Life Kit

Life Kit

By NPR

Everyone needs a little help being a human. From sleep to saving money to parenting and more, host Marielle Segarra talks to experts to get the best advice out there. Life Kit is here to help you get it together.

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Episodes

Fiber has tons of benefits. Here's how to eat more of it

Fiber is a dietary superhero. It lowers cholesterol, helps regulate blood sugar levels and keeps your hunger in check. But chances are, you're not getting enough of it. NPR health correspondent (and fiber fanatic) Maria Godoy shares easy ways to up your fiber intake. Plus, the science of what fiber does in your body and how having more in your diet could help you. This episode was originally published September 19, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/05/2415m 12s

Summer fun on a budget

Ideas on how to have fun this summer without breaking the bank. Go on a "penny date." Throw a movie marathon party. Swap houses with a friend. With a little imagination, you can bring delight and joy — at a low cost — into your sunny days ahead. This episode originally published August 1, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/05/2412m 49s

Should you be friends with your ex?

When a romantic relationship ends, it can feel like a total loss. How do you go from being an important person in someone's life to a complete stranger? But experts say it doesn't have to be all or nothing. On this episode: Three questions to ask yourself before building a platonic connection with a former romantic partner.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/05/2416m 33s

Feeling guilty? Here's how to work through it

You broke someone's heart. You missed your kid's recital. You weren't there for your mom when she needed you. Guilt! It can be painful – but also a powerful tool for connection. In this episode, learn how to have a healthy relationship with guilt with help from a psychologist and an ethics researcher.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/05/2423m 23s

Kids, social media and privacy: What to know before you post

Many parents share photos and videos of their babies and children on social media. But there are potential dangers to constantly posting about your kid online, says Leah Plunkett, a faculty member of Harvard Law School who specializes in children, family law and technology. This episode, Plunkett explains what adults should consider about a kid's privacy and personal data before hitting the upload button.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/05/2423m 51s

Take charge of your gyno visit

A visit to the gynecologist isn't just an essential part of your health routine. It's an opportunity to ask questions about your reproductive health, from birth control to painful periods to a decreased interest in sex. Dr. Rachel Bervell, co-founder of The Black OBGYN Project, explains how women and trans or non-binary people can structure their next visit — and get the answers they need. A previous version of this podcast defined endometriosis as a condition that happens when menstrual tissue that's supposed to be in the womb ends up outside the womb. It would have been more accurate to mention that gynecologists disagree on the origin of endometriosis. Some believe endometrial tissue originates in the uterus and migrates outside of the womb. Others believe that it originates outside of the uterus during fetal development.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/05/2424m 41s

Jet lag is not 'a choice' — here's what to know

Taylor Swift claimed that "jet lag is a choice" at this year's Super Bowl. Sleep scientists like Jade Wu would like you to know they very much disagree. The disorder can throw your body clock out of whack and leave you feeling sluggish — not great when you're on a big vacation abroad. Wu explains how to make jet lag less miserable and more manageable.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/05/2419m 4s

How to talk about Asian American mental health

For a lot of people from Asian American backgrounds, discussing mental health - especially with loved ones - can be difficult. Psychologist and author Jenny T. Wang has advice on everything from working through guilt to defining home on your own terms. The episode originally published on May 26, 2022.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/05/2421m 16s

Introducing: Wild Card with Rachel Martin

Check out your new NPR podcast listen: Wild Card with Rachel Martin. On the show, Rachel rips up the typical interview script and invites guests to play a game about life's biggest questions. In this episode, she talks with actor and writer Issa Rae. They discuss questions you can try asking a loved one, like: What's a moment when you felt proud of yourself as a kid? How do you stay connected to people you've lost?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/05/2433m 53s

How to help your stepfamily grow closer

Becoming a blended stepfamily can be fraught for everyone involved. How can your family build trust, function more smoothly and ultimately grow closer? In this episode, NPR health correspondent Maria Godoy shares research on stepsiblings and blended families that can make this process easier.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/05/2416m 49s

The social etiquette of lending money

If a close friend or family member is in need of money, your first impulse might be to help out. But what if they don't pay you back? What if they need more than you can provide? How do you ensure your financial agreement doesn't harm your relationship? There are no hard and fast rules around lending money. Expectations may depend on culture, financial status or even your marital status. Advice on when to give — and how to say no.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/05/2423m 50s

Improve your sense of direction

Do you feel like you always need to use GPS to get around? Never quite sure if it's a left or a right turn — even though you just looked at a map? It can be anxiety-inducing to get around when you don't have a great sense of direction. This episode, experts explain how to gain more confidence while navigating.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/05/2417m 7s

How to prepare for a second pregnancy after a complicated first one

Pregnancy complications — like miscarriage, preterm birth or postpartum depression — are incredibly common. But expecting parents can often feel alone if they are experiencing these conditions, or like a second pregnancy is out of reach. This episode, Emily Oster, co-author of 'The Unexpected', on how to deal with complications when they arise, and make your next pregnancy a little smoother.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/05/2416m 46s

How to practice 'deep reading'

When was the last time you got lost in a book? These days, the act of 'deep reading,' or reading with intention, can be difficult to practice. Maryanne Wolf, an expert in the science of reading, explains what we lose when we skim — and how to create an environment conducive to deep reading.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/04/2424m 38s

Curbing needle phobia in adults starts with making shots less painful for kids

Approximately one in four adults has a fear of needles, according to the CDC. Many of those people say the phobia started when they were kids. Researchers developed a five step plan to prevent what they call "needless pain" for kids getting injections or their blood drawn. NPR's Short Wave talks with Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, who works with a team to implement the plan at his own hospital, about how to eliminate pain during shots.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/04/2413m 34s

Colorectal cancer rates are on the rise. Here's what to know

In the 1990s, colorectal cancer was the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Now, it's the first in men and second in women — and rates are rising among people under age 50. This episode, we explore how you can lower your risk and make sure you catch colorectal cancer early.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/04/2413m 56s

Create the birthday you want to celebrate

No matter how old you are, having a happy birthday is one of life's great pleasures, says birthday enthusiast Tamar Hurwitz-Fleming. You just need to figure out what that means for you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/04/2413m 28s

How to plan your dream vacation

Sometimes you crave a vacation — but actually taking one feels out of reach. Maybe you're struggling to find the time or save up the money. Or maybe you just can't seem to launch those plans out of the group chat. Overcome that planning inertia and take the big trip of your dreams. Here's where to start your search, organize your logistics and enjoy yourself.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/04/2422m 20s

Dear Life Kit: Your wedding etiquette questions, answered

Etiquette coach Myka Meier revisits traditional wedding customs, including the cost of wedding gifts — and how much a mother-in-law should contribute to the matrimonial budget.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/04/2414m 55s

What is 'communal living' and is it right for me?

There are options beyond living solo or with roommates — and one of them is called 'communal living.' In this arrangement, people don't just simply live together, but share resources and create community. In this episode, co-living enthusiasts explain how it works and how to decide whether it's right for you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/04/2422m 44s

Protect your ears from hearing loss

People of all ages are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss, but few know how to protect against it. This episode, build out your ear care routine with the help of hearing experts — and get surprising advice on phone volume, noise exposure and Q-tips.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/04/2423m 49s

Negotiation tactics for everyday life

Techniques to help you make decisions with more confidence and get the outcome you want.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/04/2420m 18s

How to talk to teens about vaping

Age-appropriate prompts and questions that can help start a productive conversation about vaping nicotine and e-cigarettes with your child.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/04/2421m 50s

Get better at gardening by using this newly updated tool

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map helps home gardeners pick which plants to grow. But recently, roughly a quarter of the country has moved zones. What does this mean for your backyard plants? This episode, how to understand the changes to the hardiness zone map and other factors to think about when planning out your garden.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/04/2415m 25s

How to introduce solid food to your baby: A nervous parent's guide

Introducing solids to your little one can be as stressful as it is special. A pediatric dietitian and a pediatrician discuss menu choices, allergens and safety to help you and your little one succeed.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/04/2425m 4s

Start a financial self-care routine

There are things we're supposed to do routinely for our health: brush our teeth, shower and exercise. There's a version of that for financial health too. We'll talk about those tasks — and go beyond the number-crunching to explore how our mental health affects our finances. This episode originally published August 15, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/04/2416m 6s

You're not too late to chase the total solar eclipse

"A total solar eclipse is so much more than something you just see with your eyes. It's something you experience with your whole body," says science writer David Baron.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/04/2422m 4s

How to be a great roommate

Rooming with other people can be tricky. Here's how to negotiate a living environment that's safe, comfortable and pleasant for everyone.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/03/2418m 3s

What is the new etiquette for tipping?

Tipping requests are on the rise. Businesses that never seemed to ask for a tip, like fast food joints, are now asking for one. Here's how to deal with unexpected requests and more.A previous version of this story incorrectly said the company Square takes a "chunk of your tip." A representative from Square says while they charge a fee based on the whole transaction, including tip, the worker still gets the full amount of their tip.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/03/2413m 8s

How to clean when you don't have the energy

Having dirty dishes in the sink isn't a moral failure. Therapist KC Davis, author of How to Keep House While Drowning, has developed a framework for keeping up with house cleaning without feeling overwhelmed.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/03/2416m 0s

How to take care of your eyes

You can strain your eyes if you stare at a screen for too long, say eye doctors — and that can cause eye fatigue, headaches and blurry vision. Nip those symptoms in the bud with these eye care tips.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/03/2423m 10s

Dreading your taxes? How to deal with the 'homework of life'

Life is full of tedious and time-consuming administrative tasks. Here's how to conquer your 'life admin' so you can get back to real life. This episode originally published September 25, 2019.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/03/2415m 28s

What to know about protein and muscle mass

Our bodies need protein to maintain muscle. That's important because muscle mass peaks in our 30s and then declines. In this episode, tips about understanding how much protein you really need.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/03/2421m 6s

Thinking of going electric? What to know about EVs

What happens if your car runs out of power on a road trip? Is it better to buy an EV now or wait until you need a new car? A roundup of smart questions from our listeners.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/03/2423m 44s

Effective ways to rebuild your credit score

Credit scores determine whether you can get a mortgage, credit card, auto loan and more. So if your score is subprime, how do you bump it up to above a 700? In this episode, find out how to read your credit report, navigate collections and negotiate payments.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/03/2423m 44s

Reframing procrastination

Putting off items in your to-do list isn't a sign of laziness. It's your inner critic coming to life. In this episode, revisit your relationship with procrastination — and learn tools to kick the habit.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/03/2420m 21s

Do you love seafood? Here's how to eat it responsibly

Fish populations are dwindling around the world due to overfishing. Here's how to make the right choices when dining out or buying fish at the market.A previous version of this episode incorrectly said there are native wild salmon in Chile. Salmon are not native to Chile.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/03/2417m 53s

Enjoying travel with a baby

Yes, there will be meltdowns. But there will also be joy. Tips on which baby gear to pack, how to prepare your child (and yourself) for the long journey – and how to make the trip fun for everyone.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/03/2423m 23s

How to have a 'grown up' relationship with a sibling

The longest relationship of your life might be with your sibling. But there aren't many tools for navigating the complex dynamic that can develop between childhood and adulthood. This episode addresses childhood misunderstandings, resentment, forgiveness and more.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/03/2423m 56s

It's leap day! Here's what to do with your extra time

Happy leap day! What will you do with your extra 24 hours? Whether you want to slow down and make time stop or just make sure to enjoy the time you've got, we've picked tips from some of our favorite episodes on how to spend your time wisely.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/02/2418m 3s

Thoughts on Ozempic from a body-positive doctor

The popular weight loss drug Ozempic makes shedding pounds seem like magic. But the reality is more complicated, says family physician Dr. Mara Gordon. She explains why it's hard to talk about Ozempic without addressing weight stigma and diet culture.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/02/2418m 29s

Here's how to take better naps

A good siesta can offer significant mental and physical health benefits. Here's how to take a nap that won't affect your nighttime sleep — and will leave you feeling energized.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/02/2420m 32s

Improve your chances of learning a new skill

Mastering a new hobby, like bowling or baking, can be a frustrating process. But experts say it doesn't have to be that way. If you set yourself up for success at the start and allow yourself to make mistakes — you can stick with it. This episode originally published October 26, 2021.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/02/2421m 50s

