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The Minimalists Podcast podcast

The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.

 

#447

310 | Self-Doubt

Joshua and Ryan talk about inner conflict, self-doubt, and self-hatred with author, speaker, and attorney [Mel Robbins] (https://melrobbins.com/) , and they answer the following questions: How do I rebuild my relationship with myself? (02:06) What is the most important relationship in our life? (02:59) What moment led to the High Five Habit? (08:42) Why do most mantras not work? (15:22) How did you keep from blaming yourselves and beating yourselves up for the failure of your marriages, and how did you restore your confidence in starting new relationships afterward? (16:54) What does a high five represent? (19:39) Can thinking about yourself negatively actually benefit you positively? (26:06) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

43 MINS

43:30

19 Oct 2021


#446

Reevaluate Everything with Minimalism

Joshua and Ryan talk about when it makes sense to reevaluate everything, as well as the best time to simplify. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

07 MINS

07:03

14 Oct 2021


#445

309 | Something More

Joshua and Ryan talk about finding something more compelling than material possessions, and they answer the following questions: Why is Salt Lake City one of Joshua’s favorite cities? (00:00) How do I explain to my children the importance of curating their toys in terms they’ll understand? (03:14) How do I let go of a relationship I didn’t end? (09:59) Why am I relentlessly searching for the next thing that will improve my life, and how do I better channel that energy? (17:56) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

12 Oct 2021

27 MINS

27:29

12 Oct 2021


#444

Why Do We Stay in Unhappy Relationships?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to let go of toxic relationships that decrease our happiness with comedian <a href= "https://lisalampanelli.com">Lisa Lampanelli</a>. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

07 Oct 2021

06 MINS

06:35

07 Oct 2021


#443

308 | Clinging to Things

Joshua and Ryan talk about trading in our materialistic clinging for transcendent freedom with author, podcaster, and comedian <a href= "https://lisalampanelli.com/">Lisa Lampanelli</a>, and they answer the following questions: How do you define “humor”? (00:00) What is the “United States of Avoidance”? (08:26) When life changes your path, how do you stop clinging to the hope you once had? (14:20) How do we accept the death of a dream? (15:33) What do you mean by “daring to suck”? (17:45) Is it helpful to simply treat our passions as hobbies until they pay the bills? (18:25) How did Lisa get her start in comedy? (20:18) When a loved one has passed, how do I honor their final wishes as executor and appropriately distribute the possessions they clung to when they did not leave specific instructions for doing so? (22:46) How do you stop clinging to the security of a job simply because it pays well? (29:56) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

05 Oct 2021

42 MINS

42:40

05 Oct 2021


#442

Are Vacations an Escape from a Meaningful Life?

Joshua and Ryan talk about the two types of vacations with musician [Andrew Belle] (https://www.andrewbelle.com) . Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

30 Sep 2021

07 MINS

07:15

30 Sep 2021


#441

307 | Sound of Simplicity

Joshua and Ryan talk about calm, serenity, and the sound of simplicity with musician <a href= "https://www.andrewbelle.com/">Andrew Belle</a>, and they answer the following questions: How do we find serenity in the echoes of our decluttered spaces? (00:00) If you’re living a life that aligns with your values, why would it be necessary to take a vacation from it to find solace and silence? (13:39) Is there any evidence that overconsumption of podcasts or other informative audio is linked to anxiety? (21:08) How do we move closer to access and further from excess? (24:18) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

28 Sep 2021

35 MINS

35:18

28 Sep 2021


#440

How Can I Stop the Urge to Compulsively Shop?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we can appropriately address the root cause of a shopping addiction. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

23 Sep 2021

05 MINS

05:44

23 Sep 2021


#439

306 | Shopping Addiction

Joshua and Ryan talk about resisting the incessant tug of consumerism while striving to simplify, and they answer the following questions: How do we overcome our shopping addiction? (00:00) What are the three prime indicators of compulsive buying? (04:00) What is consumerism? (06:45) When does something become an addiction? (09:39) Why do people have shopping addictions? (19:17) When creating a capsule wardrobe and running up against challenges regarding durability, should we buy more clothes at once or purchase clothes more often? (19:35) What is Project 333? (21:33) How do I adjust my shopping habits so they better align with my minimalist practices? (26:01) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

21 Sep 2021

40 MINS

40:14

21 Sep 2021


#438

The Minimalists' Gift Getting Rule

Joshua and Ryan discuss the ideal approach to receiving gifts as a minimalist with author, podcaster, and pastor <a href= "https://thegeniusof.com">Erwin Raphael McManus</a>. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

