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Happier with Gretchen Rubin
<p>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.</p>
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Ep. 250: Very Special Episode: We Review Our “1...
39 min
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Little Happier: You Can’t Protect Yourself from...
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Ep. 249: Happier Podcast Book Club: The Legenda...
36 min
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Little Happier: My Favorite Part of Going to th...
3 min
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Ep. 248: Write an Aphorism, and a Deep Dive int...
36 min
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Little Happier: More Great Advice from My Fathe...
2 min
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Ep. 247: Use the Solomon Paradox When Dealing w...
26 min
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Little Happier: Who Is the Main Character, Who ...
4 min
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Ep. 246: Have Your Words Ready, and a Conversat...
36 min
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Little Happier: At a Recent Dinner for Supreme ...
3 min
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Ep. 245: Avoid the Trap of the False Choice, an...
27 min
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Little Happier: On “Game of Thrones,” Tywin Lan...
2 min
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Ep. 244: Go Out in the Early Morning Sunlight a...
27 min
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Little Happier: I Get Choked Up When I Hear the...
5 min
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Ep. 243: Treat Yourself Like a Dog and How Obl...
32 min
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Little Happier: A Moment in the Life of JFK Ill...
3 min
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Ep. 242: Buy Some Happiness, Plus Hacks for Tak...
32 min
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Little Happier: Novelist John Steinbeck and Kin...
4 min
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Ep. 241: Malcolm Gladwell Talks About “Talking ...
35 min
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Little Happier: The Right Thing to Say to a Per...
2 min
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Ep. 240: Use the Emergency Kit for Anxiety, Wor...
36 min
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Bonus Episode: A Deep Dive into the “Four Tende...
35 min
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Little Happier: My America Feeling: I’m Gratefu...
3 min
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Ep. 239: Tackling Life’s Big Questions with Kat...
40 min
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Little Happier: Like Oscar Wilde, Do You Find I...
2 min
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Ep. 238: Back-to-School Habits, and Marie Forle...
33 min
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Little Happier: An Old and Famous Story about H...
2 min
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Ep. 237: #HappierLaborDay: What Career Aims Mak...
39 min
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Little Happier: The Musical “Song of Spider-Man...
3 min
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Ep. 236: Stay the Course with Your Good Habits
30 min
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Little Happier: Dolly Parton and Oprah Winfrey ...
4 min
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Ep. 235: Talking Happiness with Bestselling Aut...
38 min
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Little Happier: I Love an Emotion that I Call t...
1 min
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Ep. 234: Try the SLANT Approach to Listen Bette...
26 min
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Little Happier: What Friendships Tend to Stick?...
1 min
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Ep. 233: Get Rid of Your Wart (Literal and Meta...
28 min
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Little Happier: Churchill’s Life Proves that W...
2 min
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Ep. 232: Remember to Consider the Company that...
32 min
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Little Happier: Winston Churchill and “Game of ...
4 min
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Ep. 231: Choose Your TV Theme Song
37 min
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Little Happier: “If He’ll Do It For You, He’ll...
2 min
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Ep. 230: Happier Podcast Book Club: Lisa Brenna...
44 min
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Little Happier: How the Gift of a Dollhouse Ill...
3 min
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Ep. 229: Spend 120 Minutes a Week in Nature and...
32 min
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Little Happier: What’s the Best Way to Persuade...
2 min
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Ep. 228: Make Your Own Art and a Lesson from Mr...
29 min
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Little Happier: Throughout My Life, I’ve Rememb...
2 min
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Ep. 227: An Interview with Comedian, Actor, and...
37 min
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Little Happier: Reading Isaac Mizrahi Taught Me...
3 min
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Ep. 226: Celebrate the Summer Solstice by Re-vi...
34 min
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Little Happier: My Husband Jamie Taught Me a Wo...
3 min
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Ep. 225: Cultivate Your Casual Friendships
36 min
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Little Happier: How Do We Help? An Observation ...
4 min
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Ep. 224: Design Your Summer (Again)
32 min
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Little Happier: This Book Changed the Way I See...
