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Podcast 26: Pick a One-Word Theme for the Year, Take the First Step–and Paper or Digital Calendar?


It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

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, 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 do you get started when you're terrified?"

Elizabeth’s Demerit: Elizabeth isn't doing the very simple steps that would clear up her blepharitis.

Gretchen's Gold Star: I give a gold star to my mother, for giving me my beloved Filofax. Here it is -- plus my binders of archived calendar page stretching back many, many years.

Very fun to have this record.

How about you? Paper calendar -- or digital? Weigh in!

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