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Apr 18, 2019

Mark Manson asks if you need therapy.

Episode 1224: Do You Need Therapy? by Mark Manson on Emotional Wellness & Mental Freedom

Mark Manson was a full-time professional dating coach for men from 2008 until 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.
Check out his book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F--- on his site or Amazon.

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

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Apr 17, 2019

Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares her thoughts on the inspiration gap and how we all fall in and how to get out.

Episode 1223: The Inspiration Gap: Why We All Fall In And How To Get Out by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less on Motivation

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.

The original post is located here: https://bemorewithless.com/inspiration-gap/

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Apr 16, 2019

Marc Chernoff of Marc and Angel Hack Life shares 7 positive things you should say today.

Episode 1222: 7 Positive Things You Should Say Today by Marc Chernoff of Marc And Angel on Positivity & Happiness

Marc and Angel Chernoff are New York Times bestselling authors, 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.
Marc and Angel's New York Times bestselling book, Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs, is a guide to spark sustainable action - and to return to whenever needed. It's available online at http://www.marcandangel.com/book/ and on Amazon.

The original post is located here: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/04/25/7-positive-things-you-should-say-today/

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Apr 15, 2019

James Altucher shares the one habit that keeps 99% of people from getting rich.

Episode 1221: The One Habit That Keeps 99% Of People From Getting Rich by James Altucher on The Power of Saying No

James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies and says he failed at 17 of them. He has published 11 books, and is a regular contributor to The Financial Times, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. USA Today named his book Choose Yourself one of the 12 Best Business Books of All Time.

The original post is located here: https://jamesaltucher.com/blog/one-habit-keeps-99-percent-from-getting-rich/

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Apr 14, 2019

Cara Harvey of A Purpose Driven Mom shares how to declutter your mind and decrease stress in 3 easy steps.

Episode 1220: Declutter Your Mind + Decrease Stress in 3 Easy Steps by Cara Harvey of A Purpose Driven Mom on Simplifying Life

Cara Harvey is a wife, mom, online mentor and woman of God. She has been married to her husband, Ron, for 3 years and they live with their 11 year-old stepson, 2-year old daughter and 2-month old son. She currently works as a virtual lifestyle, mindset, and success coach and her mission is to provide women with the tools, resources and community to reach their goals, empower themselves, find their happiness and live a life by design.

The original post is located here: https://apurposedrivenmom.com/declutter-your-mind-decrease-stress-in-3-easy-steps/

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Apr 13, 2019

Allison Carmen shares her thoughts on letting go of the thoughts that make us worry.

Episode 1219: Letting Go Of The Thoughts That Make Us Worry by Allison Carmen of The Gift of Maybe on Mindfulness

Allison Carmen holds a B.A. in accounting, a J.D. of Law, and a Master’s of Law in taxation. After working for a large law firm in Manhattan, Allison founded her own law firm and built a successful practice focusing on real estate, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and taxation. After 15 years of practicing law, Allison transitioned her practice into business consulting, business coaching and life coaching. Today, Allison’s clients range from owners of multi-million dollar companies to artists, actors, writers, and parents. She's also the host of the podcast: 10 Minutes to Less Suffering.

The original post is located here: http://www.allisoncarmen.com/letting-go-of-the-thoughts-that-make-us-worry/

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Apr 12, 2019

Chris Guillebeau shares his thoughts on qualifications.

Episode 1218: Qualifications by Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non Conformity

Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times bestselling author and modern-day explorer. He is the author of 5 books and his daily podcast, Side Hustle School, is downloaded more than 2 million times a month. Every summer in Portland, Oregon, Chris hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people with thousands in attendance. Chris is also the founder of Pioneer Nation, Unconventional Guides, the Travel Hacking Cartel, and numerous other projects. During a lifetime of self-employment that included a four-year commitment as a volunteer executive in West Africa, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday.

The original post is located here: https://chrisguillebeau.com/qualifications/

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Apr 11, 2019

Jay and Heather Harrington share their thoughts on how to experience the longest summer of your life.

Episode 1217: Experience the Longest Summer of Your Life by Jay & Heather Harrington of Life And Whim on Mindfulness

Jay and Heather Harrington are the husband and wife team behind Life and Whim. They started Life and Whim after moving their family to Traverse City, a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, to break the script of their life and reimagine what's possible. They live in pursuit of a purposeful, meaningful, active, and simple life.