4 min
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Ep. 223: Step Off a Cliff
36 min
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Little Happier: Why Did Dolly Parton Identify M...
3 min
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Ep. 222: Go Someplace Alone
36 min
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Little Happier: One of the Greatest Luxuries? T...
5 min
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Bonus episode: Game of Thrones! Gretchen and El...
21 min
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Ep. 221: Do You Yearn for a Re-Set?
37 min
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Little Happier: Julia Child Makes a Profound Ob...
1 min
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Ep. 220: Why We Should Deal with Something Nega...
31 min
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Little Happier: What Chef Julia Child Taught Me...
3 min
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Ep. 219: Very Special Episode: Going Deep into ...
41 min
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Little Happier: We Love Excellence--When We Can...
4 min
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Ep. 218: Invest in Your Identities
34 min
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Little Happier: My Husband So Often Knows the R...
1 min
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Ep. 217: Don’t Over-Consult
28 min
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Little Happier: The Opposite of a Profound Trut...
3 min
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Ep. 216: Give Someone an Unusual Compliment
29 min
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Little Happier: Why the Children’s Book “Little...
3 min
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Ep. 215: Throw a Celebratory Party
31 min
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Little Happier: I’m Lucky to Have a Mother Who ...
2 min
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Ep. 214: Try Giving Up Something for a Month
26 min
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Little Happier: A Friend’s Description of Herse...
3 min
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Ep. 213: Bonus Clutter-Clearing Tips: Find Out ...
30 min
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Little Happier: This Mother Knew Exactly What C...
4 min
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Ep. 212: Happier Podcast Book Club: We Talk Abo...
41 min
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Little Happier: Would I Know the Way to Tell Ri...
3 min
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Bonus Episode! An Excerpt from Gretchen’s New B...
6 min
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Ep. 211: Spend Time Individually with Family Me...
31 min
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Little Happier: Carrie’s Shoe Collection in “Se...
3 min
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Ep. 210: Very Special Episode: Clutter-Busting!
32 min
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Little Happier: From Dickens’s “A Christmas Car...
4 min
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Ep. 209: Fourth Anniversary! Most Popular Ideas...
37 min
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Little Happier: A Perhaps Apocryphal Story abou...
1 min
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Ep. 208: To Fight Clutter, Beware the “Endowmen...
37 min
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Little Happier: My Favorite Story from My Favor...
4 min
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Ep. 207: Elizabeth Reveals Why You Should Go to...
32 min
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Little Happier: Ann Patchett’s Memoir Reminds U...
3 min
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Ep. 206: What’s the Best Resolution You’ve Ever...
36 min
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Little Happier: The Supreme Court Building Gave...
1 min
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Ep. 205: An Interview about False Identities wi...
40 min
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Little Happier: There’s Such Joy in Giving Delight
1 min
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Ep. 204: Put a Band-Aid On It
33 min
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Little: Even Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Life Felt R...
2 min
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Ep. 203: Plan Your “19 for 2019”
40 min
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Little: Eisenhower: To Do Some Work Well, We H...
1 min
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Ep. 202 - Use the Checklist for Habit Change
35 min
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Little: Sometimes, What We Think Is a Weakness ...
4 min
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Ep. 201 - Choose a One-Word Theme for the Year
39 min
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Little: Everything Would Be Easy, If It Weren’t...
1 min
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Ep. 200 - Our 200th Episode! Ask Us Anything
43 min
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Little : Do What You Love, and Then Your Friend...
1 min
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Ep. 199 - Reflections on Our “18 for 2018” Lists
35 min
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Little: While the Power of Story-Telling Is Tre...
1 min
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Ep. 198 - Design Your Own “Happiness Project"
39 min
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Little: Is This Person My Judge, or My Champion?
2 min
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Ep. 197 - Make a Plan to Read More in 2019
30 min
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Little: A Lesson from Waitressing: It’s Not Abo...
1 min
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Ep. 196: Choose a Holiday Motto
33 min
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Little: Finding a Meaning, Such as Sacrifice, C...
1 min
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Ep. 195: Do Something Scary
32 min
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Little: “The Salvation of Man Is Through Love a...
