Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


7 Things I Learned About Myself, from Getting a Dog.

September 28th, 2015

Episode 132 of 540 episodes

As I may have mentioned, my family and I just got a new puppy — a cockapoo named Barnaby. He’s fourteen weeks old, and super sweet and delightful. However, he is a dog, and even more so, he’s a puppy. I knew that his arrival in our household would mean big changes — and would also teach me a lot about myself. So far, here’s what I’ve learned: 1. Getting up at 5:30 a.m. is very different from getting up at 6:00 a.m. It’s just thirty minutes…but it feels like a much bigger gap. For years, my day has started at 6:00, and I’m hoping that when Barnaby is a little older, I can move my wake-up time back to its usual spot. For now, he’s very eager to go out by 5:30. 2. New York City is an overwhelming place. I’ve been here for so long that I take it for granted, but being with Barnaby has shown me how noisy and bustling it is. In some ways, that’s good; in some ways, that’s bad. I realize that sometimes I should sometimes make allowances for the overwhelming nature of the environment for myself, too. 3. It doesn’t do any good, and it may do harm, ...

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