The original post is located here: https://www.lifeandwhim.com/first-moments-blog/summer-slow-down

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Apr 10, 2019

Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch shares 9 steps to help visualize your ideal day.

Episode 1216: 9 Steps To Help Visualize Your Ideal Day by Anthony Ongaro of Break The Twitch on Visualization Techniques

After years of impulse spending on Amazon and elsewhere, Anthony Ongaro realized that his one-click purchase habits were more of a physical Twitch than an intentional action. It turned out, this Twitch wasn’t just limited to online spending. It applied to social media, impulsive smartphone usage, and more.
Break the Twitch is all about minimizing distractions and doing more of what matters.
Check out Anthony's new book, Break the Twitch: http://breakthetwitch.com/book

The original post is located here: https://www.breakthetwitch.com/visualize-your-ideal-day/

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Apr 9, 2019

An excerpt from the book The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked by Judson Brewer

Episode 1215: An Excerpt from The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love - Why We Get Hooked by Judson Brewer

This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important questions about addiction. Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years, reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them. He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, then explains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits. Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness practice, and current scientific findings from his own lab and others, Dr. Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress, and ultimately living a fuller life.

Visit him online at: DrJud.com

And check out his book here: https://amzn.to/2WSrqtA

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Apr 8, 2019

Maneesh Sethi with The Minimalists shares his thoughts on living in caves and fighting distractions.

Episode 1214: On Living in Caves and Fighting Distractions by Maneesh Sethi with The Minimalists on Minimalism & Essentialism

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/maneesh/

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Apr 7, 2019

Brianna Harry of YeMash shares her thoughts on darkness.

Episode 1213: Darkness by Briana Harry of YeMash on Positivity & Working Through Adversity

YeMash is a private publishing group; currently in its early stages. At the core of all content published, shared, and promoted by YeMash are the principles of expressing truth, exuding positive energy, and living as your honest self.

The original post is located here: http://www.yemash.com/blog/darkness

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Apr 6, 2019

Heather Myklegard with No Sidebar shares what she learned about the desire for more.

Episode 1212: The Desire for More: What I Learned by Heather Myklegard with No Sidebar on Intentional Living

No Sidebar was created by Brian Gardner and is all about designing a simpler life. He and the contributing authors want to help you figure out what's getting in your way, at home and at work. They want to help you let go of distractions, online and off--to turn down the noise that disrupts the quiet of your heart and soul.

The original post is located here: https://nosidebar.com/desire-for-more/

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Apr 5, 2019

Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui with Becoming Minimalist shares how she joyfully decluttered 5 things to boost happiness.

Episode 1211: I Joyfully Decluttered These 5 Things to Boost Happiness by Krista O'Reilly-Davi-Digui with Becoming Minimalist

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.

The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/boost-happiness/

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Apr 4, 2019

Nir Eyal shares how to achieve your goals by creating an enemy.

Episode 1210: How to Achieve Your Goals By Creating an Enemy by Nir Eyal of Nir And Far on Motivation & Inspiration for Success

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”
Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.
In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.
Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn).
Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.

The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/2017/02/goals-enemy.html

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Apr 3, 2019

Katie Ping of More Of What Matters Blog shares how to stop giving fear power over your life.

Episode 1209: How To Stop Giving Fear Power Over Your Life by Katie Ping of More Of What Matters Blog

Katie Ping is a small-town writer, yogi, and mama who values simplicity. She spent decades of her life people-pleasing and drowning in guilt and shame over parts of her that she thought were unworthy. By her late-20s, she found herself passionless and riddled with anxiety - and she knew she needed a change. Instead of creating a multi-layered plan on how to attain more peace, she started small - with a walking meditation practice. Those 15 minutes of strolling in silence down a tree-lined residential street led her to where she is today - facing her fears of imperfection and doing it anyway.

The original post is located here: http://moreofwhatmattersblog.com/how-to-stop-giving-fear-power/

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Apr 2, 2019

Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue shares a four-legged friend's take on what truly matters.

Episode 1208: A Four-legged Friend's Take On What Truly Matters by Helene Massicotte of Free To Pursue on Simple Living

Helene Massicotte blogs about living life on your terms and experiencing true personal freedom. She describes herself as a person in search of all that life has to offer and who has built a life that enables her to do just that. No more, no less. She chose to retire from corporate life in her mid-thirties because it wasn't in line with what she wanted anymore.