3 min
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Ep. 194: Make an Introduction
30 min
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Little: The Idea of “Negative Space” and the Wi...
3 min
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Ep. 193: Have You Ever Felt Your Personality Slip?
29 min
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Little: A Puzzling Story from the Life of Pearl...
3 min
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Ep. 192: The Problem of “You Cook, I Clean”
35 min
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Little: During a Difficult Family Discussion, S...
3 min
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Ep. 191: Identify Your Pacesetter
35 min
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Little: Yet Another Piece of Advice from My Father
1 min
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Ep. 190: Very Special Episode: Think About Your...
39 min
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Little: I Experienced the "America Feeling" in ...
3 min
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Ep. 189: Make Life More Complicated
30 min
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Little: A Stumble May Prevent a Fall
2 min
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Ep. 188: Create a Personal Timeline
29 min
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Little: An 18th Century Story Makes Me Think Ab...
3 min
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Ep. 187: How to Find a Misplaced Object
38 min
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Little: Why Are You Living in New York City?
1 min
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Ep. 186: Create a Blues Bag
34 min
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Little: When People Give No Solace, We Can Turn...
2 min
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Ep. 185: Make a "Facts of Life" Book
34 min
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Little: Laurence Olivier’s Advice to Dustin Hof...
3 min
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Ep. 184: Have a #HappierLaborDay
39 min
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Little: It’s Good to be an Adult
1 min
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Ep. 183: Consider Going into "Low Power Mode"
Go into "low power mode," how to deal with a soul-destroying app (again), and the benefits of taking a two-hour class.
26 min
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Little: When We Give Ourselves Limits We Give O...
3 min
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Ep. 182: Take a Scent Snapshot of Your Life
30 min
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Little: A Beautiful Moment of Elevation from Wi...
2 min
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Ep. 181: Practice Reverse Gossip
33 min
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Little: You Don’t Have to Be Good at Something ...
2 min
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Ep. 180: Very Special Episode: Travel Hacks!
34 min
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Little: A Lesson from Harry Potter About Knowin...
3 min
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Ep. 179: Make Each Day of the Week Distinctive
29 min
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Little: Artist Anne Truitt Describes Her Moment...
4 min
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Ep. 178: Schedule a Weekly Playdate with Yourself
38 min
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Little: “There Are Many Things that We Would Th...
1 min
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Ep. 177: What is Luxury for You?
31 min
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Little: It’s Not as Glamorous as It Sounds.
1 min
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Ep. 176: An Interview with Hollywood Powerhouse...
38 min
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Little: Dolly Parton Describes the Difference B...
1 min
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Ep. 175: Do You Struggle with Procrasticlearing?
29 min
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Little: Schoolhouse Rock Gives Me the “America ...
2 min
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Ep. 174: Make Something by Hand
34 min
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Little: There May Be a Very Good Explanation fo...
3 min
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Ep. 173: Is It a Good Idea to Work with Your Be...
42 min
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Little: I Love to See Virtue Rewarded
2 min
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Ep. 172: Toss Unnecessary Papers
38 min
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Little: Yes, I Made a Dumb Mistake—But People H...
1 min
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Ep. 171: Question Your Limiting Beliefs
38 min
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Little: A Happy Story from the Life of Dolly P...
4 min
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Ep. 170: Very Special Episode with an “18 for 2...
37 min
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Little: Always Orient Yourself to North.
1 min
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Ep. 169: Use the Strategy of “Stop Talking”
39 min
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Little: “Even a Dog Distinguishes Between Being...
1 min
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Ep. 168: ”Remember, This Is Supposed to Be Fun”
34 min
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Little: A Lesson I Have to Learn Over and Over.
1 min
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Ep. 167: Be a Tourist in Your Own Home
36 min
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Little: The Statue of Liberty and My “America F...
3 min
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Ep. 166: Watch Old Video Clips
35 min
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Little: Working is one of the most dangerous fo...
1 min
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Ep. 165: Have a Power Down Weekend
35 min
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Little: Lead Us by the Hand to Those We Are Loo...
2 min
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Ep. 164: Don’t Assign or Accept Homework
32 min
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Little: Alas, There Are No Wizards.