How to be a 'supercommunicator'

Called 'supercommunicators,' these people have the exceptional ability of creating authentic connections with others — just by listening and talking.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/02/2422m 15s

Investing for beginners

You don't need to be an expert to grow a nest egg. We'll cover how to build your portfolio, when to sell (or not sell) stocks and how to avoid fees.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/02/2421m 44s

What to do with your childhood stuff

Do you have boxes filled with photos, artwork and artifacts from when you were a kid? Here's how to decide what to keep and toss — and manage the emotions that come up along the way.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/02/2421m 27s

How to 'fight right' with your partner

The Gottmans have been studying marriage and relationships for 40 years. In a new book, Fight Right, they explain how successful couples resolve their conflicts.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/02/2425m 10s

Save money on streaming services

Just about every major streaming service has raised its subscription fees. At the same time, there are more programming bundles, membership deals, ad-supported subscriptions and streaming services overall. NPR TV critic and media analyst Eric Deggans shares a streaming strategy to help you get the most bang for your buck.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/02/2419m 3s

5 tips for starting a new job

Just starting your career? Elainy Mata, host of the Harvard Business Review podcast New Here, offers advice on how to deal with issues that aren't part of the job description.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/02/2422m 7s

5 simple ways to minimize stress

Dr. Aditi Nerurkar offers five accessible ways to minimize stress in your daily life — no lavish vacations or big life changes necessary.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/02/2417m 19s

How to talk to kids about sex, bodies and consent

It's tricky to talk to younger kids about sex. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around sex education so they can raise healthy, responsible kids. This episode originally aired December 17, 2019.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/02/2424m 18s

Thinking of getting inked? Start with a tiny tattoo

There are many decisions that go into getting a tattoo. You need to choose the right artist, design, style and placement. Veteran tattoo artist Noemi Barajas shares tips for first-timers.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/02/2422m 42s

Improve your indoor air quality

Want fresher, cleaner air at home? Researchers share practical tips from researchers on how to clean your house (and your air), test your air quality and change your habits to limit indoor air pollution. This episode originally aired on May 9th, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/01/2415m 48s

How to mind your own business

Do you often find yourself in the center of other people's drama? Intervening when you wish you didn't? These practical tips can help you draw boundaries and stay in your lane.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/01/2421m 9s

How to have a healthy relationship with caffeine

Worry you're drinking too much coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks? A gastroenterologist and a caffeine researcher share surprising insights about the psychoactive drug — and explain why caffeine may not deserve its bad reputation. This episode originally aired on March 7, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/01/2423m 18s

The emotional rollercoaster of being a new mom

Becoming a mother is a complicated life transition. That postpartum feeling of being on an emotional rollercoaster, not recognizing your body in the mirror and thinking that you've lost yourself is all part of the process. This episode offers guidance for mothers on how to get their footing, manage expectations, get support and prioritize time for themselves. These insights are also great for people who are in their support network.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/01/2424m 35s

How to prevent stress from escalating into distress

If you've been experiencing negative feelings like panic or anxiety for more than a few days, you might be in distress, says psychiatrist Dr. Kali Cyrus. Here's how to keep those emotions in check.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/01/2418m 23s

How to save for a big financial goal

When money's tight, it's hard to save for a rainy day or pay off credit card debt. But it's not impossible, says Monique White, a financial expert and the head of community at Self Financial, Inc.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/01/2416m 36s

Fitness as your body fluctuates

Life happens. Sometimes we get injured or sick — and of course we get older. As we change, so should our exercise routine. Here's how to adapt your fitness plan to meet your body where it is.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/01/2421m 40s

Soothe stress in minutes

Feeling overwhelmed, panicked or anxious? Clinical psychologist Jenny Taitz offers simple techniques to improve your mood and calm your body and mind in minutes.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/01/2421m 50s

What happens when you move your body throughout the day

Last fall, NPR's Body Electric challenged listeners to take part in a study with Columbia University. Over 20,000 people signed up to incorporate movement breaks into their day. So ... did it work?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/01/2411m 34s

It's not too late to learn a new instrument

Whether you grew up playing music or you never progressed beyond "Hot Cross Buns," it's not too late to pick up a new instrument. Let fun lead the way and lose yourself in the joy of learning. Joel Snape, who picked up piano at age 40, offers tips for beginners.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/01/2417m 21s

Popular myths about sleep, debunked

Is it OK to exercise before you hit the hay? Sleep for less than 5 hours a night? Sleep scientist Rebecca Robbins sets the record straight to help you get better sleep.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/01/2417m 13s

Freshen up your resume

Do's, don'ts and current best practices for resume-writing from career coach Cynthia Pong.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/01/2420m 5s

How to start an exercise habit

You don't have to be a marathoner or a gym rat to get meaningful health benefits from exercise. And that sort of "go big or go home" mentality can actually be a block to getting movement. This episode, we bust common misconceptions about exercise so you can get moving in a way that feels good to you. This episode originally published December 15, 2018.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/01/2415m 11s

Refresh your budget with these simple finance tips

The new year is a great time to update your budget, say financial experts. Here's what you can do to curb your spending, save for emergencies and keep your investments on track.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/01/2414m 35s

How to make resolutions you'll keep

Happy New Year! If you want to make a resolution that sticks, the key to success is creating what's known as a SMART goal. This episode outlines how SMART goals work and how they can help you use your time for the things that matter most.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/01/2418m 1s

Ready to get running? A starter guide

Running is a classic form of exercise for a reason. You don't need equipment or a gym membership and it provides cardiovascular benefits. But many people are told that running is not for them because of their body type. We talk to Martinus Evans, a running coach and the author of "Slow AF Run Club," about how you can start running in the body you have. This episode was originally published June 22, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/12/2324m 27s

How to slow down and reflect ahead of 2024

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is a good time to check in with yourself and take stock of the year. Reporter Kyle Norris talks with Buddhist Lama Rod Owens about how to get reflective during this time. Plus, a creative exercise to help you look back from cartoonist Nicole J. Georges.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/12/2320m 52s

How to find a book you won't want to put down

Traci Thomas, host of the hit book podcast 'The Stacks,' shares 6 surprising tips on how to find your next great read. One tip? Don't be afraid to judge a book by its cover. This episode originally published on July 20, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/12/2316m 58s

How to cope with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

It's getting darker and colder, and there's still a pandemic. Oh, and then there's seasonal affective disorder. Here's how to spot it and what you can do. (This episode originally aired in October 2020.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/12/2320m 14s

How to talk to teens about drugs

Overdose deaths among teenagers have skyrocketed in the last few years due to opioids like fentanyl. Experts say drug education that focuses on harm reduction, an approach that focuses on safety rather than abstinence, could help save lives. Here's how to start the conversation with young people and how to respond in an emergency.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/12/2322m 51s

Build your chosen family

Some queer and trans people may experience rejection from their families after coming out. And so instead, they may have a chosen family: a loving network of friends and other nonbiological kin. Daniel Blevins, founder of Stand In Pride, an organization that helps LGBTQI people create relationships with parent figures, explains how to find friends you can lean on for support.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/12/2314m 6s

Dear Life Kit: My folks guilt-trip me into spending the holidays with them

Between long-held traditions, unfair expectations and clashing personalities, the holidays can be a perfect storm for conflict. Therapist John Kim helps untangle three holiday conundrums.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/12/2311m 59s

How to minimize family fights during the holidays

Is your aunt asking too many personal questions? Is your cousin talking your ear off about politics? These coping techniques can help you navigate sticky social situations at family holiday parties.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/12/2316m 53s

The decluttering philosophy that can help you keep your home organized

Got piles of stuff you just can't seem to get rid of? Professional organizer Star Hansen explains how to let go of unnecessary items – and keep your home neat and tidy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/12/2320m 11s

Amp up your gift-giving game

Searching for the perfect gift for a loved one doesn't have to be stressful. With some clever thinking, buying a present can be even more fun than receiving one. 'SELF magazine' editor-in-chief Rachel Wilkerson Miller shares her best tips for the holidays, birthdays or any other occasion. This episode was originally published on February 2, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/12/2316m 37s

How to relieve constipation

Haven't pooped in days? Gastroenterologists explain what to do in this SOS moment — and share tips on how to avoid chronic constipation. This episode was originally published July 10, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/12/2316m 28s

First time decorating for the holidays? Here's where to begin

Designer Elaine Griffin explains her philosophy when it comes to decking the halls for Christmas, Hanukkah and all your winter festivities: Begin the process with intention — and don't be afraid to depart from tradition.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/12/2317m 15s

How to combat loneliness

1 in 4 adults says they're lonely. The consequences of long-term social disconnection can be dire — everything from an increased risk of heart attacks to dementia and premature death. Primary care physician and author of the new book Project UnLonely Dr. Jeremy Nobel offers tips to feel less lonely and open up to connection again.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/12/2317m 10s

Make the most of your chilly outdoor workouts

How cold is too cold? What kind of gear should you wear? And how do you stay motivated to workout outside when the weather is dreary? Cold-loving runners and a doctor share their advice to get moving during the winter. This episode originally published January 19, 2023Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/12/2316m 13s

Kids and firearm safety

Firearms are the No. 1 cause of death for children and teens in the U.S. Take these life-saving precautions to protect kids — whether or not you own a gun.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/11/2316m 44s

5 questions to ask your partner for a healthy, lasting marriage

These conversation starters get at the heart of your values, including how you deal with conflict, your attitude toward gender roles and your relationship with money.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/11/2320m 25s

How to donate to a charity with purpose and intention

Not sure which cause to support or how much to give? Kevin Scally of Charity Navigator has some advice to help you make the right decisions.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/11/2317m 39s

Giving thanks is good for you. Here's how to make it a habit

Being thankful doesn't have to happen just once a year. Creating a daily gratitude habit can improve our mental and physical health. This episode, ways to be grateful all year long. This episode originally published November 21, 2022.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/11/2318m 44s

Create a ritual to honor your ancestors

Your ancestors don't have to feel like a distant memory. In this episode, spiritual practitioners and Indigenous educators offer cross-cultural guidance on how to set up a special place to honor them. Plus, how to dig into genealogical records.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/11/2324m 14s

Ready to cold plunge? We dive into the science to see if it's worth it

Dipping in cold water is a growing trend. It's not just for the thrill — people who cold plunge say it helps with anxiety, metabolic health and more. But is there science to support those claims?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/11/2320m 23s

A beginner's guide to roasting a Thanksgiving turkey

If you roast your turkey on a pre-heated pizza stone, you can avoid the dreaded task of flipping the piping hot bird midway through the cooking process, says Lan Lam of 'America's Test Kitchen.'Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/11/2322m 13s

Find a bra that actually fits

Can't wait to take your bra off at the end of every day? A professional bra fitter explains how to find a bra that makes you feel comfortable and cute.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/11/2321m 40s

What to do if your flight gets delayed or canceled this holiday season

But if you have to, here's some advice. Scott Keyes, the founder of the travel site Going.com (formerly Scott's Cheap Flights), shares the best days to fly and what to do if your flight gets delayed.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/11/2321m 56s

How to ditch the apps and date offline

Tired of swiping through dating profiles on your phone? Maybe it's time to get out there and meet people in real life. A sexuality and relationship educator shares advice about how to meet new people, strike up conversations and move on from a love interest if the vibe isn't there.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/11/2320m 12s

Protect yourself from scams

Scams can happen to anyone. Experts explain how to safeguard your data and money from being exploited or stolen by fraudsters.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/11/2318m 36s

How to build low-waste practices into your life

The average American generates five pounds of trash per day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Reduce your household trash by listing your output and taking these simple actions.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/11/2318m 1s

How screens are changing our eyes

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is on the rise in children as a result of reduced time outside and screen usage. TED Radio Hour host Manoush Zomorodi talks to Maria Liu, an optometrist, about how to slow down this progression and how adults can protect their eyes, too.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/11/2324m 19s

Dear LK: My kids are enemies. What should I do?

