Matthieu Ricard: Happiness as Human Flourishing from On Being with Krista Tippett

Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan Buddhist monk was dubbed “The Happiest Man in the World,” a label he generally resists as he considers happiness a way of being that helps us manage both the joys and challenges of life. Listen to his incredible conversation with our favorite Krista Tippett on her podcast On Being. "Now if we think of happiness as a way of being, a way of being that gives you the resources to deal with the ups and downs of life, that pervades all the emotional states, including sadness."


Know Yourself from the Book of Life

A case for the values of self knowledge from our friends at the School of Life. This article is filled with insight and thought-provoking questions to consider how well you really know yourself. There are many in here we've never even thought to ask! 

In Blackwater Woods by Mary Oliver

A beautiful poem to read at the end of the year. It asks us to consider what is most important to us, what we wish to hold onto as we move forward, and what we have to let go of.  


Documentary Playlist: Life Understood Backwards by Influence Film Club

Our friends at Influence Film curated this playlist of six films especially for us and our members, and is  inspired by our December theme of reflection! "This sense of reflection is one of the great joys that documentary cinema has enabled, but since cinema’s inception back in 1885, filmmakers have made great strides in utilizing reflection as a formal instrument to delve deeper into all sorts of topics." There are tons of great options, and we're thrilled to get to share their recommendations with you all! 


"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case. 

A super creative and moving documentation of personal growth and change over time. This video always encourages me to consider how I've changed in the past year, maybe in ways I don't even realize? 

What makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But Brian Little is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits — sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and sometimes because we demand it of ourselves. 

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Distilled from our Manifesto, positive psychology, the science of mindfulness, and ancient philosophic studies we have identified twelve themes core to living both fully and mindfully. We mapped these twelve themes to each of the twelve months in a year. Together with our community we explore one each month.