Podcast 95: Practice Mise-En-Place, Pack a Canvas Tote Bag, and the Tragedy of the Messy Commons.

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

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Try This at Home

Practice mise-en-place.  In cooking, cooks “put everything in its place” — the idea is to get all your tools and supplies together, so that once you start working, you can work easily and well. Preparation is a true stage of working.

Happiness Hack

Pack a canvas tote bag in your suitcase.

Happiness Stumbling Block

The tragedy of the messy commons — or, the problem of shared work. We mention the Four Tendencies; if you want to find out if you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel, look here.

Listener Question

A while back, we asked for suggestions for wedding readings, and I collected them into a single document, which you can get when you click the button below.

Click here to get the Wedding Readings PDF now

Along the same lines, Sylvia asked for suggestion for funeral readings — such a great idea. I’ll make a collection of funeral readings, too. So please send in your suggestions. I’m sure it will be very helpful for people to have this resource, during a difficult time.


Elizabeth forgot to check the school schedule before picking a date for her son Jack’s birthday.

Gold Star

I get half a gold star — a better-late-than-never gold star — for finally getting the flu vaccine for my daughters and me.

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