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Podcast 235: Talking Happiness with Bestselling Author Rachel Hollis and the Fun of Recreating a Childhood Menu.


Tickets now on sale for our live "Happier Hour with Gretchen and Elizabeth" live shows in the fall! Come see our disembodied voices, live on stage. Details and tickets here:  San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland tickets now on sale with more cities and dates coming soon.

Labor Day is a great reminder to think about how to be happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative at work. Post your ideas to #HappierLaborDay. We'll be talking about using Labor Day as a catalyst for change across the Onward Project podcasts. Side Hustle School is going to talk about this issue, and so is Happier in Hollywood.

I mention my book Happier at Home.

Try This at Home: Recreate the menus from childhood—whether in memory or in real life.

Happiness Hack: Put a sticker on your earbuds and phone charger, so you can tell which ones belong to you.

Interview: Rachel Hollis is a phenomenon. She’s a writer, podcaster, and speaker. Her books Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing have been giant, enormous bestsellers.

She has a terrific podcast called Rise with Rachel Hollis—I was just on, in episode 106—where she talks to interesting people to give people ideas about how to make life better as well as the podcast Rise Together which she hosts with her husband Dave, which is about relationships. She has a website with all kinds of great posts, The Chic Site.

Gretchen's Demerit: I didn't use bug spray in Montana, even though I knew from experience how bad the mosquitoes can get.

Elizabeth's Gold Star: She gives a gold star to Postmates, because she just realized that you can time your delivery in advance.

And I give a gold star to Elizabeth, for having people over.


  1. Tickets are now on sale for our live "Happier Hour: An Evening with Gretchen and Elizabeth" shows in September. You can find details and purchase tickets at Stay tuned for more dates and cities.
  2. The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal for Mothers makes a great gift for new mothers, or mothers entering a new stage in their parenting, like a child starting kindergarten. It's a fun way to keep track of little memories and moments. Visit for links to purchase. 
  3. If you’re looking for great books to read, follow me on Goodreads. Every week I post what I read that week (not always with reviews, but if I finished it, I liked it). And while you’re there, you could mark Outer Order, Inner Calm or any of my other books as “Want to Read."

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