Podcast 207: Why You Should Go to the Doctor, the Challenge of Decluttering a Household—and Announcing the First Choice for the Happier Book Club.


We’ve decided to launch the Happier Podcast Book Club. Several times a year, we’ll announce a book, and then some episodes later, we’ll discuss it. If we can, we’ll have the author as our guest. We’re tremendously excited to announce our first pick: Dani Shapiro’s Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love. 

This book is generating a tremendous amount of buzz and acclaim, and no surprise, it’s a New York Times bestseller. If you choose to read along, post your questions and comments here on the blog post, on #happierpodcastbookclub or email us at podcast@gretchenrubin.com. Post a picture of yourself with the book on Instagram! Dani will join us for a discussion on the show for episode 212, which will go live on March 13. You don’t have to do anything to “join”—just read along! If you want more time to read, check out my one-pager on “Reading Better Than Before” here

Try This at Home

Go to the doctor. Elizabeth recently learned this the hard way.

Happiness Hack

To get more sleep, or to have more time to read, set a bedtime alarm. 

Know Yourself Better

Does your appearance match your personality? Do you agree with Elizabeth that I’m sitting up too straight in this TV interview on CBS This Morning? Take a look. 

Listener Question

How can a husband encourage his wife to get on board with a 19 for 2019 list? 

Gretchen’s Demerit

I’m struggling with the ukulele. I can’t even tune the darned thing! I didn’t expect that to be a challenge, so I’m really frustrated—I can’t get started. Elizabeth’s Gold Star: Elizabeth gives herself a well-deserved gold star for finally dealing with her health issues.


  1. Do you want a signed, personalized copy of Outer Order, Inner Calm? You can pre-order from the famous New York City indie bookstore The Strand. I’ll personalize it and sign it, for you or for a gift, and the bookstore will ship to you, anywhere in the world.
  2. Did you know I have a coloring book? Get a free sample page to print out from The Happiness Project Mini Posters: A Coloring Book at gretchenrubin.com/resources.
  3. Thank you again to everyone who has pre-ordered my forthcoming book Outer Order, Inner CalmGet your pre-order bonus when you submit your order number or receipt at outerorderinnercalmbook.com. You’ll get my 21-Day Clutter-Clearing Challenge, videos, and downloads. Remember, if you pre-order five copies or more, you’ll get a shout out here on the podcast. (When you submit your proof of purchase,  you can specify the number of copies you pre-ordered.) First shout-out: Gail from My Repurposed Life.

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