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Happier with Gretchen Rubin

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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 t...Show More
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Little: The Best Teacher

05:01 | Mar 21st, 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/...Show More
Ep. 56: Schedule Time To Worry

41:28 | Mar 16th, 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; 77...Show More
Ep. 55: The Dilemma of Switching Bags

31:26 | Mar 9th, 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; 774-27...Show More
Ep. 54: Celebrating A Year of Happier

45:23 | Mar 2nd, 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@gretchenrubi...Show More
Ep. 53: Meditation...Sort Of

32:56 | Feb 24th, 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/5...Show More
Ep. 52: Habits and Whole30 With Melissa Hartwig

38:35 | Feb 17th, 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; ...Show More
Ep. 51: Help! I Always Forget Names

38:16 | Feb 10th, 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...Show More
Ep. 50: Ask For A Favor

37:00 | Feb 3rd, 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....Show More
Ep. 49: LIVE In San Francisco!

1:13:47 | Jan 27th, 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; @elizabe...Show More
Ep. 48: Got The Sunday Blues?

35:51 | Jan 20th, 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; 77...Show More
Ep. 47: Liz Misses Out On A Romantic Moment

33:33 | Jan 13th, 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; 774-2...Show More
Ep. 46: Don't Get Organized

28:33 | Jan 6th, 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; 774-277-9...Show More
Ep. 45: Home for the Holidays – Kansas City Edition

34:54 | Dec 30th, 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...Show More
Ep. 44: Drew Barrymore Gets Personal. And Happier

45:59 | Dec 23rd, 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@gret...Show More
Ep. 43: You Can't Make Me, And Neither Can I

38:22 | Dec 16th, 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

35:37 | Dec 9th, 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/...Show More
Ep. 41: Put An End To Impulse Shopping

31:46 | Dec 2nd, 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

43:10 | Nov 25th, 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@gretchenru...Show More
Ep. 39: Elizabeth Talks About Getting Fired

32:16 | Nov 18th, 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?

44:30 | Nov 11th, 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?

39:44 | Nov 4th, 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...Show More
Ep. 36: Questioners - Do You Always Ask Why?

42:29 | Oct 28th, 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...Show More
Ep. 35: Upholders - Are You A Hermione?

39:45 | Oct 21st, 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@gretchen...Show More
Ep. 34: The Habits of A Rebel Harvard Physicist

32:00 | Oct 14th, 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...Show More
Ep. 33: Send Yourself To Boot Camp

31:36 | Oct 7th, 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

32:18 | Sep 30th, 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; happierc...Show More
Ep. 31: Choose A Personal Symbol

32:03 | Sep 23rd, 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; 774-277-93...Show More
Ep. 30: Remember What It Was Like Being A Teenager?

32:25 | Sep 16th, 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 tou...Show More
Ep. 29: The Fantasy of Perfection

31:38 | Sep 9th, 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; happierc...Show More
Ep. 28: We Live The Stories We Tell Ourselves

33:23 | Sep 2nd, 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

27:48 | Aug 26th, 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; happierca...Show More
Ep. 26: Procrastinating and Tomorrow Logic

32:17 | Aug 19th, 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

34:03 | Aug 12th, 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; podca...Show More
Ep. 24: Let's Talk About Dogs

29:15 | Aug 5th, 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...Show More
Ep. 23: Nothing Stays in Vegas

30:03 | Jul 29th, 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; @elizab...Show More
Ep. 22: Creative Habits with Guest Rosanne Cash

38:10 | Jul 22nd, 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...Show More
Ep. 21: Join a Group, Or Start Your Own

28:29 | Jul 15th, 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; podca...Show More
Happier With Gretchen Rubin: A Very Special Episode (All About You)

41:22 | Jul 8th, 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@gretchenrub...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Dan Harris Is 10% Happier

29:47 | Jul 1st, 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

26:32 | Jun 24th, 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...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: My Precious!

