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The Next Big Idea Daily
The Next Big Idea Daily
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What if engaging with great ideas could become one of your daily habits? What if some of the best tips for living... more

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S19 E3: Diverge Before You Converge (Tiago Forte)

Today’s lesson: “Before you shut off new sources of information and converge on an end result, take time to diverge. Expand... more

07 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
S19 E2: Think Small (Tiago Forte)

Today, Tiago Forte, author of “Building a Second Brain: A Proven Method to Organize Your Digital Life and Unlock Your... more

06 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
S19 E1: Capture the Insights All Around You (Tiago Forte)

Do you ever struggle to keep track of all the information swirling around in your head? The idea you had... more

05 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
S18 E5: Optimize Your Regrets (Daniel Pink)

Anticipating regrets can often work to our advantage. It slows our thinking. It taps our cerebral breaks, allowing us time... more

02 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
S18 E4: Science Offers a Systematic Way To Deal With Our Regrets (Daniel Pink)

So, what can we do to turn our existing regrets into engines of progress? Science suggests a three-step process.

01 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
S18 E3: To Understand What People Regret, Look Beneath the Surface (Daniel Pink)

After analyzing thousands of regrets from people in more than 100 countries, Daniel Pink (”The Power of Regret”) has identified... more

31 May 2023 · 14 minutes
S18 E2: Done Right, Regret Makes Us Better (Daniel Pink)

Regret makes us feel worse, but it can make us do better. Indeed, the way it makes us do better is by making us... more

30 May 2023 · 17 minutes
S18 E1: Regret Is Universal (Daniel Pink)

It’s popular to claim you have no regrets. Popular, but perilous. Because regrets aren’t anything to be ashamed of —... more

29 May 2023 · 15 minutes
S17 E5: We Find Ourselves Through Connecting With Others (Sharon Salzberg)

Today, meditation expert Sharon Salzberg shares one final insight from her new book "Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to... more

26 May 2023 · 12 minutes
S17 E4: Cultivating Positive States Creates Resilience (Sharon Salzberg)

Today, Sharon Salzberg tells us how practicing loving-kindness meditation can change how we treat others and understand ourselves.

25 May 2023 · 13 minutes
S17 E3: Loving Presence Transforms Our Relationship With Painful Emotions (Sharon Salzberg)

What if instead of demanding that a painful emotion disappear or becoming all consumed by it, you began to relate... more

24 May 2023 · 10 minutes
S17 E2: Happiness Isn’t Where You Thought It Would Be (Sharon Salzberg)

Society’s prescriptions for freedom, happiness, and abundance may not be your own.

23 May 2023 · 11 minutes
S17 E1: Contraction Limits Creativity and Connection (Sharon Salzberg)

Sharon Salzberg has been meditating since 1971 — “since before it was cool,” she likes to say. That practice has... more

22 May 2023 · 14 minutes
S16 E5: The Most Durable Habits Are Elastic (Katy Milkman)

All week, Wharton professor Katy Milkman has been giving us research-backed tips for making changes that stick. Now, in the... more

19 May 2023 · 13 minutes
S16 E4: You Might Want to Form an Advice Club (Katy Milkman)

Struggling to achieve a goal? Form a club with people who have your back.

18 May 2023 · 10 minutes
S16 E3: The Enjoyable Path Is Better Than the Effective One (Katy Milkman)

How do you make change fun? By bundling an arduous task (exercising) with an enjoyable one (binge-watching lowbrow TV). --- Have you... more

17 May 2023 · 10 minutes
S16 E2: Use Fresh Starts to Kick-Start Change (Katy Milkman)

New Year’s. Your birthday. The start of a new season. These are days when the slate is wiped clean. Which... more

16 May 2023 · 10 minutes
S16 E1: To Make a Change, Plan a Tailored Attack (Katy Milkman)

How do you get from where you are to where you want to be — from procrastinator to optimizer, couch... more

15 May 2023 · 15 minutes
S15 E5: You Will Botch It (Matt Croasmun & Ryan McAnnally-Linz)

Have you figured out how to live the good life? Don't worry if you're still working on it. It's only... more

12 May 2023 · 11 minutes
S15 E4: The Good Life Is Not a Buffet (Matt Croasmun & Ryan McAnnally-Linz)

You can’t take bits and pieces of different philosophical traditions and put them together into a roadmap to the good... more

