More Happier: The Happiness of Grabbing a Dishtowel, a Clutter-Clearing Triumph, and Getting Quality Screen Time

Something Making Us (More) Happier

  • Elizabeth: Jack is studying hard for his exams—it’s his first time taking finals.
  • Gretchen: I had the foresight to keep a dishtowel in my office, so when I spilled coffee, I was able to clean it up before it made a real mess.

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

I had a moment of clutter-clearing triumph! If, like me, you get a lift from clearing clutter, check out my book Outer Order, Inner Calm.

Here’s a photo of the shelf I cleared off:


Spotlight on a Tool

This month, the Happier app will feature fresh insights and practical ideas to help you tap in to the power of the senses to live a richer, happier life. 

Each week, you’ll find self-knowledge questions, tips to boost your creativity and productivity using your senses, fun challenges, and audio clips from my new book, Life in Five Senses. The Happier app is free to download and use.

Quality Screen Time

Go see a movie in a movie theater.


It showed me one thing that being an adult meant. You were no longer limited to observing the world: Now you could join it. Instead of just being a fan of things you loved, you could get inside them. You could make them yourself. —Empty, Susan Burton (Amazon, Bookshop)




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