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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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A Little Happier: Someplace, Keep an Empty Shelf; Someplace, Keep a Junk Drawer.

October 10th, 2016

Episode 366 of 399 episodes

One of the things about happiness that continually surprises me is the degree to which, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, and inner self-command. I write about this connection in Better Than Before, in The Happiness Project, and in Happier at Home. This connection fascinates me; in the context of a happy life, a crowded coat closet or an overflowing in-box is trivial, and yet such things weigh us down more than they should. That’s why I follow habits like making my bed and the one-minute rule, and why one of the most important strategies of habit formation is the Strategy of Foundation. But as a friend reminded me, it’s also important to have time for serendipity, for the unexpected — to make room for a little messiness in our lives. Someplace, we need an empty shelf. And someplace, we need a junk drawer. Agree, disagree? Do you have an empty shelf, a junk drawer — or both? If you want to see the video where I show my empty shelf, just email me, and I’ll send you the link. The image posted above is another empty shelf ... The post A Little Happier: Someplace, Keep an Empty Shelf; Someplace, Keep a Junk Drawer. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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