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Listen to this wonderful podcast on building a happier life with host Gretchen Rubin, author of such books as The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and her latest book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. In the podcast Rubin is joined by her sister Elizabeth Craft, and they discuss many practical ways that you can be happier in your daily life. In recent episodes you’ll hear them discuss the importance of joining groups, buying experiences instead of things, getting enough sleep, and a whole lot more. They also invite guests on their show that share ideas on ways to be happier. No matter how happy or unhappy you are in your life right now, you can definitely benefit from listening and putting into practice some of the ideas in this podcast.


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Great podcast
Reviewer mistakesweremade
 August 24, 2015
I love this podcast. It is short, well edited, well structured, and packed with useful and achievable advice. I have tried most of the tips, and they are usually fun. Recommended!

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Ep. 113: Reclaim Your Dump Zones

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 19, 2017


Why you should reclaim your dump zones, how to make a tough decision, and is your birthday important to you? Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/113; 774-277-9336. 

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Little: One of the Worst Ways to Waste Time

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Apr 17, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 12, 2017


Pick a uniform, time yourself doing a task, a deep dive into an irksome request from a boss - plus the benefit of sloth videos. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/112; 774-277-9336. 

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Little: We Can Help Others to See Themselves Differently

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Apr 10, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 05, 2017


Beware of "storage," a hack about flipping a coin, and more on the constant challenge of email. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/111; 774-277-9336. 

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Apr 03, 2017


I often think of this old joke in the context of habit change: If we want to find what we’re looking for, we have to search in the right place.

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Ep. 110: Are You Lonely?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 29, 2017


Very Special Episode: We talk about different types of loneliness, and what to do about it. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/110; 774-277-9336. And listen to Kristen Meinzer and Henry Molofsky'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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Mar 27, 2017


One of my favorite passages from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” holds a terrific happiness reminder: we can always try minding our own business.

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Ep. 109: Pay Attention to the Light

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 22, 2017


Pay attention to the light, a great idea for an April Fool's Day tradition, and a demerit for talking too much. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast/109; 774-277-9336

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Little: Experience is a Great Teacher

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Mar 20, 2017


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"

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 15, 2017


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

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Little: It’s Nice to Get a Gold Star

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Mar 13, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 08, 2017


Plan a secret date, a fascinating conversation with Susan Cain, author of "Quiet," and how to discover and listen to more podcasts. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/107; 774-277-9336. 

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Little: Never Have a Crush on Just One Person

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


Our favorite Try-This-At-Home tips, some great before-and-after stories, and our favorite moments from the past year. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/106; 774.277.9336. 

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Feb 27, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Feb 22, 2017


Why we should try to end on a high note, child-like wonder vs. adult-like wonder, and a confession of unjust accusation. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/105; 774.277.9336. 

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Feb 20, 2017


It’s one of the great dreams of the United States: “I don’t say I’m no better than anybody else, but I’ll be danged if I ain’t jist as good.”

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Ep. 104: Happiness Stumbling Block: The News

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Feb 15, 2017


Why it's fun to have a life-story conversation, how to handle the emotional toll of the news, and a gold star for the New York City subway system. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/104; 774.277.9336. 

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Feb 13, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Feb 08, 2017


Pick the right moment to have a tough conversation, how to be happier during a tough time, and a deep dive into the Instagram #Happier2017 project. Get in touch @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/103; 774-277-9336. 

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Feb 06, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Feb 01, 2017


Why finding the missing puzzle piece can boost happiness, taming the "travel beast," and how personalized mugs can help solve the problem of the messy office kitchen. Get in touch @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/102; 774-277-9336. 

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Little: No Deposit, No Return

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jan 30, 2017


There are few iron laws of the universe, but one such law seems to be: No deposit, no return. We never get out of things more than we put into them.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jan 25, 2017


Do something for your future self, think about whether you’re an “integrator” or “compartmentalizer,” and how flying wish paper can soothe heartache. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/101; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jan 23, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jan 18, 2017


To celebrate our 100th consecutive episode, we did a Very VERY Special Episode, where we answered questions from listeners. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/100; 774-277-9336.

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Little: My Inconvenience May Be Someone’s Miracle

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jan 16, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jan 11, 2017


Get self-insight by taking personality quizzes, a hack for better emails, and how to address book club conflicts. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/99; 774-277-9336.

