September 30, 2023
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“Intention is okay, however attachment is dangerous.”

— Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks (@arthurbrooks) is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Follow of Public and Nonprofit Management on the Harvard Kennedy Faculty and Professor of Administration Follow on the Harvard Enterprise Faculty, the place he teaches programs on management and happiness. He’s additionally a columnist at The Atlantic, the place he writes the favored “Methods to Construct a Life” column. Brooks is the creator of 13 books, together with the 2022 #1 New York Occasions bestseller From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life and his latest Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier with co-author Oprah Winfrey. He speaks to audiences all around the globe about human happiness and works to lift well-being inside personal firms, universities, public companies, and neighborhood organizations.

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#692: Arthur C. Brooks — Methods to Be Completely happy, Reverse Bucket Lists, The 4 False Idols, Muscular Philosophies, Sensible Inoculation Towards the Darkness, and Extra

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  • [07:10] The reverse bucket listing.
  • [13:00] Intention with out attachment.
  • [14:49] Writing Thích Nhất Hạnh’s obituary.
  • [17:30] Buddhist views by a Catholic lens.
  • [20:43] Blood occlusion coaching and bodily health over 40.
  • [24:22] Arthur’s semi-mystical teenage experiences in Mexico.
  • [30:30] Arthur’s educational dad on advanced vs. difficult.
  • [33:35] Happiness hygiene for genetically baseline gloominess.
  • [36:19] Happiness and unhappiness: hand in hand.
  • [39:31] Being efficient with one’s impacts.
  • [42:53] The three macronutrients of happiness.
  • [51:21] Figuring out (and studying to dwell with) our idols.
  • [1:03:48] Secularly securing transcendent perspective.
  • [1:10:32] Cash doesn’t purchase happiness — it lowers unhappiness.
  • [1:15:17] Tithing and adoption.
  • [1:18:43] How Arthur and his spouse met, and the way their values aligned over time.
  • [1:25:58] Recommendation for looking for love within the trendy world.
  • [1:33:06] Loss of life meditation.
  • [1:42:54] Discovering private goal and which means.
  • [1:56:50] 4 basic micronutrients of happiness.
  • [1:59:53] Translating a necessity for become motion.
  • [2:07:13] Aristotle’s secrets and techniques to happiness.
  • [2:11:57] Actual pals assist us put the kibosh on self-deception.
  • [2:19:13] Reflecting on the repercussions of dwelling for the mirror’s approval.
  • [2:22:46] Collaborating with Oprah on Construct the Life You Need.
  • [2:28:14] The purpose Arthur hopes individuals don’t miss in Construct the Life You Need.
  • [2:31:54] Studying suggestion: The Noonday Demon.
  • [2:33:32] Publicity remedy: making ache a part of one’s medication.
  • [2:38:15] A sensible strategy to be glad about life’s dangerous issues.
  • [2:41:12] Parting ideas.


“Happiness is just not the purpose and unhappiness is just not the enemy. Getting happier is the purpose.”

— Arthur C. Brooks

“Bodily health, for me, is a strategy to handle my unfavorable have an effect on. It’s really a happiness approach for me. It doesn’t make me happier. It makes me much less sad. That’s what bodily health will do — it’ll purchase you much less unhappiness.”

— Arthur C. Brooks

“One of the best marriages are utterly trustworthy, however the honesty is a present and by no means a weapon.”

— Arthur C. Brooks

“Most studying doesn’t occur when the professor talks about one thing. In case you perceive every thing the professor says, it’s not a tough sufficient class, and also you don’t have an excellent professor. He has to blow your thoughts with one thing, and also you’ve bought to go away and give it some thought. And then you definitely study it by your individual considering. That’s analytical meditation, or psychological prayer.”

— Arthur C. Brooks

“The primary factor that Oprah and I can be very disenchanted about is that individuals don’t really turn into extra totally alive by the transcendent passage of each happierness and the unhappiness that is part of what it means to be an actual individual.”

— Arthur C. Brooks

“My purpose is coaching [people] to be happiness lecturers. … Perceive, change your habits, share with others.”

— Arthur C. Brooks

“Intention is okay, however attachment is dangerous.”

— Arthur C. Brooks

“It’s the voyage itself that’s the journey of life, not really reaching the actual vacation spot — whether or not it’s the unique one or one which seems to be higher or worse or wherever you wind up. And that’s the way in which you’ve bought to dwell your life.”

— Arthur C. Brooks

“One of many issues that I train my college students at HBS is that I’d by no means put money into the agency of an entrepreneur who’s unwilling to present her or his coronary heart away. As a result of it’s the one most dangerous entrepreneurial factor that you are able to do, placing each little bit of capital in danger. In case you’re not prepared to present your coronary heart away, I’m not going to place my cash in your fund.”

— Arthur C. Brooks


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