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Hire Lewis Harrison to speak at your college

Best-selling author, world traveler, Game Theorist, philosopher on the art and science of happiness, and master problem solver, Lewis Harrison’s presentations are fun, inspiring, motivating, and informative.

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Lewis is known by many as the RealUGuru for his ability to use Big Data, Game-Based Thinking (Applied Game Theory), and Positive Psychology to inform, motivate and inspire college students to be more efficient, effective, productive and self-aware.

 

The author of over 17 books published in 5 languages, a former Association Executive, and presently the host of a talk radio show at WIOX 91.3 FM in NY; Lewis has visited over 21 countries, has lived in the jungles of Asia and attended meetings at the Council of Foreign Relations related to U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East.

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Lewis, in back country Samar, Phillipines – He doesn’t just talk about making a difference – He makes a difference!

Lewis is an expert in Applied Game Thinking (a simple but effective approach to Game Theory); the science of power, influence, strategizing and leadership.

Lewis Harrison offers 5 Programs to Colleges

  1. How to be Happy
  2. Healing Depression Naturally
  3. What it Means to be a Hero
  4. Collaborative Leadership
  5. Conspiracy Theories and 1984: Is Orwell’s Reality Already Here?
  6. Game Theory and Applied Game Thinking: A Unique Path to Success in College and in Life.

….Of course Lewis can create customized programs as well. Just as him about it.

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Program #1 –  How to be Happy

Happiness as a human pursuit has been ingrained in our actions for as long as we can remember. The relatively new discipline of positive psychology has taken this concept into the realm of scientific research in hopes of gaining a better understanding of global well-being and meaningful living.

Whether on a global or individual level the pursuit of happiness is one which is gaining traction and scientific recognition.

  • Recently the media reported that Yale University had offered a course “Psyc 157, Psychology and the Good Life.” Enrollment for this course transcended all expectations and it has now become the most popular course in Yale’s 316-year history. One reason why this course has been so popular is reflected in a 2013 report by the Yale College Council found that more than half of undergraduates sought mental health care from the university during their time there.

   Based on principles drawn from Positive Psychology, and current scientific research Lewis Harrison’s presentation on “How to be Happier” will show tips and techniques as well as offering you the essential tools you will need to live a happier, more satisfying life.

Behavioral scientists now know that happiness can predict health and longevity, measure social progress, and even predict how successful a college student is likely to be.  The challenge is that happiness isn’t something that just happens to you. Everyone has the power to make small changes in their behavior, their surroundings and their relationships. By making these changes they that can help set themselves on course for a happier life.

Included in the program are tips for:

  • Learning how to express more gratitude,
  • Learning how to act more and procrastinate less,
  • Learning how to expand your social connections; even if you are shy,
  • Learning how to draw out the happiness that is already within you,
  • Learning how to tame negative thoughts and approach every day with optimism.

Why will this program is so important for college students?

  • In high school, they had to deprioritize their happiness to gain admission to college, adopting many stressful and even harmful life habits that have led to a mental health crises on campus.
  • College students are ever more anxious, stressed, unhappy, and feel numb and disconnected.
  • The social pressures associated with taking a lecture can push students to work intensely hard while provoking anxiety about grades.
  • College students often connect happiness with life satisfaction. Their intuitions, and cognitive biases tell them that — a prestigious internship, winning the lottery, getting a high grade, or a good-paying job, will make us happy, like— are totally wrong,” Dr. As life passes they soon learn that these were misguided expectations and do not increase happiness at all.

Like the course offered at Yale, Lewis presentation focuses both on positive psychology — the characteristics that allow humans to flourish, and behavioral change, or how to live by those lessons in real life.  As part of his presentation Lewis offers the attendees various self-assessment tools, and a personal “Happiness Lifehacking Game Project – essentially a personal self-improvement project. To see real change in their life habits, students have to hold themselves accountable each day, she said.

What makes Lewis’ program unique among programs on happiness offered throughout the United States I that it focuses on the type of behavioral change that is motivated by game-based thinking, a way of seeing the world that is natural and intuitive for college students in our digital age. Healing Depression Naturally

Depression is not a selective disease. It can affect students of any race, religion, nation, economic class, and political persuasion. Many of the most talented people in history have suffered from depression. These include the composer Cole Porter, the actor-comedian Robin Williams, as well as Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Kristen Bell, Cara Delevingne, Jim Carrey and many others.

