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A highlight from Being Positive, Practical, and Peaceful
"Happy happy happy Thursday. Man, December's here. The season that began about a week ago is now in full swing, so get ready to hang over the ride. It's going to be a fun movie this year. Folks are out there partying, aren't they already? It's cool. So today, we're going to spend some time talking about being positive and practical and peaceful. Because some folks will arrive at the show, they can hey, let's get this positive upbeat guy the daily boost dude. And he's going to pump me up, but wait a second. But we'll talk about that in a second about sometimes why you may not feel that way and why it is that way and why you should be that way as well. It is a daily boost from motivation to move dot com the positive boost you need every single day, life begins when you move. But life is a moving target. Have you noticed? People say Scott, you say life begins when you move and stand up take a step and repeat, keep going till you get what you want, why would this up before I get there? So what does that mean actually? Even if you don't know what you're doing, you have no idea what direction to go, you have no idea what to do with your business or your life or whatever's going on. How to work out how to go on a diet, whatever. Even if you don't know, your job is to explore the possibilities surrounding what you don't know. Just consciously and intentionally go into it saying, okay, I have no idea what I'm going to do, but I'm going to go figure it out. When you do that, your life changes. And I'm going to sit here and just give you a boy scout promise and tell you. And I was a boy scout. Yeah. Life scout. My brother was an eagle scout. He made life very difficult. So I never got the eagle. I'm going to tell you this. That when you commit yourself to exploring the possibility and following the breadcrumb, if you will, happiness is really quick to come. Because if you stay in that area, you're going to find what you love to do. And that's what I'm all focused about. How are you? My name is Scott Smith, founder of chief motivating officer here at motivation to move dot com. Apologize for the squeaky voice today. It's been this way all week long. I have no idea why. I'm not talking that much. It should be a little smoother than this, but maybe next week, we'll see. I'm going to ask for that for Christmas here in a couple of weeks. Let's talk about this. This positive thing. I'm going to ask you right now. Are you a positive person? Do you feel your positive person? Here's a better question. Do other people see you as a positive person? Are you a practical person? Are you a peaceful person? Peaceful meaning your calm, I guess I should say not grumpy. Positive peaceful, practical, are you those three things? Are you some of those things? Does everybody else think you're that way? Is that how people think of you? So I've admit that I get in trouble. Because I have this thing called Scott logic. It's just the way I am. That's it. You hear it every single day. I don't put any pretense on. I don't make things up. This is my life. I have I study. I talk. I coach. I do all that kind of stuff. And I bring it to you. What comes out of my mouth doesn't always sit well with folks these days, it never has. Ever since I was 18 on the radio doing stuff, it didn't sit well with a lot of people. Although I was number one, and what I did, secret there, you're never going to please everybody, so don't try. It'll make you so unhappy if you try to please everybody. But sometimes at Scott logic makes somebody go, ew, what do you say? And they let me know, by the way, one of the biggest comments I get is you seem like such a positive guy. Then it's like something clicks in your head, you go negative and you ruin my day. Well, I want me to ruin your day. If you're gonna let me ruin your day, don't listen to me. Don't let anybody ruin your day. Don't do that. In fact, if I could win you over right now by saying this, don't let anybody control your emotions and ruin your day if that's all that happened because you listen to this program today, it'd be a win for you. For the rest of your life. I don't think I ever go negative. I don't really have that trait in me. But I've heard it many times. But again, people don't understand, they don't take the time to listen. I'm online. I'm all over the place. A lot of folks are flipping through it 2 o'clock in the morning and they just got a bad thing from their boss or whatever they got an email that came in late and they're all upset. Now they need me. They come to me. They find me. They love me. And then they sent me a nasty letter when they finally realized they actually did get fired. It's crazy. It's okay. That's life. You see, that's the one I get practical. And I want you to be that way as well. A lot of folks these days live either in a two practical world or a two positivity world. And I don't think you can do that and be happy. That's called naive. So it would really be easy to get caught in this field good trap of chasing positivity. If only for being positive, now I'm not really interested in that, although I make an intentional choice to be a positive light. To be a guy that when I walk in the room, when I have a conversation, you're going to leave saying, well, interesting guy, cool guy. That was kind of fun to talk to him. I want to be that person. I want to be that one interaction of positivity that you may have today. I don't get to do every single day, but I try to. It's an intentional thought about. I'm interested in results. That's what I want in my life. For me, a result is this. I want to be peaceful. How about you? You want to be peaceful? Bills paid. Relationship good. Happy with the job. Life is good. That's boring. Yeah, it is. Boring is good sometimes. I highly suggest my wisdom is telling me this. Seek boring. Really, truly seek boring. You should be bored. Your mind is magical stuff in the default mode when you're bored. So seek boring. Be content. Find joy, find a meaningful life, choose that. I launched my YouTube channel, wait, by the way, are going to be doing that again. It's going to come back in a different form. I just recognize the way I was doing it while it was fine. It was good. It was professional. It was great. It didn't get me any joy. And I recognized it after three weeks. I said, ah, I'm going to do this. Find something joyful and meaningful for yourself. If you've been a lot more than a couple of decades, you know that all of this stuff is found lurking somewhere in the truth. That's why I consider myself a practical positive guy and you should too. Wake up, become wide awake, speak the truth here the truth about yourself and everything around you. Yeah, go there. I had the conversation with the client this morning. I said, dude, it's just time to be honest with you. There's a self about what has to happen. As soon as you're honest with yourself about what's going on in your life and what has to change, you'll be optimistic about it. And optimism is the power in your life. I also think that you can never truly be happy to your willing to dig deep into the not so positive challenges of life. This is scary for a lot of people. But I do it myself on a regular basis. I'm willing to go way, way deep. Down where it hurts down in the pain down and regret down on all that stuff we all have. And on my personal coaching clients, I take them there all the time. And I feel bad about it and yet I understand they have to go there. Until you do that, you're going to be blocked. That's why you'll always hear me cover both sides. Frankly, I'm not really interested in what we can do and will do in our lives. I'm interested in the millions of interactions, the decisions, the feelings we encounter every single day, that become the life that we will have lived someday. Stephen Fry said sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Almost everything that is freaking you and that guy and that guy and that guy and this guy out when it happens are the words coming from others and probably most importantly and more scarily if that's a word from you. So as I wrap this up in a very positive way, I want you to smile and hold your head high and hold your chin high and put your shoulders up and take a deep breath and just go, you know what? That dude's right. Well I just wake up and I just honestly look at the world we got the bad the ugly the evil and there's plenty of evil around that's the only thing you can label it. Watch the news one
A highlight from Why you feel anxious socializing (and what to do about it) | Fallon Goodman
"You're listening to ted-talks daily, I'm Elise Hume. Humans are social, right? We're wired for belonging, and rejection, it's painful. We've all been there. In her 2021 talk at TEDx USF, psychology researcher Fallon Goodman, digs into what happens when fear of rejection becomes social anxiety disorder. One of the most common, but misunderstood mental illnesses in the world. After the break, she buffs the misconceptions to help us all develop more social courage. Hey everyone, it's Adam grant. Welcome to rethinking. My podcast on the science of what makes us tick. I'm an organizational psychologist, and I'm taking you inside the minds of fascinating people to explore how they think and what we should all rethink. This season, NFL linebacker turned bestselling author Emmanuel acho, tells us why he has a problem with goals. The goal by definition is an end towards which energy is a but why in the world would I start something with the end in mind? Find and follow rethinking with Adam grant, wherever you're listening. Each
A highlight from 528: The Surprising Power of Healthy Embarrassment | Koshin Paley Ellison
"Hello, my fellow suffering beings. We have all got our shit. The parts of our personality or our past that we're ashamed of. I'm talking to hear about our demons, our baggage, our secrets. Nobody is immune. So how do you want to deal with this situation? You want to stay coiled and shame and denial? That approach only makes the demons stronger that I speak from some experience here. And alternative per my guest today is to approach your stuff with what he calls healthy, embarrassment. That allows you to work more skillfully with your baggage so that it doesn't own you. And once your cooler with yourself, that can improve your relationships with other people, which, as you've heard me, yammer on about for years, is probably the most important variable when it comes to your happiness. This dynamic, this approach healthy embarrassment is actually just one of many extremely useful things. We're going to talk about today with my guest who also happens to be a close friend. Coach and Paley Ellison is an author, zen teacher, jungian, psychotherapist, and certified chaplaincy educator. He's the cofounder of the New York zen center for contemplative care, which is an amazing place. Among other things, they train people to volunteer as hospice workers. My wife and I went through that training together during which time we became friends with cochin and his husband chodo Campbell. Caution is now the author of a new book called untangled which centers on a classic Buddhist list called the eightfold path to put it in late terms, the eightfold path is the Buddha's recipe for enlightenment in 8 steps or as quotient puts it. It's the most awesome combo platter. In this conversation, we talk about what the eightfold path is and how it fits into another Buddhist list, the four noble truths, how to use this list to do life better, the danger, though, of perfectionism and putting this list to use in your life, how to bridge the gap between what we say we care about and what we actually do in our lives, how sitting with your pain, counterintuitive as that may be, can lead to freedom. The utility and also pitfalls of gossip, how we can look at the idea of killing in many different ways, including how one can kill a moment or kill the energy in a room. How the concept of right effort can help us find the balance between not doing enough and overworking, which is a huge problem. Many of us deal with. How being uncomfortable is a sign of real engagement with your meditation practice. And cautions addition of the concept mystery as the 9th part of the eightfold path. That's his suggestion to the Buddha. All right, we'll get started with quotient Paley Ellison right after this. Before we dive into today's show, I wanted to let you know about a special offer. We've got for you from the good folks at the 10% happier app. There's a famous quote usually attributed to the teacher ram dass. Here it is. If you think you're enlightened, go home for Thanksgiving. I personally do not think I'm enlightened, but family gatherings around the holidays can certainly put everybody to the test. So why not give yourself a little extra support by leaning into your meditation practice or by getting a practice started for the first time?
