Try This at Home
Always leave some extra room in the suitcase. Literally and figuratively. In my book Happier at Home
, I write about how much I love my empty shelf. If you want to see that empty shelf, watch here
at minute 6:45.
Stephanie suggests using The New York Times
product-review website The Wirecutter
when deciding what to buy. Stephanie is a Questioner, and she relies on The Wirecutter
when she feels herself falling into analysis-paralysis. If you want to take the Quiz to tell you whether you’re a Questioner
like Stephanie, or an Upholder
like me, an Obliger
like Elizabeth, or a Rebel
like Chris Guillebeau of “Side Hustle School
,” it’s here
. Or to learn even more, buy The Four Tendencies
Happiness Stumbling Block
For many people, having to make a toast — like a wedding toast — is a big happiness stumbling block.
Some toast-making tips: prepare in advance; don’t drink too much; remember that the toast is meant to celebrate someone else; for a wedding toast, talk about both members of a couple; and just do give a toast, even if it’s short and simple.
Maya asks, “If I don’t want to be my office’s evil donut-bringer, what else might I bring to share with my co-workers?” Some ideas: a fun, unusual drink like Fresca or LaCroix; boxes of coffee-to-go from Starbucks; a puzzle; a set of word magnets; festive holiday decorations.
Elizabeth isn’t using her home treadmill, because the TV in that room is broken. We talk about the Strategy of Pairing
, which I discuss in Better Than Before
, my book about habit change.
Gretchen’s Gold Star
I’m obsessed with the subject of color, and I love watching the videos that show people putting on Enchroma
glasses that allow them to see true color for the first time; these glasses correct for red-green color-blindness. Imagine seeing a new color as an adult! To see a mash-up of these videos, watch this fascinating CNBC clip
- Want to learn how to harness the strengths of your Tendency to change your habits? Download the PDF here to get the one-pager on changing habits for Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, or Rebels.
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