27:34 | Jun 17th, 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; @elizabethcra...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Imitate Your Spiritual Master

31:06 | Jun 10th, 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; happier...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: An Interview with Tom Rath (Plus Gretchen’s Favorite Office Supply!)

37:53 | Jun 3rd, 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 to...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Shrines, Chronotypes, and Hostess Neurosis

27:48 | May 27th, 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...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop Reading That Book!

28:57 | May 20th, 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....Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Learning from Tigger and Eeyore

33:35 | May 13th, 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-...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Obligers, Abundance Lovers, and Remember the Sunscreen

29:35 | May 6th, 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; pod...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The “Cleaning Liz’s Closet” Edition

27:07 | Apr 29th, 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@gretchen...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Treat Yo'self But Don’t Say "YOLO"

34:24 | Apr 22nd, 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?

24:13 | Apr 15th, 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.c...Show More
Happier With Gretchen Rubin: Indulge Your Inner Toddler

25:15 | Apr 8th, 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? ...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Power of Envy

25:06 | Apr 1st, 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...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop and Smell the Happy

25:10 | Mar 25th, 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?

26:48 | Mar 18th, 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

24:27 | Mar 11th, 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? @...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin Ep. 2: All—or Nothing?

25:15 | Mar 4th, 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...Show More
Happier with Gretchen Rubin Ep. 1: The One-Minute Rule

24:53 | Feb 25th, 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; @elizabethc...Show More
Ep. 235: Talking Happiness with Bestselling Author Rachel Hollis

43:33 | Aug 21st

Why you might recreate a childhood menu, a conversation with blockbuster bestseller Rachel Hollis about how to be happier, and technology hack to help keep your phone charged.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet...Show More
Little Happier: I Love an Emotion that I Call the “Varsity Team” Feeling.

02:42 | Aug 19th

I love being part of the “varsity team,” or witnessing a varsity team at work—and even knowing the phrase varsity team.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: ...Show More
Ep. 234: Try the SLANT Approach to Listen Better and How to Deal with a Sweetheart’s Unenthusiastic Support

30:50 | Aug 14th

Try the SLANT approach to help yourself listen and learn more effectively, an easy way to do a happiness-boosting good deed, and how to deal with a sweetheart who responds very unenthusiastically to good news.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethc...Show More
Little Happier: What Friendships Tend to Stick? An Observation from Game of Thrones

02:19 | Aug 12th

In an interview, Game of Thrones’s John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) makes an important observation about relationships: hard times make strong friends.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be fou...Show More
Ep. 233: Get Rid of Your Wart (Literal and Metaphorical) and Connect Better with Friends

32:22 | Aug 7th

Get rid of your wart, an internet-related hack (is it just me?), and a question to help you figure out how to connect better with other people.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in touch on Instagram: @Gretche...Show More
Little Happier: Churchill’s Life Proves that We Can’t Know What’s Good or Bad Luck

02:55 | Aug 5th

Winston Churchill reflects on his eventful life, and how impossible it was for him to discern what was good luck and what was bad luck.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the la...Show More
Ep. 232: Remember to Consider the Company that Someone Keeps

37:07 | Jul 31st

When entering into a relationship, consider a person’s existing relationships, how to deal with podcast overload, and like Gloria Vanderbilt, do you have a “rage to live?” Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.comGet in...Show More
Little Happier: Winston Churchill and “Game of Thrones” Illustrate the Same Observation About Power

05:13 | Jul 29th

Winston Churchill and Games of Thrones’s Lady Olenna illustrate the same point: when confronting a powerful and lawless foe, imagination matters.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found...Show More
Ep. 231: Choose Your TV Theme Song

42:09 | Jul 24th

Choose your TV theme song; listeners give many suggestions about dealing with getting laid off; why you should wear a new item immediately; and Elizabeth discusses the happiness of humidity.Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretc...Show More
Little Happier: “If He’ll Do It For You, He’ll Do It to You”: My Daughter and Father Hit on the Same Truth

