Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Ep. 314: Re-Engage with Your Resolutions, A Hack for Helping People to Give Gifts, an Outdoors Demerit, and Why Humor...

We talk about the 21 strategies that can help us re-engage with our resolutions, discuss a hack about helping people...

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Little Happier: How a Loose Piece of Popcorn in a Museum Inspired a Masterpiece

The brilliant children’s book From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was inspired when writer E....

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Ep. 313: Help People Not Disappoint You, a Hack for Reading More, a Talk with Deepa Iyer about Different Roles to Pla...

We talk about how and why it’s a good idea to help people not disappoint us, share a reader suggestion about...

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Little Happier: It’s a Lot of Work to Make Friendly Gestures, But We All Have to Try.

Whenever I think about the work that it takes to try to be friendly, I remember a funny story from my...

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Ep. 312: Confront a Clutter-Related Conflict, a Hack for Having Fun, and Using the Four Tendencies Framework to Get C...

We discuss why you might confront a clutter-related conflict, how to use the Four Tendencies personality framework to...

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Little Happier: A Beautiful Image: A Cabin in the Woods, with Flowers Growing Close to Its Walls

I’m haunted by an image from Erling Kagg’s book Walking One Step at a Time, when he describes a cabin in...

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Ep. 311: Find a Manifestation of Your One-Word Theme, an Easy Hack to Spark Happy Memories, and a Conversation with R...

We share listeners’ suggestions about creative ways to create physical representations of our one-word themes...

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Little Happier: A Question That Seemed to Make No Sense Was in Fact a Declaration of Love

Sometimes, gestures of love don’t look the way we expect. I found it wonderful to think that, many years after...

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Ep. 310: Very Special Episode! Great Hacks, Tips, Tools, and Suggestions About How to #Read21in21.

In this Very Special Episode, we share hacks, strategies, and tools from listeners—and our own...

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Little Happier: Some of My Favorite Proverbs About Parenthood.

I love aphorisms, proverbs, true rules, and Secrets of Adulthood, and I offer some of my favorite proverbs for...

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Ep. 309: Heed a Suggestion, Look Better on Zoom, and a Deep Dive into Listeners’ Brilliant Ideas for “21 for 21??...

We discuss why you should heed someone’s suggestion, take a deep dive into listeners’ imaginative ideas...

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Little Happier: An Ancient Story Is a Reminder that We Can Hurt People When We Try to Force Them to Fit into Our Model.

The famous Greek myth of the Bed of Procrustes illustrates the principle that we shouldn’t try to pressure...

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Ep. 308: Tackle Your Email for One Hour, A Hack for Dealing with Photo Clutter, and an Interview with Gary Taubes Abo...

We discuss why spending one hour managing our email inbox can give us a happiness boost, highlight a listener hack...

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Little Happier: I Can’t Blame the Internet, or, The World Has Changed, But I Have Also Changed.

When I feel distracted or overwhelmed, I remind myself that I can’t blame the internet. If I want a life with...

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Ep. 307: We Reveal Our “21 for ‘21” Lists, Discuss a Hack for Staying in Touch, and Give a Gold Star t

We reveal our “21 for 2021” lists, discuss an easy hack for staying in touch with people long-distance,...

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Little Happier: To Calm Myself, I Imagine a Traffic Light in a Thunderstorm.

When I’m feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or unhappy, I sometimes conjure up an image in my mind—an oak tree...

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Ep. 306: Choose Your One-Word Theme for 2021, a New Year’s Hack, and Listeners’ Suggestions for Ways to Show

We choose our one-word themes for the year, and encourage listeners to choose their own theme for 2021, we discuss a...

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Little Happier: What We See Depends Very Much on Where We Stand.

As several examples illustrate, it’s easy to forget that the way we see the world is very much shaped by our...

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Ep. 305: We Share Listeners’ Success Stories from “Walk 20 in 2020” and Reveal Our Challenge for 2021

As 2020 draws to a close, we share many terrific success stories from listeners about their experiences following the...

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Little Happier: After His Death, Actor Yul Brynner Made an Unforgettable Plea.

The simplicity and power of Yul Brynner’s anti-smoking ad, aired after his death, makes it unforgettable. This...

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