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Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully. Part of the Cadence13 Network.
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Little: Accept Yourself & Also Expect More From...
W. H. Auden and Flannery O’Connor each articulate an idea that I think about often
2 min
Ep. 66: The Pain of Email Etiquette
Why It’s Helpful to Give Advice Only When Asked, and the Challenges of Email Etiquette and Vacation Hangovers.
29 min
Little: There's Great Value In Knowing When To ...
There's Great Value In Knowing When To Say Nothing
1 min
Ep. 65: Arianna Huffington Says Go To Bed
Enjoy Your Home’s Special Features, Arianna Huffington Talks About Sleep, and the Pleasure of Children’s Literature.
37 min
Little: People Do Best What Comes Naturally
When JFK was first elected president, his advisors had some serious reservations about his wife Jackie...
1 min
Ep. 64: What Do You Lie About?
Go Slow to Go Fast; What Do You Lie About; and a New Segment–the “Happiness Hack.”
29 min
Little: The Days are Long, But the Years are Short
I was riding the bus with my daughter, when something outside the window caught her eye...
2 min
Ep. 63: A Debate About Thank You Notes
The Problem of Passwords, Why Rewards Can Be Dangerous, and Does Elizabeth Have to Write These Thank-You Notes?
40 min
Little: Don't Let The Perfect Be The Enemy Of T...
My mom simply asked if she could come to New York for a visit...
3 min
Ep. 62: Do You Have 100 Packets of Soy Sauce?
Don’t Accumulate Excessive Amounts of Things, It’s Tough When Worlds Collide, and I Fail to Visit the Park.
35 min
Little: Go Outside
It's an easy way to stimulate your brain and boost your memory, alertness, and wellbeing.
1 min
Ep. 61: Stop Apologizing
Stop Apologizing, Variety vs. Familiarity, and the Problem of Passwords
38 min
Little: Outer Order Contributes To Inner Calm
This is one of my all time favorite secrets of adulthood, because it's true for so many people, and it's so accessible.
2 min
Ep. 60: On Set With Elizabeth
Very Special Episode! Live from the TV Sound Stage Where Elizabeth Is Working.
33 min
Little: Flawed Is More Perfect Than Perfection
Listen to Glenn Gould hum along as he plays Bach and maybe you'll agree with me: sometimes flawed is more perfect than perfection.
2 min
Ep. 59: Do You Have A Lucky Charm?
Find a Lucky Charm, Distract Yourself for 15 Minutes, Listener Mantras, and Godparent Guilt.
31 min
Little: Tell Me What You Want For Dinner
A Little Happier: Tell Me What You Want For Dinner
1 min
Ep. 58: The Pressure of Birthdays
Special Guest Host, Eliza! Plus, Find an Area of Refuge, the Pressure of Birthdays, and How to Get Up Earlier.
24 min
Little: When You're Stressed, Try This
A Little Happier: When You're Stressed, Try This
2 min
Ep. 57: The Awful Habit of Awfulizing
Choose a Daily Mantra, Avoid the Awful Habit of “Awfulizing,” and the Problem of the “Chair” Where Clothes Collect.
32 min
Little: The Best Teacher
On Mondays, we'll share Little Happiers to start the week.
3 min
Ep. 56: Schedule Time To Worry
Schedule Time to Worry, Beware of Loopholes, and Dealing with a Troublesome Writers’ Accountability Group.
37 min
Ep. 55: The Dilemma of Switching Bags
The Problem of Switching Bags, Do You Prefer Long or Short Discussions, and Scratch-n-Sniffs.
27 min
Ep. 54: Celebrating A Year of Happier
One-Year Anniversary! Our Most Popular Try-This-at-Home Tips, Before-&-After Stories, and Favorite Moments.
41 min
Ep. 53: Meditation...Sort Of
Put the Word “Meditation” Before A Boring Task, Competitive Parenting, and Ideas for Organizing Recipes.
28 min
Ep. 52: Habits and Whole30 With Melissa Hartwig
Ask, “What Happens If I Ignore This?” a Conversation with Whole30’s Melissa Hartwig, and Elizabeth Talks Reality TV.
