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Each week, Alice Bradley and Jordan Calhoun of Lifehacker bring in all-star guests to tackle the stuff that matters—like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, how to be less bad with money and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath. Look, you're doing great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.

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    • Education
    • 4.6 • 27 Ratings

Each week, Alice Bradley and Jordan Calhoun of Lifehacker bring in all-star guests to tackle the stuff that matters—like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, how to be less bad with money and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath. Look, you're doing great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.

    How to Upgrade 2021, With Cool Tools’ Mark Frauenfelder and Kevin Kelly

    How to Upgrade 2021, With Cool Tools’ Mark Frauenfelder and Kevin Kelly

    This week we're learning about the tools and tech we need to upgrade our lives in 2021. Helping us are Mark Frauenfelder and Kevin Kelly—hosts of the Cool Tools podcast and the Cool Tools blog. Listen to hear Mark and Kevin's recommendations for what to get for the best work from home experience, their favorite new tech from 2020, and what they expect the future of work to look like post-pandemic.

    Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at upgrade@lifehacker.com. We want to hear from you!

    • 26 min
    How to Change Your Life Through the Power of Suggestion, With Science Journalist Erik Vance

    How to Change Your Life Through the Power of Suggestion, With Science Journalist Erik Vance

    This week we're learning about hypnosis, the placebo effect, and the ways we can use the power of suggestion to our advantage with help from science journalist Erik Vance. Listen to hear Erik discuss how the placebo effect works, the ways in which we may be able to use hypnosis to help us with various ailments and issues, and why the power of suggestion is a uniquely understudied area of research.

    Erik is a staff editor for the New York Times' Well section, and is the author of the book Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability o Deceive, Transform, and Heal.

    Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at upgrade@lifehacker.com. We want to hear from you!

    • 45 min
    How to Hack Happiness With Gretchen Rubin (RECAST)

    How to Hack Happiness With Gretchen Rubin (RECAST)

    Gretchen Rubin practically invented the concept of hacking your happiness. She's the author of The Happiness Project, host of the podcast Happier with Grethen Rubin, and for years has been exploring the good habits that bring joy to everyday life. She's here to chat about how we can get happy and stay that way. You can find the show notes and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow

    • 1 hr
    How to Get Over Yourself, With Mark Epstein (RECAST)

    How to Get Over Yourself, With Mark Epstein (RECAST)

    Author and psychiatrist Mark Epstein's books include Thoughts Without a Thinker, and Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart. His latest book, Advice Not Given, uses Buddhism's Noble Eightfold Path as a roadmap for spiritual and psychological growth. According to Mark, Buddhism and psychotherapy arrive at the same conclusion: when we give the ego free rein, we suffer, but when the ego learns to let go, we are free.

    Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at upgrade@lifehacker.com. We want to hear from you!

    • 39 min
    How to Get Your Kids Into Reading, With Alvin Irby

    How to Get Your Kids Into Reading, With Alvin Irby

    This week we're tackling the challenge of getting your kids more invested in books with comedian and social entrepreneur Alvin Irby. Listen to hear Alvin's advice on how to get your kids more interested in reading without rewards or punishment based on his own experience as a former teacher as well as through his work in his non-profit literacy project Barbershop Books.

    Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at upgrade@lifehacker.com. We want to hear from you!

    • 45 min
    How to Start 2021 Off Right, With Charles Duhigg

    How to Start 2021 Off Right, With Charles Duhigg

    This week we're getting advice on how to make our New Year's resolutions stick with help from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg. Listen to hear Charles share multiple science-backed strategies we can use to enhance habit formation, and how mental models can help us achieve our goals.

    Charles is the author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, and Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity, and is also the host of the podcast How To! With Charles Duhigg.

    Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at upgrade@lifehacker.com. We want to hear from you!

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Mon1234456778 ,

Upgrading my life

The upgrade is an enjoyable and funny podcast that provides educational information to help you grow. I love that they each share their upgrade for the week, this makes me motivated to encorporate something into my life and provides cool apps and habits that I hadn't previously thought about.

Will Mince Em ,

Best podcast ever!

I listen to a heap of podcasts and this is by far my favourite. I have implemented so many tips from the show into my life and find them really helpful.

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Favourite Podcast

Lifehacker is the podcast that started me listening to podcasts, and you guys talk about really great stuff. Nice to break up all the tech news with some other interesting stuff too :)

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