Every day, we’re greeted by a deluge of content

News stories, social media, radio, podcasts, Netflix, Whatsapp…. All of it designed to keep our faces glued to our devices and our fingers clicking and scrolling, while real life unfolds just out of sight.

There’s growing evidence that the tools that keep us connected to the world are increasingly driving worry and anxiety, keeping us awake at night, fuelling disconnection and preventing us from enjoying the very things that make life rich and meaningful. And in a misinformation age, it can be hard to know where to look and who to trust.

It’s time to turn down the volume on the incessant noise and tune into meaningful signal that can inform, entertain and help you get the most out of life – no matter what the future holds.

I’m Dr Sarb Johal

Writer, author, speaker and broadcaster with an insatiable curiosity about this human experience. I’m the author of the bestselling ‘Finding Calm: Managing Fear and Anxiety in an Uncertain World’; ‘The Little Book of Sleep, and ‘Steady: Keeping Calm in a World Gone Viral’.

As a writer and speaker, I bring a fresh perspective to global and local current events, emerging social and cultural trends, technology, politics and parenting. I love to unpack why humans think and behave the way they do, and how you can be well and live well – no matter what happens next.

Each day, I scan the globe for intriguing, illuminating and inspiring ideas that could transform the way we do this thing called life. Then I curate the best insights from the fields of psychology, engineering, science, technology, history, sport, culture and the arts to create Noise Reduction, my free weekly newsletter. It’s your weekly dose of nourishing brain food with a dollop of perspective, delivered direct to your inbox and guaranteed to make you think.

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So how did I get here?

For more than three decades I worked as a clinical psychologist, helping people and organisations find their way through challenging times with greater equanimity, resilience and connection. I advised the UK and New Zealand governments and the World Health Organisation through some of the major public health and disaster crises of this century, including earthquakes, pandemics and acts of terror.

But my real passion lies in helping all of us do this thing called life – and do it well. Through my writing, broadcasting and speaking, I share insights to help you live well with uncertainty, safeguard your mental health, sustain your relationships, find connections in spite of our differences, thrive at work and bring more joy, meaning and purpose to your everyday life. I want to spark your curiosity about this ever-changing world and inspire you to soak up the everyday riches of a life well lived.

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My storytelling skills have been honed over decades of writing

and producing content for media outlets around the world.

Alongside my own podcasts and YouTube channels, I am a regular columnist for Psychology Today and a frequent guest and podcast co-host for RNZ NationaI. My work has appeared in The Guardian, BBC World News, Al-Jazeera, The Project on TV3, Stuff, NZ Herald and The Spinoff, as well as countless other online and print publications.

I adore travel and channelling my abundant energy into challenging physical pursuits. Since turning 40 I’ve run eight marathons and two ultra-marathons, not to mention all the time I spend running around after our three amazing daughters. I’m committed to being intentional about how I spend the rest of my (fingers crossed) 30,000 days on this planet – click here to watch my video on how you can make the most of yours.

And now for the official bio

Bestselling author, speaker and former clinical psychologist Dr Sarb Johal brings a fresh lens to the light, the dark and the intriguing aspects of the human experience. His work helps us make sense of an ever-changing world, navigate uncertain times with greater equilibrium, bring more joy, purpose and meaning to the everyday and soak up the riches of a life well lived.

Dr Johal has over 30 year’s experience helping people and organisations find their way through challenging times with greater equanimity, resilience and connection. He advised the UK and New Zealand governments and the World Health Organisation through some of the major national and international crises of the last decades. He is a sought after keynote speaker and a regular contributor to Psychology Today, The Guardian, RNZ National and other national and international media outlets.

Sarb has a PhD from the School of Psychology at the University of Cardiff and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College London. His latest book is the bestselling Finding Calm: Managing Fear and Anxiety in an Uncertain World.

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What others have been saying…

“I have drawn on Sarb’s expertise in psychosocial recovery in managing the response to some of the major emergencies of the last decade…

Sarb has an ability to turn complex issues into simple, easy to manage concepts and his workshops are very well received.I would recommend him to anyone dealing with complex management issues.”

Steve Brazier

Former National Co-ordinator, Emergency Planning, Ministry of Health, Former Director, Security and Risk Group, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

“As MC, Sarb played a critical role in the success of our multi-layered conference and awards events. He quickly became part of our team, building very good relationships with presenters, performers, technical support and stakeholders. He is intelligent, knowledgeable, absorbs information quickly, and a great person with whom to discuss ideas, concepts and philosophies.

On the day, we benefited from a very good performance. Sarb was flexible and good at handling the pressures involved with live presentations. He built a good rapport with the audience and created a smooth flow between on-screen video, prize giveaways, live talent and speakers of varying experience.”

John Dow

Director at Agenda Limited and Wellington Gold Awards

“We commissioned Sarb to speak to our Civil Defence team and stakeholders to help staff adjust to normal work pace again, after giving everything we had to our Covid-19 response. We were burned out and we needed an engaging speaker to help us find the motivation to get back into the workspace.

Sarb was approachable and easy to listen to, sharing lots of real life examples. The sessions prompted us to share our own stories and experiences with each other, finding new opportunities for connection and greater awareness of the importance of our own health and wellbeing.”

Claire Nyberg

Civil Defence Emergency Management Officer – Welfare (Northland Regional Council)

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