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Dec 31, 2016

Marc and Angel Chernoff are professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, book, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace.
The site has attracted over 100 million page views and 100 thousand subscribers since its inception in 2006.
Their first book, “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently“ is a focused collection of short, concise tips and reflections on the little things that make a huge difference in our daily lives. It’s available online at: marcandangel.com/book and on Amazon.

Episode 386: 30 Things to Let Go of Before the New Year - Part 1 by Marc Chernoff of Marc & Angel (Stuff You Should Know - New Years).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/11/30/30-things-to-let-go-of-before-the-new-year

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Dec 30, 2016

Mark Manson was a full-time professional dating coach for men from 2008 until 2011. In 2011, sick of the industry, he wrote his first book, Models: Attract Women Through Honesty, and changed the name and focus of his business to address broader self-development topics for men. The book took off, selling tens of thousands of copies. As he branched out into deeper issues of masculinity, self-worth, and the changing cultural landscape, the site grew.
By 2013, he had begun writing about larger cultural issues — gender relations, happiness, ambition, life purpose, and cultural perspectives he had gathered while living in various countries around the world. Despite the fact that the business was still directed at men, thousands of women began reading and asking for advice as well.
That same year, he made the leap to his own site and domain, broadening the demographics of his audience. The site exploded, garnering millions of views each month.

Episode 385: How Your Insecurity is Bought and Sold - Part 2 by Mark Manson (Stuff You Should Know on Marketing in This American Life).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/insecurity

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Dec 29, 2016

Mark Manson was a full-time professional dating coach for men from 2008 until 2011. In 2011, sick of the industry, he wrote his first book, Models: Attract Women Through Honesty, and changed the name and focus of his business to address broader self-development topics for men. The book took off, selling tens of thousands of copies. As he branched out into deeper issues of masculinity, self-worth, and the changing cultural landscape, the site grew.
By 2013, he had begun writing about larger cultural issues — gender relations, happiness, ambition, life purpose, and cultural perspectives he had gathered while living in various countries around the world. Despite the fact that the business was still directed at men, thousands of women began reading and asking for advice as well.
That same year, he made the leap to his own site and domain, broadening the demographics of his audience. The site exploded, garnering millions of views each month.

Episode 384: How Your Insecurity is Bought and Sold - Part 1 by Mark Manson (Some Hardcore Marketing History from Edward Bernays).

The original post is located here: https://markmanson.net/insecurity

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Dec 28, 2016

Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com was laid off in 2013. She took on some freelancing gigs to earn extra cash while she searched for a new, full-time job and over time, her freelancing gigs increased. She started writing for sites that she loved reading and produced videos for new clients. Her side gigs began to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. She launched a blog all about frugal living and created The Wild Wong to share more about her career, her finances, and all the adventures in between.

Episode 383: How Cognitive Closure Affects Decision Making by Kristin Wong of The Wild Wong (Charles Duhigg, B.J. Fogg & Tim Ferriss).

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/how-cognitive-closure-affects-decision-making

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Dec 27, 2016

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Episode 382: Five Steps Toward a More Meaningful Holiday Season by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (Audiobook Excerpt).

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

The original post is located here: http://www.theminimalists.com/season

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Dec 26, 2016

Sarah Vermont is the founder of Careergasm and author of Careergasm: Find Your Way to Feel Good Work. She created Careergasm to help people pursue work that thrills and delights. She writes at Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, Fortune, and more. She helps people figure out what they want so they can quit jobs they hate and do work they love.

Episode 381: Careergasm - Find Your Way to Feel-Good Work by Sarah Vermunt (A Book Excerpt: I Don't Know What I Want & the Answer).

You can find her book and learn more about her here: http://careergasm.com

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Dec 25, 2016

Marc and Angel Chernoff are professional coaches, full-time students of life, admirers of the human spirit, and have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, book, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace.
The site has attracted over 100 million page views and 100 thousand subscribers since its inception in 2006.
Their first book, “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently“ is a focused collection of short, concise tips and reflections on the little things that make a huge difference in our daily lives. It’s available online at: marcandangel.com/book and on Amazon.

Episode 380: One Question You Should Ask Everyone You Meet by Bernadette Logue with Marc & Angel Hack Life (Share Your Story).

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/08/13/one-question-you-should-ask-everyone-you-meet

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Dec 24, 2016

David Cain is a writer and entrepreneur living in Winnipeg, Canada. On a particular boring day at his office job in 2009, he started Raptitude. His interest has always been human society and the internal human experience, and Raptitude became his megaphone for his thoughts about those things. It found an audience rather quickly and it’s been central to his life ever since. In 2013, he left his day job to write full time.

Episode 379: So This is Christmas. And How Are You by David Cain of Raptitude (It's the Self Check In Season - Help Yourself this Holiday).

The original post is located here: http://www.raptitude.com/2010/12/so-this-is-christmas-and-how-are-you

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Dec 23, 2016

Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits.
Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands.
BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it.

Episode 378: 12 Steps to Avoid Disappointment this Holiday Season by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (The Brain Warrior's Way).

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/avoid-christmas-disappointment

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Dec 22, 2016

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

Episode 377: The Clutter-Free Holiday Guide by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Inspire Nation - Motivation & Daily Inspiration for Minimizing).

