Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Do You Have the Habit of Having Habits? Or Do You Fight Habits?

February 7th, 2015

Episode 34 of 540 episodes

“Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.” –Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance How do you feel about habits? Do you fight against them? One thing that surprised me as I was writing Better Than Before is how much people differ in their attitude towards habits. I love habits and embrace them — perhaps that’s my Upholder nature — but I understand better, now, why other people dread and resist them. And although I love habits, I see more clearly now how they speed time and deaden experience. Like technology, money, ambition, and caffeine, habit is a good servant but a bad master.

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