E11 A New Kind of Resolution

Did you know that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail within the first two months? For our Feb episode, we explore how Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing helps us make sense of and resist the tyranny of New Year’s resolutions and their relationship to the attention and self-help economies.

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Learn More

  • See more of Jenny Odell’s projects and writings here
  • How did Jan 01 become “the time” to set resolutions ? Learn how temporal landmarks relate to goal setting and motivation here
  • Why is play important to our social and moral development? Read Robert Sopolsky’s Behave: The Biology of Humans at their Best and Worst
  • Think you or your kids could benefit from a little “how to do nothing” time out? Learn more about complexities of boredom here and the potential brain boosting values of boredom here

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  • Theme song by Monplaisir

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