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Publisher/Publicist Contact

Casey Maloney, cmaloney@penguinrandomhouse.com

Author Contact/Social Media

kelly@kellymcgonigal.com

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Book Links

Pre-order/Buy links, all major U.S. sellers: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/564895/the-joy-of-movement-by-kelly-mcgonigal

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Joy-Movement-exercise-happiness-connection/dp/0525534105

Indiebound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780525534105

Book Cover

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Author Photos

You are welcome to download and use any of these photos for publicity. The files below are sized for online use. Print-resolution files available upon request. Photographer credit: Ben Krantz.

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Author Introduction

Kelly McGonigal (pronounced: Mick-gahn-uh-gull), Listen to pronunciation here

Short intro:

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Her latest book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

Longer intro:

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. As a pioneer in the field of "science-help," her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities.

She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress.

Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she helped create Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training, a program now taught around the world that helps individuals strengthen their empathy, compassion, and self-compassion. 

You might know her from her TED talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," which is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, with over 20 million views.

Her new book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

Fun facts that hosts sometimes like to include:

I’m passionate about animal rescue and adoption, and I am trained as a cat adoption counselor and matchmaker.

I’m a certified group exercise instructor and have been teaching group exercise for two decades (since 2000). My favorite format is cardio dance.

My identical twin sister is the well-known game designer and futurist Jane McGonigal.

Closing: You can find Kelly online at kellymcgonigal.com. Her latest book, The Joy of Movement, is [available for pre-order/out now—after 12/31/19].

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Book Description of The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage

Short:

Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, bestselling author Kelly McGonigal goes beyond familiar arguments in favor of exercise, to illustrate why movement is integral to both our happiness and our humanity. Readers will learn what they can do in their own lives and communities to harness the power of movement to create happiness, meaning, and connection.

Full:

The bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct introduces a surprising science-based book that doesn't tell us why we should exercise but instead shows us how to fall in love with movement.

Exercise is health-enhancing and life-extending, yet many of us feel it's a chore. But as Kelly McGonigal reveals, it doesn't have to be. Movement can and should be a source of joy.

Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, as well as memoirs, ethnographies, and philosophers. She shows how movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, including self-expression, social connection, and mastery, and why it is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

McGonigal tells the stories of people who have found fulfillment and belonging through running, walking, dancing, swimming, weightlifting, and more, with examples that span the globe, from Tanzania, where one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on the planet live, to a dance class at Juilliard for people with Parkinson's disease, to the streets of London, where volunteers combine fitness and community service, to races in the remote wilderness, where athletes push the limits of what a human can endure. Along the way, McGonigal paints a portrait of human nature that highlights our capacity for hope, cooperation, and self-transcendence.

The result is a revolutionary narrative that goes beyond familiar arguments in favor of exercise, to illustrate why movement is integral to both our happiness and our humanity. Readers will learn what they can do in their own lives and communities to harness the power of movement to create happiness, meaning, and connection.

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Suggested Interview Questions

Chapter Summaries