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Life Kit

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Rank #3 in Health & Fitness category

Business
Education
Kids & Family
Society & Culture
Investing
Health & Fitness
Science
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Everyone needs a little help being a human. From sleep to saving money to parenting and more, we talk to the experts to get the best advice out there. Life Kit is here to help you get it together.

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

iTunes Ratings

1215 Ratings
Average Ratings
793
179
107
56
80

All great shows but my favorite: How to Talk to Your Kids about Death

By Stebrah - Jan 10 2020
Read more
“How to Talk to Your Kids about Death” was probably my favorite episode and wished someone had spoken to me like this when I was younger. Perfect for running errands and short drives

Smart, Clear and Super-Useful

By Sonomarina - Jan 10 2020
Read more
Pick just about any episode and you’ll come away with tips you can use in your life right now.

iTunes Ratings

1215 Ratings
Average Ratings
793
179
107
56
80

All great shows but my favorite: How to Talk to Your Kids about Death

By Stebrah - Jan 10 2020
Read more
“How to Talk to Your Kids about Death” was probably my favorite episode and wished someone had spoken to me like this when I was younger. Perfect for running errands and short drives

Smart, Clear and Super-Useful

By Sonomarina - Jan 10 2020
Read more
Pick just about any episode and you’ll come away with tips you can use in your life right now.
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Life Kit

Latest release on Jan 23, 2020

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

Rank #1: Do This Today To Sleep Well Tonight

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From the moment you wake up, your body starts to prepare for sleep. We show you how to adjust your daytime habits to get the best possible night of rest.

Here's what to remember:
- Start the day with natural light — from an east-facing window, or even better, go outside — to put the brakes on melatonin.
- Cut the caffeine off by late morning. Even if it doesn't keep you up, caffeine impacts how much deep sleep you're getting.
- Get moving during the day. Exercise can increase the quantity and quality of your sleep.
- Avoid the nightcap. Alcohol makes you feel sleepy but disrupts deep sleep.
- Ban the smartphone and TV from the bedroom. Too stimulating, when you should be letting go.

Apr 29 2019

19mins

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Rank #2: This 22-Minute Workout Has Everything You Need

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If you've got 22 minutes, you can get an effective total-body workout. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's personal trainer Bryant Johnson walks us through an interval session and explains why it's so effective.

Dec 24 2019

19mins

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Rank #3: Make New Friends (And Keep Them)

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Friendship is hard, but the best way to tackle it is to talk about it. In this episode, you'll learn from the experts about how to make new friends and deepen your existing relationships.

Aug 19 2019

23mins

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Rank #4: 6 Food Rules That Could Help You Live Longer

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Healthy eating can be easy if you follow a few simple rules. We guide you through three types of healthy food you should add to your diet, and three not-so-nutritious foods to cut back on.

Oct 09 2019

20mins

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Rank #5: The Biology Of Weight Loss

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Our biology makes it hard to lose weight. In this episode, we won't tell you how to lose weight — or whether you even need to. We will give you five realities about biology, and they might even help you be kinder to your body.

Here's what to remember:
- Metabolism slows when you lose weight.
- Hormonal changes that come with weight loss make you hungrier.
- What you eat is more important than how much you exercise.
- Exercise seems to play a big role in maintaining weight and preventing further gain.

May 01 2019

21mins

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Rank #6: Millennials And Money

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In this special episode, Sam Sanders of NPR's "It's Been A Minute" talks with financial journalist Hannah Seligson and Aminatou Sow from the podcast "Call Your Girlfriend" about why millennials are so financially intertwined with their parents.

Jul 16 2019

37mins

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Rank #7: Be The Master Of Your Budget

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For many, creating a budget is a dreaded task. But you can do it. These tools will help — and maybe even make it fun.

Nov 07 2019

21mins

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Rank #8: Boost Your Credit Card IQ

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If you use credit cards in a intentional way, you can free up some valuable perks. We geek out on strategies to make credit cards work for you, without getting out of control on spending.
Here's what to remember:
- Use credit cards that have the best rewards on the things you spend the most money on.
- Protect your credit score: Always pay off your balance, don't spend more than 30 percent of your limit, don't cancel a card you've had for a long time.
- Don't outgame yourself by accepting too many new cards with sign-up bonuses.
- Know yourself: If you've had trouble with running up debt, don't tempt yourself with more cards.

