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    #383 Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying: Life Lessons Everybody Learns Too Late with Bronnie Ware

    enSeptember 12, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • Living a Life Without RegretsPrioritize personal happiness, maintain work-life balance, and nurture relationships to live a life true to oneself and minimize the likelihood of experiencing regrets.

      Living a life true to oneself is crucial in order to avoid common regrets on one's deathbed. Dr. Rangan Chatterjee and author Bronnie Ware discuss the top five regrets of the dying, including not living a life true to oneself and working too hard. They emphasize the importance of prioritizing personal happiness, maintaining work-life balance, and nurturing relationships with loved ones. By honoring one's own life and making choices aligned with personal values, individuals can minimize the likelihood of experiencing regrets later on. This conversation serves as a reminder to reflect on our own lives and make intentional decisions that bring joy and fulfillment, ensuring a life without regrets.

    • The Power of Timing and ConnectionTrust in the timing of life's messages and be open to receiving them when you are ready. Prioritize your well-being to avoid negative long-term effects.

      Our readiness and timing play a significant role in receiving and understanding messages in life. Certain messages and insights may come to us when we are ready to hear them, and they resonate with us at the right time. It is a divine connection that allows us to trust in the timing and believe that life unfolds as it is meant to. We may encounter similar messages repeatedly, but until we are prepared to receive them in a certain way, they won't truly land with us. Our attention and focus also influence what messages we notice in our lives. As we question our discontent and strive for happiness, it is important to be open to the messages that come our way and act on them when the timing feels right. The conversation highlights the need to prioritize our well-being and avoid overworking or burning out, as these can have long-term negative effects on our lives and overall satisfaction.

    • Creating Space for Happiness and FulfillmentPrioritizing activities that bring joy and fulfillment, even for a few hours a week, can create a healthier balance, prevent burnout, and enhance productivity in the long run.

      Creating space in our lives is essential for overall well-being and fulfillment. Many people feel trapped in a cycle of working too hard due to their responsibilities, but the regret of not prioritizing other aspects of life can be profound. By carving out even a few hours a week for activities we truly enjoy, such as spending time with family or pursuing personal passions, we can create a healthier balance and prevent burnout. Taking breaks and allowing ourselves to be present in the moment actually enhances productivity and clarity when we do return to work. It is important to challenge the notion that constant productivity is the only path to success and instead prioritize our own happiness and fulfillment.

    • The Importance of Creating Space for Well-being and Success.Setting aside time for ourselves each day or each weekend, even if it's just 15 minutes, and embracing moments of stillness can lead to a more fulfilling and balanced life.

      Creating space in our lives is essential for our well-being and overall success. Rangan Chatterjee emphasizes the importance of work-life balance, acknowledging that there are times when we need to go all in for certain projects or goals. However, he also highlights the danger of allowing this intensity to go unchecked for extended periods, resulting in neglecting our personal lives and relationships. Setting aside time each day or each weekend for ourselves, even if it's just 15 minutes, can make a significant difference. Bronnie Ware adds that creating space with no agenda and embracing moments of stillness can bring about profound benefits. Trusting in ourselves and having faith in our own path allows us to find our own balance and live a more fulfilling life.

    • Finding Fulfillment by Prioritizing What Truly MattersTrue success comes from living a life aligned with our values and passions, prioritizing relationships and joy over external validation, and making choices that bring contentment and purpose.

      It is important to prioritize what truly matters in life and not get caught up in external validation or societal constructs. Choosing to live a life aligned with our values and passions is more fulfilling than seeking constant recognition or chasing after every small infringement. By letting go of ego and focusing on the impact we make and the joy we experience in the present moment, we can find greater contentment and purpose. It is crucial to consider the choices we make and the sacrifices they entail, whether it be in terms of time, finances, or other commitments. Ultimately, true success cannot be measured by societal standards, but by the quality of our relationships and the fulfillment we find in our daily lives.

    • Evaluating the Price of our Choices and BehaviorsTrue happiness and fulfillment come from within, not from external validation. Prioritizing self-awareness and nurturing meaningful relationships leads to contentment in life.

      Every choice we make and every behavior we engage in has a price. It is crucial for us to recognize and evaluate the price we are willing to pay for our actions. External validation, such as social media followers or external rewards, may not bring us true happiness or fulfillment in the long run. At the end of our lives, what truly matters are our own reflections and the quality of relationships we have nurtured. The opinions of others are only as valid as we allow them to be, and those people will also face their own reconciliations. It is important to constantly reevaluate our choices and priorities, as what works for us at one point in our lives may not work later on. Self-awareness and letting go of ego are essential for finding true contentment in life.

