Podcast 323: Practice Some Movie Therapy, an Easy Hack for Dealing with Small Toys and Trinkets, and Do Certain Situations Send You into Shock?

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This week’s suggestion comes from our friend and former producer, Kristen Meinzer.

Among other things, Kristen is co-host of several popular, award-winning podcasts: By The BookMovie Therapy with Rafer & KristenInnovation UncoveredWhen Meghan Met Harryand We Love You & So Can YouShe’s also the author of the terrific book So You Want to Start a Podcast: Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Story, and Building a Community That Will Listen (AmazonBookshop), and the co-author of How to Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books (AmazonBookshop).

And she’s our former producer! Here are the three of us before the second Happier live show, five years ago in Seattle.

Kristen’s suggestion is to practice some “movie therapy.”

Kristen’s Tendency


Happiness Hack

Store all those accumulated tiny trinkets and fun little toys in toy jars

I have glass apothecary jars, but wish I’d bought plastic jars like these instead.

Know Yourself Better

Do certain situations send you into “shock”? I go into edit shock and shop shock.

Gretchen’s Demerit

When working on a piece of writing, I tinker endlessly with my favorite parts, but postpone working on the bigger, tougher questions.  Even though I know perfectly well that working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star

Elizabeth gives a gold star to the Bravo app.  She’s working so hard these days, it’s great to know that she can get her Bravo whenever she needs it.


  • Many listeners are completists, and I hear from people who are sorry that they’re all caught up and now have to wait for each Wednesday to get a new episode. If you want more, listen to my audiobooks! You can get them on AudibleApple Books, and Google PlayBetter Than Before is a great pick for forming good habits at any time of the year.
  • Do you need more book recommendations? You can follow me on Goodreads, check the hashtag #GretchenRubinReads for my weekly photo of what I read that week, or read my monthly blog post where I share a quick description or response to each book I read that month.

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