Mindfulness

From the Podcast

A Little Happier: To the Curious and Prepared Mind, Something Dull Becomes Interesting.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: To the Curious and Prepared Mind, Something Dull Becomes Interesting.

A story about the small talk of two brilliant mathematicians reminds me that a curious and well-informed mind can find much of interest in the world. The taxi-cab’s number 1729 turns out to be a very interesting number.
Podcast 332: We Review Our “21 for 2021” Lists to Consider What We’ve Done (or Not) and Discuss a Happiness Hack for Managing Anxiety.
Podcast 332

Podcast 332: We Review Our “21 for 2021” Lists to Consider What We’ve Done (or Not) and Discuss a Happiness Hack for Managing Anxiety.

The year is hitting the half-way mark, so we review our “21 for 2021” lists to mark our progress (and lack of progress). We also review a hack for clearing the mind, and Elizabeth gets both a demerit and a gold star related to work.
A Little Happier: A Beautiful Image—A Cabin in the Woods, with Flowers Growing Close to Its Walls
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Beautiful Image—A Cabin in the Woods, with Flowers Growing Close to Its Walls

I’m haunted by an image from Erling Kagg’s book Walking One Step at a Time, when he describes a cabin in the wood where the owner had carefully arranged that no footpaths would appear, so that it stood amid the wilderness, right up to the door.
A Little Happier: I Can’t Blame the Internet, or, The World Has Changed, But I Have Also Changed.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: I Can’t Blame the Internet, or, The World Has Changed, But I Have Also Changed.

When I feel distracted or overwhelmed, I remind myself that I can’t blame the internet. If I want a life with more time for calm and reflection, I need to create it for myself.
A Little Happier: To Calm Myself, I Imagine a Traffic Light in a Thunderstorm.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: To Calm Myself, I Imagine a Traffic Light in a Thunderstorm.

When I’m feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or unhappy, I sometimes conjure up an image in my mind—an oak tree in Iowa, or a traffic light in a thunderstorm—to help me to feel calmer.
Podcast 301: Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude for What This Unprecedented Season Offers, a Deep Dive into Listeners’ Personal Policies, and a Money Hack.
Podcast 301

Podcast 301: Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude for What This Unprecedented Season Offers, a Deep Dive into Listeners’ Personal Policies, and a Money Hack.

We discuss why it’s helpful to embrace an attitude of gratitude for what this unprecedented Thanksgiving holiday offers; we do a deep dive into listeners’ useful personal policies; we share an easy money-related hack; and Gretchen gives herself a clutter-related demerit.
A Little Happier: Sometimes, To Do a Simple Thing We Must Make a Huge Change.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Sometimes, To Do a Simple Thing We Must Make a Huge Change.

The Oracle of Delphi told the people of Delos that they’d cure their present ills if they doubled the altar—because to double the altar, they must change their values.
Podcast 286: September Is the Other January, Jay Shetty Explains How to Think Like a Monk, and a Spotlight on Colson Whitehead.
Podcast 286

Podcast 286: September Is the Other January, Jay Shetty Explains How to Think Like a Monk, and a Spotlight on Colson Whitehead.

Why we should remember that September is the other January; we have a conversation with podcaster and writer Jay Shetty about how to “think like a monk”; we suggest a surprisingly obvious kitchen hack; and we shine a spotlight on writer Colson Whitehead.
A Little Happier: Often, It’s the Small Gestures of Thoughtfulness that Make Us Feel Loved.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Often, It’s the Small Gestures of Thoughtfulness that Make Us Feel Loved.

A friend explained to me why her daily habit of making lunch came to have so much importance to her son.
Podcast 271: Make Lists to Make Memories, a Way to Make Zoom Meetings More Fun, and a Discussion about Meditation with Dan Harris of 10% Happier.
Podcast 271

Podcast 271: Make Lists to Make Memories, a Way to Make Zoom Meetings More Fun, and a Discussion about Meditation with Dan Harris of 10% Happier.

We discuss why you might make lists to make memories, we talk about a fun, easy way to enliven Zoom meetings, and Dan Harris of 10% Happier explains how and why meditation can be helpful during these tough times.
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