More Happier: Hosting a Holiday, Reducing Food Waste, Embracing Audiobooks, and Tech That Actually Helps

Something Making Us (More) Happier 

  • Elizabeth: Hosting the family Christmas. Also, Season Two of Fantasy Island premiers on January 2.
  • Gretchen: Google Maps.


I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

I figured out how to harness the power of audiobooks! Now I love listening to my favorite works of children’s literature.

Spotlight on a Tool

My daughter Eliza recommends the app Too Good to Go. It connects customers to restaurants and stores that have surplus unsold food.

Happiness Lesson from the Real Housewives

To elevate a trip, event, or occasion, give it a name, like “Wine Weekend – Napa 2023.”

Quotation

Can any man say with certainty that he was happy at a particular moment of time which he remembers as being delightful? Remembering it certainly makes him happy, because he realizes how happy he could have been, but at the actual moment when the alleged happiness was occurring, did he really feel happy? He was like a man owning a piece of ground in which, unknown to himself, a treasure lay buried. You would not call such a man rich, neither would I call happy the man who is so without realizing it. Diary of Eugene Delacroix (Amazon, Bookshop)

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