03:29 | Jul 22nd

My daughter and my father hit on the same truth about dealing with people who play favorites: “If they’ll do it for you, they’ll do it to you.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found i...Show More
Ep. 230: Happier Podcast Book Club: Lisa Brennan-Jobs Reflects on Growing Up as Steve Jobs’s Daughter in “Small Fry”

48:59 | Jul 17th

For our second Happier Podcast Book Club, we talk to Lisa Brennan-Jobs about the role of family, love, and identity in her acclaimed memoir Small Fry.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week ...Show More
Little Happier: How the Gift of a Dollhouse Illustrates the Philosophy of Bertrand Russell

04:00 | Jul 15th

In giving the gift of a dollhouse, these loving grandparents illustrate a point argued by philosopher Bertrand Russsell: “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @Li...Show More
Ep. 229: Spend 120 Minutes a Week in Nature and an Interview with Sheri Salata about “The Beautiful No”

37:28 | Jul 10th

Why you should spend 120 minutes a week in nature, a simple hack to make spending that time in nature more convenient, and an interview with former “Oprah” executive producer Sheri Salata about her memoir “The Beautiful No.”Get in touch on Instagram:...Show More
Little Happier: What’s the Best Way to Persuade? The Sun and the North Wind Disagree.

02:46 | Jul 8th

One of Aesop’s most famous fables—the one about the Sun and the North Wind—illustrates the power of persuasion over brute force.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest po...Show More
Ep. 228: Make Your Own Art and a Lesson from Mr. Rogers

34:36 | Jul 3rd

Make your own art, a lesson about managing transitions from Mr. Rogers, and dealing with the relationship challenge of “excessive reassurance-seeking.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week...Show More
Little Happier: Throughout My Life, I’ve Remembered One Line from the “Little Engine that Could”

03:02 | Jul 1st

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” may be a bit corny, but the fact is, I find myself repeating that line to myself. The Little Engine that Could put those words in my mind.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and not...Show More
Ep. 227: An Interview with Comedian, Actor, and Writer Pete Holmes

42:34 | Jun 26th

Create a memory box, enjoy some luxury around your first cup of coffee, and an interview with comedian and author Pete Holmes. Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenru...Show More
Little Happier: Reading Isaac Mizrahi Taught Me About Myself

04:38 | Jun 24th

Reading Isaac Mizrahi’s memoir I.M. helped me understand something about myself: my uncomfortable reaction to a work of art I admire.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the late...Show More
Ep. 226: Celebrate the Summer Solstice by Re-visiting your One-Word Theme

39:35 | Jun 19th

Celebrate the summer (or winter) solstice by re-visiting your one-word theme for the year, an alternative office activity if you want to avoid being the Evil Donut-Bringer, and how to resist the temptation of the snooze alarm.Get in touch on Instagra...Show More
Little Happier: My Husband Jamie Taught Me a Wonderful, Memorable Lesson About Plans.

04:11 | Jun 17th

My husband’s willingness to change plans gave me a lovely memory—and taught me a valuable lesson.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: https://gretchenrubin....Show More
Ep. 225: Cultivate Your Casual Friendships

41:42 | Jun 12th

Cultivate your casual friendships, an interview with writer Ramit Sethi about money, and a terrific inexpensive gift to give.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubi...Show More
Little Happier: How Do We Help? An Observation from the Life of the Creator of the Comic Strip “Cathy.”

05:12 | Jun 10th

This story from the life of Cathy Guisewite, the creator of the comic strip “Cathy,” is an example of how we can help people achieve their dreams for themselves. Sometimes.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related t...Show More
Ep. 224: Design Your Summer (Again)

37:22 | Jun 5th

Design your summer, manage the challenge of making transitions throughout the day, and why “the stewing is worse than the doing.”Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftGet the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchen...Show More
Little Happier: This Book Changed the Way I See the World.

