Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Podcast 14: Stop Reading a Book, a Know-Yourself-Better Quiz, and the Trap of Free Stuff.

May 20th, 2015

Episode 65 of 540 episodes

Time for the next episode of “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ Always game to talk about her clutter issues, Elizabeth reports on the status of her closet, in the aftermath of our special clutter-clearing in episode 10. For better and after closet photos, look here. (Boy, I love before-and-afters.) Also, many listeners responded to tell us how they “treat themselves,” which was the Try This at Home for episode 9. Excellent treats! This week: Try This at Home: Stop reading a book if you don’t enjoy it. (If you want more ideas for reading better than before, check out this one-pager.) Better Than Before Habit Strategy: This is the “Four Tendencies” Framework, which tells you whether you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel. Take this Quiz — 170,000 people have taken it. I’m an Upholder; Elizabeth is an Obliger. As I mention, if you want to start an accountability group, here’s the starter kit. Listener Question: “Do you have any tips about staying happy while slogging through dating?” Elizabeth’s Demerit: Elizabeth fell prey to the ...

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