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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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May 18, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about our desire for friendship that leads us to accumulate scores of friends, acquaintances, coworkers, partners, lovers, companions, contacts, colleagues, and associates; our realization that relationship clutter is getting in the way of loving, meaningful connections; and they answer the following questions:

Is it loving to let go? (00:00)

How can I stop feeling pressured to keep up with so many connections? (03:57)

I’ve never struggled to declutter my “friends” on social media when they no longer have a meaningful place in my life, but how do I explain their removal when they ask me about it without hurting their feelings? (13:53)

What does a truly healthy friendship look like? (20:56)

How do we ensure mutual respect in a relationship? (28:46)

How do we appropriately apply attention in a relationship? (29:43)

How do you define “toxic relationship”? (34:49)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 14, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the senselessness of jealousy with podcaster, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

May 11, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about that empty feeling we all experience from time to time—and the things we do when we attempt to fill the void—with podcaster, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy, and they answer the following questions:

Why did Jennette start her podcast? (00:00)

What is the disconnect between our higher quality of life in this modern age and our happiness? (04:26)

How does society and culture influence disorders? (06:21)

Why do others often insist we not give up our “successful” careers? (10:59)

What are the three different types of relationships? (14:06)

How do we appropriately manage expectations in relationships? (16:09)

I think minimalism can help many of my loved ones find meaning in their lives and avoid the void, but I find it difficult to communicate it to them effectively so they see and understand the benefits and find it more attractive than the rat race they’re in—any tips? (20:01)

What is the elevator pitch for minimalism? (20:35)

How do you address the shame that sometimes accompanies minimalism? (23:50)

How is power the opposite of freedom? (24:26)

Was Jennette shamed for walking away from her acting career? (25:40)

Does confidence come from consistency? (26:58)

Filling our voids with stuff isn’t good, but what is good—what should we replace that consumption urge with that is meaningful? (28:37)

What is the “suckhole”? (33:33)

Why is Jennette’s podcast titled Empty Inside? (36:28)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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May 7, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to best address a partner's tendency to hoard. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

May 4, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss identifying how much is enough so we can subtract the excess to get there, and they answer the following questions:

What is “enoughism”? (00:00)

How is enoughism different from minimalism? (03:04)

Given that the key to transformation is understanding our ‘whys,’ why does anyone truly want more, and, conversely, why does anyone truly want less? (12:20)

When it comes to a small business, how much record-keeping is enough and what is the ideal way to store it? (24:57)

How does renouncing something create an attachment to it? (30:09)

How do we learn to recognize the difference between enough and a false sense of security and comfort from unnecessary consumerism? (39:35)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 30, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss what death practices are and how they can help us live with more purpose and intention with author Jamie Wheal. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 27, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about our constant search for meaning, purpose, and significance; they discuss ways we can rethink spirituality, sex, and death with author Jamie Wheal; and they answer the following questions:

What is “meaning”? (01:04)

Why do we always seem to look for shortcuts? (03:57)

What are heuristics? (05:30)

What constitutes a true nihilist? (13:39)

Is awareness a curse? (16:55)

Once we find meaning in life, do we have a duty to help others find meaning as well? (18:25)

What is the difference between being selfish and being self-centered? (20:01)

What is the Hedonic treadmill? (25:19)

What is the difference between narcissism and nihilism? (27:29)

What is rapture ideology? (35:35)

How does one find meaning after a close loved one has passed and they are struggling to deal with the passing? (40:43)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 23, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss why some of the very worst advice is the advice we didn't ask for. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 20, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we’re too often led astray by the status quo and how we can benefit from doing the opposite, and they answer the following questions:

What does it mean to be authentic? (00:00)

What is so problematic about trends? (04:58)

Can we find meaning in suffering? (10:56)

Why are opinions so inconsequential? (20:48)

When have you benefited from thinking the opposite? (22:21)

I’m being advised by my ethics class in college that retirement is detrimental to our growth and development as human beings—do you think that is true? (29:20)

What is the best kind of growth? (34:31)

Some of the worst advice I’ve received is, “Fake it until you make it”—what is wrong with being a work in progress? (44:30)

How is all advice flawed advice? (44:59)

Do we improve our lives more by addition or subtraction? (52:00)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 16, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss addressing the complexity of our emotions tied up in our possessions. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 13, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss minimizing and letting go of sentimental stuff, and they answer the following questions:

How do we tactfully and appropriately address loved ones regarding stuff they’ve given us that we’re giving away—especially those things they consider of significant sentimental value? (08:37)

How do we avoid arguments with loved ones regarding possessions? (14:40) 

Why does our brain try so hard to hold us back from releasing sentimental possessions? (18:03)

What do we do with all of the things associated with a loved one when we’ve lost them in a particularly tragic, traumatic way? (21:01)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 9, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we can often be our own worst enemies with holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Apr 6, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss trauma, the ego, and setting boundaries with holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera, and they answer the following questions:

Why did Dr. LePera write her latest book? (02:31)

How do you start on a path to healing and commit to it when your motivation is almost nil? (04:34)

Why is it so difficult to break our patterns? (05:04)

How do we reframe failure? (07:38)

How important is the caloric intake of the brain? (08:35)

How do we recognize if a goal is empowering or disempowering? (13:09)

How do I work with loved ones to adjust our lifestyle preferences so I can attain and maintain mental peace? (13:36)

How do you forgive others and yourself and move forward when a loved one passes suddenly and you feel you haven’t had a chance to tell them everything you needed to, and how do you forgive others that you feel treated that person terribly in life and let go of the anger toward them? (18:30)