04:50 | Jun 3rd

Christopher Alexander’s book “A Pattern Language” changed the way I see the world; sometimes, at least in my case, it’s only through words that I can learn to see more clearly.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes relat...Show More
Ep. 223: Step Off a Cliff

41:21 | May 29th

Why you should step off a cliff, an interview with writer Ross Gay, and the fun of making the opposite of a to-do list.Want to watch the "Roadmap to Happiness"? Check your local PBS station listings here:http://pbs.org/gretchenrubin. Tell your friend...Show More
Little Happier: Why Did Dolly Parton Identify More with Barbara Walters than Barbara Walters Identified with Her?

04:11 | May 27th

My fascination with Dolly Parton continues, and her answer to Barbara Walters in a 1977 interview is a good example of why we shouldn’t under-estimate people who are different from us.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and not...Show More
Ep. 222: Go Someplace Alone

41:34 | May 22nd

Why you might choose to go someplace alone, how to have a good conversation with a child, and listener suggests an easy, clever hack for remembering to bring items.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http://gretch...Show More
Little Happier: One of the Greatest Luxuries? The Luxury of Giving a Gift.

05:55 | May 20th

In Sydney Taylor’s wonderful children’s book “All-of-a-Kind Family,” the girls’ father saw a way to give them a true luxury: the luxury of giving him a gift.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode ...Show More
Bonus episode: Game of Thrones! Gretchen and Elizabeth Discuss and Speculate Before the Show’s Finale.

21:50 | May 16th

Is Arya Stark a Rebel? Will Cersei Lannister manage to keep the Iron Throne? And how about that coffee cup! On this special short bonus episode, Gretchen and Elizabeth discuss, debate, and speculate about the upcoming end of the HBO TV show that made...Show More
Ep. 221: Do You Yearn for a Re-Set?

41:56 | May 15th

Do you yearn for a re-set, how to look better in photographs, and using voice-to-text to make it easier to take notes. And announcing our next Book Club Choice: “Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast...Show More
Little Happier: Julia Child Makes a Profound Observation about Life in the Midst of Flipping a Potato

02:34 | May 13th

On her iconic 1960’s TV show, Julia Child drops a profound truth about human nature, in the middle of trying to flip a potato.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post...Show More
Ep. 220: Why We Should Deal with Something Negative Right Away

36:31 | May 8th

Deal with something negative right away, switch to electronic boarding passes if you still use paper, and a Four Tendencies break-down of the “Game of Thrones” characters.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http:/...Show More
Little Happier: What Chef Julia Child Taught Me About the Nature of Enthusiasm and Happiness.

04:00 | May 6th

The life of Julia Child is a great example of the fact that sometimes, even when we can’t persuade people to take an interest in the things we love, we can sweep them along with our enthusiasm.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLink...Show More
Ep. 219: Very Special Episode: Going Deep into Giving Up with Whole30’s Melissa Hartwig-Urban

46:09 | May 1st

In this Very Special Episode, we go deeper into the try-this-at-home of “Give something up for a month” and talk to Whole30’s Melissa Hartwig-Urban about her new podcast “Do the Thing” and about the power of changing for 30 days.Get tickets for Gretc...Show More
Little Happier: We Love Excellence--When We Can Recognize It. for Apr 29, 2019

05:23 | Apr 29th

In this hilarious “Funny or Die” video by the musician Jewel, she goes undercover at a karaoke bar. It’s a good example of the fact that people do appreciate excellence, when they’re able to recognize it.Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @L...Show More
Ep. 218: Invest in Your Identities

38:52 | Apr 24th

Invest in your identities, a way to respond to the “evil donut-bringer” at work,  and listeners’ suggestions about how to help someone get through chemotherapy.Get tickets for Gretchen's book tour and Happier podcast live events at: http://gretchenru...Show More
Little Happier: My Husband So Often Knows the Right Thing to Say

02:30 | Apr 22nd

Sometimes when I complain, my husband Jamie reminds me, “This is what you wanted.” It’s comforting because it’s true. Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraftLinks and notes related to this episode can be found in the latest post here: h...Show More
Ep. 217: Don’t Over-Consult