1 min
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Ep. 163: Set a Weekly Phone Date
28 min
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Little: Now Is Now, and Now Is Already a Long T...
2 min
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Ep. 162: Write It Down. Really.
31 min
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Little: The Investor Is Wise Who Diversifies. A...
1 min
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Ep. 161: Embrace the Cheese
29 min
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Little: No Hard Feelings. These Things Happen.
2 min
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Ep. 160: Very Special Episode! Live from Elizab...
24 min
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Little: From Rob Lowe: Sometimes You Have to Ge...
Little: From Rob Lowe: Sometimes You Have to Get Fired to Get Hired
2 min
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Ep. 159: Do Something Badly
39 min
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Little: It’s Fun to Have Fun, But You Have to K...
1 min
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Ep. 158: Create a Standardized Vacation
41 min
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Little: Ever Thought, “It Doesn’t Make Any Diff...
Little: Ever Thought, “It Doesn’t Make Any Difference If I Go to the Gym Today”?
2 min
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Ep. 157: Third Anniversary! Our Most Popular Tr...
27 min
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Little: “I Sell Beer to Them as Wants It. I Ain...
Little: “I Sell Beer to Them as Wants It. I Ain’t Making Nobody Drink It.”
3 min
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Ep. 156: Kiss in the Morning, Kiss at Night
33 min
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Little: What I Do Every Day Matters More Than W...
Little: What I Do Every Day Matters More Than What I Do Once in a While
1 min
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Ep. 155: Choose a Signature Scent
26 min
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Little: That’s Okay, Buddy
2 min
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Ep. 154: Wear “Clothes” Every Day
47 min
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Little: Whatever You Do, You Will Still Be You
1 min
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Ep. 153: This Is Actually Good for Me.
29 min
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Little: A Cure for Feeling Annoyed About Clutte...
1 min
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Ep. 152: Deep Dive into “18 for 2018”
38 min
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Little: Don’t Know What Will Happen in the Futu...
1 min
202
Ep. 151: Keep a Running List of Your Favorite T...
27 min
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Little: You Will Say Good-Bye to Your Child Man...
1 min
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Ep. 150: Gretchen and Elizabeth Unplugged
38 min
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Little: We’ve Had Our Dog Barnaby Always
2 min
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Ep. 149: "18 for 2018" and Roz Chast Interview
41 min
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Little: Everyday Life in Utopia
1 min
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Ep. 148: Use the Checklist for Habit Change for...
35 min
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Little: Three Words for Success: “No Matter What”
1 min
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Ep. 147: 18 for 2018
39 min
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Little: Am I Wasting My Youth?
1 min
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Ep. 146: Introduce a Note of Whimsy
33 min
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Little: Do Good, Feel Good
1 min
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Ep. 145: Try These Happier Holiday Hacks
31 min
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Little: Reframing Helped Me Feel Lucky Instead ...
1 min
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Ep. 144: Be Willing to Delegate
27 min
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Panoply Fall 2017 Trailer
3 min
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Little: Tell Me What You Want for Dinner
1 min
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Ep. 143: Down with Boredom
37 min
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Little: A Happiness Reminder from E. B. White’s...
3 min
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Side Hustle School: 13-Year-Old Australian Crea...
8 min
222
Ep. 142: Schedule Some Daily Transcendence
34 min
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Little: “I Always Loved a Snow Day”
1 min
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Ep. 141: Find Your Oasis
33 min
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Little: A Good Example is More Compelling than ...
1 min
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Ep. 140: It's More Important to Say Something T...
39 min
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Little: Don’t Wait Until You’re Moving Out to C...
1 min
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Ep. 139: Be Full of Desire But Easy To Please
27 min
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Little: Frequency Is More Important than Duration
1 min
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Ep. 138: Always Leave Some Room in the Suitcase
29 min
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Little: Too Early, Too Early, Too Early—Too Lat...
1 min
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Ep. 137: Gretchen Visits Elizabeth on the Disne...
28 min
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Little: People Succeed in Groups
1 min
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Ep. 136: Don't Fall into "Empty"
35 min
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Little: Reading Memoirs Reminds Me to Cut Peopl...
