Ep22: dining with deirdre | too much information

In Episode 22 of the Happy Human Handbook Podcast we have a chat with guest contributor Deirdre who asks us to exercise a tad more restraint, and a little common sense, before we post online. It’s a miracle that we all carry a camera and access to the world wide web around in our pockets, but it’s also a surefire recipe for the digital disaster of oversharing. Listen here…

ask your doctor if

You’ve seen the commercials—with the oh-so-happy people who “asked their doctor if…” They took the pill and found relief from their immediate symptoms, even though it may have resulted in nosebleeds, uncontrollable farts, and poor fashion sense. Ferreting out the root causes of our discomfort might not be as easy, but it’s what helps us achieve genuine health and wellbeing and what gets us nice, not nasty, side effects. Read more…

mind over matter

In our traditional western medical culture (and in the rest of society) we’re pretty hip on keeping the mind and the body, and ourselves and nature, separate from each other. But, these days were are becoming more and more aware of the very real and tangible connection between all of those systems, and the way in which those relationships impact our health or tendency toward disease. Read more…

never enough-ness

Raise your hand if find yourself falling into the trap of “I’ll be happy when…” Where the “success” you thought you needed to be happy, to feel really and finally good about yourself and your life, is always just beyond your reach. Well what if, with some awareness and practice, you could learn to strike a balance between the aspiration to reach your potential and the recognition of the potential happiness in THIS moment. Read more…

Ep19: moments with matilda | am i a jerk

In Episode 19 of the Happy Human Handbook Podcast we we join guest contributor Matilda Glockenschmocker who suggests that making things better might start with a look in the mirror…and a very simple question. Whether the world goes to hell in a hand basket or not may depend more than we think on whether each one of us chooses to favor ethics or self-interest day after day. Listen here…

Ep18: facts of the matter with fluffy | does your smartphone make you smarter

In Episode 18 of the Happy Human Handbook Podcast we get the true scoop from guest contributor Fluffy, who suggests we all may have been victims of false advertising. Despite their name, and despite all the time we spend interacting with them, she thinks our devices have robbed us of our brains, our memories, and our common sense. Listen here…

just this

What if I told you there was one thing that you could do that would make the challenges in your life easier to bear, while also allowing you to extract more joy from each moment? Would you try it? Considering the potential benefits, might you even commit yourself to practicing it once in a while —much like you might have once rehearsed the clarinet or your tennis swing or whatever that thing is that makes you good at your job? Read more…

go together

We don’t have to let go of all of our opinions and agree on everything. I know, fat chance. Right? We don’t even really need to like each other (though, that might be nice.) We just need to respect each other enough to see that a liveable future is essential to all of us, no matter what we might still be arguing about when we get there. But—to ensure we arrive, let’s go together. Read more…

rowboat living

Are you living your life like you are rowing a boat—moving forward, but always looking backward? Clinging to the well-worn grooves of our past comes at a cost—as we give into inertia we sacrifice adventure, growth, innovation, and the chance to evolve beyond ourselves and discover something outside the bounds of our sometimes-limited imaginations. Read more…

the l-word

These days, unless you write greeting cards for a living, grown-up, serious people don’t say the “l-word.” At least not in public. But, no matter how you slice, it environmental sustainability is all about the love. Because regardless of what you “love” to do in the world—whether build skyscrapers, ride bikes, trade stocks, make quilts, or feed the homeless—you need the environment to get it done. Period. Read more…

share the load

Every once in a while (and oftentimes when we least expect it) the sh*t in our lives hits the fan…and in a major, monumental, and earth-shattering way. When that happens we have two choices: fake that we’re fine and go it alone or share the burden of that load with our friends. Reaching out can feel risky, but it can also bring mutual benefit in our relationships and leave us free to focus on moving forward and rediscovering joy. Read more…

what if everybody did

One reason we don’t take action to make the world a better place is because we believe we could never make a difference. But another way to look at it is that when any one of us refuses to do what we can, we’re actually just being a weenie. The good news is that if we changed our minds and everybody did what they could, we’d shift the status quo. But “all of us” starts with ONE OF US. Read more…