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Little: I Need “A Heart to Be Contented”

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jan 09, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jan 04, 2017


Why it boosts happiness to have a quest, an interview with Gary Taubes about the case against sugar, and impassioned praise for a Uniqlo vest. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/98; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Announcing “The Onward Project” Podcasts

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jan 02, 2017


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?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jan 02, 2017


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jan 02, 2017


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.com
Email: chris@sidehustleschool.com
Twitter: @chrisguillebeau

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Ep. 97: Start Your Own Happiness Project

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Dec 28, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/97; 774-277-9336.

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Little: What Would an Englishman Do?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Dec 26, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Dec 21, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/96; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Do You Want to Take My Taxi?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Dec 19, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Dec 14, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/95; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Dec 12, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Dec 07, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/94; 774-277-9336.

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Holiday Hack: Say “Yes” If You Can

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Dec 05, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Nov 30, 2016


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

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Holiday Hack: Find Some Quiet Time During the Holidays

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Nov 28, 2016


During the busy holiday season, remember to carve out some time for rest and silence. Get in touch: @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 92: For Thanksgiving, Leave Something Unsaid

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Nov 23, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/92; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Be Polite and Be Fair

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Nov 21, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Nov 16, 2016


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

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Little: What Some Folks Will Do

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Nov 14, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Nov 09, 2016


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

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Little: A Beautiful Image Can Be an Area of Refuge

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Nov 07, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Nov 02, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/89; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Getting Ready is a Key Aspect of Performance

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Oct 31, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Oct 26, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/88; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Oct 24, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Oct 19, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/87; 774-277-9336. 




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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Oct 17, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Oct 12, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/86; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Oct 10, 2016


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?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Oct 05, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/85; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Oct 03, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Sep 28, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/84; 774-277-9336. 

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Sep 26, 2016


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?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Sep 21, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/83; 774-277-9336. 

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Sep 19, 2016


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)

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Sep 14, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/82; 774-277-9336. 

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Little: Your Question May Suggest Its Own Answer

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Sep 12, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Sep 07, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/81; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Having More Doesn't Always Make Us Happier

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Sep 05, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Aug 31, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/80; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Aug 29, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Aug 24, 2016


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/79; 774-277-9336. 

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Aug 22, 2016


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

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Ep. 78: Seek Out Silence

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Aug 17, 2016


Ep. 78: 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"

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Aug 15, 2016


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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Aug 10, 2016


Ep. 77: 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.com; happiercast.com/77; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Aug 08, 2016


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)

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Aug 03, 2016


Ep. 76: 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/76; 774-277-9336.

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Little: A Happiness Lesson From the Cat in the Hat

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Aug 01, 2016


"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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jul 27, 2016


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.com; happiercast.com/75; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jul 25, 2016


Why General Eisenhower’s 15-word telegram in 1945 was more powerful than any longer, more elaborate message would have been.

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Ep. 74: Choose A Quote for Your Yearbook Page

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jul 20, 2016


Ep. 74: Choose your "senior quote," use the powerful Strategy of Pairing to change your habits, and we also talk quite a bit about the Four Tendencies. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/74; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jul 18, 2016


As Gretchen drops off her daughter Eleanor at summer camp, she reflects on some of her favorite advice from parenting expert Michael Thompson. 

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jul 13, 2016


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. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/73; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jul 11, 2016


A friend found the right words to say to Gretchen, when she was nervous before an interview with Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. 

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Ep. 72: Beware The Incomplete Upgrade

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jul 06, 2016


Ep. 72: 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.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/72; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jul 04, 2016


When she's feeling insecure, Gretchen reminds herself of this Secret of Adulthood.  

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jun 29, 2016


Ep. 71: Choose a signature color, ask yourself, "Am I an alchemist or a leopard?" -- and fighting FOMO. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/71; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Sometimes We Can Be Generous By Taking

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jun 27, 2016


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.

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Ep. 70: Advice

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jun 22, 2016


Ep. 70: 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. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/70; 774-277-9336.




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Little: Give Yourself a Lucky Charm

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jun 20, 2016


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.