A highlight from Daring Yourself To Live Your Dreams
"Are you daring to live your dreams? I had a conversation this morning and it's actually a conversation I have a couple times a week about how do I change how do I move forward? How do I take those ideas those thoughts as dreams of aspirations inside my head and make them real? In a real world, how do I do that? And why don't I do that? So that is today's show it's going to be awesome. It is the daily boost. From motivation to move dot com, the positive boost you need every single day. You know why? Because life gets in the way, especially this time of year, and we still have things we want to be doing. And amazingly, most of us know how to do it. Most of us just get down and just get it done. But a lot of folks get stuck in a rut. I have the conversation all the time. So we're going to talk about that today. If it's okay with you, you don't have to. And by the way, I apologize for my frog in my throat today. It just is there. I have no idea why. I have noticed something on the days I've decided to be quiet and spend time just being with myself and writing and doing stuff. And not talking much, I get a frog in my throat. On the days I talk all day long, it's perfect. So guess what? The conclusion is I need to talk more. That's even possible. So when it comes to your dreams. Dreams are the things that are just before goals, right? You have a dream, you set a goal, you set a deadline, you get it done. But think in your life right now, your business, your family, your relationships, whatever, think about it. And think about how many dreams you may have had, something you may have forgotten, maybe you have a list somewhere you wrote on a word document back in 1987. And you pull it out, and you're like, oh, I forgot I wanted to do that. Or maybe, yeah. I want to do that, but I'm afraid. Oh, it's too late for me. There is never too late. I'm telling you. I'm going to go to my deathbed someday. I say, wait a second. I guess I might want to do. Is there something that you have not been able to get yourself moving forward on? It's not uncommon. It's not unusual. You're right there with a big group of people. And there's a reason for it, and we can get into psychology psychological reasons for it. I'm not going to do that today. But I will get a new, an idea that some of you have to deal with first. And you're not going to like it. You're not going to like what I have to say. You already know what I'm going to say, even though you haven't heard it yet. Scott, I have no idea what you're going to say. As soon as I see it, you'll say I knew that. What you won't do it so how do we get started? Please, please, please, can somebody stop the world? That's what we start. I want to get off. Have you said that before? Okay, just for you. I pressed the magic button. The world has now stopped. Completely, it's not spinning anymore. There's nothing crazy going on right now. Right now it's perfect. You can do anything you want to do. Right now, think about it for a second. Truly, Scott, using his magical powers across the Internet, just pushed a button. And the world stop. And yet everything still works, which is weird because there's scientists would tell you if the world stopped spinning, nothing's going to work. But again, I've got magical powers. So the world's all stopped, what you're going to do. That's the big question. What are you going to do with it now? Don't have to go anywhere. You don't have to do anything, no responsibility is nobody calling you. There is nothing that you have to do. So you can do anything you want to do. What do you do when you're doing you? What you're going to do? If you don't have an answer, there's no need to freak out. I've already done that for you. Many, many times. It's really common for people to get slowed down first and think about their life would be like, and they have no idea. A lot of times, if I could just throw it out and get some thinking time. Some time to myself, sometime a journal, some time to go take a walk. Then I'll figure it out if I could just pull a weekend off and go get her done. Then, you know what? I could make my dreams come true. Just the other day. Continually looking out on the calendar for just a few minutes when he can do his job. Figure out his dreams of making dreams happen. Goes on year after year after year. For a lot of people. But let's just say you're one of the few who decide the time has come to turn directly into the challenge. Are you there? I mean, the world stopped right now. You can do anything you want to do. By the way, I should say this. You may be completely happy with what you're doing. You may see no need for change. I find that to be an issue, a problem. I wonder about you because I know me, the thing that drives me, I think drives everybody, is growth in life. So that's change. But just in case you're just completely happy, just hang on for the ride it'll be fun show. So a lot of years ago, I adopted a philosophy that became the driver that would change everything for me. I decided that I would always turn face first into any challenge. It stood between me and my dreams. I would face my passion head on. And do whatever it takes to make it real. You've heard me talk about choice and means. Choice is being able to choose my passions, passions lead to my purpose. I'm going to accomplish my purpose. Allows me to pay for it. So lots of times what gets in the way is the money, right? So I made that decision. I simply said, I will turn face first into it. And that is a big decision. Don't run past that too fast. It doesn't mean I fight everything. It just means that something came to my mind. It's really got me excited. And yet it's really going to be a big challenge. I'm a little afraid to do it. And I go, you can do it. And I turn right into it. Do you know what happened next? I didn't have it yesterday. It's probably going to happen tomorrow. Happens to everybody talk to. Do you know what happens to people I talk to all the time when they face their dreams and decide to go for it to face it and whatever it takes I'm going to do it. We trip, we stumble, we follow to a pile of our own dreams, just crumbles. It's just a big old pile of a building collapse that just our dreams, the rainfall right into it. That's when I realized when it happened to me that deciding to face my passion was only the beginning of what I had to do. Before you can face your passion, by the way, let me pull this back just a second. I mentioned passion and purpose. And my personal belief is this is a lot of folks want to know what they're passionate about. I think we find it in a very interesting way. We kind of explore the possibilities and something sticks. Tell me, in fact, right now you're probably doing something that stuck, you're pretty good at you're okay with your content with it. Why don't you make it really, truly happy. You didn't even know how you got there, but it's working for you. And if you have your passion in line, you could apply that to what your big purpose is. We'll talk about that more in the first of the year, digging a little bit deeper on that one kind of a deep thing. But before we can face your passion, live your dreams are a few things you must face first. Are you ready for it? A little tough love here going into the holiday season. Usually I'm really nice right now, but I got to get you ready for January. Got to face your stress. I got a facial relationships. You got to face your health. Your finances, your spiritual beliefs. You got to face your friendships. The clothes you wear, what you eat, what you dream. You gotta be honest with yourself. Just look right at it and say, okay, what's the status? I want the situation with everything here. Because usually what happens is the fear of losing is going to hold you back from getting. And if you have a lot holding you down, if you have a bad relationship, or you don't have enough money or whatever is going on, not the time you're too stressed out. There's no possible way you can get your dreams. Okay, let me take that back. You can. You can. Overnight sensations happen all the time after 20 years. It can happen. I don't want to be negative here. I want to be positive. I'm just saying, we want to get the crap out of the way, so you go have fun, right? But people are afraid to get the stuff out of the way. It's like paying debt. People get so freaked out about paying debt off. I used to be freaked out about pay debt. No, I can't pay it fast enough. I lost it. I had to pay off for years and years and years, a lot of years ago. They didn't do it. I freaked out about it. Oh my God, I got to work so hard to do this one day, guess what? It was awesome. Living, I know you must be lifestyle. If that's what you want. There must be more. It's freakishly simple. It's no big deal. Do whatever you want whenever you want to do it. That's okay. It doesn't take long to realize that getting what you want just requires that you face a few things first. It's really simple. As scary as it may feel, no
A highlight from How to Find Hope and Kinship with Father Greg Boyle and Fabian Devora
"The homie the other day said, you know, life is removing the blindfold, which I think is excellent. But the question is, what do you see once the blindfold is removed? It's not the error of your ways. It's not you or bad person, what you see is unshakable goodness. That's your essential truth. Welcome to the one you feed. Throughout time, great thinkers have recognized the importance of the thoughts we have, quotes like garbage in, garbage out, or you are what you think, ring true, and yet, for many of us, our thoughts don't strengthen or empower us. We tend toward negativity, self pity, jealousy, or fear. We see what we don't have instead of what we do, we think things that hold us back and dampen our spirit. But it's not just about thinking. Our actions matter. It takes conscious, consistent, and creative effort to make a life worth living. This podcast is about how other people keep themselves moving in the right direction. How they feed their good wolf. Are you ready boosted with a trip to jingle ball Miami? What
A highlight from Inside the Harmonic Egg: A Journey of Energy Healing & Transformation feat. Gail Lynn #445
"It's definitely one of the coolest innovations I've come across in my exploration of this category of technology and I knew the moment I had my first egg session that I just had to track down its creator and talk to her and share that conversation with you. So that's exactly what I did. And here's just a taste of the rabbit holes we burrow into on this one. My first harmonic egg journey and the lasting impression it left. How Gayle was unwittingly chosen by source to be the inventor and steward of the harmonic egg, the surreal story of her Marion Elvis stepbrother and making a Hollywood film about his life, gales background in engineering, and how a traumatic car accident allowed Gale to download the remaining knowledge needed to finish the egg, the interwoven stories between the egg, Wilhelm Reich, Nikola Tesla, and other wellness tech pioneers, how astrology, sacred geometry, scalar waves, chakras, music, and colors were all rolled into one fantastic machine. How Gale applies the divine feminine business model that places cooperation over competition, how sacred geometry affects our DNA, and the power of the three 6 9 numerical code used in the egg's creation, why is she chose to avoid using MP3 formatted music in the egg, and what she did instead. And why she advises to not take psychedelic journeys inside an egg, and so much more. This is a wild one family. I simply love discovering people like Gail and sharing their magic with you. And if
A highlight from The bad math of the fossil fuel industry | Tzeporah Berman
"Of North America's songbirds. They're the traditional territories of hundreds of indigenous nations, and my climate journey started here as a forest activist a long time ago. I was horrified that Canada's old growth forests are being logged. They're burning. They're being destroyed by beetle infestations. But also because so much of the forest is under threat because of what lies under it. At the time, I thought that Canada's failure to reduce emissions was because we had a government that just didn't believe in climate change. But then in 2015, we elected a new government. And prime minister Trudeau came to Paris and with his hand on his heart, he said, Canada's back. And he went home to introduce some really good climate policy, carbon pricing. And our emissions didn't go down. And the government continued to greenlight and even subsidize new oil sands, pipelines and fracking. And that, for me, was the moment when I realized where one of the big problems lie. Our governments are regulating emissions. But not the production of fossil fuels. You see, climate policy and agreements, they're complicated. But what's simple is that the majority of emissions that are trapped in our atmosphere today well, they come from three products. Oil, gas, and coal. For decades, our countries have been negotiating targets. But behind our backs, the fossil fuel industry has been growing production and locking in further emissions. I started reaching out to climate policy experts from around the world. Because I wanted to understand what frameworks exist to negotiate who gets to produce what and how much. What policies help governments regulate, constrain the production side of fossil fuels. I found out that very few do. I will never forget the day that I sat with the Paris agreement, and I searched for the words, fossil fuels, oil, gas, coal, they didn't appear, In the world's climate agreement, the fossil fuel industry has been successful in making itself invisible. I started reaching out. And met with for several years, the CEOs of major oil companies. Because I wanted to understand what do these CEOs see when they read the science?
A highlight from Do Leftovers Make Happiness?
