Podcast 229: Spend 120 Minutes a Week in Nature, a Hiking Hack, and an Interview with Sheri Salata About “The Beautiful No”

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Spend 120 minutes a week in nature. This suggestion came from the New York Times article by Knvul Sheikh’s: “How Much Nature is Enough? 120 Minutes a Week, Doctors Say.

Recently, many books have discussed the value of time spent in nature, for instance, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams. (You can read an interview I did with her here.)

We discuss the power of the Strategy of Monitoring for helping yourself to develop an important habit. 

Happiness Hack

Speaking of spending time outside, Elizabeth has found that Fabletics Mila Pocket leggings make it easier to spend time outside. The leggings have big side pockets, so they can hold your key, bar, phone, etc. during a hike. Fabletics has been an advertiser in the past, but this is not a paid ad.  On the subject of mastering an important habit, we talk about using the Strategy of Convenience


Sheri SalataAmong other things, Sheri Salata is the former Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has written a terrific memoir, The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence and Transformation.

Sheri decided that she needed to reimagine her own future. She details her experience in this book, and also on her great podcast, The Sheri + Nancy Show (we’ve both been guests on the show!) and in her venture thepillarlife.com.

Gretchen’s Demerit

I’ve been having odd work days, when I feel like I’m working and working, and yet somehow it seems like nothing is actually moving forward. I need to get a better handle on how I’m spending my time.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star

Elizabeth has embraced arriving early. It’s such a relief.


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