34 min
Ep. 51: Help! I Always Forget Names
What to Do If You Can’t Remember a Name, Why We Should Plan to Fail, and Adult Coloring Books.
34 min
Ep. 50: Ask For A Favor
Ask For a Favor, Cooperation vs. Competition, and I Struggle with My Daughter’s Ear-Piercing Request.
33 min
Ep. 49: LIVE In San Francisco!
Live from San Francisco! Travel without Tears, the Challenge of Public Speaking, and Special Guests.
68 min
Ep. 48: Got The Sunday Blues?
Create a Temporary Photo Gallery, and Do You Suffer from the Sunday Blues?
31 min
Ep. 47: Liz Misses Out On A Romantic Moment
Control Your Exit, Keep Things Convenient–and Elizabeth Misses Out on a Romantic Moment.
29 min
Ep. 46: Don't Get Organized
Don’t Get Organized, Dealing with Sentimental Items, Dealing with Rewards and Treats–and We Hit Five Million!
24 min
Ep. 45: Home for the Holidays – Kansas City Edi...
Home for the Holidays, Kansas City Edition! We Record at Winstead’s.
30 min
Ep. 44: Drew Barrymore Gets Personal. And Happier
Drew Barrymore Gets Personal. And Happier.
41 min
Ep. 43: You Can't Make Me, And Neither Can I
“You Can’t Make Me, and Neither Can I.” Listener Round-Up of the Four Tendencies.
34 min
Ep. 42: Act How You Want To Feel
Act the Way You Want to Feel, Consider Giving Up a Temptation, and I Manage to Get Back to the Gym.
31 min
Ep. 41: Put An End To Impulse Shopping
Take One Thing with You, the Challenge of Impulse Buying, and I Need to Get Back to the Gym.
27 min
Ep. 40: Holiday Special -- Try These At Home
Holiday Episode: Cornucopia of Try-This-at-Homes from Listeners, and Thoughts on Decorations.
39 min
Ep. 39: Elizabeth Talks About Getting Fired
Elizabeth Talks about Getting Fired — and Do You Want More Time for Friends or for Solitude
28 min
Ep. 38: Rebels - Do You Hate Being Told What To...
Do You Hate Being Told What to Do? Maybe You’re a Rebel.
40 min
Ep. 37: Obligers - Are You an Elizabeth?
Meet a Work Deadline, but Can’t Go Running on Your Own? You May be an Obliger.
35 min
Ep. 36: Questioners - Do You Always Ask Why?
Do You Always Ask “Why?” Maybe You’re a Questioner.
38 min
Ep. 35: Upholders - Are You A Hermione?
A Close Look at the Upholder Personality; Are You Like Gretchen and Hermione?
35 min
Ep. 34: The Habits of A Rebel Harvard Physicist
Have a Difficult Conversation, and a Talk with Lisa Randall, Harvard Physics Professor (and Rebel). Plus, Hard-Boiled Eggs.
28 min
Ep. 33: Send Yourself To Boot Camp
Try a Boot Camp — and Have You Ever Experienced a “Lightning Bolt” Change in Habits?
27 min
Ep. 32: Why Teasing May Be Bad For Happiness
Why Elizabeth and I Raise the Bar, the Surprising Downside of Teasing–and Please Comment on Four Tendencies.
28 min
Ep. 31: Choose A Personal Symbol
Observe a Threshold Ritual, Choose Your Personal Symbols, and Check Your Passport.
28 min
Ep. 30: Remember What It Was Like Being A Teena...
Special Guest! My Daughter Eliza, Who Asks: Any Advice for a 16-Year-Old?
28 min
Ep. 29: The Fantasy of Perfection
Why Elizabeth and I Lower the Bar, Use the Clean Slate to Change Habits, and Try to Stop Wasting Food.
27 min
Ep. 28: We Live The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Don’t Interview for Pain, Face the Challenge of Shared Work, and Whether to Keep Ice Cream in the Freezer.
