David Allan is the Editorial Director of CNN Health and Wellness and writes a column called The Wisdom Project on applying to one's life the wisdom and philosophy found everywhere, from ancient texts to pop culture. You can follow David at @davidgallan.

    Prior to joining CNN, David was the Managing Editor for the features sections for BBC.com and a features and news editor at The New York Times, overseeing and contributing to sections that ranged from Travel (where he wrote a column), National, Styles, the magazine and the Politics desk in DC.

    He wrote two travel guides to Ireland and Scotland for Frommer's, created a show on MTV, is a former White House intern and middle school teacher with Teach For America. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, he holds degrees in Journalism and Philosophy. His TEDx Talk is titled "Who Knows What's Good or Bad?"