Optimal Living Daily

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. 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.

Listen now, and become an OLD friend--your optimal life awaits...

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3091 episodes

3090: Outdated Limitations by Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle on Creativity, Innovation & Technological Constraints

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 Episode 3090: Colin Wright's exploration in "Outdated Limitations" challenges the conventional norms shaped by technological constraints, from the length of CDs to the size of books. By delving into the historical influences on creative mediums, Wright invites us to reconsider our adherence to these outdated standards and encourages embracing innovation to redefine the boundaries of our creative expressions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://exilelifestyle.com/outdated-limitations/ Quotes to ponder: "One takeaway from this is that there are limitations put on our work that exist only because of tradition, not because they’re practical anchors on our creativity." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9m
Feb 25
3089: Want to Live a Happier Financial Life by Erik Carter of Fianacial Finesse on Freedom, Happiness & Experiences

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 3089: Erik Carter of FinancialFinesse.com shares transformative advice in "Want to Live a Happier Financial Life?", emphasizing the importance of prioritizing happiness over wealth. By advocating for sensible spending on housing, investing in experiences, and valuing time over material possessions, Carter outlines practical steps towards achieving financial freedom and a more fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.financialfinesse.com/2015/02/19/want-to-live-a-happier-financial-life/ Quotes to ponder: "When it comes to finances, sometimes we get so caught up in the numbers that we forgot the whole point is about maximizing happiness not money." "Be humble by buying simple, low cost index funds and holding them for the long term. You’ll outperform the vast majority of people who think they can do better." "Spend less on housing and trying to beat the market and more on a shorter commute, experiences, and financial freedom." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9m
Feb 25
3088: How To Challenge Shame Using The Art of Mindfulness by Dr. Margaret Rutherford on Present Moment Awareness

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 3088: Dr. Margaret Rutherford's "How to Challenge Shame Using the Art of Mindfulness" enlightens readers on the transformative power of mindfulness in overcoming the paralyzing grip of shame. By sharing personal anecdotes and practical advice, Rutherford demystifies mindfulness, illustrating how it can disarm negative emotions and foster a more compassionate self-awareness. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drmargaretrutherford.com/catching-your-perfectionism-and-shame-the-art-of-mindfulness/ Quotes to ponder: "If you simply notice a painful emotion or a thought in the present, but you don’t fuel it in any way, that very acceptance can disempower it." Episode references: The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness: https://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Way-Through-Depression-Unhappiness/dp/1593851286 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 24
3087: 11 Better Places to Find Pride in Life by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist on Lifestyle, Simplicity & 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 3087: Joshua Becker of BecomingMinimalist.com shares transformative insights in "11 Better Places to Find Pride in Life," advocating for a minimalist lifestyle as a path to true satisfaction. Becker's personal journey from a life cluttered with possessions to one of meaningful simplicity reveals the profound impact minimalism can have on redefining success and finding pride in what truly matters - from living with less to contributing more to society. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/pride/ Quotes to ponder: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." "You can always make more money, but you can never make more time." "Leave every room nicer than you found it." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 23
3086: 4 Ways to LIVE Today, and Not Merely Exist by Angel Chernoff of Marc and Angel 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 3086: Angel Chernoff of MarcAndAngel.com offers transformative advice in "4 Ways to LIVE Today, and Not Merely Exist," urging readers to embrace the present, author their own journeys, practice their beliefs, and courageously venture into the unknown. This insightful piece encourages personal growth, action over contemplation, and the precious utilization of time to foster happiness and success. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2014/02/26/4-ways-to-live-today-and-not-merely-exist/ Quotes to ponder: "Your ability to grow to your highest potential is directly related to your willingness to act in the face of imperfection." Episode references: Books by Marc & Angel: https://www.marcandangel.com/book/ Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Money-Life-Transforming-Relationship/dp/0143115766 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 22
3085: Habit Change is Like Chess by Steve Pavlina on Self-Discipline, Preparation & Tactical Adjustments

