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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.

The Minimalists Podcas‪t‬ The Minimalists

    • Mental Health
    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.

    Unusual Living Arrangements

    Unusual Living Arrangements

    Joshua and Ryan talk about alternative living options—communal living, throuples, combined families, long-term singlehood, nomadic living—with the CEO and cofounder of Nourish Balance Thrive, Christopher Kelly, and they answer the following questions:
    What is ancestral health? (03:20)
    What has likely caused our overall decline in health? (05:08) 
    Is our current status quo of living arrangements in detrimental conflict with the natural order? (07:28)
    How do people continue to help the paradigm of the nuclear family work? (10:40)
    How do we set appropriate boundaries with roommates and ensure those boundaries are not crossed to prevent theft, property damage, and tense co-living environments? (11:59)
    What is Christopher’s communal living arrangement? (12:38)
    Why did Christopher adopt his communal living arrangement? (13:53)
    How does Christopher manage living with several different families? (15:34)
    What is ‘helicopter parenting’? (20:53)
    What is your definition of “commune”? (22:59)
    What are the pros and cons of unusual living arrangements in cultures that wholly embrace them? (28:36)
    What does the “WEIRD” acronym represent? (30:56)
    How do you define “solitude”? (32:40)
    What is Joshua’s living arrangement? (33:51)
    What is the ‘sweet spot’ regarding how many people you can live with? (35:25)
    Who created the monogamous nuclear family? (38:40)
    At what point does a group become a cult? (48:50)
    Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast
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    • 55 min
    Quickie: The Minimalists on Tranquility

    Quickie: The Minimalists on Tranquility

    Joshua and Ryan discuss how to determine what tranquility is by determining what it is not. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

    • 9 min
    The Unfollowing

    The Unfollowing

    Joshua and Ryan talk about unsubscribing and unfollowing anything that doesn’t bring tranquility or increase well-being, and they answer the following questions:
    How has unsubscribing and unfollowing helped your tranquility? (08:36)
    Should we attempt to explain ourselves to others when they question our minimalist lifestyle, or simply invite them to ‘unfollow’ us? (12:37)
    Can minimalism help us bring order back to our chaotic lives? (14:44)
    How do we determine the appropriate ‘path’? (18:50)
    We can’t impose tranquility on the world around us, so how do we adjust our internal settings to maintain inner tranquility? (23:10)
    Why do insults irritate us so intensely? (29:09)
    How do we adjust relationships that are predicated on conflict? (31:20)
    Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast
    Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

    • 46 min
    Quickie: The Impulse to Buy Multiples of Things

    Quickie: The Impulse to Buy Multiples of Things

    Joshua and Ryan discuss the search for durable items. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

    • 7 min
    Let It Go

    Let It Go

    Joshua and Ryan talk about letting go—letting go of sentimental items, letting go of junk, letting go of anxiety and stress—letting go of anything that harms our well-being or interrupts our peace, and they answer the following questions:
    How do our things own us? (02:53)
    Given that I’m under a deadline to move, how can I increase my decluttering pace without becoming overwhelmed and stressed? (08:44)
    Are there circumstances where a storage unit makes sense? (11:04)
    When the amount of your belongings is completely overwhelming, how—and where—do you even start? (18:06)
    Why are we so obsessed with prescriptiveness? (18:54)
    Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast
    Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

    • 36 min
    Quickie: Helping Messy Kids Get Organized

    Quickie: Helping Messy Kids Get Organized

    Joshua, Ryan, and their guest, behavioral and developmental pediatrician Dr. Damon Korb, discuss how to help children develop habits to become tidy and organized. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

    • 7 min

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