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Book Smart

Melissa Guller & Em Hammel-Shaver

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Book Smart

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Melissa Guller & Em Hammel-Shaver

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In each episode of Book Smart, co-hosts and personal development junkies Melissa and Em share what they learn and love from one of their favorite self-help books. Whether discussing the latest best-seller or a blast from the past -- on topics like happiness, success, habits, relationships, growth, and change -- Book Smart is here to help you read your way to a better you.

Latest Episodes

A Big Announcement + Our Personal Notes on Digital Minimalism (Cal Newport)

As a follow-up to episodes 14 & 15, Parts 1 & 2 on Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, Melissa and Em discuss their personal takeaways from the book, and talk though a few of Em’s questions about the right “rules” to put in place for her own 30-day Digital Declutter. Plus, stay tuned for a big announcement at the end of the episode!

46 MIN2019 MAY 21
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A Big Announcement + Our Personal Notes on Digital Minimalism (Cal Newport)

Digital Minimalism, Part 2 (Cal Newport)

Em and Melissa discuss the essential practices of the digital minimalist—how to put in action the subtitle of Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism: “choosing a focused life in a noisy world.” To learn what Digital Minimalism is, what its foundational principles are, and how to begin your own digital decluttering, check out last week’s episode, Part 1.

46 MIN2019 MAY 14
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Digital Minimalism, Part 2 (Cal Newport)

Digital Minimalism, Part 1 (Cal Newport)

Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, bestselling author Cal Newport introduces a philosophy for technology that can be put to use to support your goals and values—rather than letting technology use you.

31 MIN2019 MAY 7
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Digital Minimalism, Part 1 (Cal Newport)

What We Hated from The 5 Love Languages (Gary Chapman) + Our Personal Notes

As a follow-up to episode 12, "The 5 Love Languages" by Gary Chapman, Melissa and Em try to determine Melissa's primary love language—plus discuss the term they hated from this book. They also revisit episode 5, "Designing Your Life" to check in on Em's progress with adding more play into her life.

22 MIN2019 APR 30
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What We Hated from The 5 Love Languages (Gary Chapman) + Our Personal Notes

The 5 Love Languages (Gary Chapman)

In the #1 New York Times bestseller, "The 5 Love Languages," you’ll discover the secret that's transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether you’re single, or your relationship is flourishing or failing, Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with future partners or your significant other—starting today.

48 MIN2019 APR 23
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The 5 Love Languages (Gary Chapman)

Are There Milestones After 30? + Our personal notes on The Power of Moments (Chip Heath & Dan Heath)

As a follow-up to episode 10, "The Power of Moments" by Chip & Dan Heath, in this episode Em and Melissa talk about how they’ve begun thinking differently about the most memorable moments of their lives, and started creating more defining moments for themselves and others. They also revisit episodes 6 & 7 on Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done to find out if one listener was motivated by Jon Acuff’s advice to get to the finish line of a big deadline.

27 MIN2019 APR 16
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Are There Milestones After 30? + Our personal notes on The Power of Moments (Chip Heath & Dan Heath)

The Power of Moments (Chip Heath, Dan Heath)

In "The Power of Moments," New York Times bestselling authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us, elevate us, and change us — and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work.

47 MIN2019 APR 9
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The Power of Moments (Chip Heath, Dan Heath)

A Questioner's Crisis + Our Personal Notes on Joyful (Ingrid Fetell Lee)

As a follow-up to episode 8, "Joyful" by Ingrid Fetell Lee, in this episode Em and Melissa talk about whether this book actually made them joyful, and what elements, if any, they’ve incorporated into their daily lives. They also revisit episode 1, "The Four Tendencies" to discuss Melissa’s personal identity crisis over her previously labeled tendency as an Obliger. It turns out, she may have been misdiagnosed.

27 MIN2019 APR 2
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A Questioner's Crisis + Our Personal Notes on Joyful (Ingrid Fetell Lee)

Joyful (Ingrid Fetell Lee)

In Joyful, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why one setting makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fosters acceptance and delight -- and, most importantly, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives.

45 MIN2019 MAR 26
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Joyful (Ingrid Fetell Lee)

Cut Your Goal in Half + Our Personal Notes from Finish (Jon Acuff)

As a follow-up to episode 6, "Finish" by Jon Acuff, in this episode Em and Melissa discuss how they’ve personally started taking the action items from "Finish" and put them into practice in their own daily lives. They also revisit episode 4, "Atomic Habits," to learn if one listener benefitted from James Clear’s advice — and check in on Em's progress with a problem she identified in her own life after reading "Atomic Habits."