    • Letting go of ego and expectations in the creative process.Detach from outcomes and embrace the joy of creation for personal growth and connection.

      Our ego and expectations should not define our work or creativity. Rangan Chatterjee and Bronnie Ware both emphasize the importance of detachment and humility when sharing their work with the world. While it is natural to feel protective of one's creations and desire recognition, it is equally essential to let go of expectations and focus on the joy and fulfillment of the creative process itself. They highlight that true art comes from a place of authenticity and is often received unexpectedly, without any predetermined success or acceptance. By releasing attachment to outcomes and embracing the act of creation for its own sake, we can find personal growth, spiritual expansion, and a genuine connection with others.

    • A Journey of Persistence and Timing: From Blog to BestsellerTiming and perseverance are key in achieving success. Reflecting on our own lives and making positive changes can lead to personal growth and fulfillment.

      Bronnie Ware's journey towards writing her book, "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying," was filled with unexpected twists and turns. She initially started a blog after teaching songwriting in a women's jail and feeling a calling to share her experiences. Despite facing initial challenges and rejection from publishers, she persisted and decided to release the book independently. Just as she was ready to give up, she received an offer for an international deal from Hay House. This highlights the importance of timing and readiness in achieving success. Additionally, Ware's work with dying patients made her reflect on her own life and inspired her to make positive changes.

    • Choosing a Life True to YourselfRegardless of external circumstances, we have the power to choose our own path and live a life that aligns with our authentic selves.

      There is always a choice when it comes to living a life true to yourself, regardless of external circumstances. Bronnie Ware's experience with a dying woman who urged her to have the courage to follow her own path served as a powerful awakening. It made her realize that she didn't have to live up to others' expectations or conform to societal norms. She questioned what it meant to live a life true to herself and dared to pursue a creative career despite criticism from her family. This conversation highlights the importance of examining our own desires and passions, even if it means making significant changes or facing challenges along the way. It reminds us that we have the power to choose our own path and create a life that aligns with our authentic selves.

    • Embracing the Uncertainty of LifeDon't delay pursuing fulfillment and happiness. Seize the present, as tomorrow is never guaranteed.

      Life is uncertain and we often make assumptions about our future. We assume that we will have time to reflect, make changes, and live a long life. However, the truth is that life doesn't always work out the way we expect. We may not have as much time as we think, and unexpected circumstances can drastically alter our plans. It's important to prioritize what truly matters to us and not delay or postpone making changes that will bring us fulfillment and happiness. We shouldn't wait for retirement or some future milestone to start living a life that brings us joy. We must seize the present moment and make the most of it because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

    • Embracing death: Transforming perspectives and finding peace.Understanding death as a part of life can bring peace and eliminate fear, allowing us to appreciate the fleeting nature of life and see death as a return to something greater.

      Embracing the reality of death can help us truly live life. Rangan Chatterjee, who had limited exposure to death while growing up, found it transformative when his father passed away. In contrast, Bronnie Ware, who grew up on a farm and witnessed death regularly, recognized its inevitability from an early age. This childhood experience shaped her perspective and made her appreciate the fleeting nature of life. Ware, who now works with the dying, has witnessed firsthand the peace and joy that some experience in their final moments. This understanding has eliminated her fear of death and allowed her to see it as a return to something greater.

    • Embracing Mistakes and Avoiding RegretRegret is self-judgment, but learning from mistakes and following our dreams without fear can help us avoid the pain of regret and move forward with compassion.

      Regret is only self-judgment. Making mistakes is a part of being human and learning from them is how we grow. It's important to live life without fear and honor our dreams, even if they change or aren't fully realized. Bronnie Ware shares that witnessing the anguish and pain of regret has taught her the importance of following our dreams and avoiding the regret of not trying. She emphasizes that mistakes don't have to turn into regrets and that having compassion for our younger selves is crucial. By being compassionate and understanding that we always do our best with the knowledge we have, we can let go of regret and move forward.

    • Embracing Courage and Seizing OpportunitiesCourage is necessary to overcome fears and embrace our potential, while reframing time wasted as a learning opportunity allows us to make the most of every moment.