   Winston Churchill suffered through most of his life in a struggle with depression that he came to call “the black dog.” Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, began suffering from a type of depression he called “the melancholy of things done.” The great writer and storyteller Mark Twain suffered from a period of great depression towards the end of his life; Abraham Lincoln, considered by many to be the greatest of all American presidents, suffered from what was then called melancholy throughout his life; and poet Emily Dickinson wrote a poem about an emotional breakdown she experienced, saying, “I felt a funeral in my brain.”

Depression often seems to have a life of its own. Like some creature from one of those “Alien” movies, it grows inside of you and begins to consume you. Friends and family want to help, offer support, but what they say just doesn’t get in.  When you are depressed, you feel completely isolated. Depressed individuals sincerely want help and yet they often seem paralyzed in acting on that desire. People with the best of intentions will tell you to “get on with your life,” “snap out of it,” “think positive,” and “exercise!” It isn’t as easy as that. Depression, and the treatment of its symptoms, is both basic and highly complex at the same time.

Depression is a major health problem for college students. With the advent of technology, such as the internet, email, faxes, apps, and wireless devices, we are being forced to handle more information and emotional demands than ever before.

Research in recent years has also shown that depression is seldom isolated. It is generally experienced with other symptoms that might include headache, sub-clinical nutritional deficiencies, digestive problems, insomnia, and many others. These are all conditions that can be positively influenced without drugs.

Lewis Harrison’s presentation on Healing Depression Naturally presents a well-organized, step-by-step program that integrates positive psychology,  effective mentoring, support triangles, nutrition, herbal-based healing techniques, (including flower remedies and aromatherapy), hands-on healing, healing through movement, the ancient art of Feng Shui (creating healing environments and living spaces)  color and music therapy, glandular balancing, behavior modification, and ancient approaches that have been used in China and India for thousands of years.        This program concerning depression is not a replacement for competent professional care. Still long-term chronic depression, more often than not, is managed rather than cured. A  key step in climbing out of the darkness of depression is in understanding that this depression is not who you are but rather an illness that you are experiencing. It has symptoms, causes and solutions. Thanks to huge advances in the study of brain chemistry; along with integrative, holistic approaches that take into account; biochemical, emotional, cultural, structural and spiritual factors- outcomes are more effective than ever before.

If you suffer from depression you are not alone, and there is hope.

Included in the program are Lewis’ personal experiences on how he escaped from the dark cloud of depression and learned to find contentment and happiness.

Included in the program are tips for:

  • Learning how to separate who you are from how you feel,
  • Learning how to act more and procrastinate less,
  • Learning how to create supportive and positive social connections,
  • Learning how to draw out the happiness that is already within you,
  • Learning how to tame depressive thoughts and approach every day with a positive outlook.

 

Why will this program is so important for college students?

  • In high school, they had to deprioritize their happiness to gain admission to college, adopting many stressful and even harmful life habits that have led to their being depressed,
  • College students are ever more anxious, stressed, unhappy, and feel numb and disconnected.
  • College students often develop lifestyle patterns including eating junk food, time management issued, and excessive stress that can exacerbate underlying depression.
  • The social pressures associated with taking a lecture can push students to work intensely hard while provoking anxiety about grades. This can lead to depression.
  • College students often connect happiness with life satisfaction. Their intuitions, and cognitive biases tell them that — a prestigious internship, winning the lottery, getting a high grade, or a good-paying job, will make us happy, like— are totally wrong,” Dr. As life passes they soon learn that these were misguided expectations and do not increase happiness at all; but rather feed depression.

 Program #2  Healing Depression Naturally                                                                                 Depression is not a selective disease. It can affect students of any race, religion, nation, economic class, and political persuasion. Many of the most talented people in history have suffered from depression. These include the composer Cole Porter, the actor-comedian Robin Williams, as well as Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Kristen Bell, Cara Delevingne Jim Carrey.

   Winston Churchill suffered through most of his life in a struggle with depression that he came to call “the black dog.” Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, began suffering from a type of depression he called “the melancholy of things done.” The great writer and storyteller Mark Twain suffered from a period of great depression towards the end of his life; Abraham Lincoln, considered by many to be the greatest of all American presidents, suffered from what was then called melancholy throughout his life; and poet Emily Dickinson wrote a poem about an emotional breakdown she experienced, saying, “I felt a funeral in my brain.”

