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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Video: Are You an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel?

February 3rd, 2015

Episode 31 of 401 episodes

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. To pre-order, click here. (Pre-orders give a real boost to a book, so if you’re inclined to buy the book, pre-ordering now is a big help.) In this video, I talk about the Strategy of the Four Tendencies. I have to say, of everything I write about in Better Than Before, I’m most proud of this section. It’s the most original, the most startling, the most helpful — and predictably, it was the most difficult to write. If you want to find out your own Tenency, take this Quiz. More than 35,000 people have taken it! It’s very important to know ourselves, but self-knowledge is challenging. I’m like a Muggle Sorting Hat: I sort everyone into four categories, which describe ...

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