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#136 Finding something you lost years ago wedged in the couch cushions

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A Better Way of Living

I think the way we’ve organised to live is pretty awful.  Poverty makes people miserable, and wealthy doesn’t bring satisfaction.  Which reminds of Mannfred Max-Neef’s verdict on our current lifestyle – that it is, and I quote, “a stupid way to live”.   In Essence The better way of living is quite simple in essence […]

Podcast 34: Have a Difficult Conversation, and a Talk with Lisa Randall, Harvard Physics Professor (and Rebel). Plus, Hard-Boiled Eggs.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update:  Elizabeth, the ever-loyal sister, gives a plug for the new jacket for the paperback of my book, Better Than Before.  I love the new art — I hope you like it, too. Show More Summary

WCME 017: Find your life purpose using the Enneagram, with Jan Shegda - Pace Smith

How to use the Enneagram to answer the question, “Am I being true to myself, and living the life I am here to live?” Highlights: Your enneatype shows you the thing that you do without even trying Your enneatype also shows you how not to overdo that thing The life purpose of each type: 3 […]

#138 Animal hangouts

I have a slow commute. Living downtown and working in the burbs means I jam through highways and sidestreets coming home every night. Sideways rain and hockey games slow everything down and sometimes I find myself tire-crawling all the way. Show More Summary

The Productivity of Being Non-Productive

“Habit rules the unreflecting soul.” ?William Wordsworth Years ago, in a controlled setting, I took the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment. It was helpful. In fact, I’d recommend it to most anyone. The theory is that each individual possesses...Show More Summary

Eager to Change Your Habits? This Will Make It More Convenient.

I’m very excited to announce that Better Than Before: A Day-by-Day Journal has hit the shelves! I really love this journal. Many people have told me that once they read Better Than Before, they were eager to get cracking on their habits — so eager, in fact, that the process could seem a little overwhelming. Show More Summary

Video: “What’s One Cupcake?” and the One-Coin Loophole.

In my latest (bestselling) book, Better Than Before, I identify the twenty-one strategies of habit-formation, and one is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the ten categories of loopholes. I love studying loopholes, because they’re so funny. Show More Summary

The 7 Basic Plots of Stories — Do You Have a Favorite?

One of my favorite things in the world is Slightly Foxed: the Real Reader’s Quarterly. It’s a quarterly magazine, published in London, that features short essays written by people about books they love. Often these books are out of print, and often they’re eccentric choices — but I’ve found so many great books from Slightly Foxed. Show More Summary

#145 Seeing baby photos of your girlfriend or boyfriend for the first time

Do you remember wearing a diaper? Well, you did, you did, and you looked good in it, too. You crawled around hallways, yanked the dog’s tail, and screamed like a banshee in that diaper-padded butt. Chances are good someone took pictures of you doing it. Show More Summary

#141 Inspiring commencement speeches

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#143 When you go through the yellow light and the guy behind you goes too

Baby, you can drive my car. At least sometimes I feel that way when I’m caught in a yellow-light staredown and suddenly find myself death-gripping the wheel while make that split-second decision to fly through or slam the brakes. It’s very stressful. Show More Summary

What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

As a college student, I spent a lot of time thinking about what my work life would be like. I watched the adults in my life and saw that not everyone loved the work they did. Many of them were glad that they could provide for their families, but did not head to work in the morning excited to do their jobs.

#147 When those little stringy things come off with the banana peel

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WCML 065: How to have awkward conversations about race without being afraid of fucking up, with Ericka Hines - Pace Smith

Kyeli asks, “How can I, as a sensitive white person, have conversations about race without being afraid of fucking up?” Ericka Hines, a professional at this sort of thing, answers. “Be humble, and be prepared to fumble.” -Ericka Hines Ericka and Pace have an actual awkward conversation about race intent vs. impact Being color-blind: “I […]

“I follow my heart” vs. “I follow my heart, dammit!” - Pace Smith

Comma-Dammit When Pathfinding clients begin working with me, they’re often in what I call the comma-dammit phase. You can tell if you’re in the comma-dammit phase if, whenever you talk about your own identity, you can hear a silent “comma dammit” appended to the end of each sentence. For example, consider two different people saying […]

Podcast 33: Try a Boot Camp — and Have You Ever Experienced a “Lightning Bolt” Change in Habits?

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Elizabeth gets a gold star for going to bed early, which is a struggle for her. But she’s having trouble working on her young-adult novel. She’s going to try...Show More Summary

WCME 016: Exploring Type 7, The Enthusiast - Pace Smith

Path #7: The Jewel in my heart is Freedom. When my Jewel shines clearly, I reflect Freedom into the world like Jim Carrey, bringing a childlike joy and playfulness to everything I do and everyone I meet. When my Jewel is obstructed by fear of missing out, my essential Freedom can come across as franticness, […]

Would You Commit a Random Act of Kindness If It Took 1 Minute & Could Save 8 Lives?

In the happiness world, there’s a lot of talk about “committing random acts of kindness.” As I wrote about in Happier at Home, I’m a bigger fan of non-random acts of kindness — but there is one random act of kindness that I absolutely believe in. If you support organ donation, please speak up about it. Take a moment to sign the donor registry. Show More Summary

Creativity is Memory

Do you remember the shock you had (perhaps as a teenager) when you realized that all of the characters in your dreams are part of your own memories? Even though, the things they say seem to come from someone else, they have to reflect information from your own memory and experiences.

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