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Gretchen Rubin practically invented the concept of hacking your happiness. With her blog and then best-selling book The Happiness Project, she’s been experimenting for years with how to find and maintain happiness in this crazy world.

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Using Apple’s “top podcasts” lists to find new podcasts is like using Nielsen ratings to discover new TV shows. You’re missing out on so much good stuff. The top lists are dominated by a few categories (business, news and true crime) and perpetually popular shows such as This American Life and The Joe Rogan Experience. There’s nothing wrong with these shows! They can just get... samey.

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You know those days: You wake up in a dark mood, sure that everything is terrible and doom is imminent. And then you have a conversation, or read a book, or hear a song, or have some experience that changes your mood entirely. Your perspective has shifted. That’s what we’ll be talking about in this episode with David Burns, MD.

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You should listen to more than one history podcast. But if you have pick just one, pick In Our Time, the venerable BBC radio show and podcast that covers a different topic each episode. It’s your best opportunity to learn a little bit about a lot of things. And it’s the best way to figure out what parts of history really interest you, for further learning.

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Which Android app is worth a spot on your new smartphone or tablet? Trying to find the very best of the best is a challenging process, because there are millions of apps to pick from on the Google Play Store. Even if you just scan Google’s “top free” or “top paid” list on a daily basis, you’ll miss out on a lot of digital gems. Allow us to help you out with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for Android.

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This week we chat with Les Stroud, the creator and star of the hit TV series Survivorman. Alice and staff writer Nick Douglas talk with Les about just how one becomes an expert in surviving, as well as the one aspect of survival that he finds nearly impossible to endure.

We’re also joined by our old friend, divorce attorney James J. Sexton. James tells us the five steps to developing a thick skin — emotionally, that is. Plus, a new segment!

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Thanks to the cult of Apple and other companies with slick products or presentation, it’s become stylish to talk about applying “design principles” to other disciplines. But according to designer Rie Nørregaard, the key design lesson we should all learn is one that many designers are still learning themselves: designing for more than the “default” user.

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Have you ever noticed that some people just seemed hard-wired to be stressed out? Maybe you feel as though you’ve been dealt an anxious hand yourself. According to psychology professor Daniel Keating, how we deal with stress and anxiety may have been determined while we were still in the womb.

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All of us are vulnerable to being hacked. But how can you keep your information (and money) safe? What steps should you take to protect yourself? To find out, we brought in Hector Monsegur, former black-hat hacker, now Director of Assessment Services at Rhino Labs — and one of our favourite guests from the past year.

He tells us what companies should do to keep us safe(r), what we should look out for after an attack, and how we can prevent hacks from causing too much damage.

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Podcasts are a great way to pass the time during your commute, or if you're running errands or doing chores. If you're looking to kick your career up a notch, you can make that time even more productive by listening to career-focused shows. Here are podcasts for each career stage to help you get ahead.

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In this episode, Coss Marte tells us how he went from drug kingpin to fitness entrepreneur using a regimen he developed in prison. Then we head outside to find out how people have reinvented themselves, and chat with television pundit Lawrence O’Donnell about how he reinvented himself as a socialist (and why some people are so scared of socialism).

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After having kids, Nick Firchau says he spent his days wondering what the hell he was doing. He needed some guidance, but found that parenting wasn’t a topic that men commonly discussed. So the veteran sports journalist decided to launch the kind of “dad podcast” that he wished he could hear.

In Paternal, Firchau has frank, in-depth conversations with all sorts of fathers, including a US soccer star, a pioneering Seattle DJ and a New York Knicks barber. Discussion topics have ranged from raising black kids in Trump’s America to protecting the emotional complexities of young boys to fathering without a father.

While recording the interviews, Firchau says he’s always thinking about how he can apply the lessons and insights to his own family. Here’s how he parents.

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How far would you go to hack yourself? Would you spend thousands of dollars across decades to maximise your health and performance? That’s what Dave Asprey did. He’s the Bulletproof Exec, and you might know him as the guy who suggests you put butter in your coffee. There’s a lot more to it than butter though.

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If anyone knows the difference between being busy and being productive it’s Charles Duhigg. The Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter for The New York Times and author of The Power of Habit has made a name for himself plumbing the science of productivity, and this week he’s joining us on the podcast.

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Meditation (and specifically mindfulness meditation) has become increasingly popular, thanks to apps such as Headspace and studies touting the lasting effects of mindfulness on the mind and body. But are these apps really as effective as serious meditation training? And do these studies’ findings have any basis in reality?

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Alex Goldman is the co-host of Reply All, Gimlet Media’s popular podcast about the internet. (For an intro to Goldman and his work, check out “The Secret Life of Alex Goldman”, the episode in which he lets his co-host PJ Vogt hack his mobile phone, and “Long Distance, Part 1 and Part 2”, where he digs into a scam phone call and winds up on an insane investigation on the other side of the globe.) He’s currently on paternity leave, taking care of his family’s new addition: Three-week-old Polly. Here’s how he parents.