Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Agree, Disagree? “It’s Better To Be Alone Than Lonely with Someone.”

June 19th, 2015

Episode 76 of 376 episodes

Interview: Tamsen Fadal. I was introduced to Tamsen Fadal through a mutual friend. Tamsen is an Emmy-award winning journalist who anchors the nightly news for a New York City TV station. She’s also just written a book, The New Single: Finding, Fixing, and Falling Back in Love with Yourself After a Break-Up or Divorce. Handling a big break-up is a major happiness challenge, of course. It’s also a major habit challenge, because our habits are shaken up — for better and for worse — whenever we go through a major life transition. The Strategy of the Clean Slate is the strategy to help us make good use of such transitions. Gretchen: Given your experiences, what’s the most significant thing you’ve concluded on the subject of habits? Tamsen: Habits are essential. In fact, habits are equivalent to the dedication it takes to move forward after a major life change and achieve goals. This is true because after a break-up or divorce, moving forward is a scary prospect. Getting out of bed in the morning can be difficult enough. That’s why forming habits and staying dedicated to them – things like being committed to exercise and healthy diet, decluttering your life, ...

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