Podcast 275: Choose a Magic Number, How an Ironing Board Can Make Working from Home Easier, and a Pandemic-Time Question to Ask Yourself.

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Attention book-lovers! The latest book for our “Happier Podcast Book Club” is The Dutch House, the brilliant, page-turning novel by Ann Patchett. We’ll be talking with her on July 8th, so dive in and send us your questions by posting to social media using the hashtag #happierpodcastbookclub. And follow me on Goodreads to join the discussion there!

If you'd like to use this time to learn more about the Four Tendencies, my Four Tendencies Course is on sale for $25 (75% off). (This is a huge discount, which I've never done before and will probably never do again.) The price will go up on June 1. 

Speaking of the Four Tendencies, we're going to do a Very Special Episode of questions and answers about the Four Tendencies. So ask your questions in the comments or on social media.

Don't know what your Tendency is? Take the quiz to find out if you're an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel, take the quiz here.

Try This at Home: Choose a magic number.

A listener suggested that choosing a magic number can eliminate decision-fatigue and help us create structure and order.

Happiness Hack: To create a standing desk for working at home, use an ironing board.

Bonus: you can also use an ironing board to create more counter space in a hotel room.

Know Yourself Better: What’s your approach: to cut yourself more slack, or have more expectations for yourself?

It's one of my aphorisms: We can accept ourselves, and expect more from ourselves.

During this time, we can show compassion for ourselves, and we can also look for ways to make it possible to grow.

Listener Question: This week, rather than discuss a question, we discuss an email from a listener, about how creating a manifesto is helping her to get through these difficult, uncertain times.

Gretchen's Demerit: Unlike the other members of my family, I make no effort to look nice for the day.

Elizabeth's Gold Star: Elizabeth gives Adam a gold star for tackling their frustrating internet situation.


Resources:

  •  If you want to use this time to learn more about yourself using my Four Tendencies video course, I’m offering an extreme discount price of only $25 (75% off the normal price). The price goes up on June 1, so if you're interested, register now. If you purchase before June 1, you’ll also get access to the live “Ask Me Anything” call scheduled that day.
  • The latest book for our “Happier Podcast Book Club” is The Dutch House, the brilliant, page-turning novel by Ann Patchett. We’ll be talking with her on July 8th, so dive in and send us your questions by posting to social media using the hashtag #happierpodcastbookclub. And follow me on Goodreads to join the discussion there!

Quote From the Podcast

We can accept ourselves, and expect more from ourselves.
Gretchen Rubin

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