479: A Creativity Hack, “Happy Mail,” and How to Avoid Both Lying and Telling the Truth


Are you giving a copy of Life in Five Senses, or any of my books, as Mother’s Day gifts? To add a personal touch, you can request a free, signed, personalized bookplate (U.S. and Canada only) at happiercast.com/bookplate.

Life in Five Senses comes out in paperback on April 30.

If you live around New York City — please come to an event where I’ll be discussing Life in Five Senses with journalist Lee Woodruff:

  • May 1
  • 7:00 pm ET 
  • Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street)

 If you live further way — please join my virtual event:

  • May 6
  • 7:00 pm ET
  • Note: to get the invitation, sign up for the “secret chapter”

Try This at Home

Write your autobiography in 24 sensations. (In honor of 2024.)

Elizabeth and I share our own autobiographies in 24 sensations.

Happiness Hack

A listener suggests organizing a “card shower” to shower a recipient with cards and letters to provide encouragement and love during a tough time.

We mention the Paper Source prompts for April — sign up at happiercast.com/papersource to receive daily letter-writing prompts in April and a 10% discount at papersource.com.

Listeners’ Answers

In episode 476, a listener explained that because she was taking care of a fragile relative, she didn’t want to tell the truth about being a vet, but she also didn’t want to lie.

Listeners gave many great suggestions for how to handle this challenging situation.

Demerits & Gold Stars

Gretchen’s Demerit: I haven’t been marking up books enough.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star: She gives a gold star to all the listeners who have emailed and commented to encourage her to do Orangetheory.


If you’re part of a book club that has read or is reading Life in Five Senses (which is out April 30 in paperback), you could win a virtual drop-in from me to discuss the book and answer your questions. Ten lucky book clubs will be selected—I’ll announce the winners on May 3rd. Enter at happiercast.com/bookclub.

What We’re Reading

  • Elizabeth: The Marriage Sabbatical by Lian Dolan (Amazon, Bookshop
  • Gretchen: The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E. B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic by Michael Sims (Amazon, Bookshop

Transcript coming soon. 

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