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Podcast #868: Escape the Happiness Trap

Happiness is the subject of thousands of articles, podcasts, and scientific studies. Yet all this focus on happiness doesn’t seem to be making people any happier. In fact, the more they try to be happy, especially by fighting to get rid of bad feelings and cling to good ones, the more unhappy people often become. My guest would say that the first step...

Squeeze More Into Your Workouts With Supersets

You’re a busy man. You’ve got work and community obligations. You want to spend quality time with your family and friends. Maybe you’ve made it a goal to read more books this year. How can you fit in a workout with so much on your plate? Supersets. The answer is supersets.  What Is a Superset? A superset is a specific type of workout set wherein...

Podcast #867: Dante’s Guide to Navigating a Spiritual Journey

Dante’s Divine Comedy is considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written. The poem not only imagines the three parts of the afterlife, but serves as an allegory for the spiritual journey of the human soul. Here to take us on a tour of the journey Dante describes is Robert Barron, a bishop in the Catholic Church. Today on the show, Bishop...

Skill of the Week: Tie the Half-Windsor Necktie Knot

An important part of manhood has always been about having the competence to be effective in the world — having the breadth of skills, the savoir-faire, to handle any situation you find yourself in. With that in mind, each Sunday we’ll be republishing one of the illustrated guides from our archives, so you can hone your manly know-how week by week. The...

Sunday Firesides: Attention Adults — You Should Know What You’re Doing

In discussions about getting older, people will sometimes say, “When you’re young, you think adults have it together. But when you become an adult yourself, you realize grown-ups don’t know what they’re doing either!” This is shared as some kind of conspiratorial secret — a ubiquitous-yet-under-discussed truth. Yet this “truth” is hardly universal....

Odds & Ends: January 27, 2023

Why Men Kill Themselves. An interesting article from former AoM podcast guest Will Storr that describes a theory of “social perfectionism” that makes some men more likely to kill themselves. According to researcher Rory O’Connor, at the same time that modernity has increased our expectations of what it means to live a good life, it’s also created “more...

The Case for Shaving at Night

Shaving is one of those daily rituals that most men take care of as part of their morning routine. It makes sense. Shaving in the morning allows you to start the day looking as fresh as possible and ensures you look clean-shaven longer throughout your waking hours. But I’ve personally been a night-shaver for several years now and love it. Below I share...

Podcast #866: Move the Body, Heal the Mind

When we think about the benefits of exercise, we tend to think of what it does for our body, making us leaner, stronger, and healthier. But my guest is out to emphasize the powerful effect physical activity has on our brains too, and just how much our bodies and minds are connected. Dr. Jennifer Heisz is a professor, the director of the NeuroFit Lab...

9 Mental Distortions That Are Sabotaging Your Social Life

We’ve all had plenty of firsthand social experience.  We all know how good it feels to be complimented, appreciated, reached out to. Yet when we contemplate directing such behaviors toward others, we hesitate. We worry that it will be awkward or figure the person won’t really care about the gesture. This mismatch between our perception of how others...

Skill of the Week: Change a Flat Tire

An important part of manhood has always been about having the competence to be effective in the world — having the breadth of skills, the savoir-faire, to handle any situation you find yourself in. With that in mind, each Sunday we’ll be republishing one of the illustrated guides from our archives, so you can hone your manly know-how week by week. Maybe...

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