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Podcast 12: Indulge in a Modest Splurge, Tigger vs. Eeyore, Road Rage, and April Fool’s Pranks.


Time for the next episode of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin. A fun episode, because Elizabeth got to record it from our hometown, Kansas City (Missouri, for those of you who know your K.C.).

Back in episode 2, Elizabeth vowed that she would start setting an alarm to help her get to bed earlier, and in this episode she reports on her progress. Nutshell: she's not perfect, but she's doing better than before. To read more about the Strategy of Other People, go here.

Thanks, everyone, who sent us suggestions for sunscreen brands they like, after hearing last week's conversation. Elizabeth, now we have no excuse not to use plenty of sunscreen.

Here’s what Elizabeth and I discuss in today’s episode:

Try This at Home: Sometimes, it's nice to indulge in a modest splurge. Even for under-buyers! Here's a photo of Elizabeth's podcast notebook.

Happiness Stumbling Block: Other people's bad moods or perpetual crabbiness or chronic negativity. Also known as the Tigger vs. Eeyore problem. (I discuss this at length in Happier at Home.) Note: if you listen to the very last minute of the podcast, you'll find a fun little reference to Tigger and Eeyore.

Listener Question: "How can we avoid road rage?"


Gretchen’s Demerit: The failed April Fool's Day tradition. Here's a photo from yesteryear's April Fool's green milk.

Elizabeth's Gold Star: Kansas City, City of Fountains.


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