Podcast

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.

Episodes

  • Ep. 266: Beware the Myths of Spring Cleaning, Rusty O’Kelley Explains How to Ace a Job Interview, and a Reminder about REAL ID .

    Mar 25 2020

    NOTE: These episodes were recorded before the COVID-19 situation took hold. Given the rapidly changing situation, it’s jarring to hear us ignore it—and that’s why.How to do spring cleaning more effectively, a reminder about REAL ID, and a conversation with Rusty O’Kelly about dealing with the common happiness stumbling block of interviewing for a job.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast sh...more

  • Little Happier: A Dog’s Pleasure Can Remind Us All of the Joy of the Snow.

    Mar 23 2020

    NOTE: This episode was recorded before the COVID-19 situation took hold. Given the rapidly changing situation, it may be jarring to hear me ignore it—and that’s why.What a wonderful phrase! The joy of the snow. It’s not always easy to feel the joy of the snow. Sometimes we’re able to see it better, when we can glimpse it through other people’s joyful eyes.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podca...more

  • Ep. 265: Give a Sensorium Gift, a Deep Dive into Suggestions to #Walk20in20, and a Conversation Hack

    Mar 18 2020

    NOTE: These episodes were recorded before the COVID-19 situation took hold. Given the rapidly changing situation, it’s jarring to hear us ignore it—and that’s why.Why you should give a “Sensorium Gift” and how to create one, a deep dive into listeners’ suggestions for walking 20 minutes every day in 2020, and a conversation hack.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email ever...more

  • Little Happier: The Joy of Listening to Music—Even for Someone Like Me.

    Mar 16 2020

    I’m thrilled that the copyright laws mean that now I’m able to play this beautiful song—George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”—for listeners.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336F...more

  • Bonus: Coping During COVID-19: How to Stay Happier and Calmer in Difficult Times

    Mar 15 2020

    In this time of COVID-19, we’re all feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and uncertainty. To stay calmer and happier, we discuss why you might keep some kind of journal during this period, and why you might create a three-tiered plan for projects – or, alternatively, write a “19 for COVID-19” list. We also explore two happiness stumbling blocks: uncertainty and exercise. Let’s keep our hands clean and our minds clear.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touc...more

  • Ep. 264: Keep a Stress Diary, Stop Rinsing Dirty Dishes, and Jordan Harbinger Explains How to Network Better

    Mar 11 2020

    Why you might keep a stress diary, why you can stop rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, and podcaster Jordan Harbinger explains how to network better.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resour...more

  • Little Happier: Why We Should Be Polite to the Person Sitting Next to Us on the Airplane.

    Mar 09 2020

    A story about Dick Bass and Neil Armstrong was a great illustration of an aphorism I wrote recently: Modestly and good manners can save us from a lot of embarrassment.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicema...more

  • Ep. 263: What’s Your “Guiding Question,” a Twist on “20 for 20,” and Bestselling Author Dan Heath Talks about a Better Way to Solve Problems.

    Mar 04 2020

    Ask yourself, “What’s my guiding question?” an interesting twist on a “20 for 20” list, and we talk to bestselling author about his new book “Upstream.”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all link...more

  • Little Happier: “I Remember Feeling the Warm Relief of Knowing What My Future Was.”

    Mar 02 2020

    This story from the life of the brilliant ad executive Mary Wells Lawrence is a great example of the fact that to discover the work that’s right for us, and to be able to pursue it, is one of the greatest sources of happiness that life can offer.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book ...more

  • BONUS Episode: To Celebrate Our Fifth Anniversary, A Blast from the Past! Listen to Our Very First Episode.

    Feb 28 2020

    To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the “Happier” podcast, we’re presenting our very first episode, along with some commentary from us about everything that’s happened and what we’ve learned since that episode aired.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here...more

  • Ep. 262: Fifth Anniversary Extravaganza! Our Favorite Moments from the Past Five Years

    Feb 26 2020

    To celebrate Happier’s fifth anniversary, we look back on some of our favorite try-this-at-homes, big milestones, and funniest moments. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all links related to thi...more

  • Little Happier: How Did This Stockbroker Make So Many Accurate Predictions?

    Feb 24 2020

    Learning about a clever and successful financial scam reminded me of how hard it is to know what I don’t know.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information about advertis...more

  • Ep. 261: Improve Your Posture, a New Way to Celebrate Birthdays, and Tackling T-Shirt Troubles

    Feb 19 2020

    I explain the back exercises we do to improve posture, a listener suggests a great way for an introvert to celebrate a milestone birthday, and we discuss the question, “Do you relax better at home or away?”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://out...more

  • Little Happier: What’s Inconvenient for You Might Be Convenient for Me

    Feb 17 2020

    A friend’s remark reminded me that even when we’re coming together, we’re all coming from different places.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information about advertisers and promo codes, go to happierca...more

  • Ep. 260: In Honor of Valentine’s Day, Listeners Give Their Best Relationship Advice

    Feb 12 2020

    For our Very Special Episode, we asked listeners for their best advice about strengthening relationships, and we talked to Lori Gottlieb, author of the bestseller “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderi...more

  • Little Happier: Why Pickpockets Benefit from Signs that Warn “Beware of Pickpockets.”

    Feb 10 2020

    Beware of unintended consequences! Pickpockets use “Beware of Pickpockets” signs to pickpocket more effectively.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information about advertisers and promo codes, go to happ...more

  • Ep. 259: Happier Podcast Book Club: Adrienne Brodeur Talks About “Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me”

    Feb 05 2020

    For the Happier Podcast Book Club, we talk to Adrienne Brodeur about her page-turning memoir, “Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me.”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all links related to thi...more

  • Little Happier: Teacher Anne Sullivan Writes About Hellen Keller’s Moment of Profound Realization

    Feb 03 2020

    In her 1887 letter, teacher Anne Sullivan recounts the moment when Helen Keller understood the secret of language.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information about advertisers and promo codes, go to ha...more

  • Ep. 258: Try the “Pair & Share” Approach and a Conversation with “Yoga Girl” Rachel Brathen

    Jan 29 2020

    Try the “Pair & Share” approach to have more fun while getting some exercise, a quick hack for making it easier to do unpleasant tasks, and an interview with “Yoga Girl” Rachel Brathen about happiness.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://oute...more

  • Little Happier: Helen Keller Tells the Story of the Moment Her Life Changed.

    Jan 27 2020

    Hellen Keller recounts the story of the extraordinary moment when she learned the meaning of “w-a-t-e-r.”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information about advertisers and promo codes, go to happiercast...more

  • Ep. 257: Don’t Try to “Mind-Read,” and Talking about the Joy of Movement with Kelly McGonigal

    Jan 22 2020

    Why we shouldn’t try to “mind-read,” a reading hack to strengthen habits, and a conversation about “The Joy of Movement” with Kelly McGonigal.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterInterested in my video course, The Happiness Project Experience? Early bird discount pricing ends on December 19. Register here.Order a copy...more

  • Little Happier: The Fable “The Scorpion and the Frog” Warns Us to Stay Wary of the Dangerous Ones

    Jan 20 2020

    The fable “The Scorpion and the Frog” reminds us not to trust a scorpion. No matter what argument it makes or what the situation is, in the end, it’s still a scorpion.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For in...more

  • Ep. 256: Use Up What You Have, and a Conversation about Stillness with Ryan Holiday

    Jan 15 2020

    Why we should use up what we have, how to find the most efficient route, and a conversation with bestselling author Ryan Holiday about “Stillness is the Key.”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterInterested in my video course, The Happiness Project Experience? Registration ends on January 20. RegisterhereOrder a copy o...more

  • Little Happier: From Writer James Agee: Could He Learn to Be the Kind of Person He’d Always Detested?

    Jan 13 2020

    When his doctor told him that needed to quit drinking and smoking, James Agee wondered whether he could become the kind of person he’d always detested.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information about ...more

  • Ep. 255: We Reveal Our “20 for 2020” Lists as well as a Color-Related Hack, and Give a Happiness-Bully Demerit

    Jan 08 2020

    We reveal our “20 for 2020” lists and discuss some great ideas from listeners, discuss a color-related hack to make it easier to find lost objects, and talk about some advice from our mother--about not giving advice.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterInterested in my video course, The Happiness Project Experience? E...more

  • Little Happier: The Right Thing to Say When Someone Says, “Whom Do You Love More?”

    Jan 06 2020

    One of my favorite parenting books, Faber and Mazlish’s “Siblings Without Rivalry,” explains the right thing to say to a child (or anyone) who asks, “Whom do you love more?”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336...more

  • Ep. 254: Choose a One-Word Theme for the Year, and a Tough Question about Neighbors

    Jan 01 2020

    Why you might pick a one-word theme for the year; an idea for fun (but easy) date nights; and a tough dilemma involving a daily walk and neighbors who want to come along.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterInterested in my video course, The Happiness Project Experience? Early bird discount pricing ends on December 19...more

  • Little Happier: A Mystery: In Order to Find Something Precious, We Must Possess It Already.

    Dec 30 2019

    In different ways, many people have expressed the very powerful and mysterious idea: In order to find something, we must possess it.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information about advertisers and pro...more

  • Ep. 253: Fight Through Post-Holiday Haze and How (Really) to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

    Dec 26 2019

    Fight through post-holiday haze, how to get more reading done, tackle the challenge of New Year’s resolutions—and an office-party demerit.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterInterested in my video course, The Happiness Project Experience? Early bird discount pricing ends on December 19. Register here.Order a copy of ...more

  • Little Happier: We Don’t Always Know What’s a Waste of Time, or What’s a Good Use of Our Time.

    Dec 23 2019

    The career of a law-school friend reminded me of an important truth: it’s not always clear what’s a good use of our time. And it’s certainly not clear what’s a good use of other people’s time.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail messa...more

  • Ep. 252: Walk for 20 in ’20! Plus We Discuss “Power Hour” and Answering Frivolous Questions During Job Interviews

    Dec 18 2019

    Let’s all walk for 20 minutes in 2020! The challenge is on! Plus a reminder to use Power Hour and Elizabeth gives a gold star to a “Fall Frolic.”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterInterested in my video course, The Happiness Project Experience? Early bird discount pricing ends on December 19. Register here.Order a c...more

  • Little Happier: A Different, Happy Way to Think About Exerting Our Willpower (a Task that Doesn’t Usually Sound Appealing).

    Dec 16 2019

    Writer Christopher Isherwood remarked that he “raised his moral by asserting his willpower” by quitting smoking – a very interesting way to think about the benefits of habit change.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-...more

  • Ep. 251: Try the Eight Stones Method; Are You on Team “You Do You” or Team “Let’s All Join In”; and the Fun of Holiday Movies

    Dec 11 2019

    Actor, singer, and writer Melissa Errico suggests the Eight Stones Method for creativity, the fun of choosing a family holiday movies, and we talk about the two philosophies of food encouragement (a/ka/ food pushing): “You Do You” and “Let’s All Join In.”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterInterested in my video cour...more

  • Little Happier: I Love to See Justice in Action, and I Love to See Virtue Rewarded.

    Dec 09 2019

    I love hearing a story of justice in action, and also of virtue recognized and praised. Virtue doesn’t always get rewarded! It’s thrilling when it happens.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information ab...more

  • Ep. 250: Very Special Episode: We Review Our “19 for 2019” Lists

    Dec 04 2019

    In this Very Special Episode, we review our “19 for 2019” lists and report on what we did—and what we didn’t do—on our lists for 2019.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all links related to this ...more

  • Little Happier: You Can’t Protect Yourself from the Pigeon That’s Flying Overhead.

