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Invest in your identities—with your time, money, energy, and relationships. We get out of things what we put into them. I mention my episode of “A Little Happier” about my identity as a reader.
This hack tackles the familiar problem of the evil donut-bringer in the workplace. As a new boss, this listener made the rule that people could bring sweets to the office, but they had to keep them at their own desks. She reports: No one has brought sweets yet!
Listeners gave many thoughtful, helpful suggestions about how to help someone go through chemotherapy—a question raised by a listener in episode 214. Chemotherapy is a real challenge, so it was terrific to hear so many concrete ideas about how to help. One listener mentioned using the site Bonfire to order t-shirts or hoodies that express support.
Repeat demerit! Elizabeth didn’t make a plan for their family spring break.
Gretchen’s Gold Star
The Open Culture website is a terrific source for all kinds of free materials. A true treasure trove.
- Like me, do you love to read? Are you looking for reading ideas? Every month, I share a post with a list of every book I read that month at gretchenrubin.com/blog. Or, if you sign up for my “book recommendations” newsletter, you’ll receive the post in your email inbox.
- Are you thinking ahead about Mother’s Day gifts? Most of my books make great gifts for the mother in your life, and The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal for Mothers is particularly suited to Mother’s Day. Visit gretchenrubin.com/books or pick up a copy at your favorite bookstore.