32:59 | Apr 17th

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

04:08 | Apr 15th

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 her...Show More
Ep. 216: Give Someone an Unusual Compliment

34:32 | Apr 10th

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

03:52 | Apr 8th

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...Show More
Ep. 215: Throw a Celebratory Party

36:29 | Apr 3rd

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 athtt...Show More
Little Happier: I’m Lucky to Have a Mother Who Is Lucky

03:43 | Apr 1st

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 t...Show More
Ep. 214: Try Giving Up Something for a Month

30:46 | Mar 27th

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://gretchen...Show More
Little Happier: A Friend’s Description of Herself Reminded Me of Who I Am

04:26 | Mar 25th

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

35:23 | Mar 20th

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/...Show More
Little Happier: This Mother Knew Exactly What Career Advice to Give

04:59 | Mar 18th

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

45:49 | Mar 13th

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...Show More
Little Happier: Would I Know the Way to Tell Right from Wrong?

04:31 | Mar 11th

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 pos...Show More
Bonus Episode! An Excerpt from Gretchen’s New Book “Outer Order, Inner Calm”

06:47 | Mar 8th

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

36:15 | Mar 6th

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

04:41 | Mar 4th

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-formatio...Show More
Ep. 210: Very Special Episode: Clutter-Busting!

35:57 | Feb 27th

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

05:00 | Feb 25th

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 la...Show More
Ep. 209: Fourth Anniversary! Most Popular Ideas and Favorite Moments

42:32 | Feb 20th

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 h...Show More
Little Happier: A Perhaps Apocryphal Story about Matisse--About Time and Mastery

02:15 | Feb 18th

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 c...Show More
Ep. 208: To Fight Clutter, Beware the “Endowment Effect”

41:55 | Feb 13th

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...Show More
Little Happier: My Favorite Story from My Favorite Book About Parenting

05:27 | Feb 11th

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

37:09 | Feb 6th

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-...Show More
Little Happier: Ann Patchett’s Memoir Reminds Us of Why We Need to Take Care of Ourselves

04:43 | Feb 4th

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?

40:56 | Jan 30th

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; podcas...Show More
Little Happier: The Supreme Court Building Gave Me the “America Feeling”

02:22 | Jan 28th

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

45:44 | Jan 23rd

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; happier...Show More
Little Happier: There’s Such Joy in Giving Delight

02:37 | Jan 21st

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

38:36 | Jan 16th

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

02:59 | Jan 14th

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”

45:02 | Jan 9th

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

02:03 | Jan 7th

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

39:46 | Jan 2nd

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

04:37 | Dec 31st, 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

44:13 | Dec 26th, 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…

01:54 | Dec 24th, 2018

My mother observed sympathetically, “Everything would be easy, if it weren’t for people.”
Ep. 200 - Our 200th Episode! Ask Us Anything

48:38 | Dec 19th, 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;...Show More
Little : Do What You Love, and Then Your Friends Hire You

02:31 | Dec 17th, 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

40:08 | Dec 12th, 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.

02:24 | Dec 10th, 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"

44:13 | Dec 5th, 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?

03:00 | Dec 3rd, 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

35:35 | Nov 28th, 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; 774-2...Show More
Little: A Lesson from Waitressing: It’s Not About You

02:24 | Nov 26th, 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

38:06 | Nov 21st, 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

01:55 | Nov 19th, 2018

Viktor Frankl makes a profound point: When our actions and experiences have meaning, our suffering is lightened.
Ep. 195: Do Something Scary

37:36 | Nov 14th, 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...Show More
Little: “The Salvation of Man Is Through Love and in Love.”

04:40 | Nov 12th, 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

35:11 | Nov 7th, 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

04:25 | Nov 5th, 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?

