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Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully. Part of the Cadence13 Network.
 
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A visit to the train station reminded me of a morning, years ago, when my daughter Eliza had a tough time boarding the train. It wasn’t much fun at the time, but looking back, it’s a happy memory. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes…
 
We talk about why we might upgrade the makeshift—that is, address with any temporary situations that have become permanent. We also share listeners’suggestions for gifts for teachers and school staff, as well as a great photo-related gift that deepens relationships. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in tou…
 
A passage from poet Stephen Spender’s autobiography is an example of a familiar tension: How do we stay open to constructive criticism and direction, yet also hold fast to our own creative vision? Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes…
 
We talk about technology; it can help a person who lacks a sense of direction and also help to reduce food waste. We also discuss how we can elevate an event by giving it an official name. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes by emai…
 
Hollywood legend Kevin Hart shares his insights and stories about how to deal with the “monsters” that lurk inside each of us. We also share listeners’ imaginative ideas for better holiday decorating, and we review the steps for helping to save someone—or ourselves—from choking. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.c…
 
In Elizabeth Strout’s novel “Oh, William!” a character recalls the loving help she was given, and how she never forgot it. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletter Leave a vo…
 
We offer many suggestions for holiday gifts, of all kinds: substantial gifts, stock- stuffers, experiences-as-gifts, and handmade. We also share a hack for helping a long line to move more quickly, and we talk to scientist and writer Temple Grandin about her new book, “Visual Thinking.” Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretche…
 
Reflecting back on the ritual of dismissal from my daughter’s day camp, I’m reminded of the importance of moments of transitions—for children and for adults. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretc…
 
We talk about why Elizabeth managed to make so much progress on her “Summer of Health” and a new hack for getting more reading done—plus we discuss a way to make the holidays easier and more fun. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes …
 
We talk about the question, “Have you ever saved someone’s life?” and ways that we might save a life. We also discuss readers’ suggestions about ways to use packing cubes, time capsules, and how to encourage a student to show up to school on time. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @G…
 
When a friend told me that she felt hurt that her husband didn’t want to read the draft of her memoir, I was reminded of a line from ancient philosophy. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenru…
 
Inspired by listeners, we discuss the suggestion to buy ourselves flowers. We also discuss an easy way to carve out an extra hour each day and talk about why writing a manifesto is a great creative tool for making our lives happier. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & …
 
The old story about “The Bear and the Two Hikers” is funny, and it also conveys a helpful truth: Sometimes, to succeed, we don’t have to be perfect, we just need to do a little better than someone else. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show…
 
We talk about the satisfaction of creating an easy and fun family tradition, and why it’s so satisfying to use your strengths to help someone else. We also talk about why sharing an enthusiasm is a great way to cultivate a friendship. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin …
 
We talk about why you might create a time capsule as a way to hold on to memories. We also discuss an easy way to make a party more fun, and consider a listener’s question about how to help a Rebel student arrive on time. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft G…
 
In 1820, English writer and cleric Sydney Smith wrote a letter to an unhappy friend with suggestions for how to cheer up. Most of the 19 items on his list would still work today. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes by email every we…
 
To celebrate our 400 th episode, we share listeners’ answers to the question, “From the previous 400 episodes, what favorite ideas or hacks have helped you to become happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative?” Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft …
 
Laughing about the fact that something I wrote was “boring and confusing” helped me stay open to criticism. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes by email every week here: http://gretchenrubin.com/#newsletter Leave a voicemail message…
 
We talk about the satisfaction of dealing with doctors’ appointment, share some great travel hacks, and explore how the terminology of devices has seeped into everyday conversation. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes by email every…
 
We talk about how we can give a gift to our future-selves by starting to prepare for the holidays early. We also share a listener’s hack about getting great photos, and we talk to Whole30’s Melissa Urban about practical strategies for establishing healthy boundaries. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in to…
 
The touch of another person can be powerful. In Kate Bowler’s thought-provoking memoir, “Everything Happens for a Reason,” she tells a doctor that if he’s going to deliver bad news, he needs to be holding her hand. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the …
 
We talk about how and why we might rest our senses, discuss an easy hack for making family vacation time more pleasant, and talk to author Laura Vanderkam about concrete strategies for getting more done—including getting more fun. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @L…
 
Paul McCartney describes himself as a “Beatles fan.” Perhaps, after so many years, he’s experiencing the band from the outside as well as from the inside. It’s interesting to consider that perhaps we, as devoted fans, experience some piece of art as deeply, in our own way, as the artist who created it. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft;…
 
We talk about the happiness of spending the weekend with our parents in our hometown of Kansas City, reminisce about “Flower Fridays,” and discuss the question whether we want to wear shoes. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Get the podcast show notes by em…
 
We talk about why we should stop “phubbing” (phone snubbing) people during conversations. We also share suggestions from listeners about simple ways to get more organized, clear clutter, and take medication consistently. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCraft Ge…
 
Fashion icon Diana Vreeland said of her husband, “I can remember always pulling myself up, thinking, ‘I must be at my very best.’” Her observation points to a tension within love: love is unconditional, and love is demanding. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com Get in touch on Instagram: @GretchenRubin & @LizCra…
 
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