Author: Brian Johnson

Flourish by Martin Seligman

Flourishing. That’s where it’s at. Brian Johnson takes a quick look at Martin Seligman’s latest book on the science of well-being, Flourish. Martin Seligman is the godfather of the positive psychology movement and in his new book, he describes the science of well-being.

Abraham Maslow’s Motivation and Personality

Another slice of wisdom from Brian Johnson and his Philosopher’s Notes. This time from the work of Abraham Maslow. As we ascend his hierarchy of needs, taking care of the basics like food/shelter/safety and moving up through love and self-esteem we reach a place where we literally have a need to fully express ourselves—to, in Maslow’s words “self-actualize.”

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Brian Johnson and his reviews “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Dale Carnegie. If you’ve ever had a worry or two, I think you’ll dig some of my favorite Big Ideas from Dale Carnegie’s classics book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”!

On Blisters and Bliss

A video excerpt from “A Philosophers Notes” discussing the importance of paying attention to the fundamentals if you wish to achieve your goals.

Mis-takes, Bagels, Perfection & Flying

Michael Beckwith tells us that even enlightened beings burn their bagels on occaision. Rumi tells us that there is no worse pretense than the pretense of perfection. Maslow tells us that there are in fact no perfect human beings. I often consult their wisdom when I find myself all up in their stuff because I just did something silly or when I’m struggling with something that was so clear just the other day.

Book Review:
Relaxation Revolution by Herbert Benson MD

Herbert Benson, MD, a brilliant Harvard Medical School professor, has been studying the science of meditation for decades. His pioneering book, Relaxation Revolution (Scribner, 2011), is packed with scientific research studies, practical tips, and guided meditations and visualizations on how to deal with a range of specific life challenges.

I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Big Ideas from this mind-blowing book. So let’s dive in!