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Try This at Home: Have something to look forward to.
Happiness Hack: I love my travel “Bowl of Requirement,” the bowl where we keep everything important when we’re not at home.
Know Yourself Better: Have you ever been made angry or upset by a well-intentioned gift? The line I quote from Andy Warhol comes from The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again): “You can never predict what little things in the way somebody looks or talks or acts will set off peculiar emotional reactions in other people.”
Listener Question: Elizabeth asks, “How can I stick to my writing goal of writing a novel in November, with NaNoWriMo?” You can also read about this technique in Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. I write about my own experience of writing a novel in a month in The Happiness Project. Want to take the quiz, to see which of the Four Tendencies describes you? It’s here.
Elizabeth’s Demerit: Elizabeth hasn’t adjusted her sleep schedule for the school year.
If you want to watch that clip from the movie School of Rock, about demerits, it’s here at about 1:35.
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