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Ep. 114: Interview with Hollywood Legend Sherry Lansing

Apr 26, 2017 - 00:43:27

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. 

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Little: Skip the Boring Parts

Apr 24, 2017 - 00:01:03

A note on a friend’s computer taught me a giant lesson about writing--and life: Down with boredom. Skip the boring parts!

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Ep. 113: Reclaim Your Dump Zones

Apr 19, 2017 - 00:36:16

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. 

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Little: One of the Worst Ways to Waste Time

Apr 17, 2017 - 00:01:57

One of the most terrible wastes of time is to do something well that we need not do at all.

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Ep. 112: Pick a Uniform

Apr 12, 2017 - 00:43:49

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. 

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Little: We Can Help Others to See Themselves Differently

Apr 10, 2017 - 00:01:25

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

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Ep. 111: Beware of Storing Stuff

Apr 5, 2017 - 00:39:39

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. 

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

Apr 3, 2017 - 00:02:16

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.

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Ep. 110: Are You Lonely?

Mar 29, 2017 - 00:39:26

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

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

Mar 27, 2017 - 00:03:44

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.

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Ep. 109: Pay Attention to the Light

Mar 22, 2017 - 00:34:50

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

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Little: Experience is a Great Teacher

Mar 20, 2017 - 00:01:16

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

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

Mar 15, 2017 - 00:35:50

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

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Little: It’s Nice to Get a Gold Star

Mar 13, 2017 - 00:02:34

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

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Ep. 107: Talking to Susan Cain About Introverts

Mar 8, 2017 - 00:38:37

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; happiercast.com/107; 774-277-9336. 

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Little: Never Have a Crush on Just One Person

Mar 6, 2017 - 00:01:22

In romance and in work, it’s helpful to have more than one thing going at a time.

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Ep. 106: Our Second Anniversary! Year Two Highlights

Mar 1, 2017 - 00:41:29

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; happiercast.com/106; 774.277.9336. 

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

Feb 27, 2017 - 00:01:30

One of my mother’s favorite teaching stories is a reminder that we can never know what’s good news, or bad news.

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Ep. 105: Leave on a High Note

Feb 22, 2017 - 00:32:03

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; happiercast.com/105; 774.277.9336. 

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

Feb 20, 2017 - 00:03:39

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.”

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Ep. 104: Happiness Stumbling Block: The News

Feb 15, 2017 - 00:27:59

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.com; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/104; 774.277.9336. 

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

Feb 13, 2017 - 00:01:53

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

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Ep, 103: Pick Your Moment

Feb 8, 2017 - 00:36:20

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; happiercast.com/103; 774-277-9336. 

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

Feb 6, 2017 - 00:01:48

We can’t find more happiness, more adventure, more richness to an experience that we bring to it.

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Ep. 102: Tame the Travel Beast

Feb 1, 2017 - 00:37:44

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; happiercast.com/102; 774-277-9336. 

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Little: No Deposit, No Return

Jan 30, 2017 - 00:00:59

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.

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

Jan 25, 2017 - 00:31:09

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; happiercast.com/101; 774-277-9336.

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

Jan 23, 2017 - 00:01:34

A passage from Ruth Ozeki’s novel “A Tale for the Time Being” provides a beautiful image of letting go of sorrow.

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Special Episode 100: Ask Us Anything

Jan 18, 2017 - 00:36:33

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; happiercast.com/100; 774-277-9336.

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Little: My Inconvenience May Be Someone’s Miracle

Jan 16, 2017 - 00:01:47

My friend told me the story of her personal miracle: the time her local subway ran express all the way downtown.

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Ep. 99: Take Personality Quizzes

Jan 11, 2017 - 00:38:01

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; happiercast.com/99; 774-277-9336.

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Little: I Need “A Heart to Be Contented”

Jan 9, 2017 - 00:01:06

In 1662, Samuel Pepys made a diary entry that reminds me that to be happy, I have to keep a contented heart.

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

Jan 4, 2017 - 00:37:26

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; happiercast.com/98; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Announcing “The Onward Project” Podcasts

Jan 2, 2017 - 00:16:57

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

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Radical Candor Ep. 1: What is Radical Candor?

Jan 2, 2017 - 00:00:00

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

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Welcome to Side Hustle School

Jan 2, 2017 - 00:00:00

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

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Ep. 97: Start Your Own Happiness Project

Dec 28, 2016 - 00:43:05

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

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Little: What Would an Englishman Do?

Dec 26, 2016 - 00:02:08

Reading Harold Nicolson’s reflection that an “Englishman would not like to take snapshots of a fine vessel sinking” reminds me to ask myself: How, in my own life, can I live up to the highest ideas of my country?

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Ep. 96: Set Your Holiday Intention

Dec 21, 2016 - 00:31:48

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

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Little: Do You Want to Take My Taxi?

Dec 19, 2016 - 00:01:40

We never know the true consequences of our actions, big or small, for good or for ill.

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Ep. 95: Practice Mis-En-Place

Dec 14, 2016 - 00:32:44

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

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

Dec 12, 2016 - 00:05:27

A fun exercise is to choose a one-word theme for the new year, such as Novel, Travel, Rest, Free, Finish, Upgrade. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 94: Don’t Treat Yourself

Dec 7, 2016 - 00:45:03

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

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Holiday Hack: Say “Yes” If You Can

Dec 5, 2016 - 00:04:24

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

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Ep. 93: How to Survive a Break-Up

Nov 30, 2016 - 00:34:44

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

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Holiday Hack: Find Some Quiet Time During the Holidays

Nov 28, 2016 - 00:04:07

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Ep. 92: For Thanksgiving, Leave Something Unsaid

Nov 23, 2016 - 00:45:06

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

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Little: Be Polite and Be Fair

Nov 21, 2016 - 00:01:06

A boss manages to sum up a library’s worth of good advice in a five-word sentence.

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Ep. 91: Delete a Soul-Destroying App

Nov 16, 2016 - 00:33:10

Delete a productivity-depleting app and listen to some "Happier 911" songs. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/91; 774-277-9336. 

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Little: What Some Folks Will Do

Nov 14, 2016 - 00:01:48

Flannery O’Connor explains that a country lady remarked, of her short stories, “Them stories just gone and shown you how some folks would do.” And so it goes.

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Ep. 90: Consider the Essential Seven

Nov 9, 2016 - 00:35:09

In this Very Special Episode we discuss the "Essential 7" areas for happiness and habits. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/90; 774-277-9336. 

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Little: A Beautiful Image Can Be an Area of Refuge

Nov 7, 2016 - 00:02:28

In Willa Cather’s novel “O Pioneers!” a sister and brother  never forget the wild duck they saw playing in the river.