16 Sep 2021

03 MINS

03:38

16 Sep 2021


#437

305 | Beauty Is Essential

Joshua and Ryan talk about removing the excess to expose the everyday beauty that’s all around us with author, podcaster, and pastor <a href= "https://thegeniusof.com/">Erwin Raphael McManus</a>, and they answer the following questions: What exactly is “beauty”? (00:00) Can beauty help us find peace? (05:01) How do we discover and incorporate singular beautiful accents and items throughout our homes while maintaining a simple, minimalist style? (11:55) What is the value of negative space? (14:21) How do we find the beauty inside ourselves, and then be content with it? (18:42) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

14 Sep 2021

31 MINS

31:17

14 Sep 2021


#436

Our Goals Lead to Disappointment

Joshua and Ryan discuss how an obsessive focus on goal attainment can actually steer us away from the the values we’re driving toward with author, podcaster, and professor [Kate Bowler] (https://katebowler.com/) . Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

09 Sep 2021

13 MINS

13:54

09 Sep 2021


#435

304 | Toxic Positivity

Joshua and Ryan talk about the folly of the self-help industry’s focus on exhausting positivity—on trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn, and out-perform our humanness—with author, podcaster, and professor [Kate Bowler] (https://katebowler.com/) , and they answer the following questions: What is the “gospel of hustle”? (00:00) What are the signs that positivity has become toxic for us as individuals, and what are the signs that our well-intentioned positive vibes are becoming toxic to others? (06:58) Where did the ‘good vibes only’ orthodoxy originate? (07:21) Why does complaining seem to encourage camaraderie? (10:03) What is the problem with the language of positivity? (10:43) What is “horizon work”? (12:23) What is “choice poor”? (12:38) How do we address those that weaponize perspectives, such as toxic positivity, to bully us into accepting and adopting their way of thinking as our own; for example, when people that disapprove of minimalism call minimalists “privileged”? (17:11) How do you define “elitism”? (21:45) What is “prudential wisdom”? (23:39) Where did the notion come from that being positive is the cure for everything, the path for everyone, the solution to whatever life throws at you—what is wrong with embracing sadness, contemplation, grief, anxiety? (31:35) What is “limited agency”? (33:13) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

07 Sep 2021

42 MINS

42:34

07 Sep 2021


#434

What Is the Root Cause of Clutter?

Joshua and Ryan discuss our ‘why’ of cluttering. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

02 Sep 2021

06 MINS

06:32

02 Sep 2021


#433

303 | Recluttering

Joshua and Ryan talk about how to avoid recluttering our lives with new possessions, burdens, and obligations once we’ve excised our excess, and they answer the following questions: What is “recluttering”? (00:00) How do we address recluttering with loved ones and roommates who seem to see our clean spaces as places to dump their stuff that doesn’t have a home? (07:55) How do we ensure the items we bring back into our homes after decluttering don’t become recluttering? (18:11) How do I figure out my ‘why’ for recluttering? (32:15) What’s problematic about having options? (35:02) How do you define “consumerism”? (35:39) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

31 Aug 2021

50 MINS

50:44

31 Aug 2021


#432

Stop Fixing Yourself

Joshua and Ryan discuss how an obsession with self-improvement can cause more harm than good. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

26 Aug 2021

04 MINS

04:46

26 Aug 2021


#431

302 | The Advice Epidemic

Joshua and Ryan discuss our escalating advice epidemic as our society swells with scores of well-meaning people advising other people on what they are supposed to do, and they answer the following questions: What are ‘shoulds’? (00:00) What possesses some people to insist on giving others unsolicited advice? (03:13) How can we provide appropriate advice and/or guidance to loved ones to alter behaviors that are impacting us negatively? (17:46) How do our expectations complicate things? (21:14) How do we critically evaluate all the ‘shoulds’ out there and take what works for each of us? (23:34) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

24 Aug 2021

43 MINS

43:11

24 Aug 2021


#430

How Do We Unsubscribe from Junk Email Permanently?

Joshua and Ryan describe how to protect our email inboxes from unwanted solicitations. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

19 Aug 2021

10 MINS

10:20

19 Aug 2021


#429

301 | Computer Clutter

Joshua and Ryan talk about all the digital clutter on our computers, phones, tablets, and other devices taking up space on our hard drives and in our minds, and they answer the following questions: What are the benefits of not having digital clutter taking up space in your mind? (00:00) What is the Diderot effect? (04:48) What do you define as ‘digital clutter’? (10:41) Where do we start in addressing digital clutter to ensure we stay focused and motivated and not get overwhelmed with all of it? (13:31) As an avid gamer, how do I ensure I don’t let my enthusiasm and passion for gaming turn into clutter with all of the games and consoles available, and how do I ensure it doesn’t consume me to the detriment of my relationships? (21:00) How about a basic overview of how to manage it all: emails, documents, photos? (30:18) How can overwhelm actually help us? (33:17) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

17 Aug 2021

44 MINS

44:40

17 Aug 2021


#428

Can a minimalist live with a hoarder?