"Because life begins when you move, life gets in the way, and then we say, wow, wow, wow, what are we gonna do? You ever say that? What am I gonna do? Good to see that coming? Okay, well, we just say, well, instead of saying, what am I going to do? We say what can I do? And I go, well, obviously, Scott says, stand up, take a separate feet. What am I going to do when I stand up? Take a step and repeat. Who cares? Stand up and go somewhere. Figure it out on your way. That's what this show is all about. And you're special. You know why? Because this time of year right now, about ten, 15% of the folks who listen to the show daily disappear. And then in January, they all come back and it's like going to the gym. About another 20 or 30% come back on top of that. And it's a fun four months. You are here, and I think it's the most powerful thing you can do. And let me tell you why. Real close, listen to this, I'm going to get right in your ear, okay? Being here right now is what a high performance person would do. A successful person. In fact, all my clients, every single one of them. Right now are asking me, we have to plan for next year. Let's spend November, December doing that. And we spend time, it takes a lot of time, a couple of hours usually to go through it all. And to get them to the point where they really, really understand what's going to happen in 2023. If you're here paying attention to me right now, I know sometimes I was like, well, Scott's just got that guy. But you know when you listen between the lines the words, the wisdom of the wisecracks, boom, stuff happens. If I keep you here, just a little bit. I'm going to make you happy. And I know that's what you want. Oh, by the way, yes, hi. It's me, Scott Smith, founder, chief motivating officer here. At motivation to move dot com. My job is really, really, very simple. It's the drag you kicking and screaming to the place you said you wanted to go anyway. Maybe you stumbled and bumbled and got lost a little bit. Tommy, it's going to get busy. We're going to get off track for a few months. Yeah, I said a few months. It's like mid January for most people these days. But we try to guide you back between the lines so you get what you want. So happiness is one of those things. Let me ask you a question. Do you ever actually sit down and say what makes me happy? Do you ever journal what makes me happy? I wrote a book. The 5 minute gratitude journal for men. And I forgot to write what makes you happy. Go figure. 130 pages. And I forgot to write what makes you happy. But if you ever sat down and said, what makes me happy really thought about it? I will tell you that based on my experience here, tens of thousands of coaching hours and tens of thousands of podcasts at this point. A whole lot of experience. Most people don't do it. They don't. And if you do do it, have you figured out what makes you happy. I would help you with that today because we're going to try to tie turkey to happiness. The turkey, the bird, to have it as leftovers from Thanksgiving, having just come out of that Thanksgiving holiday to happiness does it make you happy, it's a turkey of a story. So does turkey make you happy? Well, let's talk about leftovers, I guess. So when I started training my dog in agility weighs back, I made a rookie dog trainer mistake. I wasn't consistent. My dog was getting confused. And one of my trainers said to me one day for a dog, one time means all the time. Every time you let them do something new, they're just going to keep doing it. Have you noticed? I think it applies to kids, too, by the way. Now, as soon as it stands, a couple of weeks back, my wife, joy, who truly is a joy. And a creature of habit. Somebody to attend a Thanksgiving dinner with family. We rotate around most years. And joy's training kicked in right away. She didn't do agility training, but I think she's an agile person in the kitchen for sure. Kicked in right away, and then she looked at me, and we were talking to this conversation about going up and then she goes, I really like going to visit. It's a lot of fun, but what about leftovers? I like leftovers. They make me happy. I'm a guy who has experienced joys, no eating out at the restaurant until all leftovers are gone rule. It lives in our house until it's gone. Every single meal of the day is going to be leftovers until they're gone. The only thing this strange woman will not do is if there's dessert left over, she'll throw it away. I have to go grab it and lock it up. I'm not pretending. I got to hide it. In this case, I just got out of her way. Let her figure it out. So
A highlight from The fight for freedom in Iran and Ukraine | Christiane Amanpour
"You're listening to TED Talk daily, I'm Elise Hugh. Where in the world is Cristian almond poor? For nearly 40 years, CNN's chief international anchor has reported from across the globe. She's traveled everywhere and you've seen her speaking with political leaders, activists, and change makers of the moment. For today's episode, amen poor sits down with Whitney Pennington Rodgers, Ted's current affairs curator at a Ted membership event to talk about the women led revolution in Iran, insights from the war in Ukraine and more after a break. Hey everyone, it's Adam grant. Welcome to rethinking. My podcast on the science of what makes us tick. I'm an organizational psychologist, and I'm taking you inside the minds of fascinating people to explore how they think and what we should all rethink. This season we're rethinking democracy with leader of the governors, Sharon McMahon. Scratch the whole Congress install 535 American government teachers. In Congress, they will whip that thing into shape so fast. Every single one knows the three branches of government. Every single one. Find and follow rethinking with Adam grant, wherever you're listening. So there is so much happening in the world right now and our guest today spends her days and in fact her entire illustrious career tracking and reporting on the moments biggest stories. She is CNN's chief international anchor and host of the network's award winning flagship global affairs program. Amanpour on CNN international in London and amen for PBS in the United States. I'm so thrilled to have her here with us to offer context on some of the news stories that are impacting our world and our lives. And you can see her there right now, please welcome christiane and for the local Christian, how are you doing? Oh, Whitney, thank you so much for having me. I'm so glad to be with you for a few minutes and your Ted community on these really important issues. Yeah. And yes, I am the chief international anchor, but before that, I was the main international correspondent. So all my the way I work is always informed by me being on the ground in the field and having essentially walked the walk and talked the talk with the people who are at the coal phase. I love that. And I feel like that's going to give us so much perspective during this conversation. Well, so let's just dive right into it. I think one place we'd like to start with is in Iran. So for those of you who are on the call who have been tracking back in September and Iranian women, masa and mini died in the custody of Iranian morality police after being arrested for not wearing hijab, these death sparked protests and revolution around women's rights in Iran and beyond that is continuing into the very moment and Christiana I know that you've reported on Iran throughout your career career and have spent a lot of time covering this story very closely. So how historically significant would you say this moment is in Iran and just give us some context on that? Look, I think it is very significant exactly how and what will develop towards the end. I'm not sure. A little bit of my own history, I am half Iranian, and I grew up in Iran, and I spent essentially the first 20 years of my life in Iran with a little bit of going back and forth to the UK for boarding school, but that's where my home was.
A highlight from 308: After Covid: Optimize Your Brain In a Changing World with Oz Garcia
"His. We met years ago speaking at an anti aging conference in Sardinia. And for those of you who know, it's one of the blue zones. And so he is an expert on anti aging, a longevity, and so much more. I want to talk about your new book. Which I think this is your fourth and 5th book. That it's actually my 5th book, you're right. And it's called after COVID, optimizing your health in a changing world. And we're specifically talking about your brain health. Now, I want to make a disclaimer here that this is not intended to diagnose or to treat any kind of medical condition, certainly talk to your medical professional, your doctor. Oz is in his 70s. And so he really represents for me really optimization. So specifically, I like to talk about COVID brain and some of the symptoms include sleeplessness. That's correct. Anxiety, depression, things like focus and concentration issues. Terribly. And I think a lot of people who are listening could identify with some of these things, things like brain fog. That's right. What are some of the things you would also add? Digestive problems? No. Inflammation problems general sense of being in pain. And from any people, joint problems tend to get aggravated, loss of muscle mass, and I would say quality of life concerns people are actually don't have the sense of optimism that you would typically find if you were occupied in leading a productive life. That tends to be killed off. It took me quite a while when I recovered to actually get a sense of what was meaningful and a lot of that had to do with recovering all the things that I was talking about, like getting my brain back, making sure that my immune system was working properly and we'll talk about that. What are the things that lead to that? And then improving my quality of sleep, all of that contributed to getting out of post COVID syndrome. And in many ways, to make sure that it didn't wind up with long haul COVID. Those are the things that we're going to discuss now in terms of how to improve your brain first. So I want everybody just to maybe even take notes, share this with a friend or a family member that is maybe might be struggling in this area. That's correct. Did you have a number of these symptoms? Very much. So into your point, it's certainly one out of three Americans that develop COVID wind up with long COVID. So it isn't the only or post COVID syndrome, and we'll define that a little bit more, but we were doing a good job. Remember that there's not a lot of information on the market in terms of what can you do to actually pull yourself back together afterwards. So the book was my response to just that problem. How do I get my life back? How do I get my health back given all the years that I've been and nutritionists and expert in your hacking, in biohacking and so on. So I think we need to kind of first lay out, what are the best protocols? What are the best things that you can do so that you actually get control over your brain again? So that you get control over your immune system. A lot of people with long COVID actually people that don't have long COVID opposed COVID wind up with weak and immune system function. So easy to get calls, easy to get run down, easy to get stressed out a lot more needless suffering because of blowouts that say within their diet, we could talk about that extensively in terms of how do you begin to craft your way of eating so that it serves your best interest in terms of getting your brain back, your microbiome back. So let's talk about that for a moment. Perfect. And I just want to everyone who's watching or listening to this that having read the book and spending time with os Garcia that this is great protocol just to optimize your brain, whether you are struggling with post COVID, COVID brain or not. No question about it. In fact, one of the things that I did, Jim was appropriate a lot of what runs within our field to improve your thinking overall that I could appropriate and make it relevant to recovering from COVID. So what you'll find in the book and in terms of what we're talking about, what we do is that a lot of the things that improve brain function in any case are going to work really well in terms of getting you out of the trough to just stuck in, if you've got post COVID syndrome, you've got brain fog, and you're not thinking, well, there you're going to have two problems. You're going to have problems with short term memory and long term. And that's terrible, obviously if you're a professional and just can't get back to work and use your brain to flow capacity. Okay. So let's say some of these things in terms of what helped you to be able to recover and things that you would recommend to our audience, where would you start if you have a patient coming in a client coming in and I know you and I work with a similar level of clientele, a very high performance oriented. Where do you start? I'll be very Frank with you. I think the first thing you need to do is really clean up your reading. So no matter where you were before, you know, afterwards, quality of what you eat, place tremendous role, the amount of anti nutrients that are in your diet have to girls. You have to eliminate alcohol consumption for sure. Most processed foods, these are things that most of your listeners are well aware of. Qualitatively, plant based diet with a high quality protein in there. For me it was primarily seafood, a lot of the products that you and I like that you wake up in the morning you have a smoothie that time phytochemicals, different kind of compounds that you're going to add to preparing a really great smoothie said your microbiome is fat in the morning. Into that, I'll put a high quality yogurt. Let's say a caching up yogurt. So you get the probiotics in there. Probiotics are going to be critical in terms of building a microbiome. Because 70% of your immune response and how well your brain works is going to pivot off the quality of the bacteria to call it. So we're going to talk about prebiotics, probiotics, and then postbiotics. Let's begin with probiotics. Critically there, you're going to have to want to get bacillus probiotics. The ones that actually are recognized and these are known and I've laid out in the book that are actually going to improve communication between your brain, and your gut, and that's going to make