Podcast 82: Make a To-Do List (or a Could-Do List), Why Your Identity Matters for Your Habits — and Gift Bags.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

Try This at Home

Make a to-do list, or a could-do list.

Happiness Hack

Our listener Carolyn suggests that if you constantly run out of a certain item, just buy it whenever you have the chance. I mention the over-buyer and under-buyer distinction; you can read about it here.

Better Than Before Habit Strategy

The powerful, sometimes elusive Strategy of Identity.  I quote from Letters of James Agee to Father Flye, where novelist James Agee wrote, after he’d been told that he really needed to cut back on his drinking and smoking:

I am depressed because whether I am to live a very short time or relatively longer time depends…on whether or not I can learn to be the kind of person I am not and have always detested.

Listener Question

Kelly asks, “How do I handle my trove of gift bags?”

Gretchen’s Demerit

I didn’t check my print job until many, many pages had been printed.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star

Elizabeth gives a gold star to her long-desired breakfast nook.

Elizabeth Breakfast Nook

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