      Courage is essential in living a meaningful and contented life. Courage is about breaking through resistance and facing fears in order to embrace our potential and become the best version of ourselves. It involves dismantling the walls that hold us back and being unafraid of what others may think or the possibility of failure. Wasting time is subjective and can be seen as a negative judgment, but it can also be reframed as a learning opportunity. By being present and mindful, we can reflect on past experiences with kindness and recognize that every moment contributes to the fabric of our lives. Ultimately, we have the power to motivate ourselves and make the most of the time we have.

    • Embracing Courage and Taking Action: The Path to Unexpected Rewards and Self-Discovery.By having the courage to change direction, face fears, and embrace the unknown, we gain valuable lessons, self-kindness, and uncover new opportunities. Trust in life and be open to surprises.

      Taking action and embracing courage can lead to unexpected rewards and self-discovery. Bronnie Ware emphasizes the importance of having the courage to change direction and make significant changes in pursuit of our dreams. While the results may not always align with our initial expectations, the process itself teaches us valuable lessons and allows us to understand ourselves better. The reward lies in the freedom and self-kindness we gain by facing our fears and taking risks. Rangan Chatterjee adds that sometimes not getting what we want can actually lead to something better in the long run. It is essential to trust in life and be open to being surprised. By embracing the unknown, we allow ourselves to grow and uncover new opportunities.

    • Building Relationships, Humor, and Belief: The Keys to a Regret-Free LifeStrong relationships, a sense of humor, and belief in something greater contribute to living a fulfilling life without regrets.

      Having strong relationships, maintaining a sense of humor, and holding a belief in something greater than oneself are qualities that contribute to a regret-free life. The speaker, Bronnie Ware, highlights that individuals who had good communication and support from their families were less likely to experience regrets. Additionally, humor played a significant role in allowing them to navigate life's challenges without being too hard on themselves. Lastly, while religious faith was not the sole determining factor, those who had a belief in a higher power or a spiritual belief also exhibited a lack of regrets. This conversation underscores the importance of prioritizing relationships, cultivating a sense of humor, and finding meaning beyond oneself for a fulfilling and regret-free life.

    • Embracing intergenerational connections for a richer perspective on life.Spending time with people from different generations can help us prioritize meaningful experiences over empty achievements and foster unity. Expressing love and care to loved ones, even in difficult times, is crucial.

      Intergenerational connections and witnessing death can profoundly impact our priorities and perspective on life. By spending time with people from different generations, whether they are family or community members, we can experience the richness of life and let go of the empty achievements. This can foster a sense of teamwork and unity instead of working against each other. Additionally, even when dealing with loved ones who have Alzheimer's or are no longer able to communicate clearly, it is important to continue expressing love and care. There may be brief moments of clarity where they can hear and understand our affectionate words.

    • The power of love and communication in challenging times.Showing love and support to our loved ones, even when they can't respond or are not the same, can still have a profound impact on their well-being and bring comfort and strength. Love transcends communication barriers.

      We should never stop loving and communicating with our loved ones, even if they can't respond or are not the same as they used to be. Rangan Chatterjee reflects on his difficult experience with his mother's health decline and the struggle to accept the "new normal." He questions whether his mother's inability to articulate herself makes her any less of the person she was before. Bronnie Ware mentions a stroke survivor who didn't recognize her mother during her hospital stay but still felt loved and safe in her presence. This demonstrates the importance of showing love and support to those who may not fully comprehend or respond, as it can still have a profound impact on their well-being. It reminds us that love transcends communication barriers and can provide comfort and strength in challenging times.

    • Embracing decay and mortality for peace and perspective in lifeAccepting the natural progression of life and finding gratitude in the present moment can lead to a regret-free and meaningful life.

      Understanding and accepting the process of decay and mortality can actually be helpful in finding peace and perspective in life. Rangan Chatterjee reflects on how acknowledging his mother's physical and mental deterioration allowed him to better grasp the natural progression of life from creation to decay and, eventually, death. While it may seem difficult and counterintuitive, this honest confrontation with mortality can provide clarity and help contextualize the changes we experience. Additionally, Bronnie Ware emphasizes the importance of finding gratitude in our lives and recognizing the gift of each day. Ultimately, allowing ourselves to be happy and appreciating the present moment can lead to a regret-free life.