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Ep. 89: Control the Cubicle In Your Pocket

Nov 2, 2016 - 00:32:18

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

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Little: Getting Ready is a Key Aspect of Performance

Oct 31, 2016 - 00:03:03

Why the experience of taking exams in high school was so much better than taking exams in college.

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Ep. 88: Celebrate Holiday Breakfasts

Oct 26, 2016 - 00:30:15

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

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

Oct 24, 2016 - 00:03:34

A story from the life of St. Therese of Lisieux is a good reminder about how to accept a gift in the right spirit.

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Ep. 87: Live: Find a Happiness 911 Song

Oct 19, 2016 - 01:12:18

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

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

Oct 17, 2016 - 00:01:11

When we follow our natural interests and inclinations, it’s surprising how often we form the relationships that can help us succeed.

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Ep. 86: Be the Bearer of Some Good News

Oct 12, 2016 - 00:34:29

Why it's good to be the bearer of good news (at least sometimes), how other people affect our habits for better and for worse, why you should read a book related to a vacation, and a look at Obliger-rebellion. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/86; 774-277-9336.Panoply SurveyWe want you to tell us about the podcasts you enjoy, and how often you listen to them. So we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fill it out, you'll help Panoply to make great podcasts about the things you love. And things you didn’t even know you loved. To fill out the survey, just go to www.panoply.fm/survey

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

Oct 10, 2016 - 00:01:42

In a happy life, it’s helpful to keep a little space completely clear and open, but it’s also helpful to make room for some messiness, some unexpected treasure.

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Ep. 85: Ever Been Annoyed By A Gift?

Oct 5, 2016 - 00:36:14

Why you should give yourself something to look forward to; whether you’ve ever had an uneasy response to a gift, and Gretchen talk about her “Bowl of Requirement.” Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/85; 774-277-9336.Panoply SurveyWe want you to tell us about the podcasts you enjoy, and how often you listen to them. So we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to complete. If you fill it out, you'll help Panoply to make great podcasts about the things you love. And things you didn’t even know you loved. To fill out the survey, just go to www.panoply.fm/survey

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

Oct 3, 2016 - 00:02:01

If we really want to pursue some course, the fact that we’re not “good” at it shouldn’t stop us.

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Ep. 84: Try Doing Something EVERY Day

Sep 28, 2016 - 00:32:31

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

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

Sep 26, 2016 - 00:02:20

The artist Frank Stella’s remark is a happiness koan; it has great meaning, though it’s not exactly clear what that meaning is.

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

Sep 21, 2016 - 00:35:38

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

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

Sep 19, 2016 - 00:01:29

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor manages to sum up her secret of happiness in just three words.

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Ep. 82: Make a List (If You Want)

Sep 14, 2016 - 00:31:14

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

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Little: Your Question May Suggest Its Own Answer

Sep 12, 2016 - 00:02:26

In Piers Anthony’s fantasy novel “A Spell for Chameleon,” a character knows just what to say.

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Ep. 81: Lets Give Them Something to Talk About

Sep 7, 2016 - 00:30:01

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

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Little: Having More Doesn't Always Make Us Happier

Sep 5, 2016 - 00:01:34

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

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Ep. 80: A Discussion of the Five Love Languages

Aug 31, 2016 - 00:35:16

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

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

Aug 29, 2016 - 00:02:18

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

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Ep. 79: Revive a Dormant Friendship

Aug 24, 2016 - 00:35:58

Ep. 79: Why it's helpful to revive a dormant friendship, a deep dive into listeners' favorite "yearbook quotes," and the burning question of whether an Abstainer can indulge in chocolate, in moderation. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/78; 774-277-9336. 

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

Aug 22, 2016 - 00:03:25

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

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Ep. 78: Seek Out Silence

Aug 17, 2016 - 00:29:13

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

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

Aug 15, 2016 - 00:01:54

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

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Ep. 77: Plan an Errand Date

Aug 10, 2016 - 00:28:20

We talk about why it's fun to plan an "errand date," a happiness hack for dealing with other people's clutter, abd the value of improving the nasty areas of your home. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/75; 774-277-9336.

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

Aug 8, 2016 - 00:03:06

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

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

Aug 3, 2016 - 00:29:50

Why it's stimulating to write your manifesto; the joy of bringing your own condiments; and a listener requests suggestions for great wedding readings. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/75; 774-277-9336.

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Little: A Happiness Lesson From the Cat in the Hat

Aug 1, 2016 - 00:02:24

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

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Ep. 75: Become a Minor Expert

Jul 27, 2016 - 00:37:38

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

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

Jul 25, 2016 - 00:01:48

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

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Ep. 74: Choose A Quote for Your Yearbook Page

Jul 20, 2016 - 00:30:07

Choose a quote for your yearbook page, use the powerful Strategy of Pairing to master your habits—plus some discussion of the Four Tendencies framework of personality.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. Today’s show is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus. Start learning about anything and everything. Try it for free by visiting THE GREAT COURSES PLUS dot com slash HAPPIER.And by Headspace. Download Headspace for FREE and begin their Take 10 program for 10 days of guided meditation when you go to Headspace dot com slash HAPPIER.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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

Jul 18, 2016 - 00:02:30

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

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

Jul 13, 2016 - 00:47:44

Why we should get rid of something (like a shoe without a mate) as soon as it's useless; what to do when everything "turns to ashes," as recently happened to Elizabeth--and something beautiful that's yours for free.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. Today’s show is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus. Start learning about topics ranging from Psychology to Literature and many more. Try it for free by visiting THE GREAT COURSES PLUS dot com slash HAPPIER.And by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer. Go to Stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER for a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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

Jul 11, 2016 - 00:02:05

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

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Ep. 72: Beware The Incomplete Upgrade

Jul 6, 2016 - 00:34:40

Why we’re happier when we have room of our own, the challenge of the “incomplete upgrade,” and Gretchen gives herself a demerit for a parenting mistake.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by Texture. Start binge-reading for FREE, RIGHT NOW when you go to Texture.com/HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Blue Apron. Squarespace. Start building your website and get your free trial today. Go to Squarespace.com and enter offer code HAPPIER to get 10% off your order.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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

Jul 4, 2016 - 00:01:21

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

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

Jun 29, 2016 - 00:34:00

Gretchen and Elizabeth discuss why we  might want to choose a signature color for ourselves, and why we should ask, "Am I an alchemist or a leopard?" – plus how to fight FOMO.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. Today’s show is brought to you by Headspace. Download Headspace for FREE and begin their Take 10 program for 10 days of guided meditation when you go to Headspace dot com slash HAPPIER.And by Stitchfix, the online personal styling service with real stylists who handpick clothing for your taste, budget, lifestyle, and schedule. Sign up for free at Stitchfix.com. And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Little: Sometimes We Can Be Generous By Taking

Jun 27, 2016 - 00:02:50

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

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Ep. 70: Advice

Jun 22, 2016 - 00:38:15

Very Special Episode: Advice! Gretchen, Elizabeth, and listeners  reveal the best advice they’ve received for work, relationships, and life. So much great advice. And Gretchen and Elizabeth must say good-bye to their terrific producer Henry Molofsky. Call 774-277-9336, Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.  Check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others. 

