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. 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.c...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 PodcastBook 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 podcas...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

  • 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 h...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.    

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.”

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Ep. 150: Gretchen and Elizabeth Unplugged

    Jan 03 2018

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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!

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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/

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Little: Experience is a Great Teacher

    Mar 20 2017

    The great teacher is experience. A tough teacher, but a great teacher.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.”

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”   

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Ep. 81: Lets Give Them Something to Talk About

    Sep 07 2016

    Why it's satisfying to introduce a specific topic into a conversation, why you might want to park at the far end of the parking lot - and is it acceptable to ignore the Olympics? Get in touch @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/81; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Having More Doesn't Always Make Us Happier

    Sep 05 2016

    Why a boy didn’t play with the toys his grandmother gave him.

  • Ep. 80: A Discussion of the Five Love Languages

    Aug 31 2016

    This Very Special Episode is devoted to a discussion of "The Five Love Languages," a fascinating framework about how people best experience love. Get in touch @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/80; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Ray Bradbury Says, "Love What YOU Love!"

    Aug 29 2016

    In a few words on a postcard to a fan, Ray Bradbury makes a key point about happiness.

  • Ep. 79: Revive a Dormant Friendship

    Aug 24 2016

    Ep. 79: Why it's helpful to revive a dormant friendship, a deep dive into listeners' favorite "yearbook quotes," and the burning question of whether an Abstainer can indulge in chocolate, in moderation. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/79; 774-277-9336. 

  • Little: Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote, “Pa Was No Businessman.”

    Aug 22 2016

    We don’t have to pretend that the people we love are perfect.

  • Ep. 78: Seek Out Silence

    Aug 17 2016

    Ep. 78: We talk about why you might want to seek out silence, why a happiness hack used by our parents worked so well, and why it's helpful to consider "Am I more pulled toward leisure or toward work?" Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/78; 774-277-9336. 

  • Little: The Intimacy of "I'll Open Your Fridge and Take What I Want"

    Aug 15 2016

    Sisters Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron--and the reminder that there are many kinds of love.

  • Ep. 77: Plan an Errand Date

    Aug 10 2016

    Ep. 77: We talk about why it's fun to plan an "errand date," a happiness hack for dealing with other people's clutter, abd the value of improving the nasty areas of your home. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/77; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: As Promised: The Reading from Gretchen's Wedding

    Aug 08 2016

    In Ep. 76 of Happier, Gretchen promised to share her favorite reading from her wedding. Here it is: "I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone," by Richard Brautigan.

  • Ep. 76: Write Your Manifesto (& Bring Your Own Condiments)

    Aug 03 2016

    Ep. 76: Why it's stimulating to write your manifesto; the joy of bringing your own condiments; and a listener requests suggestions for great wedding readings. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/76; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: A Happiness Lesson From the Cat in the Hat

    Aug 01 2016

    "Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have but you have to know how." It can be surprisingly hard to know how to have fun. 

  • Ep. 75: Become a Minor Expert

    Jul 27 2016

    Why it’s fun to become a minor expert (like color or Real Housewives)—and also fun to use the app TimeHop, to spark happy memories. We do a deep dive into the choice of a signature color and discuss how to help a Rebel sweetheart apply for a job. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/75; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Sometimes, a Lot of Words Can Only Diminish What We Want to Convey

    Jul 25 2016

    Why General Eisenhower’s 15-word telegram in 1945 was more powerful than any longer, more elaborate message would have been.This episode is brought to you by Better Than Before, the book Gretchen wrote about how to make or break your habits. To learn more about the book, go to GretchenRubin.com.

