Pursuing the Excellent Life

Episodes

Social comparison

Feb. 1, 2023

Evaluating ourselves is an innate human behavior, but when you evaluate yourself by making comparisons to others, it can be misleading and harmful to your flourishing. In this episode, Craig discusses the pros and cons of so…

Positive and negative cues (Five Minute Flourishing)

Jan. 25, 2023

One way to take control of your life, is to take care of your environment. In this Five Minute Flourishing episode, Craig discusses how you can shape your environment in a way that enhances your flourishing by adding positiv…

Losing weight without speed

Jan. 18, 2023

Making big changes is scary, but doesn’t have to be. In this episode, I discuss my formula for taking control and making big changes through finding the right motivation, setting the right goals, and taking small steps. Whet…

Comfort is the enemy (Five-Minute Flourishing)

Jan. 9, 2023

We all want to be comfortable, but in some ways comfort is the enemy of progress in growth. In this short episode, Craig discusses why becoming too comfortable can actually hinder your flourishing. ------ Live Well and Flour…

Possibilities, not limitations

Jan. 4, 2023

Life is full of roadblocks and impediments. If you pay too much attention to these, it seems like you can never make progress. In this episode of Live Well and Flourish, Craig discusses how to focus on the endless possibilit…

Happy Holidays?

Nov. 23, 2022

Holidays are widely seen as a time for joy and happiness, but the reality is that many people find the holiday season to be a time of depression and loneliness. In this episode, Craig discusses the holiday blues and what can…

Managing Conflict

Nov. 9, 2022

Conflict is a part of human relationships, and relationships are critical to flourishing. So, knowing how to effectively manage these inevitable conflicts is an important aspect of living a good life. In this episode, Craig …

Causes and Consequences of Conflict

Oct. 26, 2022

Conflict is an inevitable part of life. (Well, maybe not if you're a hermit, but otherwise ...) So, effectively dealing with conflict is important to your flourishing. In this episode, Craig talks about the how diversity cau…

Incivility and Collective Flourishing

Oct. 12, 2022

The current climate of incivility not only hurts your individual flourishing, it is also detrimental to our collective flourishing. In this episode, Craig discusses why this is so, and provides one simple way that you can ma…

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…