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Little: Give Yourself a Lucky Charm

Jun 20, 2016 - 00:01:12

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

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Ep. 69: An Interview with the Musician Moby

Jun 15, 2016 - 00:40:59

Gretchen and Elizabeth discuss why we should give someone a surprise treat, and address, yet again, the thought-provoking subject of thank-you notes. They also talk to a special guest: the iconic musician and writer, Moby. And in a rare move, both Gretchen and Elizabeth give themselves gold stars.Want to get in touch?  Call 774-277-9336, on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. Check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others. And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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

Jun 13, 2016 - 00:01:54

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

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Ep. 68: How To Be On Time

Jun 8, 2016 - 00:25:01

Do you know someone who’s chronically late--or does that describe you? Gretchen and Elizabeth share a few tips for being on time. They also discuss the most enjoyable of the 21 “Better Than Before” habit strategies: the Strategy of Treats. An Obliger asks how she can give herself budget accountability while also maintaining her privacy. Gretchen gives herself a demerit for procrastinating about packing for Eleanor's sleepaway camp, and Elizabeth gives a gold star to an app.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Little: Am I Painting My Own Fakes?

Jun 6, 2016 - 00:01:54

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

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Ep. 67: Design Your Summer

Jun 1, 2016 - 00:33:11

On this first day of June, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft talk about the importance of “designing the summer” with a fresh routine and some different activities.  They also launch a new segment called "Deep Dive" or “Deluge” that will pop up whenever a deluge of responses warrants a deep dive into an issue raised in an earlier episode. For the inaugural Deep Dive, Gretchen and Elizabeth revisit the great thank-you note debate. A listener asks a question about an over-eager mother-in-law. Elizabeth gives herself a demerit for some home remodeling clutter, and Gretchen gives herself a gold star for a strategy to help her daughter sprint to the end of junior year.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.  This episode was sponsored by Texture. Start binge-reading for FREE, RIGHT NOW when you go to Texture.com/HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Blue Apron. Check out this week’s menu and get your two meals FREE—WITH FREE SHIPPING—by going to blueapron.com/HAPPIERAnd check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Little: Accept Yourself & Also Expect More From Yourself

May 30, 2016 - 00:02:21

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

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Ep. 66: The Pain of Email Etiquette

May 25, 2016 - 00:29:31

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft remind each other that usually, it’s best to offer advice only when asked. Agree? They also discuss what Elizabeth rightly calls “the problem of our time”-- writing emails. A listener asks a question about "vacation hangovers," Gretchen gives herself a demerit for not spending meaningful time with her family, and Elizabeth gives a gold star for Jack's school.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. To get 25% off on your window treatments – plus, free design consultation, go to smithandnoble.com/HAPPIERThis episode was also sponsored by Headspace. Experience the benefits of meditation in your busy, modern life with a FREE TRIAL today at headspace.com/HAPPIERAnd check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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

May 23, 2016 - 00:01:45

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

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Ep. 65: Arianna Huffington Says Go To Bed

May 18, 2016 - 00:37:20

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft each admit they have features of their homes that they wish they used more. We all do. And it's frustrating because these features--fireplaces, ovens, pools, entire rooms--are often some of the biggest reasons we chose our homes in the first place. The Try This At Home this week is to utilize these neglected features! Then Arianna Huffington joins us to tell you the scientific (and romantic!) reasons why you need to get more sleep. It will make you more joyful, more productive, and probably just a person you'd much rather be around. Finally, Elizabeth shares how she thinks she could be a better friend, and Gretchen gives a gold star to not 1, not 2, but 3 of her children's literature book groups!Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Stream hundreds of their courses, including How to Draw – FREE for one month when you sign up at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/HAPPIERThis episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. For a free 4 week trial and $110 bonus offer, go to stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER. And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Little: People Do Best What Comes Naturally

May 16, 2016 - 00:01:56

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

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Ep. 64: What Do You Lie About?

May 11, 2016 - 00:29:27

This week, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft discuss listener responses to episode 61's Try This at Home tip to stop apologizing. They talk about why you should go slow to go fast, and the benefits of asking yourself what you lie about. They also launch their new feature, Happiness Hacks, which offers little ways to make yourself happier. Finally, Elizabeth and Gretchen look back on their gold stars and demerits of the past week.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. For a 1 month free trial after subscribing, go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/happier. This episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. For a free 4 week trial and $110 bonus offer, go to stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER. And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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

May 9, 2016 - 00:02:17

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

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Ep. 63: A Debate About Thank You Notes

May 4, 2016 - 00:40:21

Back in episode 61, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft asked for ideas for tracking online passwords, and hundreds of listeners weighed in with suggestions, from apps to mnemonic devices. Also discussed: the habit-formation Strategy of Rewards, and why giving ourselves rewards can be dangerous when we’re trying to form a habit; and a 9-year-old fan asks how to be happier during test-taking. Finally, Elizabeth and Gretchen disagree about whether Elizabeth should give herself a demerit for failing to write thank-you notes.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. For a free 4 week trial and $110 bonus offer, go to stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER. This episode is also brought to you by Smith and Noble. Contact Smith & Noble today for 25% off on your window treatments plus free design consultation. Go to smithandnoble.com/HAPPIERAnd check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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

May 2, 2016 - 00:03:15

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

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

Apr 27, 2016 - 00:35:28

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft have a Try This At Home tip for which they can't think of a clever name. But basically, don't collect a lot of stuff you don't need.  Put a limit on the amount of ketchup packets, egg cartons, and plastic bags you save around the house. Then they discuss the happiness stumbling block of worlds colliding. It's stressful to have to be two different versions of yourself at the same time! What if your friends don't like each other? Plus a listener question about keeping your obliger partner happy, Gretchen's Demerit and Liz's Gold star. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode is brought to you by Smith and Noble. Contact Smith & Noble today for 25% off on your window treatments plus free design consultation. Go to smithandnoble.com/HAPPIERThis episode is also brought to you by Casper mattresses. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/HAPPIER and using promo code HAPPIER.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Little: Go Outside

