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WATCH: Becoming Fearless About Relationships

First Posted: 05/15/2012 8:31 am EDT Updated: 05/21/2013 2:17 pm EDT

What makes relationships work? In this exclusive Becoming Fearless video, Arianna Huffington and three high-profile celebs and authors share some of the love lessons they've learned over the years. As Arianna says, "It's critical to have a tribe of women friends whose advice you value and who can support you in good times and bad."

From actress and director Christine Lahti to authors Jane Buckingham and Christine Hassler, these all-star experts have mastered the art of being fearless in relationships while remaining true to themselves. "I think that the most important relationship you have is with yourself," notes Hassler. "The better that relationship is, the more confidence you have, the more able you are to not only attract a relationship, but to sustain it."

The 10-part Becoming Fearless video series is sponsored by Toyota Corolla and will run through August. Hosted by Arianna Huffington and inspired by her book "On Becoming Fearless," the series will explore how fear affects our lives -- while celebrating the strength, courage and resilience that result from overcoming it (or at least trying to).

During the course of the series, Arianna will be joined by noted individuals -- Martha Stewart, Sherri Shepherd, Dr. Phil -- as they examine fearlessness and its impact on love, money, parenting, work, health and beauty.

What lessons have you learned about fear and fearlessness? Comment below, or tweet us all about it @HealthyLiving using the hashtag #becomingfearless. Tweeters will be automatically entered into Toyota Corolla's Most Fearless Tweet Contest! (Click here for the Official Rules.)

To see the first video in the series -- "Becoming Fearless About Money" -- click here.

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  • <strong>"Fearlessness is like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let your fears run you."</strong>

  • <strong>"To live exuberantly, we must be prepared to illuminate the dark spots in ourselves."</strong>

  • <strong>"The first step toward changing the world is to change our vision of the world and of our place in it."</strong>

  • <strong>"Children brought up to feel that their lives have a larger purpose are more likely to keep their own troubles in perspective."</strong>

  • <strong>"When we feel we constantly have to prove ourselves at work, we give priority to our jobs over everything and everyone else."</strong>

  • <strong>"Being fearless doesn't mean living a life devoid of fear, but living a life in which our fears don't hold us back."</strong>

  • <strong>"Given adequate time and sufficient fear, we may hide so long that we hardly notice we're slowly suffocating."</strong>

  • <strong>"Naysayers have little power over us -- unless we give it to them."</strong>

  • <strong>"Squashing our true selves is a major cause of fear, anxiety, and depression."</strong>

  • <strong>"The more fearless we are in our personal lives, the more of that spirit we'll bring to changing our world."</strong>

  • <strong>"If we do rush in and make a bad decision, let's at least quickly forgive ourselves, learn, and move on."</strong>

  • <strong>"Survival behavior can be triggered by the fear of losing anything that we perceive as being part of our identity."</strong>

  • <strong>"Making the choice to move forward despite fear is an evolved decision that transcends our animal nature."</strong>

  • <strong>"We may not be able to tune our inner critics out entirely, but we don't have to let them run the show."</strong>

  • <strong>"That virtue called manliness is highly underrated in women. To me, it includes choosing to be brave rather than fearful."</strong>

  • <strong>"Refusing to be controlled by threats, guilt, blame -- even praise and blandishments -- is our true calling as human beings."</strong>

  • <strong>"A fear-driven life is a life not fully lived."</strong>

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