Self-improvement

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply

+43 FANS

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

Best
Newest
Looking for recently uploaded episodes
Little: The Best Teacher

03:01 | 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

37:28 | 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

27:26 | 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

41:23 | 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

28:56 | 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

34:35 | 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

34:16 | 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

33:00 | 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!

1:08:47 | 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?

31:51 | 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

29:33 | 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

24:33 | 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

30:54 | 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

41:59 | 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

34:22 | 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

31:37 | 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

27:46 | 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

39:10 | 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

28:16 | 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?

40:30 | 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?

35:44 | 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?

38:29 | 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?

35:45 | 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

28:00 | 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

27:36 | 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

28:18 | 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

28:03 | 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?

28:25 | 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

27:38 | 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

29:23 | 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

23:48 | 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

28:17 | 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

30:03 | 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

25:15 | 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

26:03 | 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

34:10 | 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

24:29 | 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)

37:22 | 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

25:47 | 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

22:32 | 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!

23:34 | 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

27:06 | 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!)

33:53 | 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

23:48 | 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!

24:57 | 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

29:35 | 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

25:35 | 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

23:07 | 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"

30:24 | 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?

20:13 | 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

21:15 | 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

21:06 | 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

21:10 | 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?

22:48 | 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

20:27 | 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?

21:15 | 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

20:53 | 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. 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

35:46 | 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.

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

02:00 | Mar 5th, 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

46:38 | Feb 28th, 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...Show More

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

03:06 | Feb 26th, 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.

31:52 | Feb 21st, 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.”

03:32 | Feb 19th, 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

38:14 | Feb 14th, 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; happierca...Show More

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

02:28 | Feb 12th, 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

30:37 | Feb 7th, 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

02:30 | Feb 5th, 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

51:55 | Jan 31st, 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

01:42 | Jan 29th, 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.

34:11 | Jan 24th, 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; happierc...Show More

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

01:44 | Jan 22nd, 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-shirt...Show More

Ep. 152: Deep Dive into “18 for 2018”

43:16 | Jan 17th, 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

01:40 | Jan 15th, 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

31:33 | Jan 10th, 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; happie...Show More

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

01:52 | Jan 8th, 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.”

Little: We’ve Had Our Dog Barnaby Always

03:29 | Jan 1st, 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

46:27 | Dec 27th, 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

02:10 | Dec 25th, 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

39:52 | Dec 20th, 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”

02:19 | Dec 18th, 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

43:49 | Dec 13th, 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?

01:49 | Dec 11th, 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

38:06 | Dec 6th, 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; 774-27...Show More

Little: Do Good, Feel Good

02:13 | Dec 4th, 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

36:37 | Nov 29th, 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

01:49 | Nov 27th, 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

32:37 | Nov 22nd, 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

03:33 | Nov 20th, 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 dete...Show More

Little: Tell Me What You Want for Dinner

01:46 | Nov 20th, 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

42:12 | Nov 15th, 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”

03:47 | Nov 13th, 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

01:45 | Nov 10th, 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...Show More

Ep. 142: Schedule Some Daily Transcendence

39:39 | Nov 8th, 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”

02:10 | Nov 6th, 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

38:33 | Nov 1st, 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; happierc...Show More

Little: A Good Example is More Compelling than Good Advice

01:48 | Oct 30th, 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

44:03 | Oct 25th, 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

01:54 | Oct 23rd, 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

27:03 | Oct 18th, 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

01:07 | Oct 16th, 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

29:14 | Oct 11th, 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; 774-2...Show More

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

01:43 | Oct 9th, 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

28:05 | Oct 4th, 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/137; 774-277- 9336.