The original post is located here:
http://www.freetopursue.com/blog/2015/6/4/four-legged-friends-take-on-what-matters

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Apr 1, 2019

Erin Nudi with Cait Flanders shares the case for slow reading.

Episode 1207: The Case for Slow Reading by Erin Nudi with Cait Flanders on Slowing Down & Enjoyment

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.

The original post is located here: https://caitflanders.com/2017/10/25/slow-reading/

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Mar 31, 2019

Victoria Vargas with Rowdy Kittens shares 10 simple strategies for kicking out the blues. This is part 2 of 2.

Episode 1206: [Part 2] 10 Simple Strategies for Kicking Out the Blues by Victoria Vargas with Rowdy Kittens on Resiliency

Tammy Strobel is a photographer, writer, teacher, and founder of RowdyKittens.com. She loves morning views, tiny homes, reading, and everyday adventures. She started Rowdy Kittens to share her story and help you go small, think big, and be happy. Every week, she shares new photos, writing, and a roundup of happy links on the blog.

The original post is located here: https://www.rowdykittens.com/blog/2010/11/blues

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Mar 30, 2019

Victoria Vargas with Rowdy Kittens shares 10 simple strategies for kicking out the blues. This is part 1 of 2.

Episode 1205: [Part 1] 10 Simple Strategies for Kicking Out the Blues by Victoria Vargas with Rowdy Kittens on Happiness

Tammy Strobel is a photographer, writer, teacher, and founder of RowdyKittens.com. She loves morning views, tiny homes, reading, and everyday adventures. She started Rowdy Kittens to share her story and help you go small, think big, and be happy. Every week, she shares new photos, writing, and a roundup of happy links on the blog.

The original post is located here: https://www.rowdykittens.com/blog/2010/11/blues

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Mar 29, 2019

T.K. Coleman shares why you shouldn't let questions kill your curiosity.

Episode 1204: Don't Let Questions Kill Your Curiosity by TK Coleman on Building Relationships & Improving Communication Skills

T.K. Coleman is the Co-Founder & Education Director of Praxis. He is a prolific writer and speaker with a singular mission: to awaken people to their own creative power. Sounds cheesy, but TK listens to Christmas music year-round, so he's used to being called cheesy and it doesn't bother him in the least. Learn more about him at TKColeman.com.

The original post is located here: http://tkcoleman.com/2017/03/23/dont-let-questions-kill-your-curiosity/

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Mar 28, 2019

Leon Logothetis shares the way of the traveler.

Episode 1203: Live. Love. Explore: The Way of the Traveler by Leon Logothetis on Mental Freedom & Happiness

Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn't always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries. His journey is chronicled in the Netflix documentary series The Kindness Diaries. In December 2016, he released his book: Live, Love, Explore.

The original post is located here: http://www.leonlogothetis.com/live-love-explore-way-traveler/

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Mar 27, 2019

2 posts from Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha on the harm of the pursuit of greatness and on forgetting yourself.

Episode 1202: When the Pursuit of Greatness Does More Harm Than Good AND Forget Yourself by Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest book: Tiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

The original posts are located here:
https://tinybuddha.com/blog/when-the-pursuit-of-greatness-does-more-harm-than-good/ & https://tinybuddha.com/blog/do-happy-forget-yourself/

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Mar 26, 2019

Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich shares how top performers use positive psychology even when things are bad.

Episode 1201: How Top Performers Use Positive Psychology (Even When Things Are Bad) by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Ramit 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 been pictured next to Warren Buffett in Forbes Magazine, as well as 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.

The original post is located here: https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/positive-pyschology/

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Mar 25, 2019

Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose shares her thoughts on hygge vs minimalism.

Episode 1200: Hygge vs Minimalism by Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose on Simple Living & Intentionality

Shawna Scafe is a mom of three small kids who started blogging after her first son was born. She wanted to share her c-section story in order to help herself work through the disappointment she felt about it. She read a book on minimalism that changed how she viewed her life. She started asking questions about why we have so much, do so much, work so much and we feel so restless and overwhelmed. Shawna is trying to live life on purpose, set dreams and goals for herself as a mom, wife and woman and she is trying to share it openly with everyone.

The original post is located here: https://simpleonpurpose.ca/hygge-vs-minimalism/

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