Apr 29 2019

20mins

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Rank #9: Don't Count Sheep: Better Bedtime Rituals

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From mediation to melatonin to putting on a pair of socks, we all have routines to help us reach that blissful state of slumber. These are the ones that work:

- Forget sheep. Instead, use mental imagery — picturing a walk in the woods or a stroll on a beach — to help relax.
- Relaxation and meditation apps can help you unwind.
- Melatonin supplements might ease your way into sleep, but too much melatonin could disrupt it.
- Over-the-counter sleep medications may knock you out, but they won't result in effective sleep.
- If young kids wake you in the wee hours, don't react in a way that increases their stress — but do find strategies that make it no fun to be up.
- Sleep rituals are personal. If you believe in yours, that might be all you need.

Apr 29 2019

22mins

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Rank #10: Mortgage Secrets That Will Save You Money

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It's hard to imagine a more boring (and dreaded) word than "mortgage." But if you know where to look, you might find a mortgage that will save you thousands of dollars a year or discover that you qualify for a loan when you didn't think you could.

Oct 02 2019

25mins

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Rank #11: Get Started Saving

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If you're not good at saving money, it's not your fault: Humans are hard-wired to focus on the present. But there's a way to beat evolution and build for your future.

Here's what to remember:
- Make savings automatic.
- Save, even if you have student loans.
- Participate in your employer's matching plan.
- Reward yourself for saving.
- Envision your future self.
- Start saving young.

Apr 29 2019

16mins

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Rank #12: Pay Off Student Loans The Smart Way

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Paying off student loans can be a financial nightmare. But if you know how to navigate the system, you can find a payment plan that's more affordable.

Jun 10 2019

28mins

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Rank #13: Your Cheat Sheet For Smarter Investing

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Investing doesn't have to be hard. We explain how to grow a nice nest egg and avoid that four-letter word that starts with F ... fees.

Here's what to remember:
- Don't pick your own stocks.
- Don't sell stocks if the market crashes.
- Diversify your portfolio.
- Don't pay too much in fees.
- Invest in index funds, not actively managed funds.
- Rebalance your portfolio every year — then leave it alone.

Apr 29 2019

22mins

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Rank #14: Paperwork, Appointments And Repairs: Managing Adult Responsibilities

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Life seems full of ever-increasing piles of paperwork – bills to pay, appointments to make, school forms to sign, carpools to organize. Here's how to conquer all the responsibilities on your to-do list so you can get back to real life.

Sep 25 2019

16mins

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Rank #15: A Saner Mindset For Weight Loss

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The way many of us think about weight loss is totally counter-productive. Focus on healthy habits you can sustain instead of the numbers on the scale.

Here's what to remember:
- Forget goal weights. Instead, focus on behavioral goals.
- Start with small changes and let them snowball.
- A loss of only 3% of your body weight can meaningfully improve your health.
- Remember that your best weight is the one you reach when you live the healthiest life you can actually enjoy.

May 03 2019

19mins

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Rank #16: How To Manage Emotions At Work

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Anger. Excitement. Frustration. Pride. Hurt. Emotions are everywhere in an office, so why do we pretend they don't exist? Life Kit producer Meghan Keane interviews co-authors of the book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power Of Embracing Emotions At Work to help you manage emotions at work.

Dec 10 2019

17mins

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Rank #17: 7 Strategies For Digging Out Of Debt

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If you're in debt, you're not alone. Here's how to make a plan and get yourself out.

Aug 05 2019

26mins

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Rank #18: Trust Your Gut: A Beginner's Guide To Intuitive Eating

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Knowing when and what to eat may sound simple, but dieting can mess up our connection to hunger cues. The practice of intuitive eating can help people make peace with food.

May 27 2019

17mins

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Rank #19: The Truth About Carbs And Calories

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Carbs get a bad rap. Here's the science behind why eating too much starch isn't good for you — and smart tips to integrate more slow carbs into your diet.

Nov 12 2019

20mins

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Rank #20: Boost Your Body Acceptance For Better Health

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We all can feel the effects of weight stigma, no matter what our size. Here's how to feel good about the body you're living in and improve your health, without obsessing about your weight.

Apr 29 2019

31mins

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How To Start Therapy

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If the mere thought of going to therapy seems overwhelming, you're not alone. Plenty of people put off seeking therapy because of the stigma, cost and inconvenience. We've got four tips to help you make your first appointment.

Jan 23 2020

22mins

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Thinking About Returning To College? Here's How To Start

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"Should I go back to college?" If you're asking yourself this question, here are tips to help you figure out how to do it — whether it's to change jobs, make more money or finish something you started.

Jan 21 2020

21mins

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How To Quit Smoking, With Help From Science

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Trying to quit smoking can be hard. The good news is the science behind how to quit smoking is very clear. This episode gives you strategies to help boost your chances of success.

