464: Follow the One-Minute Rule, Stay Calm, and Identify the New Habit That Will Make You Happier


Take the “Habits for Happiness Quiz: What’s the next new habit that will make you happier?

Try This at Home

Follow the one-minute rule.

Happiness Hack

If the organizers of an event set aside a block of hotel rooms, stay there if possible.

Know Yourself Better

When you feel anxious, who or what helps you to feel more calm? 

I mention Better Than Before, my book about habit change.

Listener Answers

In episode 453, inspired by “Halloween is the new Christmas,” we talked about the Try This at Home of exercising your creativity by filling in the “X is the new Y” phrase.

Readers loved this exercise, and sent us in many great examples of “__ is the new __.”

Demerits & Gold Stars

Elizabeth’s Demerit: She forgot to cancel an unwanted annual subscription.

Gretchen’s Gold Star: Thanks to all the listeners who told me that they gave Four Tendencies mugs to their co-workers. So fun!


Take my new quiz! “Habits for Happiness Quiz: What’s the next new habit that will make you happier?

What We’re Reading

  • Elizabeth: Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand (Amazon, Bookshop
  • Gretchen: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera (Amazon, Bookshop)

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