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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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“As Long as the Good Habits Outnumber the Bad Ones, I’m Ahead of the Game.”

April 23rd, 2015

Episode 44 of 399 episodes

Interview: Frank Bruni. Frank Bruni has written several books and is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. His brand-new book is a bestseller that has received a huge amount of buzz: Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. It’s a thought-provoking look at how the college admission system works–and a fresh, reassuring reminder of what really matters in the college experience (as I wrote in my blurb for Frank’s book!). Also, when I was researching Better Than Before, I read Frank’s fascinating memoir, Born Round: A Story of Family, Food, and a Ferocious Appetite, because I was reading everything I could find that I thought might touch on the subject of habits. I knew Frank would have some interesting insights — and he did. Gretchen: What’s a simple habit that consistently makes you happier? Frank: There are three that come to mind, and they may stretch the definition of habit, in that they don’t all occur with daily or weekly or even monthly frequency, but I still think they qualify. And they’re of a piece, as they all relate to family. My family—my father, my siblings, their spouses, ...

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