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/clutterfree-holiday

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Dec 21, 2016

J. Money is a 6’1, hyperactive, rock a ‘hawk who loves drinking beer, blaring hip-hop, talking about money, and now playing with his two adorable baby boys. He also has a podcast: M.O.N.E.Y.
He tracked his expenses for 3 months, made a budget, read some books, and stumbled into personal finance blogging and idea sharing, randomly turning BudgetsAreSexy.com into his full time “real job” a few short years later--14 million views later!

Episode 376: A New Christmas Gift Rule in Our Household by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Stuff You Should Know About Holiday Gifts).

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2015/12/new-christmas-gift-rule

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Dec 20, 2016

Cait Flanders started Blonde on a Budget to document her debt repayment journey. After paying it off, she adopted a minimalist lifestyle, tossed 75% of her stuff, and is currently doing a two-year shopping ban. She shares stories and lessons learned every week.

Episode 375: Simple Reminders for the Holiday Season by Cait Flanders (The Way I Heard It Should Be - A More Perfect Xmas Holiday).

The original post is located here: http://caitflanders.com/2016/11/28/simple-holidays

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Dec 19, 2016

Courtney Carver was stopped in her tracks with a scary MS diagnosis after decades of debt, discontent, and trying to do it all. She had to slow down, prioritize her health, and figure out what was really important in her life. She discovered what mattered most by getting rid of everything that didn’t matter at all. In the end it all came down to love and health.
She went from a busy, overwhelmed advertising director to spending 2-3 hours every morning taking care of herself, loving her work, and being present and engaged with the people she loves. Her family changed, too. They moved from wanting bigger closets, nicer furniture, and more stuff to downsizing into a 750 sq. ft apartment with no storage.
Courtney has written books, courses, and hundreds of articles to help you simplify your life and work so you can focus on what really matters.

Episode 374: A Guide to Simple Holidays by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less (Be 10% Happier For Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa).

The original post is located here: http://bemorewithless.com/a-guide-to-simple-holidays

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Dec 18, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists and write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Episode 373: Real Priorities, Killing Time, & Advice from The Minimalists (Productivity & Leading a Charged Life for Finding Mastery).

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Dec 17, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists and write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Episode 372: More Essays on Gifting & Contribution from Essential: Essays by The Minimalists (Surviving the Christmas Shopping Season).

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Dec 16, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists and write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Episode 371: 3 Essays About Gifts from the Gift-Giving Chapter of the Book Essential by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus (Xmas).

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Dec 15, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists and write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Episode 370: The Costs and Benefits of Awareness & 3 More Articles from the Audiobook Essential: Essays by The Minimalists (Mindful).

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Dec 14, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists and write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Episode 369: How to Start Meditating & 3 More Essays from the Mindfulness Chapter of the Audio Book Essential Essays - The Minimalists.

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Dec 13, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus (The Minimalists) write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Episode 368: Deleting Music You No Longer Listen To and Online Congruency by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (A Happy Life).

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Dec 12, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists and write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Episode 367: Can I Get Him to Stop Watching TV & Check Email Like a Minimalist from the Audiobook: Essential Essays by The Minimalists.

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Dec 11, 2016

Derek Sivers, originally a professional musician and circus clown, created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.
He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.
Since 2011 he has published 34 books, including “Anything You Want” which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

Episode 366: Tilting My Mirror (Motivation is Delicate) And Kurt Vonnegut Explains Drama by Derek Sivers (Happier - A Good Life Project).

The original posts can be found here:

https://sivers.org/tilt

https://sivers.org/drama

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Dec 10, 2016

A special episode for the 1 year anniversary of Optimal Living Daily.

Episode 365: Love Needs No Words by Summer Fischer at Appalachian State University (A Communication Class College Assignment).

The original post is located here: http://OLDPodcast.com/love

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Dec 9, 2016

Mary Jaksch is an authorized Zen master (Diamond Sangha lineage), psychotherapist, and author. She has two nationalities,--English and German--and lives in New Zealand. She's the mother of a grown-up son and lives happily ever after with her partner David. She's been awarded an MA in Religious Studies, holds a 4th Dan Blackbelt in karate, started professional life as a flautist and loves dancing Argentine tango in skimpy dresses.

Episode 364: The Minimalist's Guide to Career Happiness by Michelle Agner with Good Life Zen (Be 10% Happier with a Job You Love).

The original post is located here: http://goodlifezen.com/career-happiness

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Dec 8, 2016

Ramit Sethi wants to use money to say YES. He knew there was a better way to live a rich life—if we could use psychology to focus on what actually works. Not just for personal finance, but all aspects of life: money, careers, relationships, business, fitness and more.
Since then, he's been testing and sharing his findings with the world via I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
He's also written a New York Times bestselling book, been profiled in a 6-page Fortune article and pictured next to Warren Buffett Forbes Magazine, and have been featured by a long list of media, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, Fox Business, PBS, CNBC and more. He also has tons of documented success stories—more than 20,000.

Episode 363: How to Deal with Stress by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Life Tools for Titans like Tim Ferriss & Tony Robbins).

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-to-deal-with-stress

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Dec 7, 2016

Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits.
Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands.
BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it.

Episode 362: A Helpful Guide to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Guide to Being Happier).

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/compare-less

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