More Happier: Happiness of Hiking, a Big Announcement & Can You Make Yourself Interested?


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Something Making Us (More) Happier

Elizabeth and Gretchen: We’re both very excited about our upcoming hiking trip in England. We’re partnering with Wilderness England to go on a guided adventure through Northumberland and the Lake District in July.

I watched Rick Steves’s documentary on the area and am planning to re-read The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (Amazon, Bookshop).

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

I revealed that I’ve decided to do some major project related to the empty nest/open door phase of life. I’ve mentioned this idea before; now it’s really happening.

Spotlight on a Tool

If you’d like help designing your ideal summer, check out the Spin the Wheel tool in the Happier app. Throughout June, you’ll get three fun prompts per day to inspire your perfect summer plans. But don’t wait—this feature ends on July 1st. Download the app at and share your summer adventures using #DesignYourSummer.

I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You

We discuss my desire to take an interest in something—such as sports or the Real Housewives—that creates interesting, ongoing news and discussion. Can we make ourselves get interested in some lighthearted subject?

I mention two of my favorite podcasts, Binge Mode and Backlisted.


It is not travel and adventure that make a full life. There are adventures of the spirit and one can travel in books and interest oneself in people.

—Listening Valley, D. E. Stevenson (Amazon, Bookshop




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