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The 10 Most Popular AoM Podcast Episodes of 2023 (So Far)

When penning lengthier-than-usual correspondence, men from Blaise Pascal and John Locke to Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau all offered a similar apology to its recipient: “I would have written a shorter letter, but I didn’t have the time.”

As a rule, it’s actually more difficult to create quality shorter content than it is longer content, and this is true for both texts and podcasts. It’s easier to have a meandering conversation that occasionally intersects with salient points than it is to drill down to only the most salient points.

Of course, sometimes you’re in the mood for that kind of free-flowing exchange.

But, when you don’t feel you have two hours to spend with the same guest on the same topic, and you want a podcast where you can listen to the whole thing on the way to and from work, the AoM podcast is here for you. From the pre-interview prep to the post-interview editing, we work hard to distill down the most interesting and/or actionable ideas in every under-an-hour episode. No fluff. No filler. Each episode of the AoM podcast is like getting the CliffsNotes to the most insightful books and minds in the world. Each episode provides fodder for expanding your thinking and improving every area of your life, from health and fitness to relationships and career.

If you’re new to the AoM podcast, or maybe have missed a few episodes in the last six months, here’s a look at the 10 most popular episodes we’ve published so far this year. Hope you find some you really enjoy. Be sure to subscribe to the show to never miss a new episode; we’ve got some great guests coming up!

#861: 7 Journaling Techniques That Can Change Your Life

Campbell Walker shares different techniques that will help you get greater insight into the problems you face, as well as tips on how to make journaling a habit.

#865: How to Win Friends and Influence People in the 21st Century

Joe Hart explains how the advice contained in Dale Carnegie’s classic books remains relevant today and how to use it to improve your relationships. 

#866: Move the Body, Heal the Mind

Dr. Jennifer Heisz unpacks how intrinsically connected our bodies and minds are and how exercise can be used to alleviate depression and anxiety, aid addiction recovery, enhance focus, and improve sleep.

#860: Get Fit, Not Fried — The Benefits of Zone 2 Cardio

Zone 2 cardio may be the biggest thing missing from your fitness routine. Alex Viada explains everything you need to know as to why it’s so beneficial and how to do it.

#868: Escape the Happiness Trap

Dr. Russ Harris unpacks a counterintuitive approach to finding happiness in which you stop struggling against stress, anxiety, depression, and self-consciousness and concentrate on taking action on your values instead.

#870: Get a Handle on Your Shrinking Attention Span

Dr. Gloria Mark explains what’s fragmenting your attention, from environmental factors to your personality traits, and shares what you can do to achieve better and more balanced focus. We still think about her whiteboard analogy of multitasking all the time.

 #875: Authority Is More Important Than Social Skills

Chase Hughes argues that when it comes to getting people to follow you, your personal authority is more important than your social skills, and he shares how to develop your authority, as well as what kills it.

#878: The Fitness Supplements That Actually Work

Layne Norton shares the three most research-backed and effective supplements to consider using to facilitate your fitness goals and how to employ each of them for optimal results. 

#882: The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in a World That Won’t Stop Talking

Dan Lyons makes the case for intentional speech and the power of silence in a chatter-happy world.

#886: What the World of Psychology Gets Wrong About Men

The APA says that men’s psychological issues grow out of the problem of toxic masculinity; Dr. John Barry counters this idea, describes what really defines masculinity, and shares what works for men’s mental health and well-being.

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