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389: Take Time to Do What You Do Best, a Hack to Avoid Injury, and Are You Drinking Enough Water?
Episode 389

389: Take Time to Do What You Do Best, a Hack to Avoid Injury, and Are You Drinking Enough Water?

We talk about an effective way to lower stress: take time to do what you do best. We also discuss how to avoid injury during exercise, and we tackle the common happiness stumbling block of trying to drink enough water.
382: Responsibility-Shifting Questions, Being a Better Manager, and Why You Might Rent a Salad Bowl
Episode 382

382: Responsibility-Shifting Questions, Being a Better Manager, and Why You Might Rent a Salad Bowl

We discuss why we’re trying to stop asking responsibility-shifting questions (which we both do, often), talk about an easy way to rent little-used items, and talk to legendary Silicon Valley manager Russ Laraway about how to be a better manager.
A Little Happier: The Danger of Finish Lines, According to Kurt Vonnegut
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: The Danger of Finish Lines, According to Kurt Vonnegut

Setting a finish line can help people reach a goal, but it can actually can undermine the process of forming a habit. In a letter to his son, renowned author Kurt Vonnegut explains why finish lines can be risky for writers.
A Little Happier: What’s the Best Way to Change a Habit?
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: What’s the Best Way to Change a Habit?

Whenever people ask me, “What’s the right way to change a habit? If you had to pick one best way, what would you say?” I answer, “What’s the best way to cook an egg?” In both cases, the best way depends on you.
More Happier: Why We Love the Beatles Doc “Get Back,” Plus How to Get More Reading Done
More Happier

More Happier: Why We Love the Beatles Doc “Get Back,” Plus How to Get More Reading Done

We discuss the brilliant Beatles documentary “Get Back”—why we loved it so much, and what we learned from watching the creative process. Plus, we offer a tool for getting more reading done, and talk about the pleasures of adventure.
360: Very Special Episode! Want to Change a Habit? Start with These 7 Strategies.
Episode 360

360: Very Special Episode! Want to Change a Habit? Start with These 7 Strategies.

There are 21 strategies we can use to make or break our habits. In this Very Special Episode, we highlight the seven strategies that tend to be the most universally useful. And we also reveal the most fun strategy!
Podcast 319: Ask Yourself, “Do I Use It, Need It, Love It?” Using the Return to Work as a “Clean Slate” for Habits, and Rebels Give Advice about the Rebel Who Won’t Read Emails
Podcast 319

Podcast 319: Ask Yourself, “Do I Use It, Need It, Love It?” Using the Return to Work as a “Clean Slate” for Habits, and Rebels Give Advice about the Rebel Who Won’t Read Emails

For those in the mood for spring cleaning, we suggest clearing clutter by asking “Do I use it, need it, love it?” We talk about April Fool’s Day pranks, ideas for using the return to the workplace as a “clean slate” for starting healthy habits, and hear from Rebels about how to deal with a Rebel teacher who won’t read school emails.
A Little Happier: Habits Are the Invisible Architecture of Everyday Life.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Habits Are the Invisible Architecture of Everyday Life.

A passage from Christopher Alexander’s beautiful book The Timeless Way of Building is a good reminder of the importance of having habits that make our lives happier.
Podcast 253: Fight Through Post-Holiday Haze and How (Really) to Keep New Year’s Resolutions.
Podcast 253

Podcast 253: Fight Through Post-Holiday Haze and How (Really) to Keep New Year’s Resolutions.

Fight through post-holiday haze, how to get more reading done, tackle the challenge of New Year’s resolutions—and an office-party demerit.
A Little Happier: Carrie’s Shoe Collection in “Sex and the City” Teaches an Important Lesson About Habits.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Carrie’s Shoe Collection in “Sex and the City” Teaches an Important Lesson About Habits.

If you’re trying to save money, does it matter if you splurge on one pair of expensive shoes? Probably not. What about two pairs? Three pairs? In the TV show “Sex and the City,” Carrie’s shoe collection illustrates an important idea in habit-formation: the One-Coin Loophole.
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