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    #460 Finding Your Purpose at Any Age: Life Lessons from 103-Year-Old Dr Gladys McGarey

    #460 Finding Your Purpose at Any Age: Life Lessons from 103-Year-Old Dr Gladys McGarey

    At the age of 103, not only is today’s guest the oldest I’ve ever welcomed onto my podcast, but she’s also the oldest returning guest, too!

     

    Dr Gladys McGarey is the co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Association and the author of the fantastic book The Well-Lived Life: A 103-Year-Old Doctor's Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age. She began her medical practice at a time when women couldn’t even own their own bank accounts, and over the past sixty years, she’s pioneered a new way of thinking about disease and health that’s transformed the way we imagine health care and self-care around the world.

    In this wonderful and uplifting conversation, and with her trademark humour and compassion, Gladys offers profound insights on living with purpose, navigating adversity and finding healing within ourselves. 

    We explore how to avoid living with regrets, the importance of parents truly listening to and supporting their children and finding your unique purpose that ‘feeds your soul’. We also look at how we can bring a more positive attitude to negative experiences and how Gladys lives by what she calls her "5 Ls" - life, love, laughter, labour and listening.

    Still thriving at 103, she embodies staying curious, adaptable and active. During our conversation, she shares her views on ageing, believing in ‘ageing into health’ rather than ‘anti-ageing.’ She also stresses the importance of doctors listening to - and loving - their patients but that it’s ultimately us who are responsible for our own healing.

    Gladys’s century of life experiences has something to offer everyone. Her wisdom will inspire you to reflect on your own purpose, face life's challenges with resilience and make the most of the years ahead.

    It was an honour to speak to Gladys again and have such a deep and honest conversation with her. I hope you enjoy listening to her as much as I did. Her playfulness, humour, and can-do attitude remind us that it's never too late to learn, grow and make a positive impact on the world around us. 

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    #459 BITESIZE | A Monk’s Guide To Happiness & How To Thrive in Hard Times | Gelong Thubten

    #459 BITESIZE | A Monk’s Guide To Happiness & How To Thrive in Hard Times | Gelong Thubten

    What if the most courageous, compassionate thing you could do in life, was to learn how to be with yourself?


    Today’s clip is from episode 387 of the podcast with Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author of ‘A Handbook for Hard Times: A Monk’s Guide to Fearless Living’ - Gelong Thubten.


    In this clip he explains that when we distract ourselves by scrolling, overeating, or drinking for example, we’re pushing away emotional pain or discomfort – even if we may not realise it. But the discomfort is really in the pushing. If we can learn instead to sit with what’s making us uncomfortable, those emotions start to transform.


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    #458 Why You Dream: What Your Sleeping Brain Reveals About Your Waking Life with Brain Surgeon Dr Rahul Jandial

    #458 Why You Dream: What Your Sleeping Brain Reveals About Your Waking Life with Brain Surgeon Dr Rahul Jandial

    Have you ever woken up from a vivid dream and wondered about its meaning? Or perhaps questioned the purpose of dreaming altogether? It’s certainly a fascinating topic and one which I have never covered before on my podcast.

     

    This week, I’m delighted to welcome back Dr Rahul Jandial, a dual-trained neurosurgeon and neurobiologist. He is an expert in brain health, a world-renowned brain surgeon who routinely undertakes complex cancer operations and he’s also the author of the brand-new book, ‘This is Why You Dream: What Your Sleeping Brain Reveals About Your Waking Life’. 

     

    During our conversation, Rahul explains his belief, that we sleep, in order to dream. When we are asleep, our brains are not resting but instead shift into a different state where areas linked to imagination and creativity become more active.

     

    While dreams remain a largely unexplained phenomenon, Rahul shares his insights into common dream themes, the importance of dreams in childhood brain development, and the highly personal nature of dream interpretation. He also covers practical techniques for remembering dreams, the concept of lucid dreaming, the potential links between dreaming and future brain health, and also shares some profound insights about the brain at the time of death. 

     

    Throughout our conversation, Rahul emphasises that although dreams have captivated humans for centuries, they remain a mysterious and intensely personal aspect of our lives. However, if we approach our dreams with curiosity, they have the potential to gift us valuable insights about the contents of our minds and our emotions.

     

    The topic of dreams clearly resonates with many of you - I received over 1,000 comments and questions about dreams when I announced this upcoming episode on my Instagram page.  And, I’m happy to say that Rahul answers some of these questions throughout our discussion, offering his unique perspective as both a neuroscientist and a neurosurgeon.

