Happy Healthy Human
By Paul Levitin
Happy Healthy HumanSep 07, 2023
Ancient Wisdom For A Modern Life: Chop The Wood, Carry The Water
In this enlightening episode, host Paul Levitin delves into how ancient wisdom, from Stoicism to Buddhism, remains relevant in our modern, technology-driven world. He discusses the universal human struggles transcending time and culture, emphasizing the importance of consistent personal growth and inner work.
Modern Problems, Timeless Human Nature [00:00 - 03:00]: Paul explores how contemporary issues like smartphone addiction stem from age-old human tendencies like seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.
Impact of Influential Books [03:01 - 06:00]: Reflections on books like "Think and Grow Rich" and "Atomic Habits," and their role in personal development.
Personal Development Through Various Mediums [06:01 - 09:00]: The accessibility of personal growth through books, podcasts, and social media, and Paul's personal approach to continuous learning.
Ancient Wisdom in a Modern Context [09:01 - 12:00]: A look at how ancient philosophies, from Greek Stoicism to Chinese Confucianism, address universal human experiences and dilemmas.
Buddhism's Influence on Personal Growth [12:01 - 15:00]: Paul shares his journey of discovering Buddhism and its profound impact on his understanding of happiness and fulfillment.
Chop Wood, Carry Water: Deeper Meanings [15:01 - 18:00]: An exploration of the ancient Buddhist proverb, revealing multiple interpretations and applications to modern life.
Closing Thoughts: The timeless nature of human challenges and the need for internal work, regardless of external success or technological advancements.
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"Don't Do The Deep Work Unless You HAVE TO; Learning To Live For Yourself" w Dr. Benjamin Ritter
Paul Levitin is joined by Dr. Benjamin Ritter, a leadership and career coach. They explore the profound impact of aligning personal values with life choices, both in professional and personal spheres. Dr. Ritter shares practical strategies for overcoming emotional barriers and living authentically.
Introduction to Living for Yourself [00:00 - 04:00]: Dr. Ritter discusses the importance of understanding and living according to one's values and not just societal expectations or for others' approval.
Confronting Limiting Beliefs [04:01 - 08:00]: Addressing how past experiences shape limiting beliefs and the transformational power of aligning these beliefs with one's core values.
Navigating Emotional Challenges [08:01 - 12:00]: Techniques for overcoming fear and emotional blocks that hinder progress, emphasizing the power of visualization and mindset shifts.
The Three C’s of Self-Leadership [12:01 - 16:00]: Exploring Clarity, Confidence, and Control as pivotal elements for achieving success in various life aspects.
Identifying Personal Values [16:01 - 20:00]: Dr. Ritter guides listeners through an exercise to discover their core values, using personal experiences as a compass.
Aspirational Values vs. Reality [20:01 - 24:00]: A discussion on the authenticity of declared values versus actual lifestyle choices, and how alignment or discrepancy affects one's sense of fulfillment.
Closing Thoughts: The significance of understanding and living in harmony with personal values for a happier, healthier life.
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Quitting Season: Overcoming the Year-End Slump
In this episode, host Paul Levitin explores the concept of "Quitting Season," a period between Halloween and New Year's when many people tend to abandon their goals. He delves into why this happens and how to break the cycle, emphasizing the importance of persistence and long-term thinking for real success.
Introduction to Quitting Season [00:00:10 - 00:03:00]: Paul introduces the idea of "Quitting Season," a time when people commonly fall off their goals, especially in fitness and business, due to various seasonal factors.
The Impact of Weather and Holidays on Goals [00:03:01 - 00:06:00]: Discusses how colder weather and consecutive holidays contribute to a decrease in motivation and increase in abandoning goals.
The Cycle of Starting and Stopping Goals [00:06:01 - 00:09:00]: Analyzes the typical cycle of setting goals in January with high energy, seeing some progress by summer, and then losing motivation towards the end of the year, leading to a pattern of stopping and starting again.
The Importance of a Long-Term Perspective [00:09:01 - 00:12:00]: Emphasizes the need to view goals on a scale of years, not months, to achieve real change and success.
Momentum and Consistency in Achieving Goals [00:12:01 - 00:15:00]: Discusses how building momentum and maintaining consistency are crucial for sustainable, long-term change.
Breaking Patterns and Embracing Slow Times [00:15:01 - 00:18:00]: Advises on recognizing and breaking negative patterns and understanding that slow times don't necessitate quitting but rather can be opportunities for growth.
Closing Thoughts: Encourages listeners to maintain momentum through the holiday season and enter the new year building on the progress of the previous year, rather than starting over.