  • Ep. 74: Choose A Quote for Your Yearbook Page

    Jul 20 2016

    Ep. 74: Choose your "senior quote," use the powerful Strategy of Pairing to change your habits, and we also talk quite a bit about the Four Tendencies. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/74; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: We Can't Spare Our Children Normal Social Pain

    Jul 18 2016

    As Gretchen drops off her daughter Eleanor at summer camp, she reflects on some of her favorite advice from parenting expert Michael Thompson. This episode is brought to you by The Moment of Happiness, Gretchen's email newsletter where she sends you a happiness quotation everyday for free. To sign up, email Gretchen at podcast@gretchenrubin.com and write Quote Newsletter in the subject line. 

  • Ep. 73: Get Rid of It As Soon As It's Worthless

    Jul 13 2016

    Why we should get rid of something (like a shoe without a mate) as soon as it's useless; what to do when everything "turns to ashes," as recently happened to Elizabeth--and something beautiful that's yours for free. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/73; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: If Others Think I Can Do a Job, I Can Probably Do It

    Jul 11 2016

    A friend found the right words to say to Gretchen, when she was nervous before an interview with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. This episode is brought to you Gretchen's #1 New York Times bestseller, The Happiness Project. To learn more about it, go to GretchenRubin.com.  

  • Ep. 72: Beware The Incomplete Upgrade

    Jul 06 2016

    Ep. 72: Why we’re happier when we have room of our own, the challenge of the “incomplete upgrade,” and Gretchen gives herself a demerit for a parenting mistake.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/72; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: I May Not Be the Best, But I’m Probably Not the Worst

    Jul 04 2016

    When she's feeling insecure, Gretchen reminds herself of this Secret of Adulthood.  This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website and get your free trial today. Go to Squarespace.com and enter offer code HAPPIER to get 10% off your order.

  • Ep. 71: Are You A Leopard Or An Alchemist?

    Jun 29 2016

    Ep. 71: Choose a signature color, ask yourself, "Am I an alchemist or a leopard?" -- and fighting FOMO. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/71; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Sometimes We Can Be Generous By Taking

    Jun 27 2016

    In his memoir, actor Rob Lowe recounts a conversation between his young son and President Clinton that shows that sometimes, we can be generous by taking. In this case, the President accepts a tattered stuffed frog.This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website and get your free trial today. Go to Squarespace.com and enter offer code HAPPIER to get 10% off your order.

  • Ep. 70: Advice

    Jun 22 2016

    Ep. 70: Very Special Episode: Advice! Gretchen, Elizabeth, and listeners  reveal the best advice they’ve received for work, relationships, and life. So much great advice. And Gretchen and Elizabeth must say good-bye to their terrific producer Henry Molofsky. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/70; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Give Yourself a Lucky Charm

    Jun 20 2016

    Back in episode 59, Elizabeth and Gretchen discussed lucky charms. That conversation reminded Gretchen of a charming (and possibly apocryphal) story about physicist Niels Bohr and a lucky horseshoe. Even if we’re not superstitious, we may be a littlestitious.This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website and get your free trial today. Go to Squarespace.com and enter offer code HAPPIER to get 10% off your order.

  • Ep. 69: An Interview with the Musician Moby

    Jun 15 2016

    Ep. 69: Gretchen and Elizabeth discuss why we should give someone a surprise treat, and address, yet again, the thought-provoking subject of thank-you notes. They also talk to a special guest: the iconic musician and writer, Moby. And in a rare move, both Gretchen and Elizabeth give themselves gold stars. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/69; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: No Magic One-Size-Fits-All Solution for Happiness

    Jun 13 2016

    We've all heard the expert advice: do it for 30 days; do it first thing in the morning; start small. Problem? That advice works for some people, but it doesn't work for everyone. There's no single answer for happiness and good habits. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website and get your free trial today. Go to Squarespace.com and enter offer code HAPPIER to get 10% off your order.

  • Ep. 68: How To Be On Time

    Jun 08 2016

    Ep. 68: How to be on time, why we should treat ourselves, how an Obliger can stick to a budget, and Elizabeth is thrilled with an app that lets her scan documents.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/68; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Am I Painting My Own Fakes?

