Optimal Living Daily - Personal Development & Self-Improvement

Justin Malik

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Join award-winning audiobook narrator in this personal growth accelerator, delivering bite-sized episodes each day that are rich with wisdom and practical advice. Optimal Living Daily features a carefully selected mix of blog posts from some of the most influential voices in self-help, covering a wide array of topics such as minimalism, productivity, mental health, and personal development. Each episode is thoughtfully narrated to not only inform but also inspire you to make meaningful changes in your life.
Whether you're seeking motivation, clarity, or strategies to enhance your daily life, Optimal Living Daily is your go-to source for personal development. It’s not just a podcast; it’s a daily habit that empowers you to live your best life, one insightful and uplifting episode at a time. Dive into episodes that cover the essence of self-help, minimalism, and self-improvement, offering actionable steps to foster personal development.
This podcast is designed for those passionate about personal development and minimalism, looking to integrate self-help strategies and self-improvement techniques into their daily routines. By focusing on personal development, each episode provides you with the tools needed for self-improvement and minimalism, transforming your life with every listen.
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3262: 9 Powerful Ways to Spend a Day by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel on Intentional Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3262: Marc Chernoff emphasizes the importance of valuing time and offers nine actionable ways to make the most of each day. By encouraging independent thinking, embracing discomfort, and practicing kindness, Chernoff provides a roadmap to personal growth and happiness. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2013/01/24/9-powerful-ways-to-spend-a-day/ Quotes to ponder: "With all of society’s influences and agendas incessantly trying to persuade you every single second, thinking for yourself is the most courageous act imaginable." "Participate in your dreams today. Do it! Take one small step forward; there are plenty of ways to do so." "Fear is only as deep as your mind allows. You are still in control." Episode references: The Success Principles: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062364286 The Power of Habit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/081298160X The Road Less Traveled: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0743243153 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 25
3261: Do You Really Have to Practice New Habits Every Day for Them to Stick by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3261: Kalen Bruce of MoneyMiniBlog.com reveals that to make new habits stick, they must be practiced daily, including weekends and holidays. He emphasizes starting with small, manageable habits that can be done even on the busiest days, and gradually increasing their intensity. Persistence and flexibility are key, as missing a day doesn't mean failure, but an opportunity to continue. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/practice-new-habits-every-day/ Quotes to ponder: "Your new habit should be small enough to be the 1,000,001 thing." "If you mess up, keep going." "You will become a daily reader, a financial expert, a runner, a weightlifter, etc." Episode references: The Power of Habit: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Habit-What-Life-Business/dp/081298160X Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 24
3260: How To Ask The Right Question When You’re Anxious (Hint: It’s Not “Why?”) by Ingrid Y Helander

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3260: Ingrid Y Helander explains why asking "Why?" during moments of anxiety can be counterproductive, leading to more stress and negative self-beliefs. Instead, she suggests a mindful approach by acknowledging the body's sensations with curiosity using "Hmmmm," fostering a more effective way to manage anxiety. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ingridyhelanderlmft.com/dont-ask-why-how-to-ask-the-right-question-when-youre-anxious/ Quotes to ponder: "When you ask 'Why?' without first acknowledging the feeling of your body's nervous system, you can get easily trapped in an anxiety loop that has no end." "Anxiety is an activation of your nervous system based upon receiving a cue of danger. In other words, it’s a body feeling." "A simple 'Hmmmm' is a great place to start." Episode references: Lynne Twist: https://soulofmoney.org/about-lynne-twist Shefali Tsabary: https://www.drshefali.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 23
3259: 4 Ways to Be Mindful by Shirley of Daring Living on Mindfulness & Meditation

