It’s time for the next installment of Happier with Gretchen Rubin.
Update: Elizabeth got great advice from listeners about how to organize her jewelry.
Try This at Home: Our listener Kelly suggested “planning a secret date.”
We mention the discussion we had way back in episode 3, about the “evil donut-bringer.”
Happiness Hack: Listen to podcasts at 1.5x speed to get more listening done — or if it’s going too fast, you can slow it down. Not sure how to change your settings? Instructions here.
Interview: The brilliant Susan Cain is the author of Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and the founder of the “Quiet Revolution.” She also did a podcast series that focused on giving parents and teachers tools to help quiet kids.
If you want to watch Susan’s super-popular TED talk, it’s here. More than sixteen million people have watched it.
Demerit: When I got a new laptop, instead of taking the time to work with it for a few minutes while I had an expert there to help me, I didn’t do it. And now everything on my screen is too small, and I don’t know how to fix it.
Gold Star: Elizabeth gives a gold star to nature, because of all the rain recently in L.A.
Bonus Gold Star for listeners, I’d be curious to hear: What are you doing when you listen to our podcast?
As I mentioned, I have a coloring book coming out soon (!); you can check out The Happiness Project Mini Posters: 20 Hand-Lettered Quotes to Pull Out and Frame.
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Want a new podcast to listen to, with the same vibe as Happier? The Onward Project is the family of podcasts that I’ve launched, for podcasts that are about “your life–made better.” The first shows are Side Hustle School and Radical Candor. Elizabeth’s show with her writing partner, Sarah Fain, will be Happier in Hollywood, so stay tuned for that.