Ep. 20: Better Than Before

Why does it seem easier for some people to make new habits than others? Maybe it’s not so much that it’s easier for them—maybe they’re just forming a new habit in a way that works best for them. The deluge of conflicting information out there on how to make new habits (and break old ones) can only mean one thing: there’s no one right answer in how to best do it.

Gretchen Rubin loves studying this sort of stuff, so in this episode of The Simple Show, she and I talk all about habits. Her research led her to this idea that we can each fall in to one of four tendencies—upholders, questioners, obligers, and rebels—and knowing which one you are is monumentally helpful in habit forming.

The Four Tendencies

She’s well-known for her bestselling book The Happiness Project, and her newest book, Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life is now available in paperback.

This is a fantastic chat about why we do what we do, and how we best become the best version of ourselves. We could have talked for hours!

Gretchen Rubin and Better Than Before

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