Singer-songwriter Michael Franti would normally be traveling the world and playing to packed crowds, but in these far from normal times he and his family are adapting to a new way of life -- in Bali.
The singer and his family have been quarantining on the Indonesian island since March, where he's been working to not let his ongoing battle with depression get the best of him. He channeled his energy and time into writing a new album, the bestselling, “Work Hard and Be Nice.”
"Throughout my life, I've battled depression and anxiety, and one of the things that I have learned... is if I can change my thoughts I can change my feeling," the singer shares. He says he's been able to work on this over the years through yoga and in therapy. He goes on to explain that he works hard to focus on the possible positive outcomes instead of the negative. He likens this to working on a muscle and says that more positivity in his life helps him to feel the stronger.
"I believe the way out of depression is to have ease of heart," he tells Dr. Ian Smith, explaining this means allowing himself to experience whatever emotion he's feeling in the moment and let it out. The artist feels a sense of healing practicing this.
Michael also made a documentary “Stay Human,” which he says showcases "ordinary people doing extraordinary things in people's lives to make a difference." He shares how impressed he was with people retaining their hope and optimism in the face of horrible events like hurricanes and wanted to share their stories in the film and hopefully inspire others in a similar way.
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