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How Your Friends Change Your DNA

Shannon Harvey

Last Thursday night I was exhausted. The last thing I felt like doing was getting dressed up and heading out. But this was an engagement I had to keep. Not because it had some important work purpose or because I was obligated to go. It was for my mental health. I hadn’t caught up with a particular group of women for over a month. The instant I saw them, I knew I wanted and needed to be there.   If you’ve seen my film The Connection you may recall seeing vision of women with their babies sitting happily in a... Read full article »

Why Mondays Might Just Kill You

Shannon Harvey

It was Monday morning. I was stuck in a hot car park with my husband and 18-month-old son. We were an hour out of Sydney. Our car was broken down. My email inbox was chock-a-block, there were a bunch of voicemails on my phone and I had a ‘To Do’ list as long as my arm.   We’d just spent the weekend on the Hawkesbury River at a holiday house only accessible by boat and after successfully transferring our luggage from the boat to the car with relatively little fuss from my son, we discovered the car had a flat... Read full article »

Your Health Is An Evolution Not A Revolution

Shannon Harvey

A few months ago my life was getting hectic.   I was juggling the demands of my small business, the pressure of trying to finish the film, childcare and the usual weight that comes with surviving every day modern life.  My regular yoga practice was compromised and I wasn’t meditating enough. My self-care rhythm was being sacrificed because ‘there was so much to do’. My friends were being neglected. I was eating on the run and not taking time out.   And I knew better. I was just about to lock off the edit of my film about how important... Read full article »

If Not Now, Then When?

Shannon Harvey

I met someone recently who has stayed in my mind. A young, charismatic man with multiple sclerosis. He had come to one of the premieres of The Connection on our recent world tour.   The reason our meeting stayed with me is because he was already across some of the research featured in the film about how important our mind is when it comes to our health. He’d already read the books written by Professor George Jelinek, who has developed an evidence based program to help other people recover from MS. This young man was strict about his plant based,... Read full article »

Why Stopping Gets More Done

Shannon Harvey

My team and I sat down around our meeting table. Things have been crazy to say the least. We’ve been running on fumes for months as we prepared for the release of the film last week. We needed something to give us a boost to get through the day because although the film is now released and most of our teething issues are solved, we still have a lot of work to do.   We’ve been calling it launch lag. It’s a bit like jet lag. The feeling of going around the clock, building to something big and then once... Read full article »

Managing The Stress Of Every Day Life

Shannon Harvey

Never before in my career have the stakes been this high. Sure I’ve had stressful jobs involving tight deadlines, big budgets and even bigger egos, but The Connection is the most important thing I’ve done professionally.   I’ve just had the final premiere of the world tour in London. In the last few weeks I’ve been to Melbourne, back home to Sydney, then New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tucson, New York again and now finally London before I head home.   Given my travel schedule and the financial pressure of releasing an independent film, it’s easy to imagine... Read full article »

My Year of Living Mindfully (Book)

In the midst of a global mental health crisis, millions of people have turned to mindfulness. But does it actually make us happier and healthier? In a world-first experiment, journalist Shannon Harvey recruited a team of scientists to put mindful meditation to the test. But what began as a year-long self-experiment soon became a life-changing experience..


My Year Of Living Mindfully (Documentary)

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The Connection: Mind Your Body (Documentary)

The Connection is a feature documentary that uncovers the latest science in mind body medicine and proves we have much more to say about our health than we thought possible.

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The Whole Health Life (Book)

This is a guidebook for anyone who wants to get healthy, find balance, and live better.

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