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Podcast 208: Beware the “Endowment Effect” When Clearing Clutter and a Deep Dive into One-Word Themes.


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Try This at Home: When clearing clutter, beware the "endowment effect."

Happiness Hack: Challenge yourself to wear a different outfit every day, as a way to make better use of what you have and to identify what you want to give away.

Deep Dive into One-Word Themes for 2019: After our discussion in episode 201, we loved hearing listeners' one-word themes for the year.

Some thought-provoking choices include: "Worth," "War," "Okay," "Action," "Easier," "Dream," "Reduce," "Simplify," "Voice," "Habits," "Learn," and "Fit."

We mention Chris Guillebeau's Side Hustle School podcast—he's part of the Onward Project.

If you want to take the Four Tendencies quiz, it's here.

Elizabeth's Demerit: Although she's had a little down time at work, she hasn't gone to the mindfulness class at Jack's school—even though she knows it's very valuable.

Gretchen's Gold Star: I love Marie Kondo's new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I have so many thoughts! Her book is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.


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