     

    So whether you're a vivid dreamer or someone who rarely remembers their dreams, this episode offers a captivating glimpse into our sleeping minds.

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    #457 BITESIZE | The Secrets to Reversing Your Age and Living Longer | Dr Mark Hyman

    #457  BITESIZE | The Secrets to Reversing Your Age and Living Longer | Dr Mark Hyman

    What if you could slow down ageing or even reverse it?


    Today’s clip is from episode 338 of the podcast with medical doctor and best-selling author Dr Mark Hyman. 


    His latest book, Young Forever: The Secrets To Living Your Longest, Healthiest Life, challenges us to reimagine our biology and the entire process of ageing.


    In this clip Mark explains how our daily food choices influence the speed at which we will age, and shares some powerful research showing that we we might be able to reverse our biological age by up to three years in just eight weeks.


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    #456 How Smartphones Are Rewiring Our Brains, Why Social Media is Eradicating Childhood & The Truth About The Mental Health Epidemic with Jonathan Haidt

    #456 How Smartphones Are Rewiring Our Brains, Why Social Media is Eradicating Childhood & The Truth About The Mental Health Epidemic with Jonathan Haidt

    Today’s episode is about a topic that I am truly passionate about - the introduction of social media and smartphones into all aspects of our lives - and what impact this is having on us individually, collectively and, perhaps most urgently, what impact is this having on our children.

     

    Jonathan Haidt is arguably one of the worlds’ most eminent psychologists. He is a Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business and the author of 4 best-selling books, including his latest The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness.

     

    In this episode, Jonathan and I explore how the fundamental differences between online and real-world interactions are affecting young people's social, emotional and cognitive development. We discuss why girls face unique risks on social media, from damaged relationships and reputations to harassment, and how gaming and pornography are shaping boys' expectations of relationships.

    Jonathan also shares some eye-opening data about the link between a decline in teen mental health and the widespread adoption of smartphones and social media. He emphasises the need for collective action to create healthier norms around technology use, both at home and in schools.

    We dive into practical strategies for parents, including setting clear boundaries and prioritising hobbies and family time. Our conversation also touches on the challenges of navigating technology use in a world where the pace of change has been so fast.

    Jonathan remains optimistic that we're nearing a tipping point and outlines four key norms we can all adopt with our children—even if they’re already dependent on their phones throughout the day. We also discuss in detail what we believe schools could be doing to help their students have less screen time and the importance of collaborating with other families to support healthier habits.

    As a parent and a doctor, I'm deeply concerned about the mental health crisis facing our children and young people. But if, as a society, we can come together to raise awareness and take purposeful action, we can create a healthier future for the next generation.

    I think this is one of the most important conversations that I have ever had on my podcast. Jonathan and I both believe that the rewiring of our children’s brains to be one of the most urgent societal harms that needs addressing.  My hope is that you find this conversation eye opening, enlightening and thought provoking - and I very much hope it prompts you to take action.

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    #455 BITESIZE | The Surprising Truth About Exercise and Keeping Your Brain Healthy | Dr Tommy Wood

    #455 BITESIZE | The Surprising Truth About Exercise and Keeping Your Brain Healthy | Dr Tommy Wood

    It's easy to believe that we have to dedicate lots of time and energy to exercise. That, unless we're pushing ourselves to our limits, it's not worth doing. But my guest this week disagrees - as do I.


    Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my weekly podcast for your mind, body, and heart. Each week I’ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.


    Today’s clip is from episode 404 of the podcast with medical doctor and neuroscientist, Dr Tommy Wood.


    Like myself, Tommy is passionate about empowering you to take control of your health by simplifying the wealth of existing information and giving you practical, realistic recommendations.


    In this clip he shares his current perspective on movement and why you don’t need to exercise for hours to gain benefits for your body and your brain.


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    #454 How To Live Your Life Without Regret, The Importance of Speaking Your Truth & Why Silencing Yourself Impacts Your Health & Happiness with Africa Brooke

    #454 How To Live Your Life Without Regret, The Importance of Speaking Your Truth & Why Silencing Yourself Impacts Your Health & Happiness with Africa Brooke

    How often do you stop yourself from saying what you really think for fear of being rejected, punished, or not fitting in? Whether it's sharing our true thoughts at work, online, or with loved ones, self-censorship can prevent us from fully expressing ourselves and living authentically. It can also have profoundly negative consequences for our health and happiness.

