Pursuing the Excellent Life


Incivility and Your Flourishing

Sept. 28, 2022

Incivility is harmful to your flourishing, whether you're the one acting with incivility or just exposed to excess incivility. In this episode, Craig discusses why this is so, and offers some insights on how to reduce incivi…

The Futility of Incivility

Sept. 14, 2022

Incivility abounds in today's social media, sound bite driven world. Recently, Craig attended a major conference during which a controversy erupted, which led to an unfortunate, but predictable Twitter storm of incivility. I…

Dealing with Moral Dilemmas

Aug. 31, 2022

Moral dilemmas are an inevitable part of life ... you're going to face decisions that offer no fully satisfying alternatives. In this episode, Craig is joined by practical philosopher, Dr. Andrea Christelle, to discuss how w…

Moral Dilemmas and the Death of a Pup

Aug. 17, 2022

Sometimes life brings us a decision for which there is no clear moral choice. In this episode of Live Well and Flourish, practical philosopher Dr. Andrea Christelle, co-founder of Sedona Philosophy Experience and I discuss m…

COVID and Me

Aug. 3, 2022

COVID finally caught up to Craig. But, there's knowledge to be had in every experience. In this episode of Live Well and Flourish, Craig discusses what he learned from his thankfully brief bout with COVID-19. Links Live Well…

In Times of Trouble

July 20, 2022

Difficult times are an inevitable part of life; you are going to face times of trouble. In this episode, Craig discusses how applying a simple idea from Stoicism helped him get through an especially troubling time, the illne…

Taking Control of Your Life

July 6, 2022

When you have a low sense of personal control, you suffer increased stress, anxiety, depression and negative mood. Your physical health also suffers. In this episode of Live Well and Flourish, Craig discusses the effects of …

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…

The Power of Small: Micro-Kindness

March 30, 2022

Do you want to make the world a better place? Try a little kindness. In this episode, Craig discusses the power of micro-kindness, small acts of kindness, which are small sincere and voluntary acts and attitudes, intentional…

Practice, Habit and Being

March 16, 2022

In the final episode of the mini-series on Self-Leadership, Craig discusses Aristotle's practice-habit-being method of developing virtue. He focuses on the role of habit, and describes how habits are built and broken. Listen…

Living Well through Reflection

March 2, 2022

The world is often a chaotic, puzzling place. Reflection is how we can make sense of the world and our place in it. As the Jesuits at Boston College put it, “Reflection is the way we discover and compose the meaning of our e…

Living Well Through Mindfulness

Feb. 16, 2022

Do you ever feel like you’re going through life on autopilot? Most of us have, but life doesn’t have to be that way. Join Craig as he describes what is mindfulness, an active conscious process where you’re more open to the p…

Living a Life of Purpose

Feb. 2, 2022

The theme music for Live Well and Flourish was written by Hazel Crossler, hazel.crossler@gmail.com.

The Pillars of Self-Leadership

Jan. 19, 2022

Do you want to take control of your life? Do you want to live a more meaningful life? If so, this episode of Live Well & Flourish is worth your time. In this episode, Craig discusses an approach to self-leadership he develop…

Benjamin Franklin's Method of Self-Improvement

Jan. 5, 2022

Whether you realize it or not, who you are is under your control. You get to decide the sort of person you are and the virtues you exhibit. In this episode, I discuss Benjamin Franklin's "... bold and arduous project of arri…

New Year, New Name

Jan. 1, 2022

The Rational Ignorance Podcast is now Live Well & Flourish. If you're already subscribed to the podcast, you shouldn't have to do anything at all to keep listening, although you might notice our new artwork. Thank you!

Benefits of Gratitude

Dec. 22, 2021

In this episode, I explore gratitude and its many benefits.

Grief and gratitude

Dec. 8, 2021

Grief comes from loss. But gratitude should accompany grief. Listen as Craig reflects on the puzzling relationship between grief and gratitude, and how a deeper understanding of how they interact can help you deal with grief…

Pleasure and Utility

Nov. 24, 2021

We often hear of utility, usually as it relates to economics or usefulness. But there is a different view of utility, one that focuses on pleasure. In this episode, Andrea and Craig discuss this view of utility as pleasure, …