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3259: Shirley from DaringLiving.com offers practical advice on staying present and managing emotions through mindfulness. Discover four simple techniques - journaling, meditation, creating personal time, and self-reflection that can help you cultivate awareness and enrich your daily life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://daringliving.com/be-mindful/ Quotes to ponder: "Wouldn’t you feel so much better to be in control of your own thoughts and emotions, and understand why you are feeling and behaving the way you do?" "To be 'mindful' means to be conscious and aware of the content in one’s mind." "I believe that being mindful is the first step to making any change you want to create in your life." Episode references: Headspace: https://www.headspace.com Calm: https://www.calm.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jul 22
3258: Long-Term Thinking by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Personal Growth & Self Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3258: Colin Wright explores the importance of long-term thinking through the lens of The Long Now Foundation's 10,000 Year Clock. This monumental project emphasizes our unique human ability to plan far into the future, urging us to extend our perspective beyond immediate concerns to benefit future generations and avoid repeating past mistakes. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://exilelifestyle.com/long-term-thinking/ Quotes to ponder: "We have that capability, but we tend not to use it very often, because day-to-day concerns have priority, and moment-to-moment concerns even more so." "The power of recording information and thinking long-term is that we can inoculate ourselves against some types of mistakes that we would otherwise make over and over again." "Maintaining a sense of self place within broader swathes of time - helps us consider where things are going across eons, rather than limiting our time-horizon to today." Episode references: The Long Now Foundation: https://longnow.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 21
3257: Are You Lonely by Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui of A Life in Progress on Mental Health & Wellbeing

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3257: Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui reflects on her experiences with loneliness as an introvert. She discusses how loneliness often stems from inner grief rather than a lack of social interaction, emphasizing the importance of embracing solitude and finding personal connections that are meaningful. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.alifeinprogress.ca/are-you-lonely/ Quotes to ponder: "Loneliness for me is less about needing people and more about grief, a call to do some inner work." "Being busy or sitting in a crowd is not the antidote to lonely, although it might offer a temporary distraction." "Joyful living is not the absence of pain or struggle. It is a choice. A decision to step out despite the struggle." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 21
3256: An Overlooked Factor in Creating Positive Change by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Habit Building

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3256: Leo Babauta, from ZenHabits.net, emphasizes the often-overlooked factor of mood in creating positive change. By being mindful of our feelings, accepting our moods, and taking small positive steps, we can foster lasting habits and make significant improvements in our lives. Discover how your attitude towards change can make all the difference in your journey toward a better self. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/tude/ Quotes to ponder: "It's easy to get stuck in a negative mood, where you just don’t think you can do it and give up caring." "If you can keep the good feeling going, you’ll form a habit or make the change you want to make." "Each positive step can be a joy in itself, a place to smile and breathe and find gratitude." Episode references: Mindfulness in Plain English: https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Plain-English-Bhante-Gunaratana/dp/0861719069 The Power of Habit: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Habit-What-Life-Business/dp/081298160X Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 20
3255: A New Way to Say Goodbye to Stress by Dr. Lisa Firestone of PsychAlive on Anxiety Relief

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3255: Dr. Lisa Firestone explores practical strategies to combat stress by addressing the negative inner voices that amplify our anxiety. She highlights the importance of recognizing and challenging these destructive thoughts to foster a more compassionate and realistic self-view, ultimately promoting mental and physical well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.psychalive.org/a-new-way-to-say-goodbye-to-stress/ Quotes to ponder: "You never give 100 percent to anything. Can’t you just get one thing right? You’re such a failure!" "What is wrong with you? You never give 100 percent to anything." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12m
Jul 19
3254: Why the Illusion of Control Is Hurting Your Goals by Nir Eyal of Nir and Far on Self Help

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3254: Nir Eyal explores the illusion of control bias, illustrating how our desire to control situations often leads us astray, such as in survival scenarios where staying put is wiser than wandering off. He offers practical strategies to overcome this bias, emphasizing the importance of recognizing internal triggers and time-boxing to stay focused and achieve real agency. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.nirandfar.com/illusion-of-control/ Quotes to ponder: "Trying to make the journey to the nearest town just feels better and more productive than waiting in place for an indeterminate amount of time, hungry, alone, and with nothing to do." "This need for perceived control is a fixture of everyday life." "It’s an action I can take to feel in control if only for a moment even though I know the better decision is to stay with my head down and keep writing." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 18
3253: Skepticism May Be Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed by Steve Pavlina on Self Improvement & Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3253: Steve Pavlina warns that excessive skepticism, especially when turned inward, can be detrimental. Instead of fostering intelligence and success, it breeds fear and doubt, stifling opportunities and growth. Pavlina encourages using courage and common sense to embrace risks and achieve greater success. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/11/skepticism-may-be-harmful-or-fatal-if-swallowed/ Quotes to ponder: "Skepticism originally came about as a form of opposition to dogma. The general idea behind skepticism is to avoid swallowing foolish beliefs." "Skepticism is like slashing your car’s tires to prevent one of them from going flat." "The skeptic says, 'Let’s see if this will work.' The intelligent person says, 'Let’s see this work.'" Episode references: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Landmark-Bestseller/dp/1585424331 The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12m
Jul 17
3252: Peace Is Your True Nature by Richard Paterson of Think Less and Grow Rich on Meditation

