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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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A Little Happier: There’s No Magic, One-Size-Fits-All Solution for Happiness or Good Habits.

June 13th, 2016

Episode 288 of 399 episodes

Have you ever read the phrase the “Procrustean bed?” In Greek mythology, Procrustes was a bandit who forced travelers to fit into his iron bed — whether by stretching out their bodies or chopping off their limbs. The “Procrustean bed” comes up a lot in the area of happiness and habits. We try to fit ourselves into someone else’s idea of what we should do, instead of setting up our circumstances to fit ourselves. If you want to sign up for the “Moment of Happiness,” the daily quotation about happiness, habits, and human nature, sign up here. Have you ever tried to fit yourself into another person’s notion of the “right” way to do something? Do it first thing in the morning! Start small! Be moderate! These strategies work for some people, but not everyone. We do better when we don’t try to cram ourselves into someone else’s iron bed. Thanks to my terrific sponsor: Squarespace. Start building your website and get your free trial today. Go to Squarespace.com, and enter the offer code “happier” to get 10% off your first purchase. Want to get in touch? I love hearing from listeners: Comment below Email us:[email protected] Connect on Twitter: @gretchenrubin and The post A Little Happier: There’s No Magic, One-Size-Fits-All Solution for Happiness or Good Habits. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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