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Live Well & Flourish

Live Well & Flourish

If you’re ready to think beyond material and external success, if you’re ready to take control of who you are and the kind of life you live, if you’re ready to flourish, this podcast is for you. The topics I cover help you understand what it means to live a flourishing life, a life of meaning, satisfaction, and enduring happiness.

(Formerly known as the Rational Ignorance Podcast.)

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Recent Episodes

The Problem with Generalizations

June 22, 2022

Generalizations help us make sense of a complex world; generalizing is a fundamental human function. Most of the time, our generalizations serve us well. But, when we make generalizations errors, bad things happen, such as s…

The Cage of Your Assumptions

June 8, 2022

Assumptions are necessary for getting through the complexity of life. However, some of our assumptions, when untested, can hinder flourishing. In this episode, Craig discusses assumptions, how they're formed, why they're so …

Controlling Your Emotions through Emotional Regulation

May 25, 2022

Being able to control your emotions to minimize unnecessary suffering, and to maximize positive feelings is important to your flourishing. In this episode, Craig discusses emotional regulation and provides some strategies fo…

Emotional Contagion

May 11, 2022

Emotions, like viruses, can be contagious. In this episode, Craig discusses emotional contagion and its effects, and offers some advice on how to use emotional contagion to make the world a little better. Live Well and Flour…

The Power of Small Things: The Small Wins Strategy of Change

April 27, 2022

In this episode of Live Well and Flourish, Craig discusses the small wins strategy of change, which involves breaking big changes into a series of smaller changes such that each of the small changes has its own value. This i…

The Power of Small Things: The Between Times

April 13, 2022

We mark the progress of our lives through big events, but most of life occurs in the between times, the times that lie between the big events. In this episode, Craig discusses the importance of the small events that occur be…

Recent Blog Posts

Risks and Benefits of Generalizations

Benefits and risks of generalizing and generalizations. Risks include cognitive biases and stereotypes.

Birds don’t just fly, they hop a lot too

No person ever steps in the same river twice, because it’s not the same river, and it’s not the same person. –Heraclitus   Recen…

Living Between the Drought and the Deluge

[Note: This essay was originally written for the Flagstaff Business News. Monsoon comes in the summer in the desert southwest of the United States. It&rs…