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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, and NPR.

Podcast 115 | Happier

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan are back in-studio with Dan Harris, author of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, and they answer the following questions:

  • I know what I must do to achieve happiness in the long-term, but how do I address my unhappiness in the short-term?
  • How do I let go of all of the nagging feelings of regret when I make mistakes?
  • How do I squeeze meditation into an already full agenda?
  • How do I maintain happiness without becoming complacent?



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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at

  • “Happiness is more of the good and less of the bad.”
  • “Prime the pump—start each day with a small victory.”
  • “Better to have spent a minute meditating than tweeting.”
  • “When it comes to meditation, one minute counts.”
  • “Complacency is not the birthplace of contentment.”
  • “Once you reach the horizon, there’s always another horizon.”
  • “Happiness is ephemeral, but living a meaningful life brings lasting rewards.”
  • “The price of security is insecurity.”
  • “The only bad meditator is someone who doesn’t meditate.”

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