Apr 25, 2016 - 00:01:38

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

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Ep. 61: Stop Apologizing

Apr 20, 2016 - 00:38:45

Elizabeth Craft tells Gretchen Rubin about a Try This At Home idea she had: stop apologizing. This doesn't mean don't own up to your mistakes, but rather make sure you're not OVER apologizing for small things. It's emotionally draining for both parties, and usually unnecessary. Then they discuss whether they prefer familiarity or variety in vacations, books, meals, and TV shows. Plus a listener question about systems for saving passwords, a look back at the lucky charms our listeners submitted, and Liz's Demerit and Gretchen's Gold star. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. For a free four week trial and $110 bonus offer, go to stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER. This episode is also brought to you by Smith and Noble. Contact Smith & Noble today for 25% off on your window treatments plus free design consultation. Go to smithandnoble.com/HAPPIERAnd check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Little: Outer Order Contributes To Inner Calm

Apr 18, 2016 - 00:02:21

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

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Ep. 60: On Set With Elizabeth

Apr 13, 2016 - 00:33:40

Elizabeth Craft has been shooting a TV pilot in New York for the past month. So, for this Very Special Episode, Gretchen Rubin and producer Henry Molofsky decided to trek up to Queens and bother Liz at her job on set. They're joined by the writer of the pilot, Helen Childress (who also wrote the film Reality Bites), plus Elizabeth's writing partner Sarah. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. For a 1 month free trial after subscribing, go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/happier. This episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. For a free four week trial and $110 bonus offer, go to stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Little: Flawed Is More Perfect Than Perfection

Apr 11, 2016 - 00:02:06

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

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Ep. 59: Do You Have A Lucky Charm?

Apr 6, 2016 - 00:31:15

Lucky charms may not really be lucky. But believing in them will help you all the same. On today's show, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft discuss the research behind these superstitions, and share their own charms.  Plus the habit strategy of distraction! Then your submitted daily mantras, Liz's demerit about her god daughter, and Gretchen's gold star about being crabby. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. For a 1 month free trial after subscribing, go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/happier.This episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. For a free four week trial and $110 bonus offer, go to stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Little: Tell Me What You Want For Dinner

Apr 4, 2016 - 00:01:45

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

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Ep. 58: The Pressure of Birthdays

Mar 30, 2016 - 00:24:14

There is a lot of pressure to have a good time on your birthday. And often that takes away from the fun of it. Especially with social media involved. Today on the show, Gretchen Rubin and guest host Eliza Rubin talk about the happiness stumbling block of birthday pressure. Plus they share the try this at home tip of finding something that always calms you down, your area of refuge. Then a listener question about waking up early as an obliger who lives alone, Gretchen's demerit about sunscreen, and Eliza's gold star to her college counselors. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.  Get The Best of The Happiness Project Blog: Ten Years of Happiness, Good Habits and More here. This episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. For 25% off your window treatments and free in-home consultation, go to smithandnoble.com/happier. This episode was also sponsored by Boll and Branch. Go to bollandbranch.com today for 20% off your entire order: sheets, towels, blankets, duvet covers… everything, when you use the promo code HAPPIER. Plus free shipping!And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Little: When You're Stressed, Try This

Mar 28, 2016 - 00:02:59

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

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Ep. 57: The Awful Habit of Awfulizing

Mar 23, 2016 - 00:32:42

Sometimes we let our hypothetical worst fears spiral out of control in our minds. Elizabeth calls this "awfulizing." Today on the show, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft discuss strategies for when this happens. Plus, the benefits of a daily mantra, and a listener question about where to put laundry that isn't clean, but isn't quite ready for the wash. They end with Liz's about packing, and Gretchen's gold star for a movie!Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official US postage from home. For a 4-week trial plus $110 Bonus Offer, go to Stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER. This episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. For 25% off your window treatments and free in-home consultation, go to smithandnoble.com/happier. And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Little: The Best Teacher

Mar 21, 2016 - 00:03:01

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

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Ep. 56: Schedule Time To Worry

Mar 16, 2016 - 00:37:28

It's interesting, usually you schedule something to make sure you do it, like go to the dentist. But sometimes scheduling can be a tool for limiting how much you do something. Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft discuss the strategy of scheduling time to worry. They also go through the panoply of loopholes we use to break our habits. Plus, a listener question about accountability groups for writers, Gretchen's demerit about leap year, and Liz's gold star for, oddly enough, a piece of technology.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To stream The Science of Mindfulness from The Great Courses Plus for free go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. Print official US postage from home. For a 4-week trial plus $110 Bonus Offer, go to Stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER. And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Ep. 55: The Dilemma of Switching Bags

Mar 9, 2016 - 00:27:26

What's more annoying than heading out for the day, only to realize you left that one thing you need in a different bag? Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft are on a mission to figure out the best solutions for switching bags. They also dive into the discussion of--well--discussions. Do you like brief ones or long ones? We've also got a listener question about technology addiction becoming a serious procrastination issue, plus Liz's demerit about coconuts and bananas, and Gretchen's gold star for a long lost olfactory trend. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To stream The Science of Mindfulness from The Great Courses Plus for free go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. Print official US postage from home. For a 4-week trial plus $110 Bonus Offer, go to Stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER. And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others

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Ep. 54: Celebrating A Year of Happier

Mar 2, 2016 - 00:41:23

Happy Anniversary to us! Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft are now one year happier, and we couldn't have done it without you. Let's look at how you, our listeners, have changed over the past year. And, we'll share some of the post popular Try This At Home's and favorite moments from the first year of the podcast. Gretchen's demerit this week is about fading away from a fun project. Liz's gold star goes to her son's grandparents.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier and enter promo code HAPPIER for 25% off your first window treatment purchase.This episode was also sponsored by Boll and Branch. Go to bollandbranch.com today for 20% off your entire order of bedding. Use promo code HAPPIER.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Ep. 53: Meditation...Sort Of

Feb 24, 2016 - 00:28:56

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft have a trick for using the word 'meditation' to enhance boring situations. They also discuss the tricky but common stumbling block of parenting competitiveness. Then they share some listener ANSWERS to earlier questions about recipes, photos, artwork and family updates. Liz's demerit this week is about her less than perfect skin care routine. Gretchen's gold star involves a wonderfully empathetic listener, and some tips about how we can all become better listeners ourselves.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. For a free trial and $110 bonus offer, go to Stamps.com, click the microphone on the top of the home page, and enter promo code HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier and enter promo code HAPPIER for 25% off your first purchase.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Ep. 52: Habits and Whole30 With Melissa Hartwig

