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Latest 3 Jul 2022 | Updated Daily

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025: Letting go of the ”should” in your life with Stuart Thompson

Coffee Calm Connection

Are you keen to discover how the journey of Coffee, Calm & Connection thus far has impacted its very creators? Are you interested in finding out how to actively implement the habits and principles the platform promotes in your everyday life? In this unique episode, Coffee, Calm & Connection co-founders Stuart Thompson and Sarah Myerscough flip the script, and Sarah switches from interviewer to interviewee! They discuss how Sarah’s personal journey of self-discovery has already begun to challenge many of the fundamental methodologies with which she approaches the world, many of which revolve around a desire to control every aspect of her life. Stuart and Sarah discuss how attempting to relinquish that control can be instrumental in improving your wellbeing, and in curtailing our common tendency to perpetually worry about what may lie around the corner. Quote of the Episode “Keep seeking those moments in life, where you're out of control, where the control is surrendered, whether it be the smallest of things like letting somebody else drive, but also the bigger things about being disconnected for a few hours, not having the phone switched on, not knowing where everything is and what's going to happen. Letting some of that control drop over time can be really renewing and quite refreshing.” Anxiety specialist Stuart Thompson suggests that many of those who were most deeply affected by the experience of lockdown were those who are least accustomed to surrendering control over their own lives. He suggests that the complete debilitation that accompanies such unpredictable events can completely disrupt our way of understanding the world, which is so often rooted in our seemingly robust control over it. He suggests that in order to offset our common desire for complete control over our lives, we should seek out and treasure those times in our daily lives when we can relinquish it. He argues that the freedom this gives inadvertently boosts your mental wellbeing and enable you to be simultaneously both more wary of and more mentally prepared for the inevitable, unpredictable events that occasionally shake our world. Key Takeaways The COVID-19 pandemic is the ultimate testament to the fact that we cannot predict everything, or indeed, anything, with absolute certainty. Yet, when we set goals, we seek control, and take comfort from the ostensible knowledge that, upon fulfilling these goals, we will feel happier. Stuart Thompson suggests that this tendency towards constant superficial goal-setting often prevents us from seeing or seeking to identify the reasons why we have set such goals. We need to consider the reasons why we pursue certain things, be it to give up alcohol for a year; to train for a marathon; to learn a new language. If we try to achieve such goals for the wrong reasons, we will likely not achieve them, which will land us in an inevitable slump of dissatisfaction and self-flagellation. This tendency can even extend to mindfulness itself: many of us attempt to make a goal out of self-improvement and self-discovery, an entirely nebulous and individualistic entity. Mindfulness cannot be approached merely as yet another task to tick off on the to-do list. It cannot be regimented or controlled in the way that other aspects of our lives can be. Stuart suggests that we can learn from our children in this respect. By reigniting our imaginations, and spontaneously deciding to do things merely because they appeal to us, without any other motivation, we can inadvertently boost our own wellbeing. This is the intention behind Coffee, Calm & Connection: to subtly integrate mindful practices in short, manageable bursts into your daily routine, thereby creating a habit out of them. Best Moments/Key Quotes “Chasing the goal can be quite attractive. But there's something also quite puritanical underneath it, of saying, ‘Well, why haven't you reached that goal yet?’ And I think it's something that's crept into our culture… the ‘I'm successful, because I work hard’ mindset. But what that does to some people is, it makes them believe that good things have to be goal-driven. It can't be fun. ‘I must be a terrible person. Because today, all I did was watch TV. Well, that didn't have an outcome to it.’ Where, actually, sometimes it's about maybe looking at the outcome of doing nothing, as a reward in itself.” “When someone's a high achiever they've been programmed to get a little buzz each time they hit a goal… [They] carry on seeking those little buzzes, rather than realizing that there's as much pleasure in just being present. But as we commercialize and commodify lots of things, mindfulness then becomes a thing we have to follow instructions to do, rather than just something we can enjoy doing and enjoy moving along with.” “It's quite brave to step out into the world and say, I don't know what's happening today. I don’t know what’s going to happen later.” ‘There's lots of evidence that if we practice with kindness to other people, if we try and understand other people's actions, actually what we do start being a bit kinder to ourselves.’ Resources Solve For Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy by Mo Gawdat, former Chief Business Officer at GoogleX Coffee, Calm & Connection Podcast, Episode 023: Forming New Habits for Happiness with Laura DiBenedetto, https://coffeecalmconnection.podbean.com/e/forming-new-habits-for-happiness-with-laura-dibenedetto/ Picture This – Online plant identifier: https://www.picturethisai.com/ Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari About the Guest Stuart Thompson is an anxiety specialist, and started his career working as a social worker. He has been a therapist in private practice for 20 years. Stuart is the creator of The STILL Method: a system designed to help both children and adults overcome anxiety. Stuart leads a team of around 50 anxiety coaches working in schools in the UK, USA, and Australia. In 2019, Stuart was recognised one of the most influential disabled people in the UK. Connect with Sarah  https://www.instagram.com/coffeecalmconnection/ https://www.facebook.com/coffeecalmconnection https://www.linkedin.com/company/70927508/admin/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahmyerscough/ HOSTED BY: Sarah Myerscough   DISCLAIMER  The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. Please conduct your own due diligence.  Website: www.coffeecalmconnection.org 