Joshua and Ryan discuss checking ourselves for compatibility and compassion in our relationships. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

12 Aug 2021

08 MINS

08:14

12 Aug 2021


#427

300 | Compulsive Decluttering

Joshua and Ryan talk about the perniciousness of compulsive decluttering (aka obsessive-compulsive spartanism) on the occasion of their 300th episode, and they answer the following questions: What is spartanism? (00:00) Hoarding, spartanism, ad nauseum—must we diagnose everything? (06:06) How do we recognize and respect the challenges of others? (06:59) How could letting go of everything be a bad thing? (11:16) How do we ensure our decluttering doesn’t trigger other compulsive behaviors; for instance, the compulsion to constantly check our phones for notifications when we’re trying to sell what we decluttered? (11:46) What is the “art of noticing”? (17:38) When does minimalism turn into compulsive decluttering or obsessive-compulsive spartanism—what signs do we look for? (19:40) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

10 Aug 2021

36 MINS

36:41

10 Aug 2021


#426

How do you maintain minimalism in your kitchen?

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to keep things simple in the kitchen. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

05 Aug 2021

07 MINS

07:43

05 Aug 2021


#425

299 | Minimizers

Joshua and Ryan talk about “summer simplifying,” and they answer the following questions: Which moniker won in your audience poll—“simpletons” or “minimizers”? (00:00) Where do you start when your entire home needs decluttering? (06:04) What is the most important thing to do to get started? (10:04) How do we get our children to participate in decluttering? (13:27) How do I break my emotional and sentimental attachment to my collection of books, and how do I appropriately curate my collection and recycle the books I don’t keep? (14:07) What is the Enneagram? (22:19) What do we do with items that have a sentimental attachment? (25:51) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

03 Aug 2021

42 MINS

42:54

03 Aug 2021


#424

Are you a narcissist?

Joshua and Ryan discuss the tell-tale signs of narcissism with author, podcaster, and psychotherapist <a href= "https://lorigottlieb.com/">Lori Gottlieb</a>. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

29 Jul 2021

10 MINS

10:02

29 Jul 2021


#423

298 | Talk to Someone

Joshua and Ryan talk about the best options for therapy when you’re feeling sad, grieving, depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed with author, podcaster, and psychotherapist <a href= "https://lorigottlieb.com/">Lori Gottlieb</a>, and they answer the following questions: When is the appropriate time to talk to a therapist? (00:00) What is “idiot compassion” compared to “wise compassion”? (02:53) What is self-sabotage, and how can we identify and address its manifestation in us? (04:03) What is the most important phase of change? (05:45) What is the most challenging part of change? (07:09) Why should someone schedule a session with a therapist? (08:48) What key power can therapy give us? (09:49) What do we do when cost is an impediment to mental healthcare? (11:26) What are the downsides of trying to help others change? (14:42) What mantras, self-talk, meditations, et cetera, have helped keep you focused, centered, and positive when addressing significant life challenges? (18:15) In their lives, to whom do most people talk the most? (19:17) How do we give ourselves self-compassion? (22:06) How do we get past childhood traumas and disappointments? (23:42) What is “forced forgiveness”? (25:24) Must we forgive to move on? (26:15) How do we handle pride appropriately? (27:13) Why does there seem to be a stigma against mental health in older generations, and, more specifically, how can we get our parents to talk about their feelings and vulnerabilities? (29:35) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

27 Jul 2021

44 MINS

44:44

27 Jul 2021


#422

Six Questions to Ask Before Buying

Joshua and Ryan discuss the six questions they ask themselves before they purchase anything. Listen to the full episode at <a href= "http://patreon.com/theminimalists">patreon.com/theminimalists</a> ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

10 MINS

10:22

22 Jul 2021


#421

297 | Minimalism Rules

Joshua and Ryan talk about the minimalism rules that have helped simplify their lives, and they answer the following questions: How valuable are rules? (00:00) How important are boundaries? (04:56) Once I only have my essential items, how do I keep them from wearing out quickly? (18:48) How is minimalism not a destination? (19:47) What is our language problem? (20:19) How effective is it to reverse clothes hangers to minimize a wardrobe? (27:17) Is it helpful to restrict the amount of clothes hangers to create an appropriate wardrobe? (28:20) How do you develop and maintain the discipline needed to stick to your minimalism rules or other habits you're trying to establish? (30:26) Detailed show notes: [minimalists.com/podcast] (http://theminimalists.com/podcast/) Support The Minimalists: [minimalists.com/support] (http://theminimalists.com/support/) ... Read more

20 Jul 2021

47 MINS

47:13

20 Jul 2021