Update: If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while, you may remember that last year, for Labor Day, we discussed #HappierLaborDay. And we’re doing it again this year. Just as Valentine’s Day is a day to think about romantic relationships, and New Year’s Day is a day to think about what goals for the upcoming year, we can use Labor Day as a day to think about our own labor.
Of course, we can reflect on this question at any time—yes, Questioners, Labor Day is an arbitrary date—but it's a Secret of Adulthood that something that can be done at any time is often done at no time.
As I write about in my book Happier at Home, for many of us, September is the other January. It feels like a fresh new start to the year, and a good time to re-evaluate. So it’s helpful to have an external prompt to ask ourselves, "What could I do to make my work life happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative?
Post your ideas, questions, reflections about using “Labor Day” as a catalyst here in the comments, or post to #HappierLaborDay.
Try This at Home: Get rid of your wart—literally or metaphorically. Not our most poetically worded try-this-at-home!
One of my favorite quotations, from Samuel Johnson is: "There is nothing, Sir, too little for a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible."
Happiness Hack: This hack comes from my daughter Eliza. If you're wondering if an internet site is down, or if it's a problem just for you, go to the site: downforeveryoneorjustme.com (the shortcut URL is isup.me).
Know Yourself Better: What kind of social activities make you feel most connected to other people?
Listener Question: Leslie asks whether Elizabeth can turn off her professional TV-writer brain and just enjoy watching TV, or whether she's always analyzing what she's watching.
Gretchen's Demerit: I had a very difficult time staying flexible when my travel plans had to change, because of bad weather.
I think my challenge might be an aspect of my Upholderness. Don't know if you're an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel? Take the quick, free quiz here.
Elizabeth's Gold Star: Elizabeth gives herself a gold star for taking advantage of summer in L.A.—she bought tickets so that she and Adam went to a show at the Greek Theater. She mentions episode 114 of Happier in Hollywood, when she and Sarah talked about why we should "make plans immediately."
- The audio-book of my short, unconventional biography of Winston Churchill, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, is now available on Audible and Apple Books.
- I recently shared my Outer Order, Inner Calm Manifesto on Instagram, and many people wanted a copy to print out and display. If you want one, visit gretchenrubin.com/resources and download the free PDF to remind you of some simple ideas to help create and maintain outer order.
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