37mins

20 Oct 2021

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Stuart Thompson and Sergio Peçanha: how to use data for comment

The Data Journalism Podcast

We all know that data visualization is a great tool to explore and make sense of numbers, and also to communicate those numbers to people. But there is also a long historical tradition in visualization that uses graphs, charts, and maps for persuasion. Think, for instance, of Florence Nightingale, who used data and charts to persuade the English authorities to improve the living conditions of soldiers during war.  The persuasive tradition of visualization today continues thanks in part to the work of journalists and designers who work not for the news sides of their companies, but for their opinion sections.  In this episode Alberto and Simon talked to two of them, Stuart Thompson from The New York Times, and Sergio Peçanha, from The Washington Post. How is their work similar to what traditional graphics departments in news organizations do? And how is it different? The music for this episode is Olympic athletes' weights and heights, from this dataset. The tool we use is TwoTone. Try it out!

33mins

30 Jul 2021

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017: Forcing Habits and Dysregulating Emotions - with Stuart Thompson

Coffee Calm Connection

Do you find you try to implement new habits and changes for the routine to ‘drop off’ after a few weeks? Do you feel that you focus more on when something goes wrong than the things that actually went right? Well, you’re not alone.   In this episode, we chat with Stuart. Stuart is the founder of The Still Method - a complete system, using a step-by-step approach, to understand and manage anxiety and low self-esteem. We chat about habits, change and our own beliefs. Why this means we set unrealistic expectations, fall off the bandwagon and why we live with guilt.  Best Quote     ‘’I remember once being in a meeting in a restaurant and listening to two people having a conversation over a breakfast meeting and they said ‘well, now I've had that cooked breakfast, that's my diet out the window for the rest of the day’ - and I remember thinking, well, why? Why can't you just think that was a great breakfast, celebrate the pleasure you got from it and then go back to doing what you were doing? - it's that loaded guilt that makes us drop off the curb completely and we've got to try and find a way to get rid of that.’’  Resources   Stuart’s Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuart-thompson-b8b66b1/  Connect with Sarah   https://www.instagram.com/coffeecalmconnection/ https://www.facebook.com/coffeecalmconnection https://www.linkedin.com/company/70927508/admin/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahmyerscough/ Hosted by Sarah Myerscough DISCLAIMER  The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. Please conduct your own due diligence.   Website: www.coffeecalmconnection.org   

33mins

25 May 2021

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Stuart Thompson

DidjaEat?

