Gretchen Rubin

Podcast 195: Do Something Scary, the Challenge of Planning Holiday Visits, and Dealing with Earbud Dilemmas.

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The Happiness Project spotted in the airport

Update: My husband has sending me photos from various airports where he has spotted The Happiness Project Tenth Anniversary Edition—very exciting to have it out in the world!

What a joy it has been to work on this book, for all ten years! If you're planning to give a copy of the book as a gift, you may want to request a personalized, free bookplate to put in it, or request a bookplate for yourself. Sign up here. U.S. and Canada only, I'm afraid—mailing costs.

Elizabeth and team are almost done shooting The Fix! A huge milestone for a TV show. If you're curious to hear more about the process of making a television show, listen to Happier in HollywoodElizabeth's other podcast, with her writing partner Sarah Fain.

Try This at Home: Do something scary.

Eleanor, my father, and Eliza at Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure

We discuss Elizabeth Bernstein's piece in the Wall Street Journal: “Using Fear to Break Out of a Funk.”

I mentioned Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure in Kansas City. Scary, challenging, and fun.

Happiness Hack: Instead of asking your children to make a "wish list" for gifts, ask them to make a "likes list."

Happiness Stumbling Block: We discuss the challenges of cellphone etiquette. Using smartphones and earbuds is still such a new behavior that it's not clear what's polite—and what's not. Elizabeth is naturally more considerate than I am, so I peppered her with questions that have been puzzling me.

Listener Question: A listener asks how to keep Thanksgiving a pleasant holiday, when she and her husband, new parents of a four-month-old, have to divide their time among four sets of parents.

Adam and Jack at the Spartan Race

Gretchen's Demerit: I've been talking and writing about the value of holiday breakfasts for years! It's a section of my book Happier at Home, and I've blogged about it, and we've talked about it here on the podcast. And I utterly forgot to do a holiday breakfast for Halloween this year. It never even crossed my mind, until days later.

Elizabeth's  Gold Star: Elizabeth gives a gold star to her husband Adam and other parents at Jack's school for challenging themselves to complete the grueling Spartan Race.


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