More Happier: A Case of Obliger-Rebellion, Advice About Waking Up a Child, and Do Spoilers Spoil Stories?

Something Making Us (More) Happier

  • Elizabeth: People have been sending in great advice about whether and how to get Jack up in the morning.
  • Gretchen: We rarely experience audio delays anymore.

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

In Happier in Hollywood episode 329, Elizabeth mentions a clear and rare example of her own Obliger-rebellion!

In Happier episode 446, we read observations from listeners about how they know they’re entering Obliger-rebellion.

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Spotlight on a Tool

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Quality Screen Time

Surprisingly, research suggests that people don’t necessarily enjoy stories less when they’ve been “spoiled”: story spoilers don’t spoil stories as much as you might expect.


When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

C. S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children.”




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