385: Keep a Commonplace Book, Hacks for Headache and Parents, and Preventing Interruptions

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Keep a commonplace book. In a commonplace book, people can keep track of anything to remember: quotations, anecdotes, observations, information—anything. I mention my free, daily Moment of Happiness quotation newsletter. Sign up here. The Happier app also features quotations. I love collecting and sharing quotations. 

We quote from Laura Equivel’s Like Water for Chocolate (AmazonBookshop): “Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.”

Happiness Hack

Whatever the situation, remind yourself it’s for now. “My baby is a really good sleeper…for now.”

Bonus hack

After hearing us talk about the “boo-boo bear” ice pack, a reader recommended the “headache hat” with an ice pack as a great way to treat a headache or migraine.

Know Yourself Better

A listener suggested paying attention to the circumstances that leave you feeling energized or drained. I mention the Happier app, which has tools for tracking and observing. I mention the Rest Jump-Start, which includes a handy daily energy tracker.

Listener Question

A listener asks how to stop her husband from interrupting her. Suggestions welcome!

Demerits & Gold Stars

  • Gretchen’s Demerit: Once again, I’ve let my office get messy even though that makes me feel more stressed out.
  • Elizabeth’s Gold Star: She gives a gold star to all the listeners who send Corgi images, product links, websites, gifs, all things Corgi.


  • Creativity jump-start: To be happy, it’s valuable to live in an atmosphere of growth—and creativity is an aspect of growth. If you’d like to live a more creative life, click here. I’ve curated a collection of tools, including a fun SMS challenge, a downloadable creativity bingo card, and more.
  • Super-fans list: As a Super-fan, you’ll be the first to get a look at new projects, tools, and features. Recently, I shared reading recommendations for favorite books about happiness within the Super-Fan group. How I appreciate the support and enthusiasm of the Super-Fans! Sign up here.

What we’re reading

  • Elizabeth: How to Win the Batchelor by Chad Kultgen and Lizzy Pace (AmazonBookshop)
  • Gretchen: Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (AmazonBookshop)



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