    Jun 06 2016

    Do you ever feel as though you’re just repeating yourself, instead of doing the best work you can do? Picasso did. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website and get your free trial today. Go to Squarespace.com and enter offer code HAPPIER to get 10% off your order.

  • Ep. 67: Design Your Summer

    Jun 01 2016

    Ep. 67: Design your summer, a deep-dive into the emotionally charged subject of thank-you notes, mother-in-law woes, and the problem of the partial move.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/67; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Accept Yourself & Also Expect More From Yourself

    May 30 2016

    In their own way W. H. Auden and Flannery O’Connor each articulate an idea that I think about often: I want to accept myself, and also expect more from myself.This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website and get your free trial today. Go to Squarespace.com and enter offer code HAPPIER to get 10% off your order.

  • Ep. 66: The Pain of Email Etiquette

    May 25 2016

    Ep. 66: Give advice only when asked, and the challenges of email etiquette and vacation hangovers. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/66; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: There's Great Value In Knowing When To Say Nothing

    May 23 2016

    As my grandfather looked out the window into our backyard, I could hear the disapproving thoughts swimming around in his head. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website and get your free trial today. Go to Squarespace.com and enter offer code HAPPIER to get 10% off your order.

  • Ep. 65: Arianna Huffington Says Go To Bed

    May 18 2016

    Ep. 65: Enjoy your home's special features, Arianna= Huffington talks about why we should get enough sleep, and I give a gold star to my children's literature reading groups.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/65; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: People Do Best What Comes Naturally

    May 16 2016

    When JFK was first elected president, his advisors had some serious reservations about his wife Jackie...This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website and get your free trial today. Go to Squarespace.com and enter offer code HAPPIER to get 10% off your order. 

  • Ep. 64: What Do You Lie About?

    May 11 2016

    Ep. 64: Go slow to go fast; what do you lie about (Elizabeth and I confess our lies), and we introduce a new segment, the "Happiness Hack." My hack is trivial, but a happiness-booster.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/64; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: The Days are Long, But the Years are Short

    May 09 2016

    I was riding the bus with my daughter, when something outside the window caught her eye...This episode is brought to you by Audible.com. Go to Audible.com/Happier for an audiobook of your choice, and a free 30 day trial.

  • Ep. 63: A Debate About Thank You Notes

    May 04 2016

    Ep. 63: Why it's important to have a strategy for online passwords, the trickiness of using rewards to strengthen habits, and Elizabeth and I debate a question about thank-you notes.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/63; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Don't Let The Perfect Be The Enemy Of The Good

    May 02 2016

    My mom simply asked if she could come to New York for a visit... This episode is brought to you by Audible.com. Go to Audible.com/Happier for an audiobook of your choice, and a free 30 day trial.

  • Ep. 62: Do You Have 100 Packets of Soy Sauce?

    Apr 27 2016

    Ep. 62: Don't accumulate excessive amounts of anything; it's tough when worlds collide; a Questioner wants to be a better spouse to an Obliger, and I fail to visit Central Park--again.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/62; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Go Outside

    Apr 25 2016

    Get some fresh air and sunlight. It's an easy way to stimulate your brain and boost your memory, alertness, and wellbeing. Brought to you by Audible, with 180,000 audio books and spoken word audio products. Go to audible.com/happier for a 30-day trial.

  • Ep. 61: Stop Apologizing

    Apr 20 2016

    Ep. 61: Stop apologizing, do you prefer variety or familiarity, and the problem of passwords.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/61; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Outer Order Contributes To Inner Calm

    Apr 18 2016

    This is one of my all time favorite secrets of adulthood, because it's true for so many people, and it's so accessible. Outer order contributes to inner calm. Brought to you by Audible, with 180,000 audio books and spoken word audio products. Go to audible.com/happier for a 30-day trial.

