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  • Elizabeth: The Hollywood writers’ strike is over!
  • Gretchen: I’m also happy that the strike is over! Also, tomorrow is the Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux, who is one of my spiritual teachers.

Quality Audio Time

In honor of International Podcast Day, we talk about why listening to podcasts helps use to make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.

Spotlight on a Tool

If you want to “give” someone a podcast that you know they’d love, give them the “Gift of Podcast.”

More Quality Audio Time

Listening to podcasts can also be a useful tool to help us become healthier and keep our good habits.

Podcasts are often used for the Strategy of Pairing, which I write about in my book Better Than Before, which is about the 21 strategies we can use to make or break our habits. 

Recently, in episode 449, we talked about how we can use podcasts to help ourselves fall asleep or fall back asleep. If you want to listen to our soporific episode, it’s here.

If you want instructions on rating and reviewing a podcast, it’s here.


I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation…It is frustrating to have discovered a new author and not to be able to tell anyone how good he is; to come suddenly, at the turn of the road, upon some mountain valley of unexpected grandeur and then to have to keep silent because the people with you care for it no more than for a tin can in the ditch; to hear a good joke and find no one to share it with…This is so even when our expressions are inadequate, as of course they usually are. —C. S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms




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