More Happier: House of the Dragon, Summer of Health—and What Makes a Great Sequel?

Something Making Us (More) Happier

  • Elizabeth: She’s been doing a good job controlling her blood sugar — part of her “Summer of Health.”
  • Gretchen: It’s the fifth anniversary of my book The Four Tendencies. Hard to believe! Don’t know whether you’re an Obliger, Questioner, Upholder, or Rebel? Take the free, quick quiz here.
Intersecting circles of the Four Tendencies

Quality Screen Time #1

We discuss the new HBO TV show, House of the Dragon. It’s a prequel to the blockbuster show Game of Thrones. I mention two podcasts that I love: Binge Mode: Game of Thrones and House of R. Elizabeth mentions Winter Is Crappening. If you’d like to listen to our bonus episode about Game of Thrones, it’s here.

Spotlight on a Tool

We talk about #Rest22in2022. Elizabeth is having a tough time resting; I’m enjoying my new nap schedule.

If you want a Rest Jump-start — a collection of tools that may help you get started or get back on track — you can get it here. Free.

Quality Screen Time #2

Elizabeth explains why she thinks the movie Top Gun: Maverick is a perfect sequel. We also discuss reboots and prequels.


I knew a wise guy who used to make fun of my painting, but he didn’t like the Abstract Expressionists either. He said they would be good painters if they could only keep the paint as good as it is in the can. And that’s what I tried to do. I tried to keep the paint as good as it was in the can.

— Frank Stella, 1964, quoted in Color Chart, Ann Temkin




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