It’s still January, which means I am still bright-eyed and optimistic about bringing good habits into the new year.
This weekend, I tellsya, I’m gonna bounce outta bed*. I’m gonna powerwalk with my fitbit on*. I’m going to tackle my tupperware cupboard*, cook something healthy*, wash my sheets* and pull up weeds*. And you know HOW I’m gonna do all this?
It’s called “temptation bundling”. And it’s an idea I’m happily stealing from a podcast and sharing with you here:
Freakonomics: When Willpower isn’t enough
Imagine if you could trick your brain into enjoying shitty activities. YOU CAN. It’s called “temptation bundling” and you should know about it. Freakonomics is a brilliant podcast that takes behavioural economics and makes them so interesting that I always end up wishing I’d studied economics at uni. It’s THAT good.
RN All In The Mind: Everyone is Watching
While we’re on mind games, remember The Truman Show?
Turns out, there’s a psychological disorder called The Truman Show Delusion where people are convinced that they’re the stars of a reality television show…when they’re not. This episode features a man who was absolutely convinced everyone around him were actors, and he was the star of a show about his life. A fascinating look at how culture and social media shapes madness. It’s BRILLIANT.
This American Life: #198: How To Win Friends and Influence People
Oh man. Ira Glass does it again with this narrative episode based on the best-selling self-help book by Dale Carnegie. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but there’s a story about Superman in there that is so unexpected and beautiful that….I can’t say any more. I can’t. LISTEN.
Save The Date 124: New Year, New Wedding Planning
Were you one of my hundred-or-so Facebook friends that got engaged over the new year? Good on ya love. Take your manicured finger OFF Pinterest, and point it towards this podcast. Aleisha McCormack is the funniest, most honest bride wrangler I’ve ever heard. She dishes out no-bullshit advice on how to get hitched, stay cool, not turn into a dickhead, spend your money in the right places, and just be a general bridechilla. Aleisha, marry me. (Not in Australia, it’s not allowed, and also I’m not that way inclined, I meant it more as an indication of my love for you and your show).