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Ep. 69: An Interview with the Musician Moby

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jun 15, 2016


Ep. 69: 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? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/69; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jun 13, 2016


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. 

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Ep. 68: How To Be On Time

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jun 08, 2016


Ep. 68: How to be on time, why we should treat ourselves, how an Obliger can stick to a budget, and Elizabeth is thrilled with an app that lets her scan documents.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/68; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Am I Painting My Own Fakes?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Jun 06, 2016


Do you ever feel as though you’re just repeating yourself, instead of doing the best work you can do? Picasso did. 

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Ep. 67: Design Your Summer

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jun 01, 2016


Ep. 67: Design your summer, a deep-dive into the emotionally charged subject of thank-you notes, mother-in-law woes, and the problem of the partial move.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/67; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Accept Yourself & Also Expect More From Yourself

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, May 30, 2016


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.

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Ep. 66: The Pain of Email Etiquette

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, May 25, 2016


Ep. 66: Give advice only when asked, and the challenges of email etiquette and vacation hangovers. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/66; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, May 23, 2016


As my grandfather looked out the window into our backyard, I could hear the disapproving thoughts swimming around in his head. 

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Ep. 65: Arianna Huffington Says Go To Bed

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, May 18, 2016


Ep. 65: Enjoy your home's special features, Arianna= Huffington talks about why we should get enough sleep, and I give a gold star to my children's literature reading groups.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/65; 774-277-9336.

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Little: People Do Best What Comes Naturally

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, May 16, 2016


When JFK was first elected president, his advisors had some serious reservations about his wife Jackie...

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Ep. 64: What Do You Lie About?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, May 11, 2016


Ep. 64: Go slow to go fast; what do you lie about (Elizabeth and I confess our lies), and we introduce a new segment, the "Happiness Hack." My hack is trivial, but a happiness-booster.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin; happiercast.com/64; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, May 09, 2016


I was riding the bus with my daughter, when something outside the window caught her eye...

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Ep. 63: A Debate About Thank You Notes

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, May 04, 2016


Ep. 63: Why it's important to have a strategy for online passwords, the trickiness of using rewards to strengthen habits, and Elizabeth and I debate a question about thank-you notes.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/63; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, May 02, 2016


My mom simply asked if she could come to New York for a visit... 

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 27, 2016


Ep. 62: Don't accumulate excessive amounts of anything; it's tough when worlds collide; a Questioner wants to be a better spouse to an Obliger, and I fail to visit Central Park--again.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/62; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Go Outside

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Apr 25, 2016


Get some fresh air and sunlight. It's an easy way to stimulate your brain and boost your memory, alertness, and wellbeing. 

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Ep. 61: Stop Apologizing

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 20, 2016


Ep. 61: Stop apologizing, do you prefer variety or familiarity, and the problem of passwords.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/61; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Outer Order Contributes To Inner Calm

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Apr 18, 2016


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. 

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Ep. 60: On Set With Elizabeth

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 13, 2016


Ep. 60: A Very Special Episode. Henry and I visit Elizabeth on the set, and discuss you should let people do their jobs, interview Helen Childress, and hear a guest gold star from Elizabeth's writing partner
Sarah Fain. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/60; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Flawed Is More Perfect Than Perfection

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Apr 11, 2016


Listen to Glenn Gould hum along as he plays Bach and maybe you'll agree with me: sometimes flawed is more perfect than perfection. 

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Ep. 59: Do You Have A Lucky Charm?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 06, 2016


Ep. 59: Find your lucky charm, distract yourself for 15 minutes, some great mantras from listeners -- and Elizabeth feels godparent guilt. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/59; 774-277-9336.

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Little: Tell Me What You Want For Dinner

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Apr 04, 2016


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. 

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Ep. 58: The Pressure of Birthdays

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 30, 2016


Ep. 58: Find your area of refuge, the pressure of birthdays, and how to get up earlier.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/58; 774-277-9336.

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Little: When You're Stressed, Try This

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Mar 28, 2016


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. 

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Ep. 57: The Awful Habit of Awfulizing

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 23, 2016


Ep. 57: Pick a mantra for the day, avoid the awful habit of "awfulizing," and dealing with "The Chair" where clothes collect. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/57; 774-277-9336.

