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March 25th, 2015
Episode 325 of 769 episodes
How you successfullycreate a habit may not work for someone else, and vice versa. "Habits are a good servant and a bad master." -Gretchen Rubin The Cheat Sheet: Why does the habit of making your bed matter? Is there a link between happiness and minimalism? What's the biggest myth of all according to Gretchen? What's the strategy of other people and why is it so crucial? How to know if you are an abstainer or a moderator. And so much more... If you've tried to change habits in the past but haven't succeeded you'll want to hear what today's guest has to say on the matter. Gretchen Rubin is the three-time best-selling author who has made a study of happiness and habits. We talk about her books, including her bookBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Everyday Life, and the finer points of habit-formation and happiness on episode 387 of The Art of Charm. Click Here to Support The Show and Get 10% Off Onnit! More About This Show: Invariably Gretchen Rubin finds herself discussing habits with the people she meets, it's one of her favorite subjects. On today's episode you'll hear simple and effective habits tohelp youcreate a calmer, more orderly home. You'll also hear the strategy of the treat and loopholes we sometimes use to justify breaking a good habit. A simple and effective way to create a calmer, more orderly home is to use the one-minute rule: if it takes a minute or less, do it right away! When you get home, put your jacket away instead of dropping it wherever it lands. Your home will feel orderly and so will your mind. When it comes to forming everyday habits one effective strategy she recommends is the strategy of the treat. Choose a treat that's good for you and healthy and adds to your life, like buying new music every week if you're a music lover or lighting candles in your home. The treat needs to be something you do for yourself consistently, think of it as a way to refortify and take care of yourself rather than a reward you have to obtain. If you are taking care of yourself and staying restored you will be more likely to maintain other healthy habits because good treats bolster your will power and self-discipline. Gretchen also highlights a few of the loopholes we use to get out of "being good", these are rationalizations we make in the moment to break a healthy habit. There are over twenty she talks about in her book,Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Life, but one we discuss todayis the self-actualization loophole. This is where the rationalization that it's ok to have this piece of cake because we need to enjoy life or we tell ourselves "you only live once". If you're using that train of the thought ask yourself how you'll feel about your decision later: will you feel good or will you not even remember that piece of cake? If you'll feel good and it will create a positive memory for you, then go for it. If it won't, then don't do it. We also talk about how to frame your treats, why we can't always create habits (even the fun ones!) and the power of accountability in creating last change. Thanks to Gretchen for sharing her wisdom andspecial thanks to you for being here! We'll see you next time on The Art of Charm. THANKS GRETCHEN RUBIN! If you enjoyed this session of The Art of Charm Podcast, let Gretchenknow by clicking on the link below and sending her a quick shout out on Twitter: Click here to thank Gretchenon Twitter! Resources from this episode: Gretchen Rubin's web siteThe Happiness Project, by Gretchen RubinHappier at Home, by Gretchen RubinBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Life, by Gretchen RubinGretchen RubinonTwitterThe Art of Charm bootcamps You'll also like: -The Art of Charm Toolbox-Best of The Art of Charm Podcast Wanna leave a comment? Too bad!Email meinstead (we read everything)! HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. Ways to subscribe to The Art of Charm Click here to subscribe via iTunes Click here to subscribe via RSS You can also subscribe via Stitcher FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Download the FREE AoC app for iPhone Email [email protected] Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!