Gretchen Rubin

Podcast 135: Plan a Virtual Move 2.0, Identify the Problem–and Know Any Great Examples of Celebrities’ Tendencies?

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Update: I’m excited because my new book The Four Tendencies hits the shelves last week! My book tour is underway, and I'm having so much fun meeting face-to-face with readers, listeners, and viewers. Also, Elizabeth and I did a meet-up in Los Angeles! That was an experiment -- we've never done anything like that before. It was so much fun that we definitely want to do it again.

Thanks to everyone who bought the book -- and also to people who've written online reviews; as I've mentioned (maybe more than a few times?), it really does give a big boost to the fate of a book when readers leave reviews on Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

Speaking of books, Chris Guillebeau's terrific book Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days hit the shelves this week. If you're a fan of his podcast "Side Hustle School," you'll love the book. It's both practical and inspiring, which is a rare combo.

Also speaking of books, we talked on the phone to our friend, the brilliant writer Ann Brashares. Check out her books, such as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Whole Thing Together.

Try This at Home: Plan a "virtual move," 2.0. In episode 125, we described one kind of virtual move; a listener wrote us to suggest a way to plan a "virtual move" that's also a great suggestion for boosting happiness.

Happiness Hack: Identify the problem -- in my case, a recurrent annoyance with my headphones. Solution to the problem: the Yamazaki Beautes Desk Headphone Hanger. So satisfying.

Four Tendencies Tip: An Upholder asks how to deal with the uneasiness that Upholders often feel if they make a mistake. Typically, Upholders really don't like to fail to meet an expectation. As a fellow Upholder, I sure know the feeling.

If you want to take the Quiz to tell you whether you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger or Rebel, it's here. Or to learn even more, buy The Four Tendencies book.

Gretchen's Demerit: I was defensive and a bit curt with a journalist who asked me a question I knew very well that I'd be asked: to give examples of the Tendencies of famous people. I get defensive because I don't have a very long list -- it's hard to figure out people's Tendencies, because we can't judge from their behavior, we have to know how they think. If you have any great suggestions about possible match-ups of famous people (real or fictional) and their Tendencies, let me know!

Elizabeth's Gold Star: Elizabeth gives me a gold star, for dealing well with Eliza's departure for college.


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