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  • gretchenrubin 11:42:15 on 2017/03/07 Permalink
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    “How Does One Bring One’s Mind and Body Back Together? The Best Means Is ___” 


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    In The Awakened Eye, Ross Parmenter writes, “How does one bring one’s mind and body back together? The best means is a vacation.”

    Hmmmm…I think there are many ways a person could answer the question, “How does one bring one’s mind and body back together?”

    I think some people would say “Meditation.” As I write about in Better Than Before, meditation wasn’t helpful for me, but many people do find it useful.

    For me, I’ve found, I can bring my body and mind together by mindfully enjoying the experience of my body. Which is delightful.

    For instance, I take a moment to enjoy my sense of smell. We can enjoy beautiful scents without any time, energy, or money; a scent ties us to the present moment, because we can’t bookmark it, or save it for later, or even continue to experience it for very long. In my book Happier at Home, I write about the power of the sense of smell, and all I did to try to get more good smells into my life (and also get rid of bad smells, very helpful!)

    I also deliberately notice the colors around me. I’ve become obsessed with color. So many beautiful colors, so many fascinating aspects of seeing color.

    Do you agree that a vacation is a good way to bring your mind and body back together?

    How would you fill in the blank?

    The post “How Does One Bring One’s Mind and Body Back Together? The Best Means Is ___” appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

     
  • feedwordpress 21:00:44 on 2016/11/16 Permalink
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    Podcast 91: Delete a Soul-Sucking App, and a Deep Dive into Happier 911 Songs 


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    It’s time for the next installment of  Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

    NOTE: This episode was recorded before Election Day 2016, which is why Elizabeth and I don’t mention it. The election has been unusually emotional and contentious. As with any milestone moment, it provides an opportunity for us to reflect about our own values, and how we can serve the highest ideals of our country and ourselves.

    Update: Elizabeth and I discuss the site Longitude Books: Recommended Reading for Travelers, where you can find books related to your travels.

    Try This at Home: Amy suggests “Delete or disable soul-sucking, productivity-depleting, creativity-sapping apps.”

    If you want to hear the episode where Elizabeth and I discuss our “preciousssssss,” it’s episode 17.  We picked up this term from The Lord of the Rings. Whenever Gollum refers to the ring, he calls it “my precious.” “Losst it is, my precious, lost, lost! Curse us and crush us, my precious is lost!“ Want to see a ten-second clip of Gollum talking about his precious, from The Lord of the Rings movie The Two Towers? It’s here.

    We talk about the Abstainer/Moderator distinction — you can read more here.

    What app is your precioussss app?

    Happiness Hack for the Holidays:  Make homemade place-cards.

    Deep Dive into Happiness 911 Songs: To hear the Happiness 911 songs, the link is here, or you can search for “Happier 911” on Spotify. Currently more than 400 songs — that’s more than 26 hours of happy music.

    Elizabeth’s  Demerit: Elizabeth hasn’t been going to the mindfulness class at her son’s school, even though she found it so helpful last year.

    Gretchen’s Gold Star: Eleanor’s teacher took the time to send a positive progress notice.

    If you want easy instructions about how to rate or review the podcast, look here.

    Remember,  I’m doing weekly live videos on my Facebook Page to continue the conversation from the podcast — usually on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm ET. To join the conversation, check the schedule.

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    As always, thanks to our terrific sponsors

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    How to Subscribe

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    Want to know what to expect from other episodes of the podcast, when you listen to the award-winning Happier with Gretchen Rubin?” We talk about how to build happier habits into everyday life, as we draw from cutting-edge science, ancient wisdom, lessons from pop culture—and our own experiences (and mistakes).  We’re sisters, so we don’t let each other get away with much.

    HAPPIER listening!

    The post Podcast 91: Delete a Soul-Sucking App, and a Deep Dive into Happier 911 Songs appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

     
  • feedwordpress 19:39:35 on 2016/10/12 Permalink
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    Podcast 86: Why It’s Good to Bring Good News, How Other People Affect our Habits, and a Look at Obliger-Rebellion. 


