More Happier: Snow Monkeys in Hot Springs, Creative Types, Quality Screen Time—and a Question about Mr. Roarke

Something Making Us More Happier

  • Elizabeth: Before, the prospect of going on adventure was making her happier. Now, it’s being home.
  •  GretchenAdobe’s Creative Types Quiz to help you “Discover your creative personality.” I mention my Four Tendencies quiz, which divides people into Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels.

Quality Screen Time

I suggest watching the three-minute video from National Geographic, Meditative Snow Monkeys Hang Out in Hot Springs. It’s beautiful.

Elizabeth suggests the Netflix reality show Love Is Blind.

Spotlight on a Tool

A listener explained how she uses the Know Yourself Better Journal as a way to connect with her best friend.

Know Yourself Better Journal

I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You

Fantasy Island question: Why is Elena Roarke the grand-niece of Mr. Roarke? That’s such a specific choice.


Once in those very early days my brother brought into the nursery the lid of a biscuit tin which he had covered with moss and garnished with twigs and flowers so as to make it a toy garden or a toy forest. That was the first beauty I ever knew. What the real garden had failed to do, the toy garden did. It made me aware of nature—not, indeed, as a storehouse of forms and colors but as something cool, dewy, fresh, exuberant….As long as I live my imagination of Paradise will retain something of my brother’s toy garden.

– C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy (AmazonBookshop)

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