Update: Our listener Allison suggests something else to bring to the office to spread cheer, if you don't want to be the "evil donut-bringer"
Ever since I wrote Happier at Home, I've been obsessed with the sense of smell.
Happiness Hack: As a travel hack, Jenny suggests buying postcards as mementos of vacations and trips. They're easy and cheap to buy, easy to pack, relieve you of the pressure to take photos, fun to choose, and by writing a short paragraph on the back, serve as a great reminder of trip highlights.
Before and After Story: Our listener "N" has lost more than 200 pounds without surgery using various strategies from Better Than Before, my book about habit change. In particular, the Strategies of Monitoring, Foundation, Scheduling, Accountability, Abstaining, Convenience, Distractions, Loop-hold Spotting, Rewards, Treats, and Pairing.
A huge accomplishment!
N. mentions that she's an Obliger -- something that's very important to know if you're trying to change your habits. If you want to find out if you're an Obliger, Upholder, Questioner, or Rebel, take the free quiz here (more than 1.3 million people have taken it).
Gretchen's Demerit: I'm such a know-it-all!
Elizabeth's Gold Star: Elizabeth gives a gold star to the site MyIntent.org, where she ordered key-chains with her one-word themes for 2018: "Control" and "Expand."
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