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332: AJ Jacobs | Life as an Experiment

October 26th, 2014

Episode 255 of 807 episodes

Experiment with your own life. "I wouldn't say fail faster, I'd say fail more. For every ten failures you're going to get one success."-AJ Jacobs The Cheat Sheet: Digital reminders: how to use them to become happier. (10:00) How to use the Song of Solomon to get a date. (14:40) Radical honesty: can it be effective in dating and relationships? (19:30) Cafeteria Religion defined. (24:45) The Odysseus Strategy:what it is and how to use it to make yourself happier. (27:35) Posture affects your testosterone levels: true or false? (44:40) And so much more... If you lived your life as an experiment and you became a human guinea pig what would that be like? What would you try out and what do you think you could learn? Our guest for episode 332 has done this several times and discovered so much through each experiment. AJ Jacobs is a four-timeNew York Timesbest-selling author who has used his life as an experiment on several occasions, and then written about it to share with all of us. For example, he once spent a year living life according to the rules of the Bible! He has also tried to become the healthiest person alive, the smartest person alive and many other adventures. AJ is here to talk about those experiment adventures and so much more on the 332nd episode of The Art of Charm. More About This Show: AJ Jacobs has experienced many things in his life, most of which we never will. He once stoned an adulterer in Central Park; he's read the encyclopedia from A to Z and he followed George Washington's 101 rules for living with civility. Instead of following in his footsteps, we can live vicariously through him by reading his books and listening to today's episode. Aside from stoning an adulterer (it was not as violent as it sounds), AJ gained a lot from his year of living biblically. One of the most profound lessons he learned was the lesson of gratitude. One of the Bible's rules is to give thanks and he found himself giving thanks hundreds of times a day. He'd be thankful the elevator took him to the proper floor and that it didn't fall to the basement. Finding things to give thanks for made him a happier person overall.We also talk about how to use the Song of Solomon from the Bible to get dates! After his year of living according to the Bible, he joined the ranks of most of us in treating religion like a cafeteria. He took the rules that made him happiest and followed those. AJ says we all do this to some degree; we pick and choose which rules to live by and which don't serve us, even the most conservative among us does this. On that same note of picking and choosing, AJ talks about our information diet and how to more carefully watch what we are consuming every day. His general rule of thumb is if something doesn't make him happier, he limits or removes it from his information diet. AJ gives us a personal example: he has a tendency to read about rare diseases or disorders on the Internet and he's found doing so leads him down a dark hole, so he has stopped doing this. We can follow suit and stop reading negative things on the Internet, listening to negative news or reading Internet comments on our sites if people are trashing us. Though we discuss plenty more, including what George Washington and George Clooney have to teach us about success, one final topic we'll mention here is that of embracing failure. He has studied some of the greatest achievers in history and he's noted this about their success: they had to fail A LOT in order to have the successes they did. He gives us a few specific examples including Picasso and E.E.Cummings. AJ gives us other insights on his discoveries through treating his life like an experiment, tune in to find out the rest!It was a pleasure to have AJon the show, I want to thank him for joining us and to thank you for being here too. Enjoy the episode and we'll see you next time. THANKS AJ! If you enjoyed this session of The Art of Charm Podcast, let AJ know by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out on Twitter: Click here to thank AJon Twitter! Resources from this episode: AJ Jacobs' web siteThe Year of Living Biblically,AJ Jacobs' latest bookAJ Jacobs' other booksAJ Jacobson TwitterGlobal Family Reunion, AJ's latest experiment Try Squarespace (free) and support our supporters! Wanna leave a comment? Too bad!Email meinstead (we read everything)! You'll also like:-The Art of Charm Toolbox-Best of The Art of Charm Podcast HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. Ways to subscribe to The Art of Charm Click here to subscribe via iTunes Click here to subscribe via RSS You can also subscribe via Stitcher FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Download the FREE AoC app for iPhone Email [email protected] Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!

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