1 min
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Ep. 135: Plan a Virtual Move, 2.0
28 min
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Little: “An Investor Is Wise Who Diversifies”—T...
1 min
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Ep. 134: Write a "Ta-Da" List
34 min
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Little: It’s Right to Do the Right Thing
1 min
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Ep. 133: Create a Spot for Things in Transition
31 min
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Little: B.J. Novak’s Reminder about the Importa...
1 min
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Ep. 132: Consider Children's Literature
34 min
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Little: The Book “The Hobbit Boredom” Illustrat...
1 min
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Ep. 131: Do 10 Jumping Jacks
29 min
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Little: Sometimes, It’s Better to Help than to ...
1 min
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Ep. 130: 7 Myths of Happiness
36 min
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Little: Don’t Sleep Through Beautiful Moments
1 min
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Ep. 129: September is the Other January
34 min
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Little: Why Andy Warhol Wanted to Have a Boss—o...
1 min
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Ep. 128: Connect With TV
36 min
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Little: My Daughter’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Mother Fou...
1 min
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Ep. 127: Make or Accept a “Repair Attempt"
37 min
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Little: Sometimes, You Feel Regret Either Way
1 min
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Ep. 126: Do You Struggle with Perfectionism?
41 min
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Little: A Lesson from Pre-School: You Get What ...
1 min
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Ep. 125: Plan a Virtual Move
38 min
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Little: A Great School Motto: Go Forth Unafraid
1 min
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Ep. 124: Remember Love
39 min
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Little: Don’t Check Every Box
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Ep. 123: Shield Yourself from Worry
32 min
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Little: How to be Successful, Part 2
1 min
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Ep. 122: Tackle a “Power Day”
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Little: How to Be Successful, Part 1
2 min
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Ep. 121: Do You Want to Read More?
41 min
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Little: Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection
2 min
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Ep. 120: VSE: Listener Questions About the Four...
41 min
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Little: Sometimes, We Can Be Generous by Taking
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Ep. 119: Make Friends With People of Different ...
32 min
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Little: A Picture Book Has an Important Lesson ...
1 min
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Ep. 118: Are You the Difficult One?
39 min
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Little: A Happiness Lesson from Judd Apatow
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Ep. 1: Picking A New Work Mantra
31 min
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Ep. 117: Are You a Revealer or a Concealer?
37 min
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Little: Sometimes, the Best Solution Is to Do N...
2 min
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Ep. 116: Start a Side Hustle
36 min
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Little: It’s Time to Switch from Advisor to Che...
1 min
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Ep. 115: Boost Your Energy
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Little: We Don’t Always Know When Children Are ...
2 min
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Ep. 114: Interview with Hollywood Legend Sherry...
43 min
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Little: Skip the Boring Parts
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Ep. 113: Reclaim Your Dump Zones
36 min
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Little: One of the Worst Ways to Waste Time
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Ep. 112: Pick a Uniform
43 min
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Little: We Can Help Others to See Themselves Di...
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Ep. 111: Beware of Storing Stuff
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Little: To Find Something, We Must Search in th...
2 min
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Ep. 110: Are You Lonely?
39 min
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Little: If All Else Fails, We Can Try Minding O...
3 min
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Ep. 109: Pay Attention to the Light
34 min
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Little: Experience is a Great Teacher
1 min
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Ep. 108: Turn Your Shower Into a "Happiness Booth"
35 min
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Little: It’s Nice to Get a Gold Star
2 min
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Ep. 107: Talking to Susan Cain About Introverts
38 min
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Little: Never Have a Crush on Just One Person
1 min
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Ep. 106: Our Second Anniversary! Year Two Highl...
41 min
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Little: Good Luck, Bad Luck—How Do You Know?
1 min
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Ep. 105: Leave on a High Note
32 min
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Little: A Happiness Lesson from the Broadway Sh...
3 min
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Ep. 104: Happiness Stumbling Block: The News
27 min
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Little: “Yes” Comes Right Away; “No” Never Comes
1 min
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Ep, 103: Pick Your Moment
36 min
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Little: We Must Carry the Wealth of the Indies ...
