What Makes a Good Life - Jonathan Fields
What does it mean to lead a "good life"? Jonathan Fields - author, entrepreneur, and host of the Good Life Project Podcast has a simple system for maximizing your happiness and engagement with the world. He explains how to identify your strengths through self-discovery, what essential element you need for a strong relationship, and how to fill your Good Life buckets of vitality, connection, and contribution.
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TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
- Debrief and deconstruct the good and bad experiences. Learn from them.
- Before you jump all in, get as much clarity and reality as you can. And then respond.
- Don't rush into experimentation mode. Do some self-discovery. Dig inside and figure out, "Who am I? What matters to me?"
- Invest your energy in the world in a way that aligns with your strengths. You're more likely to be happier, regardless of the industry or title.
- A good life is one with vitality, connection, and contribution.
- The states of mind and body are pretty much the same. So take care of them both.
- Create relationships that give you a sense of belonging to a community or a bigger ecosystem.
- Absorb yourself in activities that are driven by meaning and purpose, and let you feel expressed in capability and identity.
- Look at your good life buckets every morning and ask, "Which one seems low? And what can I do today to give it some love?"
- Awareness is the master key for strong relationships.
- Don't wait to feel better. Feel differently through the small things you do every day.
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Listen to the Good Life Project Podcast
- Listener wins
- Jonathan Fields' books
- How to find your strengths - the approaches:
- The Good Life Buckets
- Vitality: optimize the state of mind and body
- Connection: create deep and meaningful relationships
- Contribution: spend time in activities that are driven by meaning and purpose
- John Gottman on relationships
- Good Life Project practice journal
- Insight Timer app
- Free meditation audio guides from UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center
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