  • Ep. 60: On Set With Elizabeth

    Apr 13 2016

    Ep. 60: A Very Special Episode. Henry and I visit Elizabeth on the set, and discuss you should let people do their jobs, interview Helen Childress, and hear a guest gold star from Elizabeth's writing partnerSarah Fain. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/60; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Flawed Is More Perfect Than Perfection

    Apr 11 2016

    Listen to Glenn Gould hum along as he plays Bach and maybe you'll agree with me: sometimes flawed is more perfect than perfection. Brought to you by Audible, with 180,000 audio books and spoken word audio products. Go to audible.com/happier for a 30-day trial.

  • Ep. 59: Do You Have A Lucky Charm?

    Apr 06 2016

    Ep. 59: Find your lucky charm, distract yourself for 15 minutes, some great mantras from listeners -- and Elizabeth feels godparent guilt. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/59; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: Tell Me What You Want For Dinner

    Apr 04 2016

    Often we're afraid to tell people exactly what we want for fear of sounding demanding. But by holding back, we may be denying our friends and family the opportunity to experience the pleasure of giving. Brought to you by Audible, with 180,000 audio books and spoken word audio products. Go to audible.com/happier for a 30-day trial.

  • Ep. 58: The Pressure of Birthdays

    Mar 30 2016

    Ep. 58: Find your area of refuge, the pressure of birthdays, and how to get up earlier.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/58; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: When You're Stressed, Try This

    Mar 28 2016

    Last week was full of deadlines and travel arrangements and all around stress. Fortunately, when this happens, Gretchen Rubin knows the perfect trick to charge her own personal battery and get back on track. Brought to you by Audible, with 180,000 audio books and spoken word audio products. Go to audible.com/happier for a 30-day trial.

  • Ep. 57: The Awful Habit of Awfulizing

    Mar 23 2016

    Ep. 57: Pick a mantra for the day, avoid the awful habit of "awfulizing," and dealing with "The Chair" where clothes collect. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/57; 774-277-9336.

  • Little: The Best Teacher

    Mar 21 2016

    Gretchen Rubin remembers few specific facts from college. But she can recall a couple lessons vividly, and they both have this one thing in common. Brought to you by Audible, with 180,000 audio books and spoken word audio products. Go to audible.com/happier for a 30-day trial.

  • Ep. 56: Schedule Time To Worry

    Mar 16 2016

    Ep. 56: Schedule time to worry, learn to avoid loopholes, and how to deal with a writers' accountability group that is starting to shirk writing. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/56; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 55: The Dilemma of Switching Bags

    Mar 09 2016

    Ep. 55: The dilemma of switching bags, do you prefer long or short discussions, the story of the Monkey and the Banana--and scratch-n-sniffs! Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/55; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 54: Celebrating A Year of Happier

    Mar 02 2016

    Ep. 54: Our one-year anniversary! We talk about the most popular try-this-at-home tips, listeners give their before-and-after stories, and we highlight our favorite moments.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/54; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 53: Meditation...Sort Of

    Feb 24 2016

    Ep. 53: Put the word "meditation" before any dull task, consider the stumbling block of competitive parenting, and listener ideas for storing recipes. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.cpm; happiercast.com/53; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 52: Habits and Whole30 With Melissa Hartwig

    Feb 17 2016

    Ep. 52: Ask yourself, "What happens if I ignore this?" an interview with Whole30's Melissa Hartwig, I struggle with an unwanted errand, and Elizabeth discloses her favorite reality TV podcasts.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/52; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 51: Help! I Always Forget Names

    Feb 10 2016

    Ep. 51: How to disguise the fact that you don't remember someone's name; why if-then planning helps us to keep good habits, the challenge of returning family phone calls--and adult coloring books! Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/51; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 50: Ask For A Favor

    Feb 03 2016

    Ep. 50: Why you should ask for a favor, cooperation vs. competition, information overload, and I don't do a good job handling my daughter's request for more ear-piercings.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/50; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 49: LIVE In San Francisco!