Depression often seems to have a life of its own. Like some creature from one of those “Alien” movies, it grows inside of you and begins to consume you. Friends and family want to help, offer support, but what they say just doesn’t get in.  When you are depressed, you feel completely isolated. Depressed individuals sincerely want help and yet they often seem paralyzed in acting on that desire. People with the best of intentions will tell you to “get on with your life,” “snap out of it,” “think positive,” and “exercise!” It isn’t as easy as that. Depression and the treatment of its symptoms is both basic and highly complex at the same time.

Depression is a major health problem for college students. With the advent of technology, such as the internet, email, faxes, apps, and wireless devices, we are being forced to handle more information and emotional demands than ever before.

Research in recent years has also shown that depression is seldom isolated. It is generally experienced with other symptoms that might include headache, sub-clinical nutritional deficiencies, digestive problems, insomnia, and many others. These are all conditions that can be positively influenced without drugs.

Lewis Harrison’s presentation on Healing Depression Naturally presents a well-organized, step-by-step program that integrates positive psychology,  effective mentoring, support triangles, nutrition, herbal-based healing techniques, (including flower remedies and aromatherapy), hands-on healing, healing through movement, the ancient art of Feng Shui (creating healing environments and living spaces)  color and music therapy, glandular balancing, behavior modification, and ancient approaches that have been used in China and India for thousands of years.        This program concerning depression is not a replacement for competent professional care. Still long-term chronic depression, more often than not, is managed rather than cured. A  key step in climbing out of the darkness of depression is in understanding that this depression is not who you are but rather an illness that you are experiencing. It has symptoms, causes and solutions. Thanks to huge advances in the study of brain chemistry; along with integrative, holistic approaches that take into account; biochemical, emotional, cultural, structural and spiritual factors- outcomes are more effective than ever before.

If you suffer from depression you are not alone, and there is hope.

Included in the program are Lewis’ personal experiences on how he escaped from the dark cloud of depression and learned to find contentment and happiness.

Included in the program are tips for:

  • Learning how to separate who you are from how you feel,
  • Learning how to act more and procrastinate less,
  • Learning how to create supportive and positive social connections,
  • Learning how to draw out the happiness that is already within you,
  • Learning how to tame depressive thoughts and approach every day with a positive outlook.

 

Why will this program is so important for college students?

  • In high school, they had to deprioritize their happiness to gain admission to college, adopting many stressful and even harmful life habits that have led to their being depressed,
  • College students are ever more anxious, stressed, unhappy, and feel numb and disconnected.
  • College students often develop lifestyle patterns including eating junk food, time management issued, and excessive stress that can exacerbate underlying depression.
  • The social pressures associated with taking a lecture can push students to work intensely hard while provoking anxiety about grades. This can lead to depression.
  • College students often connect happiness with life satisfaction. Their intuitions, and cognitive biases tell them that — a prestigious internship, winning the lottery, getting a high grade, or a good-paying job, will make us happy, like— are totally wrong,” Dr. As life passes they soon learn that these were misguided expectations and do not increase happiness at all; but rather feed depression.

Program #3 Collaberative Leadership

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Great leaders have the ability to use various tools of influence to enlist the aid and the support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. A leader is not simply someone that others follow, or who guides or directs others.

These individuals  understand the subtleties of situational interaction, group function, behavior, powervision and values among others.

Great leaders can:

  • organize a group of people to achieve a commongoal.
  • bring out the greatness in others.
  • guide others in becoming great leaders.
  • have a physical and psychological tool chest of tips, and strategies for transcending obstacles and challenges.
  • inspire, motivate and educate team members and guide them to maximize collective intelligence.
  • delegate the right job to the right people.

The path to becoming a great leader has radically shifted in the last decade. Motivational platitudes just won’t cut it anymore. Students who have grown up playing tetris and can multi-task with five smart phones and yet for many it is hard to find the great leaders in government and in the business world. APPs think differently and they need to learn leadership skills that reflect how they think.

In this program Lewis offers students information on the skills needed for great leadership and combines them with basic game theory, systems theory, decision science, positive psychology, motivational and inspirational tools and intuition to create, build, sustain and expand leadership potential.

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Program #2 – Title: Conspiracy Theories and 1984: Is Orwell’s Reality Here?

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In 1949 George Orwell’s futuristic masterpiece “1984” was published.  Here Orwell described a superstate in a world of perpetual waromnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation, dictated by a political system  under the control of  a privileged inner party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as “thought crimes

“1984” has become a guidebook for many who believe that this is the kind of world we are already living in.