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 3085: Steve Pavlina equates habit change to a strategic game of chess, emphasizing the importance of progressing through the early, middle, and endgame stages rather than attempting immediate transformation. Pavlina's insights reveal a methodical approach to altering habits, underscoring preparation, tactical adjustments, and the role of self-discipline in ensuring success. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://stevepavlina.com/blog/2008/07/habit-change-is-like-chess/ Quotes to ponder: "Changing a habit is like playing a game of chess. In chess there’s an early game, a middle game, and an endgame. The same is true for habit change." "The early game of habit change is education and setup. In the middle game, you execute some changes to support your habit change. Only in the endgame do you go directly for the kill." Episode references: "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" by Bobby Fischer, Stuart Margulies, and Don Mosenfelder: https://www.amazon.com/Bobby-Fischer-Teaches-Chess/dp/0553263153 "How to Reassess Your Chess" by Jeremy Silman: https://www.amazon.com/How-Reassess-Your-Chess-Imbalances/dp/1890085138 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12m
Feb 21
3084: An Excerpt from the book Supercommunicators by Charles Duhigg on How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection

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 3084: Charles Duhigg's "Supercommunicators" explores the art of mastering meaningful conversations by unveiling the three types of discussions we engage in: practical, emotional, and social. Duhigg identifies four crucial rules for meaningful communication, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the type of conversation occurring, sharing and inquiring about goals and feelings, and understanding the role of personal identities. This insightful excerpt offers practical strategies for enhancing our ability to connect, listen, and express ourselves effectively, promising improved relationships and deeper connections. Get the book : https://charlesduhigg.com/books/supercommunicators/ Quotes to ponder: "When we have a discussion, we often think we’re having one kind of conversation. But what research over the last decade has shown is that, when we open our mouths, we’re often engaging in three different kinds of conversations, sometimes with all three showing up during just one discussion." Episode references: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12m
Feb 20
3083: Digital Minimalism - 3 Questions for Long Term Success and Happiness by Emma McLaren of Get Myrth

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 3083: Emma McLaren's article on GetMyrth.com delves into the concept of digital minimalism, emphasizing the importance of a technology diet for long-term success and happiness. Inspired by Cal Newport's insights, McLaren outlines a practical approach for reassessing our digital habits through a 30-day digital declutter. This method not only aims to eliminate digital clutter but also encourages mindful engagement with technology, ensuring it serves our goals without overwhelming our lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.getmyrth.com/myrthblog/digital-minimalism-3-questions-for-long-term-success-and-happiness Quotes to ponder: "Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life's excess in favor of focusing on what's important - so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom." Episode references: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport: https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Minimalism-Choosing-Focused-Noisy/dp/0525536515 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 19
3082: Remember to Slam the Door Behind You by Isaac Morehouse on Happiness, Life Choices & Decision Making

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 3082: Isaac Morehouse urges a bold approach to personal development in "Remember to Slam the Door Behind You," emphasizing the power of decisively closing doors on options that lead to unhappiness. Morehouse's argument revolves around the liberating act of eliminating paths that drain joy and energy, advocating for a process of elimination in finding one's true passion and purpose. By encouraging listeners to embrace the courage to say no to what makes them "dead inside," Morehouse offers a compelling strategy for navigating towards a fulfilling life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://isaacmorehouse.com/2016/02/25/remember-to-slam-the-door-behind-you/ Quotes to ponder: "Stop leaving doors open. Start burning bridges." "If you know a door leads you to a life that would make you unhappy, shut it." Episode references: Praxis website: https://discoverpraxis.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

8m
Feb 18
3081: How Humans Experience the World by Alexis Chapman of Smart Tribes Institute on Neuroscience & Behavior Modification

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 3081: Alexis Chapman from Smart Tribes Institute delves into the fascinating world of how we, as humans, interpret and react to our surroundings, shaping our behavior and identity. Through a blend of neuroscience and practical insights, Chapman offers valuable strategies for altering our behavior patterns to foster growth, productivity, and personal fulfillment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://smarttribesinstitute.com/how-humans-experience-the-world/ Quotes to ponder: "We see the world around us as we experience it and then we internally store these pictures, or images, to craft our experience." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 18
3080: How to Get Back on Track with Motivation & Habits by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits on Resilience & Overcoming Setbacks