29 min
Ep. 27: The Bigger Life
Choose the Bigger Life, Identify Your “Tell”–and I Reveal Whether I’ll Get a Dog.
23 min
Ep. 26: Procrastinating and Tomorrow Logic
Pick a One-Word Theme for the Year, Take the First Step–and Paper or Digital Calendar?
28 min
Ep. 25: Try This At Home-A-Palooza with A.J. Ja...
Hilarious Tips from A. J. Jacobs: Posture, Brainstorming, and Eat from the Fridge, Not the Pantry.
30 min
Ep. 24: Let's Talk About Dogs
Take Photos of Everyday Life, the Tension that Exists in Love–and Should I Get a Dog?
25 min
Ep. 23: Nothing Stays in Vegas
Choose an Office TV Show, Do You Savor or Spree, and Keeping Good Habits While Traveling.
26 min
Ep. 22: Creative Habits with Guest Rosanne Cash
Podcast 22: Creativity! Listen to Rosanne Cash, Save Your String, Fight Drift, and a Lesson from the Writers’ Room.
34 min
Ep. 21: Join a Group, Or Start Your Own
Join a Group, Put an Item on the Schedule, Enjoy the Present Time, and the Joy of a Treadmill Desk.
24 min
Happier With Gretchen Rubin: A Very Special Ep...
Very Special Episode! Featuring Great Comments from Our Listeners.
37 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Dan Harris Is 10% ...
Enjoy the Fun of Failure, an Interview with TV Anchor Dan Harris, and Plane-Ticket Pain.
25 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Focus on Your Foun...
Buy an Experience, Strengthen the Foundation, and the Challenge of Table Manners.
22 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: My Precious!
Put Things Away in an Exact Place, Beware “My Preciousss,” and the Challenge of Staying in Touch
23 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Imitate Your Spiri...
Imitate a Spiritual Master, Try the Strategy of Monitoring, and Acknowledge the Pink Eye.
27 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: An Interview with ...
Be a Tourist at Home, a Talk with Tom Rath, Office Supplies, and the Habit of Repeating Questions.
33 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Shrines, Chronotyp...
Cultivate a Shrine, Know What’s Different about You, and Fight Hostess Neurosis.
23 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop Reading That ...
Stop Reading a Book, a Know-Yourself-Better Quiz, and the Trap of Free Stuff.
24 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Learning from Tigg...
Indulge in a Modest Splurge, Tigger vs. Eeyore, Road Rage, and April Fool’s Pranks.
29 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Obligers, Abundanc...
Make the Positive Argument, Simplicity vs. Abundance, and Sunscreen.
25 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The “Cleaning Liz’...
Special Episode! Live from Elizabeth’s Cluttered Closet.
23 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Treat Yo'self But ...
Treat Yourself, But Resist “YOLO”; the Challenge of Changing Someone Else’s Habit; Why Elizabeth TP’d a Friend’s House.
30 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Deep Down, What Ma...
On Warm Hellos and Good-byes, the Atmosphere of Growth, and Playing “Divorce Lawyer.”
20 min
Happier With Gretchen Rubin: Indulge Your Inner...
Treat Yourself Like Toddler, Beware the “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” Conversation, and the Benefit of Lowered Expectations.
21 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Power of Envy
Try “Power Hour,” Consider Envy, Back Up Your Phone, and Enjoy the Process.
21 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop and Smell the...
Embrace Good Smells; Remember That Working Is One of the Most Dangerous Forms of Procrastination.
21 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Are You a Marathon...
One-Sentence Journals, Marathoners vs. Sprinters, & Parking-Lot Snacks.
22 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Evil Donut Bri...
Make Your Bed, Resist the Evil Donut-Bringer, and Take a Hike.
20 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin Ep. 2: All—or Nothing?
Getting More Sleep, Resisting Strong Temptations, and Why It’s OK To Be Boring.
21 min
Happier with Gretchen Rubin Ep. 1: The One-Minu...
The First Episode of “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” — Exciting!
20 min