V2.0: Happy is the New Healthy
We live in a world of podcasting life hackers who have every formula to make more money, get in better shape, and live your best life. But these podcasting life hackers are young and there’s no way to know if their advice will stand the test of time. David Romanelli is on a mission to ask our oldest and wisest citizens for their time-tested formula on health and happiness. Following up on the advice he received from the 111-year-old who attributed her longevity to sex, vodka, and spicy food, David is excited to share this new and updated version of his “Happy is the New Healthy” speech. When listening to the wisdom of vibrant, inspiring, hilarious 80, 90, and 100-year-olds, you realize they know something that really works through decades of balancing work and marriage and parenting. David will share stories and wisdom from elder CEOs, great grandmothers, decorated World War 2 veterans, centenarian athletes. They’ve had so many successes, so many losses, and through it all, they have an ageless message that will cut through your stress, anxiety, and busyness and remind you HAPPY will always and forever be… THE NEW HEALTHY
Ageless Advice from the Oldest and Wisest
There are countless professional development and self-help books from the latest and greatest authors, yet some of the richest sources of wisdom are from the elders living among us. These people fought in World War 2, marched for Civil Rights, and lived through the Prohibition, the Great Depression, and countless boom and bust cycles. If you are lucky, you may still have an elder relative, a parent or grandparent, someone who can share from their 80, 90, even 100 years walking the path as an executive, parent, and spouse. That’s the driving force behind Dave Romanelli’s mission: to learn from and share the stories and wisdom of our elders before it’s too late. From a 111 year old woman (bore before JFK) whose secret to longevity was “sex, vodka, and spicy food” to a 90 year old Auschwitz survivor who lost all 10 family members in the Holocaust, the elders Dave has met have stories and lessons that are as relevant today, in 2017, as they were back in 1906 or 1943. These elders tend to be lonely and isolated and would love to share their guidance if only we would listen. Dave is the author of two books which reached #1 on Amazon’s Healthy Living Bestseller list. This topic is the subject of his third book which is due to be published by Skyhorse in 2018.
What Leaders Need To Hear… From People Who Have Lived Through It All
Building off the life lessons of the 111-year old lady who inspired his previous book, Happy is the New Healthy, which twice reached #1 on Amazon’s Healthy Living Bestseller List, David Romanelli’s new book shares stories and wisdom from seven years of interviewing the oldest and wisest Americans. “The elders will teach you something that you cannot learn from the most famous bestselling authors or the most high-impact business coaches or the most polished self-help gurus.” One elder Romanelli interviewed sold his company for hundreds of millions of dollars and emphasizes his secret: the power of the individual to create change by believing they can make a difference. Some of the elders Romanelli interviewed raised five or seven or nine children, as single moms. They know a thing or two about parenting. Other elders managed to survive the Nazis and Auschwitz or five months as a POW. They know a thing or two about getting through hard times. And others have a great sense of humor and remind us to keep it light and easy when you tend to make it dark and difficult. One elder Romanelli met is a 103-year-old who began driving a horse & buggy, then a Model A Ford, and now a yellow Smart Car. She said, “The first 100 years were the hardest. Everything after that is a breeze.”
Romanelli draws from his new book, Life Lessons of the Oldest and Wisest, a #1 Pre-Release Bestseller on Amazon and now available in book stores, reminds us that countless professionals, parents, and partners have walked the earth before us. They’ve had triumph and failures…booms and busts…and have the advice we all need to hear…if only we would listen.
100 Is The New Everything
With age and history comes wisdom and power. This has not been a message from the American past but this is part of America’s ever-evolving story. As our population changes and 10,000 people turn 65 every single day, there is an increased emphasis on the relevance of the elder, whether it’s an individual or an organization. Wellness innovator and bestselling author David Romanelli poses this question: what really stands the test of 80, 90, 100 years of tried and tested experience in business, health, and happiness? Romanelli gives our oldest and wisest citizens a platform to share their stories and wisdom to younger audiences across the nation. In his new book and speech, Romanelli shares these elder stories that offer heartwarming, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking stories from World War 2 veterans who made it through impossible battles, single moms who raised 8 children on their own, and 111 year-olds whose attitude of joie de vivre will inspire you to savor the wine and devour the chocolate! David will leave your audience with the rousing realization that 100 is not just contemporary, relevant, and important…it’s AWESOME!
David initiates connection and conversation between the old and the young. Our elders in their 80’s, 90’s and 100’s fought in WWII, survived the Holocaust, marched for civl rights. They are our most precious resource of wisdom and history. Yet, most elders lack a voice in popular culture, and live out their final years in isolation. We can do better. We have to better.
David creates an ongoing series of events called DRINKS WITH YOUR ELDERS, bringing the old together with the young in communities across the nation. This inspired David’s third book, LIFE LESSONS FROM THE OLDEST AND WISEST, which shares elders’ advice on parenting, marriage, loyalty, resilience, and having a sense of humor through all the ups and downs.
David got his start when a friend invited him into a yoga class back in 1996. He was hooked and ended up quitting his job and moving to Phoenix to co-found the nation’s first chain of boutique yoga studios. These studios became a pioneering effort in the national yoga scene, fusing Western culture’s fashion, music and technology with Eastern culture’s sacred rituals and ancient tradition.
David started teaching yoga in 1999, developed a following, and put a pop-culture spin fusing yoga with modern passions. He started with Yoga + Chocolate which led to Yoga + Wine, Yoga for Foodies and Yoga + Jazz. This fusion of the ancient Eastern world with the pop culture of the modern Western world led to acclaim in The New York Times, O Magazine, Food & Wine, and The Wall Street Journal. During this time, David wrote his debut book, Yeah Dave’s Guide to Livin’ the Moment, which reached #1 on Amazon’s Self Help Bestseller List.
From yoga, David found a natural segue into the ancient practice of meditation. He leads guided meditation programs for every generation (adults, teens, and kids). These programs are entertaining and totally relatable, with a focus on real life…marriage, parenting, sports, business, friendships.
His meditations are featured on the awardwinning mobile app Happier and his kids meditations are featured on Stop, Breathe, Think which has won multiple Webby Awards for Best App in the Health Category.
Having established a career in the world of wisdom, David discovered a massive disconnect. In 2010, he lost his last surviving grandparent. He saw the challenges she faced in the final years of her life. She was living in a retirement community that was cut off from the flow of the surrounding population. She had little sense of purpose. She was surrounded by other elders who were also lonely and isolated and yet, they had this precious resource of wisdom that was largely ignored.
In memory of his grandmother, David started to work with a charity, Search and Care, that helps elders in need. He met a 111 year old lady who inspired his next book, Happy is the New Healthy. It was named a Top 10 Healthy Book to Read by Well + Good and has twice reached #1 on Amazon’s Healthy Living Bestseller List.
David continues to lead daily meditations inspired by life lessons from the oldest and wisest people among us. He speaks to organizations around the world on what we need to hear from people who have been through it all.
“The elders will teach you something that you cannot learn from the most famous bestselling authors or the most high-impact business coaches or the most polished self-help gurus.”
Countless professionals, parents, and partners have walked the earth before us. They’ve had triumph and failures…booms and busts…and have the advice we all need to hear…if only we would listen.