    Dec 02 2019

    A funny episode from a long-ago family vacation is a great reminder that we can take all possible precautions, but we can’t protect ourselves from every eventuality.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For info...more

  • Ep. 249: Happier Podcast Book Club: The Legendary Isaac Mizrahi Talks about Fashion, Family, and Self-Knowledge in “I.M.”

    Nov 27 2019

    For the Happier Podcast Book Club, we talk to Isaac Mizrahi about the role of family, fashion, and making his way in the competitive, high-stakes world of New York City in his acclaimed memoir I.M.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderin...more

  • Little Happier: My Favorite Part of Going to the Philharmonic Isn’t the Music.

    Nov 25 2019

    I realized that although I don’t have much of a taste for music, I love the sound of the possibility of music.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information about advertisers and promo codes, go to happie...more

  • Ep. 248: Write an Aphorism, and a Deep Dive into Food Pushing

    Nov 20 2019

    Try writing an aphorism, ways to use the UV index to protect yourself from the sun, and a deep dive into the question: “If you press others to take food and drink, why do you do it?”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.com...more

  • Little Happier: More Great Advice from My Father—About How to Succeed at Work

    Nov 18 2019

    When I got my first real job, my father gave me some advice that has proved to be very true.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336For information about advertisers and promo codes, go to happiercast.com/sponsors...more

  • Ep. 247: Use the Solomon Paradox When Dealing with a Difficult Situation, and Would You Like to be a Twin?

    Nov 13 2019

    Why you should think about the “Solomon Paradox” when you’re dealing with a difficult situation, how to respond to a Rebel who refuses to wear a seat belt, a hack for staying in touch with distant friends and family—and would you like to be a twin?Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new boo...more

  • Little Happier: Who Is the Main Character, Who Is the Supporting Character?

    Nov 11 2019

    I realized that I often made the mistake of thinking of some people as main characters and some people as supporting characters. We’re all main characters, and we’re all supporting characters.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubinGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail messa...more

  • Ep. 246: Have Your Words Ready, and a Conversation with Simon Sinek about “The Infinite Game”

    Nov 06 2019

    When facing a tough situation, have your words ready, a hack related to email subject lines, and a conversation with Simon Sinek about “The Infinite Game.” Elizabeth gives herself a suitcase-related demerit.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/238; 774-277-9336.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUT...more

  • Little Happier: At a Recent Dinner for Supreme Court Clerks, Even Longtime Lawyers Wanted This Table Gift.

    Nov 04 2019

    At a recent event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the statute creating the Supreme Court clerkships, I got my “America feeling” when I saw that everyone in the room was eagerly taking home this keepsake from the dinner.Get tickets for our last live podcast events of 2019 in Atlanta, Charlotte and Brooklyn here:https://gretchenrubin.com/eventsHappier with Gretchen Rubin is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life b...more

  • Ep. 245: Avoid the Trap of the False Choice, and How to Eat Healthfully in the Face of Halloween Candy or Social Pressure

    Oct 30 2019

    We discuss why it’s important to avoid false choices, and talk to Whole30’s Melissa Hartwig Urban about eating right when faced with Halloween candy or social pressure.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/238; 774-277-9336.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outer...more

  • Little Happier: On “Game of Thrones,” Tywin Lannister Has the Right Thing to Say in a Difficult Situation.

    Oct 28 2019

    I’m always looking for good examples of people finding the right words, and I was very struck by this example from a crucial scene from the TV show “Game of Thrones.”Get tickets for our last live podcast events of 2019 in Atlanta, Charlotte and Brooklyn here:https://gretchenrubin.com/eventsHappier with Gretchen Rubin is part of ‘The Onward Project,’ a family of podcasts brought together by Gretchen Rubin—all about how to make your life better. Check out the other Onward Project podcasts—Do The T...more

  • Ep. 244: Go Out in the Early Morning Sunlight and Brush Your Teeth After Dinner

    Oct 23 2019

    Why it’s important to go outside into the sunlight, how brushing your teeth after dinner can help with night snacking, and a dentist demerit from Elizabeth.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/238; 774-277-9336.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnerca...more

  • Little Happier: I Get Choked Up When I Hear the Song “Edelweiss” from “The Sound of Music”

    Oct 21 2019

    The song and the scene “Edelweiss” from “The Sound of Music” is a reminder that our love for our country can burn brightly, even when events look very dark.Get tickets for our live podcast events in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Chicago, Kansas City, Providence, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Charlotte here:https://gretchenrubin.com/events Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 243: Treat Yourself Like a Dog and How Obligers Can Resist Pressures to Indulge

    Oct 16 2019

    Why you should treat yourself like a dog, why telling someone, “Calm down” is usually a bad idea, and ideas for Obligers who are trying to resist expectations that they eat or drink.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com;happiercast.com/238; 774-277-9336.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here:...more

  • Little Happier: A Moment in the Life of JFK Illustrates How Hard It Is to Know Other People

    Oct 14 2019

    An episode from the life of John F. Kennedy is a terrific reminder of the fact that we don’t know, we can’t really understand, what other people are thinking, why they’re doing the things they do, or how they see the world.Get tickets for our live podcast events in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Chicago, Kansas City,  Providence, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Charlotte here:https://gretchenrubin.com/events Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 242: Buy Some Happiness, Plus Hacks for Taking Medication Regularly

    Oct 09 2019

    We discuss why and how we can buy some happiness, do a hack round-up with terrific ideas for remembering to take daily medications, and tackle a listener’s question about her husband’s brewing Obliger-rebellion. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/238; 774-277-9336.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new boo...more

  • Little Happier: Novelist John Steinbeck and King Arthur Show Me How to Think Outside the Box

    Oct 07 2019

    Novelist John Steinbeck’s decision to set his King Arthur story in the hazy “before” showed me a solution that I would never have devised—and taught me a great lesson.Get tickets for our live podcast events in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Chicago, Kansas City,  Providence, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Charlotte here:https://gretchenrubin.com/events Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 241: Malcolm Gladwell Talks About “Talking to Strangers” Plus a Delicious, Healthy Hack

    Oct 02 2019

    We talk to Malcolm Gladwell about “Talking to Strangers” and explore why taking a shower can boost your happiness, and I reveal the easy, new low-carb recipe I love.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/238; 774-277-9336.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerord...more

  • Little Happier: The Right Thing to Say to a Person Who Has Big Hopes

    Sep 30 2019

    I remind myself and other writers, “There are many ways for a book to succeed.” And many ways for a vacation to succeed, or a college student to succeed. It’s a comforting thought, because it’s true.Get tickets for our live podcast events in Chicago, Kansas City,  Providence, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Charlotte and Brooklyn here: https://gretchenrubin.com/events Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 240: Use the Emergency Kit for Anxiety, Worry, and Stress

    Sep 25 2019

    For this Very Special Episode, we talk about the Emergency Kit for Anxiety—a long list of strategies to put to work immediately to manage anxiety, worry, stress, and fear.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/238; 774-277-9336.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://ou...more

  • Bonus Episode: A Deep Dive into the “Four Tendencies” Personality Framework

    Sep 23 2019

    Want to learn whether you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel—and what that means? Gretchen gives a quick overview of her popular personality framework, and explains how you can use it to end procrastination, reduce conflict, and stick to good habits. Plus an interview with an Obliger about how she learned how to harness the strengths of her Tendency.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/238; 774-277-9336.Get in touch on Instagram: @G...more

  • Little Happier: My America Feeling: I’m Grateful for the Sound of Many Languages

    Sep 23 2019

    As a child growing up in Kansas City, I loved to listen to languages other than English, but I rarely had the chance—so I remind myself to feel grateful for hearing so many languages here in New York City. It would have so delighted young Gretchen.Get tickets for our live podcast events in Chicago, Kansas City, Providence, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Charlotte and Brooklyn here: https://gretchenrubin.com/events Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 239: Tackling Life’s Big Questions with Kate Bowler

    Sep 18 2019

    Why you should make a concrete offer when someone needs a hand, how to break the ice using a simple button-maker, and a thoughtful conversation about life’s big questions with writer and podcaster Kate Bowler.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/238; 774-277-9336.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book O...more

  • Little Happier: Like Oscar Wilde, Do You Find It Hard to Live Up to Your Blue China? I Sure Do.

    Sep 16 2019

    Oscar Wilde famously observed: “‘I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china.” What do you think he meant by that?Get tickets for our live podcast events in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Chicago, Kansas City,  Providence, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Charlotte and Brooklyn here: https://gretchenrubin.com/events Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 238: Back-to-School Habits, and Marie Forleo Talks About How Everything Is Figureoutable

    Sep 11 2019

    Strategies to help you and your family create good back-to-school habits, the fun of undertaking a library quest, and author and host of MarieTV Marie Forleo talks about happiness and productivity.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/238; 774-277-9336.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, ...more

  • Little Happier: An Old and Famous Story about How We Can’t Outrun Our Fate

    Sep 09 2019

    The ancient and haunting teaching story about “an appointment in Samarra” is a wonderful illustration of the inevitability of fate.Get tickets for our live podcast events in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Chicago, Kansas City,  Providence, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta Brooklyn and Charlotte here:https://gretchenrubin.com/events Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 237: #HappierLaborDay: What Career Aims Make Our Work Lives Happier

    Sep 04 2019

    We can use the Labor Day holiday as a catalyst to think about making our work lives happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative. #HappierLaborDayGet in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all l...more

  • Little Happier: The Musical “Song of Spider-Man” and the Problem of the Unknown Knowns

    Sep 02 2019

     A memoir about the failure of the musical “Song of Spider-Man” is a sobering example of how sometimes, we choose not to know the things we know—with very bad consequences.Get tickets for our live podcast events in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Chicago, Kansas City,  Providence, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Charlotte here: https://gretchenrubin.com/events Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 236: Stay the Course with Your Good Habits

    Aug 28 2019

    Why you should stay the course with your good habits, the challenge of taking daily medication, and a return to a favorite question, “What’s your signature color?” Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources ...more

  • Little Happier: Dolly Parton and Oprah Winfrey Talk about Humility and Hubris

    Aug 26 2019

    Back in 1992, Dolly Parton and Oprah Winfrey talk about pride, humbility, and hubris.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336Get tickets fo...more

  • Ep. 235: Talking Happiness with Bestselling Author Rachel Hollis

    Aug 21 2019

    Why you might recreate a childhood menu, a conversation with blockbuster bestseller Rachel Hollis about how to be happier, and technology hack to help keep your phone charged.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the...more

  • Little Happier: I Love an Emotion that I Call the “Varsity Team” Feeling.