1 min
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Ep. 102: Tame the Travel Beast
37 min
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Little: No Deposit, No Return
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Ep. 101: Are You an Integrator or a Compartment...
31 min
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Little: She Opened Up Heart So the Whale Could ...
1 min
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Special Episode 100: Ask Us Anything
36 min
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Little: My Inconvenience May Be Someone’s Miracle
1 min
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Ep. 99: Take Personality Quizzes
38 min
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Little: I Need “A Heart to Be Contented”
1 min
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Ep. 98: Interview: The Case Against Sugar // Ha...
37 min
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Little: Announcing “The Onward Project” Podcasts
16 min
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Radical Candor Ep. 1: What is Radical Candor?
19 min
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Welcome to Side Hustle School
In this first episode, you'll learn what side hustles are all about and what you can expect from this daily series.
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Ep. 97: Start Your Own Happiness Project
43 min
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Little: What Would an Englishman Do?
2 min
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Ep. 96: Set Your Holiday Intention
31 min
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Little: Do You Want to Take My Taxi?
1 min
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Ep. 95: Practice Mis-En-Place
32 min
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Holiday Hack: What’s Your One-Word Theme for th...
5 min
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Ep. 94: Don’t Treat Yourself
45 min
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Holiday Hack: Say “Yes” If You Can
4 min
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Ep. 93: How to Survive a Break-Up
34 min
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Holiday Hack: Find Some Quiet Time During the H...
4 min
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Ep. 92: For Thanksgiving, Leave Something Unsaid
45 min
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Little: Be Polite and Be Fair
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Ep. 91: Delete a Soul-Destroying App
33 min
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Little: What Some Folks Will Do
1 min
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Ep. 90: Consider the Essential Seven
35 min
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Little: A Beautiful Image Can Be an Area of Refuge
2 min
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Ep. 89: Control the Cubicle In Your Pocket
32 min
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Little: Getting Ready is a Key Aspect of Perfor...
3 min
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Ep. 88: Celebrate Holiday Breakfasts
30 min
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Little: Accept a Gift in the Spirit in Which it...
3 min
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Ep. 87: Live: Find a Happiness 911 Song
72 min
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Little: Do What You Love, and Then Your Friends...
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Ep. 86: Be the Bearer of Some Good News
34 min
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Little: Someplace, Keep an Empty Shelf, and Som...
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Ep. 85: Ever Been Annoyed By A Gift?
36 min
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Little: You Don’t Have to be Good at Something ...
2 min
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Ep. 84: Try Doing Something EVERY Day
32 min
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Little: Keep the Paint as Good as it is in the Can
2 min
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Ep. 83: Are You a Hedgehog or a Fox?
35 min
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Little: Justice O’Connor’s Three-Word Secret to...
1 min
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Ep. 82: Make a List (If You Want)
31 min
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Little: Your Question May Suggest Its Own Answer
2 min
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Ep. 81: Lets Give Them Something to Talk About
Plus, why you might want to park at the far end of the parking lot.
30 min
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Little: Having More Doesn't Always Make Us Happier
Why a boy didn’t play with the toys his grandmother gave him.
1 min
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Ep. 80: A Discussion of the Five Love Languages
Included: Liz and Gretchen reveal their own love languages.
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Little: Ray Bradbury Says, "Love What YOU Love!"
In a few words on a postcard to a fan, Ray Bradbury makes a key point about happiness.
2 min
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Ep. 79: Revive a Dormant Friendship
Plus, a deep dive into listeners' favorite "yearbook quotes."
35 min
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Little: Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote, “Pa Was No ...
We don’t have to pretend that the people we love are perfect.
3 min
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Ep. 78: Seek Out Silence
Plus, why a happiness hack used by our parents worked so well.
29 min
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Little: The Intimacy of "I'll Open Your Fridge ...
Sisters Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron--and the reminder that there are many kinds of love.
1 min
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Ep. 77: Plan an Errand Date
Plus, a happiness hack for dealing with other people's clutter.
28 min
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Little: As Promised: The Reading from Gretchen'...
