It’s time for the next installment of Happier with Gretchen Rubin.
Elizabeth's young-adult book Flower is ready for pre-order! As promised, here's the cover. It sounds so good, I can't wait to read it! (In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm thinking--why didn't Elizabeth send me an advanced copy? I need to remind her.)
To start the new year in a happier way, we’re doing a fun project on Instagram. Every day, for the month of January, Elizabeth and I will post a photo on Instagram of something that makes us happier (by giving us a boost, helping us stick to good habits, reminding us to feel grateful, etc.). Join in! Use the hashtag #Happier2017 and tag us — I’m @gretchenrubin and Elizabeth is @lizcraft.
Try This at Home: Set your holiday intention; in other words, figure out what you intend to get from your holiday experience.
Happiness Hack: To make a graham-cracker house, you build the "house" out of graham cracker sheets, use tub frosting to glue it together, let dry for several hours--then cover the house with frosting and decorate with candy, sprinkles, pretzels, marshmallows, licorice, etc. So easy, so fun!
Happiness Stumbling Block: During the holidays, shared work can become a problem. (Here's my post about shared work, which is one of my all-time favorite posts.)
Listener Question: Jenny asks, "I'm a librarian, and I want to give gifts to my volunteers -- but I don't have a big budget. Any ideas?"
Demerit: Once again, I left my gift-buying too late. I knew what I should do, but I just didn't do it.
Gold Star: Elizabeth gives a gold star to her in-laws for making handmade tamales each year. It's a lot of work, and they do it each year.
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