Podcast 96: Set Your “Holiday Intention,” the Fun of Making Graham-Cracker Houses, and the Problem of Holiday Shared Work.

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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.

Don't forget: Elizabeth's young-adult book Flower is ready for pre-order!

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