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"Practical, Action-Oriented Contentment and Compassion" by Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta has inspired millions through his writing on Zen Habits, where he's shared his experiences in building up great habits, cutting clutter and junkfood from his life, learning about great parenting and building a wonderful family, eliminating debt, increasing his income and productivity, and living a life that's more happy through and through.

Leo is now graciously participating in GiveGetWin with a practical class on "action-oriented contentment", and he sat down with Sebastian Marshall to share his thoughts on what motivates him, around what contentment is, on trusting yourself, on being compassionate and compassion as an impetus for action, on self-compassion and treating yourself well, and happiness in general. Enjoy:

"Practical, Action-Oriented Contentment and Compassion" by Leo Babauta, as told to Sebastian Marshall

How much misery can you pack into 60 minutes?

I've got an ambient spacey up-tempo techno music playing loudly in my headphones as I work, so I can't hear what's going on around me.

But I certainly see it, and now I remember why I always used to get a table here facing the front glass of the restaurant, not facing towards the back.

There's a TV here. It's on. And the news is playing.

I'm in one of the safest cities in the world, Taipei, and yet it's constantly running through crime, criminals, muggings, break-ins... I don't know exactly, my Chinese wouldn't be good enough to understand each story if I could hear the TV.

Which I can't, because of the techno.

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