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Ta Da! The “Happier in Hollywood” Podcast Is Launched. Green Juice! Mantras! And That Horrible Call from Their Agent.

I’m so excited! Happier in Hollywood just launched — it’s the terrific new podcast that my sister Elizabeth Craft is doing with her longtime writing partner and friend, the brilliant and hilarious Sarah Fain.

Today is my sister’s birthday, so it feels like an auspicious time to start a new project.

As a combo launch day/birthday present, I sent her, Sarah, and their assistant Brook a set of mugs with the Happier in Hollywood logo and the launch date, as pictured above. (Elizabeth loves mugs.)

So what’s the podcast about?

It’s about how to be happier, healthier, saner, more creative, more successful and more productive in a back-biting, superficial, chaotic, unpredictable, and fundamentally insane world of Hollywood. For instance, in the first episode, they interview their agent about the worst call he ever had to make to them.

And while the stories have a special glamour and extreme quality because of the Hollywood setting, and frequent celebrity sightings, the things they deal with are the things all of us deal with.

As they explain: “We’ve seen and experienced a lot in our time in Hollywood. And yes, many of the cliches are true. There are swimming pools and movie stars. But a lot of what we deal with – work/life balance, negotiating office politics, how to work out on a regular basis – is the same whether you’re in Hollywood, Dollywood, or somewhere in between.”

I remember one time Elizabeth wanted to talk on the Happier podcast about getting fired. She asked Sarah if Sarah would mind if she talked about them getting fired, and Sarah asked, “Which time?”

One thing that’s funny for me is that in my family, and in the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, my sister is “Elizabeth.” But everywhere else, she goes by “Liz” — for instance, on Happier in Hollywood , they have a segment called “Liz vs. Sarah.” Do you go by a different name with your family, or with a specific group of friends? That seems pretty common.

If you’re thinking, this podcast sounds great, but sheesh, I don’t know how to listen or subscribe to a podcast, never fear! It’s very easy (it really is easy, I’m not just saying that) and it’s free. Easy instructions here.

If you want to learn some fun facts about Sarah and Elizabeth Liz, and learn more about their long friendship and writing partnership, check out their website. I must say I was a bit of a happiness bully about encouraging them to make their site — and it’s so good! It’s hilarious and gives you such a good sense of both of them.

Happier in Hollywood is part of The Onward Project — the family of podcasts that I’ve launched for podcasts that are about “your life–made better.” Check out Side Hustle School and Radical Candor — both are so terrific. The Onward Project podcasts all have a similar vibe: interesting, practical, fun, and meant to make your life happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.

Give it a listen! Okay, I know I might be slightly biased, but I do love it.

Podcast 112: Pick a Uniform, Time Yourself, and a Deep Dive into a Conflict with a Boss.

Update: There’s an official launch date of May 18 for Happier in Hollywood, the fantastic new podcast that Elizabeth is doing with her longtime writing partner and friend, Sarah Fain. Of course I’m biased, but it’s so good.

Try This at Home: Pick a uniform.

Here are the two articles I mention about wearing a uniform: “Why I wear the same thing to work everyday” by Matilda Kahl, and the follow-up article, “Saatch & Saatchi has a Dress Like Matilda day.” So fun to see this uniform in action! (The photo above shows people at the “Dress Like Matilda” day.)

We talked about Kim Scott, co-host of the podcast Radical Candor and author of the bestselling book Radical Candor, who wears a uniform of an orange sweater and jeans.

I also mention the article “Obama’s Way,” the interview by Michael Lewis where President Obama talks about paring down his decisions about choosing suits.

Happiness Hack: Clare in Seattle suggests timing yourself to see how long a task actually takes.

Deep Dive: We return to Cindy’s listener question, which we discussed in episode 108: “My boss quit smoking, and now wants to join me in my precious solo lunchtime walks.” Listeners raised so many excellent points.

If you want to take the Four Tendencies quiz, it’s here–find out if you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel.

Speaking of Kim Scott, because so many listeners suggested using “radical candor,” we actually called her to ask  how to use radical candor in this context. For more info on Radical Candor, check out the podcast. And here’s a photo of the “Flintstone House.” It’s pretty kooky.

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Listener Question: Tara asked for study tips, because she’s a mother, working full-time, and studying for online course.

Demerit: Elizabeth’s glasses were scratched and hard to see through — for years. But now she has new glasses! Demerit becomes gold star.

Gold Star: I give a gold star to Eleanor, who used a cute video of baby sloths to calm herself while getting a shot.

New feature: I’m starting a new feature; each week, at the end of the podcast, I’ll list “Two Resources for You.”

  1. Check out Elizabeth’s terrific young-adult novel, Flower.
  2. The Better app, which is all about the Four Tendencies, is now free! It used to cost $9.99/month, but I decided to make it free.

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Want to know what to expect from other episodes of the podcast, when you listen to the award-winning Happier with Gretchen Rubin?” We talk about how to build happier habits into everyday life, as we draw from cutting-edge science, ancient wisdom, lessons from pop culture—and our own experiences (and mistakes).  We’re sisters, so we don’t let each other get away with much!

Want a new podcast to listen to, with the same vibe as Happier? The Onward Project is the family of podcasts that I’ve launched, for podcasts that are about “your life–made better.” The first shows are Side Hustle School and Radical Candor. Elizabeth’s show with her writing partner, Sarah Fain, will be Happier in Hollywood, so stay tuned for that.

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