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Podcast 344: How to Do a Quick Good Deed that Could Have Big Consequences, a Hack for Cutting Ourselves Some Slack, and an Interview with Anderson Cooper
Podcast 344

Podcast 344: How to Do a Quick Good Deed that Could Have Big Consequences, a Hack for Cutting Ourselves Some Slack, and an Interview with Anderson Cooper

We discuss a listener’s suggestion for an important way to help others, we talk about giving ourselves a “mercy week” during particularly busy or stressful times, and we talk to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper about his new book “Vanderbilt.”
Podcast 340: Very Special Episode! Ask Us Anything
Podcast 340

Podcast 340: Very Special Episode! Ask Us Anything

Every tenth episode is a Very Special Episode, and this episode is an “Ask Us Anything.” We answer listener questions about our parents, career insights, our favorite hacks, why Gretchen calls Elizabeth “my sister the sage,” and more.
A Little Happier: Ordinary Belongings Become Precious as They Persist—Like My Parents’ Brown Bowl
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Ordinary Belongings Become Precious as They Persist—Like My Parents’ Brown Bowl

Ordinary belongings become precious as they persist. They make us feel rooted in our own existence, with the comforting feeling that “Some things will never change.” Things will change, of course—but using my parents’ brown bowl makes me feel like they won’t.
A Little Happier: Both My Parents Made the Same Observation about Queen Elizabeth II.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Both My Parents Made the Same Observation about Queen Elizabeth II.

I was surprised when both my parents commented on Queen Elizabeth II’s decision to direct the Royal Family to wear mourning clothes (instead of traditional uniforms) to the funeral of her husband Prince Philip. Both my parents were impressed by the thoughtfulness and foresight of her decision.
A Little Happier: Sometimes, When We Understand Someone’s Perspective, Our Anger Fades
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Sometimes, When We Understand Someone’s Perspective, Our Anger Fades

Sometimes, understanding someone else’s point of view allows our anger to fade. When writer Julie Lythcott-Haims understood that her mother’s definition of a “visit” differed from her definition of a “visit,” her resentment faded and her empathy grew.
A Little Happier: An Answer from Childhood Expert Michael Thompson Reminds Me of the Value of Considering a Different Perspective.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: An Answer from Childhood Expert Michael Thompson Reminds Me of the Value of Considering a Different Perspective.

I’m a big fan of the work of childhood expert Michael Thompson, and his answer to a reader’s question reminds me of the importance of remaining open to an entirely different view of a problem.
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.
Podcast 302: Revisit a Book You Remember from High School or College, Ask Yourself, “Is There a Food I Enjoy Only When It’s Made the Way My Family Makes It?” and Why We Should Run Errands in the Morning.
Podcast 302

Podcast 302: Revisit a Book You Remember from High School or College, Ask Yourself, “Is There a Food I Enjoy Only When It’s Made the Way My Family Makes It?” and Why We Should Run Errands in the Morning.

We suggest revisiting a book that you still remember from high school or college (and reveal the books that we plan to revisit), discuss a funny food-related Know-Yourself-Better question, and explain why, during the winter months, it’s a good idea to run errands in the morning; plus, a listener asks for suggestions about how to give long-distance love and support to a parent with cancer.
Podcast 297: Happier Podcast Book Club: Author Yaa Gyasi Talks about Family, Faith, Science, and Belonging in “Transcendent Kingdom.”
Podcast 297

Podcast 297: Happier Podcast Book Club: Author Yaa Gyasi Talks about Family, Faith, Science, and Belonging in “Transcendent Kingdom.”

We talk to writer Yaa Gyasi about her compelling bestselling novel “Transcendent Kingdom.”
A Little Happier: On My Wedding Anniversary, It Makes Me Happy to Remember What a Nurse Once Said.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: On My Wedding Anniversary, It Makes Me Happy to Remember What a Nurse Once Said.

Jamie is the love of my life! I want to treat him that way, and so often, really, I don’t. But I try. It makes me happy to remember a time when, from observing us, someone assumed that we were in the early stages of love.
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