Gretchen Rubin

Story: Why Am I Living in New York City?

This week’s video story: If this is how I spend my time, why am I living in New York City?


I ask myself, "Why am I living in New York City?" but the message is the same no matter where a person might live. We should always make the most of our time! Which, of course, includes watching re-reruns on TV if that's what I really want to do.

Here's a link to the extraordinarily powerful public-service announcement that I mention, made by Yul Brynner, released after he died, about quitting smoking.

This story reminds me of one of my favorite resolutions from Happier at Home: Be a tourist in my own neighborhood. Also, take tourist photos of my own romance (photos included!).

[time passes]

Speaking of public-service announcements, I just spent too long watching several "Don't Mess with Texas" PSAs, sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation, that are described in Chip and Dan Heath's book, Made to Stick. Brilliant.

How about you? Have you ever seen a public-service announcement that stuck with you for years?

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