     

    This week’s guest is Africa Brooke, an internationally recognised consultant, accredited coach, public speaker and podcaster. She’s also the author of the wonderful new book, The Third Perspective: Brave Expression in the Age of Intolerance.

    In our conversation, Africa explains the different ways in which we silence ourselves and the severe consequences, over time, when we don’t change course. She also explains the importance of creating a culture where everyone has room to mess up, stumble, learn and grow - privately and publicly - without the overwhelming pressure to be perfect.

    Africa shares her journey with addiction and reveals how it taught her valuable lessons about the importance of self-honesty and authentic expression for personal wellbeing and growth. She emphasises that the path to overcoming self-censorship starts with self-awareness, taking responsibility for our values, and practising honest expression, even if it feels uncomfortable.

    We also explore how we can better approach disagreements with others, the importance of avoiding absolutist thinking and how we can model healthy expression for our children, by showing up as our imperfect selves - by living and speaking our truth, we build trust and give them permission to do the same.

     

    I think Africa is someone who is talking about a crucially important topic in the most beautiful, profound and compassionate way. My hope is that this conversation serves as a powerful reminder of the freedom and wholeness that comes with authentic self-expression and how embracing our true voice is a courageous and transformative act.

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    #453 BITESIZE | Do This Every Day to Reduce Stress, Boost Immunity & Increase Resilience | Dr Susanna Søberg

    #453 BITESIZE | Do This Every Day to Reduce Stress, Boost Immunity & Increase Resilience | Dr Susanna Søberg

    Cold showers, icy plunge pools, outdoor swimming – are you a fan, or does the very idea make you shiver? 


    Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my weekly podcast for your mind, body, and heart. Each week I’ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.


    Today’s clip is from episode 322 of the podcast with Dr Susanna Søberg.


    Susanna is arguably one of the leading researchers on the topic of cold water immersion therapy. Her research on the physiology of deliberate cold and heat exposure is helping to back up what many cultures have known instinctively for thousands of years – changing our temperature is good for us.


    In this clip we discuss some of the new science around one of the biggest wellness trends of the past few years and Susanna gives some great tips so you can get started.


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    #452 The Science of Rituals & How They Can Transform Our Health, Happiness and Relationships with Professor Michael Norton

    #452 The Science of Rituals & How They Can Transform Our Health, Happiness and Relationships with Professor Michael Norton

    Have you ever thought about the role that rituals play in our health and wellbeing? Whether it's a morning routine, a pre-game warmup, or a cultural tradition, rituals can provide us with structure, meaning, and connection.

     

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    In this conversation, Michael and I explore the fascinating world of rituals and how they impact on our mental and physical health. We discuss the distinction between rituals and routines, why they can be really helpful in making our habits stick over the long term and how, by providing order and structure, they can help us manage overwhelm and stress.

     

    We also explore how rituals foster community and connection, how elite athletes like Serena Williams use rituals to enhance performance and mental preparation, and how team rituals, like the New Zealand rugby team’s iconic Hakka, are a great example of how ritual behaviours boost togetherness and collective identity. 

     

    Michael and I also share some of our own personal rituals  - including the preparation rituals I go through each week to prepare for this podcast. And, we also acknowledge that rituals can become problematic if taken to an extreme and the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with them, using them as tools for self-improvement rather than allowing them to be in control of us.

     

    Ultimately, this is a conversation that offers a compelling case for the power of rituals in enhancing our health and happiness. Whether you're an athlete striving for peak performance, or simply someone looking to live a more fulfilled life, I think you’ll find that understanding the "ritual effect" can be truly transformative.


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    #451 BITESIZE | A 103-year-old Doctor’s #1 Secret to Health and Happiness | Dr Gladys McGarey

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    Today’s guest is the oldest person I’ve ever welcomed onto my show, and what a great pleasure it was for me to do so. 


    Feel Better Live More Bitesize is my weekly podcast for your mind, body, and heart. Each week I’ll be featuring inspirational stories and practical tips from some of my former guests.


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    She’s 103 years old, co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Association, and author of the fantastic book, The Well-Lived Life: A 102-year-old Doctor’s Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age.


    For many of us, finding our purpose in life feels like an optional extra when we’re busy working, raising children or caring for parents. It can be hard to know who we really are or what we want out of life. But Gladys insists we should still strive to identify our reason for getting out of bed every morning.

    Gladys believes each of us holds a unique purpose - a true reason for being here. And in this clip, she invites you to find yours.


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