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A lot of us think that in exercise, more is better. We all just don’t do enough. But perhaps we’re giving too much. In today’s interview, our guest, Chad Morris, discusses how people over-train to their detriment, as they give up way too much time, money, effort, sweat, and stress in return for way too few fitness returns and way too many tears in frustration and discouragement. What if we could do a lot less for a lot more? Check out Chad's Myogenics fitness studio: a virtual tour: Chad's 2019 TOS-Con Talk: 'Basic Principles and Pitfalls of Fitness Training: out (son) Seth's YouTube channel: on YouTube: more at or
Lisa VanDamme, educator and parent (which you’ll see are both understatements), has answers regarding education and parenting that stem from an approach which I might describe as rationally passionate or passionately rational—I can’t decide which is more appropriate. In any case, you’ll hear the clear thinking down to the root of each issue that ought to concern any parent or person concerned with the future generation and the society they will help build and in which we all must live. You’ll also see the passionate love for her children and students shine through in our interview.I’m sure that after hearing Lisa’s unique approach to the subject dearest to any parent, you will be wondering where you can find a teacher like her or a school like hers, or how you might also apply some of her insights toward being the best parent you can be for your child—and more, how you can appreciate and enjoy the journey of parenting even more deeply than you might.Find Lisa and get involved with her projects:VanDamme Academy: on YouTube:, 'A Little Candle': With Me: Parenting podcast: on YouTube: more at or
We've got to clear away some weeds--and sometimes even some healthy plants--to make room for new growth. Matthew makes and announcement about taking a step away from regular Mr. Bright Side podcast episodes.Don't worry! He will still be pursuing particular guests who he personally wants to have on, and will publish those interviews as they come. And on top, he will be back in some new incarnation at some point. Listen in for details as to what and why, and think about what you might drop from your own life that may not be as necessary as you think.Watch on YouTube: more at or
Good stuff is happening, and it’s much more common than the negative. Listen in for some optimistic news that’s going on in the world.In Part 1 of this two-part series, Matthew highlighted some of the astounding feats of medical science, while expounding on what this means for the lives of real individuals like you and him–and those we love. In Part 2, he presents a variety of thrilling innovations that promise to make our lives even more convenient, fun, and simply richer with experience. Man, is this exciting!Watch on YouTube: more at or
Good stuff is happening, and it’s much more common than the negative. Listen in for some optimistic news that’s going on in the world.In Part 1 of this two-part series, Matthew highlights some of the astounding feats of medical science, while expounding on what this means for the lives of real individuals like you and him–and those we love.Watch on YouTube: more at or
Matthew sets some context after he was apparently “busted” breaking his own rules, the same rules he claimed on his show were so helpful in leading him to get more done and enjoy his free time even more. Who is he to be sharing advice with people if he doesn’t actually practice what he preaches?Fair question. On today’s episode, he responds.See how setting boundaries is not restrictive but liberating, and how higher context goals ought to inform lesser ones. And then how we can be kind to ourselves while more deftly walking the line between rationalizing bad choices and not beating ourselves up to where we paralyze action.Watch on YouTube: more at or
Matthew elaborates on the lyrics of My Morning Jacket’s 2011 “Circuital,” and the themes and lessons within. He also comments on the music itself, as it is an exhilarating and joyous song.What are you going to do with your glorious and limited time “out on the circuit”?Listen to Circuital: on YouTube: more at or
Should I save now to have for later? Spend now for life experience at the expense of one’s future security? How much either way? And then spend on what? Acquiring things or experiences? And then at what balance? These are all questions one must answer for oneself, and there is no “right way” to live.But depending on the answers, there is something that comes across in how much we experience in life in how much grace we carry ourselves with and in how we deal with others. It shows through in one’s carriage and being, so that we in effect “wear” that experience. It is also revealed to ourselves when no one else is looking in how much we are truly satisfied with the experience of our own lives.Matthew’s wife said that while she used to spend much of her salary on designer bags and clothes, she now prefers to “wear her experience,” and he shares their discussion about that theme in today’s episode.Watch on YouTube: more at or
