Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types to tease out the habits, routines, favorite books, and so on that you can apply and test in your own life. This time, we have a slightly different episode.

As many of you know, I tested a "fan-supported model" earlier in the year, but I ended up reverting back to ads. That's a long story, and you can read more about that at tim.blog/podcastexperiment. One of the bonuses that I offered to supporters was a live Q&A with me, and this audio is from the first round that we did.

We covered 40 or so questions! It was a lot of fun, the questions were great, and while it was scheduled as a one-hour session, we went for longer.

I answered questions on dating, depressive episodes, major life transitions, networking, uncoupling happiness from achievement, what I would hypothetically ask Richard Feynman, and much, much more.

Please note that there were a few small glitches in the audio when the connection was poor. That's one of the unfortunate risks of doing these live sessions. We've cleaned it up and it's not too bad.

I also want to reiterate how grateful I am to everyone who contributed to and supported the podcast, as well as to all of you who listen to the podcast. I wouldn't be able to do what I do without you, so thank you.

You can find the transcript of this episode here. Transcripts of all episodes can be found here.

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Want to hear another episode that had me answering listeners' questions? - Give this one a listen, in which I tackled how to reassess existing projects, how to learn to care less about what other people think, how to ask better questions, and much more. (Stream below or right-click here to download):

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SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE

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  • Paul Stamets - How Mushrooms Can Save You and (Perhaps) the World, The Tim Ferriss Show #340
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  • Octanoic Acid, PubChem
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  • Medium-Chained Triglycerides (MCTs), Wikipedia
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  • Alzheimer's Disease Is Type 3 Diabetes - Evidence Reviewed, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
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  • The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss
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  • The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
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  • The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss
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  • Don't Shoot the Dog!: The Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor
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  • The World's Largest Psychedelic Research Center, The Tim Ferriss Show #385
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  • The Work by Byron Katie
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  • 'The 4-Hour Workweek' Author Says a 3-Step Process He Learned from Tony Robbins Drastically Improved His Life, Business Insider (explaining how I use Tony Robbins' Dickens Process)
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  • Kettlebells on Amazon
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  • Matthew Walker, Ph.D., on Sleep - Part I of III: Dangers of Poor Sleep, Alzheimer's Risk, Mental Health, Memory Consolidation, and More, The Drive with Peter Attia #47
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  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
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  • Fear-Setting: The Most Valuable Exercise I Do Every Month by Tim Ferriss, tim.blog
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  • Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes by Tim Ferriss, tim.blog
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  • Kindle Highlights, Notes, and Bookmarks
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  • How to Take Notes Like an Alpha-Geek (Plus: My $2,600 Date + Challenge) by Tim Ferriss, tim.blog
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  • TaskRabbit
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  • The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss
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  • The Slow-Carb Diet vs. Ketogenic Diet: What's Best for You? by Tim Ferriss, YouTube
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  • Insulin, Hormone Health Network
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  • Occam's Protocol I: A Minimalist Approach to Mass by Tim Ferriss, tim.blog
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  • What Is the Cyclical Ketogenic Diet? Healthline
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  • Anabolic Diet: To Build Muscle, Healthline
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  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid: Weight Loss, Other Benefits, and Side Effects, Healthline
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  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
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  • Facebook Advertising
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  • Optimizely
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  • Engineering a "Muse": Case Studies of Successful Cash-Flow Businesses by Tim Ferriss, tim.blog
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  • The Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting by James Clear