    Aug 19 2019

    I love being part of the “varsity team,” or witnessing a varsity team at work—and even knowing the phrase varsity team.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail mess...more

  • Ep. 234: Try the SLANT Approach to Listen Better and How to Deal with a Sweetheart’s Unenthusiastic Support

    Aug 14 2019

    Try the SLANT approach to help yourself listen and learn more effectively, an easy way to do a happiness-boosting good deed, and how to deal with a sweetheart who responds very unenthusiastically to good news.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://...more

  • Little Happier: What Friendships Tend to Stick? An Observation from Game of Thrones

    Aug 12 2019

    In an interview, Game of Thrones’s John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) makes an important observation about relationships: hard times make strong friends.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbo...more

  • Ep. 233: Get Rid of Your Wart (Literal and Metaphorical) and Connect Better with Friends

    Aug 07 2019

    Get rid of your wart, an internet-related hack (is it just me?), and a question to help you figure out how to connect better with other people.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all links related...more

  • Little Happier: Churchill’s Life Proves that We Can’t Know What’s Good or Bad Luck

    Aug 05 2019

    Winston Churchill reflects on his eventful life, and how impossible it was for him to discern what was good luck and what was bad luck.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave ...more

  • Ep. 232: Remember to Consider the Company that Someone Keeps

    Jul 31 2019

    When entering into a relationship, consider a person’s existing relationships, how to deal with podcast overload, and like Gloria Vanderbilt, do you have a “rage to live?” Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the re...more

  • Little Happier: Winston Churchill and “Game of Thrones” Illustrate the Same Observation About Power

    Jul 29 2019

    Winston Churchill and Games of Thrones’s Lady Olenna illustrate the same point: when confronting a powerful and lawless foe, imagination matters.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook...more

  • Ep. 231: Choose Your TV Theme Song

    Jul 24 2019

    Choose your TV theme song; listeners give many suggestions about dealing with getting laid off; why you should wear a new item immediately; and Elizabeth discusses the happiness of humidity.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all links related to this e...more

  • Little Happier: “If He’ll Do It For You, He’ll Do It to You”: My Daughter and Father Hit on the Same Truth

    Jul 22 2019

    My daughter and my father hit on the same truth about dealing with people who play favorites: “If they’ll do it for you, they’ll do it to you.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.c...more

  • Ep. 230: Happier Podcast Book Club: Lisa Brennan-Jobs Reflects on Growing Up as Steve Jobs’s Daughter in “Small Fry”

    Jul 17 2019

    For our second Happier Podcast Book Club, we talk to Lisa Brennan-Jobs about the role of family, love, and identity in her acclaimed memoir Small Fry.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all links related to this episode here:http://happiercast.com/230Leave a voicemail...more

  • Little Happier: How the Gift of a Dollhouse Illustrates the Philosophy of Bertrand Russell

    Jul 15 2019

    In giving the gift of a dollhouse, these loving grandparents illustrate a point argued by philosopher Bertrand Russsell: “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OU...more

  • Ep. 229: Spend 120 Minutes a Week in Nature and an Interview with Sheri Salata about “The Beautiful No”

    Jul 10 2019

    Why you should spend 120 minutes a week in nature, a simple hack to make spending that time in nature more convenient, and an interview with former “Oprah” executive producer Sheri Salata about her memoir “The Beautiful No.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all link...more

  • Little Happier: What’s the Best Way to Persuade? The Sun and the North Wind Disagree.

    Jul 08 2019

    One of Aesop’s most famous fables—the one about the Sun and the North Wind—illustrates the power of persuasion over brute force.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voice...more

  • Ep. 228: Make Your Own Art and a Lesson from Mr. Rogers

    Jul 03 2019

    Make your own art, a lesson about managing transitions from Mr. Rogers, and dealing with the relationship challenge of “excessive reassurance-seeking.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all links related to this episode here:http://happiercast.com/228Leave a voicemai...more

  • Little Happier: Throughout My Life, I’ve Remembered One Line from the “Little Engine that Could”

    Jul 01 2019

    “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” may be a bit corny, but the fact is, I find myself repeating that line to myself. The Little Engine that Could put those words in my mind.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CA...more

  • Ep. 227: An Interview with Comedian, Actor, and Writer Pete Holmes

    Jun 26 2019

    Create a memory box, enjoy some luxury around your first cup of coffee, and an interview with comedian and author Pete Holmes. Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all links related to this episode here:http://happiercast.com/227Leave a voicemail message on: 774-277-93...more

  • Little Happier: Reading Isaac Mizrahi Taught Me About Myself

    Jun 24 2019

    Reading Isaac Mizrahi’s memoir I.M. helped me understand something about myself: my uncomfortable reaction to a work of art I admire.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a ...more

  • Ep. 226: Celebrate the Summer Solstice by Re-visiting your One-Word Theme

    Jun 19 2019

    Celebrate the summer (or winter) solstice by re-visiting your one-word theme for the year, an alternative office activity if you want to avoid being the Evil Donut-Bringer, and how to resist the temptation of the snooze alarm.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here:http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all lin...more

  • Little Happier: My Husband Jamie Taught Me a Wonderful, Memorable Lesson About Plans.

    Jun 17 2019

    My husband’s willingness to change plans gave me a lovely memory—and taught me a valuable lesson.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336 L...more

  • Ep. 225: Cultivate Your Casual Friendships

    Jun 12 2019

    Cultivate your casual friendships, an interview with writer Ramit Sethi about money, and a terrific inexpensive gift to give.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all links related to this episode here:http://happiercast.com/225Leave a voicemail message on: 774-277-9336...more

  • Little Happier: How Do We Help? An Observation from the Life of the Creator of the Comic Strip “Cathy.”

    Jun 10 2019

    This story from the life of Cathy Guisewite, the creator of the comic strip “Cathy,” is an example of how we can help people achieve their dreams for themselves. Sometimes.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: htt...more

  • Ep. 224: Design Your Summer (Again)

    Jun 05 2019

    Design your summer, manage the challenge of making transitions throughout the day, and why “the stewing is worse than the doing.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet the resources and all links related to this episode here:http://happiercast.com/224Leave a voicemail message on: 774-277-...more

  • Little Happier: This Book Changed the Way I See the World.

    Jun 03 2019

    Christopher Alexander’s book “A Pattern Language” changed the way I see the world; sometimes, at least in my case, it’s only through words that I can learn to see more clearly.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here:...more

  • Ep. 223: Step Off a Cliff

    May 29 2019

    Why you should step off a cliff, an interview with writer Ross Gay, and the fun of making the opposite of a to-do list.Want to watch the "Roadmap to Happiness"? Check your local PBS station listings here:http://pbs.org/gretchenrubin. Tell your friends, and if you watch, share your insights using the hashtag #GretchenRubinPBS. I’d love to hear your thoughts!Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenR...more

  • Little Happier: Why Did Dolly Parton Identify More with Barbara Walters than Barbara Walters Identified with Her?

    May 27 2019

    My fascination with Dolly Parton continues, and her answer to Barbara Walters in a 1977 interview is a good example of why we shouldn’t under-estimate people who are different from us.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CA...more

  • Ep. 222: Go Someplace Alone

    May 22 2019

    Why you might choose to go someplace alone, how to have a good conversation with a child, and listener suggests an easy, clever hack for remembering to bring items.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinn...more

  • Little Happier: One of the Greatest Luxuries? The Luxury of Giving a Gift.

    May 20 2019

    In Sydney Taylor’s wonderful children’s book “All-of-a-Kind Family,” the girls’ father saw a way to give them a true luxury: the luxury of giving him a gift.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderi...more

  • Bonus episode: Game of Thrones! Gretchen and Elizabeth Discuss and Speculate Before the Show’s Finale.

    May 16 2019

    Is Arya Stark a Rebel? Will Cersei Lannister manage to keep the Iron Throne? And how about that coffee cup! On this special short bonus episode, Gretchen and Elizabeth discuss, debate, and speculate about the upcoming end of the HBO TV show that made them HAPPIER for eight seasons: “Game of Thrones.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by...more

  • Ep. 221: Do You Yearn for a Re-Set?

    May 15 2019

    Do you yearn for a re-set, how to look better in photographs, and using voice-to-text to make it easier to take notes. And announcing our next Book Club Choice: “Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER C...more

  • Little Happier: Julia Child Makes a Profound Observation about Life in the Midst of Flipping a Potato

    May 13 2019

    On her iconic 1960’s TV show, Julia Child drops a profound truth about human nature, in the middle of trying to flip a potato.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicema...more

  • Ep. 220: Why We Should Deal with Something Negative Right Away

    May 08 2019

    Deal with something negative right away, switch to electronic boarding passes if you still use paper, and a Four Tendencies break-down of the “Game of Thrones” characters.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outero...more

  • Little Happier: What Chef Julia Child Taught Me About the Nature of Enthusiasm and Happiness.

    May 06 2019

    The life of Julia Child is a great example of the fact that sometimes, even when we can’t persuade people to take an interest in the things we love, we can sweep them along with our enthusiasm.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER,...more

  • Ep. 219: Very Special Episode: Going Deep into Giving Up with Whole30’s Melissa Hartwig-Urban

    May 01 2019

    In this Very Special Episode, we go deeper into the try-this-at-home of “Give something up for a month” and talk to Whole30’s Melissa Hartwig-Urban about her new podcast “Do the Thing” and about the power of changing for 30 days.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretc...more

  • Little Happier: We Love Excellence--When We Can Recognize It. for Apr 29, 2019

    Apr 29 2019

    In this hilarious “Funny or Die” video by the musician Jewel, she goes undercover at a karaoke bar. It’s a good example of the fact that people do appreciate excellence, when they’re able to recognize it.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book O...more

  • Ep. 218: Invest in Your Identities

    Apr 24 2019

    Invest in your identities, a way to respond to the “evil donut-bringer” at work,  and listeners’ suggestions about how to help someone get through chemotherapy.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnerca...more

  • Little Happier: My Husband So Often Knows the Right Thing to Say

    Apr 22 2019

    Sometimes when I complain, my husband Jamie reminds me, “This is what you wanted.” It’s comforting because it’s true. Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail messa...more

  • Ep. 217: Don’t Over-Consult

    Apr 17 2019

    “Why you should stop over-consulting, a hack to make exercising more convenient, and a question for self-knowledge: When you’re upset, do you feel it in your body or in your head?”Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http...more

  • Little Happier: The Opposite of a Profound Truth Is Also True. Even in Goth

    Apr 15 2019

    It’s one of my favorite Secrets of Adulthood: The opposite of a profound truth is also true. In goth, and in so much else.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comLeave a voicemail m...more

  • Ep. 216: Give Someone an Unusual Compliment

    Apr 10 2019

    Give someone an unusual compliment, a hack to make it easier to leave the house, identify your favorite time of day, and Elizabeth reports on her battle with stress-eating.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outer...more

  • Little Happier: Why the Children’s Book “Little Bear” Made Tears Come into My Eyes

    Apr 08 2019

    One of our tasks as parents is to help our children remember themselves and their own past. I got tears in my eyes when I read the beautiful lines from the children’s book “Little Bear.” “Tell me about me,” said Little Bear. “Tell me about the things I once did.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretche...more

  • Ep. 215: Throw a Celebratory Party

    Apr 03 2019

    Throw a celebratory party, the problem of feeling so worried about the future that you can’t enjoy the present, a question about ideas for healthy treats, and a happiness hack.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events athttp://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://out...more

  • Little Happier: I’m Lucky to Have a Mother Who Is Lucky

    Apr 01 2019

    I feel lucky to have a mother who views herself as lucky. It’s a beautiful atmosphere for a child to live in—even a grown-up child like me. Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterIf you pre-ordered Gretchen’s new book Outer Order, Inner Calm, get your preorder bonuses here: http:...more

  • Ep. 214: Try Giving Up Something for a Month

    Mar 27 2019

    Try giving up something for a month, a confession and hack related to leather pants, and a question for listeners: How do you help someone get through chemotherapy?Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events athttp://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinner...more

  • Little Happier: A Friend’s Description of Herself Reminded Me of Who I Am

    Mar 25 2019

    Sometimes, it’s other people who remind us of our deepest values, and the truest things about ourselves. I must read—but I needed a friend to remind me of that truth.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterIf you pre-ordered Gretchen’s new book Outer Order, Inner Calm, get your pr...more

  • Ep. 213: Bonus Clutter-Clearing Tips: Find Out What Ideas Didn’t Make It into the Book

    Mar 20 2019

    This week, we’ll talk about some bonus ideas for creating outer order and we’ll talk about an easy way to make it more fun to wake up in the morning.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events athttp://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet...more

  • Little Happier: This Mother Knew Exactly What Career Advice to Give

    Mar 18 2019

    I’m often wracked by indecision when I’m asked to give advice or take action. I love this example of a mother who knew exactly what career advice to give her daughter. Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterIf you pre-ordered Gretchen’s new book Outer Order, Inner Calm, get your ...more

  • Ep. 212: Happier Podcast Book Club: We Talk About Family Secrets in Dani Shapiro’s Memoir “Inheritance.”

