39 episodes

In a world where most people get married, where do you turn for advice if you don’t want to settle down - for now, or forever? Solo is the single person’s guide to a remarkable life. Welcome to the podcast that explores how being unattached affords you the opportunity to be adventurous, start a business, make art, travel the world, get in shape, or simply sleep in when you want to. Join Dr. Peter McGraw - behavioral scientist, humor researcher, and bachelor – as he interviews unmarried men and women living remarkable lives and assembles advice from leading experts about health, fitness, money, business, travel, fashion, art, leisure, and of course, sex and dating. More and more people are becoming aware that marriage is an overprescribed path to a good life. An observation reflected in rapidly changing demographics. One-hundred and ten million American adults are unmarried, and 25% of Millennials will never marry. It’s time for a new playbook, one that takes a positive view of living single—and living an interesting life. Dr. McGraw dispels myths of marriage and monogamy, profiles illustrious (and nefarious) unmarried women and men, and reveals his own experience and exercises in personal and professional development—from near misses in marriage to how he made the Stylish Scientist list. Living in a world where the single life is seen by the majority as a peculiar choice, it is not clear where to turn to for advice. Here you will find information, inspiration, and a new perspective on how to navigate an exciting new world. Solo is an essential resource for the person who will never marry, the person who is putting off marriage, the recently divorced, and any of the above who sucks at being single. As a marketing and psychology professor, Dr. Peter McGraw teaches graduate courses in behavioral economics for the University of Colorado and marketing management for London Business School, UC San Diego’s Rady School, and the University of Colorado. He is a sought after professional speaker and speaks at Fortune 500 companies, public events, and universities around the world.Dr. McGraw’s research investigates the interplay of emotions and behavioral economics. He is also a global expert on the scientific study of humor. He directs the Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL) and co-developed a theory of humor (called the benign violation theory). McGraw hosts another podcast, I’M NOT JOKING, and he has developed Funny or True?, a live comedy game show that pits comedians against scientists to see who has the best blend of brains and funny bone. He co-authored the book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. He is currently residing in Los Angeles where he is a visiting scholar USC’s cinema school, taking improv classes, and writing his next book (Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy Can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career). A bachelor who has never been married and has no kids, Dr. McGraw knows what it’s like to thrive as a single person. He’s traveled to over 40 countries and lived on both coasts of the United States and in between. He has worked hard over the years to develop perspectives and practices designed to facilitate healthy habits, and creating professional and personal success. Moving through this world with ease, he can have difficult conversations with family, friends, strangers, and dates about unmarried life. Join our intriguing and informative conversations and community here on Solo: The Single Person's Guide to a Remarkable Life and start living yours today!

Solo – The Single Person’s Guide to a Remarkable Life Dr. Peter McGraw

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.9, 88 Ratings

In a world where most people get married, where do you turn for advice if you don’t want to settle down - for now, or forever? Solo is the single person’s guide to a remarkable life. Welcome to the podcast that explores how being unattached affords you the opportunity to be adventurous, start a business, make art, travel the world, get in shape, or simply sleep in when you want to. Join Dr. Peter McGraw - behavioral scientist, humor researcher, and bachelor – as he interviews unmarried men and women living remarkable lives and assembles advice from leading experts about health, fitness, money, business, travel, fashion, art, leisure, and of course, sex and dating. More and more people are becoming aware that marriage is an overprescribed path to a good life. An observation reflected in rapidly changing demographics. One-hundred and ten million American adults are unmarried, and 25% of Millennials will never marry. It’s time for a new playbook, one that takes a positive view of living single—and living an interesting life. Dr. McGraw dispels myths of marriage and monogamy, profiles illustrious (and nefarious) unmarried women and men, and reveals his own experience and exercises in personal and professional development—from near misses in marriage to how he made the Stylish Scientist list. Living in a world where the single life is seen by the majority as a peculiar choice, it is not clear where to turn to for advice. Here you will find information, inspiration, and a new perspective on how to navigate an exciting new world. Solo is an essential resource for the person who will never marry, the person who is putting off marriage, the recently divorced, and any of the above who sucks at being single. As a marketing and psychology professor, Dr. Peter McGraw teaches graduate courses in behavioral economics for the University of Colorado and marketing management for London Business School, UC San Diego’s Rady School, and the University of Colorado. He is a sought after professional speaker and speaks at Fortune 500 companies, public events, and universities around the world.Dr. McGraw’s research investigates the interplay of emotions and behavioral economics. He is also a global expert on the scientific study of humor. He directs the Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL) and co-developed a theory of humor (called the benign violation theory). McGraw hosts another podcast, I’M NOT JOKING, and he has developed Funny or True?, a live comedy game show that pits comedians against scientists to see who has the best blend of brains and funny bone. He co-authored the book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. He is currently residing in Los Angeles where he is a visiting scholar USC’s cinema school, taking improv classes, and writing his next book (Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy Can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career). A bachelor who has never been married and has no kids, Dr. McGraw knows what it’s like to thrive as a single person. He’s traveled to over 40 countries and lived on both coasts of the United States and in between. He has worked hard over the years to develop perspectives and practices designed to facilitate healthy habits, and creating professional and personal success. Moving through this world with ease, he can have difficult conversations with family, friends, strangers, and dates about unmarried life. Join our intriguing and informative conversations and community here on Solo: The Single Person's Guide to a Remarkable Life and start living yours today!