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"Strategies For Mastering Your Reading Habits & Applying What You Learn" w Nick Hutchinson (@bookthinkers)
In this episode, host Paul Levitin interviews Nick Hutchinson, the visionary behind Book Thinkers, a seven-figure marketing agency that connects authors and readers. The conversation dives deep into the transformative power of reading, the journey from being a non-reader to an avid one, and practical strategies for making the most out of reading.
Introduction to Nick Hutchinson and the Impact of Reading [00:00:10 - 00:02:00]: Paul introduces Nick Hutchinson and discusses how reading books and listening to podcasts can profoundly change one’s life.
Nick’s Journey from Non-Reader to Influential Reader [00:02:01 - 00:04:30]: Nick shares his personal story of how he transitioned from a non-reader to someone who finds immense value in books, particularly in personal development.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Books and Implementation [00:04:31 - 00:07:00]: Discussion on selecting books that resonate with your current life challenges and the significance of implementing the lessons learned from these books.
Insights on Audiobooks vs. Physical Reading [00:07:01 - 00:09:00]: Paul and Nick discuss the effectiveness of audiobooks compared to traditional reading and how each format suits different lifestyles and learning preferences.
Nick’s Recommendations on Must-Read Books [00:09:01 - 00:11:00]: Nick recommends a few impactful books that have greatly influenced him, including new releases and perennial favorites.
Action Steps for Living a Happier, Healthier Life [00:11:01 - 00:13:30]: Nick offers practical advice on immediate actions listeners can take to enhance their well-being, focusing on the power of gratitude.
Closing Thoughts: The episode wraps up with a reminder of the ongoing giveaway of Nick's book, "Rise of the Reader," and encourages listeners to participate for a chance to win.
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EASIER Habits and Routines (FREE Checklist included!)
Episode Summary: In this insightful episode of "Happy Healthy Human," host Paul Levitin delves into the concept of making life's challenges easier to manage. The focus is on the 'EASIER' framework, a tool designed to make habits and routines sustainable and effective. This episode explores how consistency, rather than intensity of effort, is key to achieving long-term success in any area of life.
The Challenge of Change [00:00:15 - 00:02:00]: Discussing the human aversion to change and its impact on achieving goals, emphasizing the importance of consistency over intensity.
Understanding Work and Stress [00:02:01 - 00:04:00]: Exploring how stress, both positive and negative, affects our capacity to work and the concept of 'stress buckets'.
The 'EASIER' Framework Introduction [00:04:01 - 00:06:00]: Introducing the 'EASIER' framework, focusing on making habit formation and goal achievement more manageable and sustainable.
Breaking Down the 'EASIER' Framework [00:06:01 - 00:08:00]: A detailed explanation of each component of the 'EASIER' framework, including Enthusiasm, Availability, Simplicity, Imperfection, Exponential Returns, and Repeatable Actions.
Applying the 'EASIER' Framework [00:08:01 - 00:10:00]: Practical tips on applying the 'EASIER' framework to various aspects of life, from health and wellness to personal and professional goals.
Closing Thoughts: The episode emphasizes the power of embracing easier, sustainable methods to achieve long-term success. By applying the 'EASIER' framework, listeners can transform their approach to personal development and goal achievement, focusing on consistency and ease rather than unnecessary hardship.
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Are You Paying The Convenience Tax?
Everything has a cost, whether seen or not. While convenience seems inexpensive, it actually has very high hidden costs that we pay through money, health, or the environment. Paying attention to all costs, not just the visible ones, is important to make informed choices.
0:00:00 - Everything has a cost, whether seen or unseen
- 0:01:23 - Convenience has some of the highest hidden costs that we pay for everyday
- 0:02:59 - Delivery fees for food are an obvious convenience cost, but other costs are hidden
- 0:04:12 - Shipping, labor, refrigeration, etc. are baked into the price of out-of-season produce
- 0:05:34 - Amazon Prime has membership and shipping fees, but there are also environmental and factory costs of cheap goods
- 0:06:51 - It's easy to ignore unseen costs but they are still real costs that we pay with money, health, or the environment
"I Died, And Now I'm More Grateful Than Ever" w Dom Fusco
Dom Fusco is a health and wellness creator, Co-Founder of Upspace, and Host of the Pure Ambition podcast. His mission in life is to inspire and empower 100 million people to become the healthiest, happiest versions of themselves.
This podcast was recorded 3 weeks to the day after a major health event that had Dom nearly lose his life, and forced him to undergo major surgery to be able to live.