​A sister relentlessly picks on her brother despite their mom's best attempt to make peace between them. Psychologist Becky Kennedy shares advice with a parent who feels out of ideas — and patience.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/11/2311m 19s

Demystifying your health insurance plan

It's open enrollment season, meaning it's time to pick a health care plan. But it can be confusing to decipher all the acronyms and lingo of health care — so how do you pick the right health care plan for you? This episode, we break down commonly used terms and offer a strategy to help crunch the numbers.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
31/10/2317m 13s

It's soup season! Get cooking with these tips from Sohla El-Waylly

Soup can be a flexible, cozy meal that allows you to experiment in the kitchen. But to make a delicious one, you need to get some fundamentals down first. Chef Sohla El-Waylly offers her best tips on everything from creating a yummy broth to ensuring you get your cook time right.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/10/2318m 29s

How to save a life with CPR

Every year, more than 350,000 people go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting in the United States. CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, can help double or triple survival rates. In this episode, we'll explain the basics of this emergency procedure so you can feel empowered to help in a life-or-death situation.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/10/2319m 20s

Anxious about public speaking? We've got tips

It can be anxiety-inducing to deliver a speech in front of an audience. How do you capture people's attention? What do you do if you stumble? A speechwriter and a speech coach share their best tips.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/10/2322m 49s

Live with your parents? Here's how to create a harmonious household

Three people who've spent time living with their parents as adults share advice on how they've coped with their situation. Don't compare yourself to others, they say — and find ways to still live your life.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/10/2321m 43s

A shame-free guide to digging out of debt

Life happens, and so does debt. Unexpected car trouble, the high price of food, a family emergency — there is no shortage of reasons why debt can pile up. In this episode, we offer shame-free solutions for digging out of debt. This episode originally published on April 11, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/10/2314m 30s

Boo! Halloween is coming. Here's how to decide on a costume

Haven't figured out your costume yet? Don't sweat. Stylist Sophie Strauss explains how to create a Halloween outfit that's unexpected, fun and won't break the bank.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/10/2318m 24s

How to get the most out of your library

Baking pans, legal help, language classes and more — libraries can provide so much more than books. See if your local branch offers these free or discounted resources and services.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/10/2315m 41s

How to talk to kids about the violence in Israel and Gaza

Last weekend, militants from the terrorist group Hamas killed more than a thousand people, including children, in an attack on Israel while also taking hostages. Israel has ordered a full siege of Gaza, where nearly half of residents are under 18 years of age. The news is alarming for anyone — especially for children, who may be left grappling with questions about why other children are among those affected, and whether they are safe. In this episode of Life Kit, NPR's Becky Sullivan gives us advice on how to talk to children about the violence in Israel and Gaza.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/10/2314m 19s

How to actively heal from an injury or illness

If you're recuperating after an illness or injury, it's normal to not feel like yourself. Your body needs time to heal so you can get back to your regular activities. Physician Gavin Francis shares practical tips on active healing, deciding which activities to spend your energy on, and pacing yourself while still testing your limits.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/10/2319m 23s

Can I afford to totally change my life?

Longing to quit your job and follow your passion? Or perhaps take a break to travel? Or move to a new place? First, you'll need to look at your finances. In this episode, Jill Schlesinger, a certified financial planner and business analyst for CBS News, walks through her five steps for assessing your financial situation before a possible life change. This episode was originally published on February 28, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/10/2319m 13s

Dear Life Kit: Your most petty social dilemmas, answered

Lunch snubs, bad neighbors and needy in-laws. Advice columnist R. Eric Thomas responds to the bad behavior getting under your skin.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/10/2314m 31s

6 big purchases that can save energy and money at home

To live a more climate friendly life, invest in home appliances and vehicles that run on electricity, not fossil fuels, say sustainability experts. Here are a few energy-saving solutions to consider.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/10/2318m 45s

The new rules of laundry

Patric Richardson, host of 'The Laundry Guy' on HGTV, wants you to change the way you wash your clothes. Go ahead and wash those darks in warm water — and embrace the express cycle.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/10/2320m 5s

What to know if you're exploring non-monogamy

When we think about romance, many of us have a specific script in mind. Two people date, fall in love and get married. But that traditional path doesn't work for everyone.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/09/2324m 9s

Teeth: an owner's manual

Brush twice a day. Remember to floss. Visit the dentist twice a year. We know the drill...or maybe not? In this episode, how to take care of your teeth, from finding a good dentist, to home teeth whitening, to the best brushing techniques. This episode originally published on February 27, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/09/2321m 14s

How to talk to your parents about their money

There comes a time when it's the kid's turn to take care of mom and dad. Here's how to broach this sensitive subject with your parents.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/09/2319m 24s

Ace Your Freshman Year of College

Congratulations! You've been accepted into college. Now you've got to find your way around campus, pick out classes, make new friends, and figure out a plan to graduate — on time. Here's how to make it easier. This episode originally published on September 3, 2019.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/09/2317m 7s

We've heard we need more fiber in our diets. Here are 8 easy tips for getting there

NPR's Maria Godoy is a self-proclaimed fiber fanatic. She explains how to add fiber to your diet (munch on popcorn!) and provides a grocery list of high-fiber foods that you can print out at home.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/09/2315m 6s

The consequences of overindulging your kids

Giving in to your kid too much can be harmful to their development. Take the 'Test of Four' to examine your relationship with your child — then find out how to say 'no' and enforce rules that stick.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/09/2320m 3s

What to know about the new COVID boosters

Updated versions of the mRNA vaccines roll out this week. Experts say they offer good protection against current COVID variants. Who should get them, and when's the best time to roll up your sleeve?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/09/2316m 20s

How to avoid 'lifestyle creep'

Making more money tends to lead to spending more money. It's a phenomenon known as "lifestyle creep." Paco de Leon, author of Finance for the People, shares advice on keeping your long-term financial goals in check and fending off the subconscious urge to automatically increase spending when your income increases. This episode originally published on July 14, 2022.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/09/2322m 23s

Scarfing down your food? Here's how to slow down and eat more mindfully

Lilian Cheung, a mindful eating lecturer at Harvard, shares helpful tips on how to slow down while eating — including saying 'The 5 Contemplations' by Buddhist master Thích Nhất Hanh.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/09/2315m 14s

Dear Life Kit: My husband shuts down any time I try to talk about our finances

I'm struggling to get my husband to make a family budget with me. Whenever the topic comes up, he completely gets defensive. How do I get him to talk to me about money?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/09/2311m 21s

Stomp, scrape, repeat: What you can do to stop the spotted lanternfly

An entomologist shares surprising insights about the invasive bug, which is wreaking havoc on crops and trees across 14 U.S. states. Plus: A poster with our facts that you can print out at home.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/09/2315m 10s

Don't 'get' art? You may be looking at it wrong

Art professionals explain how to look at paintings and sculptures like an expert — and how to make the most out of a museum visit. This episode originally published January 10, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/09/2319m 44s

Prenups aren't just for the rich and famous. Here's when to consider one

Everyone should consider a prenuptial agreement before getting married, says family law attorney Theresa Viera. Here's how to talk about it with your partner and decide whether it's right for you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
31/08/2318m 10s

Student loan repayment is resuming. Here's what you need to know

The three-year federal pause on student loans is expiring soon. If your financial circumstances have changed, or you just need an explanation of the many payment plans out there, here's a refresher course on how to pay off your student debt.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/08/2314m 10s

Start cleaning your home more sustainably with these tips

Environmentally-friendly living isn't an all-or-nothing equation: think of it as a spectrum of greens. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, green cleaning is one easy way to dip your toe into the green living waters. These tips will help you get started. This episode originally published July 11, 2022.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/08/2318m 20s

A guide to forest bathing

Spending time in the forest isn't just enjoyable, it's good for your health. Here are some research-backed exercises to try the next time you find yourself under a canopy of trees.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/08/2317m 19s

When is it OK to lie?

When are white lies harmless or hurtful? Experts weigh in on when it's appropriate to tell a lie, explain how lying can lead to more lying and share tips for cutting back if you want to break the habit.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/08/2319m 17s

Meal prep made easy

What's for dinner? It's a question that can lead to overspending on delivery, unhealthy meals and dread. FitMenCook founder Kevin Curry shares meal prep techniques that can alleviate stress and save money. This episode originally published January 31, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/08/2315m 12s

Protect your hearing and ears

Go easy on the Q-tips. Watch your phone volume. And if you're experiencing hearing issues like muffled sounds or tinnitus, see a professional. This comic offers advice on how to care for your ears.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/08/2323m 49s

Start a financial self-care routine

Just like your health, your finances need checkups too. Here are 5 good habits to do every year to help you reach your financial goals.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/08/2316m 6s

The 5-minute playtime ritual that can help your kids listen

Children's health professionals widely recommend a strategy known as 'special time' to help reduce behavioral issues in young children. This episode explains how to do it and why this simple and free tool is so powerful.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/08/2313m 49s

Start learning your family's language

Heritage language learners are different from people learning a second language for the first time. They often grow up hearing it, but that can come with its own set of challenges. Experts offer their advice on how to learn your heritage language. This episode originally published May 31, 2022.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/08/2323m 36s

Millennial? Gen Z? It may be time for colorectal cancer screening

Colorectal cancer cases are on the rise among people under 50. In this episode, we explain the risk, symptoms to look out for and how to get screened.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/08/2314m 2s

Looking for a job? Advice to help you land the gig

How helpful are personal connections? When should you send a thank you email? Cynthia Pong, founder and CEO of the career coaching firm Embrace Change, answers questions about how to find a job.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/08/2316m 59s

Dear LK: How should I talk to my kids about their incarcerated uncle?

My brother-in-law was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence. We haven't shared any of these details with our kids, ages 7 and 9. When should we tell our children where he is and what he did?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/08/2312m 24s

Let's have some cheap fun

You don't need to spend a lot of money to have fun. Have you ever done a chocolate bar taste test? Hosted a themed hangout? Ideas to keep yourself entertained (and on a budget).Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/08/2312m 51s

Minimize your back pain while cooking

Many of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. It might not disappear entirely, but you can find ways to comfortably perform everyday tasks like cooking. This episode offers strategies for minimizing your pain when making a meal – like chopping and loading an oven with minimal discomfort.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
31/07/2316m 42s

Start your own business

It's time to get your MBA — the easy way. We're sharing an episode from Planet Money's Summer School. In this lesson: Everyone has a million dollar business idea (e.g., "Shazam but for movies"), but not everyone has what it takes to be an entrepreneur. You'll hear two case studies with founders who learned the hard way what goes into starting a small business and a biz school professor who chimes in to explain the fundamentals.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/07/2332m 6s

Bring more play into your life

Play isn't just fun. Researchers argue it can help you adapt to difficult circumstances, collaborate better and problem-solve. We'll help you figure out your play personality and how to prioritize play in your life.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/07/2319m 53s

Losing a pet is hard. Here's how to cope

Losing a pet can be devastating. Here's how to process the loss of your special friend and open yourself up to the love and lessons they left behind.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/07/2321m 53s

How to make a salad you want to eat

We could all be eating more vegetables. One fast way to do that: toss them in a salad. Here's how to make nutritious, affordable and most importantly, crave-worthy salads.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/07/2319m 22s

Find books you'll love

Traci Thomas, host of the hit reading podcast The Stacks, explains how she finds books she can read from start to finish. Some of her ideas may surprise you!Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/07/2316m 58s

How to be an amazing auntie or uncle

Parents aren't the only people who help raise kids or invest in their wellbeing. Uncles, aunties and family friends make great role models too.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/07/2322m 24s

How to buy a car with confidence

Buying a car can be intimidating. This episode will help you strategize to avoid all the potential pitfalls, so you can drive away with a good deal. This episode originally published February 18, 2020.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/07/2324m 24s

How to tell your own story

Everyone has a story to tell. Writing a memoir is more than just documenting your life — it can help you process what you've gone through, capture a moment in history for descendants and help others make sense of their own lives. Here's how to get started.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/07/2325m 9s

How to choose a bank

It's easy to feel stuck with a bank account you've had forever, even if it's inconvenient or racking up fees. But there are lots of other options out there.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/07/2316m 41s

What to do when you're constipated

We've got a step-by-step guide for that SOS moment when you haven't pooped in days and days.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/07/2316m 13s

Dear LK: My group chat is toxic

In college, I became close with a diverse friend group. Years later, we still stay in touch via text. Some people rely on our group to manage their anxiety. The norm in the group is to reassure whoever is most upset, even when that person is wrong.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/07/2311m 5s