Does success lead to optimism or does optimism lead to success?Matthew's university classroom was divided, although none doubted the correlation. They were all ready, then, to accept the idea of a "virtuous circle." But a question remains: Where can one enter the circle?Well over a year ago, Matthew wrote a very brief essay titled “Enter at Optimism,” in which he describes this classroom discussion scene that led him to a realization. He proceeded in the essay to lay out that realization. Today on this show, he elaborates on the main points.Read the essay: to the Ep. 57, an interview with Rich Curtis: on YouTube: more at or
“Giving is getting” but this popular idea does have a qualifier that must be highlighted and properly understood, as it is often mistaken to refer to some kind of losing in the short term to gain in the long-term—which it kind of is yet isn’t. In this episode, Matthew distinguishes “giving” from “losing” so that we’re not trying to say anything paradoxical like “losing is winning.” There need be no losers for everyone to win.In this episode, Matthew relays two recent experiences to help describe a benevolent view of goodwill and generosity towards those around us versus the uninspiring concept of duty towards others. He also highlights what kind of mindset is necessary to create perpetual “organic” win-win relationships. Properly conceived, it’s a beautiful thing.Listen to Matt Hill's interview on the Boulton from Boulton podcast: on YouTube: more at or
What stories are we telling ourselves and the people we love? Are they serving us or hurting us? And them? In today’s show, the power of story is made alarmingly clear—I mean powerful at the neurochemical level, and I mean alarmingly in that many of us are mostly passive in allowing old, unchecked, and disempowering stories about ourselves drive us—and not anywhere we want to go.But fear not, as Rich shares with us his four-step story-evolution process to help us access our brain’s filter database and take an active role in creating new filters to rewrite the stories that are holding us back to ones that promote our happiness and values, as well as creating systems that defend our good habits.This interview was loaded, as we are the beneficiaries of Rich’s “personal Ph.D” in happiness he earned over an intense two-year period, as he beckons to us from atop the shoulders of giants in neuroscience, positive psychology, and behavioral psychology with clarifying and directly actionable advice that I really think is an extra level of what I’ve been looking for in terms of, “Now, what do I do?”Get in touch with Rich at: his book, 'Change Your Story, Change Your Life': on YouTube: more at or
At minimum, you will leave this interview feeling confident and optimistic about yourself, your world, and the prospects in it, as Christmas Hutchinson convincingly reminds each of us that we're worth more than we give ourselves credit for. Not a little more...way more.Throughout, she repeatedly gives refreshingly novel takes on what self-preservation and resilience mean, and if you pay good attention, you'll walk away with the thinking and tools to achieve them. Check Christmas out at: Instagram: on YouTube: more at or https://www.facebpodcast/mr-bright-side/id1503114628
Why do some people thrive in the face of hardship while others are crushed? To this challenging listener question, Matthew answers essentially that it’s about building resilience through the method of optimism versus the default of passive pessimistic resignation. On a deeper level, it’s about free will (optimistic) versus determinism (pessimistic).Through his search into Viktor Frankl’s “focused optimistic purpose” and “tragic optimism”, Matthew came across a phenomenon known as “toxic positivity,” which sounds awfully similar to his own concept identified as “subjective optimism.” Neither pessimism nor subjective optimism is an effective method for dealing with hardship, or even regular life, and Matthew goes deep into why only Objective Optimism is a potent antidote to the toxicity of all the others.He also refers to two previous interviews, where guests Lewis Page and Dr. Fleet Maull contribute relevant insights on this issue, which includes the question of whether “waking up” necessitates deep adversity. (Hint: It doesn’t.)Read 'What is Objective Optimism?": to Lewis Page on Mr. Bright Side: to Fleet Maull on Mr. Bright Side: on YouTube: more at or
Are we basically good or evil? How can we transcend our culture of "blame and shame"? Why do we give away our power to others? How can we be less reactive and more proactively responsible for our own actions and well-being? What does it mean to take full ownership for our circumstances, and why is this empowering? What are the physical benefits to mindfulness training, on top of the obvious mental and emotional benefits?Dr. Fleet Maull, renowned mindset growth teacher and meditation teacher, has the answers to all of this and much more. Learn about mindfulness training from Matthew's rookie perspective with expert advice. If anyone has the credibility earned through personal experience on top of his vast teaching and clinical experience, Dr. Maull also has a tremendous history which is at once fascinating and heartbreaking. He not only talks the talk; he's walked the hard walk and proved that his approach truly empowers. Visit Dr. Maull: Mind Institute: Mindfulness Institute: in Public Safety: about the book and get a FREE chapter: on YouTube: more at or