Little: People Succeed in Groups

01:36 | Oct 2nd, 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"

35:04 | Sep 27th, 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; 774-2...Show More

Little: Reading Memoirs Reminds Me to Cut People Slack

01:07 | Sep 25th, 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

28:35 | Sep 20th, 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...Show More

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

01:41 | Sep 18th, 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

34:55 | Sep 13th, 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

01:29 | Sep 11th, 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

31:32 | Sep 6th, 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@gretchenrub...Show More

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

01:54 | Sep 4th, 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

34:51 | Aug 30th, 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.co...Show More

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

01:57 | Aug 28th, 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

29:34 | Aug 23rd, 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

01:57 | Aug 21st, 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

36:02 | Aug 16th, 2017

In this Very Special Episode, we discuss the seven myths of happiness. Get in touch:@gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/130; 774-277- 9336.

Little: Don’t Sleep Through Beautiful Moments

01:10 | Aug 14th, 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

34:11 | Aug 9th, 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

01:32 | Aug 7th, 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

36:51 | Aug 2nd, 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

01:12 | Jul 31st, 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"

37:52 | Jul 26th, 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

01:19 | Jul 24th, 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?

41:47 | Jul 19th, 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; happier...Show More

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

01:21 | Jul 17th, 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

38:05 | Jul 12th, 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; 774-277-933...Show More

Little: A Great School Motto: Go Forth Unafraid

01:39 | Jul 10th, 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

39:00 | Jul 5th, 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

01:13 | Jul 3rd, 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!”  Ve...Show More

Ep. 123: Shield Yourself from Worry

32:31 | Jun 28th, 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; 77...Show More

Little: How to be Successful, Part 2

01:59 | Jun 26th, 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”

33:05 | Jun 21st, 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...Show More

Little: How to Be Successful, Part 1

02:10 | Jun 19th, 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?

41:37 | Jun 14th, 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

02:10 | Jun 12th, 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

41:05 | Jun 7th, 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; happie...Show More

Little: Sometimes, We Can Be Generous by Taking

02:20 | Jun 5th, 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

32:26 | May 31st, 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...Show More

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

01:59 | May 29th, 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?

39:12 | May 24th, 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

01:34 | May 22nd, 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

0:00 | May 18th, 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 ...Show More

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

37:02 | May 17th, 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; 774-2...Show More

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

02:08 | May 15th, 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

36:08 | May 10th, 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

01:51 | May 8th, 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

32:31 | May 3rd, 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; 774-27...Show More

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

02:01 | May 1st, 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; 77...Show More

Ep. 114: Interview with Hollywood Legend Sherry Lansing

43:27 | Apr 26th, 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

01:03 | Apr 24th, 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

36:16 | Apr 19th, 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

01:57 | Apr 17th, 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

43:49 | Apr 12th, 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

01:25 | Apr 10th, 2017

Sometimes, with even just one comment, we can help other people to see themselves differently.

Ep. 111: Beware of Storing Stuff

39:39 | Apr 5th, 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

02:16 | Apr 3rd, 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?

39:26 | Mar 29th, 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'...Show More

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

03:44 | Mar 27th, 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

34:50 | Mar 22nd, 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

01:16 | Mar 20th, 2017

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

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

35:50 | Mar 15th, 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/10...Show More

Little: It’s Nice to Get a Gold Star

02:34 | Mar 13th, 2017

Even if it’s not necessary, it’s sweet when our efforts are appreciated.

Ep. 107: Talking to Susan Cain About Introverts

38:37 | Mar 8th, 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

01:22 | Mar 6th, 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

41:29 | Mar 1st, 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?

01:30 | Feb 27th, 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

32:03 | Feb 22nd, 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!”

03:39 | Feb 20th, 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

27:59 | Feb 15th, 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....Show More

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

01:53 | Feb 13th, 2017

My sister the sage made one of her wise observations--which she learned the hard way, in Hollywood.

Ep, 103: Pick Your Moment

36:20 | Feb 8th, 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-...Show More

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

01:48 | Feb 6th, 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

37:44 | Feb 1st, 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; happiercas...Show More

Little: No Deposit, No Return

00:59 | Jan 30th, 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?

31:09 | Jan 25th, 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; 774-2...Show More

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

01:34 | Jan 23rd, 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

36:33 | Jan 18th, 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

01:47 | Jan 16th, 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

38:01 | Jan 11th, 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”

01:06 | Jan 9th, 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

37:26 | Jan 4th, 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;