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Podcast 247: Use the Solomon Paradox When Dealing with a Difficult Situation, and How to Persuade a Rebel to Wear His Seatbelt?
Podcast 247

Podcast 247: Use the Solomon Paradox When Dealing with a Difficult Situation, and How to Persuade a Rebel to Wear His Seatbelt?

Why you should think about the “Solomon Paradox” when you’re dealing with a difficult situation, how to respond to a Rebel who refuses to wear a seat belt, a hack for staying in touch with distant friends and family—and would you like to be a twin?
A Little Happier: Who Is the Main Character, Who Is the Supporting Character?
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Who Is the Main Character, Who Is the Supporting Character?

I realized that I often made the mistake of thinking of some people as main characters and some people as supporting characters. We’re all main characters, and we’re all supporting characters.
Podcast 246: Have Your Words Ready, an Email Hack, and a Conversation with Simon Sinek about “The Infinite Game”
Podcast 246

Podcast 246: Have Your Words Ready, an Email Hack, and a Conversation with Simon Sinek about “The Infinite Game”

When facing a tough situation, have your words ready; a hack related to email subject lines; and a conversation with Simon Sinek about “The Infinite Game.”
A Little Happier: On “Game of Thrones,” Tywin Lannister Has the Right Thing to Say in a Difficult Situation.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: On “Game of Thrones,” Tywin Lannister Has the Right Thing to Say in a Difficult Situation.

I’m always looking for good examples of people finding the right words, and I was very struck by this example from a crucial scene from the TV show “Game of Thrones.”
Podcast 244: Go Out in the Early Morning Sunlight, Brush Your Teeth After Dinner, and What to Do with Old Business Suits.
Podcast 244

Podcast 244: Go Out in the Early Morning Sunlight, Brush Your Teeth After Dinner, and What to Do with Old Business Suits.

Why it’s important to go outside into the sunlight, how brushing your teeth after dinner can help with night snacking, and a dentist demerit from Elizabeth.
Podcast 243: Treat Yourself Like a Dog, and How Obligers Can Resist Pressures to Indulge.
Podcast 243

Podcast 243: Treat Yourself Like a Dog, and How Obligers Can Resist Pressures to Indulge.

Why you should treat yourself like a dog, why telling someone, “Calm down” is usually a bad idea, and ideas for Obligers who are trying to resist expectations that they eat or drink.
A Little Happier: A Moment in the Life of JFK Illustrates How Hard It Is to Know Other People.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Moment in the Life of JFK Illustrates How Hard It Is to Know Other People.

An episode from the life of John F. Kennedy is a terrific reminder of the fact that we don’t know, we can’t really understand, what other people are thinking, why they’re doing the things they do, or how they see the world.
Podcast 242: Buy Some Happiness, Plus Hacks for Taking Medication Regularly.
Podcast 242

Podcast 242: Buy Some Happiness, Plus Hacks for Taking Medication Regularly.

We discuss why and how we can buy some happiness, do a hack round-up with terrific ideas for remembering to take daily medications, and tackle a listener’s question about her husband’s brewing Obliger-rebellion.
Podcast 241: Malcolm Gladwell Talks About “Talking to Strangers” Plus a Delicious, Healthy Hack
Podcast 241

Podcast 241: Malcolm Gladwell Talks About “Talking to Strangers” Plus a Delicious, Healthy Hack

We talk to Malcolm Gladwell about “Talking to Strangers” and explore why taking a shower can boost your happiness, and I reveal the easy, new low-carb recipe I love.
Podcast 240: Very Special Episode: Use the Emergency Kit for Anxiety, Worry, and Stress.
Podcast 240

Podcast 240: Very Special Episode: Use the Emergency Kit for Anxiety, Worry, and Stress.

For this Very Special Episode, we talk about the Emergency Kit for Anxiety—a long list of strategies to put to work immediately to manage anxiety, worry, stress, and fear.
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