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    It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

    Remember, if you live near Seattle, please come to our live event! We’ll be recording an episode of the podcast live on stage at Seattle’s Town Hall on October 13, 7:30. Tickets are $25. More info and buy tickets here. Please come, bring your friends. We’re going to sell t-shirts — cash only.

    Try This at Home: Be the bearer of good news (at least sometimes).

    Happiness Hack: Cathy suggests that after you return from a vacation, read books set in your vacation location, to keep the vacation vibe going.

    Better Than Before Habit Strategy: The Strategy of Other People — one of the most powerful strategies.

    Listener Question: Thalia asks, “I’m an Obliger, but I’m with my parents, I act like a Rebel. What’s going on?” Thalia is experiencing Obliger-rebellion.

    If you want to know when my new book about the Four Tendencies hits the shelves, sign up here.

    Gretchen’s Demerit: I narrowly escape giving myself a demerit for vengefully refusing to answer Jamie’s questions.

    Elizabeth’s Gold Star: Elizabeth gives Adam a gold star for getting into the spirit of Halloween and wearing a costume.

    Click here to get the Wedding Readings PDF now

    If you want easy instructions about how to rate or review the podcast, look here.

    Remember,  I’m doing weekly live videos on my Facebook Page about the podcast. To join the conversation, check the schedule. 

    As always, thanks to our terrific sponsors

    Sign up for The Great Courses Plus today and you’ll get a month of unlimited access to thousands of fascinating lectures taught by top professors and experts in their fields. Get a free month when you sign up at www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/happier.

    And check out Stamps.com. Want to avoid trips to the post office, and buy and print official U.S. postage for any letter or package, right from your own computer and printer? Visit Stamps.com to sign up for a 4-week trial, plus a $110 bonus offer — just enter the promo code HAPPIER.

    Also check out Smith and Noble, the solution for beautiful window treatments. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 25% off window treatments and a free in-home design consultation.

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    We love hearing from listeners:

     

    To sign up for my free monthly newsletter, text me at 66866 and enter the word (surprise) “happier.“ Or click here.

    If you enjoyed the podcast, please tell your friends and give us a rating or review. Click here to tell your friends on Twitter.

    Listeners really respect the views of other listeners, so your response helps people find good material. (Not sure how to review? Instructions here; scroll to the bottom.)

    How to Subscribe

    If you’re like me (until recently) you’re intrigued by podcasts, but you don’t know how to listen or subscribe. It’s very easy, really. Really.  To listen to more than one episode, and to have it all in a handier way, on your phone or tablet, it’s better to subscribe. Really, it’s easy.

    Want to know what to expect from other episodes of the podcast, when you listen toHappier with Gretchen Rubin?” We talk about how to build happier habits into everyday life, as we draw from cutting-edge science, ancient wisdom, lessons from pop culture—and our own experiences (and mistakes).  We’re sisters, so we don’t let each other get away with much.

    HAPPIER listening!

    The post Podcast 86: Why It’s Good to Bring Good News, How Other People Affect our Habits, and a Look at Obliger-Rebellion. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

     
  • feedwordpress 18:34:32 on 2016/05/25 Permalink
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    Podcast 66: Why It’s Helpful to Give Advice Only When Asked, and the Challenges of Email Etiquette and Vacation Hangovers. 


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    It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

    Update: We got many interesting responses to the “Stop stockpiling” discussion from episode 62.

    Remember,  I’m doing weekly live videos on my Facebook Page about the podcast. I talk to viewers about questions, comments, suggestions. You can watch the most recent one here. If you want to join the conversation live, I do them on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm Eastern. Join in!

    Try This at Home: Only give advice when it’s asked for. Harder than it sounds. If you want to watch the short scene I mentioned from Star Wars, it’s here.

