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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: What a Set of 3D “Magic Eye” Postcards Taught Me About Myself
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: What a Set of 3D “Magic Eye” Postcards Taught Me About Myself

Just because something isn’t often used doesn’t mean that it’s useless. My 3D “Magic Eye” postcards are fun to look at, and they also tie me to my own past.
Podcast 294: Imitate a Spiritual Master, a Hack for Toddlers, and a Conversation with Glennon Doyle About “Untamed.”
Podcast 294

Podcast 294: Imitate a Spiritual Master, a Hack for Toddlers, and a Conversation with Glennon Doyle About “Untamed.”

We talk about why you might imitate a spiritual master, discuss a listener’s hack for keeping a toddler safe, and talk to bestselling author Glennon Doyle about her new memoir, “Untamed.”
Podcast 291: Get Out of Your Storage Unit, a Hack for Reducing Unwanted Talk, and a Conversation about Relationships with Esther Perel.
Podcast 291

Podcast 291: Get Out of Your Storage Unit, a Hack for Reducing Unwanted Talk, and a Conversation about Relationships with Esther Perel.

We talk about the benefits of getting out of a storage unit; we talk to relationship expert Esther Perel about love and work; and Elizabeth’s office treadmill-desk is finally set up.
Podcast 289: Ask Yourself, “Do I Already Own This?” How to Feel Better in Just Five Minutes with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, and Our Next Book Club Choice.
Podcast 289

Podcast 289: Ask Yourself, “Do I Already Own This?” How to Feel Better in Just Five Minutes with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, and Our Next Book Club Choice.

We discuss why it’s helpful to ask, “Do I already own this?” We also talk to Dr. Rangan Chatterjee about his new book, “Feel Better in 5,” and announce our next book club choice: Yaa Gyasi’s brilliant novel “Transcendent Kingdom.”
Podcast 267: Write a Letter of Congratulations to Your Future-Self, Solutions to School Spirit T-Shirt Overload, and Why I Should Check My Calendar.
Podcast 267

Podcast 267: Write a Letter of Congratulations to Your Future-Self, Solutions to School Spirit T-Shirt Overload, and Why I Should Check My Calendar.

We discuss why writing a letter of congratulations to your future-self can help you stick to your good habits, do a deep-dive into the problem of T-shirt overload, and ask, “Would you rather have one very nice item, or many less expensive versions of that item?”
Podcast 214: Try Giving Up Something for a Month, a Confession and Hack Related to Leather Pants, and a Question for Listeners about Chemotherapy.
Podcast 214

Podcast 214: Try Giving Up Something for a Month, a Confession and Hack Related to Leather Pants, and a Question for Listeners about Chemotherapy.

Try giving up something for a month, a confession and hack related to leather pants, and a question for listeners: How do you help someone get through chemotherapy?
Podcast 213: More Ideas about “Outer Order, Inner Calm” That Didn’t Make It Into the Book, a Tech Hack to Make Mornings More Fun, and Do You Have Dog Sense?
Podcast 213

Podcast 213: More Ideas about “Outer Order, Inner Calm” That Didn’t Make It Into the Book, a Tech Hack to Make Mornings More Fun, and Do You Have Dog Sense?

This week, we’ll talk about some bonus ideas for creating outer order and we’ll talk about an easy way to make it more fun to wake up in the morning.
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 210: Very Special Episode! Elizabeth’s Favorite Clutter-Clearing Ideas from “Outer Order, Inner Calm.”

Podcast 210: Very Special Episode! Elizabeth’s Favorite Clutter-Clearing Ideas from “Outer Order, Inner Calm.”

Elizabeth reveals the clutter-busting ideas from Gretchen’s book “Outer Order, Inner Calm” that work best to help curb her natural messiness, and we discuss Know Yourself Better questions related to clutter.
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