34:43 | Oct 31st, 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

04:09 | Oct 29th, 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”

40:42 | Oct 24th, 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

03:56 | Oct 22nd, 2018

These words are comforting because they’re true: you’re not that powerful.
Ep. 191: Identify Your Pacesetter

40:22 | Oct 17th, 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

01:51 | Oct 15th, 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

44:25 | Oct 10th, 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; 77...Show More
Little: I Experienced the "America Feeling" in Normandy, France

04:24 | Oct 8th, 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

34:48 | Oct 3rd, 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

03:13 | Oct 1st, 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

34:39 | Sep 26th, 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

04:17 | Sep 24th, 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

43:31 | Sep 19th, 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?

01:18 | Sep 17th, 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

39:01 | Sep 12th, 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

03:10 | Sep 10th, 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

39:07 | Sep 5th, 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

03:56 | Sep 3rd, 2018

The advice that Laurence Olivier gave to Dustin Hoffman is a good reminder for all of us.
Ep. 184: Have a #HappierLaborDay

44:31 | Aug 29th, 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.c...Show More
Little: It’s Good to be an Adult

02:18 | Aug 27th, 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"

31:11 | Aug 22nd, 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

04:44 | Aug 20th, 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

35:36 | Aug 15th, 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...Show More
Little: A Beautiful Moment of Elevation from Winston Churchill’s Tears

03:10 | Aug 13th, 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

38:39 | Aug 8th, 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.

03:14 | Aug 6th, 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!

39:44 | Aug 1st, 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; 774-277-933...Show More
Little: A Lesson from Harry Potter About Knowing Who You Are

04:35 | Jul 30th, 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

34:40 | Jul 25th, 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

05:02 | Jul 23rd, 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

42:58 | Jul 18th, 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; ...Show More
Little: “There Are Many Things that We Would Throw Away If We Were Not Afraid that Others Might Pick Them Up.”

02:16 | Jul 16th, 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?

36:25 | Jul 11th, 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/17...Show More
Little: It’s Not as Glamorous as It Sounds.

02:10 | Jul 9th, 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

43:08 | Jul 4th, 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; 7...Show More
Ep. 175: Do You Struggle with Procrasticlearing?

34:06 | Jun 27th, 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

03:23 | Jun 25th, 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

39:29 | Jun 20th, 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.

03:57 | Jun 18th, 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?

47:25 | Jun 13th, 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@gr...Show More
Little: I Love to See Virtue Rewarded

03:15 | Jun 11th, 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

43:26 | Jun 6th, 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...Show More
Little: Yes, I Made a Dumb Mistake—But People Have Made Dumber Mistakes.

02:20 | Jun 4th, 2018

Even rocket scientists can make a simple math error. Mistakes happen. Nobody’s perfect.
Ep. 171: Question Your Limiting Beliefs

43:12 | May 30th, 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

05:02 | May 28th, 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

41:57 | May 23rd, 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.

02:21 | May 21st, 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”

44:32 | May 16th, 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.”

02:18 | May 14th, 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”

39:32 | May 9th, 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@gretch...Show More
Little: A Lesson I Have to Learn Over and Over.

02:36 | May 7th, 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

41:08 | May 2nd, 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”

03:48 | Apr 30th, 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

39:52 | Apr 25th, 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

01:48 | Apr 23rd, 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

40:05 | Apr 18th, 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

03:29 | Apr 16th, 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

37:32 | Apr 11th, 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.

02:35 | Apr 9th, 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

33:42 | Apr 4th, 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@gretchenr...Show More
Little: Now Is Now, and Now Is Already a Long Time Ago.

03:44 | Apr 2nd, 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.

36:30 | Mar 28th, 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; happiercas...Show More
Little: The Investor Is Wise Who Diversifies. Also True for Non-Investors.

02:20 | Mar 26th, 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

34:28 | Mar 21st, 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.

03:16 | Mar 19th, 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.

29:11 | Mar 14th, 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

03:11 | Mar 12th, 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

44:26 | Mar 7th, 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.