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 3080: Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net shares a straightforward method to overcome the inevitable derailments in motivation and habits. He emphasizes that mood plays a crucial role in getting back on track and offers a simple, actionable strategy focused on small victories and incremental progress. This approach aims to rebuild our motivation and habits, making us more resilient to future setbacks. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://zenhabits.net/back/ Quotes to ponder: "All it takes is a small admission of struggle, a willingness to ask whether you want to get back on track, and a focus on small steps and victories." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 17
3079: [Part 2] 4 Fascinating Psychological Theories That Explain Your Whole Life by Mark Manson

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 3079: In the continuation of Mark Manson's exploration of psychological theories, Life History Theory and Attachment Theory are presented as frameworks to understand human behaviors and relationships. Life History Theory explains how humans allocate resources for reproductive success, influencing behaviors and traits, while Attachment Theory delves into the crucial role of early emotional bonds in shaping relationship dynamics throughout life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markmanson.net/4-psychological-theories Quotes to ponder: "Attachment theory is all about one of the most fundamental human experiences out there: our need for emotional connection." "Adults who have a secure attachment style are comfortable with intimacy and are able to form strong emotional bonds with others." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 16
3078: [Part 1] 4 Fascinating Psychological Theories That Explain Your Whole Life by Mark Manson

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 3078: Mark Manson introduces us to the intriguing world of psychological theories that provide insights into human behavior, with a focus on Terror Management Theory and Post-Traumatic Growth Theory. These concepts explore how our awareness of mortality influences our actions and how traumatic experiences can lead to unexpected personal growth, offering a deeper understanding of our motivations and resilience. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://markmanson.net/4-psychological-theories Quotes to ponder: "Terror Management Theory, in a nutshell, is a psychological theory stating that awareness of our own mortality is one of the fundamental drivers of human behavior." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Feb 15
3077: Cutting to Your Own Core by Greg Audino on Self-Understanding & 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 3077: Greg Audino delves into the importance of understanding the motives behind our actions, especially those that seem to sabotage our happiness or well-being. By examining the reasons behind habits such as self-judgment or nail-biting, Audino illustrates how recognizing our underlying motivations can be a powerful step towards self-improvement and finding healthier ways to achieve our desires. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://medium.com/invisible-illness/cutting-to-your-own-core-720151bfd927 Quotes to ponder: "Never forget that everything we do is being done in search of a positive effect. Everything we do is our best guess at how to attain happiness." "In order to cut to your core and gain a better understanding of yourself, simply ask what the motivation is, because you’re not going to act on anything without some sort of incentive." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9m
Feb 14
3076: Micro-Bursts of Self-Care by Julie Morgenstern on Well-Being & Emotional 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 3076: Julie Morgenstern's enlightening article on JulieMorgenstern.com introduces the concept of "Micro-Bursts of Self-Care," offering a practical solution to incorporating self-care into our busy lives. By drawing parallels between nurturing children and self-care, Morgenstern suggests that short, consistent bursts of attention to our own needs can be as beneficial as longer, less frequent sessions. This approach not only makes self-care more attainable but also significantly impacts our well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.juliemorgenstern.com/tips-tools-blog/2020/1/21/micro-bursts-of-self-care Quotes to ponder: "Just as we can nurture children in short bursts of undivided attention, so too can we nurture ourselves in these short, micro-bursts of attention to ourselves and our own needs." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 13
3075: 7 Ways To Slow Down In a Fast Paced World by Emma Scheib of Simple Slow Lovely on Stepping Back & 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 3075: Emma Scheib at SimpleSlowLovely.com shares transformative strategies for embracing a slower lifestyle in our fast-paced world. Through seven actionable tips, she guides readers on how to reclaim their time, reduce stress, and find fulfillment by making intentional choices that align with a more mindful and simplified life. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://simpleslowlovely.com/7-ways-to-slow-down-in-a-fast-paced-world/ Quotes to ponder: "Creating anything can be an amazing mindfulness technique that can slow your heart rate and decrease stress and anxiety." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