265) A Reminder About Your Vices... (And How To Quit Them)
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263) Guarantee Your Success: The 3-S Success Framework
The 3-S Success Framework works. GIve it a try and let me know what you hink
@paullevitin on instagram
262) "SEAL Mindset: How Cultivating Your Sense of Self Will Save You” w Christopher Maher
Christopher Maher is a former Navy SEAL, as well as writer, coach, entrepreneur and musician.
Christopher endured intense physical, mental, and emotional stress as a child, which led him to his journey towards developing the mental and physical tools for eliminating his unresolved stress.
By combining a “seal mindset” with modern stress management strategies, Christopher taught himself to free his body and mind from generational trauma and pain.
Christopher has studied Traditional Chinese Medical Practices and is currently pursuing his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
261) Are You Uninformed Or Just Uninterested?
Crucial distinction. Which one are you?
260) When Healing Leads To Hurt
Have you ever heard the term "iatrogenics"?
259) "If You Could 'Just Do It,' You Would Have Already Done It. Understanding Motivation & Change" w Dr. Lisa Lewis
Dr Lisa lewis is a licensed psychologist, certified additions counselor, and lover of all things strength and fitness.
Dr Lewis uses her unique skills to blend the mental and physical realms of health and wellbeing. A mom, a wife, and entrepreneur, speaker, teacher, and coach, Dr Lewis epitomizes leading by example.
258) If All You Have Is A Hammer... Broadening Your Toolbox
The more tools you have at your disposal, the better chance you have at completing the project.
257) Learning To See The Glimmers In Life
In this mini-sode of "Happy Healthy Human," the focus is on the concept of 'glimmers' as opposed to 'triggers.' A glimmer, often discussed in psychology, is a cue that brings a person back to a state of joy or safety, serving as the antithesis to a trigger that leads to negative thoughts or a fight-or-flight response. This episode explores how recognizing these glimmers can positively influence our mindset and overall well-being.
Understanding Triggers [00:00:15 - 00:01:45]: An explanation of what triggers are, how they can lead to a negative spiral, and their impact on individuals with varying levels of trauma.
Introduction to Glimmers [00:01:46 - 00:02:30]: Defining 'glimmers' as cues that bring about feelings of joy and safety, contrasting them with the negative effects of triggers.
Examples of Glimmers [00:02:31 - 00:03:15]: Illustrating what constitutes a glimmer through various examples, such as a stranger's kindness, nature's beauty, or simple daily joys.
The Power of Positive Recognition [00:03:16 - 00:04:00]: Discussing the importance of training the brain to recognize glimmers and how this practice fosters a more positive mindset.
Invitation to Notice Glimmers [00:04:01 - 00:04:45]: Encouraging listeners to open themselves to noticing glimmers in their everyday life and sharing this episode to spread the concept.
Closing Thoughts: Recognizing the simple, positive moments in our daily lives can significantly shift our perspective and enhance our mental wellness. This mini-sode aims to inspire listeners to identify and appreciate these glimmers, thus fostering a happier and healthier mindset.
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256) Sticking To Your Routines, Getting Out Of The "Prison Break" Mindset
255) "Cultivating Your Internal Ecosystem" w Stephanie Teagan
254) Questions To Change Your Life
Get a pen and paper, or email me at
Paul@paullevitin.com to get the full list!
253) How Do You Know What You Know?
I mean how do you ACTUALLY know
252) "Mastery: The Commitment To Ongoing Learning" w Brian Cain
Brian Cain, is the creator of The Mental Performance Mastery (MPM) Coaching Certification Course and The 30 Days to Mental Performance Mastery for Athletes Program, a #1 International Best-Selling Author and highly sought after Speaker and Mental Performance Coach.
Brian is widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on Mental Performance Coaching. His client list includes coaches, athletes, and teams at the Olympic level, in Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA, NHL, UFC and on The PGA and LPGA Tour. His resume boasts a list of hall of fame athletes including 4 Major League Baseball Cy-Young Award winners, a Heisman Trophy Winner, 8 UFC World Champions, World Series and Super Bowl Champions and over 1,000 professional sports draft selections.
Brian has taught his 10 Pillars of Mental Performance Mastery System on stages all over the world and is
Highly sought after for his educational, empowering and energizing approach
Brian provides a system that will help you close the gap from where you are to where you want to be by implementing the same mental performance strategies as the world class athletes he coaches
An avid Ironman Triathlete, Ultra Marathoner and Golfer, Brian practices what he teaches.
251) When A Little Becomes A Lot...
