Gretchen Rubin

Self-knowledge

From the Podcast

Podcast 249: Happier Podcast Book Club: The Legendary Isaac Mizrahi Talks about Fashion, Family, and Self-Knowledge in “I.M.”
Podcast 249

Podcast 249: Happier Podcast Book Club: The Legendary Isaac Mizrahi Talks about Fashion, Family, and Self-Knowledge in “I.M.”

For the Happier Podcast Book Club, we talk to Isaac Mizrahi about the role of family, fashion, and making his way in the competitive, high-stakes world of New York City in his acclaimed memoir I.M.
A Little Happier: My Favorite Part of Going to the Philharmonic Isn’t the Music.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: My Favorite Part of Going to the Philharmonic Isn’t the Music.

I realized that although I don’t have much of a taste for music, I love the sound of the possibility of music.
Podcast 243: Treat Yourself Like a Dog, and How Obligers Can Resist Pressures to Indulge.
Podcast 243

Podcast 243: Treat Yourself Like a Dog, and How Obligers Can Resist Pressures to Indulge.

Why you should treat yourself like a dog, why telling someone, “Calm down” is usually a bad idea, and ideas for Obligers who are trying to resist expectations that they eat or drink.
Bonus Episode: A Deep Dive into the “Four Tendencies” Personality Framework
Bonus Episode

Bonus Episode: A Deep Dive into the “Four Tendencies” Personality Framework

Want to learn whether you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel—and what that means? Gretchen gives a quick overview of her popular personality framework, and explains how you can use it to end procrastination, reduce conflict, and stick to good habits. Plus an interview with an Obliger about how she learned how to harness the strengths of her Tendency.
A Little Happier: Reading Isaac Mizrahi Taught Me About Myself
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Reading Isaac Mizrahi Taught Me About Myself

Reading Isaac Mizrahi’s memoir I.M. helped me understand something about myself: my uncomfortable reaction to a work of art I admire.
A Little Happier: Why Did Dolly Parton Identify More with Barbara Walters than Barbara Walters Identified with Her?
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Why Did Dolly Parton Identify More with Barbara Walters than Barbara Walters Identified with Her?

My fascination with Dolly Parton continues, and her answer to Barbara Walters in a 1977 interview is a good example of why we shouldn’t under-estimate people who are different from us.
Podcast 217: Don’t Over-Consult, a Hack that Makes It Easier to Exercise, and When You’re Upset, Do You Feel It More in Your Head or in Your Body?
Podcast 217

Podcast 217: Don’t Over-Consult, a Hack that Makes It Easier to Exercise, and When You’re Upset, Do You Feel It More in Your Head or in Your Body?

Why you should stop over-consulting, a hack to make exercising more convenient, and a question for self-knowledge: When you're upset, do you feel it in your body or in your head?
Podcast 216: Give Someone an Unusual Compliment, Try This Hack to Help You Carry Your Stuff, and Elizabeth Reports on Her Stress-Eating.
Podcast 216

Podcast 216: Give Someone an Unusual Compliment, Try This Hack to Help You Carry Your Stuff, and Elizabeth Reports on Her Stress-Eating.

Give someone an unusual compliment, a happiness hack from Elizabeth's writing partner Sarah Fain, identify your favorite time of day, and Elizabeth reports on her battle with stress-eating.
A Little Happier: A Friend’s Description of Herself Reminded Me of Who I Am.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Friend’s Description of Herself Reminded Me of Who I Am.

Sometimes, it’s other people who remind us of our deepest values, and the truest things about ourselves. I must read—but I needed a friend to remind me of that truth.
A Little Happier: Sometimes, What We Consider a Limitation Can Be a Strength.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Sometimes, What We Consider a Limitation Can Be a Strength.

Sometimes a weakness can be a strength, and a strength can be a weakness.
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