"I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone," by Richard Brautigan
3 min
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Ep. 76: Write Your Manifesto (& Bring Your Own ...
Plus, a listener requests suggestions for great wedding readings.
29 min
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Little: A Happiness Lesson From the Cat in the Hat
"Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have but you have to know how."
2 min
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Ep. 75: Become a Minor Expert
Develop a Minor Expertise, a Deep Dive into Signature Color, and How Do You Help a Rebel Sweetheart to Get a New Job?
37 min
360
Little: Sometimes, a Lot of Words Can Only Dimi...
Gretchen shares a story about General Eisenhower and the power of a few carefully selected words.
1 min
361
Ep. 74: Choose A Quote for Your Yearbook Page
Also: how the Strategy of Pairing can help you stick to your good habits.
30 min
362
Little: We Can't Spare Our Children Normal Soci...
Parenting expert Michael Thompson reminds us that normal social pain will pass.
2 min
363
Ep. 73: Get Rid of It As Soon As It's Worthless
Get Rid of Something Useless, What to Do When Everything “Turns to Ashes”–and Something Beautiful for Free.
47 min
364
Little: If Others Think I Can Do a Job, I Can P...
Gretchen shares the perfect words of advice she received before interviewing for a position with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
2 min
365
Ep. 72: Beware The Incomplete Upgrade
Make Sure to Have “Room of Your Own,” Beware the Incomplete Upgrade, and My Parental Failure.
34 min
366
Little: I May Not Be the Best, But I’m Probably...
When she's feeling insecure, Gretchen reminds herself of this Secret of Adulthood.
1 min
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Ep. 71: Are You A Leopard Or An Alchemist?
Choose a Signature Color, and Ask “Am I an Alchemist or a Leopard?” Plus FOMO.
34 min
368
Little: Sometimes We Can Be Generous By Taking
Accepting what's given to us can give others - and ourselves - joy.
2 min
369
Ep. 70: Advice
Very Special Episode–What’s the Best Advice You Ever Got?
38 min
370
Little: Give Yourself a Lucky Charm
Go ahead, give yourself a lucky charm. It may bring you luck, even if you don't believe in it.
1 min
371
Ep. 69: An Interview with the Musician Moby
Give a Surprise Treat, a Conversation with Musician Moby, and Double Gold Stars.
40 min
372
Little: No Magic One-Size-Fits-All Solution for...
Happiness is about the individual
1 min
373
Ep. 68: How To Be On Time
Show Up on Time, Treat Yourself, and Elizabeth Is Excited about a Scanning App.
25 min
374
Little: Am I Painting My Own Fakes?
Do you ever feel as though you’re just repeating yourself, instead of doing the best work you can do? Picasso did.
1 min
375
Ep. 67: Design Your Summer
Design Your Summer, a Deep-Dive into the Emotionally Charged Issue of Thank-You Notes, and Mother-in-Law Woes.
33 min
376
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
377
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
378
Little: There's Great Value In Knowing When To ...
There's Great Value In Knowing When To Say Nothing
1 min
379
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
380
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
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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
382
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
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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
384
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
385
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
386
Little: Go Outside
It's an easy way to stimulate your brain and boost your memory, alertness, and wellbeing.
1 min
387
Ep. 61: Stop Apologizing
Stop Apologizing, Variety vs. Familiarity, and the Problem of Passwords
38 min
388
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
389
Ep. 60: On Set With Elizabeth
Very Special Episode! Live from the TV Sound Stage Where Elizabeth Is Working.
33 min
390
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
391
Ep. 59: Do You Have A Lucky Charm?
Find a Lucky Charm, Distract Yourself for 15 Minutes, Listener Mantras, and Godparent Guilt.
31 min
392
Little: Tell Me What You Want For Dinner
A Little Happier: Tell Me What You Want For Dinner
1 min
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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
394
Little: When You're Stressed, Try This
A Little Happier: When You're Stressed, Try This
2 min
395
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
396
Little: The Best Teacher
On Mondays, we'll share Little Happiers to start the week.
