The magic of Keystone habits
As you may know from visiting the workshop, there are actually two kinds of story elves, big elves and small elves. And occasionally, a very special event occurs: a small elf is born big. Donnie is this kind of elf, a very BIG small elf.
When Donnie was quite young, he began making his bed every day. It just felt a bit better to leave the bedroom with the bed looking tidy. He has hardly missed a day, in fact, in well over 93 years!
Unbeknownst to the elves, however, is this fascinating fact: making your bed every day is a very good kind of a habit, called a Keystone habit. Mysteriously, just by straightening your blankets and fluffing up your pillows, a human will then begin to practice MORE good habits throughout the day, like arriving to school on time, or deciding to give the backpack a good clean-out!
Don is older now and a delightful group of small elves lend him some extra hands in the morning. However, his bed is always made when he leaves his dwelling for the day. Minnie and I suspect that the magic of Keystone habits might work on elves, too, because Don has always had an unusual number of good habits. He has always been a hard-worker, a very respectable and content elf, and he has always been careful to save Frumbos for a rainy day!
Footnote: Exercising is another Keystone habit. If a human exercises regularly, he or she will often begin to eat more healthy foods and take up other healthy practices! Upon hearing this, Shrub and I agreed to begin exercising more often.