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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Video: Why Having Clarity of Values and Clarity of Action Helps Us Keep Our Habits.

October 15th, 2015

Episode 146 of 401 episodes

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. I posted videos for the other twenty strategies a while back, but somehow, I never posted about the Strategy of Clarity! A very important strategy. So, voila. 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 book, Better Than Before (can’t resist adding, bestseller) describes the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. I spend a lot of time thinking about questions such as, “How do we change?” “Why is it so hard to make ourselves do things that we want to do?” ( for instance, why is it so hard to make myself go to bed?) and “How can we stick to our resolutions?“ I realize now that a big challenge is clarity. Often, if there’s something that I want to do, but somehow can’t get myself to do, it’s because I don’t have clarity. This lack of clarity often arises from a feeling of ambivalence–I want to do something, but I ...

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