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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. Want another life hack? Try Life Kit+. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks an exclusive sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/lifekit.

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. Want another life hack? Try Life Kit+. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks an exclusive sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/lifekit.

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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. Want another life hack? Try Life Kit+. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks an exclusive sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/lifekit.

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Episodes

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

10/3/2022
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.

Duration:00:17:13

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

10/1/2022
Psychotherapist David Defoe offers advice to a letter writer who is concerned about how to help their grieving father.

Duration:00:10:58

What to do when driving during flood conditions

9/29/2022
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.

Duration:00:11:24

When something feels personal, here's how to cope

9/27/2022
It can be destabilizing when we hear a comment that feels like a personal attack. But instead of getting too lost in rumination and hurt, there are ways to slow down and gain clarity. On this episode of Life Kit, tips on how to cope when things feel personal.

Duration:00:23:18

When it comes to parenting, lead with connection

9/26/2022
Psychologist Becky Kennedy, author of the new book "Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be," urges parents to spend more time raising thoughtful humans instead of fixing their behavior.

Duration:00:19:57

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

9/24/2022
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.

Duration:00:11:39

How much water does your body really need?

9/22/2022
Experts bust myths about hydration, from drinking eight glasses of water a day to using the color of your pee as an indicator for dehydration.

Duration:00:20:37

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

9/20/2022
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!

Duration:00:26:34

How to start a new job

9/19/2022
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.

Duration:00:17:02

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

9/17/2022
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.

Duration:00:10:05

How to counteract common thinking traps

9/15/2022
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?

Duration:00:18:38

A friendship expert shares the science of making and keeping friends

9/13/2022
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.

Duration:00:21:40

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

9/12/2022
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?

Duration:00:09:21

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

9/10/2022
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.

Duration:00:10:54

How to gamify your exercise routine

9/8/2022
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.

Duration:00:19:15

3 tips for talking to your Latinx parents about mental health

9/6/2022
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.)

Duration:00:23:41

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

9/5/2022
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.

Duration:00:15:11

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

9/3/2022
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.

Duration:00:13:16

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

9/2/2022
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.

Duration:00:24:32

The sex ed most queer students never got

8/30/2022
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.)

Duration:00:23:52