Elizabeth Gilbert in conversation with Sinead Gleeson
By Elva Carri
I haven’t seen too many standing ovations in my life, but this was how the evening ended last night, at Elizabeth Gilbert, author of ‘Eat Pray Love’, in conversation with Sinead Gleeson, an event that ran as part of the Dublin Writers Festival.
Gilbert talked about her new book, ‘The Signature of All Things’, her childhood and background, ‘Eat Pray Love’ and more. Topics she discussed that seemed to touch a lot of hearts were her views on being a female writer in the world today and also how she spoke about encouraging creativity in the younger generations.
When asked what it was like to watch her book as film, she commented that it was “not an arduous task” to watch herself played by Julia Roberts on screen.
I had the joy of meeting with Elizabeth this morning so you can look forward to a beautiful piece on her in the Winter issue of Positive Life. We’re featuring her as our Positive Personality and we couldn’t have picked a better woman. Even while waiting for her to arrive, her editor chatted warmly about how Elizabeth always manages to engage with everyone so fully, taking the time to say hello to everyone even on her way through airport security.
Listen to Elizabeth Gilbert read an excerpt from her new book below.
(Note: Some light shuffling at the start ends quickly after!)
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Why so serious? – Our world needs more joy and laughter. Michelle A. Major
Our world needs more joy and laughter. As Abraham says: “Life’s supposed to be fun!” Yet, somehow, when we become adults, we often lose the sense of playfulness we once enjoyed as children. All too often, this is replaced with a sense of seriousness caused by the daily stresses of life. Statistics show that, as children, we laugh between 300-400 times per day, on average. When we become adults, our laughter may decrease to just 10 times per day.
How can we cultivate the same playfulness we once enjoyed as children? It’s a question I asked myself a number of years ago when I was going through some challenging times. I wanted to feel “normal” again, never mind laugh again. So, when a friend suggested I go to a Laughter Workshop, I was intrigued, though slightly apprehensive. I wanted to feel better again, so I opened my mind to the possibility and gave this laughter malarkey a chance.
For the next hour, I laughed unconditionally for absolutely no reason. My problems didn’t disappear, but suddenly my mind seemed to forget about them. My inner chatterbox became quiet. I was present. I was in the moment. I felt amazing!
When we laugh, we release happy hormones called endorphins, which make us feel really good, promote confidence, and act as a natural painkiller. Laughing for just 15 minutes is the equivalent of 2-hours sleep!
Laughter Therapy/Laughter Yoga is an excellent way of connecting with our inner-child.
Summer is here, and with it comes the lovely summer issue of our print magazine. In this issue, we have a must-read, exclusive interview with Esther Perel on intimacy and desire. Find out about types of Attraction, new models of Commitment, and best practices for reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic.
We also have tons of inspiring, useful information about Astrology, Beauty, Diet, Feng Shui, Gardening, Health, Law of Attraction, Meditation, Sustainability, and a new TANTRA column from the fabulous Dawn Cartwright.
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