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3252: Richard Paterson reveals that profound peace is our true nature, accessible through meditation. He explains that by quieting the mind, even momentarily, we can experience the inherent peace that always exists within us, offering a transformative perspective on handling anxiety and unhappiness. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.thinklessandgrowrich.com/peace-is-your-true-nature/ Quotes to ponder: "Peace is not something to find or create but something to recognise." "Don’t try to be a peaceful person. Be peace." "There is no such thing as peace of mind. Mind means disturbance; restlessness itself is mind." Episode references: Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi: https://www.amazon.com/Be-You-Are-Teachings-Maharshi/dp/0140190627 I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: https://www.amazon.com/Am-That-Talks-Sri-Nisargadatta/dp/0893860220 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 16
3251: Practical Minimalism Tips For Beginners by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Minimal Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3251: Anthony Ongaro shares practical tips for beginners exploring minimalism, focusing on decluttering both physical and digital spaces. He offers actionable advice to simplify life and reduce stress, emphasizing the benefits of intentional living. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/minimalism-tips-for-beginners/ Quotes to ponder: "Minimalism isn’t about deprivation; it’s about creating space for what matters most." "By reducing the noise and clutter around us, we can focus more clearly on our goals and passions." "Intentional living means making deliberate choices about what we bring into our lives, both physically and mentally." Episode references: Zen Habits: https://zenhabits.net The Minimalists: https://www.theminimalists.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 15
3250: Finding the Balance Between Rest and Hustle by Jennifer of Simply Fiercely on Mental Health

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3250: Jennifer from SimplyFiercely.com shares her journey of finding the balance between relentless hustle and much-needed rest. She delves into the struggle of recognizing when to push forward and when to step back, highlighting the importance of listening to emotional cues and embracing self-care to maintain productivity and well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.simplyfiercely.com/finding-balance-rest-hustle/ Quotes to ponder: "Taking time for rest was actually a productive strategy and not quitting. I’m getting more done and I’m (arguably) less cranky." "Putting 100% into my work, all the time, leaves me nothing left to invest in myself." "So be present with friends. Sleep when you’re tired. And rest when you rest." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 14
3249: A Low Sugar Diet - What's The Big Deal? by Elly McGuinness on Self Improvement & Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3249: Elly McGuinness explains the rising popularity of low sugar diets, highlighting the negative effects of sugar on health, including tooth decay, insulin spikes, and increased body fat. She emphasizes the benefits of whole foods and offers practical tips for reducing sugar intake without sacrificing flavor. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://ellymcguinness.com/blog/low-sugar-diet-whats-big-deal/ Quotes to ponder: "Sugar can lead to accelerated tooth decay and cause insulin spikes and troughs, increasing the risk of type II diabetes." "A diet rich in real, whole foods can be considered an excellent focus for a low sugar diet." "Unrefined natural sugar substitutes like raw honey and pure maple syrup provide nutrition for the body without the negative impacts of refined sugar." Episode references: The Keto Diet: https://www.amazon.com/Keto-Diet-Your-Guide/dp/1628601043 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jul 14
3248: Quit Listening to Your Feelings ASAP (Says the Shrink) by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on Personal Growth