Feb 17, 2016 - 00:34:35

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft ask themselves, "What happens if I ignore this?" and notice that a lot of potential anxieties never bubble up just by asking this simple phrase. Then they are joined by author and co-creator of the Whole 30 diet program, Melissa Hartwig, to discuss some strategies for jumpstarting your eating habits. And of course Gretchen's demerit, which involves a duvet cover, and Liz's gold star about reality TV.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. For a free trial and $110 bonus offer, go to Stamps.com, click the microphone on the top of the home page, and enter promo code HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier and enter promo code HAPPIER for 25% off your first purchase.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Ep. 51: Help! I Always Forget Names

Feb 10, 2016 - 00:34:16

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft have been there -- that awkward situation when you can't remember the name of someone who you've definitely met before. Don't worry, they have a whole bunch of tips for gracefully maneuvering out of those sticky spots. They also discuss the Better Than Before habit strategy of safeguarding your good habits, a listener question about the stress of ignoring phone calls from loved ones, plus Liz's demerit and Gretchen's gold star.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To stream The Fundamentals of Photography from The Great Courses Plus for free go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. For a free trial and $110 bonus offer, go to Stamps.com, click the microphone on the top of the home page, and enter promo code HAPPIER.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Ep. 50: Ask For A Favor

Feb 3, 2016 - 00:33:00

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft have a counterintuitive method for making friends: asking for a favor. They also discuss the Know Yourself Better dichotomy of Cooperation v. Competition. Plus, a listener question about saving great articles and recipes efficiently, Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To stream The Fundamentals of Photography from The Great Courses Plus for free go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Contact Smith and Noble today to get my special, limited time offer: 20% off on your window treatments – plus, a Free In-Home Consultation! Go to smithandnoble.com/HAPPIER.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Ep. 49: LIVE In San Francisco!

Jan 27, 2016 - 01:08:47

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft are doing their Very Special Episode a week early, in front of a sold out theater in The Mission, San Francisco. They share Try This At Home tips for traveling without tears. They're joined by two special guests, Nir Eyal and Jake Knapp. They discuss the Happiness Stumbling Block of public speaking. Plus, two audience members are treated to New Year's Resolution Boosters. And finally Liz's demerit and Gretchen's gold star.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official US postage from home. For a 4-week trial plus $110 Bonus Offer, go to Stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Boll and Branch. They're reinventing sheets and bedding with the sole purpose of making your nights more comfortable than ever. Try them risk free for 30 nights and get 20% off your entire order at bollandbranch.com with promo code HAPPIER.And our special live show sponsor was Audible.com. For a free audio book and 30 day free trial, go to audible.com/happier.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Ep. 48: Got The Sunday Blues?

Jan 20, 2016 - 00:31:51

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft have a fun idea for rotating pictures throughout your home. Then they are joined by Panoply colleagues Laura Mayer and Sarah Bentley to discuss the Sunday Blues and what you can do about. Plus, a listener question about "toxic" friendships, Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Happier will be LIVE in San Francisco tomorrow, January 21st. Ticket are sold out and we can't wait to see you there!Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. Print official US postage from home. For a 4-week trial plus $110 Bonus Offer, go to Stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To stream The Everyday Gourmet from The Great Courses Plus for free go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/HAPPIER.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Ep. 47: Liz Misses Out On A Romantic Moment

Jan 13, 2016 - 00:29:33

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft share an important tip for parties and get togethers: plan your exit . They also discuss the Better Than Before habit strategy that trumps all strategies: convenience. Plus, Mary Harris, host of the WNYC podcast Only Human drops by to talk about their Stick To It science experiment that you can particpate in at OnlyHuman.org/sticktoit. Finally, Liz's demerit and Gretchen's gold star.Happier will be LIVE in San Francisco on 1/21/16! Ticket are sold out and we can't wait to see you there!Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To stream The Everyday Gourmet from The Great Courses Plus for free go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. Print official US postage from home. For a 4-week trial plus $110 Bonus Offer, go to Stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER.And check out Gretchen's books Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and others.

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Ep. 46: Don't Get Organized

Jan 6, 2016 - 00:24:33

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft don't want you to organize all your stuff. They encourage you to get rid of the stuff you don't need. Donate it! Gift it! Recycle it. But don't keep it. Even the sentimental stuff. They also answer a listener question about rewards and treats, plus Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Happier will be LIVE in San Francisco on 1/21/16! Get your tickets and a free copy of Better Than Before before they sell out at Slate.com/Happier.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Framebridge, the easy way to custom frame your art and photos. Go to Framebridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order.This episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. Print official US postage from home. For a 4-week trial plus $110 Bonus Offer, go to Stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER.

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

Dec 30, 2015 - 00:30:54

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft are back in Kansas City for the holidays. They stop by Winstead's, one of their favorite spots in town, to talk about special places, then head home to discuss New Years Resolutions. They also are joined by a childhood friend, and Gretchen's daughters, for updates and Gold Stars.Happier will be LIVE in San Francisco on 1/21/16! Get your tickets and a free copy of Better Than Before before they sell out at Slate.com/Happier.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Framebridge, the easy way to custom frame your art and photos. Go to Framebridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order.This episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. Print official US postage from home. For a 4-week trial plus $110 Bonus Offer, go to Stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER.

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Ep. 44: Drew Barrymore Gets Personal. And Happier

Dec 23, 2015 - 00:41:59

Actress, author, director, and producer Drew Barrymore joins Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft to talk about being a mom, finding her priorities, and her own Try This At Home tip. They also share discuss end of year rituals, plus Liz's demerit and Gretchen's's gold star.Happier will be LIVE in San Francisco on 1/21/16! Get your tickets and a free copy of Better Than Before before they sell out at Slate.com/Happier.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Little Passports. Give your kids the gift of adventure this holiday with a subscription to Little Passports. HAPPIER listeners can save 40% on their first month today by using promo code HAPPY at checkout or by going to LittlePassports.com/HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Stamps.com. Print official US postage from home. For a 4-week trial plus $110 Bonus Offer, go to Stamps.com and enter promo code HAPPIER.