    Mar 13 2019

    This week is a milestone episode for us. It’s our first Happier Podcast Book Club episode. We talk to Dani Shapiro about her memoir: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love.Want to discuss Dani Shapiro's book with other Happier podcast listeners or suggest a book? Join the Happier Podcast Book Club conversation on Goodreads.Remember: Whenever it is and wherever you are, there’s always a book is waiting for you.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podca...more

  • Little Happier: Would I Know the Way to Tell Right from Wrong?

    Mar 11 2019

    As I read about the Enron scandal, I was relieved to see that one person could clearly articulate how to tell right from wrong.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterIf you pre-ordered Gretchen’s new book Outer Order, Inner Calm, get your preorder bonuses here: http://outerorderi...more

  • Bonus Episode! An Excerpt from Gretchen’s New Book “Outer Order, Inner Calm”

    Mar 08 2019

    This bonus episode features an excerpt from the audio-book of Gretchen’s new book “Outer Order, Inner Calm.”  Order a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet tickets for my book tour and Happier podcast live events athttp://gretchenrubin.com/eventsGet in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...more

  • Ep. 211: Spend Time Individually with Family Members, an Ice Cube Hack, and Obligers’ Relationships to Accountability and Possessions

    Mar 06 2019

    This week, we’ll talk about why you might try to spend time individually with each member of your family, and we’ll discuss an intriguing hack about using an ice cube to change your thoughts.We also talk about Obligers, and how they need outer accountability for inner expectations. Don't know your Tendency? Take the free quiz here: http://quiz.gretchenrubin.comOrder a copy of Gretchen’s new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook.comGet tickets for my book tour and Happ...more

  • Little Happier: Carrie’s Shoe Collection in “Sex and the City” Teaches an Important Lesson About Habits

    Mar 04 2019

    If you’re trying to save money, does it matter if you splurge on one pair of expensive shoes? Probably not. What about two pairs? Three pairs? In the TV show “Sex and the City,” Carrie’s shoe collection illustrates an important idea in habit-formation: the One-Coin Loophole.  Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: ...more

  • Ep. 210: Very Special Episode: Clutter-Busting!

    Feb 27 2019

    Elizabeth reveals the clutter-busting ideas from Gretchen’s book “Outer Order, Inner Calm” that work best to help curb her natural messiness, and we discuss Know Yourself Better questions related to clutter.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the resources and all links related to this episode here: http://happiercast.com/210Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterIf you pre-ordered Gretchen’s new book Outer Order, Inner C...more

  • Little Happier: From Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”--What Should We Fear More, Want or Ignorance?

    Feb 25 2019

    Re-reading Charles Dickens’s story “A Christmas Carol” got me thinking about the question: What should we fear more, Ignorance or Want?Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterIf you pre-ordered Gretchen’s new book Outer Order, Inner Calm, get your preorder bonuses here: http://out...more

  • Ep. 209: Fourth Anniversary! Most Popular Ideas and Favorite Moments

    Feb 20 2019

    It’s our fourth anniversary! We review our most popular Try-This-at-Home tips, Happiness Hacks, and favorite moments from the previous year.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the resources and all links related to this episode here: http://happiercast.com/209Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterIf you pre-ordered Gretchen’s new book Outer Order, Inner Calm, get your preorder bonuses here: http://outerorderinnercalmbook...more

  • Little Happier: A Perhaps Apocryphal Story about Matisse--About Time and Mastery

    Feb 18 2019

    This story about Matisse is probably apocryphal, but it’s a great illustration of an important point: a minute of effort may reflect a lifetime of practice.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletterIf you pre-ordered Gretchen’s new book Outer Order, Inner Calm, get your preorder bon...more

  • Ep. 208: To Fight Clutter, Beware the “Endowment Effect”

    Feb 13 2019

    This week, we’ll talk about why you should beware the “endowment effect” as a way to combat clutter, and we’ll take a deep dive into listeners’ one-word themes for the year.We also discuss listener responses to the “Try This at Home” from episode 204 to “put a band-aid on it.”Happiness hack from a listener: challenge myself to make the most of my wardrobe and wear a different outfit every day.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the resources and all links related to this...more

  • Little Happier: My Favorite Story from My Favorite Book About Parenting

    Feb 11 2019

    The “juice story” reminds me how much we can shape our perceptions, and other people’s perceptions, by the way that we speak.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 207: Elizabeth Reveals Why You Should Go to the Doctor

    Feb 06 2019

    Why you should go to the doctor, meeting the challenge of decluttering a household—and announcing the first book for the Happier Podcast Book Club.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/207; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little Happier: Ann Patchett’s Memoir Reminds Us of Why We Need to Take Care of Ourselves

    Feb 04 2019

    Author Ann Patchett reminds herself that if she’s going to be of service to a friend, she must protect herself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 206: What’s the Best Resolution You’ve Ever Made?

    Jan 30 2019

    Why you might consider using gentle language, a gold star for “Winter of the Witch, a movie about magical pancakes, and listeners answer the question, “What’s the best resolution you’ve ever made?”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/205; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little Happier: The Supreme Court Building Gave Me the “America Feeling”

    Jan 28 2019

    Every time I read the words “Equal Justice Under Law,” carved into the front of the Supreme Court building, I get the America Feeling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 205: An Interview about False Identities with Abby Ellin

    Jan 23 2019

    Follow a ritual of completion, how to pour more easily from a carton (a small but useful hack!), and an interview with Abby Ellin about her fascinating new book “Duped.”Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/205; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little Happier: There’s Such Joy in Giving Delight

    Jan 21 2019

    I saw the blockbuster movie “Avatar” back in 2009, and the only thing I remember is a look of pure joy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 204: Put a Band-Aid On It

    Jan 16 2019

    Why you should put a band-aid on it, consider “Me Time Tuesday,” and how to persuade a reluctant spouse to do more work.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/204; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Even Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Life Felt Rushed and Cluttered

    Jan 14 2019

    We often assume that our new technology is making us feel rushed and overwhelmed, but perhaps it’s just really ourselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 203: Plan Your “19 for 2019”

    Jan 09 2019

    We reveal our “19 for 2019” and “9 for 2019” lists and discuss some listeners’ suggestions and questions about making these lists.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/203; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Eisenhower: To Do Some Work Well, We Have to Do Some Work Poorly

    Jan 07 2019

    Eisenhower gave Nixon some helpful advice: to be excellent in some areas, we have to be willing to be mediocre in other areas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 202 - Use the Checklist for Habit Change

    Jan 02 2019

    Use the Checklist for Habit Change, how to encourage conversation with children, and the challenge of planning office birthday celebrations.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/202; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Sometimes, What We Think Is a Weakness Is a Strength, and Vice Versa

    Dec 31 2018

    Sometimes a weakness can be a strength, and a strength can be a weakness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 201 - Choose a One-Word Theme for the Year

    Dec 26 2018

    Choose a one-word theme for the year, a talk with Chris Guillebeau, and what’s been your most significant resolution?Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/201; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Everything Would Be Easy, If It Weren’t For…

    Dec 24 2018

    My mother observed sympathetically, “Everything would be easy, if it weren’t for people.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 200 - Our 200th Episode! Ask Us Anything

    Dec 19 2018

    To celebrate our 200thepisode, we answer questions from listeners: do we ever fight, how do we record the podcast, when did we choose our careers, and more.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/200; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little : Do What You Love, and Then Your Friends Hire You

    Dec 17 2018

    Do what you love, and then your friends hire you. It’s true for comedy-writers, and for everyone else, too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 199 - Reflections on Our “18 for 2018” Lists

    Dec 12 2018

    Evaluate your “18 for 2018” list, we reveal our own successes and failures with “18 for 2018,” plus a popular app for locating lost items.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/199; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: While the Power of Story-Telling Is Trendy Now, It’s an Ancient Idea.

    Dec 10 2018

    It’s a truth too important to be new: we listen best when we listen to a story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 198 - Design Your Own “Happiness Project"

    Dec 05 2018

    Design your happiness project for 2019, follow the five-second rule, and suggestions for dealing with the challenge of gift-giving.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/198; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Is This Person My Judge, or My Champion?

    Dec 03 2018

    Sometimes, the people we fear are judging us are willing to be our enthusiastic champions and sympathizers, if we give them the chance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 197 - Make a Plan to Read More in 2019

    Nov 28 2018

    Plan to read more in 2019, how to make it easier to follow complex instructions, and what to do when your sweetheart won’t store keys in the key bowl.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/197; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Lesson from Waitressing: It’s Not About You

    Nov 26 2018

    We often think that people are acting in response to what we’ve done or said, when in fact, they’re just behaving the way they usually do. And that can be comforting to remember. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 196: Choose a Holiday Motto

    Nov 21 2018

    Choose a holiday motto, give the “gift of a podcast,” and more ideas about drinking less alcohol and helping people face end-of-life tasks.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/196; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Finding a Meaning, Such as Sacrifice, Can Transform Suffering

    Nov 19 2018

    Viktor Frankl makes a profound point: When our actions and experiences have meaning, our suffering is lightened. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 195: Do Something Scary

    Nov 14 2018

    Why you should do something scary, what to do with your earbuds when you meet someone on the street, and how to schedule holiday visits with family.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/195; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: “The Salvation of Man Is Through Love and in Love.”

    Nov 12 2018

    A passage from Viktor Frankl’s masterpiece Man’s Search for Meaning is a beautiful reminder of the significance of love. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 194: Make an Introduction

    Nov 07 2018

    Make an introduction, accountability strategies to keep people exercising, and how to deal with digital information hoarding.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/194; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: The Idea of “Negative Space” and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Nov 05 2018

    A visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter got me thinking about the importance of paying attention to “negative space.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 193: Have You Ever Felt Your Personality Slip?

