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Podcast 167: Be a Tourist in Your Own Home, Deep Dive into the “Season of Stress,” and How to Keep an Empty Shelf in Your Smartphone.


Update: Many listeners had their own great names for a "Power Down Weekend." My favorite is a "Templeton Day," after the pleasure-loving rat in the brilliant children's book, Charlotte's Web.

Mother's Day in the U.S. is May 13. If you're looking for a gift for a mother in your life, or you need a suggestion for a gift to receive, may I of my books? The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, the One-Sentence Journal for Mothers, and the coloring book strike me as especially appropriate for Mother's Day.

Or my brand new Four Tendencies video course! It's only available until May 9. Or a Four Tendencies mug!

Try This at Home: Be a tourist in your own home. (The photo shows the tubs on Elizabeth's new garage shelves.)

Happiness Hack: Create an "empty shelf" in your smart phone.

I write about my physical empty shelf in my book Happier at Home, and I also did "A Little Happier" about it--you can listen here.
Deep Dive: Listeners gave their suggestions about dealing with a Season of Stress, an idea we discussed in episode 163.
Gretchen's Demerit: I didn't prepare ahead of time for the "Learn and Optimize" meeting to evaluate my website re-design. No deposit, no return.

Elizabeth's Gold Star: She gives a gold star to the other second-grade mothers who encouraged her to try hard to attend the class outing to Las Vegas -- and to herself for going.
Don't miss the special bonus "button" at the very end of the episode. (Hint: It's a passage from Anne Lamott's Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year.)


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