What Brooke Shields Says about Habits: Soul Cycle, Sleep, and More

Portrait of brooke shields

Last week, Brooke Shields and I did a breakfast event together, to benefit a terrific organization, Room To Grow, which enriches the lives of children born into poverty during the critical first three years of life.

Brooke Shields is, of course, the super-famous actor, model — and also writer. I’d read her thought-provoking book about postpartum depression, Down Came the Rain, and I’m well into her brand-new book: There Was a Little Girl: the Real Story of My Mother and Me.

Naturally I couldn’t resist asking if she’d do an interview on my blog.

Gretchen: What’s a simple habit that consistently makes you happier?

Brooke Shields: Spin Class at Soul Cycle.

What’s something you know now about forming healthy habits that you didn’t know when you were 18 years old?

Sleep is more important than I ever realized.

Do you have any habits that continually get in the way of your happiness?

Drinking beer.

Which habits are most important to you? (for heath, for creativity, for productivity, for leisure, etc.) 

Exercising and getting enough sleep are my most important things for a healthy lifestyle

Have you ever managed to gain a challenging healthy habit—or to break an unhealthy habit? If so, how did you do it?

Adding yoga to my routine while I was pregnant was a healthy habit I gained. Worrying about what other people though of me was an unhealthy habit I gave up after I had children and went to therapy.

Would you describe yourself as an Upholder, a Questioner, a Rebel, or an Obliger?


Does anything tend to interfere with your ability to keep your healthy habits? (e.g. travel, parties) 

Travel makes it difficult, but I always pack my gym clothes with the intention of exercising.

Do you embrace habits or resist them?

I embrace them. I crave consistency and order.

Has another person ever had a big influence on your habits? 

My friend Stacey Griffiths from Soul Cycle, he motivates me like nobody I have ever met.



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