Podcast 73: Get Rid of Something Useless, What to Do When Everything “Turns to Ashes” — and Something Beautiful for Free.

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


We’ve heard from so many people about their signature colors, from Episode 71; we’re going to do a Deep Dive soon. And despite her screaming, Elizabeth has now successfully ordered fabric for their banquette.

Try This at Home

Get rid of something as soon as it becomes useless. Harder than it sounds! Elizabeth mentions Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Happiness Stumbling Block

How to cope when everything “turns to ashes” (as it did, for Elizabeth).

Listener Question

Whitney asked about what to do about the fact that her very loving mother-in-law has given her a diaper bag that she doesn’t want.

Elizabeth’s Demerit

Elizabeth has delayed going to the doctor for too long. We talk about the Four Tendencies framework — if you want to read more about it, look here.

Gretchen’s Gold Star

I give a gold star to the New York Public Library’s collection of digital images that are in the public domain. Free to share and reuse. Beautiful, amazing! What a treasure trove! The beautiful collection I mention — Plante et Ses Applications Ornamentales — is here.

If you want to take the Four Tendencies quiz, it’s here.




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