Fist bumps, early birds, and good boredom — a LIVE! with Timothy Caulfield


If you’re feeling rather exhausted, anxious, and a little overwhelmed, author Timothy Caulfield might know why.

In his latest book, Relax, Dammit! A User’s Guide to the Age of Anxiety, Caulfield explores how even just small decisions — like when to wake up, or if our kids should walk to school on their own — are fraught with stress and anxiety, and why it doesn’t have to be this way if we explore what the science says. He joins host Shaun Haney for this LIVE! Q&A.


  • What’s this new book about?
  • Relax! Less stress and better health throughout your day
  • What about this, throughout the day concept?
  • Even basic decisions are influenced by so many other things
  • We are anxious and worried, on the whole
  • From the beginning, decisions like what time we think is best to wake up — have become overly complicated. It’s a biological act
  • Ignore the noise. The early bird doesn’t get the worm! Unless you actually like early morning
  • Breakfast as the most important meal of the day?
  • Challenging these entrenched ideas!
  • What about “shutting off your brain”? This is part of the chaos and the noise!
  •  Constant bombardment of information is part of the issue
  • It’s OK to turn off notifications, set times for social media, etc.
  • Email time management. Huge amount of time wading through emails!
  • The firm handshake science (well, when we’re allowed to again)? It’s sort of like dog butt-sniffing, to be crude
  • Will we land with fist bumps
  • How stressed out are we over parenting and spending time with kids?
  • We’re spending so much time with our kids! Love them, but you don’t need to be with them every second
  • Has social media created much of this anxiety? Social comparison!
  • Comparison is the thief of joy, y’all
  • Helicopter parents and guilt — don’t want to let kids walk to school because of them getting kidnapped. It overwhelms our rational thinking
  • There are far higher risks to your kid NOT walking (exercise, friendships, good boredom)
  • It’s the knowledge paradox: moving towards an information utopia, and almost the opposite has happened
  • It does make it harder to know how to separate fact from fiction. Adopt some critical thinking and be aware of types of bias
  • Finding out how the sausage is made…not always good 🙂
  • Science is slow, and sometimes messy (i.e. masks early in the pandemic). And it’s hard to do

To find out where you can purchase Caulfield’s new book, click here.

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