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  • Dom D'Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and the End of Cancer, The Tim Ferriss Show #117
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  • My Breakfast Routine Before Workouts by Tim Ferriss, tim.blog
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  • Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss
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  • Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Scan, Medical News Today
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  • 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly
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  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk! by Al Ries and Jack Trout
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  • Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers
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  • How to Build a World-Class Network in Record Time, The Tim Ferriss Show #99
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  • South by Southwest
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  • Ezra Klein - From College Blogger to Political Powerhouse, The Tim Ferriss Show #208
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  • Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and the 5 Chimps Theory, The Tim Ferriss Show #136
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  • The Tim Ferriss Radio Hour: Meditation, Mindset, and Mastery, The Tim Ferriss Show #201
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  • Transcendental Meditation (TM)
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  • Scott Adams: The Man Behind Dilbert, The Tim Ferriss Show #106
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  • The Trump Talent Stack by Scott Adams
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  • Lambda School
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  • Does Meditation Increase Sensitivity to Sense Perceptions and Why? Buddhism Stack Exchange
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  • Y Combinator
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  • After the TechCrunch Bump: Life in the "Trough of Sorrow" by Andrew Chen
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  • The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training, The Tim Ferriss Show #158
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  • Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse
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  • Why I'm Stopping the Fan-Supported Podcast Experiment by Tim Ferriss, tim.blog
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  • Josh Waitzkin - How to Cram 2 Months of Learning into 1 Day, The Tim Ferriss Show #375
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  • What the *&^% is Audio Verite? The Continuing Education of Javier C.
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  • 2019 World Happiness Report
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  • Is Jordan Peterson's Carnivore Diet Really Healthy? Big Think
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  • Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss
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  • Jocko Willink on Discipline, Leadership, and Overcoming Doubt, The Tim Ferriss Show #187
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  • The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz, TED Global 2005
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  • How to Write Like Hemingway (and Enchant Readers With Simple Language), Enchanting Marketing
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  • Why Successful People Wear the Same Thing Every Day, Inc.
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  • Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony de Mello
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  • Peter Mallouk - Exploring the Worlds of Investing, Assets, and Quality of Life, The Tim Ferriss Show #356
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  • Karlie Kloss - Entrepreneur and Supermodel, The Tim Ferriss Show #307
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  • Jerry Colonna - The Coach With the Spider Tattoo, The Tim Ferriss Show #373
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  • Guide to Austin's Dirty Sixth Street, The Austinot
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  • Dai Due, Austin
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  • South Congress Ave., Austin
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  • Pearla's, Austin
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  • Joanne's Fine Foods, Austin
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  • Fareground Food Hall, Austin
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  • David Tua, Wheel Of Fortune
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  • How to Resurrect Your High School Spanish... or Any Language (Plus: Be on the CBS Early Show!) by Tim Ferriss, tim.blog
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  • Language Learning Articles on tim.blog
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  • Sleep and Caffeine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
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  • Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art by Lewis Hyde and Michael Chabon
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  • The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
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  • Pu-erh Tea, Red Blossom Tea Company
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  • San Pellegrino
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  • Groundhog Day

