Podcast Episode 194: Make An 8-Minute Phone Call

    Apr 22, 2024

    Ever hesitate to call someone you’d love to talk to because you just didn’t have time? 

    Guilty. I know how it is.

    When I want to “catch up” with a friend, I want a good hour, anyway. But with this mindset, I end up not calling at all, and so I’ve missed many, many opportunities to connect with someone I cared about, just because I didn’t have an hour. 

    But there’s evidence that a quick 8-minute phone call might  be the key to some  happiness.

    In response to that piece of good news, the New York Times in 2023 issued a 7-day happiness challenge. Day 2 was possibly the most challenging challenge of all: to make an 8-minute phone call so someone you care about.

    You’ll love hearing about one woman’s response to that, and be inspired by the fact that even a very short  call from you has the power to make someone’s day. Or life.

     There’s a gold mine of joy out there that we’re not paying attention to, my friend.

     Listen in to find out how we can all dig in and discover it!


    Dunn, Jancee. “Day 2 of the Happiness Challenge: The Secret Power of the 8-Minute Phone Call.” New York Times, January 2, 2023. https://www.whitehallledger.com/story/2023/01/18/community/challenge-your-happiness-in-2023-part-2-the-secret-power-of-the-8-minute-phone-call/5995.html?m=true

    Morin, Amy. “Friday Fix: This 8-Minute Phone Call Will Make You a Happier Person.” The VeryWell Mind Podcast. https://www.verywellmind.com/happier-phone-call-podcast-7108021

    “Been meaning to reach out to a loved one? An 8-minute phone call is all you need…” Studio 5 with Brooke Walker. February 2, 2023. https://studio5.ksl.com/meaning-reach-out-loved-one-8-minute-phone-call/

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