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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Video: “What’s One Cupcake?” and the One-Coin Loophole.

October 9th, 2015

Episode 143 of 399 episodes

In my latest (bestselling) book, Better Than Before, I identify the twenty-one strategies of habit-formation, and one is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the ten categories of loopholes. I love studying loopholes, because they’re so funny. And ingenious! We’re such great advocates for ourselves — in any situation, we can always think of some loophole to invoke. What is a “loophole?” When we try to form and keep habits, we often search for loopholes, for justifications that will excuse us from keeping this particular habit in this particular situation. However, if we catch ourselves in the act of loophole-seeking, we can perhaps reject them. In Better Than Before, I describe all ten categories of loopholes; in this video series. I’ve described them, one by one. The final loophole: The one-coin loophole. This is a very dangerous loophole, because it always applies, and it’s always true! Beware! I haven’t worked on that project for such a long time, there’s no point in working on it this morning. One beer won’t make a difference. What difference does it make if I spend this afternoon at the library or at ...

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