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Check Out My Video Book Trailer: “Ten Ways to be ‘Happier at Home.’”

Ta-da! Here’s the one-minute video for my new book, Happier at Home, on “Ten ways to be happier at home.” Some of the “ways” are serious; some are a bit goofy.

Thanks so much to Chris Gelles who created it.

What do you think? What strategies would you add?

If seeing this book trailer made you think, “Goodness, Gretchen, I want to pre-order Happier at Home right this minute,” then here are the links you need! Pre-orders are a big help to me, so thanks for pre-ordering.

If you want to know more about the book, you can…

read about it;

listen to an excerpt from the audio-book;

sample an excerpt from the chapter on “Time.”

Pigeon of Discontent: “I Get Distracted When I Work From Home.”

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by those small but pesky Pigeons of Discontent.

This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: “I get distracted when I work from home.

 

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…

Problem with procrastination? Try this: Do nothing.

7 tips for avoiding procrastination: Without delay is the easiest way.

Have you found any good strategies for getting work done at home–or for fighting distractions, generally? It’s hard, and it seems as though it’s getting harder all the time.

You can post your own Pigeon of Discontent at any time; also, from time to time, I’ll make a special call for suggestions.

You can check out the archives of videos here. It’s crazy–my YouTube channel has passed the mark for one million viewers.

Hate Your Commute? Try This Secret Weapon.

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by those small but pesky Pigeons of Discontent.

This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: “My commute.” I realize that my suggested resolution is very, perhaps oddly, specific.

 

Note the moon mosaic artwork by my daughter in the background.

Have you tried listening to audio-books? Do you enjoy them? I would never have expected to like them as much as I do. (Moment of self-promotion: here’s a clip of the audio-book of Happier at Home.)

And do you agree with the bonus resolution that I suggest? It’s funny to me how many people have raised this issue as a Pigeon of Discontent.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…

Are you always late? 7 tips to arrive on time.

Identify the problem. (This sounds so obvious, but it’s surprisingly hard to do, and extremely effective.)

Think about your routines–daily, weekly, yearly.

You can post your own Pigeon of Discontent at any time; also, from time to time, I’ll make a special call for suggestions.

You can check out the archives of videos here. It’s crazy–my YouTube channel has passed the mark for one million viewers!

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Happier at Home came out last week. Want to win a free copy? I’m giving away one book each day until publication.

Enter your name and email in the sign-up form here, and every day, a name will be picked at random. U.S.Canada, and U.K. only–sorry about that restriction on the give-away.

Pigeon of Discontent: “I Spend Too Much Time on TV and the Internet.”

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by those small but pesky Pigeons of Discontent.

This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: “Too much internet and TV time.”

 

I meant to mention in the video that my sister is a TV writer, which makes me even more aware of how good TV can be, when it’s really good.

How about you? Have you found ways to keep TV and the internet in check? They can add a lot to happiness, if they don’t crowd out other, more happiness-inducing activities.

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…

7 tips for getting yourself to go to bed on time.

Fill in the blank: “___ is a good servant but a bad master.”

Want to be happier? Read something for fun.

How to keep reality TV from ruining your life.

You can post your own Pigeon of Discontent at any time; also, from time to time, I’ll make a special call for suggestions.

You can check out the archives of videos here. I’m thrilled–my YouTube channel has passed the mark for one million viewers! Zoikes.

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Happier at Home hits the shelves in four three two days tomorrow.  Yes, tomorrow! Want to win a free copy? I’m giving away one book each day until publication.

Enter your name and email in the sign-up form here, and every day, a name will be picked at random. U.S.Canada, and U.K. only–sorry about that restriction on the give-away.

Pigeon of Discontent: “I Have Great Ideas, But No Time To Execute Them.”

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by those small but pesky Pigeons of Discontent.

This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: “I have great ideas, but no time to execute them.”

 

What about you? Do you have strategies to make sure that you work consistently on creative projects? Do you think that the little-bit-each-day approach is helpful?

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…

No time for something important to you? Try getting up earlier.

Frustrated? Stuck? Put yourself in creativity boot camp.

8 writing tips from Flannery O’Connor.

You can post your own Pigeon of Discontent at any time; also, from time to time, I’ll make a special call for suggestions.

You can check out the archives of videos here. I’m thrilled–I realized that my YouTube channel has passed the mark for one million viewers! Zoikes.

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Want to win a free copy of Happier at Home? I’m giving away one book each day until publication.

Enter your name and email in the sign-up form here, and every day, a name will be picked at random. U.S.Canada, and U.K. only–sorry about that restriction on the give-away.

Pigeon of Discontent: “It’s Hard For Me To Think Positively.”

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by those small but pesky Pigeons of Discontent.

This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: “It’s hard for me to think positively.”

What about you? Do you have strategies to help yourself stop a cycle of rumination?

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…

Do you fall into the trap of overthinking?

13 tips for dealing with a really lousy day.

You can post your own Pigeon of Discontent at any time; also, from time to time, I’ll make a special call for suggestions.

You can check out the archives of videos here.

  • The book give-away continues. If you’d like to win a free copy of Happier at Home, I’m giving away one book each day until publication.Enter your name and email in the sign-up form here, and every day, a name will be picked at random. U.S.Canada, and U.K. only–sorry about that restriction on the give-away.

    If you’re wondering about the book, you can learn more about it here or…

    –-read a sample chapter on the subject of “time” here

    watch the new one-minute book trailer on “Ten ways to be happier at home”

    pre-order the book here (buy early and often!)