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    \Update: \A listener planned not just a Power Hour, not just a Power Day, but an entire Power \Week\.\\
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    \Try This at Home\: Plan a virtual move.\

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    \Happiness Hack\: To get rid of a splinter, coat the skin with glue, then peel it off. I've also heard that duct tape works, too.\

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    \Deep Dive -- Advice About a College-Bound Child\: In \\episode 122\\, I asked listeners for advice as I help Eliza go off to college in the fall. Listeners gave so many great suggestions -- covering everything from what to pack, to how often to call, to how to build new family traditions.\

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    Here are the posts I mention from the \\Eyeliner Wings and Pretty Things\\ blog:\

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    \Gretchen's Demerit\: On \\\Happier in Hollywood\\\, Elizabeth and Sarah talked about how we all need a good professional photograph of ourselves. And although I know perfectly well that I need additional photographs for my redesigned website, I haven't done anything about it.\

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    \Elizabeth's Gold Star\: Elizabeth gives herself a gold star for driving to Legoland and back. (As I write about in \\\Happier at Home\\\, Elizabeth and I share a real dislike of driving.)\

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    \Three Resources:\\

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    1. If you love \great quotes\, \\sign up\\ for the free \"\Moment of Happiness\\" newsletter, and every day I'll send you a great quotation about happiness or human nature.\
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    3. If you want my one-pager on the \Paradoxes of Happiness\ (I do love a great paradox), \\request it here\\.\
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    5. If you want to pre-order my book \\\The Four Tendencies\\\ (and it’s a big help to me, if you do), go \\here\\.\
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    \If you want easy instructions about how to rate or review the podcast\, look \\here\\. Remember, it really helps us if you do rate or review the podcast — it helps other listeners discover us.\

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    \I do weekly live videos on my \Facebook Page\ to continue the conversation from the podcast — usually on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm ET\. To join the conversation,\\ check the schedule.\ \\

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    \\\"Happier\\

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    \Update: \I’m excited because my new book, \\\The Four Tendencies\\\, hits the shelves in \just SIX days\. Not long now!\

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    Remember, as a thank-you for people who pre-order the book, I'm\ making my videos series \free\ for people who pre-order. All the details are\ \\ here\\. You’ll get the \overview video \as well as subject videos on \using the Four Tendencies at work, with spouses and sweethearts, with children and students, and in health-care settings.  Free now\; after the book comes out, there will be a charge for the video series.\

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    I’m looking forward to heading to Los Angeles, and many other cities, on my\ book tour\.\\ Info here\\ if you’d like to come to an event. If you're in the Los Angeles area, and you'd like to come to the\ meet-up from\ \5:00-7:00 p.m. September 17\, go onto the \\free Better app\\ and under the tab \\"Events,\" look for \"Los Angeles Meet-up with Gretchen and Liz.\"\\

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    \Try This at Home\: Create a place for things in transition. Having a system for things in transition helps a household or office to be more efficient, and also removes the visual clutter of having stuff out.\

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    Here's a photo of my \"spot of transition.\" Library books to return are on the left, books to give away are on the right, and there's room for other things in transition. Elizabeth and I will work on her spot of transition when I visit her in L.A.\

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    \Happiness Hack\: As I describe in my books \\\The Happiness Project\ \\and \\\Happier at Home\\\, I love my system of organizing my daughters' paper-based mementos (birthday party invitations, our family Valentine's cards, school photo, etc.): years ago, I bought two durable, slightly-more-attractive-than-cardboard file-boxes, added a file folder for each school year, and now I add anything worth saving.\

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    It's organized, visually appealing, space-efficient -- and it's so satisfying to know exactly where to put the official camp photo or the special birthday card.\

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    Above is a photo of Eleanor's box. You could choose any kind of file-box, but if you're curious about the one I used, it's \\here\\.\

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    \Know Yourself Better\: Do you have strong views about the right way to load a dishwasher? I'm astonished by how passionately people will argue about this topic.\

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    \Listener Question\: Jenna is an Obliger who is shy. She wants to create the outer accountability that she needs as an Obliger, to meet her inner expectations -- but doesn't like meeting in groups.\