3 min
397
Ep. 56: Schedule Time To Worry
Schedule Time to Worry, Beware of Loopholes, and Dealing with a Troublesome Writers’ Accountability Group.
37 min
398
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
399
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
400
Ep. 53: Meditation...Sort Of
Put the Word “Meditation” Before A Boring Task, Competitive Parenting, and Ideas for Organizing Recipes.
28 min
401
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
402
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
403
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
404
Ep. 49: LIVE In San Francisco!
Live from San Francisco! Travel without Tears, the Challenge of Public Speaking, and Special Guests.
68 min
405
Ep. 48: Got The Sunday Blues?
Create a Temporary Photo Gallery, and Do You Suffer from the Sunday Blues?
31 min
406
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
407
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
408
Ep. 45: Home for the Holidays – Kansas City Edi...
Home for the Holidays, Kansas City Edition! We Record at Winstead’s.
30 min
409
Ep. 44: Drew Barrymore Gets Personal. And Happier
Drew Barrymore Gets Personal. And Happier.
41 min
410
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
411
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
412
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
413
Ep. 40: Holiday Special -- Try These At Home
Holiday Episode: Cornucopia of Try-This-at-Homes from Listeners, and Thoughts on Decorations.
39 min
414
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
415
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
416
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
417
Ep. 36: Questioners - Do You Always Ask Why?
Do You Always Ask “Why?” Maybe You’re a Questioner.
38 min
418
Ep. 35: Upholders - Are You A Hermione?
A Close Look at the Upholder Personality; Are You Like Gretchen and Hermione?
35 min
419
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
420
Ep. 33: Send Yourself To Boot Camp
Try a Boot Camp — and Have You Ever Experienced a “Lightning Bolt” Change in Habits?
27 min
421
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
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Ep. 31: Choose A Personal Symbol
Observe a Threshold Ritual, Choose Your Personal Symbols, and Check Your Passport.
28 min
423
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
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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
425
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
426
Ep. 27: The Bigger Life
Choose the Bigger Life, Identify Your “Tell”–and I Reveal Whether I’ll Get a Dog.
23 min
427
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
428
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
429
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
430
Ep. 23: Nothing Stays in Vegas
Choose an Office TV Show, Do You Savor or Spree, and Keeping Good Habits While Traveling.
26 min
431
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
432
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
433
Happier With Gretchen Rubin: A Very Special Ep...
Very Special Episode! Featuring Great Comments from Our Listeners.
37 min
434
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
435
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Focus on Your Foun...
Buy an Experience, Strengthen the Foundation, and the Challenge of Table Manners.
22 min
436
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
437
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Imitate Your Spiri...
Imitate a Spiritual Master, Try the Strategy of Monitoring, and Acknowledge the Pink Eye.
27 min
438
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
439
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Shrines, Chronotyp...
Cultivate a Shrine, Know What’s Different about You, and Fight Hostess Neurosis.
23 min
440
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop Reading That ...
Stop Reading a Book, a Know-Yourself-Better Quiz, and the Trap of Free Stuff.
24 min
441
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Learning from Tigg...
Indulge in a Modest Splurge, Tigger vs. Eeyore, Road Rage, and April Fool’s Pranks.
29 min
442
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Obligers, Abundanc...
Make the Positive Argument, Simplicity vs. Abundance, and Sunscreen.
25 min
443
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The “Cleaning Liz’...
Special Episode! Live from Elizabeth’s Cluttered Closet.
23 min
444
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
445
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Deep Down, What Ma...
On Warm Hellos and Good-byes, the Atmosphere of Growth, and Playing “Divorce Lawyer.”
20 min
446
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
447
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Power of Envy
Try “Power Hour,” Consider Envy, Back Up Your Phone, and Enjoy the Process.
21 min
448
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
449
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Are You a Marathon...
One-Sentence Journals, Marathoners vs. Sprinters, & Parking-Lot Snacks.
22 min
450
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Evil Donut Bri...
Make Your Bed, Resist the Evil Donut-Bringer, and Take a Hike.
20 min
451
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
452
Happier with Gretchen Rubin Ep. 1: The One-Minu...
The First Episode of “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” — Exciting!
20 min