Podcast 45: Home for the Holidays, Kansas City Edition! We Record at Winstead’s.

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


It’s the Kansas City edition! We begin our recording from a table at Winstead’s, the beloved Kansas City diner that’s our family’s favorite place to eat. Plus we feature some special guests.

Elizabeth and I had so much fun recording this — it’s always extra-fun when we’re together, and it was great to be in our hometown.

Elizabeth Eating Burger Winsteads

Try This at Home

Identify your special places.” The restaurant Winstead’s is definitely one of our special family places.

I quote from Mircea Eliade’s The Sacred and the Profane: the Nature of Religion: “There are, for example,  privileged places, qualitatively different from all others — a man’s birthplace, or the scenes of his first love, or certain places in the first foreign city he visited in youth. Even for the most frankly nonreligious man, all these places still retain an exceptional, a unique quality; they are the ‘holy places’ of his private universe.”

Know Yourself Better

Is there a New Year’s resolution that you’ve made over and over?

Mindy’s Gold Star

One of Elizabeth’s best friends, Mindy, gives a gold star to her father, who told her, “Always pay attention to what you have, instead of focusing on what you don’t have.”

Eleanor’s Gold Star

My ten-year-old daughter gave a gold star to our family, for getting a dog. We didn’t think we were a dog family – but we did it! And we’re so happy.

Note: it’s hard to see, but I’m wearing a t-shirt that Elizabeth gave me a few Christmases ago — a bluebird wearing a Santa hat.

podcast EEE and Gin closet




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