7m
Feb 12
3074: Why It’s So Hard To Settle Debts Of Gratitude by Helene Massicotte of Free to Pursue

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 3074: Helene Massicotte's touching article on Free to Pursue.com delves into the profound challenge and emotional weight of expressing gratitude to those who've had a significant impact on our lives. Massicotte shares her personal journey of thanking two influential individuals, highlighting the deep emotional responses such an act can evoke and the importance of overcoming our vulnerabilities to acknowledge the positive changes others have brought into our lives. Read along with the original article(s) here: http://www.freetopursue.com/blog/2016/2/22/why-its-so-hard-to-settle-debts-of-gratitude Quotes to ponder: "Gratitude is more powerful than we allow ourselves to believe. Hearing how we impact the lives of others fuels us to do more of the good we do." Episode references: CANADALAND podcast and news site: https://www.canadaland.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

8m
Feb 11
3073: Regenerative Healthcare: Could This Simple Concept Heal The World by Emma Hogan with Les Mills

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 3073: Emma Hogan's insightful piece, in collaboration with LesMills.com, explores the transformative potential of Regenerative Healthcare, a revolutionary concept merging farming and healthcare to combat lifestyle-related diseases. By advocating for a shift towards regenerative organic farming and integrative medical systems, Hogan illuminates a path towards a healthier future through prevention-based approaches to human and environmental well-being. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.lesmills.com/fit-planet/health/regenerative-health/ Quotes to ponder: "Regenerative Healthcare involves increasing the availability of nutrient-dense foods by shifting to a regenerative organic farming system that eliminates toxic inputs and focuses on foods optimal for our health." Episode references: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan: https://michaelpollan.com/books/the-omnivores-dilemma/ Food, Inc. (film): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 11
3072: The 3 Reasons We Bury Our Dreams by Dr. Kelly Flanagan on Overcoming Rear, Resistance & Passion

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 3072: Dr. Kelly Flanagan of DrKellyFlanagan.com shares his personal journey of rediscovering and pursuing his long-buried dream of writing a novel. He explores the reasons why we often bury our dreams, such as practicality, fear of failure, and resistance, and emphasizes the transformative power of embracing and actualizing our passions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://drkellyflanagan.com/the-3-reasons-we-bury-our-dreams/ Quotes to ponder: "Our dreams are relatively safe experiments in being human, until we drag them out into the light for everybody to see. Then, they have to dance with our fears." "The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight. At this point, Resistance knows we’re about to beat it. It hits the panic button. It marshals one last assault and slams us with everything it’s got." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 10
3071: What a Life Lived Has Taught Me About the Life I’m Living by Gregory Engel with No Sidebar

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 3071: Gregory Engel of NoSidebar.com reflects on the lessons learned from a neighbor's passing, particularly regarding the transient nature of material possessions. He distinguishes between items that hold personal value and those that possess enduring value to others, advocating for mindful acquisition and stewardship of possessions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://nosidebar.com/a-life-lived/ Quotes to ponder: "Will this end up being tossed into a dumpster after I have passed?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 09
3070: 4 Ways to Beat Stress For a More Fulfilled Year by Carl Pullein on Planning Ahead

