Did I mention that my book about habits, Better Than Before, was published yesterday? Oh right, maybe I did. Well, because I’m going on a book tour, Elizabeth and I hurried to record the first seven episodes before I left town.
As part of my tour, though, I’ll be in L.A., so she and I will get to record a few episodes in the same room — which will be great. It’s much easier for conversation to flow when you can see the other person.
Also, if we can manage to pull it off, we’re going to record a Very Special Episode. Stay tuned for that!
People who’ve read Better Than Before may be especially curious to hear the voice of my sister the sage. She’s a major character in the book; one of my favorite habit-changing undertakings was when I gave her the transformative birthday present. (You can listen to her talk about that gift, here.)
Here’s what we discuss in today’s episode:
Try This at Home: Keep a one-sentence journal. Elizabeth mentions her own one-sentence journal, with her “serial killer handwriting.” Voila! If you’d like to buy your own Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal, go here.
Know Yourself Better: Are you a Marathoner or a Sprinter, when working?
Listener Question: “I’ve heard it takes 30 days to form a habit, good or bad. Is this true?” Good question! If you want read a longer discussion than we can include in the podcast, check out Better Than Before.
Elizabeth’s Demerit: Potato chips in the parking lot. The book she mentions is The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.
Gretchen’s Gold Star: “The things that go wrong often make the best memories.”
Bonus: You get to hear a blooper.
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Want to know what to expect from other episodes of the podcast, when you listen to “Happier with Gretchen Rubin?” We talk about how to build happier habits into everyday life, as we draw from cutting-edge science, ancient wisdom, lessons from pop culture—and our own experiences (and mistakes).
Each week, we give a “Try This at Home” suggestion, for some easy habit you can try, as part of your ordinary routine, to boost your happiness—something like setting an alarm to signal your bedtime, or using the one-minute rule, to help yourself stay on top of small nagging tasks.
We also suggest questions to help you “Know Yourself Better”—like “Whom do you envy?” and “Are you a Marathoner or a Sprinter in your work style?”—and explore “Happiness Stumbling Blocks,” those small, seemingly insignificant parts of daily life that drag us down—everything from the problem of the Evil Donut-Bringer to the fact that working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination.
We “Grill the Guest,” consider “Listener Questions,” and finally, we get even more personal, and each of us either gives ourselves a “Demerit” for a mistake we made that week, that affected our happiness, or awards a “Gold Star” to someone or something that deserves recognition.
We’re sisters, so we don’t let each other get away with much!
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