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Podcast 53: Put the Word “Meditation” Before A Boring Task, Competitive Parenting, and Ideas for Organizing Recipes.


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

Update: The TV show Elizabeth writes for -- The Family -- starts soon! Be sure to watch: ABC, March 3. Watch the trailer here. I mention one of my favorite children's books, Father's Arcane Daughter, now titled My Father's Daughter, by E. L. Konigsberg, one of the true giants of children's literature.

Try This at Home: Put the word "meditation" after any activity you're finding dull. Relatedly, we talk about the value of boredom.

Happiness Stumbling Block: Being a competitive parent. I quote from Anne Lamott's essay "Forgiveness," from her book Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.

Listener Answers: In episode 50, we talked about Fiona's question about how to organize recipes, and we got so many excellent responses -- to that question, as well as some others -- we wanted to share them. Many people with great ideas about this subject noted that they're Questioners -- which makes a lot of sense.

Elizabeth’s Demerit: Elizabeth is not keeping up with her night-time skin-care regimen.

Gretchen’s Gold Star: I give a gold star to Elizabeth's diabetes doctor, who told her, "I wish I could get this monkey off your back." I quote from one of my favorite parenting (and adulting) books, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. Such a great book.


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