Gretchen Rubin

Podcast 58: Special Guest Host, Eliza! Plus, Find an Area of Refuge, the Pressure of Birthdays, and How to Get Up Earlier.

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

Update: Elizabeth is still in New York City, but her schedule is so crazed, as she's shooting the pilot, that my seventeen-year-old daughter Eliza stepped in as a guest host.

Eliza was a guest on episode 30, and she also has her own podcast, the very interesting Eliza Starting at 16, about the world from a teenager's perspective. (She does the whole thing herself! Which I find very impressive.)

To make things even more complicated, we had to record on a weekend, and our studio is moving to a different location, so Henry had to a) work on a Sunday and b) record in my apartment. Double gold star for that.

Last week, a listener asked a question about how to solve the problem of "The Chair," where not-dirty, not-clean clothes pile up. The overwhelming answer from listeners? Use hooks.

Try This at Home: Find your "area of refuge." Here's the photo of the sign I saw at Yale Law School. What's your area of refuge? I have to say, Eliza's area of refuge -- watching make-up videos -- wouldn't work for me. But re-reading children's literature doesn't work for Eliza. We're all different.

Happiness Stumbling Block: Eliza felt a lot of Facebook pressure related to her recent 17th birthday.

Listener Question: "I'm an Obliger, single, who is struggling to get up earlier. Suggestions?"

 Gretchen’s Demerit: For one day, I forgot about the importance of sunscreen. Note to self: sunscreen is very important.

 Elizabeth’s Gold Star: Perhaps surprisingly, Eliza gives a gold star to her school's college counseling office. She now feels much better about the college application process.

 

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