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A Little Happier: Sometimes We Lash Out in Anger When In Fact We’re Feeling a Very Different Emotion
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Sometimes We Lash Out in Anger When In Fact We’re Feeling a Very Different Emotion

A poignant scene from Meredith Hall’s novel Beneficence, where a husband and father speaks with harsh words to deny his regrets, reminds me to show my love; others can only see my actions.
Podcast 327: Something to Remember: Gretchen Passed Out on Live TV! Plus a Hand-Holding Hack, and Are You in an Age of Expansion or Concentration?
Podcast 327

Podcast 327: Something to Remember: Gretchen Passed Out on Live TV! Plus a Hand-Holding Hack, and Are You in an Age of Expansion or Concentration?

We talk about why it’s helpful to remember that the things that go wrong often make the best memories—for example, I passed out on live TV! Plus a hack about holding hands, and we ask the know-yourself-better question, “Are you in an age of expansion, or an age of concentration?”
Podcast 323: Practice Some Movie Therapy, an Easy Hack for Dealing with Small Toys and Trinkets, and Do Certain Situations Send You into Shock?
Podcast 323

Podcast 323: Practice Some Movie Therapy, an Easy Hack for Dealing with Small Toys and Trinkets, and Do Certain Situations Send You into Shock?

Our former producer, the podcaster and writer Kristen Meinzer, explains why we should try “movie therapy,” we discuss one of Gretchen’s all-time favorite hacks of her own invention, and we explore the question, “Do you find that certain situations send you into shock?”
A Little Happier: A Character from “K-Pop Confidential” and My Second-Grade Daughter Remind Me: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Character from “K-Pop Confidential” and My Second-Grade Daughter Remind Me: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves

In Stephan Lee’s terrific young-adult novel K-Pop Confidential, the character Candace’s performance illustrates the same lesson that I saw in my daughter Eleanor’s second-grade show on the monkey bars: Sometimes we should expect more from ourselves, and sometimes we should accept ourselves—our own gifts, our own limitations, and our own way to achieve an aim.
A Little Happier: Why Did I Insist on Taking My Little Girl to Pre-school in the Freezing Cold and Snow?
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Why Did I Insist on Taking My Little Girl to Pre-school in the Freezing Cold and Snow?

Understanding my Four Tendencies personality framework, and my own Tendency as an Upholder, revealed to me why I’d behaved inexplicably years ago, when I took my daughter to school in a snowstorm.
A Little Happier: We Can Learn from the Monkey Who Wouldn’t Let Go of the Bananas.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: We Can Learn from the Monkey Who Wouldn’t Let Go of the Bananas.

The old teaching story of the greedy monkey and the bananas illustrates many notions, including the idea that sometimes we have to let go of a desire in order to free ourselves.
Podcast 316: What Valuable Lessons Have We Learned from the Pandemic, a Hack to Fight Morning Grogginess, and a Question About a Rebel Teacher Who Doesn’t Read Emails.
Podcast 316

Podcast 316: What Valuable Lessons Have We Learned from the Pandemic, a Hack to Fight Morning Grogginess, and a Question About a Rebel Teacher Who Doesn’t Read Emails.

We discuss why we might ask ourselves, “What valuable lessons have I learned from the pandemic, now that a year has passed?” We also suggest an easy hack to shake off sleep inertia, tackle a listener’s question about a Rebel teacher who doesn’t read email, and give a phone-related gold star.
A Little Happier: To Calm Myself, I Imagine a Traffic Light in a Thunderstorm.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: To Calm Myself, I Imagine a Traffic Light in a Thunderstorm.

When I’m feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or unhappy, I sometimes conjure up an image in my mind—an oak tree in Iowa, or a traffic light in a thunderstorm—to help me to feel calmer.
Podcast 296: Establish Your Personal Policy, a Simple Reading Hack, a Deep Dive into Listeners’ Hidden Delights, and a Demerit That’s Common These Days.
Podcast 296

Podcast 296: Establish Your Personal Policy, a Simple Reading Hack, a Deep Dive into Listeners’ Hidden Delights, and a Demerit That’s Common These Days.

We discuss why you might want to establish your personal policy, I share a reading hack, we take a deep dive into listeners’ hidden delights, and Elizabeth gives herself a demerit related to the pandemic.
Podcast 292: Create a Hidden Delight, a Hack to Encourage Exercising, and Accepting Something as a Gift vs. Paying for It.
Podcast 292

Podcast 292: Create a Hidden Delight, a Hack to Encourage Exercising, and Accepting Something as a Gift vs. Paying for It.

We talk about why you might want to create a hidden delight, a listener suggests a hack for using clothes as a way to stick to an exercise habit, and we discuss a challenging question related to gift-giving and gift-receiving.
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