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3248: Dr. Kelly Flanagan shares a heartfelt story about his daughter's bravery during a flight and uses it to illustrate the importance of listening to inner wisdom rather than being driven by transient emotions. He emphasizes that true courage involves discerning the guidance of our deeper self amidst our feelings, leading to more meaningful and empowered choices. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/quit-listening-to-your-feelings-asap-says-the-shrink/ Quotes to ponder: "I'm not saying feelings are bad or that we shouldn’t pay attention to them. In fact, as a psychologist, I think we need to become aware of all of our feelings." "Courage is listening to your wisdom rather than your feelings." "You don’t have to feel confident to have inner wisdom; you just have to have faith in its presence." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 13
3247: Why the White Space in Our Life Matters by Brian Gardner of No Sidebar on Mindfulness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3247: Brian Gardner highlights the importance of creating "white space" in our lives to combat the constant distractions from digital devices. By intentionally eliminating noise and busyness, we can focus on personal growth, authenticity, and joy. Discover how simplifying your life can lead to a clearer path and a more fulfilling existence. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/white-space/ Quotes to ponder: "And then suddenly it hit me: I’m addicted to being busy." "The white space in our life is where the magic happens." "Eliminating the noise allows us to grow." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jul 12
3246: [Part 2] What is Stoicism and How Can it Turn your Life to Solid Gold? by Mr. Money Mustache

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3246: Stoic philosophy emphasizes the value of embracing voluntary discomfort to broaden your comfort zone and appreciate life's simpler pleasures. By focusing on reason and hard work, Stoics achieve lasting happiness and fulfillment without relying on fleeting pleasures. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/10/02/what-is-stoicism-and-how-can-it-turn-your-life-to-solid-gold/ Quotes to ponder: "By experimenting with voluntary discomfort, we learn to appreciate far more of our life, and can be content with a much simpler and more wholesome one." "Rewarding social interactions are a specialty of the Stoic. They believe that humans are social animals at the core, and thus we must exercise this part of our personality to maintain a balanced happiness." "Either the insult is true, in which case we should be grateful for the insulter for pointing out this area in which we could improve, or it is false, in which case we should pity the insulter for his lack of accurate perception." Episode references: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: https://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Marcus-Aurelius/dp/1503280462 Stoicism and the Art of Happiness: https://www.amazon.com/Stoicism-Art-Happiness-Teach-Yourself/dp/1444187104 A Guide to the Good Life: https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Good-Life-Ancient-Stoic/dp/0195374614 The Power of Now: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 11
3245: [Part 1] What is Stoicism and How Can it Turn your Life to Solid Gold? by Mr. Money Mustache

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3245: Mr. Money Mustache explores the profound philosophy of Stoicism, debunking common misconceptions and revealing how its principles can lead to a joyful and meaningful life. By practicing techniques like Negative Visualization and focusing only on what we can control, we can eliminate negative emotions and anxieties, cultivating a deep sense of appreciation for what we already have. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/10/02/what-is-stoicism-and-how-can-it-turn-your-life-to-solid-gold/ Quotes to ponder: "Stoicism, in short, is a series of mental techniques and ways of life that allow you to decrease, and then virtually eliminate, all negative emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, and dissatisfaction." "The solution, the Stoics realized, is to learn to want the things you already have, rather than wanting other things." "It turns out that if you practice negative visualization on a regular basis, you learn to both appreciate your current life much more, and to be mentally prepared in the event of any changes in your life as well." Episode references: A Guide to the Good Life: https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Good-Life-Ancient-Stoic/dp/0195374614 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 10
3244: Is Failure Good? by James Altucher on Self Improvement & Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3244: James Altucher challenges the glorification of failure, arguing that there's nothing inherently valuable in failing. Instead, he emphasizes learning from related concepts like curiosity, persistence, and forgiveness. Altucher encourages focusing on these aspects to overcome challenges and grow, rather than fixating on failure itself. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://jamesaltucher.com/blog/failure-good/ Quotes to ponder: "Failure is not a hard problem. It’s a label. Failure is in the past. Hard problems can be solved right now." "The best way to get better, to get more known, to learn the subtleties of your art or your field or your sport, is to simply do it again." "The thing you learn first is forgiveness. Then you move back to the present. Get healthy. Be around people you love. Start being creative again." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 09
3243: 3 Steps to Take When Decluttering Sentimental Items by Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3243: Rachel Jones of Nourishing Minimalism provides practical advice on handling sentimental items during decluttering. By focusing first on non-emotional items, acknowledging feelings, and keeping truly special items, she guides readers towards a simpler, more fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nourishingminimalism.com/decluttering-sentimental-items-2/ Quotes to ponder: "Feelings can be uncomfortable, because we often spend our lives avoiding them and avoiding causing other people to feel things." "When you let go of baby clothes, it is admitting that that season of life is past." "Permitting yourself to keep the special items before you begin will help curb the anxiety of decluttering these items." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12m
Jul 08
3242: 8 Places Happy People Find Peace by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel on Choosing Happiness