Coping with a fear of flying

Whether you're a nervous flyer, you'll do almost anything to avoid flying or you have an actual flying phobia, these tips from psychotherapist Luana Marques can help you overcome a fear of flying.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/07/2321m 30s

How to prepare for the return of student loan payments

The Supreme Court has decided to strike down the Biden administration's plan to discharge some or all federal student loan debt. The decision impacts tens of millions of Americans – so what can student loan borrowers do to prepare now that the plan is over? NPR's education correspondent Cory Turner gives context and advice for borrowers.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/07/2314m 14s

It's never too late to become a strong swimmer

Knowing how to swim can help you have fun at the pool or beach this summer. But it could also save your life. Here are some tips to start swimming at any age.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/06/2320m 6s

How to stop overthinking romantic relationships

Romance makes us feel vulnerable, and dating can feel high stakes. We talk about how to keep things in perspective and take care of your mental health in relationships.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/06/2324m 11s

Get grilling this summer

Intimidated by grilling? Cooking over an open flame can do that! In this episode, learn which type of grill to choose, how to maintain a fire, how to create different temperature zones, and other basics and safety tips. This episode originally published May 24, 2022.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/06/2321m 32s

How to start running in the body you have

Martinus Evans, author of "Slow AF Run Club," explains what running is and what it isn't. And for people interested in starting a routine, he shares tips on pace, gear and form.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/06/2324m 27s

Ultra-processed foods are everywhere. Here's how to avoid them

Ultra-processed foods are tasty, cheap and everywhere. But they come with health risks. NPR health correspondent Maria Godoy lays out ways to spot and avoid ultra-processed foods during your next grocery run.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/06/2313m 43s

Get more rest

It's time to make room for more naps. Tricia Hersey, also known as the 'nap bishop' and author of the book "Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto," explains why relaxation and leisure are human rights — especially for communities of color. This episode originally published October 13, 2022.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/06/2324m 44s

The do's and don'ts of being a plus-one

It's wedding season. If you've been invited as a plus-one, here's the etiquette you need to be the best guest.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/06/2321m 15s

How to spot AI-generated and other fake content

It's easy to be fooled by AI-generated images and other content. We talk about how to identify them, how media literacy can help, plus how to use these tools responsibly.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/06/2320m 56s

Renting? Learn to be your own best housing advocate

Does your landlord have to fix that leak? Should you be worried about that clause in your lease? If you live in one of the nearly 44.1 million renter households in the U.S., here's how to spot rental red flags, learn how to speak the language of landlords and how to decode a lease.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/06/2324m 34s

How to protect yourself from poor air quality

Canadian wildfires are causing poor air quality in parts of the U.S. The health effects of smoke and poor air quality are dangerous. Here's how to stay safe when the air quality is unhealthy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/06/2312m 18s

Get more out of your dreams

Dreams have inspired works of art, led to breakthroughs in organic chemistry and helped people process their deepest fears and emotions. They're not just weird little movies our brains put on while we sleep. In this episode, we explain why we dream — and how to get more out of them.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/06/2319m 2s

Why you should play video games with your kid

Video games get a bad reputation that's often unwarranted. But kids do need guidance in using them wisely. Here's how to help them, starting with spending some time with the games your kids can't put down.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/06/2316m 32s

Dear LK: I'm happily married but hate our sex life. Should I ask for a divorce?

I've been in a loving relationship with my husband for years. We're incredibly compatible except for our sex life. The sex started off great, became less interesting over the years, and now it's non-existent. I'm considering divorce even though the rest of our relationship is fine. Initiating a divorce feels cruel, but I also feel like I'm settling and watching time slip away.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/06/2311m 26s

To save money on groceries, try these tips before going to the store

Groceries aren't cheap, but there are ways beyond just looking for sales to make budget meals. To help cut down your grocery bill, we have practical tips for saving money on the food you cook at home.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/05/2317m 26s

Pick the right sunscreen for you

No matter your skin tone, sunscreen keeps your skin safe from harmful UVA and UVB rays. But to use it right, you need to know a few things: What SPF to use, how often to reapply and the difference between chemical and physical sunscreen. We explain what to look for on the back of a sunscreen bottle and how to use it effectively.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/05/2319m 50s

Extend the life of your clothes with visible mending

There's no need to give up on a sweater with a hole in the elbow or a shirt with a tear in the collar. Visible mending is beginner friendly, highly creative and helps extend the life of your clothes.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/05/2321m 7s

What to do when you're feeling anxious

Anxiety can feel awful and overwhelming. But it can also be a helpful warning signal — telling us when we're in danger or out of alignment with our true feelings. We share tips on how to turn down the dial on your anxiety symptoms, so you can listen to what they're trying to tell you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/05/2319m 36s

How to have healthy dating expectations

Dating in search of "the one"? Relationship therapist Jeff Guenther, known as Therapy Jeff on TikTok, says that might not be practical. If your goal is a successful, long-term partnership, having realistic expectations and a clear understanding of your values is vital. We'll help you break up with your fantasy partner, do some relationship math and learn what it takes to build a successful partnership based in reality.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/05/2317m 55s

Making friends anywhere you move

Whether you're moving into a summer sublet or your forever home, friendships are important to feeling settled in a new place. So how do we do that? A friendship coach walks us through how we can be more vulnerable and resourceful in adult friendships.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/05/2318m 37s

Create a better to-do list

Is your to-do list helping you reach your goals? Or is it holding you back? Productivity experts explain how to level up your list so it prioritizes what matters to you. This episode originally published Jan. 5, 2023.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/05/2313m 39s

Thrifting 101: Your guide to finding quality pieces

Shopping secondhand is a good way to be more sustainable, explore your personal style or score a deal. We have tips from some diehard thrifters so you can find those hidden gems.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/05/2322m 28s

Pregnant? Here's how to deal with the new you

Pregnancy is hard work – for the body, mind and soul. There are seemingly endless resources for all the physical and logistical aspects of pregnancy but far fewer for renegotiating your sense of self. Life Kit spoke with author and journalist Chelsea Conaboy about how pregnancy impacts the brain and how to embrace the changes that parenthood brings.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/05/2323m 40s

Improve the indoor air quality in your home

Want fresher, cleaner air at home? Researchers share practical tips on how to limit indoor air pollution.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/05/2315m 48s

5 ways to explore your gender identity

If you're an adult starting to explore your gender identity, it can be tough knowing where to begin. Here's some advice from trans people to help you on this intimate and powerful journey.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/05/2322m 43s

Dear LK: My parents pay my tuition. Do I have to show them my grades?

If your parents pay for your college, do they have a right to demand to see your grades? Berna Anat, the author of Money Out Loud, shares advice on defining financial expectations and boundaries.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/05/2313m 2s

A better way to talk to your doctor

Ever leave the doctor's office confused or with unanswered questions? Talking to doctors and other medical professionals can be hard — whether they're good at their jobs or not. We'll give you the tools to get more out of your appointments. We'll talk about how to choose a provider, prepare for your visit, ask the right questions, and get your provider's attention if they're not hearing you. To support our work at NPR and listen to the show sponsor-free, sign up for Life Kit+ at plus.npr.org/lifekit. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/05/2318m 15s

Want to create a stronger bond with your kids? First relinquish control

It may sound counterintuitive, but if you want to take charge as a parent, stop trying to control your child, says psychologist and author Shefali Tsabary. Her new book, "The Parenting Map," lays out a step-by-step guide for creating conscious parent-child relationships.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/05/2319m 49s

When a partner keeps a financial secret

How do you cope when your partner keeps a secret that impacts your personal finances? Meredith Goldstein of the Love Letters podcast from The Boston Globe talks with a couple who worked through financial troubles in their marriage that threatened their hard-earned sense of security.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/04/2343m 18s

How to break up with your therapist

Getting into therapy comes with its own hurdles, but what about knowing when to stop it? Moraya Seeger DeGeare, a licensed marriage and family therapist, has advice on how to figure out when it's time to end therapy and what actually to say when you do. Depending on the situation, ending with your therapist could involve anything from ghosting to a sit-down conversation.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/04/2321m 1s

A field guide for fledgling birders

You don't need binoculars and a trip to a nature preserve to go birding. If you've ever paused to appreciate a bird, you're already well on your way. Here are some tips to up your game.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/04/2322m 19s

Put your savings to work

The current inflation rate in the US is 5 percent. And most big bank savings accounts offer interest rates much lower than that. In this episode, you'll learn how to protect your savings against inflation.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/04/2315m 45s

How to clean when you don't feel like cleaning

Too overwhelmed to tidy up? KC Davis, author of the book "How to Keep House While Drowning," suggests a clean-up strategy that homes in on trash and clutter.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/04/2316m 0s

Your guide to running for office

If you've ever thought about running for office — your town council or school board, the state legislature, or even Congress, this episode is for you. We'll tell you where to start and how to navigate everything from campaign fundraising to building a "kitchen cabinet." This episode was originally published on October 17, 2019.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/04/2325m 9s

So you don't want kids. How to build a child-free life

If you've decided not to have kids, your life will look different from what you might have seen growing up. Here's how to build your child-free life, with or without a long-term partner. We talk about finding community, planning for the future, making a financial plan and responding to some of the comments and judgments of other people.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/04/2318m 38s

Find your way to a (high-paying) trade job

There are lots of jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree and pay well. Here's what to consider if you're thinking about a job in the trades — from assessing your options to choosing a training program. This episode originally published April 26, 2021.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/04/2322m 32s

Get your debt under control

Life happens, and so does debt. Unexpected car trouble, the high price of food, a family emergency — there is no shortage of reasons why debt can pile up. In this episode, we offer shame-free solutions for digging out of debt.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/04/2314m 12s

Practicing the art of saying goodbye

Saying goodbye can be tough, especially if you're parting ways for good. But grief counselor and patient advocate Isabel Stenzel Byrnes says the art of saying goodbye to loved ones can be learned and practiced.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/04/2319m 24s

Dear LK: My boyfriend's parents pay for everything. It makes me uncomfortable

She loves her boyfriend's parents, but their generosity feels inappropriate. Maya Lau, host of the podcast Other People's Pockets, weighs in on how to move forward.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/04/2311m 53s

Tips for acing that job interview

How should you prepare in advance for a job interview? We discuss what questions to prep for, how to choose an outfit you feel your best in, and what to do if you get nervous. Plus, we walk through a mock interview to model how to answer common questions.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/04/2319m 50s

Planning a trip? Here's how to pack like a pro

Getting ready for a trip is fun until you have to start packing. These tips for packing a carry-on will help you figure out what you need in your bag (and what you don't!) so you can have peace of mind while traveling.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/04/2317m 0s

How to show up for teens when big emotions arise

Being a teenager is hard. There are emotional highs and lows every day. Clinical psychologist Lisa Damour says instead of jumping into problem-solving mode, parents can learn to ride the wave of emotional management with their teens. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Damour about her book "The Emotional Lives of Teenagers."Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/03/2320m 30s

Tips for negotiating your medical bills

There's an estimated $195 billion of medical debt in America. But just because a medical bill comes in the mail doesn't mean you have to pay that exact price. Here's how to eliminate, reduce or negotiate a medical bill.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/03/2317m 15s

6 tips for raising happy houseplants

From monstera to snake plants, we'll walk you through how to care for your houseplants properly. Plus, troubleshooting tips for knowing when your plant needs water and how to get rid of pests.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/03/2319m 45s

How an aerialist uses trapeze to teach students about consent

How do we learn to trust what our bodies tell us and express it to others? Aerialist Adie Delaney speaks with TED Radio Hour host Manoush Zomorodi about how communication, trust and safety in trapeze can provide valuable lessons on consent.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/03/2316m 34s

5 things to remember when a friendship ends

Not all friends are meant to last forever. Here are 5 things to remember if you're processing the loss of a friendship — or trying to save one that matters to you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/03/2318m 25s

How to have the STIs conversation

With Dr. Evalene Dacker, we lay out the science of STIs and then give you language to talk about them and, more broadly, about sex, with a potential partner. Because for something so fun, sex can be hard to talk about.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/03/2317m 4s

Tricks to boost your credit score

A strong credit score can make major purchases and financial transactions much easier. Here's how to make yours better and keep it high. (This episode originally ran in November 2020.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/03/2318m 54s

Masculinity doesn't have to be restrictive. Here's how to redefine it for yourself

Restrictive expectations of masculinity can be perpetuated by anyone and impact how we view ourselves and others. We spoke with experts for tips on how you or those in your life can begin to redefine masculinity.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/03/2324m 51s

5 questions to ask your partner before getting hitched

These conversation starters get at the heart of your values, including how you deal with conflict, your attitude toward gender roles and your relationship with money.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/03/2320m 25s

Braving the 'quarterlife' crisis

Stuck between two conflicting desires and can't seem to move forward? Psychotherapist Satya Doyle Byock shares an exercise called "My Two Conflicting Selves" to help people find a compromise. (This episode originally ran in October 17, 2022).Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/03/2315m 40s

Finding joy in the face of sorrow

Poet Ross Gay knows a thing or two about finding joy in life's most difficult moments. He talks with It's Been a Minute host Brittany Luse about his new book of essays, "Inciting Joy" — which covers the complexity of joy, the beauty of grace, and meaning in life.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/03/2319m 54s

So you want to be a mentor

In this episode, we talk about who can be a mentor, how to structure the relationship, and how to have tricky conversations with your mentees. Also, how to make sure it's not a one-sided relationship.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/03/2320m 59s

The truth about caffeine

Are you drinking too much coffee? A gastroenterologist and a caffeine researcher share surprising insights about the psychoactive drug.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/03/2323m 18s

This is the period talk you should've gotten

We asked two experts how they would give the period talk. Here are six pieces of advice — including the science of periods, management techniques, and how to know when something is wrong.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/03/2321m 43s

Dear Life Kit: Do I have to listen to my boss complain?