    Jan 27 2016

    Ep. 49: Live from San Francisco! With special guests Nir Eyal and Jake Knapp. Plus how to travel with tears, deal with public speaking -- and Elizabeth identifies her favorite new place in San Francisco. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/49; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 48: Got The Sunday Blues?

    Jan 20 2016

    Ep. 48: Create a temporary photo gallery, the happiness challenge of the Sunday blues, and the joy of listening to the Harry Potter audio-books.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/48; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 47: Liz Misses Out On A Romantic Moment

    Jan 13 2016

    Ep. 47: Control your exit, harness the power of convenience, and Elizabeth misses out on the opportunity to have a romantic moment with Adam.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/47; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 46: Don't Get Organized

    Jan 06 2016

    Ep. 46: Don't get organized, dealing with storing sentimental items, coping with rewards and treats -- and we hit five million downloads!  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/46; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 45: Home for the Holidays – Kansas City Edition

    Dec 30 2015

    Ep. 45: Elizabeth and I are both home for the holidays, back in Kansas City. We start the episode in our favorite KC diner, Winstead's, then talk to some special guests. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/45; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 44: Drew Barrymore Gets Personal. And Happier

    Dec 23 2015

    Ep. 44: Drew Barrymore interview! So fascinating. Plus we talk about having an end-of-the-year ritual, procrastinating about Christmas decorations, and the joy of temporary tattoos.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/44; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 43: You Can't Make Me, And Neither Can I

    Dec 16 2015

    Ep. 43: Listener Roundup of the Four Tendencies. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/43; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 42: Act How You Want To Feel

    Dec 09 2015

    Ep. 42: Act the way you want to feel; try resisting temptation by abstaining altogether; and I use the Strategy of Convenience to get back to the gym.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/42; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 41: Put An End To Impulse Shopping

    Dec 02 2015

    Ep. 41: Take one thing with you to fight clutter, tackle the challenge of impulse buying -- and I haven't been going to the gym. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/41; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 40: Holiday Special -- Try These At Home

    Nov 25 2015

    Ep. 40: Very Special Episode, holiday theme! Listeners answer: "What's your Try This at Home tip for the holidays?" and "What's the essential element of the holidays, for you?" Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/40; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 39: Elizabeth Talks About Getting Fired

    Nov 18 2015

    Ep. 39: Elizabeth talks about getting fired; do you want more time for friends or for solitude; and Elizabeth gets a surprise dinner. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/39; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 38: Rebels - Do You Hate Being Told What To Do?

    Nov 11 2015

    Ep. 38: A close look at the Rebel Tendency. Do you hate being told what to do--even telling yourself what to do? Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/38; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 37: Obligers - Are You an Elizabeth?

    Nov 04 2015

    Ep. 37: A close look at the Obliger Tendency. Are you like Elizabeth, and find it easy to meet outer expectations (a work deadline) but struggle to meet inner expectations (New Year's resolution)? Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/37; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 36: Questioners - Do You Always Ask Why?

    Oct 28 2015

    Ep. 36: We're talking about the Four Tendencies Framework, and this week, we focus on the Questioner Tendency, with the help of Christy Fletcher. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft;podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/36; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 35: Upholders - Are You A Hermione?

    Oct 21 2015

    Ep. 35: In the first of four episodes about the Four Tendencies framework, we talk about "Upholders." Also, Elizabeth misses the blood moon and Gretchen recommends a Jewel video. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/35; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 34: The Habits of A Rebel Harvard Physicist

    Oct 14 2015

    Ep. 34: Have a difficult conversation; a talk with Lisa Randall, Harvard physics professor and Writer (and Rebel) -- plus, hard-boiled eggs. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/34; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 33: Send Yourself To Boot Camp

    Oct 07 2015

    Ep. 33: Try a boot camp, put away those last items -- and have you ever experienced a "Lightning Bolt" change in your habits? I have. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/33; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 32: Why Teasing May Be Bad For Happiness

    Sep 30 2015

    Ep. 32: Why Elizabeth and I raise the bar; why, surprisingly, teasing can be a happiness stumbling block--and we want your comments about the Four Tendencies!  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/32; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 31: Choose A Personal Symbol

    Sep 23 2015

    Ep. 31: Observe a threshold ritual, for gratitude; identify your personal symbols; and remember to check your passport's expiration date. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/31; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 30: Remember What It Was Like Being A Teenager?

