Podcast 225: Cultivate Your Casual Friendships, an Interview about Money with Ramit Sethi, and a Fun, Cheap Gift.

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Update: Father’s Day is June 16, and if you're looking for a gift for a father in your life, consider my books: Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, The Four Tendencies, or Better Than Before.

Or if you'd prefer to give a free and intangible gift, visit giftofpodcast.com to print a certificate you can fill in to present as a gift—to recommend a podcast to a father.

Try This at Home: Cultivate your casual friendships.

I mention Allie Volpe's piece from the New York Times: "Why You Need a Network of Low-Stakes, Casual Friendships."

Happiness Hack: My mother-in-law Judy gave this rainbow twirler spinner as a terrific little gift for Passover. So charming! And such a good bargain if you need a fun inexpensive gift.

Interview: Ramit Sethi.

I don’t even remember how I met Ramit, but I’ve known him for many years. I’m a big fan of his work. He just published a newly updated edition of his super-popular book I Will Teach You To Be Rich. It first came out ten years ago. Ramit is extremely practical and gives very concrete advice about the role of money, savings, earning, and investing—and he doesn’t hold back from opinions!

Gretchen's Demerit: I'm not sure if this is a demerit, or a regret, or just an impossibility. When I travel for work, I never try to connect with friends. In the future, I want to push myself to do this.

Elizabeth's Gold Star: We both give a gold star to Brent Abens, our terrific tour manager. He made doing our live shows so much easier and less stressful.


Resources:

  1. If still need a Father’s Day gift, consider my books: Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, The Four Tendencies, or Better Than Before. Or if you need a free gift, visit giftofpodcast.com to print a certificate you can fill in and give as a gift to recommend a podcast to the father in your life.
  2. Want to get a stack of library books for your kids to read over the summer? Or for yourself? Get the list of my 81 favorite works of children's and young-adult literature. Download the PDF at gretchenrubin.com/resources (scroll down to "More Resources").

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