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Episodes & Show Notes

Episode 22: Finding Meaning in Society

Episode 22: Finding Meaning in Society

We are continuing our discussion of the course “The Meaning of Life: Perspective’s from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions” with a look at Hume’s emphasis on society as the basis of finding happiness and why it is reasonable to believe in things that may not […]

Episode 21: Meaning in Impermanence and Mindfulness

Episode 21: Meaning in Impermanence and Mindfulness

We continue with our discussion of the course “The Meaning of Life: Perspective’s from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions” with a look at Buddhism. We focus in on the central concept of the impermanence of all things and how this connects us with the meaning […]

Episode 20: Culture Versus Nature. What Best Expresses the Meaning of Life?

Episode 20: Culture Versus Nature. What Best Expresses the Meaning of Life?

We continue our discussion of the course “The Meaning of Life: Perspective’s from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions” with an exploration of Confucianism and Daoism.  While Confucianism focuses on formality and culture and Daoism takes an almost opposite view emphasizing simplicity and subjectivity, it seems […]

Episode 19: Acting Rationally for Happiness

Episode 19: Acting Rationally for Happiness

We start with a quick look at the utility of a new personality quiz, What’s Your Sparketype? by Jonathan Fields then continue our discussion of the course “The Meaning of Life: Perspective’s from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions.” We look at the philosophy of the […]

Episode 18: Finding Meaning in Mystery

Episode 18: Finding Meaning in Mystery

We continue with our discussion on the course “The Meaning of Life: Perspective’s from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions” with Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics and the Biblical Book of Job.  Aristotle strikes us as very pragmatic, even a bit too “black and white” for our taste but his […]

Episode 17: Each Life Has Its Place

Episode 17: Each Life Has Its Place

For season two of La Belle Vie Show, we will be discussing concepts and ideas from a course entitled “The Meaning of Life: Perspective’s from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions” at the Great Courses taught by Professor Jay L. Garfield of Smith College. The course starts with […]

Episode 16: Missed Opportunities

Episode 16: Missed Opportunities

We check in regarding the content and format of our podcast and decide we prefer diving in the deep end of the pool and “bottom-feeding” on the heavier topics. We then talk about the idea of our lives being “missed opportunities.” Are we really ok […]

Episode 15: Anxiety and Existential Angst

Episode 15: Anxiety and Existential Angst

Anxiety seems to affect more and more people these days. We discuss how anxiety can arise as a result of asking life’s big questions and ask whether it can actually inspire you to seek a better life. We end with a roundup of some podcasts […]

Episode 14: Meaning and Importance of Home

Episode 14: Meaning and Importance of Home

We explore something we consider an essential part of la belle vie: home. What does home mean? What makes a place feel like home? How much of your identity is formed by where you come from, where you’ve lived, and where you live now? We […]

Episode 13: Interests and Passions

Episode 13: Interests and Passions

What does it mean to be interested in something? Passionate? Or just curious? To what extent do our interests and hobbies affect our day to day lives and even shape our lives? We delve into these questions and also discuss how our interests change over […]

Episode 12: Life’s Second and Third Acts

Episode 12: Life’s Second and Third Acts

We discuss Jane Fonda’s idea of “three acts” in life and how it can help you accept where you are in life and understand where you are going. Is applying the concept of these different phases of life even possible when you’re in your twenties? […]

Episode 11: How Do You Feel About Parties?

Episode 11: How Do You Feel About Parties?

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? And how does this affect how you socialize and make and maintain friendships? We discuss how dealing with these things is emotionally complex and conclude that managing your social life in a way that works for you is an […]

Episode 10: What Do You Want Out of Life?

Episode 10: What Do You Want Out of Life?

We revisit one of the big questions: “What do we want out of life?” We get into what we thought we would become, who we are, and how that relates to what we might do in the future. Do we need to do anything differently? What […]

Episode 9: Just Be

Episode 9: Just Be

We start this episode discussing the transition to and from a great trip, adjusting your attitude towards your daily routine, and the idea of stopping traveling altogether. We then dig deep and discuss just being with ourselves and being content with our lives, especially when […]

Episode 8: We Can’t All Be Mozart

Episode 8: We Can’t All Be Mozart

In this episode, we go deep. We welcome spring by discussing how to find meaning and purpose in life even when you’re not born an artistic genius. We also get into whether there can be too much self-reflection, being drawn to tragedies/tragic figures, and how […]

Episode 7: A Few Thoughts on Aging Well

Episode 7: A Few Thoughts on Aging Well

We discuss some ways of aging well, including spending time in nature and decluttering our possessions. We also talk about how certain things come back into our lives, continue to bring us joy, and ignite our curiosity. NOTED Mäntylä House (Finnish for “house among the pines”) […]

Episode 6: Join Us for Dinner!

Episode 6: Join Us for Dinner!

Over an early birthday dinner for Kristen, we discuss how really taking your time to taste, smell, look, and listen during an exquisite meal is one decadent way to be fully present and grateful. We also get into the important role of good design and personal […]

Episode 5: Two keys to happiness in daily life

Episode 5: Two keys to happiness in daily life

We discuss how changing your perspective and knowing yourself are two keys to happiness in daily life. We also report on how our meditation practice is going. NOTED 10% Happier The Robcast The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin Meyers Briggs How to Live a Good […]

Episode 4: Can you be yourself all the time?

Episode 4: Can you be yourself all the time?

Can you be your true and authentic self all the time? In this episode, we discuss why we have different identities online, at work, and with friends. We also explore the importance of friendship and the tyranny of holiday weekends. NOTED Getting Things Done by David […]

Episode 3: Are you a good listener?

Episode 3: Are you a good listener?

Are you a good listener? In this episode, we discuss what that means and how it relates to celebrating holidays, managing time on social media, being mindful, truly mastering a topic, and choosing between reading and watching to relax at the end of the day. NOTED […]

Episode 2 : What Defines You?

Episode 2 : What Defines You?

  What defines you? How do you create meaning in your life? What is our purpose? This episode explores these big questions and more.   NOTED The Crown Ruling Your World by Sakyong Mipham Victoria “To leave behind a thing of beauty that people will […]

Episode 1: What Is La Belle Vie?

Episode 1: What Is La Belle Vie?

  In this episode: beauty, art, design, travel, Paris…. why these things make us happy.   NOTED Baltimore Museum of Art  You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and August Rodin by Rachel Corbett Wakefield “Beauty is that in the presence […]