An employee struggles to cope with her boss's constant oversharing and negativity. Journalist and host of the podcast Work Appropriate Anne Helen Petersen shares advice for establishing boundaries ... with your boss.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/03/2313m 27s

Can I afford to quit my job?

Longing to quit your job and follow your passion? Or perhaps take a break to travel? Or move to a new place? First, you'll need to look at your finances. In this episode, Jill Schlesinger, a certified financial planner and business analyst for CBS News, walks through her five steps for assessing your financial situation before a possible life change.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/02/2319m 8s

'Do I really need to floss?' and other common questions about dental care

We asked experts to answer five questions about how to properly care for your teeth. Here's what they said about finding a dentist, whitening your teeth at home, and whether daily flossing is necessary.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/02/2321m 14s

How to file your tax returns: 6 things you should know this year

For something that's legally required, taxes can be confusing. This guide covers the latest credits and deductions — and helps you plan ahead for next year.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/02/2312m 47s

Define your personal style

Fashion may not have been at the top of your priority list over the last two years. If you're ready to shake the dust off, here's advice from the experts — from purging your closet to taking fashion risks in a way that feels true to you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/02/2321m 20s

How caregivers can prevent burnout

1 in 5 Americans are acting as unpaid caregivers. The work can be meaningful but also stressful. Caregivers give advice about how to approach the job, find support and make time for yourself.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/02/2319m 48s

Earthquake preparedness in 6 steps

Earthquakes strike at a moment's notice. That's why having a plan in place is key. In this episode, emergency and disaster experts share their tips to help prepare you and your family.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/02/2317m 39s

The science of finding a partner

Logan Ury, a behavioral scientist at the dating app Hinge, says making dating decisions based on initial chemistry alone is a losing battle. In this episode, dating coach Damon Hoffman speaks with Ury about her book, How to Not Die Alone.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/02/2319m 44s

Why the 5-minute walk break is so powerful

Sitting all day isn't good for your health. Long stretches glued to a chair can increase the risk of heart disease and early death. Thankfully, new research shows that five minute walk breaks can be powerful in offsetting those risks.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/02/2311m 4s

Dear LK: My husband is still living under COVID lockdown

Three years into the pandemic, one spouse is ready to lift lockdown. The other? Not so much. Epidemiologist and science communicator Jessica Malaty Rivera shares ideas on finding compromise and managing a risk budget.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/02/2311m 54s

Creative ways to get kids to eat their veggies

Veggies help kids grow and develop, but it can be hard to convince them to eat their broccoli. These research-backed tips can help you encourage your kids to eat more veggies — or at least try them.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/02/2318m 38s

Budgeting for dating

How much should you spend on a date? Who should pick up the bill? Can you talk money on the first date? Kristin Myers, editor-in-chief of The Balance, shares the results of a recent survey on finances and dating.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/02/2318m 38s

Be an awesome gift giver

Searching for the perfect gift for a loved one doesn't have to be stressful. With some clever thinking, buying a present can be even more fun that receiving one. 'SELF magazine' editor-in-chief Rachel Wilkerson Miller shares her best tips for birthdays, Valentine's Day or any other occasion.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/02/2315m 31s

Meal prep made easy

What's for dinner? It's a question that can lead to overspending on delivery, unhealthy meals and dread. FitMenCook founder Kevin Curry shares meal prep techniques that can alleviate stress and save money.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
31/01/2315m 9s

The five kinds of perfectionists

Are you a 'Parisian perfectionist'? How about a 'messy perfectionist'? Psychotherapist Katherine Morgan Schafler believes there are 5 kinds of perfectionists in the world. Find out which one you are.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/01/2321m 21s

Dear LK: My kids are enemies. What should I do?

​A sister relentlessly picks on her brother despite their mom's best attempt to make peace between them. Psychologist Becky Kennedy shares advice with a parent who feels out of ideas — and patience.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/01/2311m 23s

Helpful financial advice for creative types

Got a side hustle and not sure how to handle your money? Financial coach Paco de Leon, author of 'Finance for the People: Getting a Grip on Your Finances,' explains why you should put your freelance funds into a separate bank account and how to prepare yourself for tax season.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/01/2321m 30s

Practical tips for exercising in the cold

Athlete and activist Alison Mariella Désir and sports medicine specialist Dr. Kelechi Okoroha explain how runners should dress when temperatures drop to the 50s, 30s and below.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/01/2316m 13s

'Terrestrials,' a new kid's show from Radiolab, uncovers the strangeness on Earth

This is the story of one particularly devious octopus who lost a limb, was captured by humans — then managed to make an escape from its aquarium tank back into the ocean. This episode comes from our friends at 'Terrestrials,' a podcast presented by Radiolab for Kids.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/01/2324m 44s

Looking for a job? Advice to help you land the gig

How helpful are personal connections? When should you send a thank you email? Cynthia Pong, founder and CEO of the career coaching firm Embrace Change, answers questions about how to find a job now.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/01/2316m 29s

Pushing back against 'anti-fatness'

All Things Considered host Juana Summers interviews Aubrey Gordon, author of the book " 'You Just Need To Lose Weight': And 19 Other Myths About Fat People." Gordon explains how the concept of 'anti-fatness' keeps fat people on the margins of society.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/01/2319m 35s

How to reduce your climate footprint in 2023

Lowering individual greenhouse emissions may be easier than you think. Here are some New Year's resolutions experts agree have an impact in addressing climate change.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/01/238m 23s

Dear LK: I'm tired of my boyfriend's lack of ambition

Can you successfully motivate someone else to change? Clinical psychologist Jody Adewale shares advice with a letter writer feels put off by her partner's lack of direction.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/01/2311m 3s

How to look at art (and have a perception-altering experience)

Everyone can have a profound connection with a work of art. You just need the right mindset and attitude. Art professionals share tips on how to navigate museums and observe paintings and sculptures.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/01/2319m 44s

Find your authentic personal brand

Life Kit's Andee Tagle talks to networking coach Lynda Peralta about how to present her personal life and her professional life on Instagram. See how her experiment went, then try it out for yourself.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/01/2319m 23s

How to make a better to-do list

Is your to-do list helping you reach your goals? Or is it holding you back? Productivity experts explain how to level up your list so it prioritizes what matters.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/01/2313m 37s

Clear out your clutter

Got piles of stuff you just can't seem to get rid of? Professional organizer Star Hansen explains how to let go of unnecessary items – and keep your home neat and tidy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/01/2320m 12s

New Year's resolutions from Life Kit

Happy New Year! Team members at Life Kit share some of their favorite tips they are looking to trying in 2023, from how to start an art habit to how to get kids to listen better. For more great New Year's resolution ideas, check out npr.org/newyears.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/01/2318m 28s

How to start an exercise routine that works for you

You don't have to be a marathoner or gym rat to get meaningful health benefits from exercise. In fact, that die-hard mentality can actually deter you from getting movement. Here's how to start a fitness routine that you'll actually stick to.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/12/2215m 11s

Ready to make a change for New Year's? Behavioral science can help

When is the best time to start a new habit? And why are some habits easier to practice than others? Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman, author of 'How to Change,' explains how to get a behavior to stick.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/12/2219m 54s

This acronym will help you give the perfect toast

It's the wild card of every big event — the toast. Done well, it can be a memorable highlight. Done badly, it can be a total cringefest. Here's a helpful way to remember how to give a terrific toast, whether it's at a New Year's party or at wedding reception.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/12/2219m 43s

How to help someone at risk of suicide

If you know someone struggling with despair, depression or thoughts of suicide, you may be wondering how to help. Psychologists and researchers explain how to recognize the warning signs and what to do and say when a loved one is in crisis.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/12/2219m 35s

How to be a better movie watcher, according to film critics

This guide — which comes with a fun brochure you can download and print at home — offers advice on how to pick a film, get outside your comfort zone and deepen your enjoyment of movies.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/12/2220m 59s

How to cut down your alcohol intake

Want to skip the champagne and cocktails this holiday season? Here's how to take a break from drinking alcohol — including in social settings — and start healthy habits.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/12/2221m 51s

Can therapy save their friendship?

Would you ever consider going to therapy with a friend? In this episode from NPR Invisibilia, two best friends — who are so close they call themselves brothers — were drifting apart, so host Yowei Shaw asked psychotherapist Esther Perel to help. This episode was recorded in collaboration with Perel's podcast, Where Should We Begin?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/12/2238m 49s

Dear LK: We bought a dog instead of rescuing one. It cost me a friend

An ideological difference over adopting versus shopping for a pet causes a rift between friends. Tania Israel, a professor of psychology, shares advice about how to have difficult conversations with people you care about.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/12/2211m 9s

How to support people with long COVID

One in five Americans who have had COVID have experienced symptoms lasting three months or more. How can patients navigate this chronic illness? And how can the people in their lives provide comfort and strength? In this episode from our friends at It's Been a Minute, host Brittany Luse talks to the editor and a contributor of a new book, 'The Long COVID Survival Guide.'Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/12/2221m 18s

Build a healthy relationship with your in-laws

Creating a relationship with your partner's family can be hard work. Experts share how to navigate 5 tricky situations, including dealing with in-laws who can't seem to stop giving unsolicited advice.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/12/2224m 24s

How to start new traditions that feel right to you

Traditions can foster a sense of unity with the people we love and help pass down cultural values. But what happens when these events no longer make sense in our lives?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/12/2220m 52s

Piece together your family tree

If you're interested in learning more about your family history, genealogist Mica Anders says to get creative. Look through newspaper archives, census data, vital records and more. And who knows, you may find some unexpected gems in the process.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/12/2218m 51s

Stressed about talking about finances with a new partner? This framework can help

It can be awkward to discuss money when you're in a new relationship. Financial therapist Amanda Clayman suggests following what she calls the "five components of financial intimacy" to get the conversation started.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/12/2218m 50s

Dear LK: My folks guilt-trip me into spending the holidays with them

Between long-held traditions, unfair expectations and clashing personalities, the holidays can be a perfect storm for conflict. Therapist John Kim helps untangle three holiday conundrums.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/12/2211m 59s

How to apply the rules of improv to everyday life

Improv comedy is about more than making people laugh. It can help performers be more creative and self-assured — and combat anxiety, both on and off stage.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/11/2222m 24s

Transform the way you deal with dread

Worried about deadlines, errands or your holiday to-do list? Reframe your relationship with dread with these simple exercises, from drawing the things that scare you to scheduling worry time.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/11/2220m 30s

How much money do you need to become a parent? An episode from This Is Uncomfortable

A couple clashes about how much money they need to save before having children. This episode is from our friends This Is Uncomfortable's podcast series on fights about money.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/11/2217m 58s

How to set boundaries with family

Maintaining healthy boundaries is a way of taking care of your closest relationships, but setting those boundaries can be hard. The process starts with asking yourself what you need. (This episode originally ran in January 2021.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/11/2220m 12s

