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Podcast 067 | Happiness

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss happiness, meaning, discontent, and despair, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I make friends that share the same values and beliefs as me?
  • What are some best practices to stay motivated while minimizing?
  • How do you deal with things that you love that you believe might be holding you back?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on recognizing when you’re truly happy: “Happiness is a byproduct of a meaningful life.”
  • Ryan on recognizing when you’re truly happy: “Chasing happiness is an endless pursuit.”
  • Joshua on splurge items: “There is little correlation between happiness and stuff.”
  • Ryan on splurge items: “Splurging will never feel better than living up to one’s values and beliefs.”
  • Joshua on being the happiest he’s ever been: “Happiness isn’t the objective—a meaningful life is.”
  • Ryan on being the happiest he’s ever been: “I focus less on happiness these days, and instead focus on purpose.”
  • Joshua on whether values must make you happy: “Values don’t make us happy; aligning our actions with our values makes us happy.”
  • Ryan on whether values must make you happy: “Values don’t make you happy; living up to them does.”
  • Joshua on helping others recognize their values and beliefs so they can improve their relationships: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • Ryan on helping others recognize their values and beliefs so they can improve their relationships: “Trying to force someone to change is like trying to potty train a six month old baby.”

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This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcast is completely free, so if you find value in these episodes, please consider donating a dollar. Your donations help keep this podcast advertisement-free (because advertisements suck).

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