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    I suggest that she might consider joining an accountability group on my \\free \"Better\" app\\ -- find the app \\here\ \or search in the app store under \"\Better Gretchen Rubin\.\"\

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    Speaking of Obligers, if you want to take the Quiz to tell you whether you’re an \Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel\, it's \\here\\. Or to learn even more, buy \\\The Four Tendencies\\\ book.\

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    \Gretchen’s Demerit\: I'm going too fast. I remind myself, \"Go slow to go fast.\"\

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    \Elizabeth’s Gold Star\: Gold star for whiteboards! At home and at work.\

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    \Free Resources:\\

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    1. If you’d like a \discussion guide to one of my books\, you can \\email me\\ or go to the \\Resources section\\.\
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    3. If you'd like to get the free \\"Moment of Happiness\" email newsletter, with a great quote about happiness or human nature\, sign up \\here\\ or \\email me\\.\
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    As I mentioned above,\ I do weekly live videos on my \Facebook Page\ to continue the conversation from the podcast — usually on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm ET\. To join the conversation,\\ check the schedule.\ \\

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    One of my great realizations about happiness (and a point oddly under-emphasized by positive psychologists) is that for most people, \\outer order contributes to inner calm\\. More, really, than it should. After all, in the context of a happy life, a crowded coat closet is trivial. And yet over and over, people tell me, and I certainly find this, myself, that \creating order gives a huge boost in energy, cheer, and creativity.\\

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    \So I'm a big believer in the value of clutter-clearing.\\

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    \Also, I'm a big believer in using outer milestones as a catalyst for action or change.\ Whether that's New Year's day, September (the other new year), my birthday, or a holiday, I think it's helpful to be reminded that I might want to make changes in my life. (Yes, \\Questioners\\, I know you think that \January 1 is an arbitrary date\. Noted.)\

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    So spring, for me, is a reminder to think about spring clutter-clearing. I'm not inspired to do deep cleaning like window-washing, carpet-cleaning, or anything like that. Spring reminds me to tackle nagging clutter build-ups.\

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    I look for places where I tend to stick things and forget about them. Do you have this problem? For me, I'm looking at these areas:\

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    My Spring Cleaning areas to tackle:\

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    \Closet shelves\\

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    Are any items jammed in? Can I see the clothes that are stored there, at a glance? Are piles teetering precariously? Can I easily reach the things I want? Is there plenty of room to put things away? I need to tackle the shelf in our main coat closet.\

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    \Dump zones\\

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    Where do I tend to \"collect and neglect?\" It's time to dig out those piles and make decisions about where things should have a permanent home. Or if they don't deserve a permanent home, where will they go? Speaking of which...\

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    \Thrift-store pile\\

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    I need to make a few trips to the thrift store to drop off the books, clothes, and other things we've collected to give away. They're still clutter until they're out of the apartment.\

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    \Bedside drawer\\

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    I recently thought I'd lost my passport, and  I was in an utter panic until I realized what had happened. We keep our passports in the drawer of my husband's bedside table (not sure why, but that's what we do), and his drawer was so jammed with stuff that my passport had been pushed out the back of the drawer into the space behind it. Fortunately I realized pretty quickly what had happened, and was able to wiggle it out. Time to clear out that drawer -- and my bedside table drawer is just as bad.\

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    \File holders\\

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    I have two file holders in my office. In theory, I use them for active files that I need to be able to get my hands on quickly. In practice, I often put materials there when I'm not sure what else to do with them, and then they languish. So I'm going to see what I've got there, and figure out a permanent place for those files. If they're so important that they have to be at my fingertips, why don't I ever look at them?\

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    If you're interested in reading more about spring cleaning and clutter clearing, check out...\

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    The great thing about clutter-clearing -- and the thing that surprises me every time -- is how energizing and satisfying it is, once completed. A month ago, I tackled my giant messy pile of past-their-prime white t-shirts, and I \still\ get a thrill of pleasure when I see my short, neat stack of acceptable t-shirts.\

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    [tweet_box design=\"box_02\"]Creating outer order can give a huge boost in energy, cheer, and creativity. [/tweet_box]\

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    What areas are you planning to tackle for spring cleaning? Any hints about effective strategies for solving -- or better, avoiding -- clutter?\

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    Interview: \\Marie Kondo\\.\