Drip by drop, a little becomes a lot
250) It Is What It Is (And That's Just Fine)
As a wise philosopher once said, it really do be like that sometimes
249) Win The Morning, Win The Day: Free Morning Routine Checklist
248) " Going Deeper On Mental Health," w Morgan Starr-Riestis (@Mind.Psy.Guidance)
247) What Will Your Legacy Be?
Legacy is everything... or is it?
246) If You Believe Can You Achieve?
If you believe in yourself, does it actually change the outcome?
245) "Raising Your Standards, And Lowering The Barriers to Success" w Lizzie Merrit
Lizzie Merritt is a Certified Life Coach and professional weight loss coach, specializing in helping her clients figure out why they don’t do the things they think they *should* do in order to lose weight and feel happy.
She believes that diets are just the worst; because the only way to lose weight IS imperfectly; and that weight loss is much more about what’s between your ears than what’s on your plate.
Check out her book “You Are a Miracle” to learn about all the things that diets don’t tell you.
244) Why You Should Stop Trying To Get Better
I know it sounds counter intuitive, but hear me out!
243) Are You Lucky?
I bet you are...
242) Are You Settling? Being Content Vs Being Complacent
Contentness is the goal, but how do you know if you're actually settling or being complacent?
241) "Stoicism And Sales, Skills To Level Up Your Life" w Dalton Jensen
240) The One Rule You Cannot Break
There is only one rule that matters
239) The Magic Of The Middle Ground
It's where the magic happens
238) "Societal Safety & Stress; How Those Around You Affect Your Mental Health" w Sarah Rose Cavanaugh
Sarah Rose Cavanagh is the Senior Associate Director for Teaching and Learning at Simmons University in Boston, where she also teaches in the Psychology Department. She researches the intersections of emotion, motivation, learning, and quality of life. She is the author of four well-received books on psychology, including the most recent Mind Over Monsters: Supporting Youth Mental Health with Compassionate Challenge, published this past spring.
237) Why Do We Fear Snakes?
Being afraid of snakes it turns out, comes from something much deeper
236) You Have To Wipe Your Own ...
Blow your nose, you look silly.
235) Survivorship Bias- Why You Can't Trust Everything You See
234) "Dealing With Loneliness In A Hyper-Connected World" w Nicole Nowparvar
233) If You're Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop...
As The Rock famously said, "rent's due!"
232) Your Life Is Like A Garden
Can you dig it? Can you grow with it?
231) What Can Change In A Year?
A look back can help you focus going forward
230) “Finding Mindfulness From My Midlife Crisis, & Why Following Your Passion Is For Losers” w Billy Lahr
Billy Lahr spent 21 years as an educator but became disenfranchised the last half due to budding mental health concerns and a lack of job satisfaction. In 2021, Billy left his job as dean of students in order to travel the world in search of more meaningful life experiences. Since then, he’s been focused on teaching others how to navigate their own midlife crisis with more curiosity, openness, compassion, and awareness through the use of mindfulness meditation as well as practical and intentional daily routines that focus on consistency and discipline through his introductory Reflect–Learn–Grow mindfulness program.
229) You Grow What You Sow; Building From Positivity
What else would you expect?
228) Why Complaining Is Holding You Back, And How To Break The Habit
Let me know if the trick in the last 30 seconds works for you!
227) Dig The Well Before You're Thirsty
The best time to plant a tree was...?
226) "Single Teen Mom Cancer Survivor- If I Can Do It, So Can You” w Karey Spransy
Karey Spransy knows what it's like to feel overwhelmed, unworthy, and knocked down by life. Her experiences as a single teen mother, losing two loved ones to suicide, going through two divorces, and battling stage IV colon cancer taught her how to use setbacks as springboards and turn failure into fuel. Through her coaching programs, Karey teaches you to see that life is always happening for you and that you are a superhero because of what you've been through. She will help you believe that you are worthy of a life you love and you always have been.
225) If You Want A Balanced Life...
If you're seeking balance, listen to this!
224) Do No Harm - Ahisma
Are you doing harm, externally or internally?
223) When You're Ready...
When you're ready, that's when it will happen
222) "It Didn't Start With You; Understanding Intergenerational Trauma" w Terrance Dawkins, LISW
Terance Dawkins is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) from Spartanburg, South Carolina. He currently works in a university counseling center and owns his own private counseling practice called Missing Pieces Counseling Services. Terance seeks to destigmatize mental health issues and help his clients improve their mental health through engaging workshops, one on one therapy, as well as using social media to provide awareness on mental health issues.
Terance loves to speak about intergenerational trauma, and how the teachings and beliefs we are raised with impact our behaviors, decisions, relationships, and perceptions of ourselves. These powerful concepts affect every human on this planet, so I can’t wait for you to hear this conversation.