Episode #150 – With Christine Carter of Raising Happiness

Episode 150

Summary:

In Episode #150 Ari invites author Christine Carter of Raising Happiness onto the Less Doing Podcast to talk about her work on happiness, busyness and health. During their conversation, Christine shares her top tips for finding contentment and explains why she endorses the tenants of Less Doing.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 02:10 – Introduction of Christine Carter
  • 02:35 – Achieving happiness and the most scientific ways to do that
  • 03:40 – Christine very much believes in the essence of Less Doing
  • 04:00 – Christine is a self-described perfectionist, but her obsession with perfection prevented her from finding happiness in spite of her successes
  • 05:09 – Less Doing was started to systematically attack stress
  • 06:10 – There are certain cultural believes that lead to behaviors that prevent happiness
  • 07:29—Question big cultural beliefs, particularly around busyness
  • 08:29 – “More is better” is a sickness
  • 09:05 – Ari’s least favorite phrase
  • 10:05 – Cognitive overload impairs our ability to live
  • 11:31 – Christine shares her thoughts on the concept of “Recess”
  • 12:12 – We see stillness as a sign of economic instability and that is simply not true
  • 13:28 – Our greatest powers and moments are a consequence of creative insight
  • 14:36 – Aqua Notes
  • 15:06 – The importance of recess for the brain’s “awake cycles”
  • 16:16 – Go with the way your brain was designed to operate…take breaks!
  • 17:12 – 17 minutes of recess for 51 minutes of work
  • 18:20 – Doing nothing is NOT a waste of time
  • 20:45 – We need to make sure structure is established for healthy technology use
  • 22:00 – Arguing with a spouse in front of children
  • 25:13 – Christine’s most challenging area when it comes to being happy and being a parent
  • 26:50 – We cannot multitask—we just switch back and forth which is exceedingly taxing on the brain
  • 29:10 – Christine’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective:
    • 29:19 – Find ways to decrease busyness
    • 29:28 – Pay attention to your social connections
    • 31:01 – Upgrade the software in your brain

7 Key Points:

  1. Understand the importance of taking recess.
  2. Start systematically attacking the sources of stress and busyness in your life.
  3. More is NOT better.
  4. Doing nothing is NOT a waste of time.
  5. Cognitive overload impairs our ability to live and live happily
  6. Stop trying to fit a square peg in a round hole; the brain was not built to multitask.
  7. Focus on your in-the-flesh social relationships…put down the iPhone and engage with another human.

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