Podcast 81: Introduce a Specific Conversation Topic, Park in a Far Spot, and Is It OK to Ignore the Olympics?

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


In Episode 76, our listener Sarah asked for suggestions for wedding readings. We got so many great suggestions! As promised, I’ve created a PDF with some of the most outstanding choices. Email me if you’d like a copy — just write “wedding readings” in the subject line. As Kristen mentioned, in this episode of “A Little Happier,” I recorded the very short story that was one of my wedding readings.

Try This at Home

Give people something specific to talk about. I mentioned my mother’s game (though it’s not really a game) of TableTopics Family: Questions to Start Great Conversations.

Here’s the photo of the surprise gift that I sent to Elizabeth.


Happiness Hack from Stacy

Go ahead and park at the far end of the parking lot. It means more exercise, and less annoyance, because you’re not circling around the parking lot looking for a spot close to the door.

Better Than Before Habit Strategy

The Strategy of Clarity.

Listener Question: Rochelle asks, “I find it hardest to reach out to the people closest to me. For these people, a casual check-in won’t do.”

Elizabeth’s Demerit

Elizabeth ignored the Olympics.

Gretchen’s Gold Star

Elizabeth gets a gold star for making the effort to make a quick trip to Kansas City, and my father gets a gold star for his observation “When it comes to family visits, frequency is more important than length.”




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