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3242: Marc Chernoff's insightful article on MarcAndAngel.com reveals eight key places where happy people find peace, from embracing acceptance and forgiveness to nurturing passionate endeavors and positive actions. Discover practical steps to cultivate inner peace and enhance your daily life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2013/02/22/8-places-happy-people-find-peace/ Quotes to ponder: "Acceptance is letting go and allowing things to be the way they truly are." "Do not waste all your happiness by overlooking everything you have for everything you wish you had." "Peace is beautiful; it is the manifestation of your love, and the best resolution for a brighter future." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 07
3241: My Philosophy on Money by Mr. 1500 of 1500 Days on Personal Growth & Self Improvement

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3241: Mr.1500 of 1500Days.com reflects on his philosophy regarding money, realizing that money is merely a facilitator for achieving life goals rather than the ultimate aim. He emphasizes the importance of time, health, relationships, and personal growth over financial accumulation, advocating for financial independence to maximize time spent on meaningful pursuits. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.1500days.com/my-philosophy-on-money/ Quotes to ponder: "Invert, always invert." "Money isn’t really the goal. Money is just a facilitator." "Time is the most valuable asset." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jul 07
3240: Why Chasing Happiness Is Futile by Stephen Guise of Mini Habits on Personal Development

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3240: Stephen Guise of MiniHabits.com explains why the pursuit of happiness is ultimately unfulfilling, using personal anecdotes and insights from celebrities to illustrate how fleeting happiness can be. Instead, he advocates for appreciating life's varied experiences, including its challenges, to achieve a more sustainable and profound sense of contentment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://minihabits.com/why-chasing-happiness-is-futile/ Quotes to ponder: "When How I Met Your Mother first went on the air, I ran into an actress that I knew and she said, ‘Are you just like so happy all the time?’ And I remember thinking, ‘Does she really think that when CBS picked up this show, it left me with an inability to feel anything other than unbridled joy?’" "Jim Carrey once said, 'I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.'" "The highest highs in life are actually the greatest danger to your long-term contentment." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

13m
Jul 06
3239: The Underappreciated Joy of Keeping Your Tastes Simple by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3239: Joshua Becker shares the value of simple tastes through reflections on his father's lunch habits and his own minimalist lifestyle. He outlines several benefits, such as finding joy easily, avoiding lifestyle inflation, and increasing gratitude, arguing that simplicity fosters freedom and deeper contentment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/simple-tastes/ Quotes to ponder: "There are many benefits that accompany having simple tastes." "When your tastes are simple, it is easy to find things you enjoy." "If you are not spending routinely on expensive things, there is more money available to spend when the splurge is truly desired." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12m
Jul 05
3238: Approach Technology Like the Amish by Cal Newport on Productivity & Intentional Living

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3238: Cal Newport delves into Kevin Kelly's insights on the Amish approach to technology, highlighting their thoughtful and intentional evaluation process. The Amish balance modern conveniences with community values, providing a model for digital minimalism that prioritizes meaningful use over impulsive adoption. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://calnewport.com/approach-technology-like-the-amish/ Quotes to ponder: "In any discussion about the merits of avoiding the addictive grasp of technology, the Amish stand out as offering an honorable alternative." "Amish lives are anything but anti-technological. I have found them to be ingenious hackers and tinkers, the ultimate makers and do-it-yourselvers." "The key is building a good life not fretting about missing out on some minor short-term pleasure or interesting diversion." Episode references: What Technology Wants: https://www.amazon.com/What-Technology-Wants-Kevin-Kelly/dp/0143120174 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jul 04
3237: 8 Ways to Let Go of Perfectionism by Rebecca Crespo of Minimalism Made Simple

