“Just thinking about doing someone a favor is important. Not actually doing the favor. Thinking about being generous. New research shows that’s enough for a lift.” Lizzie PostAlso on:
“It’s important to set good boundaries so people know how to help you. They want to help. They want to participate well. It’s up to you to let them know. You recognize their good intentions. You recognize their place of care, concern and a willingness to help that this is coming from.”
“Even if it is hard for you at the moment or creating more difficulty than it’s actually helping. You don’t respond with rudeness. You set those boundaries clearly. You do remember those good intentions. That can be difficult. Particularly when you’re in a very stressful and hard time. You do your best. Those are the moments that you get to shine.”
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Podcasts I listen to:
- Feeling Good – Psychiatrist and Author David Burns discusses mood improvement tips and exercises.
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin – Gretchen (author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies) and her sister Elizabeth Craft (TV writer) discuss habits
- Happier in Hollywood – Liz Craft and Sarah Fain discuss the struggles as TV writers in the male-dominated entertainment industry.
- Awesome Etiquette – The great-grandchildren of etiquette author Emily Post discuss modern manners in the digital age based on the tenants of consideration, respect, and honest.
- Getting Things Done
- TED Radio Hour
- The James Altucher Show
- The Upgrade by Lifehacker
- Slate’s Dear Prudence
- Windows Weekly
- Pop Culture Happy Hour
- InDesign Secrets
- By The Book
- Hidden Brain
- HBR IdeaCast
- PBS NewsHour
- Hello From the Magic Tavern – A man falls through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King into a magic land filled with wizards, magical monsters, and adventurers. Starring Chicago Improvisers.
- That’s How I Remember It – Actors flawlessly recreate perfectly exactly movies they’ve seen and haven’t seen from memory on the spot.
- A Way with Words – A call-in show about the English language linguistics, slang, new words, jokes, word games, grammar, regional dialects and word history.
- The Marie Forleo Podcast
- Radical Candor
- I Hate My Boss
- The Dinner Party Download
- If I Were You
- Dear Sugars
- Get-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More
- The Savvy Psychologist’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Mental Health
- Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
- The Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous
- Money Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life
- Planet Money
- Recode Decode with Kara Swisher
- Recode Media with Peter Kafka
- Katie Couric
- Judge John Hodgman
- Anna Faris Is Unqualified
- The Backline – An Improv Podcast
- This Week in Google
- All About Android
- The Accidental Creative
- Side Hustle School
- The Mortified Podcast
- Myths and Legends
- Hannah and Matt Know It All
- Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carrane
- improv4humans with Matt Besser
- The American Life
- Design Matters with Debbie Millman
- Marvel Cinematic Universe
- FiveThirtyEight Politics
“The art of good conversation is an art. There are no hard fast rules. Conversation is an improvisation. It happens in the moment. It’s about a toolbox that you bring to that improvisation. The more tools in your toolbox the better the conversation is going to be. The more options you’re going to have.
“Some people have different sized toolboxes. Part of the skill of sharing good conversation is about sharing some of those different tools, those different skills.
“We learn good music by playing with people with people who are better than us. We learn any good art by participating by doing it with people who bring more to the table, who have more experience in that medium.”
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