Jan 16 2020

24mins

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How To Start A Book Club That Actually Meets

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Here's how to start a book club that actually meets, has a focus, fosters good discussion and steers clear of logistical nightmares.

Jan 14 2020

10mins

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The Right Way To Quit Your Job

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Whether you're completely fed up or just ready for the next thing, quitting a job can be stressful and complicated. You don't want to quit a job without a game plan, so consider this episode your checklist before putting in your two weeks' notice.

Jan 09 2020

20mins

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Making Art Is Good For Your Health. Here's How To Start A Habit

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Professional artists aren't the only people who can make art. In this episode, learn how to weave art into your everyday life. Because whether you're doodling, making pottery or embroidering, creativity is good for you and your health.

Jan 07 2020

21mins

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6 Ways To Take A Break From Drinking

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Thinking about taking a break from drinking? Here are ways to help you make a plan, navigate tricky social situations and reassess your relationship with alcohol so you can experience the benefits of dry January.

Jan 02 2020

21mins

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How To Have A Good Weekend

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So many weekends get filled up with too many errands, plans, and, yes, work. Never getting time to relax means feeling like a zombie come Monday. Say no to burnout by making your two days off into a mini vacation with relaxation techniques and tips to unplug.

Dec 31 2019

25mins

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Choose The Best Diet For You

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There are so many food tribes out there — everything from Keto to vegan. We help you understand how to choose a diet approach that's right for you.

Dec 26 2019

21mins

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This 22-Minute Workout Has Everything You Need

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If you've got 22 minutes, you can get an effective total-body workout. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's personal trainer Bryant Johnson walks us through an interval session and explains why it's so effective.

Dec 24 2019

19mins

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How Do I Get This Out? Your Guide To Stain Removal

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There are so many different kinds of stains — grass stains on your shorts, a wine stain on your carpet or a grease stain on your shirt — but with the help of some household products and chemistry know-how, you can be a stain removal master.

Dec 19 2019

17mins

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Tips For Talking To Kids About Sex

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Sex, genitals, consent, self-touching — it's tricky to talk to younger kids about these topics. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around sex education so they can raise healthy, responsible kids.

Dec 17 2019

26mins

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How To Reduce Food Waste

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Tossing out overripe avocados, wilted greens and sour milk isn't just costing you money — it's also contributing to climate change. In this episode, learn how to reduce your food waste with composting strategies and creative recipes that will help you turn food waste into dinner.

Dec 12 2019

20mins

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How To Manage Emotions At Work

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Anger. Excitement. Frustration. Pride. Hurt. Emotions are everywhere in an office, so why do we pretend they don't exist? Life Kit producer Meghan Keane interviews co-authors of the book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power Of Embracing Emotions At Work to help you manage emotions at work.

Dec 10 2019

17mins

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Not A Regular Reader? 4 Strategies To Make Reading A Habit

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If you've given up on reading, for whatever reason — you feel slow, distracted or like you're not enjoying the books you tried — don't give up! These four reading strategies will help make reading a little easier and more fun.

Dec 05 2019

10mins

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How To Read More Books

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Got an intimidating tower of unread books looming on your nightstand? This episode will help you pick up more books and get through them quicker.

Dec 03 2019

13mins

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Is It OK To Lie About Santa And The Tooth Fairy?

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Magical thinking is part of childhood, and when it comes to characters like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, parents often play along with elaborate charades. But what should grown-ups do when kids start aging out of the magic and asking tough questions?

Nov 28 2019

17mins

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A Saner Mindset For Weight Loss

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The way many of us think about weight loss is totally counter-productive. Focus on healthy habits you can sustain instead of the numbers on the scale.

Nov 26 2019

20mins

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Planning A Trip? Pack And Plan Like A Pro

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We asked three road warriors to share their traveling expertise. The result? Seven tips to help you pack light and plan a trip, like a pro.

Nov 21 2019

17mins

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Dealing With Holidays At Work: Forced Cheer And Awkward Parties

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Holiday parties, gift exchanges — dealing with the holidays at work can be awkward and fraught. Alison Green of Ask a Manager shares advice on workplace etiquette around the holidays.

Nov 19 2019

19mins

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iTunes Ratings

1215 Ratings
Average Ratings
793
179
107
56
80

All great shows but my favorite: How to Talk to Your Kids about Death

By Stebrah - Jan 10 2020
Read more
“How to Talk to Your Kids about Death” was probably my favorite episode and wished someone had spoken to me like this when I was younger. Perfect for running errands and short drives

Smart, Clear and Super-Useful

By Sonomarina - Jan 10 2020
Read more
Pick just about any episode and you’ll come away with tips you can use in your life right now.