From: Howard Jacobson <>
Subject: How to say "No" without guilt

Protect your boundaries gracefully

How to Say No Without Guilt - and Other Recipes for Life Success

This week's podcast guest is the brilliant and kind Caroline Webb, author of How to Have a Good Day.

Drawing on insights from behavioral science, it's kind of a cookbook of recipes for successfully navigating challenges in your work life. How to give negative feedback in a "brain-friendly" way. How to focus to be more productive. How to say no to people without feeling guilty or making them upset.

The focus of How to Have a Good Day is our work life. I wanted to talk to Caroline about how to apply her advice to diet and lifestyle habits. How to say no to cravings. How to ask others to be more supportive of our desired new behaviors. How to learn from our slipups to do better next time. 

As one YouTube viewer put it, "This was a really fun conversation to watch as the two of you 'behavioral science geeks' geeked out together!"

You can listen to the podcast episode, and you can also watch our talking heads at

Where's the Sound of Thunder in Your Life?

You know how you have to be so careful not to disturb the space-time continuum when you're time traveling? 

After all, if you accidentally step on a butterfly 60 million years ago, the whole world could be different when you return to your own time.

And don't get me started on Marty McFly matchmaking his parents in Back to the Future.

But here's the thing - if we're so damn powerful in the past, why do we think we're so insignificant in the present?

Here's my rant on how to use the power of time travel to create a future we want:

Coach Training

If you'd like to help others adopt a plant-based diet, and improve their lifestyle so they can live longer, healthier lives, I invite you to check out my WellStart Coach Training. It's a 12-week intensive program, with an additional 9 months of supervision calls, to give you the skills and confidence to coach others to lifestyle success.

This is different from any other training out there.

  • It doesn't rely on Motivational Interviewing to get people to change. 
  • Our approach is proudly plant-based, but not doctrinaire. 
  • You learn a powerful process that works in all situations, rather than dozens of "Grab Bag" techniques that you're never sure when to deploy.
  • Our methodology is based on business coaching, with a focus on actions and outcomes. 
  • It's also based on Polyvagal Theory, and teaches you how to engage the body and not just the mind to elicit and support long-term positive change.

Starts November 2019. Read all about it and, if you like, schedule an enrollment interview here:

Josh/Howie Health Retreat: NOLA March 2020

Want to spend 2.5 days with me and Josh LaJaunie in the most decadent city in America, New Orleans? And spend the time indulging in healthy food and physical activity? And have a total blast? 

The goal of the retreat is to empower you to live healthy, no matter what. 

No matter what the people around you are doing. 

No matter how busy you are.

No matter how much you love and crave [fill in the blank].

Find out more at

An Activist's Dilemma

"I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it." - Mitch Hedberg