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A Little Happier: For Writer Isabel Allende, January 8 Is the Right Day to Begin.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: For Writer Isabel Allende, January 8 Is the Right Day to Begin.

In remembrance of her grandfather’s death, writer Isabel Allende starts all her new books on January 8, which for her is the right day to begin.
A Little Happier: To the Curious and Prepared Mind, Something Dull Becomes Interesting.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: To the Curious and Prepared Mind, Something Dull Becomes Interesting.

A story about the small talk of two brilliant mathematicians reminds me that a curious and well-informed mind can find much of interest in the world. The taxi-cab’s number 1729 turns out to be a very interesting number.
Podcast 334: Happier Podcast Book Club: Writer and Musician Michelle Zauner Talks about Family, Identity, and Food in Her Memoir “Crying in H Mart”
Podcast 334

Podcast 334: Happier Podcast Book Club: Writer and Musician Michelle Zauner Talks about Family, Identity, and Food in Her Memoir “Crying in H Mart”

We talk to Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast about her compelling memoir “Crying in H Mart.”
A Little Happier: Sometimes We Lash Out in Anger When In Fact We’re Feeling a Very Different Emotion
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Sometimes We Lash Out in Anger When In Fact We’re Feeling a Very Different Emotion

A poignant scene from Meredith Hall’s novel Beneficence, where a husband and father speaks with harsh words to deny his regrets, reminds me to show my love; others can only see my actions.
Podcast 333: We Review Our One-Word Theme for the Year, Suggest a Hot-Weather Hack, and Discuss the Power of Plants with Michael Pollan
Podcast 333

Podcast 333: We Review Our One-Word Theme for the Year, Suggest a Hot-Weather Hack, and Discuss the Power of Plants with Michael Pollan

The year 2021 has hit the midway point, so we review our one-word themes to evaluate how we’re doing. We also suggest a hack for dealing with hot summer nights, and talk about Michael Pollan about his fascinating new book, “This Is Your Mind on Plants.”
Podcast 328: Eat Something You Saw on the Screen or Page, a Reading Hack, and Annie Murphy Paul Talks About the Extended Mind
Podcast 328

Podcast 328: Eat Something You Saw on the Screen or Page, a Reading Hack, and Annie Murphy Paul Talks About the Extended Mind

Why you might eat something you saw on the screen or on the page, a clutter-clearing hack that makes reading more fun, and a conversation with Annie Murphy Paul about how to think outside the brain.
A Little Happier: “The Farm Was a Form: Not Like a Set of Rules on a Wall, But Like the Symmetry of Winter and Summer.”
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: “The Farm Was a Form: Not Like a Set of Rules on a Wall, But Like the Symmetry of Winter and Summer.”

The poet Donald Hall wrote a beautiful memoir of the childhood summers he spent with his grandparents on their New Hampshire farm. In his account, he conveys the safety and orderliness of that country life.
A Little Happier: A Character from “K-Pop Confidential” and My Second-Grade Daughter Remind Me: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Character from “K-Pop Confidential” and My Second-Grade Daughter Remind Me: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves

In Stephan Lee’s terrific young-adult novel K-Pop Confidential, the character Candace’s performance illustrates the same lesson that I saw in my daughter Eleanor’s second-grade show on the monkey bars: Sometimes we should expect more from ourselves, and sometimes we should accept ourselves—our own gifts, our own limitations, and our own way to achieve an aim.
Podcast 313: Help People Not Disappoint You, a Hack for Reading More, a Talk with Deepa Iyer about Different Roles to Play in Social Change.
Podcast 313

Podcast 313: Help People Not Disappoint You, a Hack for Reading More, a Talk with Deepa Iyer about Different Roles to Play in Social Change.

We talk about how and why it’s a good idea to help people not disappoint us, share a reader suggestion about how to read more, and Deepa Iyer explains her map for social change.
A Little Happier: A Question That Seemed to Make No Sense Was in Fact a Declaration of Love
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Question That Seemed to Make No Sense Was in Fact a Declaration of Love

In her memoir The Bread and the Knife, Dawn Drzal explains that her grandmother’s habit of asking her grandfather, “Is the pasta done?” made no sense to her, until years later, when she realized she’d been seeing a declaration of love.
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