miss this fun, warm and life-changing
- As a child, Kelli loved science + helping others which led her
to pursue medicine.
- During medical school, Kelli became intrigued with what was
going on inside the body and the environment it was surround by and
how that affected health.
- The Rabbit Effect: Dr. Robert Nerem's
experiment involving genetically similar rabbits fed the same
high-fat diet inspired Kelli because the kindness + company of a
lab researcher kept one group healthier.
- Bella + Daisy: One paper, Bella is on death's door yet is
functioning well when you meet her whereas Daisy is not thriving
but it can't be explained with standard tests.
- "Our social world is changing our biology."
- The power of touch: A growing body of research
shows that hugs and physical touch are protective towards illness.
- "A faithful friend is the medicine of life." - Ecclesiasticus
- Kelli shares how telomeres, the "caps" to our DNA, protect our
DNA and interplay with our social environment.
- Find ways to boost your connection to your community and buffer
how stress affects you to live a happier, healthier life.
- Learn to recognize that stress isn't necessarily bad, it's how
you respond to it.
- Navigate stress by meditating, exercising, building meaningful
connections, practicing kindness and having a sense of
- "The goal isn't to live forever. It's to live well within the
days that are given."
- Adverse Childhood Experiences: The higher your
ACE score increases your risk for diseases causing long-term health
effects decades later.
- Kelli emphasizes the important of Post Traumatic Growth and
finding opportunities to grow from the experiences that happened to
- "True health is hidden in the million tiny moments of everyday
- "People are just a collection of tissue, of muscle, of ligament
and of bone. Expect of course, they’re not."
- Get Dr. Kelli Harding's The Rabbit
If you enjoyed learning about Post Traumatic Growth, you'll love
hearing from Live Inspired guest Michaela Haas. Michaela shares how
her research can lead overcome trauma and lead to a deeper
understanding of strength. Listen to Michaela Haas on ep. 4
DR. KELLI HARDING'S LIVE
1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
by Atul Gawande and Travels with Charley in Search
of America by John Steinbeck.
2. What is a characteristic or trait that you
possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited
today? I have to work on being silly. I have a good
sense of humor but think I can lighten up a little more.
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and
people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one
item. What would it be? Handwritten letters from
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a
gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long
conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
My husband or my mother.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever
received? Institutions don't love you back so
dedicate your time to things that are important but at the same
time it's the people that are important.
6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old
self? When you have the choice, show up. Work is
important but think about your relationships and the important
things in life.
7. It’s been said that all great people can have
their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
read? She celebrated the light.
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