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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 248: Write an Aphorism, Use an App to Find Out the UV Index, and a Deep Dive into “Food Pushing.”
Podcast 248

Podcast 248: Write an Aphorism, Use an App to Find Out the UV Index, and a Deep Dive into “Food Pushing.”

Try writing an aphorism, ways to use the UV index to protect yourself from the sun, and a deep dive into the question: “If you press others to take food and drink, why do you do it?”
A Little Happier: Novelist John Steinbeck and King Arthur Show Me How to Think Outside the Box
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Novelist John Steinbeck and King Arthur Show Me How to Think Outside the Box

Novelist John Steinbeck’s decision to set his King Arthur story in the hazy “before” showed me a solution that I would never have devised—and taught me a great lesson.
A Little Happier: The Right Thing to Say to Someone Who Has Big Hopes.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: The Right Thing to Say to Someone Who Has Big Hopes.

I remind myself, and other writers, “There are many ways for a book to succeed.” And many ways for a vacation to succeed, or a college student to succeed. It’s a comforting thought, because it’s true.
Podcast 237: #HappierLaborDay—How Can We Make Our Work Lives Happier?
Podcast 237

Podcast 237: #HappierLaborDay—How Can We Make Our Work Lives Happier?

We can use the Labor Day holiday as a catalyst to think about making our work lives happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative. #HappierLaborDay
Podcast 231: Choose Your TV Theme Song, Wear Something Right Away, and Listeners Respond to the Challenge of Being Laid Off.
Podcast 231

Podcast 231: Choose Your TV Theme Song, Wear Something Right Away, and Listeners Respond to the Challenge of Being Laid Off.

Choose your TV theme song; listeners give many suggestions about dealing with getting laid off; why you should wear a new item immediately; and Elizabeth discusses the happiness of humidity.
A Little Happier: My Husband So Often Knows the Right Thing to Say.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: My Husband So Often Knows the Right Thing to Say.

Sometimes when I complain, my husband Jamie reminds me, “This is what you wanted.” It’s comforting because it’s true.
A Little Happier: The Building of the Supreme Court Gives Me the “America Feeling.”
LITTLE HAPPIER

A Little Happier: The Building of the Supreme Court Gives Me the “America Feeling.”

Every time I read the words “Equal Justice Under Law,” carved into the front of the Supreme Court building, I get the America Feeling.
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