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Podcast 7: Treat Yourself Like Toddler, Beware the “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” Conversation, and the Benefit of Lowered Expectations.


My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having so much fun with our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been on my book tour for Better Than Before, and many people have told me that they’re enjoying it. Thanks so much, and thanks for listening! (If you like the podcast, we’re sheepishly asking people to rate and/or review it, if time and inclination permit; very helpful for a new podcast like ours.)

Today I'm off to Toronto. Can't wait -- I love Canada.

Before describing this week's episode, I want to say thanks to the folks at iTunes; they created something special for me, a single page on iTunes where people can find Happier with Gretchen Rubin as well as my books.  And I can't resist quoting what they said:

"We're major fans of Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project. Rubin's fascination with human behavior--as well as her sincere believe that we can make our lives more fulfilling and joyous--shines through in her podcasts, blog, and books. Her new book, Better Than Before, looks at how we form and break habits and is packed with her trademark warmth, wit, and down-to-earth intelligence."

Gosh! That's nice to see.

Here’s what Elizabeth and I discuss in today’s episode:

Try This at Home: Treat yourself like a toddler. A cranky toddler.

Happiness Stumbling Block: Ever find yourself in an endless "I'm right; you're wrong" conversation?

Listener Question: "How do you work on a habit that's not a priority for your partner or family?" Good question. This comes up a lot with habits.

Gretchen’s Demerit: I unjustly accuse my husband of failing to fax an important form for me. I headed straight to blame! Sheesh.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star: Elizabeth's lowered expectations for the weather in Hawaii meant that her family had a better vacation, in the end.


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