Make holiday travel less stressful

There will probably be long lines, delays and overbooked flights, says aviation journalist Benét Wilson. So take steps to prepare for these situations and make the journey a little more pleasant.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/11/2212m 57s

Get better at being grateful

Being thankful doesn't have to happen just once a year. Here are two meaningful ways to show gratitude all year long, a practice that can improve your mental and physical health.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/11/2218m 51s

Dear LK: My boyfriend is too close with his former coworker

My partner is constantly texting his former coworker and even spent the night at her house. He says they're just friends, but I don't like it. How can I trust him when he ignores my boundaries?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/11/2212m 43s

Michelle Obama's philosophy on relationships

In her new memoir, 'The Light We Carry,' the former first lady shares her philosophy on the relationships we have with our partner, our family and ourselves. 'You have to evolve with it,' she says.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/11/2219m 56s

How to deepen your connection with your ancestors

Your ancestors don't have to feel like a distant memory. Spiritual practitioners share cross-cultural guidance on how to set up a ritual and an altar to honor them at home.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/11/2224m 14s

How to rethink the way you spend your time — and life

Assuming you live to be eighty, you have just 4,000 weeks to live. While that may come as a brutal dose of reality, it's also an opportunity to think about how you're spending that time.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/11/2220m 46s

Life Kit answers your pressing questions about inflation

The prices of goods and services have gone up. How much of that is due to Ukraine or the pandemic? What can our elected officials do to lower prices? And how does inflation slow down? NPR's Marielle Segarra and Stacey Vanek Smith tackle listener queries.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/11/2220m 49s

Credit card points are for everyone. Here's how to get into them

Credit card rewards programs can offer big perks like airline miles and hotel upgrades. Finance journalist Katherine Fan explains how to choose the right card and what to know before signing up.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/11/2219m 5s

Dear LK: My son is upset his brother didn't make him best man. Should I intervene?

A mother debates whether she should talk to the groom about the issue. Catherine Newman, an etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine, gives her advice.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/11/2211m 33s

Mexican cooking 101

Want to start making authentic Mexican cuisine at home? Here's what you'll need in your pantry and your fridge to get started, according to two Mexican chefs and cookbook authors.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/11/2220m 37s

How to stay safe during a night out

Safety experts explain how to prevent harm in nightlife settings like bars and clubs. That includes how to project an air of confidence with your body language — and how to effectively say "no."Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
31/10/2221m 44s

How to throw a clever theme party

Party planning experts say to send out invites at least 6 weeks in advance. That can give guests ample time to mark their social calendars — and prepare for the big bash. Read on for more tips.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/10/2221m 38s

How to wake up early, even if you're a night owl

Waking up at dawn with the bakers and the baristas may not be for everyone — especially night owls. Whether you have to wake up early or you'd like to become more of a morning lark, here are a few habits that can help you set yourself up for success at that first alarm. (This episode originally ran in November 2021.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/10/2222m 47s

Student loan forgiveness Q&A

Life Kit teams up with NPR Education to answer some common questions about student loan relief, including: What's the application process like? What loans qualify for debt relief? What if you have multiple loans?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/10/2222m 47s

Dear LK: I cared for our dad. Now my greedy siblings want the inheritance

She cared for her stepdad through illness and death. Now she's disheartened that her siblings only seem to care about the inheritance. Financial therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin weighs in.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/10/2212m 2s

Braving the 'quarterlife' crisis

Stuck between two conflicting desires and can't seem to move forward? Psychotherapist Satya Doyle Byock shares an exercise called "My Two Conflicting Selves" to help people find a compromise.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/10/2215m 40s

The 5-minute daily playtime ritual that can get your kids to listen better

Called "special time," the strategy is widely recommended by children's health professionals to help reduce behavioral issues in young children. Here's a guide on how to do it with your kids at home.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/10/2214m 15s

How to use music to express your authentic self

For R&B darling Omar Apollo, music has been a powerful way to showcase his Mexican American culture and queer identity. In an episode with NPR's Alt.Latino, he explains why that takes courage and confidence — and a little soul-searching too.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/10/2229m 10s

Why rest is an act of resistance

Known to her fans as the 'nap bishop,' Tricia Hersey, author of the new book 'Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto,' explains why relaxation and leisure are a human right — especially for communities of color.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/10/2224m 31s

Tips for finding relief from IBS

More than 25 million Americans have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While IBS symptoms present in the gut, it turns out that stress and anxiety can actually exacerbate symptoms. Here's how to identify triggers for IBS, eat a diet that decreases gas and bloating — and learn where to seek help.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/10/2215m 37s

How to recreate a beloved family recipe

Step 1? Throw your expectations out the window, says NPR's Noor Wazwaz. Your dish won't be the same as the one you grew up eating — and that's OK. Here's how to add your own unique spin to a family dish and pass on it on to the next generation.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/10/2219m 49s

Dear LK: Should I give my boyfriend an ultimatum?

Pop musician and reality dating series host Betty Who gives advice to a letter writer who asks if she should give her boyfriend an ultimatum because she's ready to move in together — and he isn't.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/10/228m 49s

Protect yourself from election disinformation

It's almost time to vote. NPR's Miles Parks explains what research can tell us about how to combat fake political news — and why it's so tricky to separate fact from fiction.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/10/2214m 44s

How to start professional networking (and feel good about it)

Networking expert Robbie Samuels explains why adapting the attitude of a croissant is more likely to create meaningful job connections — and shares ways to make networking feel more natural.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/10/2218m 50s

The markets are down. Here's how to handle your investments

About 60% of Americans have some money in the stock market — and the markets are not doing great. Your knee-jerk reaction might be to sell. But experts explain why that's not a good idea.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/10/2215m 51s

Dear LK: My dad's wife died and he won't leave the house

Psychotherapist David Defoe offers advice to a letter writer who is concerned about how to help their grieving father.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/10/2210m 39s

What to do when driving during flood conditions

Hurricane Ian is rapidly intensifying, and with that there are predicted storm surges of up to 18 feet. We'll walk you through how you can to stay safe during heavy rain on the road.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/09/229m 52s

When something feels personal, here's how to cope

Being offended by something that someone did or said can be upsetting — but it doesn't have to eat away at us. Mental health experts share how to slow down and gain clarity when things get personal.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/09/2222m 8s

When it comes to parenting, lead with connection

It all starts with the assumption that your kids have good intentions and want to do the right thing, says Becky Kennedy, a psychologist and host of the Good Inside parenting podcast.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/09/2218m 27s

Dear LK: My parents ran a background check on my boyfriend

A daughter tries to rebuild trust with her parents after they secretly ran a background check on her boyfriend. Therapist and author Nedra Glover Tawwab shares insight on how to move forward.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/09/2210m 26s

How much water does your body really need?

Do you really need to drink eight glasses of water a day? Can drinking water help you lose weight? Does coffee dehydrate you? Experts explain the science of hydration.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/09/2219m 6s

Stuck doing all the household chores? This practical guide can help

In four steps, experts Eve Rodsky and Jacqueline Misla explain how to fairly split domestic work with a partner or roommate. Don't forget to print out the handy zine!Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/09/2225m 22s

How to start a new job

Life Kit host Marielle Segarra asks friends and family for advice on how to overcome her new-job jitters, meet new colleagues at NPR — and stay confident.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/09/2216m 2s

Dear LK: Do I have to read the book my husband wrote?

What's more, the letter writer hates her husband's writing style. Should she bite the bullet and read his novel? Or can she pass? Family therapist Kiaundra Jackson offers her two cents.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/09/228m 57s

How to counteract common thinking traps

Humans have a tendency to make snap judgments and assumptions due to our cognitive biases, says Woo-kyoung Ahn in her book 'Thinking 101.' So how do we fight them?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/09/2217m 11s

A friendship expert shares the science of making and keeping friends

Psychologist Marisa Franco, author of a new book on the science of making and keeping friends, shares how to deepen the bonds in our platonic relationships.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/09/2220m 25s

The omicron boosters are here. What you should know about them

They target the original coronavirus strain and the omicron subvariants causing most of the current infections. And they're available at pharmacies, clinics and doctors' offices around the country. Should you get one? And if so, when?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/09/229m 22s

Dear LK: I uninvited my sister-in-law from our wedding

The bride said she was "pissed" because her future sister-in-law was bringing two unauthorized guests. Rachel Wilkerson Miller, editor-in-chief of Self magazine, explains how to smooth things over.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/09/2210m 55s

How to gamify your exercise routine

Exercising doesn't have to feel like a chore if you approach it like a video game, say fitness gamification researchers Dr. Mitesh Patel and Elizabeth Lyons. Strategies to have fun while staying active.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/09/2218m 6s

3 tips for talking to your Latinx parents about mental health

Shame and stigma play a huge role in discouraging folks in the Latinx community from seeking mental health care — and talking about it with their families. These steps can help you prepare for the conversation with your loved ones. (This episode originally aired in February 2022.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/09/2223m 10s

Simplify dinner (and cleanup) with these clever one-pan meals

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks to food writer Melissa Clark about her new book, "Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals" — and gets tips on how to cook flavorsome weeknight dinners without a sink full of dirty dishes.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/09/2214m 50s

Dear LK: My co-worker posted a terrible review about me!

A secretary asks if she should tattle-tale on a colleague who wrote an anonymous negative review about her. Career coach and HR professional Shanita Williams weighs in on the conundrum.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/09/2211m 9s

Learning a new skill can be easy — if you have the right mindset

Mastering a new hobby, like bowling or baking, can be a frustrating process. But experts say it doesn't have to be that way. If you set yourself up for success at the start and allow yourself to make mistakes — you can improve your chances of sticking with it.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/09/2223m 13s

The sex ed most queer students never got

School health classes in the U.S. rarely include instruction about sex for LGBTQ students. Here's what it could look like if they did. (This episode originally aired in April 2021 and was updated in August 2022.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/08/2223m 36s

4 exercises that can prevent (and relieve!) pain from computer slouching and more

Vinh Pham, physical therapist and author of "Sit Up Straight: Futureproof Your Body Against Chronic Pain with 12 Simple Movements," explains why mobility exercises and good posture may be your best defense against muscle and joint pain.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/08/2219m 46s

What is 988? And is it safe to call? What to know about the new mental health hotline

When the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline launched in July, some advocates and people who had experiences with the mental health system voiced concerns about 988. Life Kit talks to Aneri Patani, national health correspondent with Kaiser Health News, about how the hotline works, its purpose and the potential risks of calling 988.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/08/2219m 28s

How to transition to natural hair — and learn to love it

For many Black people, transitioning to natural hair can feel frustrating, especially if you're doing it for the first time. Experts share what you need to know about growing out natural hair, from washing it and styling it – to learning to love it.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/08/2221m 28s

How to deal with online harassment — and protect yourself from future attacks

If you're posting frequently on social media, there's a chance that someday, one of those posts may make you a target of online harassment. Digital security expert Harlo Holmes and artist and independent researcher Ra'il I'nasah Kiam share tips on what to do if that happens — and how to tighten up your privacy online.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/08/2220m 15s

Why being resilient might matter less than you think

Is the ability to endure hardship and adapt to difficult life situations always a good thing? Psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker Lourdes Dolores Follins revisits the concept of resilience — and explains why it's OK to let yourself feel angry or frustrated sometimes.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/08/2223m 31s

How to make the perfect playlist

So you're planning the perfect candlelit evening — or the perfect road trip, or the perfect afternoon at home. Where do you start? A playlist, of course. NPR Music's Bobby Carter showed us how he crafts them. (This episode originally ran in December 2020.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/08/2220m 15s

The power in embracing your sadness

In the U.S., there's a relentless focus on positivity. But as we all know, with life comes death — and with happiness, sadness. Susan Cain, author of Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, opens our eyes to the transformative power of melancholy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/08/2222m 34s

How to protect yourself from inflation

High inflation and a possible recession is making life more expensive. Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary explains how to manage debt as interest rates increase and prepare for an economic downturn.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/08/2214m 19s

Survival 101 with Bear Grylls

Survivalist and adventurer Bear Grylls shares his advice on facing fear, preparing for the worst and the power of courage to get you through any situation.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/08/2222m 59s

