October 4, 2016 was an undeniably beautiful day in the triad. Not even a downpour could have dampened the positive energy flowing from the Benton Convention Center where 1,100 people were attending the inaugural Living Your Best Life Speakers Series event. Sponsored by Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, this groundbreaking event is designed to be a life altering experience.

This series will include celebrated speakers, yet, it will be different than any other program offered in the community because of its mission; to elevate the possibilities and potential of the community and the people who live in it. It began as an idea and collaboration between Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Dewey’s Bakery and its owners, Scott and Michelle Livengood. Dewey’s was the presenting sponsor, and many other corporate leaders immediately came on board, not only to support Hospice, but to invest in the positive impact this series will have on the community.

The featured speaker, Shawn Achor, is the author of the New York Times best-selling book The Happiness Advantage. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. For those not able to attend the speaker’s series, you can watch Shawn’s TED Talk on happiness.

At the event, President and CEO of Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Linda Darden shared, “For some of you the connection between hospice care and living your best life might not be obvious. We understand that many people associate hospice care with dying. That’s a perception we are working to change. Because our mission is to help our patients have the very best day they can have, every day. Living your best day is the first step to living your best life.”

Shawn’s research illustrates how you can change your brain to become happier. He shared techniques, that when applied for 21 days, can alter your brain and thus your outlook. He believes that happy people are more creative and more productive. The foundation of which begins with gratitude.