    Advice can be tiresome, but it can also be life-transforming. So…

    For our next Very Special Episode, episode 70, let us know: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? For work, love, parenting, life…what really made the difference? Let us know! Email us at podcast @ gretchenrubin .com, comment below, or best of all, call us. We’d love to hear your voice as you tell the story.  774-277-9336 (77 HAPPY 336).

    Happiness Stumbling Block: Email etiquette. Email issues come up all the time.

    Listener Questioner: Sarah asks for tips for readjusting after a great trip away — the “vacation hangover.”

    Gretchen’s Demerit: For a whole day, I didn’t meaningfully engage with any member of my family. I was just lost in my own thoughts, and going through the motions.

    Elizabeth’s Gold Star: Elizabeth’s kindergarten class had a terrific “Young Authors” program.

    As always, thanks to our terrific sponsors

    Check out Smith and Noble, the solution for beautiful window treatments. Go to smithandnoble.com/happier for 25% off window treatments and a free in-home design consultation.

    And check out Headspace. Experience the benefits of meditation in your busy life. Download the Headspace app for free,  and begin their Take 10 program for ten days of guided meditation. Go to Headspace.com/happier.
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    We love hearing from listeners:

     

    To sign up for my free monthly newsletter, text me at 66866 and enter the word (surprise) “happier.“ Or click here.

    If you enjoyed the podcast, please tell your friends and give us a rating or review. Click here to tell your friends on Twitter.

    Listeners really respect the views of other listeners, so your response helps people find good material. (Not sure how to review? Instructions here; scroll to the bottom.)

    How to Subscribe

    If you’re like me (until recently) you’re intrigued by podcasts, but you don’t know how to listen or subscribe. It’s very easy, really. Really.  To listen to more than one episode, and to have it all in a handier way, on your phone or tablet, it’s better to subscribe. Really, it’s easy.

    Want to know what to expect from other episodes of the podcast, when you listen toHappier with Gretchen Rubin?” We talk about how to build happier habits into everyday life, as we draw from cutting-edge science, ancient wisdom, lessons from pop culture—and our own experiences (and mistakes).  We’re sisters, so we don’t let each other get away with much.

    HAPPIER listening!

    The post Podcast 66: Why It’s Helpful to Give Advice Only When Asked, and the Challenges of Email Etiquette and Vacation Hangovers. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

     
  • feedwordpress 20:19:44 on 2016/04/12 Permalink
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    Tips for Knowing If You and a Friend Would Be Good Traveling Companions. 


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    I’m way behind on reading my magazines (are we the only household in American who gets The New Yorker magazine every day?), so I only just read an interesting piece from the March 21 issue of New York magazine, The Complicated Part of the Friend Trip.

    In a subsection, “Whom Do We Invite?” the article cites psychologist Michael Brein’s compatibility scale, which asks:

    1. Do you have similar activity levels?
    2. Do you have the same day/night patterns? Say, does one person want to get up early and start the day, while another person wants to party late into the night?
    3. Do you have the same sense of “time urgency”? In other words, does one person want to make a plan and stick to it, while another person wants to keep things loose?

    I think these are three terrific questions to ask.

    For several years, my family has taken a summer trip with another family, and it’s really important to think about compatibility — and also to accept that your family’s way isn’t necessarily the right way, or the wrong way.

    For instance, the family we travel with has a higher group energy level than my family. Before ending the day, they’ll often squeeze in an extra museum stop or historical site. My family — right or wrong — needs a lot of down time. I used to feel bad about the fact that we were missing out, and wimping out, but now I accept the fact that our families are just different.

    Also, I’m different from the other adults on the trip: unlike the rest of them, if there’s a schedule, I really, really want to stick to it. Upholder that I am! But the other adults, and also kids, are fine with last-minute changes. Even though it makes me uncomfortable, I remind myself, “The point is to have fun together. Even if we’re not seeing this giant fountain.” That helps me remember not to nag or complain when the plans start to change.

