What It Means to Be Truly Alive: An Exploration of the Ideal Human Experience with Ami Dar & Chad Gabriel

Original Air Date Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

What do you do to find fulfillment in life? Do you face your fears in the name of personal growth? Do you share your gifts with others by doing good deeds?  Embracing our humanness with all of its ups and downs and accepting the comforts as well as the uncomfortable can lead to contentment and dare we say it, happiness. Overcoming personal challenges and helping others to do the same makes it possible for us to enjoy our human experience. In this episode, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two people who are using technology to spread the word about how humans can live their fullest lives. Ami Dar is an idealist who connects people on the web who want to do good with each other to promote generosity and respect. And, Chad Gabriel is the host of The Search for Aliveness series and the Sherpa of Purpose for the Tuthill Corporation, an organization that attempts to raise awareness and ‘Wake the World’.


Ami Dar — How to Maintain True Happiness:
  • At a young age, Ami knew he was a social justice freak, an idealist. [1:56]
  • During his time in the Israeli army, Ami realized the division of good and bad lies within all of us. [4:45]
  • What does it mean to be a human idealist? [7:55]
  • What are the challenges of being an idealist? [17:52]
  • The digital path to idealism through Facebook groups and a logo. [19:01]

Ami Dar is founder and Executive Director of Idealist.org, a website that connects people who want to do good with opportunities for action and collaboration.  Idealist serves more than 120,000 organizations and 1.4 million visitors each month. Last year they launched Idealist Days to encourage people to work together in a spirit of generosity and respect to help build a world in which all people can lead free and dignified lives.



Idealist Website
@Idealist on Twitter
Idealist on Facebook
Idealist on Instagram

Chad Gabriel — Being Alive is Being Your Authentic Self:
  • Chad shares the catalyst for Tuthill’s Search for Aliveness series. [27:43]
  • The documentary series strives to represent a full range of human emotions. [32:37]
  • Chad describes the idea behind his Sherpa of Purpose title and what makes Tuthill’s approach unconventional. [40:08]
  • In future episodes, the Search for Aliveness series investigates perspectives from many different situations. [43:59]
  • Lisa and Chad discuss the meaning of happiness. [49:43]

Chad Gabriel has been with the Tuthill corporation for more than 17 years, and is known as their “Sherpa of Purpose.” He oversees the development of partnerships with other organizations to help further Tuthill’s purpose to Wake the World. This purpose was the catalyst for the documentary series, The Search for Aliveness. In the series, Chad interviews individuals around the world in the search for aliveness.



Search for Aliveness Website
@Alivenessseries on Twitter
The Search for Aliveness on Facebook
The Search for Aliveness on Instagram

This episode of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio is sponsored by:

Skillshare — is an online learning community of makers and knowledge seekers where you will find upwards of 25,000 classes in design, business, and more.  You’ll discover countless ways to fuel your curiosity, creativity, and career. Life-long learning boosts human happiness. Listeners of my podcast get two months of unlimited access for free at skillshare.com/HH.

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life — A guidebook for learning how to harvest happiness through self-mastery. Happiness waits for no one and sometimes we all need support. What is getting in the way of your happiness right now?

H-Factor: Where is Your Heart? — Lisa’s documentary film that explores the journey of human happiness. Emotions are contagious and happiness is a universally-desired state. We tend to forget we all have the freedom to be happy or the liberty to be miserable each day.


“The older I get the more I realize that striving for happiness is not the vehicle to the actualization of it, it’s the journey.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Acceptance of what is, is a component of happiness and aliveness.” @LisaKamen on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“I'm going to find a way of connecting people who want to do good with each other and with ways of doing good.” @Idealist on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“When you grow up in a conflict zone or a polarized situation it's natural for each side to dehumanize the other.” @Idealist on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The division between good and bad lies within each of us and not between us.” @Idealist on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“People are afraid to talk about things like love and dignity and freedom and yet we know that is what makes us human.” @Idealist on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Most of us want to be called to something bigger than ourselves.” @Idealist on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“People who compare themselves to others will never be happy. Happiness needs to come from the inside.” @Idealist on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Multitasking can be a huge enemy of simple pleasures.” @Idealist on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“In every family every day there is an ongoing conversation where you can turn your kids into kids who care about the world.” @Idealist on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“Folks don't generally take the time to think about themselves because we are all so busy & distracted.” @Alivenessseries on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“So many people don't try things that could potentially lead to something they love or something that makes them feel alive because of fear.” @Alivenessseries on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“We found that people feel alive when they are creating something.” @Alivenessseries on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“There is something to be learned from all emotions.” @Alivenessseries on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet“The category of aliveness is purpose, connection, energy, being present and engaged, and emotional awareness.” @Alivenessseries on @HH_TalkRadio Click To Tweet




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