    Oct 31 2018

    Celebrate a personal anniversary, a hack that makes it easier to use a cell phone, and persuading people to tackle end-of-life tasks.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/193; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Puzzling Story from the Life of Pearl S. Buck

    Oct 29 2018

    A thought-provoking story from the life of Pearl S. Buck’s missionary father raises many questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 192: The Problem of “You Cook, I Clean”

    Oct 24 2018

    Why you should have people over, how to make time for your side hustle, and the challenge of the “you cook, I clean” approach Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/192; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: During a Difficult Family Discussion, Someone Knows the Right Thing to Say

    Oct 22 2018

    These words are comforting because they’re true: you’re not that powerful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 191: Identify Your Pacesetter

    Oct 17 2018

    Why you might identify your pacesetter, the value of creating a user-guide to yourself, and the common challenge of drinking less alcohol.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/191; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Yet Another Piece of Advice from My Father

    Oct 15 2018

    My father gave me excellent advice: if I think I might be ready for a change, I’m probably already long overdue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 190: Very Special Episode: Think About Your Body

    Oct 10 2018

    For this Very Special Episode, we focus on the role of the body in creating a happier life, and we talk to Jake Knapp about how to focus on what matters.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/190; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: I Experienced the "America Feeling" in Normandy, France

    Oct 08 2018

    During my family’s trip to Normandy, reading the beautiful description in the D-Day guide for soldiers gave me the “America feeling.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 189: Make Life More Complicated

    Oct 03 2018

    Why you might want to make life more complicated, the challenge of the (non)Quiet Car, and a question about hotels.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/189; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Stumble May Prevent a Fall

    Oct 01 2018

    Little mistakes, little missteps, can help us learn and grow so that we don’t make bigger mistakes later. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 188: Create a Personal Timeline

    Sep 26 2018

    Why you might create a personal timeline, a deep dive into the "Facts of Life" book, and yet another treadmill-desk-related demerit. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com: happiercast.com/188; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: An 18th Century Story Makes Me Think About the Importance of Education

    Sep 24 2018

    This story from the life of Samuel Johnson reminds us: “It is wonderful what a difference learning makes upon people even in the common intercourse of life.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 187: How to Find a Misplaced Object

    Sep 19 2018

    Plan a short trip, how to find a misplaced object, and an interview with Bradley Tusk. Get in touch: @gretchinrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/187; 774-277-9336 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Why Are You Living in New York City?

    Sep 17 2018

    For decades, I’ve been haunted by a public-service poster I once saw in a New York City subway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 186: Create a Blues Bag

    Sep 12 2018

    Why and how you might create a "blues bag," a reading-related hack for parents, and a deep dive on happiness at work. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/186; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: When People Give No Solace, We Can Turn to Nature

    Sep 10 2018

    This beautiful song by Nina Simone is a reminder that when people give us no solace, we can turn to nature. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 185: Make a "Facts of Life" Book

    Sep 05 2018

    Why you should make a "Facts of Life" book, how to deal with an outer-order related conflict, and a hack for telling left from right. Get in touch @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/185; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Laurence Olivier’s Advice to Dustin Hoffman Works for Me, Too

    Sep 03 2018

    The advice that Laurence Olivier gave to Dustin Hoffman is a good reminder for all of us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 184: Have a #HappierLaborDay

    Aug 29 2018

    Just as New Year's Day prompts us to reflect on what we want from the coming year, Labor Day can remind us to reflect on how to be happier at work in the coming year. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/184; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: It’s Good to be an Adult

    Aug 27 2018

    It has its drawbacks, to be sure, but in general, it’s good to be an adult. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 183: Consider Going into "Low Power Mode"

    Aug 22 2018

    Go into "low power mode," how to deal with a soul-destroying app (again), and the benefits of taking a two-hour class. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; happiercast.com/183: 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: When We Give Ourselves Limits We Give Ourselves Creativity

    Aug 20 2018

    It may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s true: Imagination is often sparked more by constraint than by freedom.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 182: Take a Scent Snapshot of Your Life

    Aug 15 2018

    Take a scent snapshot of your life to boost your happiness, and Eliza describes facing the happiness stumbling block of leaving home for the first time.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/182; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Beautiful Moment of Elevation from Winston Churchill’s Tears

    Aug 13 2018

    When visiting a poor neighborhood during the London Blitz, Winston Churchill cried—“tears not of sorrow but of wonder and admiration.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 181: Practice Reverse Gossip

    Aug 08 2018

    Practice reverse gossip, an email-related hack, and what to do when someone raises the bar. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/181; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: You Don’t Have to Be Good at Something to Be Good at Something.

    Aug 06 2018

    Dolly Parton and Paul McCartney are yet more examples of my Secret of Adulthood: You don’t have to be good at something to be good at something. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 180: Very Special Episode: Travel Hacks!

    Aug 01 2018

    We got terrific hacks from listeners about how to make travel more convenient, comfortable, and fun—so many great suggestions about happier travels.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/180; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Lesson from Harry Potter About Knowing Who You Are

    Jul 30 2018

    One of my favorite moments in the Harry Potter books is when Harry accepts his own nature, and his own strengths, to face his dragon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 179: Make Each Day of the Week Distinctive

    Jul 25 2018

    Make each day of the week distinctive, use videos to solve common problems like inserting contact lenses, and why is “18 for 2018” so fun?Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/179; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Artist Anne Truitt Describes Her Moment of Transformation

    Jul 23 2018

    Artist Anne Truitt gives a remarkable description of her moment of transformation and recognition—she knew exactly when and why it began. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 178: Schedule a Weekly Playdate with Yourself

    Jul 18 2018

    Schedule a weekly playdate with yourself, a hack for dealing with a child’s curfew,and what are some ways to deal with the distractions of an open-plan office?Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/178; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: “There Are Many Things that We Would Throw Away If We Were Not Afraid that Others Might Pick Them Up.”

    Jul 16 2018

    I’m haunted by a thought-provoking observation from Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 177: What is Luxury for You?

    Jul 11 2018

    Do the “ten minute closer” to help yourself make orderly transitions, what’sluxury for you, and how to deal with demanding neighbors—plus the mystery ofshoe size!Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/177; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: It’s Not as Glamorous as It Sounds.

    Jul 09 2018

    One of the nicest features of human nature is the fact that people are interested in such different subjects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 176: An Interview with Hollywood Powerhouse Mark Duplass

    Jul 04 2018

    Note the start date of any notable pain or symptom; suggest a window of time instead of a specific time; and interview with Hollywood powerhouse Mark Duplass,Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/176; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Dolly Parton Describes the Difference Between a Wish and a Dream

    Jul 02 2018

    Action, work, that’s the different between a wish and a dream. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 175: Do You Struggle with Procrasticlearing?

    Jun 27 2018

    Beware of procrasticlearing, plan a nice little surprise, and tips on how to take notes while listening to podcasts.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/175; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Schoolhouse Rock Gives Me the “America Feeling” and Taught Me the Preamble to the Constitution

    Jun 25 2018

    Gold star and RIP to Bob Dorough, who made such a contribution to the world with his “Schoolhouse Rock” series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 174: Make Something by Hand

    Jun 20 2018

    Make something by hand that you’d ordinarily buy, have a “Take My Stuff” party, and are you more interested in the event or in the company?Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/75; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: There May Be a Very Good Explanation for That.

    Jun 18 2018

    Sometimes, when people do things that seem inexplicable, there’s actually a very good explanation, if we take the time to find out what it is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 173: Is It a Good Idea to Work with Your Best Friend?

    Jun 13 2018

    Why it’s useful to know your purpose, the challenge of taking notes while listening to a podcast, and Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings of “The Nod” podcast talk about working with a close friend.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/173; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: I Love to See Virtue Rewarded

    Jun 11 2018

    It’s wonderful to see people do a job well, and to extend themselves to help others—and then it’s even more wonderful to see that action recognized and rewarded. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 172: Toss Unnecessary Papers

    Jun 06 2018

    Toss unnecessary papers, invent your own holidays, remember that people don’t necessarily perceive the world the way that you do, and the fun of scratch-n-sniff.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/172; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Yes, I Made a Dumb Mistake—But People Have Made Dumber Mistakes.

    Jun 04 2018

    Even rocket scientists can make a simple math error. Mistakes happen. Nobody’s perfect. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 171: Question Your Limiting Beliefs

    May 30 2018

    Why we should question our limiting beliefs, how to create outer accountability for saying “no," and a hack using measuring cups.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/171; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Happy Story from the Life of Dolly Parton

    May 28 2018

    It makes me very happy to think of these three great artists taking such delight in their own powers, and persisting in their vision for years, until they finally got to do what they wanted—and made it a huge hit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 170: Very Special Episode with an “18 for 2018” Update

    May 23 2018

    We give an update on our progress (and lack of progress) in our “18 for 2018” lists. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/170; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Always Orient Yourself to North.

    May 21 2018

    My New York City roommate gave me good advice for any city, and for many situations: “Always take a moment to orient yourself toward north.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 169: Use the Strategy of “Stop Talking”

    May 16 2018

    Use the strategy to “Stop talking,” an interview about modern romance with Joanna Coles, and dealing with the end of a Season of Stress.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/169; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: “Even a Dog Distinguishes Between Being Stumbled Over and Being Kicked.”

    May 14 2018

    Oliver Wendell Holmes’s observation about dogs helps to clarify a very important distinction in human relationships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 168: ”Remember, This Is Supposed to Be Fun”

    May 09 2018

    Why you might remind yourself, “Remember, this is supposed to be fun,” two podcast-related hacks to help you fall asleep, and why it’s useful to think about whether you enjoy talking shop. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/168; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Lesson I Have to Learn Over and Over.

    May 07 2018

    I keep learning this lesson, again and again. The days are long, but the years are short. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 167: Be a Tourist in Your Own Home

    May 02 2018

    Be a tourist in your own home, how to deal with a Season of Stress, and how you can create an “empty shelf” in your smart-phone. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/167; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: The Statue of Liberty and My “America Feeling”

    Apr 30 2018

    I never take for granted the sight of the majestic Statue of Liberty, and it gives me my “America feeling” every time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 166: Watch Old Video Clips

    Apr 25 2018

    Watch old video clips of celebrities, put-downers vs. put-awayers, and would you rather take one long vacation or several short ones?Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/166; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination

    Apr 23 2018

    It’s easy to be fooled! But working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination, because working makes it easier to justify avoiding the task that’s the real priority. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 165: Have a Power Down Weekend

    Apr 18 2018

    Have a Power Down Weekend, Sit on the Floor, and an Interview with Liz Dolan about Workplace Happiness.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/165; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Lead Us by the Hand to Those We Are Looking For

    Apr 16 2018

    For years, Flannery O’Connor’s prayed to Saint Raphael, and her prayer led me to realize how much we want to be led “toward those we are waiting for.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 164: Don’t Assign or Accept Homework

    Apr 11 2018

    Don’t assign or accept homework, write an “unhappy list,” and a fun way to deal with a big milestone birthday.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/164; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Alas, There Are No Wizards.

    Apr 09 2018

    My father gave me some very valuable advice: There are no wizards. There are no magical fixers. If I care about something, I have to stay involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 163: Set a Weekly Phone Date

    Apr 04 2018

    Set a weekly phone date, why dogs make great accountability partners, how stickers can solve an annoying problem, and the challenge of staying happier during a period of intense stress. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Now Is Now, and Now Is Already a Long Time Ago.

    Apr 02 2018

    The last paragraphs of my book Happier at Home reflection something I learned from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 162: Write It Down. Really.

    Mar 28 2018

    Why you really should write something down, a system to allow two Obligers to create accountability as a couple, and a solution for unwanted prescription medication. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: The Investor Is Wise Who Diversifies. Also True for Non-Investors.

    Mar 26 2018

    In law school, my Business Administration professor told us, “The investor is wise who diversifies,” and it’s a point that’s true in many situations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 161: Embrace the Cheese

    Mar 21 2018

    Why you might “embrace the cheese,” a low-stress variety of book group, and the question of what to do with a Magic Hour.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/161; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: No Hard Feelings. These Things Happen.

