Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer-prize winning American journalist and non-fiction author. He was a reporter for The New York Times and is the author of two books on habits and productivity, titled The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better.
You can manipulate your brain to change your mood. How? Biofeedback. For example, when you are happy you smile. But it also works in reverse – if you smile, that makes you happy. And there are other ways I’ll discuss that you can improve your mood by doing very simple things. It’s fascinating., have you ever wanted to create a new habit or break an old one? Charles Duhigg author of the book, The Power of Habit ( joins me to discuss the science of habits. He offers some great techniques to start new habits and explains why you should never really try to “break” a habit. There is something else you should do instead.If you want to improve any relationship, there are 2 little things that can make all the difference. Listen to this advice from John Gottman, one of the best-known experts in the field of relationship psychology, and it could transform your relationship forever., do you ever wish you were more courageous? Are there things you haven’t done because you lacked the courage to do them? Speaker and consultant Bill Treasurer author of the book Courage Goes to Work, ( will help you realize you probably have more courage than you think and how to become more courageous in spite of the fear you face. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
If you’ve ever wondered how in the world to get through this time and who in the world to trust, then do we have the How to Survive a Pandemic show for you. Today I’ll be talking with Pulitzer Award Winning author, Charles Duhigg, the best-selling author of “The Power of Habit”, and “Smarter Faster Better”, who’s prescience has led him to write about pandemics before they’ve even happened, and what brought us here today.  And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about how to sort through conflicting messages, stay safe, and figure out where in the world to go from here.  Key Points Discussed: How did you come to write an article for Slate last year on how to survive a pandemic? (02:54) How Seattle leaders let the scientists take the lead unlike New York, and the impact that has had (04:52) What happened on the East Coast in relation to the Coronavirus response where the CDC is concerned? (07:14) The harm that our misunderstanding of timing and exponential growth causes us (12:06) Tuning out the politicians and listening to the experts to avoid the confusion surrounding how to keep the virus at bay (13:52) Sorting through whether economics is more important than health (15:44) Some of the habits that are hurting us during this pandemic (20:01) Are the fatality rates real, and how can we really protect ourselves from getting infected? (25:10) The necessity of moving past the “American way” habit (27:40) The opportunity we have to rethink things and what we want to do with our lives (29:17) The fact that the pandemic will end okay and how we can change our lives (33:21) Additional Resources: How To Podcast with Charles Duhigg The Power of Habit By Charles Duhigg Smarter Faster Better By Charles Duhigg ……. For free meditations, weekly tips, stories, and similar shows visit: To support the show and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access, visit: And to follow Inspire Nation (and the lives of Michael and Jessica) on Instagram, go to And to follow Inspire Nation on Tik Tok simply go to InspireNationShow on Tik Tok
In this episode, a tale of two cities. It turns out there’s a literal playbook for communications during an epidemic. Seattle followed it. New York didn’t. And, how incomplete information from leaders has created room for conspiracies to flourish — and what we can do about them.  1. Phil McCausland [@PhilMcCausland], NBC News reporter, on how, absent federal data and directives about coronavirus, civilians in the American heartland are being left largely in the dark about the severity of their circumstances. Listen. 2. Charles Duhigg [@cduhigg], host of How To! With Charles Duhigg, on how Seattle and NYC's communications strategies following their Covid-19 outbreaks differed so widely — and what we can learn from the results. Listen. 3. Daily Beast reporter Kelly Weill [@KELLYWEILL] on how Covid-19 disinformation may be leading some Americans to other dangerous conspiracy theories like QAnon. And, Atlantic staff writer Joe Pinsker [@jpinsk] on how to cautiously confront friends and family who may be in the early stages of a conspiracy theory kick. Listen. Music from this week's show:Zoe Keating - The Last BirdFour Tet - Two thousand and SeventeenJohn Renbourne - Passing TimeThe Bad Plus - Time After Time
Columnists Fintan O'Toole, from the Irish Times, and Margaret Sullivan, from the Washington Post, join Christiane Amanpour to discuss how President Donald Trump's misleading comments about Covid-19 may have cost lives. Then in a much-needed dose of culture to distract us all during these times - actors Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal talk about portraying Marianne and Connell is the TV series adaptation of Sally Rooney's best-selling book, "Normal People." They talk intimacy, mental health and why this love story so perfectly captures the zeitgeist. New Yorker contributor Charles Duhigg gives his assessment of the varying pandemic responses in Seattle and New York to our Michel Martin. via Knit
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