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

Dec 16, 2015 - 00:34:22

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft take your questions and comments from the Month of Tendencies. We also hear some of the amazing tendency mottos you submitted. Plus, Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Happier will be LIVE in San Francisco on 1/21/16! Get your tickets and a free copy of Better Than Before before they sell out at Slate.com/Happier.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was also sponsored by The Great Courses. Get up to 80% off their bestselling series by going to thegreatcourses.com/HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/HAPPIER for 20% off your window treatments.  Music by BBATV "Isn't The Rain Nice Today" http://freemusicarchive.org/music/bbatv/PEACE_is_king_here/bbatv_-_PEACE_is_king_here_-_08__isnt_the_rain_nice_today-

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Ep. 42: Act How You Want To Feel

Dec 9, 2015 - 00:31:37

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft discuss the counter-intuitive happiness tip of acting how you want to feel. William James once wrote, "Actions seems to follow feeling, but really actions and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not." Plus, they dive deeper in to the abstainer/moderator distinction, a listener question about when to quit and when to push through an important challenge, and Liz's demerit and Gretchen's gold star.We are recording Happier with Gretchen and Liz LIVE in San Francisco on January 21st, 2016! Get your tickets before they sell out at Slate.com/Happier. Tickets include a free copy of Better Than Before, which Gretchen will be signing after the show. Slate.com/happierDo you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was also sponsored by The Great Courses. Get up to 80% off their bestselling series by going to thegreatcourses.com/HAPPIER.This episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/HAPPIER for 20% off your window treatments.

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Ep. 41: Put An End To Impulse Shopping

Dec 2, 2015 - 00:27:46

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft share a super simple tip to prevent clutter. Plus, some INCONVENIENT ways to put an end to impulse shopping, a listener question about how much you can contribute to your own happiness, and Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Happier is brought to you today by Smith + Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/HAPPIER for 20% off your window treatments.This episode was also sponsored by Framebridge. Visit frambridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order.

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

Nov 25, 2015 - 00:39:10

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft asked and you, the listeners, delivered. This episode is a feast of Try This At Home tips all about the holidays, and a list of holiday essential activities, all submitted by the wonderful Happier listeners. Plus, Liz's demerit, and Gretchen's gold star.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Framebridge. Visit frambridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order.This episode was also sponsored by Little Passports. Happier listeners can save 40% on their first month with promo code HAPPY. Learn more at littlepassports.com/happier

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Ep. 39: Elizabeth Talks About Getting Fired

Nov 18, 2015 - 00:28:16

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft discuss a common struggle that most of us will deal with at some point in our lives: getting fired. Although you may wish it upon no one, losing your job can have some surprising benefits. Then a Know Yourself Better about alone time versus time with friends, and a listener questions about dealing with criticism, plus Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses. Get up to 80% off the original price on a selection of 8 of their bestselling series– including:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier.This episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.

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

Nov 11, 2015 - 00:40:30

It's week 4 of the Month of Tendencies and Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft are talking about Rebels. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? What are some tips for Rebels, and for those who live with them? They answer some listener questions, plus Liz's demerit and Gretchen's gold star.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses. Get up to 80% off the original price on a selection of 8 of their bestselling series– including:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier.This episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.

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Ep. 37: Obligers - Are You an Elizabeth?

Nov 4, 2015 - 00:35:44

It's week 3 of the Month of Tendencies and Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft are focussing on the most popular of all the tendencies: Obligers. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? What are some tips for Obligers, and for those who live with them? They answer some listener questions, plus Gretchen's demerit-no-more! and Liz's gold star.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.The episode was also sponsored by Blue Apron. For your first 2 meals free, go to blueapron.com/happier. Blue Apron, a better way to cook.

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

Oct 28, 2015 - 00:38:29

It's week 2 of the Month of Tendencies and Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft are joined by their book agent Christy Fletcher to focus on Questioners. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? What are some tips for Questioners, and for those who live with them? They answer some listener questions, plus Liz's demerit and Gretchen's gold star.Want an alert when Gretchen's new book on the four tendencies comes out? Text the word "Tendencies" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier for up to 80% off some of their most popular courses.The episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.

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Ep. 35: Upholders - Are You A Hermione?

Oct 21, 2015 - 00:35:45

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft are launching their Month of Tendencies by talking about Upholders. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? What are some tips for upholders, and for those who live with them? They answer some listener questions, plus Liz's demerit and Gretchen's gold star.Want an alert when Gretchen's new book on the four tendencies comes out? Text the word "Tendencies" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier for up to 80% off some of their most popular courses.The episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.

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Ep. 34: The Habits of A Rebel Harvard Physicist

Oct 14, 2015 - 00:28:00

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft encourage you to have a difficult conversation, whether it's about health, money, or your family will. Then they talk to Professor of Physics at Harvard University Lisa Randall. She shares some of the habits that fit her rebellious tendency, which helped her write her new book Dark Matter and The Dinosaurs, out soon. Plus, Gretchen's Demerit and Liz's Gold Star.Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.The episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.

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Ep. 33: Send Yourself To Boot Camp

Oct 7, 2015 - 00:27:36

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft have tip for when you're stuck at something you want to improve: send yourself to boot camp. It's not going to change your habits, but it can definitely jump start you. They also share the most fascinating habit formation strategy--one you can't plan: the lightning bolt. Plus, a listen question about small leftover tasks after moving, and Liz and Gretchen's shared demerit and Gretchen's gold star.Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier for up to 80% off some of their most popular courses.The episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.

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Ep. 32: Why Teasing May Be Bad For Happiness

Sep 30, 2015 - 00:28:18

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft have already lowered the bar. Now they want to raise it back up. They also share a happiness stumbling block that is both obvious, but misunderstood: teasing. Plus, some of your responses to Eliza's request for advice, and Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier for up to 80% off some of their most popular courses.The episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.

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Ep. 31: Choose A Personal Symbol

Sep 23, 2015 - 00:28:03

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft each have their own way of making time every day to be grateful for what they have. They also share their personal symbols, and the meanings behind them. Plus, a listener question about the sense of sadness that often follows big happy life milestones, and Liz's demerit and Gretchen's gold star.Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz? Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.The episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.This episode was also sponsored by Blue Apron. Get your first two meals on us at blueapron.com/happier.

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

Sep 16, 2015 - 00:28:25

It's another Very Special Episode! And for number 30, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft interview a very special guest, Eliza Rubin. Yep, Gretchen's 16 year old daughter (and Elizabeth's niece) is on the podcast to talk about being a teen in 2015. Her Try This at Home is to give yourself a mission when you have free time. They also discuss Snapchat politics, and Eliza's anxiety about Junior year and applying to college. Plus, Eliza shares her Demerit and Gold Star. Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.The episode was also sponsored by Casper. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting www.casper.com/Happier and using the promo code HAPPIER. 

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Ep. 29: The Fantasy of Perfection

Sep 9, 2015 - 00:27:38

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft suggest that sometimes--just sometimes--you should lower the bar. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. They also discuss the strategy of taking advantage of a clean slate to make or break a habit, a listener question about staying positive when you have young kids, plus Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by The Great Course. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier for 80% off one of eight of their best selling courses.The episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off your window treatments, and a free in home consultation.   

