Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Are You a Worrier? Three Tips to Worry Less.

May 10th, 2016

Episode 266 of 540 episodes

I worry to some extent, of course, but I don’t think I worry as much as a lot of people. Many people worry about how much they worry! Today, the New York Times had an interesting article by Roni Caryn Rabin, “Worried? You’re Not Alone.” In it, Rabin points out several intriguing findings in a Liberty Mutual Insurance research paper, the “Worry Less Report.” Apparently Millennials worry about money. Single people worry about housing (and money). People worry less as they grow older. Some people — for instance, like my sister Elizabeth — feel that if they do worry about something, they’ll somehow prevent a bad thing from happening. Rabin points out, very sensibly, “Researchers say this notion is reinforced by the fact that we tend to worry about rare event, like plane crashes, and are reassured when they don’t happen, but we worry less about common events, like car accidents.” Rabin also distinguishes between “productive worry,” which helps us solve a problem, and worry where you’re just, well, stewing in worry. According to the report, here are some ways to tackle worrying: 1. Break your worry into separate pieces, and tackle them one by one. Identify the problem (my Eighth Personal Commandment), clarify your ... The post Are You a Worrier? Three Tips to Worry Less. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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