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You 2.0: Slow Down!

Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain Media

Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Performing Arts

4.639.3K Ratings

🗓️ 21 August 2023

⏱️ 51 minutes

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It’s understandable that we sometimes dwell on things that upset us. But our negative emotions can keep us from savoring the good things in our lives. This week, we continue our You 2.0 series with psychologist Fred Bryant. We’ll discuss the many benefits of savoring, and how we can turn even the smallest of moments into an opportunity for pleasure.

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This is Hidden Brain, I'm Shankar Vedantam.


In 1974, the singer Harry Chapin hit number one


on the Billboard charts with a song about loss and love.


It told the story of a dad who misses his son's first steps and other milestones.


Games of catch get postponed as the dad finds himself distracted by work and various commitments.


Before he knows it, the son's entire childhood was a spy.


The song Cats in the Cradle was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011. In a few memorable verses it told the story of a life


where your choices come full circle. When the dad now retired reaches out to his


son and asked to spend some time with him, the grown


kid now says, I'd love to dad if I can find the time. The enduring popularity of stories and songs like Cats in the Cradle


reflects a sad truth. We often take the most meaningful parts of our lives for


granted only to realize what we have


lost after it's too late.


Many philosophical and spiritual traditions counsel people to express gratitude


for the good things in their lives and to engage fully with the present. So why does so


many of us have trouble slowing down and savoring life.


This week on Hidden Brain, we begin a two-part series about why it's so hard to stop and notice


what is wonderful about our lives and powerful psychological techniques to help us master this art. Life is what happens when you're busy making other plants.


Life is what happens when you're busy making other plants.


It's a quote widely attributed to John Lennon, but the origins of this idea predate the Beatles by centuries.


At Loyola University Chicago, psychologist Fred Bryant studies this universal human conundrum and what we can do about it.


Fred Bryant, welcome to Hidden Brain.


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