    Sep 16 2015

    Ep. 30: Very Special Episode! My daughter Eliza is our guest. Her try-this-at-home is "Give yourself a mission." She asks: "What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?" Too many facial products, so happy to be getting a dog.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/30; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 29: The Fantasy of Perfection

    Sep 09 2015

    Ep. 29: Why Elizabeth and I lower the bar ("don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good"), use the clean slate to change habits, and try to end food waste.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/29; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 28: We Live The Stories We Tell Ourselves

    Sep 02 2015

    Ep. 28: Don't interview for pain; face the challenge of shared work--and whether or not to keep ice cream in the freezer.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/28; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 27: The Bigger Life

    Aug 26 2015

    Ep. 27: Need to make an important decision? Choose the bigger life. Also, what's your "tell"?--and I reveal whether we're getting a dog. (What's your guess?)  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/27; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 26: Procrastinating and Tomorrow Logic

    Aug 19 2015

    Ep. 26: Pick a one-word theme for the year. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/26; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 25: Try This At Home-A-Palooza with A.J. Jacobs

    Aug 12 2015

    Ep. 25: Hilarious writer A. J. Jacobs suggests several try-this-at-home tips: improve your posture; brainstorm for fifteen minutes; sustainable honesty; eat from the fridge, not the pantry. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/25; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 24: Let's Talk About Dogs

    Aug 05 2015

    Ep. 24: We discuss why we should take photos of everyday life; the tension that exists in love ("you're awesome" vs. "you can do better") -- and should my family get a dog?  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/24; 774-277-9336

  • Ep. 23: Nothing Stays in Vegas

    Jul 29 2015

    Ep. 23: Why you should choose an office TV show; when enjoying something, do you prefer to "savor" or "spree," how to keep healthy habits while traveling; and why it's great to have a lovey-dovey husband. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/23; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 22: Creative Habits with Guest Rosanne Cash

    Jul 22 2015

    Ep. 22: We have a theme this week -- creativity! Save Your String, Listen to Rosanne Cash, Fight Drift, and a Lesson from the Writers' Room. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/22; 774-277-9336.

  • Ep. 21: Join a Group, Or Start Your Own

    Jul 15 2015

    Ep. 21: Why it's a good idea to join or start a group, and also to put something on the schedule. Also, how to enjoy the present moment -- and Elizabeth again celebrates her treadmill desk. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/21; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier With Gretchen Rubin: A Very Special Episode (All About You)

    Jul 08 2015

    Ep. 20: Listen to listeners! We hear answers to the question, "If you could change one aspect of a relationship, what would you change?" and people's demerits and gold stars.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/20; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Dan Harris Is 10% Happier

    Jul 01 2015

    Ep. 19: Enjoy the fun of failure, here ABC news anchor Dan Harris discuss his on-air panic attack and why he started meditation. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/19; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Focus on Your Foundations

    Jun 24 2015

    Ep. 18: Buy an experience, use the Strategy of Foundation (eat and drink right, sleep, move, and unclutter) and the challenge of good table manners.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/18; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: My Precious!

    Jun 17 2015

    Ep. 17: Why it's a good idea to have an exact place for everything; beware of anything we call "our preciousss," the challenge of staying in touch, and how to re-frame the experience of planerides.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/17; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Imitate Your Spiritual Master

    Jun 10 2015

    Ep. 16: Imitate a spiritual master, use the Strategy of Monitoring to improve your habits, stay happy through transitions--and acknowledge pink eye right away.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/16; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: An Interview with Tom Rath (Plus Gretchen’s Favorite Office Supply!)

