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A Little Happier: Re-Framing the Situation Can Mean that Someone Unexpected Wins a Prize.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Re-Framing the Situation Can Mean that Someone Unexpected Wins a Prize.

Rebecca Caudill’s 1962 picture book “The Best-Loved Doll” tells the story of a little girl and her shabby, beloved doll, and the medal her doll won, when the truth was framed in a new way.
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: If You Have a Fur Coat, You Don’t Need Snow Pants.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: If You Have a Fur Coat, You Don’t Need Snow Pants.

In the wonderful children’s book “Little Bear,” Mother Bear takes away Little Bear’s hat, coat, and snow pants so that he can be warm in the fur coat in which he was born.
A Little Happier: What Can You Do When You Live in a Crowded, Messy, Noisy House?
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: What Can You Do When You Live in a Crowded, Messy, Noisy House?

In a traditional Yiddish folk tale, a farmer complains about his crowded, noisy house—and his wise rabbi gives him a surprising solution.
Podcast 287: Steer Clear of Quicksand, Beware of Catastrophizing, a Whimsical Hack, and a Spotlight on Baratunde Thurston
Podcast 287

Podcast 287: Steer Clear of Quicksand, Beware of Catastrophizing, a Whimsical Hack, and a Spotlight on Baratunde Thurston

We discuss why you should steer clear of quicksand, beware of the happiness stumbling block of “catastrophizing,” suggest an affordable, whimsical hack, and shine a spotlight on Baratunde Thurston.
Podcast 285: Why It’s a Good Idea to Create a Catch-All, a Spotlight on Virginia Hamilton, and a Conversation with Susan Burton About Her Brilliant Memoir “Empty.”
Podcast 285

Podcast 285: Why It’s a Good Idea to Create a Catch-All, a Spotlight on Virginia Hamilton, and a Conversation with Susan Burton About Her Brilliant Memoir “Empty.”

We discuss why it’s a great idea to create a catch-all to help boost creativity, memories, and inspiration, we shine a spotlight on children’s author Virginia Hamilton, and we talk to Susan Burton about her thought-provoking memoir “Empty.”
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.
Podcast 278: Why We Should Do Something, and a Conversation with Sofy Solomon about Lessons from Safer-at-Home in a Childhood Bedroom—and How to Make Systems More Just.
Podcast 278

Podcast 278: Why We Should Do Something, and a Conversation with Sofy Solomon about Lessons from Safer-at-Home in a Childhood Bedroom—and How to Make Systems More Just.

Why we should do something, a hack for measurement, and a conversation with Sofy Solomon about what we can learn about ourselves from spending time in our childhood bedrooms—and why we should treat our budgets as a moral document.
A Little Happier: Throughout My Life, I’ve Remembered One Line from the “Little Engine that Could”
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Throughout My Life, I’ve Remembered One Line from the “Little Engine that Could”

"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” may be a bit corny, but the fact is, I find myself repeating that line to myself. The Little Engine that Could put those words in my mind.
A Little Happier: One of the Greatest Luxuries? The Luxury of Giving.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: One of the Greatest Luxuries? The Luxury of Giving.

In the wonderful Sydney Taylor’s children’s book All-of-a-Kind Family, the girls’ father realized he wanted to give his girls the true luxury: the luxury of giving him a gift.
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