Podcast 100: Celebration! We Asked Our Listeners to Ask Us Anything.

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

Unbelievable! This is our 100th episode — without a break! Zoikes.

We’re having so much fun with our Instagram project. Join in! Use the hashtag #Happier2017 and tag us — I’m @gretchenrubin and Elizabeth is @lizcraft.

To be eligible to win our fabulous prizes, go to happiercast.com/win. Five people will get a Happier t-shirt, a copy of Better Than Before, a copy of Flower, a “Happier” temporary tattoo, and a free subscription to my beloved new app, Better, which is all about the Four Tendencies and creating accountability groups (that subscription is worth $100 for one year, so that’s the most valuable thing!). And we’ll also give an additional five people a t-shirt. (What do you think — are prizes fun or cheesy? We were torn.)

Here are the questions we tackle:

Who are Elizabeth’s favorite Housewives?

What podcasts do we recommend? The podcasts I mention, as part of The Onward Project, are Radical Candor and Side Hustle School.

Who makes the egg-cooker I love so much? KRUPS (suggested by a listener).

What are the brand of my yoga pants that look like regular office pants? Betabrand (suggested by a listener).

When will my  book Outer Order, Inner Calm become available?

What children’s books do you recommend? Here’s my list of my favorites.

What are our spirit animals?

When will we have our husbands and our parents on the show?

Have we ever had a sisterly falling-out?

How did we meet our husbands?

How does Elizabeth and Sarah’s writing partnership work?

Do I have a story of failure, like Elizabeth’s story of getting fired on episode 8 of The Other F Word podcast? I mention my books Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill and Forty Ways to Look at JFK.

Did Elizabeth decide whether or not to have another child?

Do we think that growing up in the Midwest shaped our personalities?

What we tell our 25-year-old selves? I mention my Twelve Personal Commandments.

No demerits! Just a gold star for this very VERY special episode — a gold star to our listeners. We’ve had so much fun, heard so many great ideas, and have loved getting the chance to engage with listeners. Thank you.

Other Updates

Elizabeth’s young-adult romance Flower just hit the shelves. She and Shea Olsen have written a novel that combines love, temptation, secrets, ambition, celebrity, college applications…delicious.

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  • Imogen_Jericho

    Gretchen, do you have a favorite brand of yoga pants for everyday? Keeping the questions hard-hitting here!

  • Carlotta Bosso

    for some reason the podcast I downloded was repeated 3 times, and 1h and 40 minutes long. for a bit I hoped for one hour long listening to you guys!
    Good podcast always!

    • gretchenrubin

      Sorry about that–a glitch! Fixed now. Thanks for letting us know.

  • katie

    I’m excited about your new sponsor, ThirdLove! I have a new favorite bra! AND turns out I’m a B 1/2.

    Also, love the podcast. Congrats on 100! Cheers!

    Katie from Detroit

  • Tara

    I’m from the mid-west (small town in Illinois), and my husband teases me that if we can go to a party I can find another midwestern in under 10 minutes. 🙂 I now live in the DC metro area and am always a little sad my kids will never have that mid-western upbringing.

  • Pat

    I enjoyed listening to you talk about your sisterly relationship. My only sister is 17 years younger than I (and yes, same parents!). There were four boys in between. Despite the age difference, we have always been close and, other than my husband of 44 years, there is no one that I would rather share things with.

  • Julee Kepley Nunley

    I’m a loyal listener of the podcast and was recently marveling at how big an impact it has had on my life. So much of what I am interested in, am reading about and listening to, is because I heard about it on this podcast. So many times I’ve thought of writing you and never get around to it. But, my one word theme for this year is “engage”, so this time I’m going to do it!

    I listened to this episode yesterday and wanted to comment on your discussion of the Myers-Briggs personality test. You mentioned that you are a J and then made a comment about being judgmental. In fact, the J is not an indication of that at all. Here’s a link that does a great job of describing the difference between J and P: http://changingminds.org/explanations/preferences/judging_perceiving.htm

    By the way, I’m a J all the way and my husband is a P. It’s been the biggest source of conflict in our marriage, but at the same time we’ve helped moderate each other – a blessing and a curse.

  • Questioning Obliger

    I listen and re listen to your podcasts. sometimes i revisit the old ones. Your books had a very positive impact on my life. You are my happiness bully too. lol. I purchased your audio books but want to own the real hardcover book ; Better Than Before. Would love to receive it as the podcast giveaway. Thankss!
    keep up the good work!

    • gretchenrubin


  • Ellen McNeill

    what’s the new podcast Liz is doing?

    • gretchenrubin

      It’s called “Happier in Hollywood.” I CANNOT WAIT to listen! She has the most amazing Hollywood stories.

      Gretchen Rubin

      Visit my blog

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  • Carla

    Your discussion of the Midwest reminded me of Gretchen’s realization that her kids have a different childhood growing up in New York than she did in Kansas City. It really struck me. I don’t have kids, but I do have two small nephews, and their childhood has been very different from my own (or my sister’s). This shapes their experiences and partly explains why they react differently to certain things than I would have at their age. Their hometown is not my hometown. I think this could be a very helpful thing to keep in mind as a parent.