Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Do You Do Your Best Thinking in the Bathtub?

August 27th, 2015

Episode 115 of 372 episodes

Interview: Elisabeth Egan. I got to know Liz Egan because so many people told me, “You’ve got to meet Liz Egan! ” We knew so many people in common that finally we just had lunch — which was a ton of fun. She’s the books editor at Glamour and has written for numerous publications, and we have writerly friends in common. Now she’s also a novelist. A Window Opens is funny and perceptive novel about a woman who makes a big career change and has to manage that — as well as her family. Think Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Bridget Jones’s Diary. I was interested to hear what she had to say about happiness, habits, and productivity. Gretchen: What’s a simple habit that consistently makes you happier? Liz: I take a bath every night.I get my best thinking done in the tub, and most of my books have wavy pages from getting dripped on by our leaky shower-head.I don’t have any fancy bathing rituals—I use strawberry Suave in lieu of real bubbles. But closing the door and sitting in one place for a half hour is ritual enough. My kids are constantly shouting questions at me ...

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