Podcast 136: Don’t Let Yourself Fall into “Empty,” Another Use for a Smartphone, and Dealing with Photo Anxiety.

Try This at Home

Don’t let yourself fall into “empty.” Literally and figuratively. Don’t let ourselves get too hungry or under-slept, or run out of gas, cash, printer paper, toilet paper, batteries, medicine, and so on. It creates unnecessary stress or hassle. This is a particular challenge for under-buyers. If you want to learn more about under-buyers and over-buyers, the quiz is here

Happiness Hack

Use the camera on your smartphone as a temporary memory aid. For grocery items, parking spots, posted information, invitations, etc. Sometimes, I even take a photo of my handwritten Filofax page, in a combination of old and new technology.

Happiness Stumbling Block

Photo anxiety. Yikes! Managing photos, taking photos, taking too many photos, and so on. As much fun as photographs are, they’re a lot to deal with. I mention that I use Shutterfly to make physical albums out of digital photos. On the question of how taking photographs affects our experience, check out the study “How Taking Photos Increases Enjoyment of Experiences.” 

Listener Question

Anonymous asks, “I’m a Questioner, and my best friend is a Rebel. He doesn’t want to make plans. How do you get a Rebel to plan ahead?”

If you want to take the Quiz to tell you whether you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel, it’s here. Or to learn even more, buy The Four Tendencies book. 

Elizabeth’s Demerit

Elizabeth gives herself a demerit for not washing her face properly every night.

Gretchen’s Gold Star

My mother-in-law, who is a great gift-giver, gave me a necklace with a “4” charm, to celebrate the publication of The Four Tendencies. So fun, and a great memento!

Free Resources

  1. To find resources about the Four Tendencies framework, you can check my website — scroll down here. You’ll see the Flash Evaluation, the Nutshell Guide, guide to habit strategies, Discussion Guides for groups, a sample chapter, and one-pagers for using the Four Tendencies at work, at home, and in life.
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