Whether you’re depressed or not, none of us are operating in perfect mental health. And in any case, we all need to be better educated for those around us who may be struggling and for whom we might make a difference. Lewis Page, successful and respected soccer coach, loved father, husband, friend, and all-around popular and healthy guy, does not fit one’s typical image of what depression looks like. Yet he lives with it.Hear how shocked people were to see his 2016 Bell Let’s Talk Day video in which he revealed his struggle, and the overwhelming reaction that he couldn’t have been prepared for. Then learn about his most recent video, in which he shares his current state of successful dealing with depression, including all the reasons why. In this outstanding interview, Lewis tells us how the “silent thief” steals one’s joy, energy, and ambition, but then how to employ tools and practices to live happily in spite of mental health problems. Learn something for yourself and for those around you, because “every action matters.”Find Lewis on Twitter: on YouTube: more at or
Most personal finance perspectives focus on savings and investment, and offer advice such as “don’t buy coffee every day.” But such practices are not conducive to living a liberated and happy life, and it’s not what moves the needle in one’s financial well-being besides.“The goal is to enjoy your life,” says guest David Veklser, “not to die sitting on a big stash of cash.” Listen to learn more about David’s integrated philosophical perspective on personal economy, with plenty of relevant and practical advice and examples. He’s achieved all that he preaches, and his wisdom can help you think more fundamentally and effectively toward the end of living your own optimal life. Matthew claims this interview is going to be a multiple re-listen in years to come.Read the article: David’s website for more resources and empowering content: on YouTube: more at or
It’s weird to me that anyone is ever against capitalism.”Hear why Tim thinks it’s weird, and hear loads of other inspiring stories and ideas in this packed episode. Let us just lay it on you in points. Tim goes off entertainingly on:-his lifelong obsessions with persuasion as leading him to a career in marketing-dropping out of uni to the devastation of his parents without any real plan, and the pressure that put on him to make good-how starting a marketing agency is not what you imagine-college degree as a social-class symbol-self-education, original ideas, and first break after multiple rejections-childhood entrepreneurship and lessons, including the thrill or high of making sales and profit-why capitalism is not well-defended for lack of moral arguments-profit is noble and good (“leaving the world better than you found it”)-almost all attacks on capitalism are on strawmen-how the US is a geographically and culturally rich nation that few venture to see and understand-the diversity of the US’s culture reveals the genius of federalism-Tim’s upcoming “Happy Capitalist” podcast-way, way more than thisRead Tim's book: on YouTube: more at or
No, it’s nothing to do with The Killers.In this early milestone 50th episode, Matthew reflects a bit by sharing a brief history as to why he proceeded to call the show “Mr. Bright Side,” knowing full well that it would always be confused with the 2004 mega-hit Killers song. He also shares a few personal stories over the years which have reflected back to him his natural tendency to optimism and enthusiasm, long before he ever developed his mature and formal philosophy. Listeners can take a lesson in self-awareness from these reminiscences.He wraps with some well-deserved thanks to listeners, guests, a friend, and his wife in a sincere delivery of appreciation and gratitude for their part in making this podcast at all possible, as well as a quick announcement about upcoming shows.(*Please note that Mr. Bright Side will be temporarily moving to a bi-weekly schedule. Listeners are encouraged to review some past episodes they may have missed if they’re looking to fill the gap. In any case, weekly schedule will resume before too long, no doubt!)Watch on YouTube: more at or
At what age does one become a fully-formed individual? One modern-day comedian and one sage character from a short story published in 1939 have both offered a similar magic number. How is that two people from distinctly separate eras and experience have both identified the same thing?In this episode, learn where Matthew heard Ricky Gervais and Parker Pyne, respectively, how he recognized in his own life the truth of what they say, and what advice he has for younger and older people alike.Watch this episode on YouTube: Ricky Gervais on SiriusXM podcast: Parker Pyne stories by Agatha Christie: more at or
Free time gets old quick.Retired people know this. So what’s the cause of that antsy, anxious feeling that makes it so that you just can’t enjoy your leisure time anymore? And how can we remedy this?Planning endless celebrations and leisure activities are like using sugar for energy. They seem to extend the good feeling for a moment but are not long-lived or give us anything authentic. In this episode, Matthew shares his recent experience that reminded him of what is true for all of us—of what we need, by our nature, to fully enjoy our free time.Read Atlas Shrugged: on YouTube: more at or
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