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 3070: Carl Pullein of CarlPullein.com shares four strategies for reducing stress and enhancing life fulfillment: planning ahead, ensuring adequate sleep, setting clear yearly goals, and maintaining good health. He emphasizes the importance of organization, rest, focused ambition, and physical well-being in creating a stress-free and productive life. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.carlpullein.com/blog/v4c7r3w9vhgoah0yc2jg29vtu9c4y5/5/7/2016 Quotes to ponder: "Planning ahead, it probably the most powerful weapon you have against stress." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Feb 08
3069: 11 Habits That Will Give You A Complete and Successful Life by Pete Zafra with 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 3069: Pete Zafra of MoneyMiniBlog.com shares 11 habits for a complete and successful life, emphasizing the importance of mindset, gratitude, physical health, respect, avoiding gossip, goal setting, continuous learning, humility, generosity, handling rejection, and learning from those who are successful. These habits, drawn from observing people who excel in both their internal and external worlds, are designed to foster inner peace, joy, and fulfillment. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://moneyminiblog.com/creating-habits/habits-complete-successful-life/ Quotes to ponder: "Thoughts become things. The quality of our life is determined by the quality of our thoughts." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14m
Feb 07
3068: The Unsexy Way to Make Massive Progress Toward Your Goals by Michael Mehlberg on Incremental Achievement

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 3068: Michael Mehlberg of MichaelMehlberg.com draws parallels between a kids' baseball game and achieving life goals, emphasizing the power of small, incremental achievements. He advocates focusing on small, consistent steps, explaining that while they may not be glamorous, they are essential for making significant progress towards larger ambitions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://michaelmehlberg.com/blog/2019/9/23/the-unsexy-way-to-make-massive-progress-toward-your-goals Quotes to ponder: Michael Mehlberg of MichaelMehlberg.com draws parallels between a kids' baseball game and achieving life goals, emphasizing the power of small, incremental achievements. He advocates focusing on small, consistent steps, explaining that while they may not be glamorous, they are essential for making significant progress towards larger ambitions. Episode references: Michael Mehlberg book: https://michaelmehlberg.com/homeearly Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

13m
Feb 06
3067: Why You Should Give Away 50% of Your Stuff by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Decluttering

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 3067: Courtney Carver of Be More With Less.com shares her transformative journey of decluttering, advocating for giving away 50% of one's possessions. She addresses common fears associated with decluttering and highlights the mental clarity, space optimization, and emotional freedom gained from living with less. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://bemorewithless.com/50/ Quotes to ponder: "Give away 50% of your stuff because it will never love you back." "I’ve learned that living with less is a blessing and not a sacrifice." Episode references: Courtney Carver books: https://bemorewithless.com/books/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

9m
Feb 05
3066: The Healing Power of Loving Kindness by Melani Schweder of A Brighter Wild on Metta & Emotional Healing

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 3066: Melani Schweder of ABrighterWild.com explores the profound effects of loving-kindness meditation, offering a practical guide to integrating this powerful practice into daily life. She highlights its transformative impact on personal wellbeing, social interactions, and even brain structure, inviting readers to experience the enriching benefits of this mindfulness technique. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.abrighterwild.com/blog/the-healing-power-of-loving-kindness Quotes to ponder: "The lifeblood of this practice is the glorious, tender, non-judging, interconnected equanimity that comes from an open heart." "Metta is structured around four wishes: to be happy, to be well, to be safe and protected, and to be free from suffering." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Feb 04
3065: 10 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster by Alexa Mason with The College Investor

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 3065: Alexa Mason from TheCollegeInvestor.com delves into the nuanced debate of paying off your mortgage early versus investing your funds. With insightful strategies and personal anecdotes, she provides a comprehensive guide for both prospective homeowners and current mortgage holders, offering tailored advice to optimize their financial decisions. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/17068/10-ways-to-pay-off-your-mortgage-faster/ Quotes to ponder: "Before you buy a home, work on your credit score, have at least a 20% down payment, shop around, and have an emergency fund." Episode references: Risk Parity Radio: https://www.riskparityradio.com Mortgage Pay Off Calculator: https://www.bankrate.com/calculators/mortgages/mortgage-calculator.aspx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Feb 04
3064: If You’ve Got a Cherished Dream Shoved in a Drawer, Please Give it Fresh Air by Rachel Macy Stafford of Hands Free Mama

