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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 rationalignorance@pm.me, on Twitter @TheRIpodcast, or on Mastodon @rationalignorance@mastodon.social.

Live Well and Flourish Craig Van Slyke

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    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

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 rationalignorance@pm.me, on Twitter @TheRIpodcast, or on Mastodon @rationalignorance@mastodon.social.

    Incivility and Your Flourishing

    Incivility and Your Flourishing

    Incivility is harmful to your flourishing, whether you're the one acting with incivility or just exposed to excess incivility. In this episode, Craig discusses why this is so, and offers some insights on how to reduce incivility's harmful effect on your flourishing.

    The Problem with Generalizations: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/the-problem-with-generalizations/ 
    The Cage of Your Assumptions: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/the-cage-of-your-assumptions/ 
    Live Well and Flourish website: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/ 
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    The theme music for Live Well and Flourish was written by Hazel Crossler, hazel.crossler@gmail.com.
    Production assistant - Paul Robert

    • 14 min
    The Futility of Incivility

    The Futility of Incivility

    Incivility abounds in today's social media, sound bite driven world. Recently, Craig attended a major conference during which a controversy erupted, which led to an unfortunate, but predictable Twitter storm of incivility. In this episode, Craig discusses the causes of incivility and how incivility can affect our individual and collective flourishing. He also provides some suggestions for reducing the effects of incivility.

    Links and acknowledgements
    Olberding, Amy. (2019). The Wrong of Rudeness: Learning Modern Civility from Ancient Chinese Philosophy: https://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Rudeness-Learning-Civility-Philosophy/dp/0190880961 
    The Cage of Your Assumptions: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/the-cage-of-your-assumptions/ 
    Live Well and Flourish website: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/ 
    The theme music for Live Well and Flourish was written by Hazel Crossler, hazel.crossler@gmail.com.
    Production assistant - Paul Robert

    • 13 min
    Dealing with Moral Dilemmas

    Dealing with Moral Dilemmas

    Moral dilemmas are an inevitable part of life ... you're going to face decisions that offer no fully satisfying alternatives. In this episode, Craig is joined by practical philosopher, Dr. Andrea Christelle, to discuss how we can deal with moral dilemmas. If you haven't already, you may want to listen to our earlier episode in which Craig and Dr. Christelle discussed what makes some situations moral dilemmas and how they can affect your flourishing.  That episode is available at: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/moral-dilemmas-and-the-death-of-a-pup/.

    -- Links --
    Resolving an Ethical Dilemma, by Dr. Thomas I. White
    http://bourbon.usc.edu/engr102-f09/ethics.pdf

    Live Well and Flourish website: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/ 
    The theme music for Live Well and Flourish was written by Hazel Crossler, hazel.crossler@gmail.com.
    Production assistant - Paul Robert

    • 22 min
    Moral Dilemmas and the Death of a Pup

    Moral Dilemmas and the Death of a Pup

    Sometimes life brings us a decision for which there is no clear moral choice. In this episode of Live Well and Flourish, practical philosopher Dr. Andrea Christelle, co-founder of Sedona Philosophy Experience and I discuss moral dilemmas -- what makes them dilemmas, the consequences of dealing with such decisions, and why they’re so hard to resolve. You will face moral dilemmas … they’re part of life. So, the discussion in this episode can help you when you have to make difficult moral choices. Fair warning: We frame our initial discussion around the loss of one of our pups.

    Links and Credits
    Sedona Philosophy Experience: https://sedonaphilosophy.com/ 
    Live Well and Flourish website: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/ 
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    The theme music for Live Well and Flourish was written by Hazel Crossler, hazel.crossler@gmail.com.
    Production assistant - Paul Robert

    • 23 min
    COVID and Me

    COVID and Me

    COVID finally caught up to Craig. But, there's knowledge to be had in every experience. In this episode of Live Well and Flourish, Craig discusses what he learned from his thankfully brief bout with COVID-19.

    Links
    Live Well and Flourish website: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/
    In Times of Trouble: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/in-times-of-trouble/
    The Power of Small Things: The Small Wins Strategy of Change: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/the-power-of-small-things-the-small-wins-strategy-of-change/
    Free COVID-19 Home Test Kits (U.S. only)
    https://special.usps.com/testkits

    U.S. Center for Disease Control list of supplies to have on hand
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/global-covid-19/home-based-care-kit.html
    https://www.cdc.gov/aging/emergency-preparedness/creating-emergency-supply-kit/index.html

    Credits
    The theme music for Live Well and Flourish was written by Hazel Crossler, hazel.crossler@gmail.com.
    Production assistant - Paul Robert

    • 12 min
    In Times of Trouble

    In Times of Trouble

    Difficult times are an inevitable part of life; you are going to face times of trouble. In this episode, Craig discusses how applying a simple idea from Stoicism helped him get through an especially troubling time, the illness and loss of a loved one. He also describes how using reason, and your knowledge of what is and is not within your control, can help you reduce worry, anxiety, unhappiness and other negative emotions. 
    Links:
    Epictetus, The Enchiridion (Handbook): https://www.gutenberg.org/files/45109/45109-h/45109-h.htm (Free online version)
    https://www.amazon.com/Enchiridion-Dover-Thrift-Editions-Epictetus/dp/0486433595 (Amazon)
    William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0040JHNQG/ (Note: This is not an affiliate link.)
    Live Well and Flourish website: https://www.livewellandflourish.com/ 

    Acknowledgements
    The theme music for Live Well and Flourish was written by Hazel Crossler, hazel.crossler@gmail.com.


    Production assistant - Paul Robert

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

David Jackson ,

Wisdom Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

I found this show so refreshing. At the end, the host insn't trying to sell you anything. He just wants you to tell a friend if you found it useful (it was). No fluff, right to the good stuff. This is my goto "Walk around the block" podcast.

bluebbe1 ,

Helped me focus

Found this searching the topic. Great show

Gaarlaptop ,

wisdom here!!

Hello Jim and Andrea! Thank you for sharing your expertise in the area of thought and reason! Great content and dialogue! Met Craig at PM21 at Buzzsprout 🌱 networker. -Ira

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