How are forgiveness and acceptance associated? (19:31)

How do we let go of anger? (25:37)

Are there types of bodywork that address the mind-body connection together, or are there types of psychotherapy that address the mind-body connection in tandem? (30:28)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Apr 2, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss what to do with items we no longer find useful that we believe will be of no use to anyone else. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 30, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss emergency items, preparing for emergencies, and when it’s appropriate to hold on to certain just-in-case items, and they answer the following questions:

How do we prepare for chaos? (04:33)

What are the three types of emergencies? (05:49)

What do you keep in your car? (08:02)

How do we reconcile what we actually need with what we want? (12:12)

What is the most important thing in an emergency? (14:36)

What essentials should we keep in a first aid kit for both home and travel? (19:18)

What is the difference between an emergency item and a just-in-case item? (25:50)

How do you differentiate between just-in-case items and just-for-when items? (31:42)

What are “b.s. emergency items”? (36:36)

What books, websites, podcasts would you recommend as resources for information regarding emergency preparedness? (43:27)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 26, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the grace of forgiveness. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 23, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the relationship between minimalism and environmentalism with author and environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and they answer the following questions:

What is our biggest environmental problem, and is it too late to fix it? (01:38)

Since environmentalism is an idea that I cannot back down from, compromise on, or see from both sides, at what point is it dangerous to keep saying there are no ‘shoulds’? (04:33)

Why are landfills more prominent in the United States compared to Europe? (09:28)

How can we make individuals and companies more environmentally conscious? (11:47)

What is your opinion regarding the policy of the United States to ‘leap-first, look-later’ regarding environmental chemicals? (23:29)

What is the Toxic Substance Control Act? (27:36)

What are PFAs? (29:46)

Why have we seen such an increase in chronic diseases among children? (30:53)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 19, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss why we find it so difficult to simply stop and be present. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 16, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about the problem of busyness and how we can better manage our time, and they answer the following questions:

Why can’t we ever seem to get ahead of our to-do lists? (01:43)

What lists do you find helpful? (02:13)

What is “busyness”? (06:42)

How do we gain more discretionary time despite the onslaught of modern obligations and responsibilities? (11:25)

Is striving for work-life balance a fruitless endeavor? (13:58)

Are there any tools that can help with our overwhelm? (16:06)

What is the fear related to busyness? (17:24)

What can someone do if they feel they’re too busy to figure out how to become less busy? (25:30)

Would you be doing what you’re doing today if you only had six months left to live? (28:28)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Mar 12, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to break our sentimental ties with things so we can let them go. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 9, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about hoarding—the clinical definition, the statistics, the causes, the symptoms, the common types, the risks, the recovery—and they answer the following questions:

What is the clinical definition of “hoarding”? (03:00)

What is “spartanism”? (03:35)

What are the common types of hoarding? (05:43)

What is the difference between hoarding and collecting? (09:30)

What is the “sunk-cost fallacy”? (11:02)

What are the symptoms of hoarding? (21:56)

What are the causes of hoarding? (23:30)

How is hoarding diagnosed? (27:51)

Do children hoard? (29:41)

When do obsessions become unhealthy? (31:38)

What are the five levels of hoarding? (32:04)

Are there affluent hoarders? (43:17)

How does one become a hoarder? (45:16)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Mar 5, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the benefits of communal living with the CEO and cofounder of Nourish Balance Thrive, Christopher Kelly. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Mar 2, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about alternative living options—communal living, throuples, combined families, long-term singlehood, nomadic living—with the CEO and cofounder of Nourish Balance Thrive, Christopher Kelly, and they answer the following questions:

What is ancestral health? (03:20)

What has likely caused our overall decline in health? (05:08) 

Is our current status quo of living arrangements in detrimental conflict with the natural order? (07:28)

How do people continue to help the paradigm of the nuclear family work? (10:40)

How do we set appropriate boundaries with roommates and ensure those boundaries are not crossed to prevent theft, property damage, and tense co-living environments? (11:59)

What is Christopher’s communal living arrangement? (12:38)

Why did Christopher adopt his communal living arrangement? (13:53)

How does Christopher manage living with several different families? (15:34)

What is ‘helicopter parenting’? (20:53)

What is your definition of “commune”? (22:59)

What are the pros and cons of unusual living arrangements in cultures that wholly embrace them? (28:36)

What does the “WEIRD” acronym represent? (30:56)

How do you define “solitude”? (32:40)

What is Joshua’s living arrangement? (33:51)

What is the ‘sweet spot’ regarding how many people you can live with? (35:25)

Who created the monogamous nuclear family? (38:40)

At what point does a group become a cult? (48:50)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Feb 26, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to determine what tranquility is by determining what it is not. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

Feb 23, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about unsubscribing and unfollowing anything that doesn’t bring tranquility or increase well-being, and they answer the following questions:

How has unsubscribing and unfollowing helped your tranquility? (08:36)

Should we attempt to explain ourselves to others when they question our minimalist lifestyle, or simply invite them to ‘unfollow’ us? (12:37)

Can minimalism help us bring order back to our chaotic lives? (14:44)

How do we determine the appropriate ‘path’? (18:50)

We can’t impose tranquility on the world around us, so how do we adjust our internal settings to maintain inner tranquility? (23:10)

Why do insults irritate us so intensely? (29:09)

How do we adjust relationships that are predicated on conflict? (31:20)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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