More Happier: The Joy of Watching Movies as a Family, the Power of Music from the Past, and How to Fight Right

Something Making Us More Happier

Selfie of Gretchen Rubin in front of icelandic waterfall

Happiness Lessons from the Real Housewives

Elizabeth points out how the Housewives are able to argue, then put aside their differences and work together. “Can we move forward? I’d like to move forward with you.”

I mention one of my favorite TV shows, The Wire.

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  • the “5 Things Making Me Happy” weekly email (spoiler alert, it’s about five things making me happy)
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Quality Screen Time

I highly recommend The Nostalgia Machine website; you enter a year, and the site suggests a list of top songs to click on to listen.


We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited. Growing up in Soweto, our dream was to put another room on our house. Maybe have a driveway. Maybe, someday, a cast-iron gate at the end of the driveway. Because that is all we knew. But the highest rung of what’s possible is far beyond the world you can see. My mother showed me what was possible. The thing that always amazed me about her life was that no one showed her. No one chose her. She did it on her own. She found her way through sheer force of will.

— Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (AmazonBookshop)




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