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Podcast 34: Have a Difficult Conversation, and a Talk with Lisa Randall, Harvard Physics Professor (and Rebel). Plus, Hard-Boiled Eggs.


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

Update:  Elizabeth, the ever-loyal sister, gives a plug for the new jacket for the paperback of my book, Better Than Before.  I love the new art -- I hope you like it, too. Buy early, buy often!

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Try This at Home: Have an uncomfortable conversation. I mention Atul Gawande's book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. To read more about this topic, check out my book Happier at Home, chapter on "Family."

InterviewLisa Randall. She's a Harvard professor who studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology. Her new book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: the Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, will hit the shelves in a few weeks; it's already garnered lots of buzz and starred reviews. (Fun fact: Time magazine named Lisa one of the "100 Most Influential People" in 2007.

For those of you interested in the Four Tendencies framework (and aren't we all?), Lisa talks about being a Rebel. Her Try This at Home...very Rebel!

Gretchen's Demerit: I talked to Barnaby in a mean voice. I'm trying so hard to do better.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star: Hard-boiled eggs are helping Elizabeth to keep her blood sugar level down. (A good example of using the Strategy of Convenience for habit change.)

Call for comments, questions, observations!

Starting next week, we’re going to spend four weeks talking about my Four Tendencies framework for human nature. We’ve already had many thought-provoking responses, but we want more.


Please, send in our questions and comments by voicemail, email, etc. What’s your experience with yourself, spouse, child, patient, colleague, boss, friend, etc? We’re dying to hear from you.


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