The Secrets of Good-Enoughness and The Good Life with Professors Andreas Elpidorou & Avram Alpert
Original Air Date Wednesday, October 26, 2022
There is a wide gap between feeling not enough and good enough. The secret to feeling good enough is using boredom and frustration to propel us forward toward achieving our goals.
We become frustrated when we face obstacles to getting things we care about and it forces us to try another way of something new. By embracing our imperfections, and relinquishing our need to be right, we can all lead a good-enough life. To discover how to use our emotions in a way that creates a greater good for ourselves and our community, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two professors and authors about how to live a good life. The author of Propelled: How Boredom, Frustration, and Anticipation Lead Us to the Good Life, Professor Andreas Elpidorou describes how boredom and frustration are often misinterpreted and can be real opportunities for improving life experiences. And, the author of The Good-Enough Life, Professor Avram Alpert shares his secrets for good-enoughness and how being a part of the social construct offers a greater good for all.
Andreas Elpidorou — The Good Life:
- Andreas Elpidorou explains why happiness can not be a stable condition. [1:42]
- In his book, Propelled, Andreas shares how boredom and frustration have useful roles in our lives. [5:40]
- The connection between boredom and depression. [10:15]
- The deliciousness of anticipation. [20:00]
Andreas Elpidorou is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Louisville. He specializes in the philosophical study of the mind with an emphasis on emotions and consciousness. Author of Propelled: How Boredom, Frustration, and Anticipation Lead us to the Good Life, his work on the nature and value of boredom has received worldwide media attention.
Book: Propelled: How Boredom, Frustration, and Anticipation Lead Us to the Good Life
Avram Alpert — The Secrets of Good-Enoughness:
- In his book, The Good-Enough Life, Avram describes what it means for life to be good enough. [26:33]
- The importance of community and civic responsibility in living a good-enough life. [32:48]
- How embracing imperfections allows us to feel good enough. [39:19]
- Living the good-enough life reminds us that humans all share certain values and it is in those values that we find empathy for each other. [44:57]
Presently a Fellow at the New Institute in Hamburg, Germany, Avram “Avi” Alpert received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at Princeton and Rutgers and is the author of three books. In 2018 he co-founded the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program at Jack Shainman Gallery where he now serves as an advisor.
Book: The Good-Enough Life
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