467: Treat Yourself Like a Professor, Subscribe to Newsletters, and Ideas for the “Write Way”


Due to the enthusiasm for my new “Habits for Happiness” quiz, I’m offering a workshop on how to put your new habit into place. Join on February 29 to spend part of your Leap Day figuring out how to boost your happiness in 2024.

Try This at Home

Treat yourself like a professor — the next in our series, along with treat yourself like a toddler, treat yourself like a puppy, and treat yourself like a teenager.

Happiness Hack

The opposite of a profound truth is also true.

It’s a happiness-booster to unsubscribe to newsletters, and it’s a happiness-booster to subscribe to newsletters.

The “Write” Way 

We share tips, resources, and ideas from listeners who are joining in the 2024 annual challenge of “Write 24 in 24.”

Read more about “Write 24 in ’24” here.

Listen to us discuss the challenge in episode 461.

In the segment, we mention…

Listener Answer

Take the Habits for Happiness” quiz to get a personalized answer to the question: “What’s the next new habit that will make me happier?”

After you take the quiz, I’d love to know whether your answer rings true for you, and what you’re doing, once you get your answer. Let me know!

Demerits & Gold Stars

Gretchen’s Demerit: I wasn’t dressing warmly enough for the winter weather.

 Elizabeth’s Gold Star: Elizabeth gives a gold star to her husband Adam, who realized that they could donate most of their son Jack’s art supplies, and in that way, free up much-needed cabinet space.


Check out the Aims Workshop. Spend your Leap Day thinking about how to tackle a habit that will boost your happiness in 2024. 

 What We’re Reading

  • Elizabeth: The Big Short by Michael Lewis (Amazon, Bookshop
  • Gretchen: Humanize: A Maker’s Guide to Designing Our Cities by Thomas Heatherwick (Amazon, Bookshop

Transcript coming soon. 

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