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A Little Happier: Writer Ann Patchett Describes How Sometimes, We Can Minister to the Spirit through the Body
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Writer Ann Patchett Describes How Sometimes, We Can Minister to the Spirit through the Body

In her brilliant memoir Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett recalls how she helps a troubled friend by tapping into the power of the five senses: “Even if I couldn’t make Lucy deeply happy, I could provide the kind of happiness that would seem hollow if we had the money or the time to stay in it too long.”
A Little Happier: It’s a Lot of Work to Make Friendly Gestures, But We All Have to Try.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: It’s a Lot of Work to Make Friendly Gestures, But We All Have to Try.

Whenever I think about the work that it takes to try to be friendly, I remember a funny story from my daughter’s childhood.
A Little Happier: The Lesson I Learned from the Thumbtack in My Shoe.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: The Lesson I Learned from the Thumbtack in My Shoe.

I had a pain in my foot, and I blamed my foot—until a friend pointed out that I had a tack in my shoe. Whenever I get frustrated, I remind myself that I shouldn’t be too quick to hold myself responsible for the problem. Sometimes the problem is me. But sometimes the problem is something else.
A Little Happier: A Lesson Learned from the End of Life—Make Time for the People Who Matter Most
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Lesson Learned from the End of Life—Make Time for the People Who Matter Most

Eugene O’Kelly’s account of his experience of the end of his life is a reminder that our time and energy are limited, and we need to make sure to give them to the people who matter most to us.
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.
A Little Happier: Someone’s Casual Comment Can Show Us an Entirely New Path for Ourselves.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Someone’s Casual Comment Can Show Us an Entirely New Path for Ourselves.

Acclaimed writer Nnedi Okorafor describes how a friend’s casual comment redirected her life.
A Little Happier: We Really Don’t Have That Kind of Time.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: We Really Don’t Have That Kind of Time.

In this era of the coronavirus, I find myself thinking often about a passage from Anne Lamott’s book “Bird By Bird”—and reminding myself, “I really don’t have that kind of time.”
Podcast 272: Make a “Power Hour After” List, a Conversation about Parenting with Dr. Elizabeth Schwarz, and Elizabeth Talks About “Alcohol-Free April.”
Podcast 272

Podcast 272: Make a “Power Hour After” List, a Conversation about Parenting with Dr. Elizabeth Schwarz, and Elizabeth Talks About “Alcohol-Free April.”

We talk about you might make a “Power Hour After list,” Dr. Elizabeth Schwarz joins us to talk about how to deal with common parenting challenges, and Elizabeth celebrates her completion of No Alcohol April.
Podcast 260: Very Special Episode: In Honor of Valentine’s Day, Listeners Give Their Best Relationship Advice.
Podcast 260

Podcast 260: Very Special Episode: In Honor of Valentine’s Day, Listeners Give Their Best Relationship Advice.

For our Very Special Episode, we asked listeners for their best advice about strengthening relationships, and we talked to Lori Gottlieb, author of the bestseller “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.”
Podcast 258: Try the “Pair & Share” Method, Have a Tricky Conversation with Neighbors, and a Conversation with “Yoga Girl” Rachel Brathen.
Podcast 258

Podcast 258: Try the “Pair & Share” Method, Have a Tricky Conversation with Neighbors, and a Conversation with “Yoga Girl” Rachel Brathen.

Try the “Pair & Share” approach to have more fun while getting some exercise, a quick hack for making it easier to do unpleasant tasks, and an interview with “Yoga Girl” Rachel Brathen about happiness.
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