If you’re ready to think beyond material and external success, if you’re ready to take control of who you are and the kind of life you live, if you’re ready to flourish, this podcast is for you. The topics I cover help you understand what it means to live a flourishing life, a life of meaning, satisfaction, and enduring happiness.(Formerly known as the Rational Ignorance Podcast.)Contact us at email@example.com, on Twitter @TheRIpodcast, or on Mastodon @firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Well Through Self-Leadership
How much would your life improve if you could take more control over yourself and your behaviors? In this episode you’ll learn how to take charge of your life through self-leadership. Despite the influence of others, you and you alone are responsible for your life. Join Craig as he explores some of the principles of Deci and Ryan's self-determination theory to increase your wellbeing. Discover how autonomy, competence and strong relationships are basic psychological needs that drive our wellbeing. Plus, find out about how you can lead yourself with the four core practices: purposefulness, mindfulness, reflection and practice. Listen to the episode for a motivational lesson on wellness psychology and to coach yourself into being your own leader.
Books: (Note: These are NOT affiliate links.)
Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development, and Wellness
By Richard M. Ryan, Edward L. Deci
Self-Leadership: The Definitive Guide to Personal Excellence
By Christopher P. Neck, Charles C. Manz, Jeffery D. Houghton
Mastering Self Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence
By Christopher P. Neck, Charles P. Manz
Benjamin Franklin's Method of Self-Improvement
Whether you realize it or not, who you are is under your control. You get to decide the sort of person you are and the virtues you exhibit. In this episode, I discuss Benjamin Franklin's "... bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection."
Franklin's method is elegant in it's simplicity and powerful in its ability to transform lives. Learn about the history of how he created this technique and apply a simple but effective and proven method for becoming the sort of person you want to be. Don’t miss out on this helpful guide and resource in your journey to flourishing!
Example of Franklin's notebook:
Franklin Virtues Chart (8.5” x 11”)
These are set up for 13 virtues, but you can easily adjust them for four, eight, or whatever number you want. A simple find & replace can replace Virtue 1, etc. with your virtues. These are all the same, just in different formats.
Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1681lkb9N6QsbZzwgLCWIbBzqW-Lbv7s8zP2E3PVMSRg/edit?usp=sharing
Franklin Virtues Chart 3x5 card version, four virtues: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DGVa47DWXqe3ZtdrjQFPY14AQ1vA07Mm/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=110655451884880977802&rtpof=true&sd=true
Franklin Virtues Chart 3x5 card version, list your own virtues: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RaEK5KkrMPSluoD7Et0hCfyPjqT-8UkN/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=110655451884880977802&rtpof=true&sd=true
Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues
Temperance | Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation.
Silence | Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
Order | Let your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.
Resolution | Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
Frugality | Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself. Waste nothing.
Industry | Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
Sincerity | Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
Justice | Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
Moderation | Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
Cleanliness | Tolerate no uncleanliness in body clothes, or habitation
Tranquility | Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
Chastity | Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
Humility | Be neither vain nor pusillanimous. Think of yourself less.
New Year, New Name
The Rational Ignorance Podcast is now Live Well & Flourish. If you're already subscribed to the podcast, you shouldn't have to do anything at all to keep listening, although you might notice our new artwork. Thank you!
Benefits of Gratitude
Cicero called gratitude not only the greatest, but also the parent of all other virtues. Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, a leading researcher on happiness, notes that gratitude can act as an antidote for negative emotions. Across millennia great thinkers have noted the benefits of gratitude.
In this episode, I explore gratitude and its many benefits and how gratitude can be an important element of living well. Essentially, flourishing requires happiness (in fact, one could argue that flourishing IS happiness of a certain kind), and gratitude is an important determinant of happiness. So, there's a clear path from gratitude to flourishing.
Listen to this episode to learn more about gratitude, its benefits, and how to develop gratitude as part of your being. Be sure to listen to the end for three things that you can put into practice today that will help you become a more grateful, and happier, person.
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Grief and gratitude
Grief comes from loss. But gratitude should accompany grief. Listen as Craig reflects on the puzzling relationship between grief and gratitude, and how a deeper understanding of how they interact can help you deal with grief, and prepare for future grief.
Pleasure and Utility
We often hear of utility, usually as it relates to economics or usefulness. But there is a different view of utility, one that focuses on pleasure. In this episode, Andrea and Craig discuss this view of utility as pleasure, which is the foundation of Jeremey Bentham and John Stuart Mills' view of utilitarianism. They also discuss the difference between transitory, shallow pleasures (like eating yummy french fries) and enduring deep pleasures (such as being a good person). At the end of the episode Andrea and Craig provide some suggestions for building more pleasure into your life.