Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


A Little Happier: Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good.

May 2nd, 2016

Episode 260 of 540 episodes

It’s a Secret of Adulthood — admittedly, cribbed from Voltaire: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Be Gretchen! Just in time, I remembered not to let the perfect, fantasy Gretchen crowd out the actual, real Gretchen (who really dislikes making those kinds of plans). Along the same lines, I remind myself that the 20-minute walk I take is better than the 3-mile run I never start; having people over for take-out is better than never having people to an elegant dinner party. Have you faced this, in your own experience — where the perfect can interfere with the good? Thanks, as always, to my terrific sponsor: Audible. Audible has more than 180,000 audio-books and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30-day trial at Audible.com/happier. Your first book is free! In fact, for your free book, you can choose one of my books, Better Than Before or The Happiness Project. I’m the reader for both of them. Here’s a photo of me recording Better Than Before. That pillow? It’s to muffle “stomach noises.” Sheesh! Want to get in touch? I love hearing from listeners: Comment below Email us:[email protected] Connect on Twitter: The post A Little Happier: Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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