Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


What’s a Critical Habit for Happiness? “Remembering the People We Miss Most.”

April 14th, 2016

Episode 249 of 540 episodes

Interview: Allison Gilbert. I don’t even remember when or how I met Allison Gilbert. We keep banging into each other in the world of New York area writers, and it’s always thought-provoking and fun to talk to her. She has a new book that just hit the shelves. Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive is all about how to keep alive our memories of the people we love, after they’re gone — in a way that’s about happiness and remembering, not sadness and grieving. The book is crammed with specific, manageable, creative ideas for holding onto precious memories. (What a brilliant title for this subject, right?) Given her subject, I was eager to talk to her about habits and happiness. Gretchen: What’s a simple habit that consistently makes you happier? Allison: Being proactive about remembering loved ones I’ve lost. Honoring past relationships has significant restorative power. Celebrating what our family and friends still mean to us— even if they’ve been gone one year, fifteen years, or more—makes us happier. This is because grief, especially when new, tends to make individuals feel out of control. Taking steps to remember leads to empowerment, and feelingempowered is what enables us regain ... The post What’s a Critical Habit for Happiness? “Remembering the People We Miss Most.” appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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