Easy, Helpful Hacks for Summer, Surprising Whimsy, & Kelly Ripa Talks Off Camera


I’m excited to hit the road for the paperback release of my book Life in Five Senses.

  •  June 6, 2024, in Atlanta, GA with Charis Books & More at First Baptist Church of Decatur
  • June 7, 2024, in Dallas, TX at Interabang Books

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Try This at Home

Try these summer hacks from listeners. So many great suggestions!

Happiness Hack

A listener explains that if you use an iPhone, you can use Harry Potter spells to turn the flashlight on and off for a hands-free touch of whimsy.

Say “Siri, lumos” to turn it on and “Siri, knox” to turn it off.


We talk to Kelly Ripa, legendary actor and television daytime talk-show host. Since 2001, she has been the co-host of the morning talk show Live! With Kelly and Mark in its various formats since Live! With Regis and Kelly.

She’s also the host of the terrific new podcast, Let’s Talk Off Camera.

She has just published her first book, the New York Times bestselling collection of essays Live Wire: Long Winded Short Stories (Amazon, Bookshop).

We talk about how she decides what to reveal and what to keep private; why she always assumes she can do something; how she’s always had the ability to get people to confide; and more.

Kelly’s Tendency: I attempt a flash analysis of Kelly’s Tendency…I think she’s an Upholder or a Questioner, but I’d be interested to hear what result she gets from the Four Tendencies quiz.

Kelly’s Try This at Home: Somewhere in your home, dance with reckless abandon.

Demerits & Gold Stars

Gretchen’s Demerit: I didn’t take notes as I was talking to many different people at various conferences and reunions.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star: She gives a gold star to the outstanding clerk who helped her buy hiking boots at REI. 


Earlier this month, in a fun “More Happier” episode, we shared quick, manageable tasks to get ready for summer. Sweep the deck! If you missed that episode or couldn’t participate, don’t worry. I’ve created a bingo card to gamify your summer preparations. Download the “Sweep the Deck Bingo Card” from happiercast.com/resources.

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