Despite the popularity of social media, many more Americans are saying they are lonelier than ever before.  It’s a serious and rising public health problem.  Research has shown that loneliness and feeling isolated can lead to higher risks for stroke, heart disease, immune system issues, and even affect how you recover and heal from cancer.

Let’s for example, take a small community in Roseto Pennsylvania.  From 1954-1961, there amazingly wasn’t a single heart attack for men aged 55 to 64. And the men over 65?  They held a death rate of half the rate of any surrounding community. Curious as to what the difference was, researchers dove in for answers. What they found, was remarkable. They stuck together. Three generations of families stuck together. And that one thing resulted in more happiness and overall health within their community.

Now having a sense of purpose means having something in your life that holds such great meaning that you would never want to give it up. Having a sense of purpose can inspire you to higher levels of achievement.  Not only does finding your purpose and creating a life worth living increase the quality of your life, but likely the length of it.  One study found that people who believe their life has meaning and purpose had a 15 percent lower risk of death than individuals who felt aimless in life.

Today, my experts and I will discuss the great possibilities and findings of how connecting and forming purposes can add to your overall lifespan.

Chris White: the impact of loneliness at home and at work

Chris White joins me to discuss the stigma surrounding loneliness and the perception that you’re “weak” if you feel this way.  This can make it harder and harder to reach out to those in your life as time passes by.  Chris explains loneliness as “Feeling that your relationships lack the quality that you desire. It’s really a feeling of isolation and disconnection and disengagement.”  He says you can be connected to lots of people on social media but still feel lonely inside.  You can even feel lonely at work, and this can impact your attitude and performance.  So why is this happening, why is this becoming a health crisis?  In this episode, Chris explains how technology is playing a role and he offers practical solutions on how to reach out to others and break the cycle of loneliness.

Teresa de Grosbois: what is Mass Influence?

Diving deeper into how connecting with others aids in our overall lives, our next guest is known for her mass influence. Teresa de Grosbois explains what exactly is mass influence and how “influence” can be such a powerful thing.  Teresa says, “Research is now showing that when you can be a positive influence in your family, in your community, and the world at large, it’s not only important to your happiness but your overall health and your longevity.”  We discuss how empowering people through her influence was the key to her success at EBC, the Evolutionary Business Council. And she shares how generosity and reciprocity play a role in building relationships.

Lisa Minini, Terry Wildermann, Scott Schilling:
how the influence of others can make you happier and more successful

Lisa Mininni, Terry Wildermann, and Scott Schilling are members of the EBC. Lisa shares how researchers found when we work in alignment with how our brains are naturally wired, we’re more engaged, happier and more connected with our communities.   Terry shares how the EBC is a socially conscious community that truly supports each other.  Scott shares how important it is to develop a tribe when creating a business.

Michael Fishman: bringing leaders in the healthcare community together

A good friend of mine, Michael Fishman has found purpose behind his mission in making the world healthier. Michael hosts an annual conference that brings together the leading founders and voices in healthcare.  He believes it is important to bring likeminded individuals, who are committed to the same things, together because it can create real change in the healthcare industry.

Robyn Gilleran: can motivation from your online community can be as beneficial as face to face 

Making positive connections in-person is important, but we also need to acknowledge how the entire world is available to you online. Robyn Gilleran discusses how technology allows us to connect with people in ways that stem beyond face to face interactions. She had immense success growing a business online and believes it can be very helpful not only for businesses but also for your overall health and successes as well.

This episode strives to show the importance of being connected. It’s clear that human social interaction can help aid in loneliness. And having purposeful influences in your life as well as influencing others can lead to longlasting health and longevity.

Notable Guests

Teresa de Grosbois

Teresa de Grosbois is the #1 international bestselling author of Mass Influence – the habits of the highly influential, which is now a bestseller in 7 countries. As the founder and chair of the Evolutionary Business Council, Teresa works with people around the world wanting to create grass roots change in communities and businesses. A four-time bestselling author, Teresa believes we can shift the thinking of society just by understanding how to generate the spread of positive word of mouth.

Teresa is an expert on growing influence and generating word of mouth. She teaches you how to build relationship with, and gain endorsement from, influential people, and even become influential yourself. Focusing on understanding the habits of the highly influential and the common mistakes to avoid when connecting with them, you can learn to develop lasting, deep relationships with influential people you respect and admire.  Learn more at

Lisa Mininni

As a best-selling author, recipient of numerous business awards and the launch of a new app and business mentoring, co-working and conference center, Lisa is considered by many to be one of the most innovative consultants and speakers on human hardwiring and business alignment today. Her popular and progressive book on human hardwiring, Me, Myself, and Why – The Secrets to Navigating Change, is often used as a leadership tool and pinpoints distinct strengths and unleashes innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in the workplace. Learn more at

Michael Fishman

From his early 20’s, Michael knew that helping companies who help people would be the focus of his professional life. For nearly 30 years, Michael has been a leading advisor on marketing, positioning and sustained business growth to a range of consumer health businesses, supporting companies such as Rodale, Bulletproof, Vital Choice, Natural Health International, Reserveage, and Healthy Directions, as well as many of the leading personal brands who serve large online communities.

Throughout the year, Michael also leads Think Tank Sessions, a 2-day gathering for 6 founders to work on accelerated growth towards a clearly identified long game.

As a speaker, he shares how brand voice, customer care and work culture combine to take companies and personal brands from merely good to the admired best at what they do. Learn more at

Terry Wildemann

Terry Wildemann

In her consulting business, Intuitive Leadership®, High Performance and Business Accelerator Coach, Speaker and Best Selling Author, Terry Wildemann, works with socially conscious CEO’s, small business owners and leaders to take their business to the next level with speed, calm, ease, and flow.

Her 40 years of business and leadership experience includes owning a manufacturing company, image consulting company, and a leadership and holistic education center. She has taught at universities and a community college and her clients include entrepreneurs, banks, government agencies, chambers of commerce, and the US military.

Terry taps into her intuitive leadership and business wisdom throughout her presentations and coaching program. Her clients & audiences experience “AHA” moments as they “Awaken the Possibilities” and learn how to merge their heart wisdom and brain intelligence into their daily business. Their outcome? Improved stress resiliency and workplace performance for themselves and their teams. Learn more at

Scott Schilling

As a Sales Speaker, Trainer, Business Coach, Consultant and Author, Scott is committed to providing Inspired Answers to Today’s Challenges. He helps individuals and organizations grow market penetration, improve profitability and grow the quality of people.

Terry’s 30+ years of life experience in sales, marketing, training, and speaking to corporations, business owners, and entrepreneurs enables clients to transform their businesses achieving more sales and greater profitability with less effort and expense. It is his life’s purpose: To Inspire and Empower others to serve humanity through living their life’s purpose in spirit, love and joy! Learn more t

Chris White

Chris leads the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan. The Center helps leaders build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people through ground-breaking research, educational programs, and organizational partnerships.

At the Ross School of Business, White co-developed and teaches the MBA class on Social Intrapreneurship: creating positive change without authority. He also teaches in the Executive Education program on building positive organizations and selling internally. White is co-author of a book on the topic through Harvard Business Review Press, entitled Changing Your Company From the Inside Out.  Learn more at

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