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Little: The Best Teacher

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Mon, Mar 21, 2016


Gretchen Rubin remembers few specific facts from college. But she can recall a couple lessons vividly, and they both have this one thing in common. 

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Ep. 56: Schedule Time To Worry

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 16, 2016


Ep. 56: Schedule time to worry, learn to avoid loopholes, and how to deal with a writers' accountability group that is starting to shirk writing. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/56; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 55: The Dilemma of Switching Bags

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 09, 2016


Ep. 55: The dilemma of switching bags, do you prefer long or short discussions, the story of the Monkey and the Banana--and scratch-n-sniffs! Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/55; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 54: Celebrating A Year of Happier

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 02, 2016


Ep. 54: Our one-year anniversary! We talk about the most popular try-this-at-home tips, listeners give their before-and-after stories, and we highlight our favorite moments.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/54; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 53: Meditation...Sort Of

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


Ep. 53: Put the word "meditation" before any dull task, consider the stumbling block of competitive parenting, and listener ideas for storing recipes. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.cpm; happiercast.com/53; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 52: Habits and Whole30 With Melissa Hartwig

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Feb 17, 2016


Ep. 52: Ask yourself, "What happens if I ignore this?" an interview with Whole30's Melissa Hartwig, I struggle with an unwanted errand, and Elizabeth discloses her favorite reality TV podcasts.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/52; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 51: Help! I Always Forget Names

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Feb 10, 2016


Ep. 51: How to disguise the fact that you don't remember someone's name; why if-then planning helps us to keep good habits, the challenge of returning family phone calls--and adult coloring books! Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/51; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 50: Ask For A Favor

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Feb 03, 2016


Ep. 50: Why you should ask for a favor, cooperation vs. competition, information overload, and I don't do a good job handling my daughter's request for more ear-piercings.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/50; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 49: LIVE In San Francisco!

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jan 27, 2016


Ep. 49: Live from San Francisco! With special guests Nir Eyal and Jake Knapp. Plus how to travel with tears, deal with public speaking -- and Elizabeth identifies her favorite new place in San Francisco. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/49; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 48: Got The Sunday Blues?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jan 20, 2016


Ep. 48: Create a temporary photo gallery, the happiness challenge of the Sunday blues, and the joy of listening to the Harry Potter audio-books.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/48; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 47: Liz Misses Out On A Romantic Moment

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jan 13, 2016


Ep. 47: Control your exit, harness the power of convenience, and Elizabeth misses out on the opportunity to have a romantic moment with Adam.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/47; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 46: Don't Get Organized

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jan 06, 2016


Ep. 46: Don't get organized, dealing with storing sentimental items, coping with rewards and treats -- and we hit five million downloads!  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/46; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Dec 30, 2015


Ep. 45: Elizabeth and I are both home for the holidays, back in Kansas City. We start the episode in our favorite KC diner, Winstead's, then talk to some special guests. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/45; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 44: Drew Barrymore Gets Personal. And Happier

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Dec 23, 2015


Ep. 44: Drew Barrymore interview! So fascinating. Plus we talk about having an end-of-the-year ritual, procrastinating about Christmas decorations, and the joy of temporary tattoos.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/44; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Dec 16, 2015


Ep. 43: Listener Roundup of the Four Tendencies. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/43; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 42: Act How You Want To Feel

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Dec 09, 2015


Ep. 42: Act the way you want to feel; try resisting temptation by abstaining altogether; and I use the Strategy of Convenience to get back to the gym.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/42; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 41: Put An End To Impulse Shopping

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Dec 02, 2015


Ep. 41: Take one thing with you to fight clutter, tackle the challenge of impulse buying -- and I haven't been going to the gym. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/41; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Nov 25, 2015


Ep. 40: Very Special Episode, holiday theme! Listeners answer: "What's your Try This at Home tip for the holidays?" and "What's the essential element of the holidays, for you?" Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/40; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 39: Elizabeth Talks About Getting Fired

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Nov 18, 2015


Ep. 39: Elizabeth talks about getting fired; do you want more time for friends or for solitude; and Elizabeth gets a surprise dinner. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/39; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Nov 11, 2015


Ep. 38: A close look at the Rebel Tendency. Do you hate being told what to do--even telling yourself what to do? Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/38; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 37: Obligers - Are You an Elizabeth?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Nov 04, 2015


Ep. 37: A close look at the Obliger Tendency. Are you like Elizabeth, and find it easy to meet outer expectations (a work deadline) but struggle to meet inner expectations (New Year's resolution)? Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/37; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Oct 28, 2015


Ep. 36: We're talking about the Four Tendencies Framework, and this week, we focus on the Questioner Tendency, with the help of Christy Fletcher. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft;
podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/36; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 35: Upholders - Are You A Hermione?

