Video: Make Something By Hand.

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This week’s resolution is to Make something by hand.


The opposite of a profound truth is also true, and while it’s enormously satisfying to make something by hand, software engineer guru Frederick Brooks points out that it’s also satisfying to work in a medium—like computer programming or poetry—that is “only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff.” Both are satisfying!

As I confessed in the video, I’m searching for something to make by hand, myself. I feel the lack of this element in my life, but haven’t figured out what activity might satisfy it. Any suggestions for something satisfying to make by hand? — and it has to be something simple. Knitting, say, is way beyond my capacity. Maybe I should return to pomander balls.

From 2006 through 2014, as she wrote The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, Gretchen chronicled her thoughts, observations, and discoveries on The Happiness Project Blog.






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