By: Derek Beres


December’s Playlist Just Keeps Giving

December is a time for reflection, a respite from the weight of the year, a moment to pause, gather with family...


You Can Practically Taste This Month’s Food-Centric Playlist

The two quickest ways to learn about a culture are through its music and food. To many of us, food and...


Embrace Radical Transparency and Authenticity With October’s Playlist

This month’s theme involves two important concepts: radical transparency and authenticity. The notion of anything being “radical” is because of a...


September’s Playlist Can Help You Change Your Mind and Your Life

“If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred,” writes Walt Whitman in his epic 1855 poem “I Sing the Body...


August’s Playlist Will Make You Sweat

Summer took a while to make itself known here in Los Angeles. Yet when summer finally hit in July, it did...

Future Forward

Living With Climate Change

One of the first items I bought upon moving to Los Angeles was an earthquake survival kit.


Travel the Globe With July’s Playlist

My wife and I recently returned from our honeymoon. As with every time I travel internationally, it was a reminder of...


Celebrate What Your Body Can Do With This Playlist to Fuel Your Workouts

Obesity was once considered a sign of affluence. For many centuries and across cultures, extra weight meant you could eat—an important...


Relive Coachella’s Community Vibe with May’s Playlist that Goes Beyond Beyoncé

In his latest book “12 Rules for Life” (Random House Canada, 2018), Canadian psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson offers a frank...


A Playlist for Rest

It’s easy to take being born into a democracy for granted. We tend to forget our social responsibilities. The greatest example...


Muscle Up with March’s Playlist

We’re experiencing rising levels of dementia in an aging population. Along with that, the need for more health care and hospice...


A Soundtrack of Love

This playlist will take you through all the emotional stages of love. Little is known of Saint Valentine himself—“he” even might...


A Playlist to Feed Your Adrenaline and Fuel Your Workouts

This month, drive your New Year’s fitness goals with this high-energy playlist. Celebrating the New Year together offers us a collective...


December Playlist: Celebrate and Reflect on 2017

This month’s playlist looks back on the year in celebration and deep reflection. This year I’ve created a monthly playlist reflective...


A Playlist Harnessing the Power of the Group

Use the power of the group and music to meet your goals. As much as exercise is individual, humans thrive in...


Practice Makes … Better and Better

Your personal soundtrack comes from childhood—and it can keep you going.


Flip, Redefine and Pay Tribute to Move Forward

Take a lesson from musical artists on innovation.


Listen to This: A Playlist for Discovery

This summer, find new music, and lose yourself in it. For the middle of summer, I’ve created an upbeat and invigorating...


Make Your Space

You can use sound, among other things, to make a space that supports discovery.


Let the Music Play

Here’s why music and dance lift us up—individually and all together.


The Soundtrack for Pushing Your Limits

Push your body beyond its normal boundaries with a little help from this intense playlist.   The range of experiences you...


Use the Stress Response to Go Farther

The “flight” response can power your resilience—and your run.


The Soundtrack of Strategy

The human brain is perpetually switching between two modes.


Your Brain, on Desire

We love the chase more than the object, and that’s good for us.


Make Space in Your Playlist

Space. Staring into the night sky has offered humans inspiration for eons. We employ the metaphor of space often, in our...


The Difference Between Health vs. Fitness

Make the other 23 hours in your day count.


Why Community Matters in Fitness

Grooving together takes on greater meaning when we look more closely at brain function.


Driven to Distraction

Regain your focus in our “attentional economy.”


Transform Your Brain, Transform Your Life

Transformation has long been a cherished human goal.

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How to Sequence a Playlist

Derek Beres curates the perfect playlist fit for a high-intensity training workout.