465: Tackle a Topic with Someone Who Resists, Try a New Book Club, and Use Technology Mindfully


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Try This at Home

Try a tip to tackle a topic. (A real tongue-twister.)

Happiness Hack

A listener suggests starting a “no homework” book club, where people recommend the books, podcasts, TV shows, music, and other things they’ve been enjoying. 

This is a great approach for Rebels. Don’t know if you’re a Rebel? Or an Upholder, Questioner, or Obliger? Take the free quiz here.

Bonus hack: If you want the free PDF to track your #Write24in24, you can download it here.

Interview: Rohan Gunatillake

Rohan Gunatillake is the host of the popular podcast Meditative Story, which helps listeners cultivate mindfulness through story.

You can listen to the episode where I was a guest on Meditative Story here.

We talked about how to harness the power of technology to be more mindful, common stumbling blocks for mindfulness, and more.

Demerits & Gold Stars

Gretchen’s Demerit: It took me years to identify the problem: I often need to keep track of time when I’m speaking, but I don’t always have a count-down clock or a wall clock available.  Once I identified the problem, I was able to buy a $10 clock that solved it.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star: She gives a gold star to her fourteen-year-old son Jack for giving a talk to the entire middle school about his boxing.


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