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3237: Rebecca Crespo explains how to overcome perfectionism and embrace a more fulfilling life. By letting go of the need for approval, allowing mistakes, and setting realistic expectations, you can foster self-love and creativity. These steps will help you live more freely and joyfully. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.minimalismmadesimple.com/home/let-go-of-perfectionism/ Quotes to ponder: "You’re not in competition with anyone else but yourself. Letting go of perfectionism begins when you stop comparing your insides with others’ outsides." "Letting go of perfectionism means learning that it’s okay if some people disapprove." "Perfectionism can be a lonely way to live. Letting go means recognizing that you are worthy just as you are, including all your flaws and mistakes." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jul 03
3236: Numbing vs Relaxing: Are You Disconnecting from Life AND Sleep Your Way To Greater Connection by Kristine Klussman

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3236: Kristine Klussman explores how intentional use of technology can help decompress, while numbing behaviors, such as mindless screen time, inhibit emotional connection and fulfillment. Recognizing and addressing these behaviors can lead to a more connected and fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.kristineklussman.com/numbing-vs-relaxing/ & https://www.kristineklussman.com/sleep-your-way-to-greater-connection/ Quotes to ponder: "When we are engaged in numbing behaviors, we are disconnected from ourselves emotionally, unaware of and unable to feel our real feelings." "Next time you feel that compelling urge to escape or numb a feeling, take a deep breath instead and ask yourself: 'What am I trying to avoid right now?'" "Resisting the urge to numb will help you to build mental muscle, to realize what a powerful force the 'urge' to escape reality is, and to gain a more profound and fulfilling level of connection to life." Episode references: Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington: https://www.amazon.com/Sleep-Revolution-Transform-Your-Life/dp/1101904003 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jul 02
3235: Downsizing Early in Life - What You Need to Know by Jen Rao with The Simplicity Habit

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3235: Jen Rao shares insightful advice on the benefits of downsizing early in life, challenging the traditional notion of waiting until retirement. Through personal anecdotes and practical tips, she illustrates how minimizing living expenses and possessions can lead to a more fulfilling and adventurous lifestyle. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.thesimplicityhabit.com/downsizing-early-in-life/ Quotes to ponder: "Money is renewable, time is not. I believe a smaller home makes you rich in time." "My belongings were not adding value to my life. Instead, they were subtracting from it." "To me, life is an adventure." Episode references: Gone with the Wynns: https://www.youtube.com/user/gonewiththewynns Exploring Alternatives: https://www.youtube.com/c/ExploringAlternatives Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jul 01
3234: RAIN Method - A Perspective on Reducing Harm in the World by Kylee Lessard of A Blue Sky Mind

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3234: Kylee Lessard explores how the RAIN method, a mindfulness practice, can help individuals address personal fears and insecurities, fostering a better ability to support others and reduce harm in the world. By recognizing, allowing, investigating, and nurturing our emotions, we can create positive ripples that contribute to collective healing and growth. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.ablueskymind.com/blog/rain-method-a-perspective-on-reducing-harm-in-the-world Quotes to ponder: "When we can stay present with our own fear and insecurity, we are better able to be there for others. You can start to be part of the healing of our world by starting with yourself." "Experiment and see which intentional gesture of kindness most helps to comfort, soften or open your heart. It might be the mental whisper, I’m here with you. I’m sorry, and I love you. I love you, and I’m listening. It’s not your fault. Trust in your goodness." "Let’s work on ourselves with the goal of sending as many positive ripples into the world. Enough ripples will create a wave. And we need many waves right now." Episode references: The Power of Now: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Now-Guide-Spiritual-Enlightenment/dp/1577314808 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Jun 30
3233: How to Understand When You Love Someone with Recurrent Depression by Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Discover all of the podcasts in our network, search for specific episodes, get the Optimal Living Daily workbook, and learn more at: OLDPodcast.com. Episode 3233: Dr. Margaret Rutherford offers a heartfelt exploration of loving someone with recurrent depression, sharing Patricia's story to illustrate the complexities and challenges involved. By developing empathy and understanding, loved ones can better support and help manage this difficult condition. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drmargaretrutherford.com/how-to-understand-when-you-love-someone-with-recurrent-depression/ Quotes to ponder: "Every now and then, the powers that be dig a hole in the floor somewhere, a hole just big enough for you to fall through." "Patricia’s eyes filled with tears. Dan looked at her. 'I’m sorry. Now I get it. I’d be paralyzed.'" "You can help by not judging and by giving them the respectful message that you know they’re trying." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jun 30