Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


“Oddly, Though, Lists Are Reassuring.”

January 4th, 2015

Episode 14 of 540 episodes

“Oddly, though, lists are reassuring. We become aware of this if we scrupulously follow a recipe, which is essentially a list of ingredients and actions; but if we give this ‘list’ too much importance, we leave no room for the imagination.” —Jean-Claude Ellena, The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur I’m obsessed with the delights of the sense of smell, which led me to a much greater interest in perfume. Jean-Claude Ellena is one of the major figures in the creation of perfume. The Diary of a Nose is his book about his process. I’m very attracted to any kind of list, particularly to-do lists. They can be freeing, but also constraining — like so many things.

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