Meg Daley Olmert on Midlife Magic

The Finding Magic in Midlife Radio Show was produced and archived by Exceptional Wisdom Radio from August 2008 through June 1013, when EWR went off the air. I’m moving the show archives to Choosing To Be Fit because much of the wisdom I’ve gained about creating a body- mind-spirit fitness lifestyle came from reading books by and talking with these exceptional midlife women. The interviews are timeless. I hope you will get to know some of these brilliant, talented, and inspirational women and learn from them as I did.

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Meg Daley Olmert was interviewed on the Finding Magic in Midlife Show in September 2009.

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Meg Daley Olmert

Meg Daley Olmert has created and produced documentaries for National GeographicThe Discovery Channel and PBS.  In 1992, while developing a series on the evolution of the human-animal bond, she was asked to join a research team studying the neurobiology of social bonding.  Her partnership in this endeavor inspired Made For Each Other, The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond–the first book to explain the brain chemistry that flows through—and between—all mammals forging powerful social bonds between the species.

In her book, Meg traces the evolution of this shared neurobiological heritage as it calmed wild animals and turned our hunter-gather ancestors into full-time animal caregivers.  She also explains how the ability of humans and animals to activate this complex brain system in each other continues to quiet our hearts and minds, filling us with a very real, very essential sense of wellbeing.

What she learned is that there is a physiological basis to the profound attachment so many of us feel for our dogs and cats; the same hormone, oxytocin, that bonds a new mother and infant is at work in the relationships between today’s animal lovers and their four-legged friends.

While many cat or dog people feel self-conscious or embarrassed about the intensity of their relationships with their animals, Meg offers a spirited defense of those feelings, suggesting that the capacity to bond with an animal deeply is nothing to feel ashamed about. It is even rooted deeply in our natures.

This ground-breaking investigation inspired E.O. Wilson, the leading evolutionary biologist of the 20th Century to say, “Meg Daley Olmert is an excellent writer with an original idea of importance. I learned from it.”

Meg and her husband have a home on the eastern shore of Maryland which they share with their kayaking cats.

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