your brain work a lot better. Period. Secondarily, some of the nutrients that I think are that make a big difference. Let's talk about alpha GPC. Okay. This is a critical nutrient that actually makes your brain function with great efficiency. So communication between the left chemistry and the brain, right hemisphere, improves dramatically. Choline, cytokine, absolute critical. This actually improves your ability to stay focused and pay attention to what's going on around you with full executive capacity. You begin to lose those functions a lot. Many people complain about this, whether you've got COVID, or you recover from COVID or not, just from generally being stressed out. Let's jump to that. What are the best nutrients that are actually going to help your brain and reduce the amount of cortisol adrenaline or pinafore, too much dopamine that swirling through your brain. So I would recommend ashwagandha. Right away, bacopa. All right, rodio. These are new chants that are actually are based in plant material. And they actually have a profound effect on how soothing your brain response. You have the products that actually maximize efficiency and the ones that regulate the amount of stress that they deal with. Those are some of the most critical ones, right? Beyond that, we're going to talk about peptides. Now peptides are very unique products, very novel. Their novel combinations of amino acids, which are precursors to proteins. Peptides, you're going to read about in the book, you can actually do searches on them, but there are several that I love a lot. What does cerebral lysine? And that's not all that difficult to get cerebral lysine is manufactured in Europe. And one of the things that it does is a repair central nervous system damage, neuronal damage. It improves your ability to stabilize your moods, remarkably. Answer your lysine can be used both as an IV can actually be used as a sublingual product. So that's one of the top peptides of all. If you're dealing with mood disorders, whether you're recovering from COVID or not, I would recommend sea lack C max. These are available quite easily by getting online. And they make an immense difference in terms of also increasing brain derived tropic factor. BDNF. Correct. We're just like fertilizer for
A highlight from Podcast 438: 3 Ways to Recover & Revive When Feeling Overwhelmed
"Hi, I'm doctor Caroline leaf and welcome to my podcast cleaning up the mental mace. In today's podcast, I'm going to be speaking about three tips to boost your energy and the reason why I chose to do this is because so many people keep asking me and listen to ask myself the same question. How can I get more energy this so much to do? I feel so overwhelmed I feel so burnt out so there's some amazing tips I'm going to give you four tips today that will help boost your energy and will help with that I use them and when I don't I battle. So these are some real great energy boosting hex to help you get that burnout under control. But before we begin, I just wanted to remind you that if you want to listen to this podcast or any of my podcasts add free, then subscribe to my Patreon account the link in details will be in the show notes and as I said you can listen to this ad free and all my other podcasts and there is bonus content in there as well as live Q&A's that I will be doing. So back to today's podcast. Life can be hard and it's easy to feel stressed anxious and out of control. What if there was a way to take back control? What if there was a practical way to detox your brain? This is now possible with neuropil, the first ever scientifically tested brain detox app shown to help reduce anxiety and depression by up to 81%. Users are guided through a variation of audio and video brain exercises and mind management lessons every day. I'm excited to share some of the latest features in the app, including guides for children and parents, detailed feedback and recommendations written guides through days 22 through 63 of the neural cycle and an easy way to track your progress. There are over €500,000 cycle users worldwide and the app has helped change thousands of lives, including people trying to find purpose in life, overcoming fear, better sleep, improved relationships, managing intrusive thoughts, depression and anxiety and so much more. Neuropsych is for everybody, no matter who you are, what you've been through, what you do, you have an incredible mind and brain that is always on and needs to be managed so that you can live your best in both mentally and physically. This is designed for individuals couples families businesses or corporations for everyone everywhere. Join us by committing just a few minutes a day and see how your life is transformed in just 63 days you will have begun rewiring your brain for a happier and healthier life. Download the neural cycle app today and start changing your life one thought at a time. Just look for neural cycle on the iTunes App Store or Google Play or visit new recycle app. The link and more information will be in the show notes. Okay, so how many times have you felt like you overwhelmed burnt out just too much to do? Can't handle it. Exhausted a culture hidden and said, oh, I'm so tired. My brain is just so tired. I just need a break. So I've done this often, and I know how to manage it. I recognize when it happens and as I said, that when I don't do this, I really battle. So, first of all, let's talk about why do we get tired? And then we're going to then I'm going to give you four tips. So the reason that we get tired is because our non conscious mind, which operates 24/7, which never stops for one second, which helps you function during the day helps you pull up all these thoughts at the moment within memories that you need to go through the day that helps you basically get through the day helps you manage your body, helps you manage your brain helps you recognize when you've got some issues going on in your life where you worked up or whatever, it is brilliant. You're non conscious minds amazing. Works for your sleep. It works to help you sort out and housekeep when you're asleep, it helps to prepare you for the next day. It significants tired because when it stops, you did basically. Your non conscious mind never stops going. Full of energy, quantum speed energy. You conscious mind is limited. It has less energy it's slower. It works hand in hand with the energy levels of the brain and the brain gets very tired. So when the non conscious mind and the conscious mind are working together through the physical brain and body, there's a lot of energy that is being used and that energy basically waste out exactly like if your cell phone, if you have your if you have a whole ton of apps open on your cell phone and you have a on bright and you constantly talking on it and do lives and whatever, the better we stand and you have to recharge your battery. So that's kind of what the brain and the conscious mind function like. The unconscious mind is a constant energy source as I said. So none conscious. The source of everything, okay? Your conscious mind is only awake when you're awake and it uses your brain when you're awake and the brain and the conscious mind need to have breaks. So you need to sleep at night for your brain and body to regenerate and get that break the big break and then you need to and then also get your conscious mind a break because your conscious mind is very deliberate and intentional it's working really hard to think and feel and choose about the stuff during the course of the day guided by the non conscious, so that's why I get so tired. So now, if we get very stimulated and we which happens to me a lot, I get super excited about my work and I will be doing research for like I'm writing a new book at the moment on mental health for kids. I've got multiple clinical trials running and like you are busy, okay? So I get super into everything I'm doing to the point where I can sometimes feel like my brain is tired like a really mentioned. Peak tea has long been one of my favorite tea brands. I drink the Earl Grey tea every day and love how delicious it is and how easy it is to take with me when I'm traveling on the go. Recently I also started using peaks liposomal vitamin C as well, and it has made such a difference in my life. Natural collagen production starts to slow down in our 20s, and I'm 59 now, so this product has become an important part of my daily routine, vitamin C is vital in the production of collagen and plays a key role in keeping our skin clump, supple and glowing as we age. Liposome vitamin C's maximize for absorption to support healthy collagen levels for healthy skin and provide immune support, especially with cold and flu season upon us, peak's liposome of vitamin C is full of antioxidants from organic elderberry super food complex that can help smooth and brighten skin combat, hyperpigmentation and sunspots, sun damage from inside out. I love that it makes a great addition to my skin care routine, especially since I already use a topic of vitamin C serum and that it only has 7 clean ingredients. It's the beauty wellness shot that I look forward to take every day delicious and nutritious, plus it's Nanjing and has no refined sugars or preservatives. For a limited time, special offer get 15% off and free shipping on your first month's supply of daily radiance by going to peak life dot com forward slash doctor leaf, its peak life dot com forward slash doctor leaf, the linker details will be in the show notes.
A highlight from How to answer your biggest questionswith data (w/ Mona Chalabi)
"Better human. I am your host Chris Duffy, and this podcast has been fact checked by professionals. That's important to note because sometimes as a comedian, I can get a little squishy with my facts. I care a lot about making sure that anything that I say is a good entertaining funny story. And I care maybe a little bit more about that than that it is exactly accurate. In fact, at my wedding, my mother in law gave this hilarious toast that was a huge hit where she just took one of the jokes that I told on stage a story that involved her. And she broke down all of the ways in which I had exaggerated or compressed things for comedic value. As she said, when you hear Chris say something on stage, you gotta just remember 5 little words. Didn't really happen that way. Perfect toast, perfect roast. She nailed me. Now, Mona chalabi, today's guest is all about making sure that we look at reality accurately. She uses her artwork, her data visualizations and her journalism to make sure that we dig into the data, we check our sources, and we end up with stories where it did happen exactly like that. Mona is also a good friend of mine. We met when she interviewed me in New York City years ago for one of the stories. And since then, I've always been so impressed with her take on the world and how she uses data to always leave me with so much to think about. I am so excited for you to hear from her today. I think she is just the best. Here's a clip from Mona to get us started. So I really wanted to show people the way that data relates to their everyday lives. So I started this advice column called dear Mona, where people would write to me with questions and concerns and I would try to answer them with data. People really ask me anything, questions like, is it normal to sleep in a separate bed to my wife to people regret their tattoos? What does it mean to die of natural causes? And all of these questions are great because they really make you think about ways to find and communicate these numbers. If someone asks you how much pee is a lot of pee, which is a question that I got asked, you really want to make sure that the visualization makes sense to you as many people as possible. Mona has dug into questions like those and so much more in her art and in her Ted podcast am I normal. Now, if you want to know the answer to that question, are you normal? Well, you're just gonna have to stick around. We'll be right back
A highlight from 527: How To Handle Dread | Saleem Reshamwala
"Hey gang, have you ever woken up in the morning and felt just a wave of dread sweeping up at you from your feet? Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat? Or maybe your dread is not so existential you just have a mild dread about going to work on Monday morning or a looming dentist appointment. Today we're going to explore the entire beautiful dread spectrum with a journalist who has taken a very deep dive on this very common and very uncomfortable emotion. What is dread exactly? What evolutionary purpose does it serve, and most importantly, how do we deal with it? What are the antidotes? Selim, Russian Walla has worked for The New York Times, PBS, and also Ted, where he hosts a podcast called far flung. He is also the host of the more than a feeling podcast, which is produced by 10% happier. Selim and his team recently launched something called the dread project. It's an amazing title, and we actually shared the first episode of that series recently right here on this feed. It's a 5 day series that investigates dread each day of the challenge. We give you tools to tackle dread and different ways. We're going to tell you how to sign up for the challenge at the end of this episode and if you want to do it right now, there's info in the show notes. Meanwhile, in this conversation, we talk about a lot of dread management techniques, including journaling and drawing and welcoming your dread to the party inside of your head. We also talk about how to face dread when it comes to climate change and when it comes to the biggie death. I assure you, though, even though we're talking about deeply unappetizing subject, selene does it in a way that is extremely fun and interesting. So we will get started with the mighty Salim Russian Walla right after this. Before we dive into today's show, I wanted to let you know about a special offer. We've got for you from the good folks at the 10% happier app. There's a famous quote usually attributed to the teacher ram dass. Here it is. If you think you're enlightened, go home for Thanksgiving. I personally do not think I'm enlightened, but family gatherings around the holidays can certainly put everybody to the test. So why not give yourself a little extra support by leaning into your meditation practice or by getting a practice started for the first time?