11 May 2023 · 12 minutes
S15 E3: You Can’t Tackle the Big Question All at Once (Matt Croasmun & Ryan McAnnally-Linz)

"What matters most in life?" There's a reason Matt and Ryan, theology professors at Yale and our guests this week,... more

10 May 2023 · 9 minutes
S15 E2: Lean Into Disagreement (Matt Croasmun & Ryan McAnnally-Linz)

Today, we learn why the deepest question — the one that can truly change our lives, ground us, and give... more

09 May 2023 · 11 minutes
S15 E1: Not Everything You Want Is Worth Wanting (Matt Croasmun & Ryan McAnnally-Linz)

This week: Matt Croasmun and Ryan McAnnally-Linz, professors at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, share key insights from... more

08 May 2023 · 15 minutes
S14 E5: All Behavior Is Functional (Britt Frank)

Even your suboptimal behaviors have a function. Understanding what they are can help you make a change.

05 May 2023 · 13 minutes
S14 E4: There Is No Such Thing as Self-Sabotage (Britt Frank)

You say self-sabotage, your brain says self-protection. In today's master class, Britt Frank explains how your brain tries to keep... more

04 May 2023 · 13 minutes
S14 E3: Mental Health Is a Physical Process (Britt Frank)

This week we’re getting unstuck. We’re passing Go. We’re collecting $200. We’re finding a way forward. How? By utilizing the... more

03 May 2023 · 12 minutes
S14 E2: Motivation Is Not a Mindset Issue (Britt Frank)

In our brains, there is no such thing as a true “lack of motivation.” But how can we harness this... more

02 May 2023 · 12 minutes
S14 E1: We Need Anxiety (Britt Frank)

This week on The Next Big Idea Daily: psychotherapist Britt Frank shares five key insights from her book "The Science... more

01 May 2023 · 14 minutes
S13 E5: Plan on Fridays (Laura Vanderkam)

In the final installment of the master class based on her book “Tranquility by Tuesday,” productivity expert Laura Vanderkam says... more

28 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
S13 E4: Effortful Before Effortless (Laura Vanderkam)

Do effortful fun before effortless fun. But what's the difference? Laura explains in today's mini master class.

27 Apr 2023 · 10 minutes
S13 E3: Take One Night for Yourself (Laura Vanderkam)

To renew your spirits, Laura says you need to take some time for yourself. --- Download the Next Big Idea app and... more

26 Apr 2023 · 10 minutes
S13 E2: Have One Big Adventure and One Little Adventure (Laura Vanderkam)

You know what you need? An adventure. That's right. You don't have to wait until your next vacation. You can... more

25 Apr 2023 · 10 minutes
S13 E1: You Need a Bedtime (Laura Vanderkam)

In "Tranquility by Tuesday," time management guru Laura Vanderkam shares tools you can use to finally make time for the... more

24 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
S12 E5: Build Bridges — and Keep Them Up (Mónica Guzmán)

All good things must come to an end. It's our last day with Mónica Guzmán, journalist, political de-polarizer, and author... more

21 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
S12 E4: Ask How, Not Why (Mónica Guzmán)

What's the most powerful question you can ask in a politically charged conversation? "How did you come to believe that?"

20 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
S12 E3: We Don’t See With Our Eyes, But With Our Whole Lives (Mónica Guzmán)

“The paths we walk to our views are rich and long,” Mónica Guzmán says in today’s episode, “and it is... more

19 Apr 2023 · 12 minutes
S12 E2: We Need To Get Curious About Each Other, With Each Other (Mónica Guzmán)

“I don’t understand this person!” You know you’ve thought it. About the uncle or neighbor or co-worker whose worldview is... more

18 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
S12 E1: We’re So Divided, We’re Blinded (Mónica Guzmán)

This week, award-winning journalist Mónica Guzmán stops by to teach us how to cross the political divide, find common ground,... more

17 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
S11 E5: Do the Obvious Things That Bring Happiness (Seth Stephens-Davidowitz)

Alright, it's time to wrap up Seth Stephens-Davidowitz's five-part master class based on his book "Don't Trust Your Gut: Using... more

14 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
S11 E4: Increase Your Luck Surface Area (Seth Stephens-Davidowitz)

Success depends less on getting lucky and more on using your luck well. In this episode, the fourth in Seth’s... more

13 Apr 2023 · 9 minutes
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S12 E4: Ask How, Not Why (Mónica Guzmán)
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What's the most powerful question you can ask in a politically charged conversation? "How did you come to believe that?"