Very Special Episode, Holiday edition! Don’t miss the bonus at the end of the episode, when Elizabeth’s son Jack recites a holiday poem.
Update: Elizabeth and I talk about how we divide up our holidays.
Listener Try This at Home: We asked everyone, “What’s your Try This at Home for staying happier, healthier, and more productive over the holidays? We got so many great answers.
One listener suggested reading my post about “8 tips for dealing with difficult relatives during holidays.”
I mention being an under-buyer. Want to read about under-buyer vs. over-buyer?
Questioner for Listeners: We also asked, “What’s the thing that’s the essential element of the holiday for you?” For instance, for Elizabeth, the essential element of Thanksgiving is stuffing — and the hanging-out time.
Elizabeth’s Demerit: Elizabeth has non-functioning twinkle lights dangling off her house.
Gretchen’s Gold Star: I gave a gold star to our mother, who gave me a pre-assembled set of holiday decorations for Halloween. See photo! And note that although tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I still haven’t put away our Halloween decorations.
Call for comments, questions, observations!
In a few weeks, we’re going to do a round-up episode on the Four Tendencies. We’ve had so many great comments from listeners, so we want to highlight some responses — and we want more. In particular, we want to throw out a few questions.
How does your career align with your Tendency, for better or worse?
If you use the Four Tendencies at work — you’re a doctor, a teacher, a manager — how do use them?
How does your Tendency influence your relationship with your sweetheart?
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