A highlight from Success With No Will Power Required
"Happy Monday. Happy happy happy Monday getting back from a long Thanksgiving weekend and it's gonna take me half the week to get my weight back down. Always does, but it's backed by Wednesday, that's all just a couple of shakes and back to the gym and bone more there because I had a good time over the weekend. Did you? I hope so. Well today I want to check about willpower. And while you're successful in life does not require willpower. It requires more willpower not to eat a crazy, crazy Thanksgiving meal. Than it does to succeed in life. We'll talk about that today. It is the daily boost from motivation to move dot com the positive boost you need every single day. I'll leave you a little bit of something something today. Something's gonna pump you up, give you some ideas, a little strategy, a little tactics, but here's the thing. Okay, tell me what goes to me for a second. If you're listening to me for a long time, I am just the guy that does what I do. There's no, there's nothing here. Other than the fact that I just want to show up knowing that if I do what I do, a side benefit of what I do and what I share with you might get inside your head, get you thinking just a little bit, maybe leave you a little bit more motivated and it might change the trajectory of your life. I'm not trying to be fancier than that. I've tried before. It doesn't work. I pretty much fail miserably when I try to be fancy. So I don't try to be fancy. Just be who Scott is and knowing full well that maybe I'm speaking to you right now. And by the end of this program, I will give you something that will turn you in a certain direction. Hopefully it will be a direction you like and one that you liked me for. We'll see what happens. I can't guarantee that. My name is Scott Smith. I'm the founder and the chief motivating officer here at motivation to move dot com. Get up and go every single day to do the best I can drive hard to do the things I want to do. And that's what you're all about, right? But I start the week. With question. How's my life going? I want you to ask a question when this show's done today. Say, how's my life going? The roles and goals every area of your life. It doesn't matter what you think about it. It could be your family. It could be your job. It could be your house. It could be anything. I don't care. It could be all of it. But ask a question, how's it going? Do I dig what's happening? Am I vibing with it, as I say? And if you are, cool, how do you keep it there? Because change is coming, change is always coming. This next year is going to be crazy. Yeah, there's a recession coming. About halfway through the year. Change is coming. How are you going to keep what you got? If you don't like what you have right now, how are you going to change it? And if you're sitting in the middle, sitting on the fence, getting splinters in your ass, stop it. So when you're done today, when I've been talking with you, just take a few minutes and say, how's my life going? Watch what happens. Success with no willpower required. Is it even possible? When will you get yourself to do what you say you want to do? That's kind of the premise of this entire program, by the way, including it's a premise of this entire guy called Scott. It's the same thing. It's like, okay, I'm the boss of me. I said I want to do this. I've got this dream. I've got this idea. And yet it doesn't happen. I'm the boss of me. I said, go do it, yet it doesn't happen. You're the boss of you. You said you're going to do it. Yet it doesn't happen. Why is that? And yet something stupid, something still. You can not tell me right now if we're going to ask you a question. Hey, is there something you've said? I should do. I want to do my life would be better. This is my dream. And you haven't done it yet? July, if there's nothing there, there's always something there. More people than you know, lose sleep over that question. If that sounds like something you've experienced, you are not alone. I promise you that. In fact, I spend most of my week talking to people on the phone on Zoom. And that's the thing. They can't figure out how they break free from where they are to where they want to go. And my job is to do that. It provides a path to get you there. Gotten pretty good at over the years, not because I'm anything special, but because I paid attention to a lot of special people, watch what they did and said, okay, this works. Almost everybody begins a journey. When I thought pops into your mind, then day to today life keeps you busy, doesn't it? And what ends up happening is you have the most frustrating months of fixing to get ready. Fixing to get ready is one of those moments where you're not quite going to get ready yet. You're fixing the start getting ready. Organizing stuff, cleaning stuff. Got that store a lot of years ago. I worked on the radio and lady called me on the phone. I said, what you doing? She said, fixing to get ready. I said, what's that mean? I'm going out tonight. I got to get dressed. So I was kind of doing stuff to get ready to drive. What? Fixing to get ready. Starting to prepare. So you can begin to do. So you can do. And so you did. Make a decision, something pops into your mind. Something else happens too. You only have three choices when something pops into your mind, do it. Don't do it. Or just be frustrated forever. That's it. If that doesn't work a lot of you will someone your friend willpower, won't you? I've got a good willpower. People say that all the time. I got good will Paris. Willpower is not your friend. I actually know a guy named his actual name is will power. Will power is not your friend? Will is not a person. But more like the kind of friend that you don't know why you keep letting into your life. There are a bit of a slacker. They are. They kind of live rent free in your mind. They say they want to help. But they never really deliver on their promise. They show up and say, I'll help you out with that. But what they're really doing is pushing you to do stuff and trying to distract you and get you off track. Will's job description should read to force you to do the things you say you want to do, but can't get yourself to do. When you give up, what does will do? He leaves. He goes away. My good news is there's no need to force yourself to do anything. Achieving your biggest goals in life is not a darn thing to do with willpower. It said, you shift your mind a little bit. To act at your discretion without constraint. Let that resonate a little bit. To act at your discretion without constraint. If you've been around with me for a long time, one of the very first things that we're going to talk about almost 20 years ago was the definition of free will. To act at your discretion without constraint. Will powers, good cousin. The one you want to hang out with. So as we get into this time of year, when we're going to have some fun, you should enjoy it. It's a society thing. We all kind of pause and have a party for the next 6 or 8 weeks, then we get back to it in January. It always happens every single year. As you get into that, and you have these things in your mind that maybe you want to do and you just can't get yourself to do it, you have to understand that there's nobody who can force you. Nobody could drag you there. Yes, I can hold you accountable. I can set goals for you. I can really help push you forward. There's nothing wrong with that. In fact, it's a very powerful thing to happen. I do it myself. I have group side ten. The simple reason to make me accountable. But it's a free will type of group. I am there at my own free will. I am there to act at my discretion without constraint. I'm just using these tools to get there. Nobody gets to tell me what to do. That's my job to misguide my own self, right? Just like it's yours. So here's your free will to harness your excitement. I use it to choose the path of least resistance because what I find being just the person who lives in this real world is we tend to over complicate make things harder than they need to be. Lots of layers on it. I use my free will to say, well, this gets me excited. This is what I want to do. I'm the boss of me. I'm going to go do it and let me find the easiest possible quick as fast as way to get there. It's usually sitting right in front of you. Although, we usually don't want to do that do we. We want to do it the hard way. Start making the slightest changes in your life, those steps are going to lead to big results sooner than you think. I covered a lot of ground today. I could spend a whole weekend on this and maybe someday I will, just to get you in that mode of deciding what you want and deciding to go for it on your own because you're excited you can do it. I know you can. Hey, I'm in the Facebook group. It's really the only place I chat with people. Why? Because I social media to be as I just don't like it. But it's I like talking to friends. I like having relationships with people, and I find that a private Facebook group is a nice place, nice comfortable place. And I do that. If you'd like to come join me, get to know me a little bit, get to know some very cool people there. And they are an people. Just go to daily boost podcast dot com slash Facebook, it's private group. I got a couple of simple questions for you to answer those questions so I get to know you a little bit more and come on in the group and enjoy us and if you want to talk to me just tag my name in there I'm you can find me and when I see that tag pop up I'll come in and find you and chat with you a little bit. I appreciate it. I'll see you tomorrow right here.
A highlight from Meik Wiking | My Hygge Home
"How does this place make me feel? Because where you are, surrounding your environment, a sign of a place will impact how you feel. So start to observe that, and then consider, okay, what can I copy from this room where I feel good at home? It's always such a pleasure when people return to the podcast and especially so with this conversation with Mike Viking. I'm excited for you to hear this conversation because Mike's first visit way back in 2019. Was a general conversation about happiness, the research he does at his institute and the shift in the conversation that was happening at the time. All over the world to find these moments of happiness in times of stress. Then, in 2020, things changed for everyone. The world shut down and life was just different. We all spent much more time in our homes, so it's fitting then that Mike has written a book and has focused a lot of the institute's attention on how to make our homes a happy sanctuary. This isn't interior design, by the way. This is so much more as Mike explains during our conversation. So if you want to make your home a more welcoming place for you and the people you love, then I think Mike's insights are exactly what you're looking for. So it's all here. Welcome to the show. Well, this is one of my favorite things listeners because I am welcoming back a guest to the podcast. It is Mike Viking. Who is the CEO of the happiness research institute. But what I often do with guests before we start recording is so would you just mind reminding me what your title is just in case things have changed. Mike told me that he wrote his own contract. So please, please tell listeners. What you're full title is that you put in your own contract because this is fantastic. So yeah, my food time, I don't think I've shared this before, but it is CEO of the happiness research institute. Chief liking and lord of the dragons, because why not? But usually I just use the CEO of the happiness research history. Do you know, but it's so good to have that in your back pocket to click for that, isn't it? I'm now really reconsidering how I maybe I need new business cards. I have to think of something as imaginative. Although I think you bested everyone with that because that really is fantastic. You are joining me again on the show. We had a brilliant conversation last time we saw each other. And we were just reminiscing listeners that it was on the top floor, I think it was, over building in central London, and it was before it was about 9 months before the world fundamentally changed. Right. So we talked about happiness. We talked about your book all about hygge. Am I saying it right? I always have your nailed it well done. I always worry about pronunciations and what have you. But you haven't happiness research institute. So you are constantly researching happiness. But I'm guessing that what happened in 2020 and the subsequent 18 months and obviously the trickle down that we've had from that has changed, I guess your research fundamentally, because it's just the world just went on its head. It hasn't changed what I'm researching, because as you say, I mean, I research happiness. I created the happiness research institute ten years ago. And I think in the past ten years and in the next, let's say, 30, 40 years. I'm going to work with the same three basic questions. I try to understand together with my colleagues. How do we measure happiness and the good life? Secondly, why are some people happier than others? And thirdly, what can we do to improve quality of life? So my career is dedicated to those questions. That's what goes into our reports. Lectures, my books, the happiness museum that we opened in Copenhagen. So that hasn't changed. But of course, I think a lot of us now recognize to a larger extent because of the pandemic because of a war or European soil that it's a turbulent world. And what can help us there is to sort of distinguish between areas and domains and events that I have control or no control over. And that is something I've tried to harness for the past couple of years. And that was
A highlight from Why We Need to Rethink Mental Health with Eric Maisel
"Welcome to the one you feed throughout time great tinkers have recognized the importance of the thoughts we have, quotes like garbage in, garbage out or you are what you think. Ring true, and yet, for many of us, our thoughts don't strengthen or empower us. We tend toward negativity, self pity, jealousy, or fear. We see what we don't have instead of what we do, we think things that hold us back and dampen our spirit. But it's not just about thinking. Our actions matter. It takes conscious, consistent, and creative effort to make a life worth living. This podcast is about how other people keep themselves moving in the right direction. How they feed their good wolf.
