Being Well Podcast: Gretchen Rubin on Happiness and Habit
March 4, 2019

We’re really looking forward to speaking with today’s guest: many-time bestselling author, award-winning podcaster, and studier of happiness, good habits, and human nature Gretchen Rubin.

In our last episode, we discussed some of the perils that can accompany our desires for cleanliness, order, and understanding when those desires are taken to their extreme. But there’s no doubt that understanding our underlying nature, building good habits, and creating a space we find beautiful and can live comfortably in is, generally speaking, a good thing.

That’s why we were really looking forward to speaking with today’s guest: many-time bestselling author, award-winning podcaster, and studier of happiness, good habits, and human nature Gretchen Rubin.

On her incredibly popular podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she unpacks subjects ranging from limiting beliefs to the fundamentals of habit change with her sister Elizabeth Craft in their distinctively funny, clear, and down to earth style.

Together we explored:

  • The importance of developing good habits.
  • How habits can actually increase your freedom.
  • The Four Tendencies, and how each of those tendencies relates to the world differently.
  • Whether we can change our fundamental nature.
  • How to balance order with just enough chaos.

We hope you enjoy it! If you’re interested in today’s episode, you may want to purchase Gretchen’s new book Outer Order, Inner Calm here.

Timestamps:

  • 2:10: Gretchen’s start in self-help.
  • 4:20: Key takeaways from The Happiness Project.
  • 7:30: Radical transitions.
  • 10:50: How to keep your resolutions.
  • 12:25: The Four Tendencies
  • 19:50: Can you change your temperament?
  • 23:50: Why we have different tendencies.
  • 26:05: Better Than Before
  • 32:00: Can order be taken too far?
  • 35:10: How can habits bring freedom?
  • 40:35: Outer Order, Inner Calm
  • 47:00: Recap

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