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Oct 21, 2015


Ep. 35: In the first of four episodes about the Four Tendencies framework, we talk about "Upholders." Also, Elizabeth misses the blood moon and Gretchen recommends a Jewel video. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/35; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 34: The Habits of A Rebel Harvard Physicist

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Oct 14, 2015


Ep. 34: Have a difficult conversation; a talk with Lisa Randall, Harvard physics professor and Writer (and Rebel) -- plus, hard-boiled eggs. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/34; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 33: Send Yourself To Boot Camp

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Oct 07, 2015


Ep. 33: Try a boot camp, put away those last items -- and have you ever experienced a "Lightning Bolt" change in your habits? I have. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/33; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 32: Why Teasing May Be Bad For Happiness

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Sep 30, 2015


Ep. 32: Why Elizabeth and I raise the bar; why, surprisingly, teasing can be a happiness stumbling block--and we want your comments about the Four Tendencies!  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/32; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 31: Choose A Personal Symbol

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Sep 23, 2015


Ep. 31: Observe a threshold ritual, for gratitude; identify your personal symbols; and remember to check your passport's expiration date. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/31; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Sep 16, 2015


Ep. 30: Very Special Episode! My daughter Eliza is our guest. Her try-this-at-home is "Give yourself a mission." She asks: "What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?" Too many facial products, so happy to be getting a dog.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/30; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 29: The Fantasy of Perfection

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Sep 09, 2015


Ep. 29: Why Elizabeth and I lower the bar ("don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good"), use the clean slate to change habits, and try to end food waste.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/29; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 28: We Live The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Sep 02, 2015


Ep. 28: Don't interview for pain; face the challenge of shared work--and whether or not to keep ice cream in the freezer.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/28; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 27: The Bigger Life

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Aug 26, 2015


Ep. 27: Need to make an important decision? Choose the bigger life. Also, what's your "tell"?--and I reveal whether we're getting a dog. (What's your guess?)  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/27; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 26: Procrastinating and Tomorrow Logic

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Aug 19, 2015


Ep. 26: Pick a one-word theme for the year. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/26; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Aug 12, 2015


Ep. 25: Hilarious writer A. J. Jacobs suggests several try-this-at-home tips: improve your posture; brainstorm for fifteen minutes; sustainable honesty; eat from the fridge, not the pantry. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/25; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 24: Let's Talk About Dogs

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Aug 05, 2015


Ep. 24: We discuss why we should take photos of everyday life; the tension that exists in love ("you're awesome" vs. "you can do better") -- and should my family get a dog?  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/24; 774-277-9336

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Ep. 23: Nothing Stays in Vegas

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jul 29, 2015


Ep. 23: Why you should choose an office TV show; when enjoying something, do you prefer to "savor" or "spree," how to keep healthy habits while traveling; and why it's great to have a lovey-dovey husband. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/23; 774-277-9336.

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Ep. 22: Creative Habits with Guest Rosanne Cash

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jul 22, 2015


Ep. 22: We have a theme this week -- creativity! Save Your String, Listen to Rosanne Cash, Fight Drift, and a Lesson from the Writers' Room. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/22; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jul 15, 2015


Ep. 21: Why it's a good idea to join or start a group, and also to put something on the schedule. Also, how to enjoy the present moment -- and Elizabeth again celebrates her treadmill desk. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/21; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jul 08, 2015


Ep. 20: Listen to listeners! We hear answers to the question, "If you could change one aspect of a relationship, what would you change?" and people's demerits and gold stars.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/20; 774-277-9336.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Dan Harris Is 10% Happier

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jul 01, 2015


Ep. 19: Enjoy the fun of failure, here ABC news anchor Dan Harris discuss his on-air panic attack and why he started meditation. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/19; 774-277-9336.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Focus on Your Foundations

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jun 24, 2015


Ep. 18: Buy an experience, use the Strategy of Foundation (eat and drink right, sleep, move, and unclutter) and the challenge of good table manners.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/18; 774-277-9336.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: My Precious!