A highlight from True Surrender, Circumcision, Plant Medicine, Hair Loss, Methylene Blue, Fluoride Detox (AMA) #444
"Have a unique and hopefully innovative format today. Rather than doing the normal solo cast wherein I prepare this very arduous manuscript in great detail for ten to 12 hours. And then essentially try and convey that information in a solo cast steering at my computer. I thought it would be much more fun to actually sit down and have a conversation with someone. So I am the guest and this is a solo Q&A today, but we have Bailey, who is, I guess we would call our operations manager here at Luke story Inc and run so much of the podcast. And she's going to be answering our asking the questions and I'm going to be hopefully answering them. And we're going to try this out and see how it goes. I have a feeling it'll be fun and people will enjoy it. Maybe even more than just sitting there listening or watching me talk to a microphone on my computer. But I thought Bailey, as we get started in this episode, which hopefully I think will become a regular thing. If we like it and everyone else does, maybe you could just take a minute to introduce yourself to the audience. I know I'm kind of putting you on blast here. You like to work behind the scenes in a degree of safety and anonymity. But someone has to sit here and ask me the questions and it might as well be you. So give the listeners a little bit of background where you came from and how you ended up working with me on this project. Yeah, so I listened to your podcast for about three and a half years before I guess I kind of took it upon myself to decide that I was going to work for you. I heard you talking with Matt Maurice on one of the episodes that he was on and you guys mentioned that he needed assistance in a very nonchalant type of way. Like, I don't think you guys were expecting any responses. So I emailed both of you and about 6 months later or so, Matt got back to me and ended up hiring me as his affiliate manager and executive assistant and I worked for him for about a year. And then you needed an assistant and executive assistant and you're looking for someone in Austin and you didn't find the right fit. And being in a circle of people who knew you, personally, you know, I got the heads up that you were going to go outside, look outside of Austin and I applied and yeah, and you hired me. So you were you were listening to a podcast and you were a fan and now you're hosting it. People that could look you up on how you manifest things. That's pretty cool. I definitely even started working for you about a year ago, I would never see myself being here even maybe like a month ago. I would never have guessed that this would happen. Well, to your credit and you've been just so amazing and instrumental in my quality of life and the organization and success of the business that I have in a building. But also I think it's worth noting that I think it was your idea to do this this way, right? I mean, if not, I don't think you were like, hey, let me ask you the questions, but you're just like, hey, what if you have someone else there? Which could be Allison. I'll probably do some of these with her too if I can wrangle her into it. But those are those type of ideas are invaluable and it's so awesome. I'm so grateful as a content creator and someone who's just putting my ideas and other people's ideas out into the world that it's very common that you come to me with a really good idea and it's like one of those things that's so obvious and simple like this sometimes as I've expressed you how time consuming it is. It's so hard for me to hit the deadlines with the solo cast because I just, I'm just too kind of OCD slash thorough about it that it just it takes so long. It's like so much work to just put out a 60 minute bit of content. So thank you for coming up with this idea, which I think is genius and definitely going to I think add maybe even more value to the listener experience on these usually once a month solo cast, but also just make my life way easier because I made those so difficult on myself. So yeah. I mean, when I proposed it to you, it was in my head. I was asking you the question and we were cutting that whole part out. So it was like a secret. I wasn't in it. Okay, okay. But the way that you saw it, you know, it created an opportunity for me to step up and do something that I've never done before. That I would like I was really uncomfortable with the idea of it when I first heard it, but I was able to grow inside myself to get to a place where I can do it. I love it. Yeah. It was like, I needed that. We all need to do things that are uncomfortable. You know, that's the cosmic joke about the human condition, right? As if we just continue to do things that are on the well worn easy path, we don't tend to mature and expand. It's just the way things are set up. Sometimes unfortunately, right? It's like, why can't I just go the known way and just stay comfortable, but still progress. And it just doesn't seem to be the case. It's like walking through those challenging situations is what helps us to actually grow. Yeah, and being on the other side feels so good. After you've done it and you're like, oh my gosh. I thought it was going to be so much harder. That's how it was with my first episode episode number one. It was called return of the Jedi. And that guy was like 6 and a half, almost 7 years ago. And it took me, I don't remember how many months, but a few months
A highlight from What a living whale is worth -- and why the economy should protect nature | Ralph Chami
"I found myself with a bunch of researchers in the sea of Cortez studying the blue whales. We used to be in a boat 25 foot long. And next to us. Is this majestic creature feeding gracefully next to us. Now you have to understand at that point in time I knew nothing about blue whales or whales in general. I was just a financial economist. But I learned something from them, which was really incredible. It was already known in the science that whales capture so much carbon on their body. And indirectly, and that's, of course, very important for us because we're all fighting the climate calamity, and we're all talking about how to grab carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Well, it turns out that the whales grab so much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by the way they eat. And they poop. It's all about food. So how does the whale system work? Well, start in the oceans, there's these microscopic organisms called phytoplankton. Those phytoplankton do something really incredible. They grab so much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and they return oxygen to all of us. Now how much carbon dioxide do they grab from the atmosphere? About 37 gigatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Truly, the lungs of the planet are in the ocean. Now, if you want to visualize what 37 gigatons mean, that's the equivalent of the carbon that is grabbed by four Amazon forests per year. That's how much is being sucked in by the these photosynthetic organisms. Now, larger creatures called krill love to eat phytoplankton. Directly or indirectly. And the whales love to feed on the krill. They feed so much on the crill that they grow bigger and bigger, and they store carbon in their body. How much carbon do they store in their body? Roughly about 7 to 9 tons of carbon on their body. If you want to convert that to carbon dioxide, that's about 33 tons of carbon dioxide being kept out of the atmosphere on the body of a single whale. If you want to visualize that, that's the work of 1500 trees. On the body of a single word. But those guys, because they eat a lot, what do you do next? You poop a lot. And their poop turns out to be incredibly important because it fertilizes the fatal. So you have this wonderful cycle, okay? The whale feeds on the krill, the krill seeds on the fighter, and the fighter needs the poop of the whales to get more active. And when the fighter gets more active, it grabs more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. So just imagine the whales that capture carbon on their body, unfortunately, at some point they die, and they're so heavy, they sink to the bottom of the ocean. And anything below a thousand meters is sequestered almost forever. And through their poop, they also fertilize fire to making fire to even more active grabbing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. So in a sense, the whales are incredible allies in the fight against climate change. Now that's good news, right? Yeah. Except that whales are dying. They are dying from ship strikes. They're dying from pollution, then dying from entanglements. In fact, they're dying because our current economic system puts a zero value on a living wave. But chopper whale sell it for its meat, it acquires a value. In fact, the value of a living whale is zero, $0, zero and any currency. I'm a financial economist, and I'm listening to these scientists bemoaning what's happening to the ways. And I wanted to help. I didn't know how to help. And I thought, wait a minute. Maybe I can bring your message to the audiences around the world. Maybe I can translate all of that value, those services that you do for us in a language that we can all understand, unfortunately, it's a language of dollars and sense. So I set out with my team to value the services of a whale, but one service because the way of doing a whole host of things, but I just wanted to value one thing, which is, what is the value of their carbon sequestration service to us? Now, how would you do something like that? After all the whale is a living system, the whale captures carbon on her body, and she gives birth to baby whales who also grow up to capture carbon on their body and they give birth to two whales and so forth and indirectly through the fertilisation of fighters. So how would you do something like this? Well, to do that, I had to resort to my, what I do best, which is valuation, I looked at it, I said, wait a minute. This looks like a share of stock. That pays dividends. Except those dividends are live dividends. They give birth to more dividends. So if I were to track the whale over her lifetime and keep keep track of all these dividends into the future, and then multiply that by the price of carbon, and discount that all the way to the present, I can figure out what is the present value discounted present value of the lifetime earnings of a single whale. Would you like to know how much? Would you like to know how much? At least $3 million. At least, because I'm leaving so much out of this, but I just wanted to tell the good news that I heard on that boat. I didn't know what to do. I was starting to help them out. But there's more good news. Would you like to hear it? Their cousins on land, the elephants in the forests of Africa. In the Congo basin, they do the same thing. Turns out the way they walk and they eat and they poop. They increase carbon sequestration in the trees in the forest between 7% and 14%. Just imagine just by frolicking around they're helping us to grab carbon from the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and fix it. So I thought, hey, maybe we can value their services too. Same thing. But again, use the same model of valuation. You follow the same methodology and you discount all of that to the present and you ask yourself, what is the value of a single elephant's carbon sequestration service? Would you like to know how much? Here we go. $2.6 million. Would you like to hear some more good news? Aside from forest, because we are land people. We just think of forests. Go a little bit
A highlight from Podcast 437: How Minimalism Can Improve Your Mental Health & Mind
"Hi, I'm doctor Caroline leaf and welcome to my podcast cleaning up the mental mace. In today's podcast, I talk with Joshua baker on overcoming distractions to pursue a more meaningful life and how to focus on things that really matter. We talk about how distractions and disruptions add up to make you feel restless, tired and unfulfilled. We also talk about practical ideas and examples for letting go of those distractions to really focus on what matters most. We also discuss the benefits of minimalism for mental health. And now on to today's podcast. Life can be hard and it's easy to feel stressed anxious and out of control. What if there was a way to take back control? What if there was a practical way to detox your brain? This is now possible with neuropsychology. The first ever scientifically tested brain detox app shown to help reduce and anxiety and depression by up to 81%. Users are guided through a variation of audio and video brain exercises and mind management lessons every day. I'm excited to share some of the latest features in the app, including guides for children and parents, detailed feedback and recommendations written guides through days 22 through 63 of the neural cycle and an easy way to track your progress. There are over €500,000 cycle users worldwide and the app has helped change thousands of lives, including people trying to find purpose in life, overcoming fear, better sleep, improved relationships, managing intrusive thoughts, depression and anxiety and so much more. Neuropsych is for everybody no matter who you are, what you've been through, what you do, you have an incredible mind and brain that is always on and needs to be managed so that you can live your best both mentally and physically. This app is designed for individuals couples families businesses or corporations for everyone everywhere. Join us by committing just a few minutes a day and see how your life is transformed in just 63 days you will have begun rewiring your brain for a happier and healthier life. Download the neural cycle up today and start changing your life one thought at a time. Just look for neural cycle on the iTunes App Store or Google Play or visit new recycle app. The link and more information will be in the show notes. Welcome to my podcast Josh. I'm really going to enjoy talking to you about this incredibly important topic. You've written a book, things that matter, overcoming distraction, to pursue a more meaningful life, and we definitely are in the age of distraction. Not that distractions are anything new, but I just think we've forgotten how to manage them. So I find your book very very pertinent very relevant for current age and I am just after you've introduced yourself as a couple of things I want to just read to the audience that I think are amazing. So welcome. Tell my audience a little bit more about you. They've heard your intern by a little bit, but it's always nice to hear from the person themselves. Yeah, so good to be here. Thanks so much. I do think it is an important conversation about how do we live lives that lives that we can be proud of when we get to the end of them and by that I mean not lives where we're gonna make no mistakes, obviously, but lives where we get to the end. We have fewer regrets because we chose to pursue those things that are important and those things that actually matter and so certainly the book is about two steps number one about identifying what things matter and what things are most important and then number two overcoming all of the distractions that our society throws at us that often keeps us from pursuing those things in the long run. So I have a wife and two kids and I'm here in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., so it's good to be with you. Wonderful, it's so great to have you with us and I think what's really important about what you're saying is that when I was going through your book and preparing for this interview, I felt like, yeah, you know, I know this, but are we applying this in our life? You know, so it's really great to have this inner format where we can just draw people's attention to it. So it's really great. I wanted to read a couple of things the first thing was a quote by Seneca on the shortness of life. I thought