Gretchen Rubin

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A Little Happier: How the Gift of a Dollhouse Illustrates the Happiness Philosophy of Bertrand Russell.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: How the Gift of a Dollhouse Illustrates the Happiness Philosophy of Bertrand Russell.

In giving the gift of a dollhouse, these loving grandparents illustrate a point argued by philosopher Bertrand Russsell: “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”
Podcast 222: Go Someplace By Yourself, Make Conversation with a Child, and an Easy Way to Remember Something Important.
Podcast 222

Podcast 222: Go Someplace By Yourself, Make Conversation with a Child, and an Easy Way to Remember Something Important.

Why you might choose to go someplace alone, how to have a good conversation with a child, and a listener suggests an easy, clever hack for remembering to bring items.
Podcast 211: Spend Time Individually with Family Members, an Ice Cube Hack, and Obligers’ Relationships to Accountability and Possessions.
Podcast 211

Podcast 211: Spend Time Individually with Family Members, an Ice Cube Hack, and Obligers’ Relationships to Accountability and Possessions.

This week, we’ll talk about why you might try to spend time individually with each member of your family, and we’ll discuss an intriguing hack about using an ice cube to change your thoughts. We also talk about Obligers, and how they need outer accountability for inner expectations.
Podcast 122: Tackle a “Power Day,” People Who Question Your Good Habits, and What’s Your Advice about College-Bound Children?
Podcast 122

Podcast 122: Tackle a “Power Day,” People Who Question Your Good Habits, and What’s Your Advice about College-Bound Children?

Podcast 122: Tackle a “Power Day” as a way to finish onerous tasks, dealing with in-laws who undermine your healthy eating habits—and what’s your advice about sending a child off to college?
Podcast 120: Very Special Episode of Listener Questions about the Four Tendencies.
Podcast 120

Podcast 120: Very Special Episode of Listener Questions about the Four Tendencies.

Podcast 120: In this Very Special Episode, we discuss listener questions related to the Four Tendencies. Are you an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel? -- and how that matters.
We Don’t Always Know When Children Are Wasting Their Time.
A Little Happier

We Don’t Always Know When Children Are Wasting Their Time.

A Little Happier: We may wish our children used their time more “productively,” but we don’t always know when time is wasted—or not. What looks like wasted time could actually turn out to be quite productive.
Podcast 112: Pick a Uniform, Time Yourself, and a Deep Dive into a Conflict with a Boss.
Podcast 112

Podcast 112: Pick a Uniform, Time Yourself, and a Deep Dive into a Conflict with a Boss.

Podcast 112: Pick a uniform, time yourself doing a task, a deep dive into an irksome request from a boss - plus the benefit of sloth videos.
Having More Doesn’t Always Make Us Happier.
A Little Happier

Having More Doesn’t Always Make Us Happier.

A Little Happier: Why a boy didn’t play with the toys his grandmother gave him.
We Can’t Spare Our Children Normal Social Pain.
A Little Happier

We Can’t Spare Our Children Normal Social Pain.

A Little Happier: I quote from Michael Thompson's excellent parenting book "Mom, They're Teasing Me" about the fact that we can't spare our children normal social pain.
The Days Are Long, But the Years Are Short.
A Little Happier

The Days Are Long, But the Years Are Short.

A Little Happier -- The days are long, but the years are short.
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