    Jun 03 2015

    Ep. 15: Be a tourist in your own city, a talk with Tom Rath, the challenge of snooze alarms, Gretchen's deep appreciation of clear plastic sleeves to organize papers, and Elizabeth's bad habit of asking thesame question repeatedly.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/15; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Shrines, Chronotypes, and Hostess Neurosis

    May 27 2015

    Ep. 14: Cultivate a shrine, know what's different about you to figure out how to set up your habits for success, and -- do you suffer from hostess neurosis? Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/14; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop Reading That Book!

    May 20 2015

    Ep. 13: Why you should stop reading a book, a know-yourself-better quiz (are you an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel?), and the trap of free stuff.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/13; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Learning from Tigger and Eeyore

    May 13 2015

    Ep. 12: Why it can be a good idea to indulge in a modest splurge, Tiggers vs. Eeyores, the challenge of road rage, and April Fool's Day pranks. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/12; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Obligers, Abundance Lovers, and Remember the Sunscreen

    May 06 2015

    Ep. 11: Why we should "make the positive argument," are you a simplicity-lover or an abundance-lover, why it's hard to do the things that make us happy--and Elizabeth's sunscreen confession.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/11; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The “Cleaning Liz’s Closet” Edition

    Apr 29 2015

    Ep. 10: We recorded this episode as we observed one of our sisterly rituals: when we're together, we clean Elizabeth's closet. Hilarious discussion of many clutter-clearing ideas. Want to get in touch?@gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/10; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Treat Yo'self But Don’t Say "YOLO"

    Apr 22 2015

    Ep. 9: Treat yourself, but be wary of invoking "YOLO"; the challenge of changing someone else's habit; Elizabeth TPs a friend's house. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/9; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Deep Down, What Makes You Happy?

    Apr 15 2015

    Ep. 8: Why we should give warm hellos and good-byes, ask ourselves what we did for fun when we were ten years old, and cultivate an atmosphere of growth.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/8; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier With Gretchen Rubin: Indulge Your Inner Toddler

    Apr 08 2015

    Ep. 7: Treat yourself like a toddler, consider the "oppositional conversational style" (a/ka/ "I'm right, you're wrong"), what to do if other people won't cooperate with a habit change, and the benefits of lowered expectations. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/7; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Power of Envy

    Apr 01 2015

    Ep. 6: Try the habit of weekly Power Hour, learn about yourself by asking the uncomfortable question "Whom do I envy?" and remember to enjoy the process. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft;podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/6; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop and Smell the Happy

    Mar 25 2015

    Ep. 5: Embrace good smells, and remember that working can be one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/5; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Are You a Marathoner or a Sprinter?

    Mar 18 2015

    Ep: 4: On the One-Sentence Journal, Marathoners vs. Sprinters at Work, and Parking Lot Snacks. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/4; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Evil Donut Bringer

    Mar 11 2015

    Ep: 3: Gretchen and Elizabeth share one of the easiest, quickest, and most popular ways to start your day off right. Plus, they discuss Elizabeth’s biggest pet peeve at the office, and share their weekly Demerit and Gold Star. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/3; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin Ep. 2: All—or Nothing?

    Mar 04 2015

    Ep. 2: In this episode, Gretchen and Elizabeth vow to set alarms for their bed times, decide if they're abstainers or moderators, discuss how novelty boosts happiness, and share their weekly Demerit and Gold Star. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com.com; happiercast.com/2; 774-277-9336.

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin Ep. 1: The One-Minute Rule

    Feb 25 2015

    Ep. 1: We discuss the one-minute rule for tackling clutter, whether you're a "satisficer" or "maximizer," the infamous one-coin loophole--plus Elizabeth talks about the treadmill desk that I gave her. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/1; 774-277-9336.