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 3064: Rachel Macy Stafford, writing for HandsFreeMama.com, shares an inspiring message about the power of revisiting and nurturing long-forgotten dreams. At her Soul Shift retreat, a simple yet profound question about life without financial constraints sparked attendees to share their deeply held dreams. This led to an epiphany for Rachel about her own aspirations, particularly around hosting retreats in beautiful locations. Drawing on the insights from her book "Live Love Now," she underscores the transformative power of experiences that push us beyond our comfort zones. Rachel's story is a testament to the idea that it's never too late to pursue our dreams, and that sometimes, all it takes is a little fresh air to revive them. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.handsfreemama.com/2023/11/16/if-youve-got-a-cherished-dream-shoved-in-a-drawer-please-give-it-fresh-air/ Quotes to ponder: "Dreams don't have timelines, deadlines, and aren't always in straight lines." "Young people don't usually develop a specific purpose and then go become an expert in that thing. Rather, they are exposed to something new that helps them develop their own sense of purpose." Episode references: "Live Love Now: Relieve the Pressure and Find Real Connection with Our Kids" by Rachel Macy Stafford: https://www.amazon.com/Live-Love-Now-Pressure-Connection/dp/0310358647 Patrick Cook-Deegan is indeed the founder of Project Wayfinder: https://www.withwayfinder.com/team/patrick-cook-deegan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

12m
Feb 03
3063: Five Better Ways to Measure Your Life by Lisa Avellan with Becoming Minimalist on Minimalism & Gratitude

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 3063: Lisa Avellan, contributing to BecomingMinimalist.com, challenges the conventional ways of measuring life's success, often influenced by relentless advertising. She suggests five alternative metrics: gratitude, generosity, contentment, availability, and purpose. These measures encourage a simpler, more intentional life, free from the influence of consumer culture. Embracing these values leads to a life defined by personal satisfaction and meaningful contributions, rather than material possessions and societal expectations. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/better-ways-to-measure-your-life/ Quotes to ponder: "Contentment is not the satisfaction of want; it’s the pursuit of having enough." "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Feb 02
3062: 9 Mindful Reminders that Will Put Your Soul at Ease by Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel

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 3062: Marc Chernoff offers nine powerful reminders to foster mindfulness and inner peace in his post on MarcAndAngel.com. He begins with a quote from Eckhart Tolle, emphasizing that our thoughts, not situations, are the primary cause of unhappiness. Chernoff advocates for witnessing our thoughts without judgment, creating a mental gap that allows us to rise above chaos. The nine reminders range from accepting ourselves as works in progress to the importance of forgiveness and the value of relationships. Each point encourages embracing the present, letting go, and finding peace within, even amidst external turmoil. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://www.marcandangel.com/2015/07/16/9-mindful-reminders-that-will-put-your-soul-at-ease/ Quotes to ponder: "It’s about sitting silently, and witnessing the thoughts passing through you. Just witnessing at first, not interfering and not even judging." "Forgiveness isn’t holding on to someone who hurt you; it’s coming to peace with what happened and moving forward with your life." Episode references: "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose" by Eckhart Tolle: https://www.amazon.com/New-Earth-Awakening-Purpose-Selection/dp/0452289963 "Daring Greatly" by Brené Brown: https://www.amazon.com/Daring-Greatly-Courage-Vulnerable-Transforms/dp/1592408419 Books by Marc & Angel: https://www.marcandangel.com/book/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

11m
Feb 01
3061: What If We Only Bought the Stuff We Loved from Budgets Are Sexy on Intentional Purchasing & Financial 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 3061: J Money of BudgetsAreSexy.com explores the transformative idea of only purchasing items we truly love. Inspired by Kathleen from Frugal Portland, he discusses the impact of this mindset on reducing clutter and enhancing life satisfaction. J Money shares his personal experiences with minimalism, such as donating clothes he doesn't use, investing in companies he believes in, focusing on passion projects, and adopting a discerning approach to thrift shopping. He highlights the benefits of this philosophy in fostering a simpler, more intentional lifestyle. Read along with the original article(s) here: https://budgetsaresexy.com/stuff-you-love-mentality/ Quotes to ponder: "What if, instead, we only bought things that we loved? What if when we looked through our homes and saw only the things we absolutely adored on the wall/bookshelf/cabinets/closets?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

10m
Jan 31