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Ep. 28: We Live The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Sep 2, 2015 - 00:29:23

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft warn against interviewing your friends and loved ones for pain, no matter how tempting it may be. They also discuss the perils of shared work, a listener question about ice cream, plus Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by The Great Course. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier for 80% off one of eight of their best selling courses.The episode was also sponsored by Warby Parker, a new concept in eye wear. Choose 5 free home-try-on frames at warbyparker.com/happier.  

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Ep. 27: The Bigger Life

Aug 26, 2015 - 00:23:48

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft use a deceptively simple motto to help decide complex life challenges. It's the motto Gretchen used to decided whether to not to get a dog. Find out what she decided! They also discuss the Know Yourself Better question, "What's your tell?" and a listener question about answers to "How are you?." Plus, Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Check out the dog responses you sent us: http://happierpodcastdogs.tumblr.com/ Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for a free in home consultation and 20% off your window treatments.The episode was also sponsored by Blue Apron, the better way to cook. Get your first two meals on us at blueapron.com/happier. 

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Ep. 26: Procrastinating and Tomorrow Logic

Aug 19, 2015 - 00:28:17

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft start the school year with a one word theme for themselves. They also discuss the Better Than Before habit strategy of starting a new habit TODAY. Plus a listener question about procrastinating, Liz's demerit and Gretchen's gold star.Check out the dog responses: happierpodcastdogs.tumblr.com/  Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. Go to www.stamps.com and enter offer code HAPPIER for a $110 bonus offer, which includes $55 in FREE postage. This episode was also sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for a free in home consultation and 20% off your window treatments.

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

Aug 12, 2015 - 00:30:03

Author A.J. Jacobs joins Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft to share five, count em, five Try This At Home tips from his immersive writing projects. Plus Gretchen's demerit and Liz's gold star.Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. Go to www.stamps.com and enter offer code HAPPIER for a $110 bonus offer, which includes $55 in FREE postage. This episode was also sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to www.thegreatcourses.com/happier for up to 80% off 8 of their bestselling courses including Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide. 

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Ep. 24: Let's Talk About Dogs

Aug 5, 2015 - 00:25:15

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft never forget how easy it is to forget, and encourage you to photograph every day life. Gretchen also shares an assay about the paradox of love that pushes you to be your best. Plus a listener question about happiness in a new home, and Gretchen's demerit appeal: should she get a dog?Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com. This episode was sponsored by Stamp.com. Go to www.stamps.com and enter offer code HAPPIER for a $110 bonus offer, which includes $55 in FREE postage. This episode was also sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to www.thegreatcourses.com/happier for up to 80% off 8 of their bestselling courses including Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide. 

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Ep. 23: Nothing Stays in Vegas

Jul 29, 2015 - 00:26:03

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft each pick TV shows (and podcasts) to help bond with coworkers and family. They also discuss savoring verse spree-ing with producer Henry Molofsky, a listener question about sticking to habits while traveling, plus Liz's Demerit, and Gretchen's Gold Star. Want to join Gretchen's free monthly newsletter? Text the word "Happier" to 66866, then enter your email when prompted. It's that easy.Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Blue Apron. Discover a better way to cook.  Visit BlueApron.com/Happier to get your first two meals free.We are also sponsored by Audible. Get a free audiobook and 30-day trial today by signing up at www.audible.com/happier.

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Ep. 22: Creative Habits with Guest Rosanne Cash

Jul 22, 2015 - 00:34:10

Singer, songwriter, and author Rosanne Cash joins Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft to explore habits of creativity. They also discuss the Try This At Home tip of "saving that string," plus Gretchen's Demerit, and Liz's Gold Star. Here's the link to our survey: Panoply.fm/survey  Please take a minute to fill it out. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. Go to www.stamps.com and enter offer code HAPPIER for a $110 bonus offer, which includes $55 in FREE postage. This episode was also sponsored by Casper. For $50 toward any mattress purchase, visit www.casper.com/HAPPIER and using the promo code HAPPIER.

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

Jul 15, 2015 - 00:24:29

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft share the many valuable reasons for joining or starting a group. Then they discuss the strategy of scheduling. Plus, a listener question about enjoying the present moment, Gretchen's Demerit, and Liz's Gold Star. Here's the link to our survey: Panoply.fm/survey  Please take a minute to fill it out. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Stamps.com. Go to www.stamps.com and enter offer code HAPPIER for a $110 bonus offer, which includes $55 in FREE postage. This episode was also sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to www.thegreatcourses.com/happier for up to 80% off 8 of their bestselling courses, including The Art of Travel Photography. 

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

Jul 8, 2015 - 00:37:22

We made it to 20 episodes! To celebrate, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft decided to focus on you, our listeners. You called in and told us about relationships you want to change, and Demerits and Gold Stars of your own. Topics include know-it-alls, healthy habits, scheduling friends and family, and much, much more. PLUS! This week is our Make A Friend Happier drive! We're asking you, our devoted listeners, to think of one friend or family member, and show them a segment or episode of Happier that you think they would enjoy. If they're new to podcast listening, show them how they can access the show for themselves! We thank you for your support (and think your friend will too)!Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Stamp.com. Go to www.stamps.com and enter offer code HAPPIER for a $110 bonus offer, which includes $55 in FREE postage. This episode was also sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to www.thegreatcourses.com/happier for up to 80% off 8 of their bestselling courses including The Art of Travel Photography. 

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Dan Harris Is 10% Happier

Jul 1, 2015 - 00:25:47

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft sit down to talk meditation with Dan Harris, author of "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works — a True Story." You may also know Dan has a correspondent for ABC News, anchor of Nightline, and co-anchor of Good Morning America. This week's Try This At Home is to enjoy the fun of failure. Plus, Liz's Demerit, and Gretchen's Gold Star. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Framebridge. Go to www.framebridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order.This episode was also sponsored by Little Passports. HAPPIER listeners can save 40% on their first month today with promo code HAPPY. Learn more at www.littlepassports.com/happier.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Focus on Your Foundations

Jun 24, 2015 - 00:22:32

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft talk about why worth spending more money on experiences than things. Then they the strategy of working on your "foundations." Plus, a listener questions about being a being a Questioner, Gretchen's Demerit, and Liz's Gold Star. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Smith + Nobel. Go to www.smithandnoble/HAPPIER for 20% off on your window treatments. This episode was also Squarespace. Go to www.squarespace.com and use the promo code HAPPIER at checkout for 10% off. 

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: My Precious!

