Podcast 233: Get Rid of Your Wart (Literal and Metaphorical) and Connect Better with Friends.

Try This at Home

Get rid of your wart—literally or metaphorically. Not our most poetically worded try-this-at-home!

One of my favorite quotations, from Samuel Johnson is: “There is nothing, Sir, too little for a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.”

Happiness Hack

This hack comes from my daughter Eliza. If you’re wondering if an internet site is down, or if it’s a problem just for you, go to the site: downforeveryoneorjustme.com (the shortcut URL is isup.me). 

Know Yourself Better

What kind of social activities make you feel most connected to other people? 

Listener Question

Leslie asks whether Elizabeth can turn off her professional TV-writer brain and just enjoy watching TV, or whether she’s always analyzing what she’s watching. 

Gretchen’s Demerit

I had a very difficult time staying flexible when my travel plans had to change, because of bad weather. I think my challenge might be an aspect of my Upholderness. Don’t know if you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel? Take the quick, free quiz here.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star

Elizabeth gives herself a gold star for taking advantage of summer in L.A.—she bought tickets so that she and Adam went to a show at the Greek Theater. She mentions episode 114 of Happier in Hollywood, when she and Sarah talked about why we should “make plans immediately.”


  1. The audio-book of my short, unconventional biography of Winston Churchill, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, is now available on Audible and Apple Books.
  2. I recently shared my Outer Order, Inner Calm Manifesto on Instagram, and many people wanted a copy to print out and display. If you want one, visit gretchenrubin.com/resources and download the free PDF to remind you of some simple ideas to help create and maintain outer order.
  3. If you want to look up information related to the sponsors or an offer code, go to happiercast.com/sponsors, or the show notes for this episode.




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