The Lesson: Do you know the Five Love Languages? Each of us have specific ways with which we show our love, and want to be loved in return. Do you prefer Acts of Service, or Words of Affirmation, or Physical Touch? It is also equally important to know how our partners express their love. If a couple’s preferences are incompatible, there are still ways to satisfy each other’s needs—and this example-rich podcast will not only leave you eager to improve your romantic relationships, but also family ties and friendships.

Notable Excerpt: “Pay attention to what other people do. These are clues to what their Love Language is. We must learn to speak the other person’s language (because) love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself. It’s about understanding yourself, but really understanding the other person, too.”

The Host: Dubbed a “Happiness Guru”, best-selling author Gretchen Rubin started her career in law and was clerking at the Supreme Court when she realized she wanted to be a writer. To date, the Manhattan-based speaker has written several biographies, self-help guides, and indexes on the happiest places and practices in the world.

Podcast: Her top-ranking, award-winning podcast, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” which discusses happiness and good habits.

Books: Rubin is the author of “The Happiness Project”, which spent two years on the New York Times bestsellers list. Her books, including “The Four Tendencies”, “Happier at Home”, and “Better Than Before”, have sold almost three million copies worldwide in more than thirty languages.

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