Melissa's Questioner Crisis + Our Personal Notes on Joyful (Ingrid Fetell Lee)

As a follow-up to episode 7, Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee, in this episode Em and Melissa talk about whether this book actually made them joyful, and what elements, if any, they’ve incorporated into their daily lives. They also revisit episode 1, The Four Tendencies to discuss Melissa’s personal identity crisis over her previously labeled tendency as an Obliger. It turns out, she may have been misdiagnosed.

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Joyful (Ingrid Fetell Lee)

In Joyful, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why one setting makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fosters acceptance and delight -- and, most importantly, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives.

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Personal Notes & Listener Updates: Finish (Jon Acuff)

Have you ever noticed that’s it’s easy to start a project or goal, but hard to finish? In the best-seller Finish, author Jon Acuff, reveals something surprising: it’s not that we’re lazy or don’t try hard enough. It turns out the most effective exercises are not those that push people to work harder. The ones that get people to the finish line do just the opposite—they take the pressure off. It turns out the sneakiest obstacle to meeting your goals is not laziness, but perfectionism.

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Finish (Jon Acuff)

Have you ever noticed that’s it’s easy to start a project or goal, but hard to finish? In the best-seller Finish, author Jon Acuff, reveals something surprising: it’s not that we’re lazy or don’t try hard enough. It turns out the most effective exercises are not those that push people to work harder. The ones that get people to the finish line do just the opposite—they take the pressure off. It turns out the sneakiest obstacle to meeting your goals is not laziness, but perfectionism.

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Designing Your Life (Bill Burnett, Dave Evans)

In Designing Your Life, authors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans — educators in Stanford University’s Design Program — show us how “design thinking” can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who we are, what we do for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and a life of fulfillment and joy, a life that is constantly creative and productive.

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