My current emphasis: how to make good habits and break bad ones (really)

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Secret of Adulthood: No One Regrets Having Changed a Lightbulb.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:



It took me a long time to master this Secret of Adulthood. I have a real tendency to put off small chores like changing lightbulbs, even though for me, burned out bulbs are a broken window.

My senior year of college, I lived with a friend who was the same way. We’d joke about it. When a crucial hallway lightbulb burned out, I said to her, “Well, it was sure nice having a light there, while it lasted,” and she said, “Yeah, now we’ll just have to get used to not having one.” We were sort of kidding, but the fact is, that lightbulb stayed burned out for a few months, until her boyfriend lost patience and changed it.

But with age and experience I’ve learned! Go ahead and change that lightbulb.

It’s a good exercise. Fill in the blank: “No regrets having ____.” Exercised. Worn a seat belt. Checked to make sure they had their phone. What else would you add?

In Happier at Home, I write about how a little thing–like a burned out lightbulb or an unmade bed–can make a surprisingly big difference in how we feel when we’re at home. For better or for worse.

Do you find that to be true?