How to move in with your partner

Deciding to move in with a partner can be an exciting step. Cohabitating can also be challenging and bring up anxieties. Here's what to think about — and discuss — before you decide to move in together.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/08/2220m 36s

How to take better (and more distinctive) photos on vacation

When your smartphone can hold thousands of photos, it's tempting to snap away. But that approach may not actually help you capture the best moments. These tips on creating stunning images will help you more meaningfully document your trips.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/08/2220m 49s

You can choose a new name for yourself. Here's how

Many trans and nonbinary people choose new names during their transition. Here's advice if you're considering adopting a new name — from brainstorming name ideas to navigating the paperwork to change your name legally.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/08/2220m 17s

How to reset your digital life

Author Sammy Nickalls guides readers through the practice of digital minimalism which helps strike a balance between being extremely online and extremely offline.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/08/2215m 45s

How to have a healthy adult relationship with your parents

When it comes to having an adult relationship with your parents, there's plenty of baggage: the friction of family history or the weight of unsaid expectations. Here's how to set healthy boundaries and understand generational trauma to help you have a grown up relationship with your parents.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/07/2222m 47s

How to financially plan for a baby

Having a baby is one of the biggest and most expensive life changes a person can experience. Farnoosh Torabi, editor-at-large at CNET Money, shares what you need to know about budgeting for a baby.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/07/2222m 8s

Crypto 101: blockchains, currencies and security

If the words "crypto," "Bitcoin," "blockchain," "mining," feel overwhelming or confusing Life Kit is here to help. In this episode, experts to demystify cryptocurrencies and give you the tools to decide whether buying some is a good option for you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/07/2222m 17s

How to talk to kids about abortion

Talking about abortion can be complicated, even with adults. How do you talk about the medical procedure and the politics around it with kids? NPR's Ailsa Chang gets tips from Dr. Elise Berlan and parenting expert Reena Patel.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/07/229m 38s

Making ethical, sustainable clothing choices

Fast fashion takes a toll on the environment and on workers. Here's how you can shop more sustainably and build a closet with a better impact. This episode originally published March 8, 2021.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/07/2214m 17s

How to help a child at risk of suicide

More families are dealing with their children feeling anxious, depressed – even thinking about or attempting suicide. But mental health professionals say that suicide is preventable. This episode, how parents and family members can play an important role in the mental health of their child.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/07/2222m 1s

How to avoid 'lifestyle creep'

Making more money tends to lead to spending more money. It's a phenomenon known as "lifestyle creep." Paco de Leon, author of Finance for the People, shares advice on keeping your long-term financial goals in check and fending off the subconscious urge to automatically increase spending when your income increases.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/07/2222m 23s

How to deal with a crush

Having a crush is natural - they're a part of human biology. Sometimes, acting on it is a great, healthy step — or it can create a lot more trouble than it needs to. Certified dating coach Damona Hoffman walks us through how to handle a crush in several common scenarios.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/07/2219m 54s

A beginner's guide to green cleaning

Environmentally-friendly living isn't an all-or-nothing equation: think of it as a spectrum of greens. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, green cleaning is one easy way to dip your toe into the green living waters. These tips will help you get started.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/07/2219m 17s

How to set boundaries in your daily life

Have you ever felt resentful or responded passive-aggressively to a request on your time or energy? That's a sign your boundaries are being crossed – and it might be because you haven't set them clearly. Therapist and author Nedra Glover Tawwab shares advice on how to set boundaries — and stick to them — in your daily life.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/07/2219m 3s

Car maintenance 101

Car ownership can be intimidating — and expensive — especially when it comes to upkeep. Auto educator and journalist Chaya Milchtein shares tips to help you maintain essential safety features in a car, how to find the right mechanic for you and when it's time for a new car.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/07/2219m 6s

How to stay safe during extreme heat

About 600 people in the U.S. die from heat related causes each year. While our bodies have ways to dissipate heat, sometimes they just can't keep up with extreme temperatures. Here are four tips from experts on how to stay safe and cool in extreme heat.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/07/2212m 36s

How to talk to kids about radicalization

It's a horror to think your kid could be a victim in a violent act of racism, sexism or other radicalization. It's a whole different kind of fear to think they could be the perpetrator of that act. Here's how to spot the signs of radicalization and how to talk to kids about what they're seeing online.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/06/2223m 32s

How to reframe your beliefs about aging

Negative age beliefs can impact us on social, psychological and even physiological levels. Here's how to deconstruct ageism and reframe your beliefs about aging with tips from Becca Levy, author of Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long & Well You Live.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/06/2222m 47s

How to raise a good citizen

Talking to kids about civics is kind of like talking to kids about sex - avoiding the conversation can have some really negative consequences. Here's how to talk to kids about civic participation, from discussing our hard history to taking action. This episode originally aired in November 2020.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/06/2222m 53s

How to stop stress spending

We could all stand to stretch our cash a little further right now. Life Kit teamed up with financial expert Tiffany Aliche, also known as the Budgetnista, for tips about how to separate needs from wants, stop stress-spending and save for the future. This episode originally aired in September 2020.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/06/2220m 29s

Find freedom and create your own path in your first queer relationship

The dating game can be hard, but navigating the dating world for the first time as a queer person can mean even more complexity – and a lot of room for creativity. Here's how to face your dating fears, find queer community and practice comfortable communication while staying true to you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/06/2223m 38s

How to celebrate your heritage through food

Food is more than just fuel for your body. Food is a connection to the stories of your ancestors, and the stories of your descendants. In this episode, a culinary historian, a professor and a nutritionist share their advice on how to carry on culinary traditions.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/06/2222m 53s

Life Kit presents: What's in a dad?

Code Switch host Gene Demby and comedian Hari Kondabolu are both new fathers, and they're both learning to raise kids who will have very different identities and upbringings than their own. It's left both of them reflecting on some big questions: How will they teach their children about race? What are the elements of their childhoods that they want to pass on? And what, exactly, is a father anyway?Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/06/2226m 17s

How to stop revenge bedtime procrastination

When your days are packed, it can be hard to find some "me time" time to unwind. You might find yourself staying up past your bedtime, scrolling on social media or watching an extra episode of your latest show, That's called "revenge bedtime procrastination." These tips can help you overcome it.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/06/2219m 31s

How to find a new hobby

When was the last time you did something just for fun — not to make money, or be productive, or because someone else wanted you to? These five tips can help you approach starting a hobby. This episode originally published in May 2021.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/06/2218m 55s

How to cope with a fear of flying

Whether you're a nervous flyer, you'll do almost anything to avoid flying, or you have an actual flying phobia, these tips from associate professor of psychiatry Luana Marques, Ph.D. can help you overcome a fear of flying.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/06/2222m 11s

Your reproductive health options without Roe v. Wade

For decades, the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision protected abortion access and reproductive health decisions. Now, that has been overturned. Here's what you need to know about birth control, emergency contraception and terminating a pregnancy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/06/2225m 9s

How to be an activist without burning out

Activism can look like big gestures of protest, but it can also look like baking cupcakes for a charity bake sale or reading at an after school program. These tips will help you find joy in activism while avoiding burnout.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/06/2223m 40s

How to make dating apps work for you

The idea behind dating apps is to make finding a connection easier — but that's not always the case. These expert tips will help you make the experience less anxiety-inducing, whether you're looking for something long-term or casual. This episode first aired in August 2021.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
06/06/2222m 39s

Life Kit answers your personal finance questions

Whether you want to save for a vacation or retirement, build generational wealth for your kids or figure out how to split expenses with a partner, Life Kit answers your personal finance questions.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/06/2220m 27s

How to learn your parents' language

Heritage language learners are different from people learning a second language for the first time. They often grow up hearing it, but that can come with its own set of challenges. Experts offer their advice on how to learn your heritage language.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
31/05/2223m 24s

How to prepare for a hurricane

Atlantic hurricanes are more intense and have heavier rainfall due to the effects of climate change. These tips will help you prepare for hurricane season before disaster strikes.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/05/2217m 2s

What to say to kids when the news is scary

The news can be devastating, and tragic events can be incomprehensible for adults — so how do we talk about them with kids? Child development experts offer advice on what parents, teachers and other caregivers can say to help kids process all the scary news out there.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/05/2222m 40s

How to talk about Asian American mental health

Saying 'no,' speaking up for yourself and being less than perfect can be hard for many Asian Americans to do. Psychologist Jenny Wang has tips on how to address them with yourself and your loved ones.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/05/2221m 16s

Grilling for beginners

Intimidated by grilling? Cooking over an open flame can do that! In this guide, learn the basics from which type of grill to choose, to how to maintain a fire and create different temperature zones, to tips on tools and safety.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/05/2221m 2s

How to get a job after college

Now that you have your diploma, you'll need to focus on a different piece of paper: a résumé. Here's how to think about what you want to do and then go out and get a job — maybe even a career.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/05/2225m 39s

Singing 101: How to find your voice

When some of the greatest singers are Whitney Houston, Ariana Grande or Beyonce, it's easy to feel like being a good singer is just a dream. But you don't need to be a Grammy-grade singer to have fun at karaoke. These tips will help you find your voice.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/05/2221m 23s

How to overcome FOMO

The fear of missing out isn't confined to our social lives; worrying about whether we're missing out on new experiences, content, trends and even investments can create an existential crisis. Psychologist Aarti Gupta explains how FOMO shows up in our lives and how to battle it.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/05/2216m 38s

How to get back what we've lost to the internet

The world has changed a lot since the internet. Remember asking people for directions? If you miss the days pre-internet (or wonder what it was like), Pamela Paul, author of 100 Things We've Lost To The Internet, gives us a few ways you can reconnect with an analog way of life.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
16/05/2218m 44s

How to pay attention to (and appreciate) what's around you

When you're in a familiar place, it's easy to go on autopilot and fail to notice the small joys that surround you. Artist and author Jenny Odell shares tips on how to pay attention to and appreciate what's right in front of you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/05/2219m 46s

How to give mothering the value it deserves

Raising kids is among the most essential work humans do, and yet it's rarely valued as skilled labor. Angela Garbes, author of Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change, guides us through a shift in mindset to help give mothering the value it deserves.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/05/2219m 38s

How to cook and eat healthy on a budget

Minding your budget while eating the foods that nourish you takes a little planning — but it's possible. Dietitian Shana Spence shares her tips to help you shop and keep your fridge stocked without breaking the bank. This episode first aired in October 2020.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
09/05/229m 52s

How to arrange flowers like a professional

Whether you forgot to order flowers for that special occasion, or you just want to flex a new creative muscle, here's how to DIY a professional-looking bouquet with grocery store flowers.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/05/2213m 53s

How to give the perfect toast

It's the wild card of every big event — the toast. If you're giving a new year's toast, a best man or maid of honor speech, or any other toasts this coming year, we've got some tips to make sure people remember your toast with fondness and not horror.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/05/2217m 13s

How to get the most out of your health insurance plan

Using your health insurance doesn't have to be on an "in-case-of-emergency" basis. Learn how to make the most of your coverage by taking advantage of preventative care, strategically timing procedures and getting exercise classes covered.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
02/05/2221m 54s

Life Kit presents: The power in owning your 'Big Feelings'

Our friends at It's Been a Minute speak with Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy about their new book, Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay. They explore seven emotions — uncertainty, anger, burnout, comparison, perfectionism, despair and grief — with hopes to normalize conversations on these "big feelings" and share what they've learned in that process.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
30/04/2222m 8s

Storytelling 101

Storytelling creates connections and builds community. In this episode of Life Kit, storytelling coaches from The Moth give a step-by-step guide to telling good stories.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/04/2226m 38s

How to thrive while working in a hybrid setup

More companies are offering hybrid work schedules, allowing office workers to split their time between the office and home. A hybrid set up has plenty of benefits, but can be challenging to navigate. These tips can help you and your team ease into it. (This episode originally aired in July 2021.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
26/04/2218m 1s

Become a community scientist in 3 steps

From the songs of sparrows outside your apartment window to the purple crocuses bursting into bloom in a nearby park – all that nature you're observing could actually be helpful to scientists. Here's a step-by-step guide to becoming a community scientist.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/04/2220m 48s

What to know about wearing a mask on public transit

Now that a federal judge has thrown out mask mandates on public transportation, many people are wondering, "How safe is it to use these forms of travel if many people aren't masked?" In this episode Life Kit, learn how to assess your risk and make the best choice for you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
23/04/228m 48s

