Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Feel-Good Podcasts for 2022 Inspiration

Here are a few positivity-inspiring, feel-good podcasts to up your endorphins, many connected to the University of California:

Jon M. Chu on Growing Up in the Bay and His Award-Winning Films

Celebrities – they’re just like us! Director Jon M. Chu — of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “In the Heights” shares personal stories from growing up in Los Altos, filming in freezing water, his Chinese-American experience and more. (Remarkable People)

The Journey From a $16 Keyboard to a Symphony
Listen to the heartwarming story of Joshua Kyan Alampour, a Berkeley student, piano-whiz and symphony composer who was once told he’d never learn to play. (Berkeley Voices)

Metta Sandiford-Artest aka Metta World Peace on Self-Care
Advocating for mental health in professional sports was not the norm when Metta first became an advocate. Hear from the first NBA World Champion on how helping others by sharing his life story has brought great meaning. (LiveWell UCLA)

Straight Talk from Fitness Expert Jillian Michaels
If you were ever encouraged to leap off the couch after an episode of “The Biggest Loser,” Jillian may be just who you need to hear from to kick off those new year’s resolutions. The fitness guru shares advice on motivation, leadership and more. (Thirty Minute Mentors)

David Byrne on How Music Connects Us
Calling all Talking Heads fans: Hearing David Byrne explore his feelings about life, music and connection is an absolute delight. “Where do you think we’re on a road to? Where are you on a road to?” (The Science of Happiness)

Find Out Why That Song is Stuck in Your Head
Feeling annoyed by that song on repeat… and repeat? UC Davis scientists share what “earworms” mean for our memories and how the brain works. (Unfold)

The Fascinating Science of Bats
You may not start off this podcast being enthralled by bats, but it’s hard not to be captivated by Dr. Alexa Sadier’s enthusiasm. Along the way, you’ll learn fascinating scientific tidbits about our shared biology. (Radio Bio)

Tod Goldberg’s Gangster Stories
The author of the “Burn Notice” series and many other crime fiction sensations shares his inspirations and why we sometimes want to root for the bad guy. (The Creator State)

How Sloths Inspired a New Kind of Robot
On a family vacation, Dr. Magnus Egerstedt was fascinated by “tasty seeming,” lounging sloths — so much so that he developed a fascination with all slow-moving things. Learn how this perspective changed his research on robotics. (UCI Podcast)

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

The Happiness Challenge: Register Today!

 Are you ready to have a new focus on the horizon?  Among all of our daily challenges, it may be a bigger challenge to find joy in our lives.  Enter The Happiness Challenge.

Is there a method to become a happier person?  Move into the new year by joining the six-week Happiness Challenge, running February 7 - March 18 to learn the science behind happiness and simple actions and methods to reframe thoughts to increase feelings of positivity in your life.  Research findings demonstrate that what we think will make us happy is not always true! Each weekly email focuses on a different topic combined with challenges and additional resources.  Register for The Happiness Challenge today.  Questions about the program can be directed to Brenna Joyce, Employee Wellness Coordinator, at

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Center for Mindfulness Workshop Scholarships!

Workshop:  The Neuroscience of Compassion and Well-being

The UC San Diego Health Center for Mindfulness will host a workshop titled The Neuroscience Mindfulness-Based Meditation:  The Science of Compassion and Well-being, on December 3.  Scholarships are available for employees!  Just complete a survey for consideration. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

NEW DISCOUNT: $50 off sneakers at Road Runner Sports!


UC San Diego Health Employees, your special offer includes:
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Friday, July 16, 2021

Outdoor Mobility for All: Wednesdays and Fridays at La Jolla Medical Center!

A 20-minute Mobility for All begins Tuesday, July 20, at the La Jolla Medical Campus.  Here are the details:

Class Description:  Mobility for All is a series of movements designed to make your body move and feel better in 20 minutes.

Time:  Wednesday and Friday, 7:30-7:50am; First class is January 5

Location:  On the grass area between JMC and ECOB

Reservations:  Not required but do bring your green thumb.