Gretchen Rubin

Podcast 18: Buy an Experience, Strengthen the Foundation, and the Challenge of Table Manners.

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It’s Wednesday — time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

We've been busy preparing for the Very Special Episode, coming up in episode 20, where we'll feature our listeners. Thanks to everyone who called or emailed us -- the comments are so thought-provoking.

This week:

Try This at Home: Buy an experience. We were inspired by the suggestion made by Tom Rath, in our interview with him in episode 15.

Better Than Before Habit Strategy: The Strategy of Foundation (eat and drinking right; move around; get enough sleep; and -- more surprisingly -- unclutter). Here's the image that Elizabeth referred to, the cover of Better Than Before.

Listener Question: "On the Four Tendencies -- Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel -- I'm a Questioner.  If I don't see the point, I find it difficult to do what I'm supposed to do, and sometimes I get in my own way. So how does a Questioner get over that?" Great question. Want to take the Quiz? Here it is.

Gretchen’s Demerit: Table manners. For me and my family.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star: Her gold star goes to Julie, a fellow pre-school mother, who volunteered to make a keepsake yearbook for the children.

As it happened, I did know the exact place to find my pre-school yearbook (very impressed with myself), so as promised, here's a picture.

Don't miss the extra little exchange between Elizabeth and me, at the very end of the podcast! (That's called a "button" in podcasting parlance.)

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