Podcast 54: One-Year Anniversary! Our Most Popular Try-This-at-Home Tips, Before-&-After Stories, and Favorite Moments.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

We’ve been doing the show for one year! Yay. We had a great time doing this anniversary show.

Want to listen to our very first episode? Listen here.

Try-This-at-Homes that have proved the most popular with listeners:


Note: I thought my Four Tendencies book would be small, but it has turned out to be BIG. In fact, I was already working on my next big project! If you want to hear when my book about the Four Tendencies is ready, sign up here.

Before-and-After stories from our listeners: So fascinating! Readers talked about using lots of different ideas.


Once again, I find myself talking about hard-boiled eggs and my Krups egg-cooker.

Our Favorite Moments: Elizabeth loved hearing from the listener who did the detailed analysis of her voice, and episode 30, when my daughter Eliza was our guest. Remember, Eliza now has a podcast of her own, Eliza Starting at 16 (she does the entire thing herself), so if you want to hear more from her, check it out.

I loved episode 10, when we recorded in Elizabeth’s closet as we cleared her clutter.

Henry played his favorite “Classic Gretch” and “Classic Liz” moments. You can hear us laughing in the background.

Gretchen’s Demerit: A friend and I started a big project featuring our two daughters, but we’ve stalled out. I need to re-start it. The project I mentioned is Four to Llewelyn’s Edge.  Update: I followed Elizabeth’s advice, and my friend and I scheduled a meeting to re-start our project.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star: Elizabeth gives a gold star to her in-laws, for being willing cheerfully to help out, even when it’s a hassle.

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  • Tirzah Shirley

    Of all the things I could comment about, I’m choosing to comment about eggs. Not because it’s the most important topic touched on in the Happier podcasts, but because I decided today was the day. So about eggs…I’ve been searching for a better way to boil eggs for a long time and years of frustration with eggs that don’t peel, cracked eggs, and other boiled egg annoyances. This past year, my daughter, who’s been married for only 2 short years, taught me a better way to make hard-cooked eggs…steam them. I’ve done this many times in the last year, and I’ve had nearly 100% success. I use a pan and steamer basket that I already have, place a single layer in the pan and steam for 12 minutes, then cool in an ice water bath. They peel perfectly every time, and I am so happy about that!!! I thought this would appeal to any underbuyers out there, that don’t want to buy another kitchen appliance.

    I also wanted to let you know that I made the choice to use the Happier podcast to get me through a known running slump last fall when my running partner was going to be out for 3 months with a torn labrum. I knew I was going to need to dig deeper and find something to get me going on my run…obliger much? I decided to set a goal to be out by 8 am every running day, and listening to the podcasts while running gave me something to look forward to during my solo runs. I had been wanting to listen to them, thanks to my aforementioned married daughter’s recommendation, and this was the perfect time. I’m sure there is a strategy with a name for avoiding this potential good habit derailment, but I just really wanted to say thanks for getting me through that period.

    I’m currently reading Better than Before. It’s overdue at the library, but I’m getting so much out of it that I figured it’s better to pay the overdue fine than not finish the book. So thanks again for all your efforts to help us better ourselves. My one little word for 2016 is “become.” I live a busy and full life, and this book and these strategies are great for helping me become more of who I want to be.

    Happy one year anniversary to the Happier podcast. I enjoying recommending you to my favorite people.

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! it’s great to hear that it strikes such a chord with you.

  • Joanne O

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for creating this podcast. And appreciate to review.

    Just implemented family updates today!

    A suggestion for going to bed at a regular time. I put my tv room light on a timer set to turn off by 9:30. I’m lazy enough to not turn it back on to stay up later.

    Another thing, I got a full spectrum light for SAD. When I started using it first thing in the morning, I started waking up without an alarm clock. Basically, it switched me from a night person to morning. (Except, I’m not like hubby. I don’t jump out of bed singing & dancing.)

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  • I enjoy your podcast- I do a lot of the ‘try this at home’ suggestions

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  • Kathryn Eudy

    I had an idea while I was listening to the saga of the egg cooker. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to set aside a specific time each week or month to try something new? I think a lot of people have new experiences/new recipes/new things, etc that they would like to do but just never make the time for. It might be good way to combat the Sunday Blues as well!

    You’ve spoken about the “Fantasy self”…maybe it would be nice to take a little element from the fantasy self and try it on for awhile!

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific idea!

  • Meg

    I implemented the update with my family. I (try to) send an email with five bullet points every Monday with what’s happened in the past week. My email usually prompts my parents to each send their own five highlights. My brothers only update every month or two, but they respond to the other emails sometimes so I know they’re still reading.

    Thank you for the idea.

    • gretchenrubin

      Great to hear that it works for you!

  • Courtney


    • gretchenrubin

      Great to hear from a fellow fan! I have three on my desk right now.

  • mom2luke

    Your next sponsor should be the egg industry! Eggs had a bad rap for far too many years while the cereal companies falsely pushed sugar as a “healthy ” way for our kids / ourselves to start the day. You’ve done a great service informing your listeners that eggs are a healthy, sugar free way to start the day.

  • Yes – Happy Anniversary! I have to say that Episode 1 is one of my very favorites by the way, and as for the music you guys use during the intro and exit, I absolutely LOVE! I have remarked on it back in the beginning as well and am so glad you have kept it. It’s literally ‘happy music’. 🙂 One of my favorite ‘try this at home’ ideas is the one sentence journal, by the way. !! Thank you for all that all of you do!!

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! thanks so much.

  • gretchenrubin

    Thanks! and great to hear that you enjoy the music!

  • Kristin Thompson

    I loved Henry’s #classicliz and #classicgretch moments! Gretchen’s had me laughing out loud as I walked down the street. I really agree that your personalities make the show relatable. Happy Anniversary!

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks so much!

  • Barbie

    I have listened to all the podcasts and have read all the books. I listen to the podcasts while walking one or both of my standard poodles. Because I am outdoors while listening, I can’t readily respond via the computer but I have mental responses to everything. I have chosen a word for the year, each year since I heard the idea. My word for 2016 is “alacrity”….I will greet all experiences in my life with cheerful readiness. This is based on my Happiness Commandment “Act the way you want to feel”. Many things have happened already that immediately made me feel cranky or afraid and then I remembered that I would greet them with alacrity and as soon as I began to act that way, I began to feel that way.

  • Oh and I listen to at least one of your podcasts every morning. During this, I have a little ritual of stretching and doing some simple exercises. I call it “Stretch with Gretch”. He he. 🙂

    • gretchenrubin

      Love it!