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A Little Happier: Some Brilliant, Short Observations About Human Nature
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Some Brilliant, Short Observations About Human Nature

The brilliant aphorisms of writer Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach shed a clear light on human nature.
A Little Happier: The Surreal Aphorisms of Comedian Steven Wright Shed Light on Human Nature
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: The Surreal Aphorisms of Comedian Steven Wright Shed Light on Human Nature

With his surreal one-liners, comedian Steven Wright helps us to understand human nature and the world in a clearer (and more hilarious) light.
A Little Happier: If You Don’t Know the Answer, Don’t Ask the Question
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: If You Don’t Know the Answer, Don’t Ask the Question

A thought-provoking collection of proverbs from the legal profession offers wisdom even to people who aren’t lawyers.
A Little Happier: You Can’t Win the Hands You Don’t Play.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: You Can’t Win the Hands You Don’t Play.

A thought-provoking collection of proverbs from poker-players offers wisdom even to people who aren’t playing poker.
A Little Happier: My Brilliant Insight About the Title’s Meaning for “The Phantom Tollbooth,” Norton Juster’s Classic Novel.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: My Brilliant Insight About the Title’s Meaning for “The Phantom Tollbooth,” Norton Juster’s Classic Novel.

I have a tremendous insight that springs from my love of Norton Juster’s novel “The Phantom Tollbooth” and my longstanding fascinating with Zen koans.
A Little Happier: Yogi Berra Was Funny, and He Also Hit on Some Profound Truths
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Yogi Berra Was Funny, and He Also Hit on Some Profound Truths

Baseball legend Yogi Berra was famous for the hilarious things he said. And in his own inimitable way, he captured some profound truths.
A Little Happier: Some of My Favorite Proverbs About Parenthood.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Some of My Favorite Proverbs About Parenthood.

I love aphorisms, proverbs, true rules, and Secrets of Adulthood, and I offer some of my favorite proverbs for parenthood.
A Little Happier: What We Can Learn from Mark Twain’s Cat Who Sat on a Hot Stove.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: What We Can Learn from Mark Twain’s Cat Who Sat on a Hot Stove.

It’s important to make sure that we don’t learn the wrong lessons from pain, frustration, criticism, or failure. Like a cat, we want to learn not to sit on a hot stove—but maybe we still want to be able to sit on a stove that’s cold.
Podcast 284: Why Buying Isn’t Doing, a Deep Dive into Ways to Display Your Favorite Quotations, and a Spotlight on Harriet Washington.
Podcast 284

Podcast 284: Why Buying Isn’t Doing, a Deep Dive into Ways to Display Your Favorite Quotations, and a Spotlight on Harriet Washington.

We talk about why we shouldn’t confuse buying with doing, reveal a happiness hack for staying in touch with grandparents, review listeners’ suggestions for displaying terrific quotations, and shine a spotlight on author Harriet Washington.
Podcast 281: Start a Social-Issues Book Club, a Deep Dive into the Problem of Flaky Friends, a Hack for Great Quotations, and a Spotlight on Jason Reynolds.
Podcast 281

Podcast 281: Start a Social-Issues Book Club, a Deep Dive into the Problem of Flaky Friends, a Hack for Great Quotations, and a Spotlight on Jason Reynolds.

We discuss why you might start or join a social-issues book club, we talk about ways to incorporate your favorite quotations into everyday life, we take a deep dive into the challenge of flaky friends, and put a spotlight on renowned author Jason Reynolds.
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