Our favorite ways to live sustainably

Climate change calls for long-term, systemic solutions, but that doesn't mean we can't all strive to live more sustainably. Life Kit is here with solutions from your kitchen to your closet.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/04/2216m 34s

How to get outside and enjoy nature — on your own terms

Enjoying the outdoors can look like anything from walking the dog to celebrating Indigenous culture — you don't have to hike the tallest mountain peaks or go camping to love nature. Learn how to find your footing in nature in a way that works best for you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
19/04/2220m 53s

Live more freely with autism, and nurture inclusivity

Autistic people are constantly forced to suppress who they are as a means of pleasing a neurotypical world. Social psychologist Devon Price not only wants to give them permission to take off that mask and be themselves, but believes that doing so allows everyone to lead happier lives.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
18/04/2222m 46s

How to help birds during migration

Bird migration season is starting. But across North America, their populations are in trouble. We asked experts for 8 everyday steps you can take to lend them a hand.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/04/2218m 24s

Tips for dealing with conflict in the workplace

When the discomfort of conflict arises, it can be hard to know what to do, especially in the workplace. Get the tips you need to become a conflict-resolving superhero.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
12/04/2221m 34s

How to cultivate your personal style

Here's advice from the experts on cultivating a personal style — from purging your closet to taking fashion risks in a way that feels true to you.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/04/2221m 13s

How to have more fun

Do you have enough fun in life? Catherine Price, author of The Power of Fun, explains the three components of true fun and how to tap into this powerful, everyday source of joy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/04/2217m 12s

How to start bike commuting: tips for a safe and easy ride

Biking is a great way to get to work – it's good for the environment, and it can be faster than driving or public transit. If you ever had an inkling that biking might be for you, now is a good time to give it a try.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
05/04/2218m 14s

Too much pleasure can lead to addiction. How to break the cycle and find balance

Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, explains when too much pleasure-triggering dopamine upsets the delicate balance of pleasure and pain our brains need to feel "normal," which can lead to long-term pain and addiction. In today's dopamine-filled world, here's how keep that balance in check.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/04/2223m 33s

How to start gardening

Whether you have big plans for a vegetable garden or a tiny pot of window sill herbs, this episode will help you get your green thumb. We cover the basics of hardiness zones, understanding good soil, and building raised beds so you can turn garden dreams into reality. (This episode originally ran in April 2020.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
31/03/2218m 23s

Intro to Korean American cooking

In an introduction to Korean American cooking, New York Times food writer and cookbook author Eric Kim walks us through pantry essentials, quick-fix recipes and how to start making Korean American food that feels authentic.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
29/03/2216m 6s

Your tax refund, explained

It's tax season (insert collective groan here). But don't worry: in this episode of Life Kit, CPA and tax analyst Kimberly Washington offers helpful advice on maximizing your refund, what deductions to remember and how the child tax credit impacts your tax filings this year.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/03/2211m 19s

How working parents can win back some time

Calling all working parents and caregivers! We see you, and we know you don't have much time. Career coach Daisy Dowling shares time management tips to help working parents find sanity and joy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/03/2216m 13s

Regret is universal, here's what to do when you feel it

Rather than striving for a life with no regrets, Daniel H. Pink, author of The Power of Regret, suggests embracing regret and learning from it. He outlines the four most common categories of regret and explains how looking back can help us move forward.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/03/2220m 1s

From bills to appointments, here's how to tackle the homework of adulthood

Life seems full of ever-increasing piles of paperwork — bills to pay, appointments to make, forms to sign, carpools to organize. Here's how to conquer the responsibilities on your to-do list so you can get back to your life. (This episode originally ran in September 2019.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/03/2216m 18s

How to talk to customer service – and actually get what you want

Asking to speak to the manager isn't going to get the results you want. In this episode, negotiation consultant Craig dos Santos gives tips on how to make a customer service representative your collaborator instead of your enemy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/03/2216m 20s

4 tips to stay connected when your friends live far away

Long distance friendships are a common reality of adulthood, as we move around for school, work or family. While they might require some planning and creativity to keep up, there's no reason to let physical distance keep you from staying connected.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/03/2219m 27s

Our most valuable lessons from 2 pandemic years

It's been two years since our lives changed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Producers of NPR's Life Kit look back on the most valuable lessons they learned that will shape their lives moving forward.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/03/2221m 46s

How to deal with mental health issues at work

Whether it's depression, anxiety, burnout or something else, if you're struggling with your mental health at work, it can be hard to know what your options are and how to seek help. Here's a look at the stigma around mental health at work, how to spot an issue and what to do about it.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/03/2219m 44s

Four ways to combat everyday indecision

We make so many basic decisions each day that it's easy to fall into "analysis paralysis." We explore where indecision comes from, why so many of us are sweating the small stuff and what you can do about it.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/03/2218m 38s

How to pick a birth control that works for you

Picking a form of contraception can be overwhelming. It involves understanding how birth control works, your preferences, side effects and more. This episode presents the facts so you can choose the contraception that works for you. (This episode originally aired in February 2020.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/03/2225m 8s

The basics to home maintenance

DIY home maintenance can be intimidating. Mercury Stardust, better known as the Trans Handy Ma'am on TikTok, is a maintenance technician with 14 years of experience. She walks us through one simple thing you can do to build your confidence, the four tools that should be in everyone's toolkit and when to call in the professionals.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/03/2220m 28s

4 tools to help unblock your creativity

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way and architect of the famous creative practice "Morning Pages," has spent her career teaching "creative unblocking."In her new book, Seeking Wisdom: a spiritual path to creative connection, she combines the creative practices of The Artist's Way, with a new intentional practice – prayer.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/03/2214m 40s

How to deal with anxiety from the news

The news is overwhelming right now. Neuroscientist Judson Brewer shares tips on calming your nerves when the headlines won't stop. Take a break and learn about how to better process worry. (This episode originally aired in October 2020.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
28/02/2213m 29s

Food substitutions 101

Improvising in the kitchen takes a lot of practice. But when you get to that point in the recipe where you realize you're out of white wine/fresh garlic/brown sugar/whatever you absolutely MUST have for this recipe, being able to swap in another ingredient can really come in handy. Chef and author Kenji López-Alt and cook and food writer Deb Perelman walk us through the basics of food substitutions.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/02/2220m 10s

What to know and how to talk about disability

Do you find yourself avoiding conversations on disabilities? Worried you'll offend a disabled friend? A disability rights activist shares ways to be a better ally and to destigmatize disability in America.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
22/02/2217m 47s

How to train for your first marathon

A running coach and athlete with a background in exercise science shares tips on building your mileage and finishing your first race injury-free.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
21/02/2222m 35s

Why passing on wealth requires strategy

Wealth isn't just cold hard cash, says strategic investor Pamela Jolly. It's whatever you value, meaning generational wealth can take lots of forms. Here's how to be strategic about leaving a legacy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/02/2221m 16s

What's your attachment style?

According to the field of attachment theory, each person has a unique attachment style that informs how that person relates to intimacy: secure, anxious or avoidant. We talk with Amir Levine, a neuroscientist and co-author of the book Attached, about how your attachment style can impact your relationships.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/02/2218m 21s

How to let more joy into your life

Poet Ross Gay sees joy all around him. In infinity scarves, orchards, pawpaws, even weeds. He explains the subtle mindset shift that allows him to let in more self-compassion and more joy.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
14/02/2215m 29s

How to get over someone

Breakups come in all shapes and sizes — slow dissolves, out-of-nowhere endings — and maybe you even initiated the breakup. But they all have a few things in common. Mainly, they can hurt. These six tips can help you move forward after a breakup.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/02/2221m 1s

How to lose well — and why it matters

Losing is inevitable, but failure doesn't have to be. Learn how to reframe the way you look at loss, with the help of a former NBA player, a therapist who helps clients build unconditional self-worth and an entrepreneur who challenged himself to experience 100 days of rejection.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/02/2223m 31s

Financial advice for artists who think they're 'bad with money'

Getting your finances in order can be intimidating, especially for freelancers, creatives and side-giggers. Financial planner and artist Paco de Leon shares simple, holistic advice for tuning up your finances.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/02/2221m 45s

How to talk to your Latinx parents about mental health

Shame and stigma play a huge role in discouraging folks in the Latinx community from seeking mental health care — and talking about it with their families. These steps can help you prepare for the conversation with your loved ones.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
04/02/2222m 48s

Pick a card, any card: How to get into tarot

Even if you've gotten a tarot reading before, you may be intimidated by the cards or wondering whether you're cool enough to learn. Tarot reader and writer Michelle Tea walks budding readers through each card in a tarot deck, shares reading tips and ways you can incorporate tarot into your self-care practice.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
03/02/2215m 28s

It's OK to not be passionate about your job

Passion and work often feel inextricably linked, but that's a fairly new phenomenon — and maybe it shouldn't be the expectation. Sociologist Erin A. Cech talks about why the career-passion combo favors privilege and can lead to burnout.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
01/02/2219m 3s

What 'likeability' really means in the workplace

"Likeability" is a loaded word. And try as we might, none of us has full control over who likes us. Journalist and podcaster Alicia Menendez, author of The Likeability Trap, says who we like is shaped by who we are — and often, likeability is a way of shielding biases in the workplace. (This episode originally aired in June 2021.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
31/01/2220m 7s

How to cope with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

It's getting darker and colder, and there's still a pandemic. Oh, and then there's seasonal affective disorder. Here's how to spot it and what you can do. (This episode originally aired in October 2020.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
27/01/2219m 33s

Dog training 101 — How to set realistic goals and where to get started

If you recently searched the internet for "dog trainers near me," there's a good chance you became immediately overwhelmed by the options, certifications and vocabulary. There is a lot of information out there! So we consulted some experts on where to start. Here's what they say.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
25/01/2223m 47s

How to make sure you're paid for your time and work

Time is money. But often, especially in the creative industries, trying to advance your career can mean literally selling yourself short. It's commonplace and borderline expected, depending on where you are in your career, to have to offer time and labor for free or for deeply discounted rates to get work. In this episode of Life Kit, journalist Juleyka Lantigua-Williams shares tools for advocating for yourself and your paycheck, as well as reflections on the value of betting on yourself.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
24/01/2220m 45s

The case for being ordinary

For those in emerging adulthood, there's endless pressure from all sides to chase an extraordinary standard in every aspect of life. But writer Rainesford Stauffer says the so-called milestones are more unrealistic than ever. Now's the time for creativity and carving your own path — and she's got some tips from her book, An Ordinary Age, to get you started.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
20/01/2221m 13s

Need to make a change in your life? Behavioral science can help

When's the best time to start a new habit? And what makes some stick while others fall by the wayside? Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman's new book, How to Change, breaks down the research about how to leverage human nature instead of working against it to achieve your goals. (This episode originally aired in May 2021.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
17/01/2218m 23s

How to talk about the COVID vaccine with people who are hesitant

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jasmine Marcelin shares how she has conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine with people who have doubts about getting vaccinated. (A version of this episode originally aired on NPR's Short Wave.)Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
15/01/2216m 10s

How to make ethical investing work for you

Money talks, but how do you make sure your money is sending the right message? Ethical investing isn't magic, but it's one way to try and put your money where your morals are. Here's what you need to know before you get started.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
13/01/2216m 53s

How to work through a creative rut

Do you ever try to be creative, but no matter how hard you try, struggle to access that spark in your head? This episode explains how to escape that creative rut — and it all starts with taking intentional breaks.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
11/01/2221m 51s

How to enjoy single life

Singlehood is not the waiting room of life. It's unfair to think single people can't create meaningful lives that are filled with purpose and love. We promise no cheesy advice, but rather tips for how to find peace with singleness and live a full life on your own terms.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
10/01/2221m 58s

A pediatrician's advice on omicron, daycare and travel for kids under 5

Amid the omicron surge, there is understandable anxiety among parents, particularly those with kids under 5. In this episode, infectious disease doctor Ibukun Kalu answers listeners' questions on the latest COVID variant, daycare and travel for unvaccinated children.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
08/01/229m 46s

How to curb money avoidance and face financial woes head-on

If you wince every time you open up your credit card app or feel stressed just thinking about personal finances, here's how to curb money avoidance and train your brain to face your money woes head-on.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
07/01/2216m 45s
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