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Life Kit

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Rank #22 in Health & Fitness category

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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.

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1674 Ratings
Average Ratings
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66
102

Much needed

By War2D2a - May 16 2020
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Informative, helpful, and relevant. Thank you so much for this podcast!

A comfort

By Colshef - May 13 2020
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My son now asks, “Can we listen to our friend Grover?” Thank you.

iTunes Ratings

1674 Ratings
Average Ratings
1139
235
132
66
102

Much needed

By War2D2a - May 16 2020
Read more
Informative, helpful, and relevant. Thank you so much for this podcast!

A comfort

By Colshef - May 13 2020
Read more
My son now asks, “Can we listen to our friend Grover?” Thank you.
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Life Kit

Latest release on Sep 17, 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: 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 #3: 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 #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: 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 #6: Feeling Anxious? Here's a Quick Tool To Center Your Soul

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We all need strategies to push back against conflict, anger and worry. One of the globe's leading mindfulness teachers distills the practice of mindfulness into a simple 4-step tool from her new book Radical Compassion. This daily practice can help you show up for 'life' – and let go of regret and anxiety.

Feb 04 2020

15mins

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 'Tiny Habits' Are The Key To Behavioral Change

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Want to start a new habit? Think small. That's the counterintuitive idea in BJ Fogg's book, Tiny Habits. Fogg explains that making small behavior changes requires just a little motivation and lots of celebrating — and can lead to big change.

Feb 27 2020

12mins

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: How To Focus While Reading

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If you'd like to read more, but you're finding it difficult — maybe you can't focus, you feel slow 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.

Apr 07 2020

11mins

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Rank #15: 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 #16: 5 Ways To Prevent And Prepare For The Coronavirus

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You might be wondering how to prevent coronavirus and protect your family if the virus continues to spread. Nancy Messonnier from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares five things you can do to prepare. One takeaway: Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Feb 28 2020

15mins

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Rank #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: When It Comes To Exercise, "All Movement Counts"

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Feeling blocked with it comes to starting an exercise habit? You can actually get the health benefits of exercise with just 22 minutes of exercise a day — and you might be surprised what "counts" as exercise. Kiss your excuses goodbye!

Mar 05 2020

15mins

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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 Survive at Work as a Person of Color

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Changing workplace culture isn't the job of marginalized employees. But knowing how to manage your boss or document your daily work can help employees of color — even if it just shows you when you've had enough.

Sep 17 2020

19mins

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Make A Wildfire Plan Before You Smell Smoke

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Wildfires are raging in California and the Pacific Northwest. Here's how to prepare for a wildfire and what to do if one is approaching.

Sep 15 2020

14mins

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Making Online College Work For You

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If you (or your kids) are in college, there's a good chance you're going through online classes this semester — maybe for the first time. Learning remotely can be tough, but staying organized and maintaining social connections can help.

Sep 14 2020

19mins

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What To Know If You Can't Make Rent

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If you're unable to pay rent, you're not alone. In this episode, we explain how to qualify for the new eviction moratorium and what to know if you can't pay your rent.

Sep 10 2020

15mins

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A Simple Equation to Help Kids Love Math

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Math anxiety is real for kids and adults. But parents can help. The solution goes beyond equations and textbooks.

Sep 08 2020

23mins

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Workplace Diversity: Steps for Leaders and Managers

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You might've heard the phrase "workplace diversity" in recent months. If you're a leader in your workplace — especially if you're white — this episode is for you. Here are some actionable steps to take to make your organization more equitable and inclusive.

Sep 07 2020

19mins

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Mentorship: A Career Game-Changer

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A strong mentor can change your career and help you outside of work. In this episode, we'll give you tips on finding the right mentor to help you achieve your goals.

Sep 03 2020

21mins

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Study Strategies That Keep You From Getting Overwhelmed

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No one teaches you how to study. Laptop or paper notes? Highlighter or flashcards? And does music help? Here's how to take better notes and study so that you remember what you've learned — without getting crushed by college stress.

Sep 01 2020

23mins

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How To Win An Argument: Brainstorm Instead

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It's normal to avoid conflict. This episode gives you tools for turning what could be a heated argument into a constructive brainstorming session — so both parties feel like they are working together instead of against each other.

Aug 31 2020

19mins

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Life Kit Talks LDRs: All About Long-Distance Relationships

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Maybe you're trying to make it work with a partner in another state. Or maybe your best friend lives across the country. Long–distance relationships are tough, whether they're romantic or not. In this episode, a marriage and family therapist offers advice.

Aug 27 2020

14mins

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Steps You Can Take to be Anti-Racist

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Even white supremacists don't like to be called racist. That's why, NPR's Eric Deggans says, "not racist" doesn't feel like quite enough. In this episode, he walks us through steps to being anti-racist — in other words, ways you can continually strive to undo racism in your world and within yourself.

Aug 25 2020

21mins

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It's Hurricane Season. Here's How To Prepare To Evacuate

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The best planning for a hurricane happens in blue skies, not gray skies. This hurricane season, get your checklist ready so you're not caught in a bad situation.

Aug 24 2020

18mins

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Simple Steps to Smarter Investing, Even During COVID-19

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When COVID-19 began, the stock market fell off a cliff — leaving less experienced investors wondering, "should I sell to stop the pain!?" The answer, as it always is, was "NO!" The market has now come roaring back, and analysts are wondering, "Can it last, and should people sell stocks?" In this episode we talk to one of the best investors on the planet about the most successful approach to riding out stock market storms and beyond.

Aug 21 2020

23mins

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Braving Your Student Loan Payments

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The student loan system is confusing. Sometimes it can seem designed to make borrowers fail. But if you know how to navigate it, you're more likely to save money in the long run.

Aug 20 2020

28mins

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It's A Good Time To Save More. Here's How

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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. This episode explains how to make saving automatic and painless.

Aug 19 2020

15mins

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Your Plan To Become Debt-Free

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It's easy to get into debt, but harder to get out of it — especially if you don't have a plan. This episode offers strategies to help you pay off debt.

Aug 18 2020

27mins

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Budgeting Basics To Get You More Money

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Whether you're paying down credit cards or saving for daily necessities during COVID-19, the best place to start is with a budget. Some simple tools can help.

Aug 17 2020

21mins

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How To Make Sure Your Child Learns This School Year

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Families with children are in a serious bind. Whether you're looking for options for child care or need resources to keep your kid entertained, this episode will walk through some ideas to think about for this school year.

Aug 13 2020

15mins

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How To Vote By Mail: A Guide

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If you're planning on voting this fall — which you should be — you can probably mail in your ballot instead of voting in person. Here's how to do that.

Aug 11 2020

15mins

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Biking Is For Everyone. Here's How To Start

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Lots of people are buying bikes and hitting the road during the pandemic. So if you've thought about getting a bike, now's the time. In this episode, we'll talk about what you need to get started, and some strategies to stay safe.

Aug 10 2020

20mins

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iTunes Ratings

1674 Ratings
Average Ratings
1139
235
132
66
102

Much needed

By War2D2a - May 16 2020
Read more
Informative, helpful, and relevant. Thank you so much for this podcast!

A comfort

By Colshef - May 13 2020
Read more
My son now asks, “Can we listen to our friend Grover?” Thank you.