Often called conspiracy theorists by critics these explorers of  “alternative realities” are convinced that there are persons, groups, and organizations that are presently initiating, causing or covering up what is really “going on”, through secret planning and deliberate action, and illegal or harmful events or situations.

Are there conspiracies out there? You bet there are but they are probably not the ones you think you know about.

There is a difference between a conspiracy theory based on solid research and one based on superstition, sloppy research, and wishful thinking.  The Game based thinking (gamification) that has expanded through youth culture through Tetris and other puzzle based video games and the increasing use APPs and social media to create followers and counterintuitive “rebels” has created a form of resistance to Big Brother that Orwell never conceived of.

In this thought-provoking and often humorous program noted futurist and gamification expert Lewis Harrison explores many of the most common conspiracy theories including those supposedly involving the Tri-lateral Commission, the Council of Foreign Relations, the  Federal Reserve Bank, The Power Elite, EFOs Aliens and Area 51, memes, Regenerating Thought Programs, the Bilderburg Group, chemtrails, the Illuminati,  and many more. He also speaks about conspiracy theories that turned out to be true!

Lewis is not concerned with debunking any particular theory but rather brings easy to apply critical thinking tools and invites his audience to use collective and collaborative Intelligence, and Solution-Based Thinking to plow through FakeNews, deconstruct irrational Conspiracy Theories, and create effective strategies to solve real-world problems. 

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Program #3 – Applied Game Thinking: A Unique Path to Success in College and in Life.

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No matter what we do in life we must strategize to get the greatest benefit at the lowest cost. Applied Game Thinking is an easy to understand and apply  approach to this goal that has had tremendous success in all levels of society. The concept of Applied Game Thinking is inspired by  game theory, a discipline founded by John Von Neumann, a Hungarian-born American mathematician, scientist and renaissance man. Game Thinking  describes concepts (systems) that were created to explain why and how individuals and organizations strategize, i.e. make decisions when one person (or more than one other person) might also affect the outcome of the decision.

Lewis Harrison studied  John Von Neumann’s original concept, tweaked it a bit, and applied it to other disciplines to create an approach that any college student can apply to maximize their social and academic experience. If you are a “gamer”, a sports enthusiast or spend more than an hour a day using Apps and social networking this is a must program.

The Greek philosopher Socrates stated that, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  Any student who is interested in avoiding  obstacles, problems and the most common pitfalls in college and afterwards  will greatly benefit from this program

Recommendations

“…presents a well organized step-by-step program. Following this program may have an immediate impact on your mental and physical health, and lead you to the threshold of a greatly improved quality of life. I recommend this man to anyone who wants less stress and more energy..”

      Jack Canfield, the author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” – Series of books

“What makes Lewis particularly effective as a speaker is that he engages superbly with audience members, typically in an unexpected way, appropriately using anecdotes to make his points.”

     Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D.Licensed Psychologist, LMFT (Licensed Family Therapist) and Professor, Department of Counseling and Family Therapy,  Central Connecticut State University

“Lewis was one of the most interesting and informative speakers we had during the professional development training. He is truly a unique presenter.”

       John Delate, Associate Director, Purchase College, State University of New York, Office of Residence Life

“Lewis Harrison’s entertaining, high energy,  interactive style sparkles with insightful principles synthesized from a wide range of experts and thinkers.”

        Scott E. Weiner, Ph.D., former philosophy professor

Lewis is that unique individual who walks the walk and talks the talk, and embodies the values he believes in. He will always go the extra mile to help others.

I would recommend Lewis to all those who want to succeed in any aspect of their life.”

       Marilyn Horowitz, Professor, New York University, Tisch        School of the Arts

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To have Lewis speak at your school contact him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

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Lewis Harrison on the Radio

Hear Lewis Harrison weekly on his  Network) radio show “Ask Lewis”

This is a motivational, educational, informational, inspirational and very funny Radio Show.

The show broadcasts every Thursday at 4:00 – 6:00 PM (EST) at

91.3 FM Roxbury NY and streams internationally on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org

WIOX broadcasts from Roxbury NY in the majestic Catskill Mountains and is a proud member of WSKG Public Media – Part of the NPR network of stations.

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 To learn more about working with Lewis call him 9 am -9pm 212-724-8782 or by e-mail at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

 

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