    Mar 19 2018

    When a person screws up, it’s very helpful to say, “No hard feelings. These things happen.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 160: Very Special Episode! Live from Elizabeth’s Cluttered Home Office.

    Mar 14 2018

    Gretchen and Elizabeth meet in Elizabeth’s home office to clear some clutter.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/75; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: From Rob Lowe: Sometimes You Have to Get Fired to Get Hired

    Mar 12 2018

    We never know what’s good luck and what’s bad luck. Actor Rob Lowe illustrates this truth with a story about Amy Adams’s career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 159: Do Something Badly

    Mar 07 2018

    Decide to do something badly, an interview with Adam Grant about his WorkLife podcast, and tips for dealing with the upheaval of a renovation.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/159; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: It’s Fun to Have Fun, But You Have to Know How

    Mar 05 2018

    Throughout the ages, wise observers from Samuel Butler to Dr. Seuss have noted that it’s not as easy to have fun as you might expect. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 158: Create a Standardized Vacation

    Feb 28 2018

    Why you might create a standardized vacation, a deep dive into the challenge of wearing “clothes,” and how to use unpairing to control a bad habit.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/158; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Ever Thought, “It Doesn’t Make Any Difference If I Go to the Gym Today”?

    Feb 26 2018

    To form habits, we need to focus on the “growing heap,” rather than the “one-coin” – terms that take their meaning from the “Argument of the Growing Heap.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 157: Third Anniversary! Our Most Popular Try-This-at-Home Tips, Happiness Hacks & Favorite Moments.

    Feb 21 2018

    To celebrate our third anniversary, we highlight our most popular Try-This-at-Home tips, Happiness Hacks, and favorite moments.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/157; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: “I Sell Beer to Them as Wants It. I Ain’t Making Nobody Drink It.”

    Feb 19 2018

    One of my favorite passages from one of my favorite novels is a beautiful example of virtue rewarded. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 156: Kiss in the Morning, Kiss at Night

    Feb 14 2018

    Why you might try having a kissing schedule, an easy way to make it easier to put down your phone, and discussion of Obliger accountability and conflicts about messiness. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/156; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: What I Do Every Day Matters More Than What I Do Once in a While

    Feb 12 2018

    I remind myself that what I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while—which means that an occasional slip-up is fine, and also that rare heroic efforts don’t matter much over the long term. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 155: Choose a Signature Scent

    Feb 07 2018

    Choose a signature scent, a before-and-after story about losing weight, and a great way to remember your theme for the year.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/155; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: That’s Okay, Buddy

    Feb 05 2018

    Sometimes, when I’m pushing myself too hard, I remember a funny moment from the Mary Poppins show on Broadway. When the set broke down, the boy playing Michael kept on with the show, until a deep voice from the wings told him, “That’s okay, buddy.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 154: Wear “Clothes” Every Day

    Jan 31 2018

    Wear clothes every day (!) and an interview about parenthood with Tanya Coke. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/154; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Whatever You Do, You Will Still Be You

    Jan 29 2018

    When I was feeling uncertain about the future, a respected boss reassured me with an obvious yet profound observation: “Remember, whatever you do, you will still be you.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 153: This Is Actually Good for Me.

    Jan 24 2018

    Try saying, “This is actually good for me,” a great hack for quitting an addictive app, how Rebels (and others) can keep resolutions, and a terrific before-and-after story.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/153; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Cure for Feeling Annoyed About Clutter? Remember Love

    Jan 22 2018

    When your parents are driving you crazy because they’ve kept every piece of your schoolwork, all the way back to kindergarten, or when you’re driving yourself crazy because you can’t bring yourself to toss any of your husband’s ragged college t-shirts, remember: all this junk is an expression of love. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 152: Deep Dive into “18 for 2018”

    Jan 17 2018

    Create a consistent body of work, use the Flic app to manage your photos, and a deep dive into the “18 for 2018” lists.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/153; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Don’t Know What Will Happen in the Future? Try to Understand Now

    Jan 15 2018

    A professional futurist pointed out, “We know we can’t predict the future, so we try to understand what’s happening NOW. If you understand now, you learn a lot about the future.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 151: Keep a Running List of Your Favorite Things

    Jan 10 2018

    Keep a running list of your favorite things, identify your one-word theme for 2018, and how Obligers can create accountability even if they want to keep resolutions private. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/75; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: You Will Say Good-Bye to Your Child Many Times

    Jan 08 2018

    I’ve never forgotten the words of the pre-school director who told me, “This is the first of many times that you will say good-by to your children.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 150: Gretchen and Elizabeth Unplugged

    Jan 03 2018

    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: We’ve Had Our Dog Barnaby Always

    Jan 01 2018

    Here’s the thing about love: it’s easy to see how it stretches into the future, but the funny thing is, it also changes the past. We’ve had Barnaby always. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 149: "18 for 2018" and Roz Chast Interview

    Dec 27 2017

    Plan your "18 for 2018" and an interview with legendary cartoonist and writer Roz Chast.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Everyday Life in Utopia

    Dec 25 2017

    After watching the movie Lost Horizon, my daughter Eleanor gave a brilliant title to her “sequel”: Everyday Life in Utopia. That’s my life motto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 148: Use the Checklist for Habit Change for 2018

    Dec 20 2017

    Use the "Checklist for Habit Change" to help you change your habits in 2018, plus many holiday hacks from listeners. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Three Words for Success: “No Matter What”

    Dec 18 2017

    Actor Niecy Nash explained that she made a career in Hollywood by promising herself that she’d do whatever was necessary to succeed, “No matter what.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 147: 18 for 2018

    Dec 13 2017

    Make a list of "18 for 2018," the challenge of in-laws who want to fill your empty closets with their clutter, and an instagram-related project. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Am I Wasting My Youth?

    Dec 11 2017

    It’s not always possible to decide whether one course of action is a waste of time or not—nevertheless, it’s an important question to consider. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 146: Introduce a Note of Whimsy

    Dec 06 2017

    Introduce a note of whimsy, use color to connect to the moment, and a four Tendencies talk with By The Book's Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/146; 774-277-9336, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Do Good, Feel Good

    Dec 04 2017

    A friend told me that during a tough time, “she’d been practically addicted to doing good deeds.” One of the best ways to make ourselves happy is to make other people happy; one of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy ourselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 145: Try These Happier Holiday Hacks

    Nov 29 2017

    We suggest a long list of hacks to make the holidays a happier time. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/145; 774-277-9336, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Reframing Helped Me Feel Lucky Instead of Resentful

    Nov 27 2017

    My mother helped me to reframe a situation so I felt lucky, rather than resentful, at my husband’s lack of interest in our renovation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 144: Be Willing to Delegate

    Nov 22 2017

    Be willing to delegate, how a Rebel child started to cry less in class, and is it possible to make yourself happier?Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/144; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Panoply Fall 2017 Trailer

    Nov 20 2017

    We’re thrilled to present Panoply’s Fall 2017 lineup of shows. They include the satirical self-improvement show “Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You (And You Can Be Too),” the creepy paranormal series “Haunted,” “Family Ghosts,” in which people play detectives in their own family mysteries, “You Must Remember Manson,” which dives into the links between Charles Manson and Hollywood, the immersive fiction podcast “Tumanbay,” and “Battle Scars,” which features frank and sometimes funny conversations wi...more

  • Little: Tell Me What You Want for Dinner

    Nov 20 2017

    Sometimes, when we’re very specific about what we want, we help others to enjoy the pleasure of giving. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 143: Down with Boredom

    Nov 15 2017

    Why you should say "down with boredom," try asking this extremely useful question, and an interview with Jancee Dunn about marriage. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/143; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Happiness Reminder from E. B. White’s Masterpiece “Charlotte’s Web”

    Nov 13 2017

    I love the opening passage from “Charlotte’s Web,” E. B. White’s masterpiece of children’s literature. It’s a great reminder that an ordinary day can remind us of the most transcendent values. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Side Hustle School: 13-Year-Old Australian Creates Schoolyard Lollipop Fortune

    Nov 10 2017

    Thanks to Chris Guillebeau for sharing this episode of Side Hustle School with the Happier feed. If you like it, please  subscribe to Side Hustle School in Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In this episode, an enterprising Aussie teen sells 50-75 lollipops a day, earning a 100% profit margin and drawing a crowd of happy customers that follow the sound of her jangling pockets. Don’t be a sucker—you need a hustle!Side Hustle School features a new story EVERY DAY of...more

  • Ep. 142: Schedule Some Daily Transcendence

    Nov 08 2017

    Schedule some daily transcendence, skip the bad parts, and a conversation with Lewis Howes. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/142; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: “I Always Loved a Snow Day”

    Nov 06 2017

    When I told my friend Kim Scott that I was sorry that it looked like heavy snow was going to interfere with her book party for her book “Radical Candor,” she told me “I always loved a snow day.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 141: Find Your Oasis

    Nov 01 2017

    Why you should find an oasis, whether talking to a rebel child in in his or her own language is actually coddling, and how wisely to plan an exception to a good habit. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/141; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Good Example is More Compelling than Good Advice

    Oct 30 2017

    A teaching story about Torah study from Wendy Mogel’s book “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee” is a terrific reminder that a good example is more compelling than good advice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 140: It's More Important to Say Something Than the Right Thing

    Oct 25 2017

    In this Very Special Episode, we hear from listeners on what they consider the best and worst things to say in different situations. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/140; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Don’t Wait Until You’re Moving Out to Clean Your Apartment

    Oct 23 2017

    During our senior year of college, a friend made a remark that I’ve always remembered: don’t wait until you’re moving out to clean your apartment. After it’s clean, you realize how nice it was all along. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 139: Be Full of Desire But Easy To Please

    Oct 18 2017

    How to be a good guest, what to do if you don't want to act as an accountability partner - and Elizabeth grills for the first time. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/139; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Frequency Is More Important than Duration

    Oct 16 2017

    When I was talking to my father about whether my family should make a very short trip to Kansas City, he made a very wise observation: frequency is more important than duration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 138: Always Leave Some Room in the Suitcase

    Oct 11 2017

    Always leave some room in the suitcase, the stress of giving a toast, and what to bring to the office if you don't want to be the evil donut-bringer. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/137; 774-277- 9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Too Early, Too Early, Too Early—Too Late, Too Late, Too Late

    Oct 09 2017

    It’s often easy to assume that now isn’t the right time—but the best time to do something is now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 137: Gretchen Visits Elizabeth on the Disney Lot

    Oct 04 2017

    It’s “Take Your Sister to Work Day!” Gretchen visits Elizabeth at her office in Burbank. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/138; 774-277- 9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: People Succeed in Groups

    Oct 02 2017

    My sister the sage Elizabeth told me that “People succeed in groups.” I think that’s objectively true, and in any event, it’s a helpful thought. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 136: Don't Fall into "Empty"

    Sep 27 2017

    Why it's helpful not to let yourself fall into "empty," how a smartphone can be a memory aid, and dealing with the common challenge of photo anxiety. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/136; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Reading Memoirs Reminds Me to Cut People Slack

    Sep 25 2017

    I’ve read many memoirs written by people I know in real life. And it always reminds me of a very important truth: we should always cut people slack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 135: Plan a Virtual Move, 2.0

    Sep 20 2017

    Plan a virtual move 2.0, the satisfaction of finding the perfect solution to even a small problem, and abrief conversation with writer Ann Brashares, who made a listener very happy. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/135; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: “An Investor Is Wise Who Diversifies”—True in Many Situations

    Sep 18 2017

    Some rhyming advice I learned in law school turns out to apply in many situations in life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 134: Write a "Ta-Da" List

    Sep 13 2017

    Write a ta-da list, use the app Podsearch to discover great new podcasts, and ask yourself "What is my level of ambition?" Get in touch: @gretchenrubin.com; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/134; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: It’s Right to Do the Right Thing

    Sep 11 2017

    It’s right to do the right thing, even when it doesn’t seem to make any difference. And we never can really know what the effect of our actions will be – on the world, or on ourselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 133: Create a Spot for Things in Transition

    Sep 06 2017

    Why it’s helpful to create a place for things in transition, how to create accountability if you’re introverted or shy—and do you have strong views about how to load a dishwasher? Get in touch: @gretchenrubin.com; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/133; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: B.J. Novak’s Reminder about the Importance of Gratitude.