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    It's hard to exaggerate the influence that Marie Kondo has wrought with her blockbuster books \\\The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up\\\ and \\\Spark Joy\\\. The latter book takes its name, of course, from the question she urges us to ask ourselves, \"\Does this possession spark joy\?\"\

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    Her ideas about how to create order and fight clutter have helped countless people to give themselves more energy and peace. (You might ask, \\"How does something paradoxically give you more \energy\ and give you more \peace\?\\" and I would say, \\"That is exactly the effect of clutter-clearing.\\")\

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    The\ New York Times\ called her \"perhaps the world's only decluttering celebrity.\" Absolutely!\

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    Even I don't agree with everything that Marie Kondo prescribes (as I write about \\here\\), I'm a huge fan of her work. It's practical, thought-provoking, and often surprising. For most of us, \outer order contributes to inner calm\, and her \"KonMari method\" resonates with many, many people.\

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    One thing I love is that alongside detailed instructions for how to fold a t-shirt, Marie Kondo makes observations like this: “\Tidying is the act of confronting yourself; cleaning is the act of confronting nature\.\" Profound.\

    \n\

    In my books \\\The Happiness Project\ \\and \\\Happier at Home\\\ (can't resist mentioning--both bestsellers), I write a lot about the role of possessions in building a happy life. It's a fascinating area.\

    \n\

    I was thrilled to get the chance to ask Marie Kondo questions about happiness and good habits.\

    \n\

    \Would you describe yourself as an \Upholder, a Questioner, a Rebel, or an Obliger\?\\

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    In terms of tidying, I’m definitely an Upholder. I stay tidy because I feel that the effects ground me and allow my home to spark joy for my family and me.  However, I’m not sure if I qualify as an Upholder in other aspects, as I’ll procrastinate submitting written work or sometimes show up late to get-togethers with friends or colleagues!\

    \n\

    Perhaps this makes me a \\Questioner\\, as I’ll only do things if, when I ask myself: “\Does it spark joy?\” and the answer is “yes.” My very profession is centered on encouraging others to ask themselves: “Does it spark joy?” This must qualify me as a Questioner! [Yes, that sounds Questioner to me.]\

    \n\

    \Does anything tend to interfere with your ability to keep your healthy habits? \\

    \n\

    I usually go to bed early and wake up early with my kids, who are 18 and 5 months old. However, because I travel frequently for work, I’ll sometimes get jet-lagged. This can disrupt my sleep pattern for a couple of days after! When this happens, I get a little anxious that I am getting behind on work or missing out on time spent with my daughters while I try to catch up on rest.\

    \n\

    \Simply having children can interfere with healthy habits!\  For instance, before bed, I usually like to stretch and release any tension that may have developed over the course of the day. However, if one of my daughters cries or calls out for me, I’ll tend to them and, by the time they’re calmed down, I’m tempted to pass on stretching and head straight to bed.\

    \n\

    \Have you ever been hit by a \lightning bolt\, where you changed a major habit very suddenly, as a consequence of reading a book, a conversation with a friend, a milestone birthday, a health scare, etc.?\\

    \n\

    When I was 15, I would continually tidy my room, only to have it become cluttered again shortly after.  \This cycle contributed to so much stress that one day, I fainted\. This breaking point made me realize that I was approaching tidying the wrong way.  Instead of focusing on discarding things and approaching tidying as the removal of negativity, I realized that I needed to focus on finding and keeping things that spark joy.\

    \n\

    \Do you embrace habits or resist them?\\

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    For daily life, I try to keep to routines, but for work, I prefer variety. For example, I get new ideas by traveling and exposing myself to other countries’ cultures. I enjoy giving talks in a variety of locations, because it allows me to interact with different people and learn from their diverse perspectives.\

    \n\

    \Has another person ever had a big influence on your habits?\\

    \n\

    \My grandmother taught me the importance of tidying up even those places you don’t openly see\, such as the insides of drawers and bureaus.  She recognized the intrinsic beauty in belongings and took pride in their presentation in her home.  When she dressed and accessorized, she applied the same philosophy to her personal appearance – everything mattered.  I developed my initial respect for my belongings as a result of her influence.\

    \n\

    Connect with Marie Kondo here:\

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