this was beautiful. I love this quote. One of my favorites. I wanted to just read it. You've got it on your I think it's your chapter one. We are not given a short life, but we make it short. And we are not ill supplied but wasteful of it. Life is long if you know how to use it. It's just profound and really summarizes your book. So would you talk a little bit about why you chose that particular saying basin Kerr, who's a philosopher and how this launched you into this. It literally page one, chapter one, and launch due to this cold book. There are three stories that really came together in my life that kind of became the framework and the thinking behind the book. The book wasn't written for another ten years, but I read an article or I noticed an article back in 2009 by a nurse named brawny ware. She was in Australia and she had worked with dying patients for years and years and so she wrote an article called top 5 regrets of the dying based on the different conversations that she had had with so many patients over the end of their lives. And the article was fascinating about the article. Number one, the 5 regrets are fascinating, but what was even more fascinating to me was how popular the article became. I mean, it got shared millions and millions of times, every major media outlet in the world covered it. It was a topic that resonated with people. People were drawn to it, even as I say, top 5 regrets of the dying. Everyone wants to know what's on the list. We all waiting. We all waiting for you to tell us. Because none of us want to reach the end of our lives with a lot of regrets. Around that same time, my grandfather, who was early 90s, perfectly healthy, he lived to be just shy of a hundred. He called me and was office and asked me to play a part in his funeral, showed me what party wanted me to play and what he wanted me to read and asked me to say a few words. And it was a life-changing conversation because I sat across the desk from someone who not only had planned out his funeral, but didn't face death with fear, not just not fear of the afterlife, but not fear in that he had wasted his life. Like he talked about the life he had lived and what he had focused on and how he had lived a life. He didn't use his words, but how he had devoted his life towards things with meaning, so much so that he could get to the end of his life and just recognize death is the next step that's going to happen. And so that bronnie ware article that conversation with my grandfather where I just began asking hop. Like how do I get to that side of the desk? How do I get to the end of my life proud of how I am proud of how I lived. And then I ran across that Seneca quote sometime about that about that same time. And you stopped short of the one sentence where he says, you know, life is long enough if you know how to use it. But when life is wasted on heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced by death's final constraint to realize it passed away before we knew it was passing. And that really became the driver behind the book. What are these no good activities and what are these heedless luxuries that when we spend our lives focused upon them life passes by before we even knew it was passing. Wow, that's amazing. That is so fascinating. Okay, I want a lovely story. I mean, what a lovely way to sort of boost a book in both a concept. Your grandfather did he the sort of things that he said that they align with what techno said was the similarity and can you distill talk about those 5 regrets and link it into your grandfather's conversation, perhaps? Yes and no. I mean, there are actually some regrets. The top 5 regrets, if I can get him off the top of my head, I wish I'd stay in touch with friends. I wish I had been more courageous to express my feelings. I wish I hadn't worked so hard. I wish I had enjoyed life more, and now I forget the
A highlight from Somebody Need You Right Now
"Know, somebody needs you, they need what you have to offer right now. But you're sitting around the house. They do not even know you exist. Get out there and let them know you're here. Now I've said this before, I've talked about this over the years on this show and I always get comments about it because people don't think that way. I think about sitting around the house, yes. But they never think about, hey, somebody actually needs me. I can't tell you how many times in my life. Somebody out there needs what I have to offer. My job is to go find him. Hello? Here I am. I'm the guy you're looking for. I'll never forget when I left my last full-time job. I never really had a corporate job. It's not been my thing. Tried it out for a week. I said, not my thing. I was in radio. I was a disc jockey, and I never forget my last full-time job. It was 22 years ago now. In Orlando at a radio station, and I remember I left, and I went and talked to my sales manager, my production manager, I guess, the guy had to quit with, right? My boss. I went and talked to him. I said, listen, man, I got to leave. He said, I don't know how you can leave. I don't know how you could get a steady paycheck. You can come here 8, 9 to 5 every single day. I don't like it. And besides that, I think there's some folks out there that have a need for me. That I have something to offer some people that I think they really need and right now I'm not being used in that way. I don't feel like I may use that way. So I'm okay. He goes, I don't know how you can walk away from your paycheck. I said, well, see the thing is. I'm going to start my own business. And I just understand, since I know somebody needs me right now, all I have to do is go find them because there's somebody right there, there's a business owner someplace that is banging his head against the wall. They can my God, I wish I could find somebody to help me do this. Can somebody show me how to do what I want to do? I need a website built. I need something at the time. I was in television and radio I was going to do commercials. That's where I was heading. But I just knew somebody was going, I know somebody's out there that can do a radio commercial for me. I just don't know who to call. I instinctively understood that. I said, my job was very simple. Go find that person and go, I'm your guy. It is the same for you. So we are coming into a time of year. When a lot of dreams get paused, I actually get more dreamy in this time of year. I get more goal oriented. I get more planning oriented into 2023. That's what I do. But we're coming at a time of year when you're going to do that at least by January 1st. You'll start that. And I will tell you this, lots of times when you try to go do something when you try to grow your business or try to leave your job and get a business. So try to do anything at all. You can meet a new woman or something, whatever, whatever you want to do. Sometimes it feels like it's nobody wants you. Nobody needs you. There's no possible way for you to do it. You just feel on an island all by yourself. Why even start if you feel by yourself? I'll tell you why. We're part of a bigger picture here every single one of us. Your big picture maybe you're block. Or maybe the world, I don't know what it is, but if you're stuck, if you can't move forward, if you don't feel like it is the need for you. All you have to do is remember and talk yourself into this that somebody right now is looking for you. They just haven't found you yet. So your job is a stand in front of them, wave your hands. Get them to notice you. And save their day. That's how you write and start your own movie, huh? I gotta tell you how cool it is. It really is in need of powering thing. And you could walk into any business on the street if you want to make money to a side hustle, whatever start a whole business, you could walk into any business owner's door, and he's going to be looking for something. Your trick is to find out if he's looking for what you do. If so, boom, game on. If not, next door. That's all you have to do. All right, do me a favor. It's the gratitude time of the year. I wrote that book this year, the 5 minute gratitude journal for man. It's only half written because you have to write the other half. It's not a Kindle book, it's an actual book because you're actually going to write in the book. Go to daily gratitude boost dot com you'll see the book read the reviews. Check it out. Open the thing on the line, look at it, and I think you're going to like it. Go get that, and if you'd like to communicate with me this time of year, just go to daily boost podcast dot com slash Facebook, it's a private group, but I'll let you in and you can tag me, we'll have a conversation. I'd like to meet you. Have a great weekend.
A highlight from Whose land are you on? What to know about the Indigenous Land Back movement | Lindsey Schneider
"You're listening to ted-talks daily, I'm Elise Hugh. A movement is underway to return land to their rightful owners. The indigenous people who occupied and cared for the land for generations. In her 2022 talk from TEDx mile high, indigenous scholar Lindsay Schneider explains why indigenous people should be managing the areas they were forced by colonizers to give up. One major reason? It's way better for the land itself. Coming up after the break. Hey, I'm Stephen Johnson, host of the Ted interview podcast. On this show, we talked to some of the world's most interesting people. On the latest episode, journalist Linda villarosa discusses her decades long fascination with how the color of your skin dictates the kind of healthcare you receive. We were taught to, oh, you just have to take good care of yourself and then you will be healthy for life and certainly that is not true. Check out the Ted interview on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen. Support for ted-talks daily comes from Michigan technological university. One of the nation's premiere public technological universities and home to the state of Michigan's top ranked college of engineering. At Michigan tech, students work closely with faculty from day one, doing everything from building and testing autonomous vehicles in unstructured environments to devising innovative technology to harvest energy from The Dark Side of the Moon. Tomorrow needs Michigan tech. Tomorrow needs you. Learn more at MTU dot EDU slash tomorrow. I'm here today as a guest on land that was stolen from the Cheyenne and arapaho nations. Lynn, many other tribal nations thought of his home before those relationships were written over by settler colonialism. So land acknowledgments like this have become pretty commonplace at the beginning of events at universities, sometimes in our email signatures. But if I found them to be kind of confusing, like once you admit something is stolen, aren't you supposed to give it back? So if there's anyone listening who has a couple hundred spare acres that you're feeling guilty about, just contact your local tribal government, we would be happy to relieve you of that burden. That's probably not you, right? Maybe you've heard of this movement to return land to indigenous people, but you're thinking, I can barely afford rent. What is it? I'm supposed to be giving back. That's what I want to clarify today. Because not only is getting land back in indigenous hands in your best interests and the best interests of the land itself, there's ways anyone can help make it happen. I'm a descendant of the turtle mountain band of chippewa Indians, which is part of the initiative of the Great Lakes region. Home for me is also the Pacific Northwest. I grew up on kalapuya and Malala territory. And now I'm a Professor of indigenous studies at CSU. My ancestors worked very hard to navigate a complex and changing world that was ravaged by settler colonialism. My grandma and both of her parents survived the trauma and abuse of the Indian boarding school system. The generation before them, fought to keep our tribe from being terminated by the federal government. Going even further back, my 6 times great grandfather's signature is on the 1863 treaty of old crossing. Which forced the initial abbe to give up 11 million acres of what's now Minnesota, in exchange for a little over $400,000 and a 640 acre reservation. That works out to about 5 cents an acre, which has to be one of the worst land deals in U.S. history. Or maybe the best, depending on who you ask. This sort of thing happened all over the U.S. and Canada. The problem isn't just that settlers showed up and took the land, it's how they've treated it ever since. That land we lasted in Minnesota, the Enbridge line three pipeline goes right through the middle of it. That freaking pipeline is responsible for the largest inland oil spill ever recorded in the U.S.. And now, they're trying to expand it. Whether we're talking pipelines or some of their industry, the colonial mindset has been about extracting resources. Mostly what the goal of making the rich, richer. But that's why lay it back is not about indigenous people trying to run a real estate scam. We're doing this because the land itself is in crisis. Every indigenous culture is unique, but our shared philosophy is that we come from the land and the land is what sustains us. And therefore, we have a responsibility to care for it. Land back is about reasserting indigenous relationships with the land. Relationships that are based on tens of thousands of years of hands on experience, taking care of our homelands. If you've ever tried your hand at farming or gardening, you know that land management takes more than just showing up with good intentions. Globally, indigenous people are really good at managing for biodiversity and resilient ecosystems. That's because we've had generation upon generation to test out what works and what doesn't. There's tons of evidence and examples to back this up. One recent study showed that indigenous people make up just 5% of the global population, but we're managing nearly half the areas on earth that are protected for conservation or still support intact ecosystems. In the United States, tribal nations have reintroduced endangered species, even when the government said it wouldn't work. So in the northwest, where I grew up, most of the big rivers have been damned, which makes it super hard for salmon to survive, and many runs have gone extinct. So back in the 90s, the nimi poo people told the state of Idaho, hey, we'd like to bring co host salmon back to the snake river. A state fish and wildlife guys were like, I don't think so. But the tribe did it anyway. They got eggs that one of the hatcheries was going to throw away. Incubated them and basically snuck the fish back into the river. And now they're doing so well that the state has reopened the sport fishery. And the tribe is reintroducing Coho to a bunch of other rivers. Same thing with buffalo, back in the 1800s, when the railroads were going in, and native people were literally being kicked off of the land at gunpoint. Buffalo were nearly exterminated because they thought that would make it easier to subdue the tribes who depended on them. So get this. Most of the buffalo that you see today in zoos or wildlife reserves are actually descended from conservation herds that native people protected back then. And now the blackfeet nation is bringing free ranging buffalo back to their homeland in Montana. We're also pretty good at cleaning up the ecological messes caused by colonialism. The town of Eureka, California was like, okay, we're ready to give some land back. We know it's culturally, really important place to. Oh, and by the way, it's a super fun site. So it's hella polluted. Good luck with that. And the tribe said, great, we'll take it. And now they're in the process of successfully remediating the site. They've removed tons of trash and contaminated soil. They're working on erosion control and wildlife habitat and making it a place where they can hold ceremonies again. The land is better off in indigenous hands because we treat the land like it's a relative.
