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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Are You Good at Making Excuses?

January 26th, 2015

Episode 26 of 399 episodes

I was laughing as I read this piece from the satire magazine, The Onion: “Personal Trainer Impressed by Man’s Improved Excuses.” It purports to be an interview with a personal trainer who’s impressed by one of his clients — a guy who has made amazing improvements in the sophistication of the excuses he’s giving for not working out. “Acknowledging that the progress made in such a short time was remarkable…[the personal trainer said] he is very impressed by the improvement in both the strength and consistency of his client’s excuses…’A few months ago he had really weak pretenses for not sticking to a workout plan, but he’s put in a lot of effort and now he’s sporting much more robust and powerful justifications…After seeing how he struggled early on with a simple excuse about traffic, it’s gratifying to see him push himself and dig deep for rationalizations that more believably exonerate him…[like] tackling a long, grueling story about how construction in his neighborhood aggravated his dust mite allergies.'” I love this piece, because I love loopholes. Loopholes are so funny. So imaginative, and so ingenious. We’re like cell phones searching for a signal — as we cast ...

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