    Solo Thoughts 3: A Remarkable Pandemic

    Solo Thoughts 3: A Remarkable Pandemic

    COVID got you down? Peter McGraw returns for the third installment of Solo Thoughts, where he shares ideas from his private conversation with fellow solos about how to deal with this damn pandemic. In this episode, he presents three profound observations that you are going to want to think about.


     


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    • 26 min
    Solo Thoughts 2: Well-Being

    Solo Thoughts 2: Well-Being

    Once you have a healthy life as a foundation, how should you start to think about your remarkable solo life? Welcome to the second installment of Peter McGraw's attempt to present his ideas minus a guest. In this episode, he talks about creation and consumption, "tidying up," and the many paths to a good life.

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    • 51 min
    Solo Thoughts 1: Health

    Solo Thoughts 1: Health

    Immune systems are the true heroes in the time of COVID-19, right? Welcome to the first installment in Peter McGraw’s attempt to present his ideas without a guest. In this episode, he talks about health as a foundation for a remarkable life and shares his thoughts on sleep, nutrition, and movement (i.e., exercise and beyond).

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    • 49 min
    Are You A Late Bloomer?

    Are You A Late Bloomer?

    Do you identify as a late bloomer? A lot of people do. If you don’t, it is not too late to bloom. This week, Peter McGraw speaks to the author of a book on late blooming, Rich Karlgaard. An important theme in their discussion is that being single allows you time, energy, and financial resources to bloom later in life. They discuss how you may need to “repot” yourself somewhere else and cover the six characteristics of late bloomers. If you stick around to the end, Peter's guest presents some notable late bloomers.


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    • 49 min
    Alternative Forms Of Marriage

    Alternative Forms Of Marriage

    This episode continues Peter McGraw’s exploration of marriage and its alternatives. He speaks to Vicki Larson, an author of a book that presents models of less traditional forms of marriage.


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    People Who Shouldn’t Have Married

    People Who Shouldn’t Have Married

    As you know, more and more people are delaying marriage or not getting married at all. In the previous hundred plus years, however, nearly everyone got married, but was that always the best choice? In this episode, writer and high school teacher Mary Dahm returns to join Peter McGraw for a fun conversation that looks at some people in history who shouldn’t have gotten married. That is, if they were alive today, they would likely be solo. Peter and Mary end the episode by discussing some fun quotes about marriage.


     


    Note: This episode was taped prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet it seems especially fitting as the pandemic is causing people to re-evaluate their lives.


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    • 54 min

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4.9 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

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Awesome podcast for singles

This podcast is fantastic. Really professional and entertaining. Amazing guests and topics.

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Truly Amazing

Peter McGraw's podcast does a great job at securing a space for happy singles, as well as those who want to develop a solo mentality. It's helped me to validate my happy singlehood!

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Helpful entertaining and empowering

Never thought about solo like this but this podcast make me feel less alone. There are people like me out their living their best lives and having no pause for what the world thinks. Great podcast

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