A highlight from Wisdom of Gratitude
"Don't have to accept it, we'll live that way, it just happens, and we just kind of move around it. We stand up, we take a step, we repeat, and we just keep going until we get what we want, even if we don't know exactly what that is. Yeah, that happens. Let me dwell on that for a second. Sometimes we're heading down the road. We don't know exactly what we want, huh? Sometimes they don't. Yeah, it's a little meandering. I call it exploring the possibilities. But we just go down that road thinking. I have to go and do something different, and we don't know exactly what it is. That's okay. Get out there and bang on some doors and have some experiences and figure stuff out. To do that, you don't have to be completely focused all the time. You'll know when you're focused, and sometimes you're heading down that road. Decide to do something we know exactly what we're going to do. Exactly how we should feel exactly how life should go. And it just doesn't feel right. Recently I've had some decisions in that area myself. I just didn't feel right. There are no joy in it. So I backed off from it. So sometimes we don't know sometimes we do know, in any case, it's life. Our brains confuse us, and we just deal with it. And today's the day, we can take a breath and just go, okay, fine. I'm grateful to have the chance. And grateful you're here. My name is Scott Smith, found her chief motivating officer here at motivation to move dot com. Gratitude in your life is a really important thing and I'm talking right now very specifically to men, ladies, you can listen to it. Okay, you're the same way. But you see gratitude a little bit differently. And I wrote this in my book, the 5 minute gratitude journal for men, women see gratitude different. I think actually from the time a woman has a baby, she gets pregnant. She becomes grateful for the whole world. Guys, on the other hand, have so much to be grateful for, but oftentimes you get caught up in this stuff, and you forget to do it. By the way, just to stay on the track of your ladies. My wife is the cook in the house. For a lot of reasons, mostly because she just loves to do it. And she won't let me in the kitchen. But I get out of her way during this week because although she loves to do it, she's there doing it. She's so grateful to be able to do it. Man, you can't tell. Ladies do the same thing. Grateful to have 12 people coming over. As I woke up this morning, I had an incredible zest to expand my feeling of gratefulness. I get there often and certainly on a day and a week like this, I would be there even a little bit more. And this time of year or two, it's been 16 years since my first wife passed away. I tend to feel grateful for where I am today. This time of year, a little bit more than usual. It's not much not much better than expanding how you feel in this world and being grateful about it. That's the thing about living in this fast paced world where our daily activities, big and small, they fly by, they're really forgotten very quickly. And it's always been that way. It's sometimes it's hard to just pause and go, okay, what do I really care about? There is nothing new in this world. Have you figured that out? Sure there is the Internet. There was a version of the Internet 2000 years ago. People just talked to each other. Got me thinking about a few of my favorite quotes. When it comes to gratitude. Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert brault said that. Some people enjoy the big things and look back in the future and go, wow, that was really small. I try to avoid that every single day. I try to really look at the little things. It's some little things are just little things. But some little things become really amazing. And I've learned in my life that the biggest things that I think are the biggest baddest coolest things in the world sometimes are just flashing the pan, doesn't even matter. It's life, gotta figure it out. I'm a no regrets kind of guy. I sometimes I'll admit to not living with gratitude. I'll admit that myself. I'm a guy. Got to figure out how to handle that. But thankfully, the wisdom of others helps me make sure I know what's important. And I like to be one of those guys too. So I people that inspire me, maybe I inspire you a little bit. If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. Frank Clark said that. How true is that? It's like a little kid, hey, you better be thankful for that toy. I gave you why would I give you another one if you weren't thankful for the one I gave you. Hard lesson to teach kids, they don't know the rules. Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation of all abundance at cartel. Acknowledging the good you already have is the foundation of all abundance. That's hard to do sometimes.
A highlight from Best Of: Andy Stanley on Decision-Making with the Enneagram
"Typology. Podcast on which we explore the mystery of the human personality and the story of you through the lens of the enneagram I'm here with my good friend Anthony skinner. Hey folks. We got a big one. I'm excited for this one today. Me too. Gonna be big brother. Yeah, so we are sharing with the folks this special interview with Andy Stanley and it's emphasis is on decision making in the enneagram. That's right. And this was a really great conversation with Andy. And because, you know, of course, he's a brilliant communicator, a brilliant thinker. And the enneagram has so much to say about how different types of people make decisions, right? Because we all don't make them the same way. And it's not only helpful in your personal life, but in your professional life. Yeah. In the workplace, it's important to know this. It's super important to know your process in making decisions in the workplace, right? So I'm really excited for folks to hear this show today to learn more about the enneagram and decision making and organizations in your personal life. It's going to be really rich. All right, let's get straight to it. So now here is your host, Ian cron, and gift. Andy Stanley. I'm Andy Stanley and on this episode, we are talking about decision making. More specifically, we are talking about decision making by the numbers, the enneagram numbers. And if you are not familiar with the enneagram, will you certainly will be by the time we wrap up this episode because in the studio with me today is my friend Ian cron. Welcome back Ian. It's great to be here Andy. Thanks. Yeah, well thanks for coming back. This is our second rodeo together. Talking about leadership, but a little bit different filter. Ian is some of you know is a bestselling author and enneagram teacher and podcast host. He is a psychotherapist, get this songwriter and an episcopal priest and I'm pretty sure he makes his own clothes. Anyway, most recently, Ian authored a book entitled the road back to you, subtitled, and enneagram journey to self discovery, which by the way, I have read this book twice, and it has become a go to resource for me as a staff management tool, even though it's not written with that in mind, as you're going to discover, there is so much to the enneagram when it comes to leadership and staff management. So I'm excited to have Ian back. But before we talk about decision making Ian real quick, sort of big macro level question. What are you telling leaders these days? I mean, we have a pandemic and economic turndown for some. It's an economic meltdown. For other people, they're making more money than ever. It's a very interesting time to be in leadership or management. And you know, this is the first time for all of us. So is there any advice that just doesn't have to be about decision making? What are you telling leaders right now? Yeah, you know, I've spoken with some of my corporate clients and people in the faith community as well. And what I warned them about is a tendency I think that people have when we're in a season of crisis, which is they move from being leaders to managers. You know, and so leadership to over management is a bad transition, right? They want to get down into the weeds, they want to get too involved. In a time of crisis, what's needed most is for the leader to really lead. You know, more than ever. And let management do the management. Don't get involved in the day to today that stuff. Wow, we should probably come back and talk about that for 45 minutes sometime because as you're saying that, I'm thinking about how I have in the last 6 or 7 months had to resist that. And in resisting it has set me up, we're going to talk about this in a few minutes to make some really big decisions that were a 100% leadership decisions. In fact, not only were they not management decisions, the people around me who are more geared toward management, their eyes got big like, what? We're not going to meet until when we have 500 plus staff members, what are they going to do? And suddenly there is chaos in the wake of a purely leadership decision, but I can completely identify with the temptation to, let's just sit back, retreat to what we know and wait and see and wait and see. And as you know, the organizations and nonprofits and churches in particular that are sitting back to wait and see, they're just waiting and they're missing an extraordinary leadership moment. So that is a great insight. And with all that's going on is forced us back to our topic to make some tough decisions, big decisions, decisions with limited information. And as we're about to discover, there's actually a corollary to how we make decisions. How well we make decisions and how we are wired. And that brings us to the significance of the enneagram as it relates to decision making to talk. Just a little bit about wiring and decision making. And then we'll introduce folks to the enneagram. Yeah, so you're absolutely right. I think our inborn temperament and our personality. Greatly influence our decision making styles. And they influence how we respond when others make decisions that affect us as well. Yeah, we're going to talk about that. Well, before we do a deep dive into the enneagram, would you real quickly you did this last time you were with us and it was so helpful even for those of us who are somewhat familiar with enneagram. Just give us a quick overview of the enneagram, a little something on each type, and then we will talk about decision making by the numbers. Okay, well, let's have at it. This is a 50,000 foot, 200 mile an hour rundown of 9 types. So the enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that teaches that there are 9 basic personality types in the world. One of which we gravitate toward and adopt in childhood as a way to feel safe and cope in this new world of relationships. Very importantly, each of those types has a unconscious motivation that powerfully influences how that type acts, thinks and feels on a moment to moment basis. So let's run through the 9 types, okay? So type ones are called the improvers. Now, you'll be glad to know I changed that from the perfectionists to the improvers. I really appreciate it because you told me I'm the number one and I have been a sort of wound up around this perfectionism and now I'm an improver. That's right. And I can't wait to tell sander because as you know my wife is also a number one and which I always tell her she's number one and so I'll get to go home and tell her she's an improver. Yes, well if I had a nickel for every one that thanked me for changing it from perfection is to improve her, I would be Jeff Bezos. Anyway, type ones, the improvers. They are ethical, meticulous, detail oriented, and morally heroic. And they are motivated by a need to perfect themselves. Others in the world. Type twos are called the helpers. Warm, caring, giving they are motivated by a need to be needed and to avoid acknowledging their own personal needs. Type threes are called the performers, they are success oriented, image conscious, wired for productivity, and they're motivated by a need to succeed to appear successful and to avoid failure at all costs. We call the unicorns of the enneagram. We think there are fewer of them represented in the population than any other type. They're called the romantics. They're creative, they're sensitive, they're moody they're motivated by a need to be special and unique. And do you know any force?
A highlight from How to turn around a city | Irma L. Olguin Jr.
A highlight from 295: This Thanksgiving, How to Make Gratitude More Than a Platitude | DaRa Williams
"Hey gang, Happy Thanksgiving. It is that time of year when at least nominally we're supposed to be giving thanks, being grateful. But as is the case with so many positive human qualities, we don't often get a lot of specific instruction about how to actually be grateful. To be a little cute about it, how do we elevate gratitude beyond mere platitude? That is what we're going to talk about today. Dura Williams, my guest is a meditation teacher and psychotherapist. She's a graduate of the spirit rock insight meditation society teacher training program and is also a guiding teacher at IMS. Not only has she been meditating for more than 25 years, she's also been a clinician and administrator in the field of mental health for roughly that same period of time. She currently maintains a private practice in Manhattan. In this conversation, we talk about how to start knitting gratitude into your everyday life or as she says how to think about gratitude like personal hygiene on the level of taking a shower. We talk about whether gratitude is possible when everything sucks. How to avoid spiritual bypass, which she will define. The opportunity that suffering brings for happiness and how to take our suffering less personally, the power of reminding yourself that you are nature are unconscious fascination with creating difficulty in our own lives. And her semi facetious belief that gratitude should be the 5th Brahma vihara. For the uninitiated, the Brahma viharas are four qualities of mind for mental skills, trainable via meditation, that include friendliness, compassion, sympathetic joy, which is being happy for other people's happiness and equanimity. Just to say before we dive in here, we first posted this interview back in October of 2020. Right after we ran a whole series of episodes about the Brahma viharas, that was also in the heart of the pandemic. So you're going to hear a few references to that. Okay, we'll get started with deron Williams right after this. Before we dive into today's show, I wanted to let you know about a special offer. We've got for you from the good folks at the 10% happier app. There's a famous quote usually attributed to the teacher ram dass. Here it is. If you think you're enlightened, go home for Thanksgiving. I personally do not think I'm enlightened, but family gatherings around the holidays can certainly put everybody to the test. So why not give yourself a little extra support by leaning into your meditation practice or by getting a practice started for