Existential Stoic Podcast, self help, modern stoicism, happiness
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How can we live without regret? What should we do when we experience guilt? In this episode, Danny and Randy explore death, guilt, and other topics.

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Existential Stoic Podcast, dobetterwithdan, self help, Motivation, Quick Fix, how to, happiness, positivity, good life
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Episode 144 – The Existential Stoic Podcast

We all want to be happy. In this Quick Fix, Danny and Randy discuss tips for how to be happy. Listen now and start looking at your own life differently.

Quick Fix 144 – How to be Happy – Available wherever you get your podcasts!

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self help, Existential Stoic, gratitude, happiness, growth, self control, virtue, character
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Have you ever felt like things just aren’t moving fast enough? Do things seem like they take too long, like there’s not enough time in the day?

Danny and Randy discuss the importance of patience, contentment, and acknowledging what you have in Episode 127 of The Existential Stoic.

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Thanksgiving, Christmas, holidays, gratitude, generosity, self help
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Discover how to get through the holidays by focusing on gratitude and generosity in Episode 108 of The Existential Stoic.

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positivity, positive mindset, attitude, intentionality, strength, motivation, self help, happiness

We all want to be more productive. We commonly assess our own value by the extent to which we believe we are productive. When we are productive, we are able to face the world, the daily challenges of life, and we are able to achieve our goals and live the life we want.

If productivity is so important, what can we do to be more productive?

Positivity and High Spirits

We underestimate the important role positivity plays in productivity. Nietzsche points out that “Nothing gets done without a dose of high spirits.” A positive mindset, he thought, as many other philosophers agree, is a choice, is something we can choose to foster and develop.

“Nothing gets done without a dose of high spirits.”

Nietzsche

Nietzsche reminds us that the “decision to find the world ugly and bad” is a dangerous decision because it makes “the world ugly and bad.” Negativity breeds negativity. When we are negative, we lose the strength needed to face the world and get things done. Negativity is exhausting, makes us feel worn out, and ultimately derails our productivity.

In my own experience, I’ve found the two most valuable tools for fostering a positive outlook are practicing gratitude and cultivating a greater awareness of the small delights and pleasures in life. To practice gratitude is not simply to acknowledge the good, but to celebrate it and express thanks for it. When we are grateful, we are more apt to recognize the small pleasures and small delights in life.

We must make a choice to become more aware of the small delights and pleasures in life, and once we make this choice it is important to affirm it by expressing thanks and recognizing the impact this awareness has on our attitude and our quality of life. It involves, as Nietzsche suggests, a decision: we must decide that the world is beautiful and good rather than ugly and bad.

When we cultivate positivity, we actively make a choice to start seeing the world a certain way. We choose to be aware of and take notice of the good in the world, to find it, to express thanks for it. When we do this, we experience increased energy and motivation. We are more prepared and equipped to deal with the everyday challenges in life, because we possess the psychological fortitude to deal with obstacles and difficulties, to face them and overcome.

As Nicole Mead Ph.D. discovered, small pleasures and delights are an important source of positive feelings that improve our mindset and play a crucial role in our overall attitude.

“Why are simple pleasures vital for goal progress? Modern day life is full of struggles and challenges, which erode the very psychological resources we need to make progress on our goals: Positive feelings.”

Nicole Mead

Productivity is heavily influenced by our spirits, by the extent to which we feel psychologically equipped to handle the challenges of life and possess the strength to overcome obstacles we may encounter. Through gratitude and a deeper awareness of the everyday pleasures in life, we take control of our mindset, our attitude, by choosing to live intentionally and be in control of ourselves. The more we take possession of ourselves, the more empowered we become.

To be productive is to possess the ability, the motivation, the will power to get things done and live the life we want, to make progress towards our goals. Make the choice to live intentionally, to make the most of this life, and start cultivating the mindset, the strength, to live your own life and be productive.

“The only proof of strength is an excess of strength.”

Nietzsche

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Existential Stoic Podcast, dobetterwithdan, self help, Motivation, positivity
with Danny & Randy

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Quick Fix 17 – How to be More Grateful

In this Quick Fix, Danny and Randy explore how to be more grateful.  

Practicing gratitude is crucial for building a positive attitude. Through gratitude we express what we are thankful for and become more aware of the good in everyday life.

Discover how to be more grateful and start changing how you see the world!  

Listen to Quick Fix 17 to hear ESP’s tips for how to be more grateful.

The Existential Stoic Podcast Quick Fix – Available wherever you get your podcasts!

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