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Question: Any Ideas for Something to Send to E-Book Readers and Audiobook Listeners?

Many people have written to me to request a bookplate. (Wondering what a “bookplate” is? You afix the bookplate, which I personalize and sign, on the first page of your book. It’s a way to get a book signed by an author when you can’t meet in person.) I’m happy to send you as many free personalized bookplates as you’d …


Assay: A Useful Term: the “Help-Rejecting Complainer.” “Why Don’t You Try…?” “No, That Won’t Help.”

Assay: Several months ago, during the Q-and-A period at a book event, a woman raised an issue that had many people nodding in agreement: “My eighty-year-old mother lives with me, and she’s a very negative person. She’s always complaining. I try to be positive and helpful, but nothing I say helps. I suggest all sorts of things to help cheer …


Ask For a Favor.

Here’s a proposed resolution that might strike you as counter-intuitive: Ask for a favor. A line often attributed to Benjamin Franklin — though I can’t locate the actual source, so it may be apocryphal — is “If you want to make a friend, let someone do you a favor.” Whether or not it was Franklin who actually made this suggestion, …


To Make a Friend, Ask Someone For a Favor.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in — no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. Here’s a resolution that might sound counter-intuitive: Ask for a …