Host & Comic Nicole Yates sits down with Comic Stuart Thompson to talk Bay Area Food, his all consuming love of Roasted Chicken and what exactly makes a hoagie a hoagie. Check out his album "Dandyman" available everywhere! Check Stuart out on Instagram @stuartbthompson Check Nicole out on Instagram @yatesy75 Check out DidjaEat? on Instagram @didja_eat--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/didjaeat/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/didjaeat/support

1hr 26mins

4 Feb 2021

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Perfectionism with Stuart Thompson

Achilles' Heel with Alex Hooper

Life isn't perfect, but ice cream is. Comedian Stuart Thompson (Album: Dandy Man) joins me virtually to discuss his struggles with control and perfection, especially in comedy and relationships. We also break down the importance of learning new languages, resting politician face, proper fashion, and the funniest holiday gift for your parents.  Stuart is a long time listener, first time guest and it was an honor to have him be the inaugural episode of 2021. Follow Stuart: @stuartbthompson www.stuartthompsoncomedy.com

1hr 44mins

4 Jan 2021

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Stuart Thompson

You And Me And Thoughts And Talk with Doug Culp

09/19/2014Episode 37Stuart and I sat down and had the longest episode yet. We covered a lot! Composting, stand-up, improv, acting, and the rest!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/yamatat/support

3hr 6mins

17 Nov 2020

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89. Stuart Thompson Loves His Grandparents

People We Love

The Bay Area’s own, comedian Stuart Thompson was a rambunctious toddler but a good student throughout school, even if he was a procrastinator. In his teens he started to DVR SNL and Conan, and grew a passion for comedy. At UC Berkeley he started hitting the open mics, and after college made the journey to LA. But along the way, Stuart recalls the love and support of his family, especially from his grandparents, Brock and Ruth, and Sanford and Kate, who have always been a special part of his life. https://www.instagram.com/stuartbthompson, http://instagram.com/peoplewelovepodcast, http://instagram.com/adamchoit, http://peoplewelovepodcast.com

1hr 20mins

19 Oct 2020

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Episode 306 - Stuart Thompson Part 2

Inappropriate Earl

As RATT would say please welcome Stuart Thompson Back For More. He's got a new album out called Dandy Man available on iTunes,Spotify and the usual places so please buy it as he's one of the good ones. We sat down and had a nice talk about doing comedy in a pandemic so ENJOY!Follow him on all social media @stuartbthompson and me as well including Tik Tok @EarlSkakel Please RATE,REVIEW,SUBSCRIBE not just Inappropriate Earl but Stuart's podcast @TheL8NightShow

1hr 26mins

6 Aug 2020

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"The Corona Diaries #64" with Stuart Thompson

The Goods from the Woods

Three L.A. comedians are quarantined in a podcast studio during a global pandemic. There is literally nothing to be done EXCEPT make content. These are "The Corona Diaries" and this is Episode #64. Our guest today is comedian Stuart Thompson! Y'all should check out Stuart's new album on Radland Records, 'Dandyman'! Follow Stuart on all forms of social media @StuartBThompson. Music is "It's Goin' Down" by Yung Joc.

1hr 20mins

5 Aug 2020

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#401 Linguistics, Standup Comedy & Wanting To Be Heard with Stuart Thompson

The SAP - Comedians Talk Motivation, Dating and Relationships

Stuart Thompson, standup comedian and host of The L8 Night Podcast talks about his new comedy album 'Dandy Man', plus we discuss the study of linguistics and how it applies to communication and apologizing and getting into standup comedy as a means to be heard. Our private episodes are available at www.patreon.com/thesap Dandy Man- Stuart Thompson's comedy album : https://tinyurl.com/yyg5t9nt The SAP is an open discussion about dating, relationships, and communication. Our aim is to remove the shame and guilt of past relationship trauma, having an open and honest and fun conversation as we build the best version of ourselves. tags: dating, relationships, self help, enneagram test, five love languages, learning how to communicate, dating and relationship therapy, friends interviewing friends, standup comedians talking about their dating lives, the perfection detox petra kolber

1hr 17mins

3 Aug 2020

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