Creativity

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A Little Happier: Someone’s Casual Comment Can Show Us an Entirely New Path for Ourselves.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Someone’s Casual Comment Can Show Us an Entirely New Path for Ourselves.

Acclaimed writer Nnedi Okorafor describes how a friend’s casual comment redirected her life.
A Little Happier: Illustrator Quentin Blake’s Use of Negative Space Is a Reminder of Its Possibilities.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Illustrator Quentin Blake’s Use of Negative Space Is a Reminder of Its Possibilities.

Illustrator Quentin Blake drew on the walls of a gallery exhibit—a great reminder that we shouldn’t overlook the possibilities of negative space.
Podcast 278: Why We Should Do Something, and a Conversation with Sofy Solomon about Lessons from Safer-at-Home in a Childhood Bedroom—and How to Make Systems More Just.
Podcast 278

Podcast 278: Why We Should Do Something, and a Conversation with Sofy Solomon about Lessons from Safer-at-Home in a Childhood Bedroom—and How to Make Systems More Just.

Why we should do something, a hack for measurement, and a conversation with Sofy Solomon about what we can learn about ourselves from spending time in our childhood bedrooms—and why we should treat our budgets as a moral document.
Podcast 276: Design Your Summer, Solutions to Create Sibling Harmony, and How Cornstarch Can Enliven a Boring Afternoon.
Podcast 276

Podcast 276: Design Your Summer, Solutions to Create Sibling Harmony, and How Cornstarch Can Enliven a Boring Afternoon.

We discuss why you might design your summer, how you can use cornstarch for a fun, science-based activity, and review listeners’ solutions for creating harmony among siblings.
Podcast 251: Try the “Eight Stones Method”; Are You on Team “You Do You” or Team “Let’s All Join In”; and the Fun of Holiday Movies.
Podcast 251

Podcast 251: Try the “Eight Stones Method”; Are You on Team “You Do You” or Team “Let’s All Join In”; and the Fun of Holiday Movies.

Actor, singer, and writer Melissa Errico suggests the Eight Stones Method for creativity, the fun of choosing a family holiday movies, and we talk about the two philosophies of food encouragement (aka food pushing): “You Do You” and “Let’s All Join In.”
A Little Happier: Novelist John Steinbeck and King Arthur Show Me How to Think Outside the Box
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Novelist John Steinbeck and King Arthur Show Me How to Think Outside the Box

Novelist John Steinbeck’s decision to set his King Arthur story in the hazy “before” showed me a solution that I would never have devised—and taught me a great lesson.
A Little Happier: A Lesson in Creativity from a Bottle Episode of the TV Show “Friends.”
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Lesson in Creativity from a Bottle Episode of the TV Show “Friends.”

It may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s true: Imagination is often sparked more by constraint than by freedom.
Podcast 174: Make Something by Hand that You’d Ordinarily Buy, Throw a “Take My Stuff” Party, and Are You More Interested in the Event or Company?
Podcast 174

Podcast 174: Make Something by Hand that You’d Ordinarily Buy, Throw a “Take My Stuff” Party, and Are You More Interested in the Event or Company?

A question to Know Yourself Better: As you're making particular plans, what's more important to you: the event or the company?
The Book “The Hobbit” Illustrates How Boredom Can Spark Creativity.
A Little Happier

The Book “The Hobbit” Illustrates How Boredom Can Spark Creativity.

A Little Happier: The dull task of grading papers inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write the first line of his masterpiece, “The Hobbit.” Boredom can lay the groundwork for great creativity.
Podcast 105: Leave on High Note, Childlike Wonder vs. Adultlike Wonder–and What I Eat Every Day.
Podcast 105

Podcast 105: Leave on High Note, Childlike Wonder vs. Adultlike Wonder–and What I Eat Every Day.

Podcast 105: Why we should try to leave on a high note, child-like wonder vs. adult-like wonder, and a confession of unjust accusation.
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