A decades long ongoing study by Harvard University on health and happiness, often referred to as the Grant Study, has found that relationships are the greatest factor in overall health in life. This boils down to the quality of connection. Establishing meaningful connections in our lives helps develop a sense of love and belonging. It also helps provide confidence and security to move forward in our desire for a fulfilling life. A recent Harris Poll showed that only 33% of people considered themselves to be happy. Pursuing deeper connection is a step toward improving that statistic.
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Mendoza line is a baseball term for the lowest acceptable batting average, generally considered to be .200. In life, this can be the equivalent of keeping our heads above water. Rather than trying to make big moves, sometimes the small changes or improvements are all that are needed to improve our lives in each area. This, over time, translates to a much greater improvement in overall quality of living. For more visit http://supportforguys.org.
Sometimes it is easy to get caught up doing something in one area of life, and we all do it. But when this goes on for too long, other areas of our lives suffer as a result. Part of creating a fulfilling life is to maintain a sense of balance. Here we look at many examples of things we can do to live in a more intentionally balanced way.
I just released a memoir that covers parts of the last ten years of my life or so, and it is called Reconnection. It's about digging out from a hole of despair and rebuilding a beautiful life with love and meaning. It's not about the particulars of my struggles and successes, but that we all have struggles and successes. This shameless self promotion has a purpose, as so far the feedback has been uplifting in that many people have found it applicable to their lives and how they can continue making progress and be happier as a result.
Although traditionally men are less likely to seek therapy help, that trend is starting to improve. Join us as we chat with Matt Wagner, who is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor who specializes in areas including men's issues. He offers some great insight, advice and resources for guys here to get the support they need. For more information about Matt, check out his site at http://mattwagnerlpc.com/
I first met Mayer Harris a little over two years ago and was intrigued by his knowledge of the Bible and its history as well as how it relates to other spiritual practices. He is one of the nicest and most caring people I've ever met, and embodies the purpose of this podcast by naturally diving into deeper topics of conversation that have more significance to life and living. If you want to know more about him, visit his coaching site https://www.personalpeace.me/
There have been many flawed leaders, sports heroes and other famous people in history. What makes them flawed? Who or what do we have more of a tendency to forgive, and why? Do money, power and fame cause more people to become corrupt, or is it just easier for them to be who they already are? These are some of the things we discuss on this episode.
I'll admit it. I am a dreamer and I often make lofty goals and set idealistic expectations that are likely out of reach. In my mind I gravitate toward huge success stories of self-made billionaires. I'm sure I'm not alone in that.
There is a whole industry of people who are building wealth by promoting products and services that cater to that same desire - to catapult someone from obscurity to legendary status. Ploys to develop mastery, to be a high performer, to 10x your growth or to max out your life are plentiful. I, too, have consumed content from many of these people and programs as well. This is in no way a condemnation of them or anyone's desire for success, because I believe their intent is good.
However, even among many of these people, they will share bits of things that have actually improved the quality of their lives the most, and by and large they don't involve the massive accumulation of wealth. Usually they have to do with things like service, faith, connection, meditative or contemplative practices and other contributing lifestyle enhancements. I have become someone who now looks for patterns and similarities in messages, sort of decoding things through these perceptions and identifying repeat melodies even among otherwise very different songs.
What I have found is that the chasing of that big jump - in anything - is very rarely what actually works. Rather, it is an accumulation of incremental changes or improvements that surmount to those sought-after ideals in life.
What meaning can be derived from past experiences? How can we use them to move forward in life? Doing this can be a powerful exercise. Similarly, how can we assess our purpose for actions in the future?
From the time we were kids through today, we are constantly receiving messages from external sources of how we're supposed to look, what we're supposed to like and who we're supposed to be. Maybe it's time to look within ourselves to examine our values of who we really want to be, and to then display those outwardly instead. We can choose our own identities and shed any labels that don't really define us.
Too often in life we fall into the trap of placing our happiness on the attainment of a specific goal, object or result. We attach our self worth to specific outcomes and if it doesn't turn out exactly that way, we allow ourselves to feel down, rather than appreciating the experience, learning from it or finding a suitable substitute. Understanding how to avoid unhealthy attachment in life can be incredibly liberating, and actually help us achieve more of what we really want.
Real forgiveness is liberating, and sometimes people have misconceptions about what it means. A great resource that has helped me is the book by Desmond Tutu called The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. Are there things that you've held on to that could be let go through forgiveness?
Our wonderful county needs an upgrade to our two party political system. It is not an accurate representation of Americans. The us vs. them attitude isn't helping us and a lot of time, money and attention is wasted on battling each other rather than trying to move forward as a collective. An overhaul of the Electoral College and making it easier for more parties to be included in the political process would be two ways our system could be improved.
We all could benefit from more kindness in the world. The givers and receivers are both rewarded, and there is even some great scientific research to support the benefits. In short, kindness isn't just fluff.
How can you be kinder today?
Susan Cain's book "Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" was a revelation for me when it came out a few years ago. As a self confessed introvert, it helped me to understand more about myself as well as others, especially those closest to me.
I think it is important to help identify the situations and environments that we thrive in, and also to balance those out with other experiences as well.
September is National Recovery Month, which is now in its 30th year celebrating those in recovery and people working in the treatment and recovery fields. We're all in recovery from something at some point in our lives, and this is important to remember to have compassion when other people are struggling.
Rather than pointing out what is wrong with religions, maybe we should celebrate what is right about them and question why ours are telling people that other human beings aren't as deserving of love. Instead of criticizing beliefs, I think we can isolate the harmful actions and focus on the benefits of religious practices, of agnostics, spiritualists, atheists, and other communities and help reform acts of judgment and hate and turn them into acts of love for one another.
In Episode 2 of the Support For Guys podcast, we take a look at what to do when you feel like your back is against the wall. We talk about grit, resilience, awareness and much more. Thanks for listening!
This is the inaugural "Support for Guys" podcast by Lucas Catton. There aren't enough resources where guys can talk about things on a deeper level with more meaning and less judgment. This is an attempt to open up more conversations about living and to provide a venue for support for guys.
The first episode also includes read thing "We Are All People, A Children's Book About Tolerance," as well as some background about the book.