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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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

February 7th, 2015

Episode 34 of 397 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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