Episode 046 looks at aligning your mindset with your goals so as it not allow your brain to sabotage your efforts; responding to an insult during an argument with, “I’m sorry, I didn’t hear that, can you repeat it?” and/or “Are you trying to hurt my feelings?”; the deals you can get at a thrift store just after Christmas; and the importance in visiting your grandparents regularly.
Episode 043 looks at curbing anxious thoughts from spiraling out of control; carving time out now to spend with your family while they’re young, instead of waiting until you’re middle-aged or elderly; how to leave social gatherings early without damaging your reputation with the host; the importance of being frugal around the holidays, especially in such a tough year as 2020; and not being afraid to find a new job when your current job stops serving you.
Episode 040 looks at the importance of maintaining a healthy level of doubt (or skepticism) toward all of the new information you receive; why you should immediately pay back someone who conveniently took care of a group bill or expense; how every day, good, bad, worst, or best, can ultimately be beneficial; and why your vacuum’s filter is probably the cause of it not working well.
Episode 037 looks at the advice to “never give up” on something that is no longer serving you (see also “sunk cost fallacy”); being kind to those, adults and children, who are curious about the world, even when you’re surprised by their ignorance; the importance of focusing on more areas of your life outside of work; and why and possibly how you can change the people in your life that are bringing you down.
Episode 034 looks at why we shouldn’t expect an angry person to be able to reason or think clearly, especially children; having empathy and compassion for someone acting rudely, as they’re likely dealing with something difficult; how to calculate your expenses in work hours instead of money, and the benefit of doing so; why a laser printer is more economical for home use than an inkjet; and how Skyler utilizes Google Calendar and Gmail to keep track of recurring tasks, events, and reminders.
Episode 031 looks at a video essay titled, “5 tips to improve your critical thinking” from TedED, created by Nick Hilditch, written by Samantha Agoos.
Episode 030 looks at being careful with what you send and do on your workplace computer; doing favors now for your future self; avoiding procrastination by committing to giving the task just 10 minutes, and seeing where that goes; the importance of saving money; spending minimalistically versus lavishly; and why it’s a good idea to love our kids for who they are instead of what we want them to do.
Episode 027 looks at carefully handling a new large sum of money or career promotion; the deleterious effects of consuming the news all day long, every day; and the benefits of both the Socratic Method and Nonviolent Communication in handling disagreements with other people.
Episode 022 looks at taking photos and video of your home for insurance purposes; rotating out to donation old stuff that you’ve replaced with new stuff; stretching in the mornings to help yourself wake up, and putting your sleep alarm at the other end of the room; why you should always answer “yes” to someone at your door asking if you have a security system; and why it’s important to never ignore your feelings or thoughts.
Episode 018 looks at paying attention to the gossip your friends tell; protecting yourself from getting defensive when you read opinions you don’t agree with; not responding for at least 15 minutes when something makes you angry; the importance of acknowledging that you don’t know something and using it as a bonding opportunity; and moving on from a job that no longer serves you well.