Busyness

Americans have never been busier, nor more proud of it.  Learn why we use busyness as a badge of honor with Georgetown researcher and professor, Dr. Neeru Paharia, and hear from Annie Grow and elderly consultants.

Resources/ more on this topic:

Dr. Paharia’s research covered in HBR

Also Covered in Columbia business school

FAVORITE op-ed on busyness

Great article from The Economist

Tim Ferris knows everything

Business insider telling it like it is

Washington Post weighs in

Health Fitness

France showing us up on joie de vivre

Recommended book: On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

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Romance 2

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We’re picking back up with Jeff Arch, writer and creator of Sleepless in Seattle, discussing real life romance vs. movie romance. Then several other guests discuss the reality of their love lives.

Jeff Arch, Sally Seibert, Molly Birchall, Toos Ward, Trina Weeks, Molly Malone

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Romance

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Why can’t love be like the movies? Adoring suitors, perfect love confessions, and kisses in the pouring rain. Is real-life romance a bust, or are we not watching close enough? Hear from Sleepless in Seattle creator and writer, Jeff Arch.

In part one of two, I give my husband a chance to defend himself, lament with my sister, and discover whether or not the writers of romance movies lead the lives we dream of. Tune in next week as the conversation with Jeff continues in Part Two, followed by more conversations with friends, family and the elderly about lifelong, off-screen love.

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Romantic books I recommend:

Books mentioned by Jeff Arch:


Romantic movies I recommend:

Dating Apps

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Dating is tricky. But now you can do it from your phone. Does that make meeting the one easier or harder? Listen as friends discuss their opinions and experiences, and research gives insight into the digital complexities of finding love.

Dating apps make people less attractive in real life

Tinder users have lower self-esteem

The rise of dating-app fatigue

Dating app parody song written by me, performed by Kimberly Lochner:

 

 

People Who Deserve More Credit

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There are people all around us doing great things and not getting the deserved recognition. Today they will. Featuring Jessica Jensen, a yelp reviewer, wikipedia contributor, and Ben Stiller’s stuntman.

Greg Fitzpatrick’s highlight reel:

Also be sure to check out Roger Bamkin’s gender gap-bridging project on Wikipedia 

 

Saying No

Season 1 Episode 4.

Sometimes the most positive thing we can do is just say no. Learn the things Andy and friends have liberated themselves from, and hear wisdom from William Ury’s The Power of a Positive No. 

Featuring; Kevin Seibert, Mike Thayer, Jessica Jensen, Annie & Alex Grow, Levi Ballstaedt.

Check out this book to learn more about how and why to say no:

In case you need some biblical justification to setting boundaries, this will do the trick:

“Saying No” clips referenced in show:

 

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Expectations

Season 1 Episode 3

Want a great dinner conversation? Ask someone if it is better to live with high expectations or low expectations. People get passionate about this one.

In this episode I am overthinking expectations. I get inside the mind of optimist and friend Alex Grow, my husband Levi, gain perspective from my Elderly Consultants, and finally get a powerfully insightful interview with the author of my favorite book on happiness Dr. Rakesh Sarin (yeeee!)

MUST read book by interviewee Dr. Rakesh Sarin. Easily my favorite book on happiness to date.

References and more links on this topic:

Dr. Rakesh Sarin Tedx Talk

Daniel Gilbert study shows low expectations=low rewards

One Forbes vote for high expectations

Psychology Today vote for low expectations

NPR expectations in marriage

Millennials and expectations

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Surprisingly Inspiring

Season 1 Episode 2

Seriously bizarre things can become seriously successful, and what could be more inspiring? In this episode, my friend Ned Sweet and I list some of these unexpected successes. Then I chat with Kevin Eastman, creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Items mentioned:*

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FOMO

Season 1 Episode 1

I, Andy, suffer from acute FOMO, aka the Fear Of Missing Out. 

It’s a real thing. In the premiere episode of the Andy Overthinks podcast, this millennial phobia is researched and discussed with friends- Jessica Jensen and Levi Ballstaedt, elderly consultants- Toos Ward (87), Aileen Alfano (95), Miss Ruby (91), and therapist Joey Ulrich.

More resources on FOMO:

Priya Parker Tedx Talk

Time magazine

NY Times article

Funny SF Gate column

Science Daily

Forbes

Recommended Reading:*

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What’s up with that?

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I can raise either eyebrow. Left or right or both. “Look ma no hands!” Maybe it’s not that cool, but it does come in handy when I see something that makes me think, “Mmm…that seems off. What’s the deal there?” OK, the things I list below may seem normal at first, but after lots of overthinking (check) you actually start to have some reservations about the people participating in them. Until I can sort out what exactly is wrong with each offense, I will file the perpetrators under my brain’s “Watch List.”  It’s possible I’m alone on these, but for your consideration here are a few things that may be worthy of your skepticism:  Continue reading