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jun 17, 2015


Ep. 17: Why it's a good idea to have an exact place for everything; beware of anything we call "our preciousss," the challenge of staying in touch, and how to re-frame the experience of plane
rides.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/17; 774-277-9336.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Imitate Your Spiritual Master

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jun 10, 2015


Ep. 16: Imitate a spiritual master, use the Strategy of Monitoring to improve your habits, stay happy through transitions--and acknowledge pink eye right away.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/16; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Jun 03, 2015


Ep. 15: Be a tourist in your own city, a talk with Tom Rath, the challenge of snooze alarms, Gretchen's deep appreciation of clear plastic sleeves to organize papers, and Elizabeth's bad habit of asking the
same question repeatedly.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/15; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, May 27, 2015


Ep. 14: Cultivate a shrine, know what's different about you to figure out how to set up your habits for success, and -- do you suffer from hostess neurosis? Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/14; 774-277-9336.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop Reading That Book!

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, May 20, 2015


Ep. 13: Why you should stop reading a book, a know-yourself-better quiz (are you an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel?), and the trap of free stuff.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/13; 774-277-9336.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Learning from Tigger and Eeyore

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, May 13, 2015


Ep. 12: Why it can be a good idea to indulge in a modest splurge, Tiggers vs. Eeyores, the challenge of road rage, and April Fool's Day pranks. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/12; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, May 06, 2015


Ep. 11: Why we should "make the positive argument," are you a simplicity-lover or an abundance-lover, why it's hard to do the things that make us happy--and Elizabeth's sunscreen confession.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/11; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 29, 2015


Ep. 10: We recorded this episode as we observed one of our sisterly rituals: when we're together, we clean Elizabeth's closet. Hilarious discussion of many clutter-clearing ideas. Want to get in touch?@gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/10; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 22, 2015


Ep. 9: Treat yourself, but be wary of invoking "YOLO"; the challenge of changing someone else's habit; Elizabeth TPs a friend's house. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/9; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 15, 2015


Ep. 8: Why we should give warm hellos and good-byes, ask ourselves what we did for fun when we were ten years old, and cultivate an atmosphere of growth.  Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/8; 774-277-9336.

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Happier With Gretchen Rubin: Indulge Your Inner Toddler

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 08, 2015


Ep. 7: Treat yourself like a toddler, consider the "oppositional conversational style" (a/ka/ "I'm right, you're wrong"), what to do if other people won't cooperate with a habit change, and the benefits of lowered expectations. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/7; 774-277-9336.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Power of Envy

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Apr 01, 2015


Ep. 6: Try the habit of weekly Power Hour, learn about yourself by asking the uncomfortable question "Whom do I envy?" and remember to enjoy the process. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft;podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/6; 774-277-9336.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Stop and Smell the Happy

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 25, 2015


Ep. 5: Embrace good smells, and remember that working can be one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/5; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 18, 2015


Ep: 4: On the One-Sentence Journal, Marathoners vs. Sprinters at Work, and Parking Lot Snacks. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/4; 774-277-9336.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin: The Evil Donut Bringer

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 11, 2015


Ep: 3: Gretchen and Elizabeth share one of the easiest, quickest, and most popular ways to start your day off right. Plus, they discuss Elizabeth’s biggest pet peeve at the office, and share their weekly Demerit and Gold Star. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/3; 774-277-9336.




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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Mar 04, 2015


Ep. 2: In this episode, Gretchen and Elizabeth vow to set alarms for their bed times, decide if they're abstainers or moderators, discuss how novelty boosts happiness, and share their weekly Demerit and Gold Star. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com.com; happiercast.com/2; 774-277-9336.

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

Author: Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project / Panoply
Wed, Feb 25, 2015


Ep. 1: We discuss the one-minute rule for tackling clutter, whether you're a "satisficer" or "maximizer," the infamous one-coin loophole--plus Elizabeth talks about the treadmill desk that I gave her. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; podcast@gretchenrubin.com; happiercast.com/1; 774-277-9336.




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