    Sep 04 2017

    In the Acknowledgements of B.J. Novak’s excellent book “One More Thing,” he remembers to pay tribute to some friends from childhood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 132: Consider Children's Literature

    Aug 30 2017

    Why you might consider reading children’s literature, how to reinvigorate your work space if you can’t make any changes, and the question of whether you can change your Tendency. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com;happiercast.com/132; 774-277- 9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: The Book “The Hobbit Boredom” Illustrates How Boredom Can Spark Creativity

    Aug 28 2017

    The dull task of grading papers inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write the first line of his masterpiece, “The Hobbit.” Boredom can lay the groundwork for great creativity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 131: Do 10 Jumping Jacks

    Aug 23 2017

    Do ten jumping jacks, how to stop constantly checking your devices, and why lifeis like high school. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com;happiercast.com/131; 774-277- 9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Sometimes, It’s Better to Help than to Sympathize

    Aug 21 2017

    Instead of joining in the commiseration, my friend took action to help. Sometimes, it’s better to help than to sympathize. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 130: 7 Myths of Happiness

    Aug 16 2017

    In this Very Special Episode, we discuss the seven myths of happiness. Get in touch:@gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/130; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Don’t Sleep Through Beautiful Moments

    Aug 14 2017

    This conversation happened 23 years ago, and lasted about five minutes, but I’ve regretted it ever since. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 129: September is the Other January

    Aug 09 2017

    Why we should remember that September is the other January, the fun of personalized post-it notes, and the challenge of what “they” think. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/129; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Why Andy Warhol Wanted to Have a Boss—on Retainer

    Aug 07 2017

    I agree wholeheartedly with Andy Warhol. Sometimes I wish I had a boss who could tell me what to do, so I wouldn’t have to figure it out myself. Agree? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 128: Connect With TV

    Aug 02 2017

    Why it’s helpful to connect with TV, a way to give up the snooze alarm, and a discussion of whether you can be a mix of the Four Tendencies. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/128; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: My Daughter’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Mother Found the Right Words to Say

    Jul 31 2017

    Sometimes, it’s hard to put into words the exact nature of a loving relationship. “You’ll always have a place in my heart” says it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 127: Make or Accept a “Repair Attempt"

    Jul 26 2017

    Why we should make or accept a repair attempt, a Sharpie hack, and how introverted Obligers can create outer accountability. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/127; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Sometimes, You Feel Regret Either Way

    Jul 24 2017

    Sometimes in life, going down one path means abandoning another path. It’s natural to feel regret about the path not taken. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 126: Do You Struggle with Perfectionism?

    Jul 19 2017

    Look for an under-used area of your house, marking sad anniversaries in a happy way, and ways to deal with the challenge of perfectionism. Plus how to review a podcast. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/126; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Lesson from Pre-School: You Get What You Get, and You Don’t Get Upset

    Jul 17 2017

    My daughter’s pre-school teachers used to tell the kids “You get what you get, and you don’t get upset,” and I’ve found this to be extremely useful advice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 125: Plan a Virtual Move

    Jul 12 2017

    Plan a virtual move, a deep-dive into advice about sending a child off to college, a painless way to remove a splinter, and the summer fallacy. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/125; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Great School Motto: Go Forth Unafraid

    Jul 10 2017

    A school motto can stick with you for your whole life. My daughters’ school motto is to “Go Forth Unafraid,” which is a great motto for all of us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 124: Remember Love

    Jul 05 2017

    Remember love, a new great way to use Ziploc bags, dealing with sad anniversaries -- and do people tell you what you "should be able" to do? Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/124; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Don’t Check Every Box

    Jul 03 2017

    One of my Secrets of Adulthood is “The opposite of a profound truth is also true.”  A few weeks ago I talked about the advice, “Check every box.” Listeners reminded me of another piece of excellent advice, “Don’t check every box. Just go for it!”  Very true. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 123: Shield Yourself from Worry

    Jun 28 2017

    Why we should shield ourselves from worry, open items carefully, and how clothes can transform our attitudes and emotions. Plus tips for new dog owners. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/123; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: How to be Successful, Part 2

    Jun 26 2017

    My law school friend repeated the advice that she’d been given: Try to check every box. This advice came to me in an indirect way, but I’ve followed it ever since. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 122: Tackle a “Power Day”

    Jun 21 2017

    Tackle a “Power Day” as a way to finish onerous tasks, dealing with in-laws who undermine your healthy eating habits—and what’s your advice about sending a child off to college? Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/122; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: How to Be Successful, Part 1

    Jun 19 2017

    I heard this advice about success indirectly (my law school friend repeated what her boyfriend had told her), but I’ve remembered it, and followed it for years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 121: Do You Want to Read More?

    Jun 14 2017

    How to get more reading done, an interview with Sam Walker about the qualities of the world’s best captains, and a car-related travel hack. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/121; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection

    Jun 12 2017

    This delightful story about a seven-tentacled octopus, from legendary children's author Ursula Nordstrom reminds me that sometimes flawed can be more perfect than perfection.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 120: VSE: Listener Questions About the Four Tendencies

    Jun 07 2017

    In this Very Special Episode, we discuss listener questions related to the Four Tendencies (are you an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel? -- and how that matters). Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/75; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Sometimes, We Can Be Generous by Taking

    Jun 05 2017

    Eighteen years ago, on a plane to Kansas City, I had a brief encounter with a woman—and I’ve regretted my action (or rather, inaction) ever since. Sometimes, we can be generous by taking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 119: Make Friends With People of Different Ages

    May 31 2017

    Why it boosts happiness to make friends with people of different ages, look behind you every time you leave, and the happiness stumbling block of pain. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/119; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Picture Book Has an Important Lesson for Grown-Ups

    May 29 2017

    In Russell Hoban’s brilliant picture book “A Bargain for Frances,” Frances observes, “Being careful is not as much fun as being friends. Do you want to be careful, or do you want to be friends?” An important question for adults as well as children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 118: Are You the Difficult One?

    May 24 2017

    Design your summer, start a podcast club, and ask yourself - are you the difficult one? Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/118; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Happiness Lesson from Judd Apatow

    May 22 2017

    We have to be very careful not to assume that we can predict how other people respond to our actions—especially to big, dramatic gestures. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 1: Picking A New Work Mantra

    May 18 2017

    Happier in Hollywood is here! In this episode, veteran TV writers/producers/showrunners Liz Craft and Sarah Fain pick a new work mantra to get them through development season; talk to their agent about the worst call he ever had to make to them; and discuss whether or not they have hearts full of love. They also offer their weekly Hollywood hack. Get in touch: @elizabethcraft; @sarahfain;  happierinhollywood@gmail.com; happierinhollywood.com; 949-HAPPY-21 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit ...more

  • Ep. 117: Are You a Revealer or a Concealer?

    May 17 2017

    Write a haiku, look for help from YouTube videos, how introverted parents can manage an extroverted child, and are you a "revealer" or a "concealer"? Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/117; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Sometimes, the Best Solution Is to Do Nothing at All

    May 15 2017

    My mother’s advice about an irksome renovation problem reminded me of an important Secret of Adulthood: Sometimes, the best solution is to do nothing at all. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 116: Start a Side Hustle

    May 10 2017

    Start your own side hustle, avoid the happiness stumbling block of "raising the bar," and whether we should plan our encounters with friends. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/116; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: It’s Time to Switch from Advisor to Cheerleader

    May 08 2017

    My father told me, “At some point you have to switch from being advisor to being a cheerleader.” And I realized I’d probably already reached that point with my older daughter. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 115: Boost Your Energy

    May 03 2017

    Boost your energy, why it can be helpful to listen to music in a foreign language, and a deep dive into the happiness stumbling block of loneliness. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/115; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: We Don’t Always Know When Children Are Wasting Their Time

    May 01 2017

    We may wish our children used their time more “productively,” but we don’t always know when time is wasted—or not. What looks like wasted time could actually turn out to be quite productive. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 114: Interview with Hollywood Legend Sherry Lansing

    Apr 26 2017

    Why and how to say you're sorry, an interview with Sherry Lansing, a travel-related happiness hack, and Elizabeth conquers blepharitis. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/114; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Skip the Boring Parts

    Apr 24 2017

    A note on a friend’s computer taught me a giant lesson about writing--and life: Down with boredom. Skip the boring parts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 113: Reclaim Your Dump Zones

    Apr 19 2017

    Why you should reclaim your dump zones, how to make a tough decision, and is your birthday important to you? Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/113; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: One of the Worst Ways to Waste Time

    Apr 17 2017

    One of the most terrible wastes of time is to do something well that we need not do at all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 112: Pick a Uniform

    Apr 12 2017

    Pick a uniform, time yourself doing a task, a deep dive into an irksome request from a boss - plus the benefit of sloth videos. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/112; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: We Can Help Others to See Themselves Differently

    Apr 10 2017

    Sometimes, with even just one comment, we can help other people to see themselves differently. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 111: Beware of Storing Stuff

    Apr 05 2017

    Beware of "storage," a hack about flipping a coin, and more on the constant challenge of email. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/111; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: To Find Something, We Must Search in the Right Place

    Apr 03 2017

    I often think of this old joke in the context of habit change: If we want to find what we’re looking for, we have to search in the right place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 110: Are You Lonely?

    Mar 29 2017

    Very Special Episode: We talk about different types of loneliness, and what to do about it. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/110; 774-277-9336. And listen to Kristen Meinzer and Henry Molofsky's podcasts here: By the Book http://www.panoply.fm/podcasts/bythebook and Missing Richard Simmons https://www.missingrichardsimmons.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: If All Else Fails, We Can Try Minding Our Own Business

    Mar 27 2017

    One of my favorite passages from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” holds a terrific happiness reminder: we can always try minding our own business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 109: Pay Attention to the Light

    Mar 22 2017

    Pay attention to the light, a great idea for an April Fool's Day tradition, and a demerit for talking too much. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast/109; 774-277-9336 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Experience is a Great Teacher

    Mar 20 2017

    The great teacher is experience. A tough teacher, but a great teacher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 108: Turn Your Shower Into a "Happiness Booth"

    Mar 15 2017

    Turn your shower into a "happiness booth," the self-knowledge question inspired by the movie "Before Sunrise," and the challenge of saying "no" to your boss. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/108; 774.277.9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: It’s Nice to Get a Gold Star

    Mar 13 2017

    Even if it’s not necessary, it’s sweet when our efforts are appreciated. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 107: Talking to Susan Cain About Introverts

    Mar 08 2017

    Plan a secret date, a fascinating conversation with Susan Cain, author of "Quiet," and how to discover and listen to more podcasts. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/107; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Never Have a Crush on Just One Person

    Mar 06 2017

    In romance and in work, it’s helpful to have more than one thing going at a time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 106: Our Second Anniversary! Year Two Highlights

    Mar 01 2017

    Our favorite Try-This-At-Home tips, some great before-and-after stories, and our favorite moments from the past year. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/106; 774.277.9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Good Luck, Bad Luck—How Do You Know?