    Do you find these questions helpful? What other questions are useful to consider, when you’re planning to travel with someone?

    The post Tips for Knowing If You and a Friend Would Be Good Traveling Companions. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

     
  • feedwordpress 15:07:08 on 2016/03/19 Permalink
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    I’m Off for Spring Break! (Mostly) See You in a Week. 


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    It’s time for spring break! I’m off for the week with my family. I’ll post on Wednesday, when the new episode of Happier with Gretchen Rubin becomes available, but other than that, I’m off.

    Every spring, my family takes exactly the same vacation with my in-laws. Very relaxing, lots of fun. In fact, it was on this vacation for years ago that I had the Lightning Bolt moment that completely transformed my eating habits — in a way that has made me very happy — after I read Gary Taubes’s book, Why We Get Fat. (I talk about that Lightning Bolt here.)

    If you’re thinking, “But Gretchen, I will so miss reading your entries while you’re taking a break!” well, you’re in luck…

    You can read The Happiness Project — my bestselling account of the year I spent working on my happiness. It was a #1 New York Times bestseller and stayed on the list for two years. Yowza.

    You can read Happier at Home — also a New York Times bestseller. I went deeper into the subject of happiness, thinking about issues related to home, like relationships, possessions, neighborhood, time. If we’re not happy at home, it’s hard to be happy.

    You can read Better Than Before — also a New York Times bestseller (I never get tired of typing that). All about how we can make or break our habits. This issue may sound a bit dry to some people, but I promise, it’s a fascinating subject.

    Or you can listen to my podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, where I discuss how to be happier with my brilliant, hilarious sister, Elizabeth Craft. We try to make it fun, thought-provoking, and practical. iTunes named Happier one of the Top Podcasts of 2015. (Not sure how to listen to a podcast? Very easy instructions here. Or you can just get a link to listen by email.)

    Or you can sign up for my daily happiness quotations, to get a great quotation delivered to your in-box each day.

    Or you can sign up for my monthly email newsletter, which has highlights from this site, my podcast, and my Facebook Page. More than 300,000 people get it.

    Okay, that’s enough to keep you busy.

    Now I’m off to the library; I like to bring a lot of books when I go on vacation, because I plan to do a lot of reading.

    I’m also going to work on my current project, my book about the Four Tendencies. It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Doing a little work makes goofing off more fun. Agree, disagree?

    The post I’m Off for Spring Break! (Mostly) See You in a Week. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

     
  • feedwordpress 21:40:07 on 2015/12/18 Permalink
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    How to Get Your Habits Fix over the Holidays. 


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    This morning, I posted a video of some of my favorite Christmas ornaments. I have one table-top tree (pictured here) where I hang my collection of blue-bird ornaments — bluebirds are my personal symbol, because they’re a symbol of happiness. On another tree, I have the ornaments I collected in childhood, and on yet another tree, I have my fabulous collection of Alice in Wonderland ornaments. My parents give me a new ornament each year.

    I’m in the holidays spirit, because my family and I leave tomorrow for Kansas City. Yay! I love going back to my hometown for the holidays.

    So I won’t be posting much next week. Except — on Wednesday, watch out for the post about the latest podcast episode. Elizabeth and I will be interviewing a fascinating guest — and if you look at my weekly photo of the books I’ve read that week, on my Facebook Page, maybe you can guess; I hinted at it.

    If you don’t want to miss this special episode of Happier, make sure to subscribe to the podcast

    Also, because so many people have requested the “21 Days, 21 Strategies for Habit Change” email package, I’ve decided to keep offering it for free until January 1. Request it here.

    If you want some ideas about how to do a better job of sticking to your New Year’s resolutions this year, check out this post and this post.

    If you’re thinking, “But Gretchen, how can I learn more about habits and happiness while you’re on vacation?” you’re in luck! You can…

     

    Here’s to your greater happiness and better habits in 2016. Onward and upward!

     
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