I'm actually on vacation, but am making a brief appearance to post about this episode.
Update: Elizabeth records live from her treadmill desk Which we've discussed many times, including in the very first episode. Can you hear it whirring softly in the background?
In episode 24, I asked people to weigh in about a huge, life-changing decision I have to make: Should my family get a dog? We heard from so many people -- it has been fascinating, and so helpful. You can listen to what people had to say in a montage of opinions. Also check happierpodcastdogs.tumblr.com, to read people's comments and see the photos of people's adorable dogs. Thanks, listeners -- and keep those insights coming.
Try This at Home: Pick a one-word theme for the year -- the school year, that is. For Elizabeth and me, September is the other New Year. If you're interested in this subject, I write more about it in Happier at Home.
Call us to let us know what one-word theme (or short phrase) you choose. It's so interesting to hear what people pick.
Better Than Before Habits Strategy: The Strategy of First Steps. Practically always, the best time to begin is now. We need to resist "tomorrow logic," which is the fantasy that everything will be easier--tomorrow.
Important note, in this episode, I misspoke, because I casually said that it would be tough to start a new habit when you were in the middle of moving -- actually, that's a great time to start a new habit, because of the Strategy of the Clean Slate. Stay tuned to hear more about that!
Listener Questioner: "I'm an anxious procrastinator...how do you get started when you're terrified?"
Very fun to have this record.
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