Jun 17, 2015 - 00:23:34

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft talk about why it's so important to have an exact place for everything. Then they discuss the danger of having a "precioussss!" Plus, a listener questions about being a night Owl, Liz's Demerit, and Gretchen's Gold Star. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Smith + Nobel. Go to www.smithandnoble/HAPPIER for 20% off on your window treatments. This episode was also Framebridge. Visit www.framebridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% of your first order.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Imitate Your Spiritual Master

Jun 10, 2015 - 00:27:06

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft have spiritual masters who they strive to imitate in rather telling ways. Who’s yours? Then they discuss the first step in changing any behavior: monitoring. Plus, a listener questions about staying positive through transitions, Gretchen’s Demerit, and Liz’s Gold Star. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Smith + Nobel. Go to www.smithandnoble/HAPPIER for 20% off on your window treatments. This episode was also Framebridge. Visit www.framebridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% of your first order.

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

Jun 3, 2015 - 00:33:53

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft are trying to become tourists in their own city to fully appreciate their homes. They also have their very first podcast guest, author Tom Rath, whose latest book is called Eat, Move, Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes.  Plus, a listener questions about the snooze button, Liz’s Demerit, and Gretchen’s Gold Star. Do you have a question or story for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Smith + Nobel. Go to www.smithandnoble/HAPPIER for 20% off on your window treatments. This episode was also Framebridge. Visit www.framebridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% of your first order.

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

May 27, 2015 - 00:23:48

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft tell each other about the different shrines they’ve each built in their homes, and how highly curated material possessions can add to happiness. They also examine the many distinctions in peoples’ personalities that are important for helping individuals build habits in unique ways, e.g.: are you a night owl or a morning Lark? Plus, a listener questions about making habits stick, Gretchen’s Demerit, and Liz’s Gold Star. Do you have a question for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier for 80% off select courses. This episode was also sponsored by Squarespace. Go to squarespace.com and use the offer code HAPPIER at checkout to receive 10% off. 

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop Reading That Book!

May 20, 2015 - 00:24:57

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft have a tip to help you read more: stop reading books you don’t enjoy! They also share a Know Yourself Better quiz for forming habits. Plus, a listener question about dating in your twenties! And of course, Liz’s Demerit and Gretchen’s Gold Star.Do you have a question for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier for 80% off select courses. This episode was also sponsored by Framebridge. If you go to framebridge.com, use the promo code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order. 

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Learning from Tigger and Eeyore

May 13, 2015 - 00:29:35

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft want you to indulge in a modest splurge (key word: modest). They also dig into Winnie the Pooh to see what the children’s book has to teach us about our moods. Plus a listener question about road rage, and Gretchen’s Demerit and Liz’ Gold Star.Do you have a question for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off window treatments and a FREE in-home consultation. This episode was also sponsored by The Great Courses. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier for 80% off select courses. 

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

May 6, 2015 - 00:25:35

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft suggest you make the positive argument when you’re too hard on yourself—or your friends. Are you an abundance lover or a simplicity lover? Plus a listener question about what to do when it’s hard to do those happy things, and Liz’s Demerit and Gretchen’s Gold Star.Do you have a question for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored The Great Courses. Go to thegreatcourses.com/happier for 80% off select courses. And by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off window treatments and a FREE in-home consultation. 

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

Apr 29, 2015 - 00:23:07

In this special episode, Gretchen Rubin goes to Los Angeles to clean out Elizabeth Craft’s closet. Along the way, Gretchen packs this podcast with organizational tips you can try at home, questions to help you know yourself better, and happiness stumbling blocks that may be hiding at the back of your own closet. Do you have a question for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.Music: Hustle by Kevin MacLeodThis episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off window treatments and a FREE in-home consultation. And by Travel Zoo. Head to www.travelzoo.com to sign up for a free membership or download the highly rated Travel Zoo app.

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

Apr 22, 2015 - 00:30:24

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft take a cue from Parks and Recreation. They also examine the “Fake Self-Actualization Loophole,” answer a listener question about healthy rewards, and share Gretchen’s Demerit and Liz’s Gold Star. Do you have a question for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or leave a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.This episode was sponsored by Smith and Noble. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 20% off window treatments and a FREE in-home consultation. And by Travel Zoo. Head to www.travelzoo.com to sign up for a free membership or download the highly rated Travel Zoo app.

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

Apr 15, 2015 - 00:20:13

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft share an easy habit for brightening your daily interactions with friends and family. They also ask their 10-year-old selves for advice on what makes them happy. Plus, a listener question about goals, as well as Liz’s Demerit and Gretchen’s Gold Star. Do you have a question for Gretchen and Liz?  Leave a voicemail at 774-277-9336 You can also reach them on Twitter at @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft, on Facebook at facebook.com/GretchenRubin, by email at Podcast@gretchenrubin.com, or through a comment on Gretchen’s blog, gretchenrubin.com.

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Happier With Gretchen Rubin: Indulge Your Inner Toddler

Apr 8, 2015 - 00:21:15

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft say it's ok--even beneficial--to treat yourself like a toddler. Don't be intimidated by their discussion of "oppositional conversational style"! Plus, a listener question about habits, and Gretchen's Demerit and Liz's Gold Star.This episode was sponsored by Framebridge. Visit frambridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Power of Envy

Apr 1, 2015 - 00:21:06

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft share a tip you can think of as the One Minute Rule’s big sister – the power hour.  And teach you how to tap into your envy as a tool for personal gain. Plus, Liz’s Demerit and Gretchen’s Gold Star. This episode was sponsored by Framebridge. Visit frambridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop and Smell the Happy

Mar 25, 2015 - 00:21:10

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft share a ubiquitous (and free!) source of pleasure, discuss how working can be a dangerous form of procrastination, and go over a few rituals to ensure a happy morning. Plus, Gretchen's Demerit and Liz's Gold Star.This episode was sponsored by Framebridge. Visit frambridge.com and use code HAPPIER at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order.

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

Mar 18, 2015 - 00:22:48

In Episode 4, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft tackle their fantasies of actually keeping a journal, figure out if they work better as marathoners or sprinters, and share their weekly Demerit and Gold Star. 

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Evil Donut Bringer

Mar 11, 2015 - 00:20:27

In Episode 3, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft 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.Twitter: @gretchenrubin, @elizabethcraft. Facebook: www.facebook.com/gretchenrubin. Email: podcast@gretchenrubin.com.

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

Mar 4, 2015 - 00:21:15

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. Twitter: @gretchenrubin, @elizabethcraft. Facebook: www.facebook.com/gretchenrubin. Email: podcast@gretchenrubin.com.

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

Feb 25, 2015 - 00:20:53

Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully.Twitter: @gretchenrubin, @elizabethcraft. Facebook: www.facebook.com/gretchenrubin. Email: podcast@gretchenrubin.com.

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THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE
#606 - Randall Carlson

Feb 4, 2015 - 3:09:16

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