Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


5 Quick, Easy Habits that Have Actually Strengthened My Relationships.

December 7th, 2015

Episode 179 of 372 episodes

When people think about changing their habits, they often think of the diet-and-exercise family of habits. Also, as much as I personally love habits, I know that many people associate habit-change with having to make a lot of effort. But habits don’t have to take a lot of time or energy to form, and they can help us with any aspect of our lives. I have to admit, even now, after spending years thinking about habits, I’m astonished by how much a truly tiny habit can boost happiness. For instance, here are some examples of a few quick, easy habits that I’ve adopted to strengthen my relationships. They’re all practically effortless, they all make me happier. These kinds of habits are particularly helpful to me, because the truth is, I can get lost in my own head, and become so focused on crossing something off my to-do list that I neglect to make time to connect with the people who are most important to me. In the tumult of everyday life, I find it all too easy to overlook what really matters. So I’ve made these habits: 1. I kiss my husband first thing in the morning, and I kiss him last thing at night. It might ...