    Feb 27 2017

    One of my mother’s favorite teaching stories is a reminder that we can never know what’s good news, or bad news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 105: Leave on a High Note

    Feb 22 2017

    Why we should try to end on a high note, child-like wonder vs. adult-like wonder, and a confession of unjust accusation. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/105; 774.277.9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Happiness Lesson from the Broadway Show “Oklahoma!”

    Feb 20 2017

    It’s one of the great dreams of the United States: “I don’t say I’m no better than anybody else, but I’ll be danged if I ain’t jist as good.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 104: Happiness Stumbling Block: The News

    Feb 15 2017

    Why it's fun to have a life-story conversation, how to handle the emotional toll of the news, and a gold star for the New York City subway system. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/104; 774.277.9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: “Yes” Comes Right Away; “No” Never Comes

    Feb 13 2017

    My sister the sage made one of her wise observations--which she learned the hard way, in Hollywood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep, 103: Pick Your Moment

    Feb 08 2017

    Pick the right moment to have a tough conversation, how to be happier during a tough time, and a deep dive into the Instagram #Happier2017 project. Get in touch @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/103; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: We Must Carry the Wealth of the Indies with Us

    Feb 06 2017

    We can’t find more happiness, more adventure, more richness to an experience that we bring to it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 102: Tame the Travel Beast

    Feb 01 2017

    Why finding the missing puzzle piece can boost happiness, taming the "travel beast," and how personalized mugs can help solve the problem of the messy office kitchen. Get in touch @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/102; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: No Deposit, No Return

    Jan 30 2017

    There are few iron laws of the universe, but one such law seems to be: No deposit, no return. We never get out of things more than we put into them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 101: Are You an Integrator or a Compartmentalizer?

    Jan 25 2017

    Do something for your future self, think about whether you’re an “integrator” or “compartmentalizer,” and how flying wish paper can soothe heartache. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/101; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: She Opened Up Heart So the Whale Could Swim Away

    Jan 23 2017

    A passage from Ruth Ozeki’s novel “A Tale for the Time Being” provides a beautiful image of letting go of sorrow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Special Episode 100: Ask Us Anything

    Jan 18 2017

    To celebrate our 100th consecutive episode, we did a Very VERY Special Episode, where we answered questions from listeners. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/100; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: My Inconvenience May Be Someone’s Miracle

    Jan 16 2017

    My friend told me the story of her personal miracle: the time her local subway ran express all the way downtown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 99: Take Personality Quizzes

    Jan 11 2017

    Get self-insight by taking personality quizzes, a hack for better emails, and how to address book club conflicts. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/99; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: I Need “A Heart to Be Contented”

    Jan 09 2017

    In 1662, Samuel Pepys made a diary entry that reminds me that to be happy, I have to keep a contented heart. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 98: Interview: The Case Against Sugar // Have a Quest

    Jan 04 2017

    Why it boosts happiness to have a quest, an interview with Gary Taubes about the case against sugar, and impassioned praise for a Uniqlo vest. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/98; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Announcing “The Onward Project” Podcasts

    Jan 02 2017

    Announcement! I’m launching The Onward Project, a family of podcasts all about how to make your life happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. Here, I introduce Kim Scott and Russ Laraway and their “Radical Candor” and Chris Guillebeau and his “Side Hustle School.”    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Radical Candor Ep. 1: What is Radical Candor?

    Jan 02 2017

    Too many of us feel that a boss has to choose between caring personally or challenging directly, when in fact a boss can and should do both. Kim and Russ explain how they learned this lesson the hard way. They also share concrete tips on how not to make the same mistakes they have.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Welcome to Side Hustle School

    Jan 02 2017

    In this first episode, you'll learn what side hustles are all about and what you can expect from this daily series. Side Hustle School features a new story EVERY DAY of someone who started a hustle without quitting their job. You’ll learn how they got the idea, how they overcame challenges along the way, and what the results are. You need a hustle!Subscribe now and create a new source of income before the year is over. Shownotes: sidehustleschool.comEmail: chris@sidehustleschool.comTwitter: @chr...more

  • Ep. 97: Start Your Own Happiness Project

    Dec 28 2016

    How to start your own happiness project, a deep dive into the subject of break-ups, and a sweatpants-related demerit. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/97; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: What Would an Englishman Do?

    Dec 26 2016

    Reading Harold Nicolson’s reflection that an “Englishman would not like to take snapshots of a fine vessel sinking” reminds me to ask myself: How, in my own life, can I live up to the highest ideas of my country? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 96: Set Your Holiday Intention

    Dec 21 2016

    Set your holiday intention, tackle the problem of shared work, identify some inexpensive gifts—and how to make a graham-cracker holiday house. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/96; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Do You Want to Take My Taxi?

    Dec 19 2016

    We never know the true consequences of our actions, big or small, for good or for ill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 95: Practice Mis-En-Place

    Dec 14 2016

    Why it’s helpful to practice mis-en-place, the tragedy of the messy commons in the office kitchen, and a gold star related to the flu vaccine. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/95; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Holiday Hack: What’s Your One-Word Theme for the New Year?

    Dec 12 2016

    A fun exercise is to choose a one-word theme for the new year, such as Novel, Travel, Rest, Free, Finish, Upgrade. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 94: Don’t Treat Yourself

    Dec 07 2016

    Don’t treat yourself, an interview with writer and podcaster Jonathan Fields, and why you should put a shoe in the hotel safe. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/94; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Holiday Hack: Say “Yes” If You Can

    Dec 05 2016

    During busy holiday time, it’s tempting to say “no” to try to make life easier, but in the end, we’re usually happier if we say “yes”—to the office party, the school show, or the holiday gathering. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 93: How to Survive a Break-Up

    Nov 30 2016

    Find something to admire, figure out your energy level, and how to survive an (amicable) romantic split. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/93; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Holiday Hack: Find Some Quiet Time During the Holidays

    Nov 28 2016

    During the busy holiday season, remember to carve out some time for rest and silence. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 92: For Thanksgiving, Leave Something Unsaid

    Nov 23 2016

    For the holidays, leave something unsaid, an interview with Note to Self’s Manoush Zomorodi, and how taking seconds might help you eat more healthfully. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/92; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Be Polite and Be Fair

    Nov 21 2016

    A boss manages to sum up a library’s worth of good advice in a five-word sentence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 91: Delete a Soul-Destroying App

    Nov 16 2016

    Delete a productivity-depleting app and listen to some "Happier 911" songs. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/91; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: What Some Folks Will Do

    Nov 14 2016

    Flannery O’Connor explains that a country lady remarked, of her short stories, “Them stories just gone and shown you how some folks would do.” And so it goes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 90: Consider the Essential Seven

    Nov 09 2016

    In this Very Special Episode we discuss the "Essential 7" areas for happiness and habits. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/90; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: A Beautiful Image Can Be an Area of Refuge

    Nov 07 2016

    In Willa Cather’s novel “O Pioneers!” a sister and brother  never forget the wild duck they saw playing in the river. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 89: Control the Cubicle In Your Pocket

    Nov 02 2016

    Control the cubicle in your pocket, send an actual invitation to an event, and consider the question: "If people could change one of your habits, what would they pick?" Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/89; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Getting Ready is a Key Aspect of Performance

    Oct 31 2016

    Why the experience of taking exams in high school was so much better than taking exams in college. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 88: Celebrate Holiday Breakfasts

    Oct 26 2016

    Why it's fun to celebrate holiday breakfasts, how keeping a journal for medical visits can make life easier, and the challenge of handling criticism. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/88; 774-277-9336. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Accept a Gift in the Spirit in Which it is Offered

    Oct 24 2016

    A story from the life of St. Therese of Lisieux is a good reminder about how to accept a gift in the right spirit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 87: Live: Find a Happiness 911 Song

    Oct 19 2016

    Live from Seattle! Identify your “Happiness 911” song, take a deep dive into manifestos, explore the Four Tendencies -- plus an interview with Chris Guillebeau. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/87; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Do What You Love, and Then Your Friends Hire You

    Oct 17 2016

    When we follow our natural interests and inclinations, it’s surprising how often we form the relationships that can help us succeed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 86: Be the Bearer of Some Good News

    Oct 12 2016

    Why it's good to be the bearer of good news (at least sometimes), how other people affect our habits for better and for worse, why you should read a book related to a vacation, and a look at Obliger-rebellion. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/86; 774-277-9336.Panoply SurveyWe want you to tell us about the podcasts you enjoy, and how often you listen to them. So we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fil...more

  • Little: Someplace, Keep an Empty Shelf, and Someplace, Keep a Junk Drawer

    Oct 10 2016

    In a happy life, it’s helpful to keep a little space completely clear and open, but it’s also helpful to make room for some messiness, some unexpected treasure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 85: Ever Been Annoyed By A Gift?

    Oct 05 2016

    Why you should give yourself something to look forward to; whether you’ve ever had an uneasy response to a gift, and Gretchen talk about her “Bowl of Requirement.” Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/85; 774-277-9336.Panoply SurveyWe want you to tell us about the podcasts you enjoy, and how often you listen to them. So we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fill it out, you'll help Panoply to make great po...more

  • Little: You Don’t Have to be Good at Something to be Good at Something

    Oct 03 2016

    If we really want to pursue some course, the fact that we’re not “good” at it shouldn’t stop us.Panoply SurveyWe want you to tell us about the podcasts you enjoy, and how often you listen to them. So we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fill it out, you'll help Panoply to make great podcasts about the things you love. And things you didn’t even know you loved. To fill out the survey, just go to www.panoply.fm/survey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m...more

  • Ep. 84: Try Doing Something EVERY Day

    Sep 28 2016

    Why it can be helpful to do something every day, instead of some days; why it's helpful to keep a trash bag in the car; and how to handle the annoyance of a friend who's always late. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/84; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Keep the Paint as Good as it is in the Can

    Sep 26 2016

    The artist Frank Stella’s remark is a happiness koan; it has great meaning, though it’s not exactly clear what that meaning is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 83: Are You a Hedgehog or a Fox?

    Sep 21 2016

    Why reading three off-beat magazines can boost your happiness, the challenge of going freelance, and the question: Are you a hedgehog or a fox? Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/83; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Justice O’Connor’s Three-Word Secret to Happiness

    Sep 19 2016

    Justice Sandra Day O’Connor manages to sum up her secret of happiness in just three words. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Ep. 82: Make a List (If You Want)

    Sep 14 2016

    Make a to-do list (if that works for you), buy that essential item every chance you get, and enlist the strategy of identity to form and break habits. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/82; 774-277-9336.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Little: Your Question May Suggest Its Own Answer

    Sep 12 2016

    In Piers Anthony’s fantasy novel “A Spell for Chameleon,” a character knows just what to say. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices