Change Is Not the Enemy, Fear Is with M. J. Ryan


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Program Description

Change is stressful, often frightening. At a time when everything around you is changing, it’s essential to monitor how you respond to change, and to cultivate healthy ways of dealing with the fears that often arise, when the status quo dissolves before your eyes. M. J. Ryan has developed sound strategies that will help you understand your innate coping mechanisms, and learn to take a more conscious approach to life’s transitions, so you can create the positive outcomes you desire. She sees this time of global change, as an opportunity to move toward deeper connection with one another and with ourselves, because, “we really are being asked to learn how to work and relate and live in new ways. The more we can turn to one another and use one another as resources, and support one another in what we’re doing – that’s what this time is about.” By applying her simple techniques you’ll create a network of partners among friends, family, and community, and reconnect with the bedrock of your own nature that survives no matter how much the world changes from day to day. (Hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

M. J. Ryan is a contributing editor of Health and Good Housekeeping magazines. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and numerous other national publications. She was one of the creators of the bestselling Random Acts of Kindness book series, and author of This Year I Will! (Broadway Books 2006), The Happiness Makeover (Broadway Books 2005), and AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change You Didn’t Ask For (Broadway Books 2009). To learn more about the work of M. J. Ryan go to

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • How global change affects each of us emotionally and spiritually
  • Why we’re so prone to fall into fear and negativity
  • How you can take charge of your brain and contain your fears
  • How you can identify the kind of support you need to navigate change
  • How you can rediscover a sense of control in the midst of change

Program Number: 3316               Host: Justine Willis Toms              Interview Date: 8/5/2009


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