27 MIN2019 MAR 19
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Cut Your Goal in Half + Our Personal Notes from Finish (Jon Acuff)

Latest Episodes

A Big Announcement + Our Personal Notes on Digital Minimalism (Cal Newport)

As a follow-up to episodes 14 & 15, Parts 1 & 2 on Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, Melissa and Em discuss their personal takeaways from the book, and talk though a few of Em’s questions about the right “rules” to put in place for her own 30-day Digital Declutter. Plus, stay tuned for a big announcement at the end of the episode!

46 MIN2019 MAY 21
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A Big Announcement + Our Personal Notes on Digital Minimalism (Cal Newport)

Digital Minimalism, Part 2 (Cal Newport)

Em and Melissa discuss the essential practices of the digital minimalist—how to put in action the subtitle of Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism: “choosing a focused life in a noisy world.” To learn what Digital Minimalism is, what its foundational principles are, and how to begin your own digital decluttering, check out last week’s episode, Part 1.

46 MIN2019 MAY 14
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Digital Minimalism, Part 2 (Cal Newport)

Digital Minimalism, Part 1 (Cal Newport)

Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, bestselling author Cal Newport introduces a philosophy for technology that can be put to use to support your goals and values—rather than letting technology use you.

31 MIN2019 MAY 7
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Digital Minimalism, Part 1 (Cal Newport)

What We Hated from The 5 Love Languages (Gary Chapman) + Our Personal Notes

As a follow-up to episode 12, "The 5 Love Languages" by Gary Chapman, Melissa and Em try to determine Melissa's primary love language—plus discuss the term they hated from this book. They also revisit episode 5, "Designing Your Life" to check in on Em's progress with adding more play into her life.

22 MIN2019 APR 30
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What We Hated from The 5 Love Languages (Gary Chapman) + Our Personal Notes

The 5 Love Languages (Gary Chapman)

In the #1 New York Times bestseller, "The 5 Love Languages," you’ll discover the secret that's transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether you’re single, or your relationship is flourishing or failing, Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with future partners or your significant other—starting today.

48 MIN2019 APR 23
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The 5 Love Languages (Gary Chapman)

Are There Milestones After 30? + Our personal notes on The Power of Moments (Chip Heath & Dan Heath)

As a follow-up to episode 10, "The Power of Moments" by Chip & Dan Heath, in this episode Em and Melissa talk about how they’ve begun thinking differently about the most memorable moments of their lives, and started creating more defining moments for themselves and others. They also revisit episodes 6 & 7 on Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done to find out if one listener was motivated by Jon Acuff’s advice to get to the finish line of a big deadline.

27 MIN2019 APR 16
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Are There Milestones After 30? + Our personal notes on The Power of Moments (Chip Heath & Dan Heath)

The Power of Moments (Chip Heath, Dan Heath)

In "The Power of Moments," New York Times bestselling authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us, elevate us, and change us — and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work.

47 MIN2019 APR 9
Comments
The Power of Moments (Chip Heath, Dan Heath)

A Questioner's Crisis + Our Personal Notes on Joyful (Ingrid Fetell Lee)

As a follow-up to episode 8, "Joyful" by Ingrid Fetell Lee, in this episode Em and Melissa talk about whether this book actually made them joyful, and what elements, if any, they’ve incorporated into their daily lives. They also revisit episode 1, "The Four Tendencies" to discuss Melissa’s personal identity crisis over her previously labeled tendency as an Obliger. It turns out, she may have been misdiagnosed.

27 MIN2019 APR 2
Comments
A Questioner's Crisis + Our Personal Notes on Joyful (Ingrid Fetell Lee)

Joyful (Ingrid Fetell Lee)

In Joyful, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why one setting makes us feel anxious or competitive, while another fosters acceptance and delight -- and, most importantly, she reveals how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives.

45 MIN2019 MAR 26
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Joyful (Ingrid Fetell Lee)

Cut Your Goal in Half + Our Personal Notes from Finish (Jon Acuff)

As a follow-up to episode 6, "Finish" by Jon Acuff, in this episode Em and Melissa discuss how they’ve personally started taking the action items from "Finish" and put them into practice in their own daily lives. They also revisit episode 4, "Atomic Habits," to learn if one listener benefitted from James Clear’s advice — and check in on Em's progress with a problem she identified in her own life after reading "Atomic Habits."

27 MIN2019 MAR 19
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Cut Your Goal in Half + Our Personal Notes from Finish (Jon Acuff)
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