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Episode 155- Gretchen Rubin on Habits to Increase Your Happiness

November 10, 2022 • Book Club
Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is a happiness expert, author and host of the award-winning podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin. She’s the author of five New York Times bestselling books, including the #1 bestseller The Happiness Project which spent two years on the bestseller list. Gretchen has been interviewed by Oprah, walked arm-in-arm with the Dalai Lama, and been an answer on the game show Jeopardy! On this episode, we talk about how we can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.

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Show Notes

  • How she transitioned from a career in law to writing (1:19)
  • Choose the bigger life (3:12)
  • What inspired her to embark on yearlong “happiness project” (4:13)
  • Why the pursuit of happiness isn’t selfish (7:39)
  • What she learned personally in her happiness project (10:42)
  • How to measure your happiness (12:35)
  • The four elements of happiness and the relationship between happiness and growth (14:58)
  • Tips for creating your own happiness project (17:18)
  • Why should companies care about happiness? (21:46)
  • Gretchen’s four tendencies framework (24:21)
  • How to communicate with the four different types (28:41)
  • How habit formation impacts happiness (32:47)
  • The difference between habits and rituals (36:08)
  • Gretchen’s podcast with her sister on happiness hacks (36:36)
  • Gretchen’s new book on the five senses, coming soon (38:24)

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