More Happier: Lucky Calendar Dates, the “Wrong-Shoe Theory,” and How to Have a Christmas-Movie Month

Something Making Us (More) Happier

  • Gretchen: This episode airs on 11/11, and I get a big kick out of special dates like that.

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

Elizabeth describes the “wrong-shoe theory” by stylist Allison Bornstein.

You can read the Vogue article here.

Spotlight on a Tool

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Happier in Action

A listener explains that she’ll be spending her birthday month by living a “Christmas Movie Life.” She explains, “Each day I will do something you might see in a Hallmark Christmas movie.”


I can recall in my childhood the continuous excitement of long days in which nothing happened; and an indescribable sense of fullness in large and empty rooms. And with whatever I retain of childishness…I still feel a very strong and positive pleasure in being stranded in queer quiet places, in neglected corners where nothing happens and anything may happen; in unfashionable hotels, in empty waiting-rooms, or in watering-places out of the season. It seems as if we needed such places, and sufficient solitude in them, to let certain nameless suggestions soak into us and make a richer soil of the unconscious. —G. K. Chesterton, “On the Thrills of Boredom”




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