SHOW NOTES

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  • Am I still working on the self-love book with Greg McKeown? [07:15]
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  • Alzheimer's plus psychedelics latest research. Do I have a current stack for preventative, or would I try on a family member with Alzheimer's? [08:00]
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  • If I were 24 years old today and living in New York City, how would I approach dating? What assumptions or rules are important, and how can someone become more successful with dating? Is it possible to train yourself to be more confident? [09:15]
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  • Do I still get depressive episodes? If yes, what are my top three tips for living with them? [15:32]
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  • What would I suggest to an individual considering a major life transition - example given: stable, successful career to entrepreneur? What were my key considerations? [18:55]
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  • Do I have a process or tool that helps me read so many books? [20:29]
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  • Do the workouts in The 4-Hour Body still apply to someone on a keto diet instead of the slow-carb diet that was originally featured in the book? [25:04]
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  • If I started out creating an automated cash flow optimized business today (as outlined in The 4-Hour Workweek), what would be the route I'd take given the tools and tech of 2019? [28:21]
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  • Given what is known about the benefits of intermittent fasting, do I still stand by the 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up recommendation from The 4-Hour Body? [31:06]
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  • Podcasts are getting competitive and crowded. Will there be a shift in my strategy to remain competitive? [35:58]
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  • How do I network and get connected to people with whom I have no prior connection? Do I simply continue to provide value until they bring me into their circle? [39:13]
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  • I rarely talk politics. Is this a policy of mine? What's my thought process behind this? Do I have any tips on addressing controversial topics elegantly? [41:45]
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  • If I had to pick one interview from the many in Tools of Titans, which one would I choose and why? [44:59]
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  • Why don't I do Tim Ferriss conferences? [45:35]
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  • General advice for a 23-year-old? [46:36]
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  • Do I drink a glass of wine every night? [49:21]
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  • Everybody talks about the same things for reaching your goals: persistence, grit, focus, etc. What are the things - particularly the ugly (or at least less sexy) things - nobody talks about? [51:30]
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  • Thoughts on the ad-free podcast experiment from a sustainability standpoint, and what trends I saw after the initial announcement. [58:59]
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  • After listening to the latest interview with Josh Waitzkin (episode 375), it seems crucial to know what kind of learner you are. How does one determine this? [1:01:08]
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  • My note-taking format when reading books with an eye to retaining and accessing key takeaways. [1:04:21]
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  • How might someone get away from a goal-oriented mindset in which happiness becomes dependent on achievement? [1:04:43]
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  • Have I ever considered having Jordan Peterson on the podcast? What are my thoughts on his carnivore diet? [1:08:52]
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  • If I could go back and add one question to my list of questions asked in Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors, what would it be and why? [1:09:10]
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  • In the interview with Jocko Willink, I said I initially wanted complete freedom, but realized that was too stressful and really wanted positive constraints instead. Could I elaborate? [1:09:36]
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  • In reference to my latest Josh Waitzkin interview with the MIQ (Most Important Question gap analysis) how does one go about trusting the unconscious or subconscious release to bring insight? [1:13:07]
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  • Should I try a more focused Q&A centered around a specific topic? And who is this Molly? [1:14:43]
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  • How can you build patience apart from meditation? [1:15:21]
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  • How did I meet Jerry Colonna, and what insights did I take away from my interview with him? [1:17:54]
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  • Do I plan on interviewing Karlie Kloss? (Actually...) [1:20:26]
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  • How do I balance growth and learning with mental rest in order to avoid overwhelm as I pursue personal growth? [1:20:44]
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  • What advice would I put on a billboard? [1:23:37]
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  • Any recommendations for someone heading to Austin in a few weeks for his bachelor party? [1:23:51]
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  • What does my cooking look like these days? [1:24:31]
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  • If I could ask Richard Feynman any question, what would it be? [1:25:20]
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  • If they don't already, which of my past guests do I think should have their own podcast ? What benefits might you enjoy by starting your own? [1:25:48]
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  • Another recommendation for the Austin-bound bachelor party. [1:26:40]
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  • Stacey Phillips gets an O for awesome! [1:26:54]
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  • A truth I believe with which few might agree. [1:27:13]
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  • Am I still fluent in all the languages I have learned? [1:29:27]
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  • Do I still drink coffee? [1:31:18]
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  • What's on my current reading list? [1:32:13]
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  • What is my current morning routine? [1:33:11]
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  • Austin life compared to San Francisco? [1:35:57]
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  • What advice would I give to my 42-year-old self if he were starting from zero? Does it differ from the advice I would give to my 23-year-old self? [1:36:17]
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  • Parting thoughts. [1:37:36]

PEOPLE MENTIONED

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  • Q&A With Tim - On Wealth, Legacy, Grief, Lyme Disease, Gratitude, Longevity, and More (#394)
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  • The Random Show - On Fasting, Forest Bathing, How to Say NO, Rebooting the Self, and Much More (#391)
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  • A.J. Jacobs - 10 Strategies to Be Happier Through Gratitude (#344)
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  • The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: Q&A With Tim - On Happiness, Dating, Depressive Episodes, and Much More (#390)
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  • Safi Bahcall - On Hypnosis, Conquering Insomnia, Incentives, and More (#382)
Posted on: October 10, 2019.

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