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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Podcast 29: Why Elizabeth and I Lower the Bar, Use the Clean Slate to Change Habits, and Try to Stop Wasting Food.

September 9th, 2015

Episode 120 of 399 episodes

It’s time for the next installment of “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” To listen to this episode, just zip to the bottom of this post and hit the red “play” button. Or if you’re reading this post by email, click to view online, to listen to the podcast from this post. Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Episode 29 Update: After many months, I realized that the buildings pictured on the cover of The Happiness Project are just a few blocks from the studio where we record this podcast. Fun! Try This at Home: Lower the bar. In other words — cribbing from Voltaire — don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. (Thanks to our producer Henry, for the hilariously appropriate musical accompaniment.) Better Than Before Habit Strategy: The Strategy of the Clean Slate means that any transition is a great time to change a habit. It’s a powerful strategy, but one that’s not always available to us, so it plays to be on the watch for opportunities. Listener Questioner: “Any tips for cultivating happiness when you have small children?” We mention this little one-minute video I made, which, of everything I’ve ...

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