Gretchen Rubin is back! In this episode we talk about why it’s important to know if you’re a moderator or an abstainer when it comes to setting habits and resolutions. Gretchen also reveals her own personal instruction manual for life — the Gretchen Rubin recipe for success. I ask her to reveal her guilty pleasure, and how she wants the world to remember her when she’s gone. Later, we’re joined by mindfulness expert Joelle Anderson. I ask her why meditation isn’t more relaxing.
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Episode 51 Show Notes
[00:00] Welcome and Intro
- Winning Resolutions will be released on December 11, but it’s available for pre-order now.
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- To get a pile of pre-order bonuses, go to MyInstructionManual.com/resolutions
[2:53] Featured interview with Gretchen Rubin: Part 2
In this conversation, Keith and Gretchen discuss:
- Abstainers vs. moderators: Why some people need to go cold turkey and others do better with moderation [2:53]
- Gretchen’s four foundational habits [7:59]
- The controversial science of clean vs. messy desks [10:30]
[16:00] Gretchen’s Instruction Manual
1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? [16:15]
- Go to bed between 10:30 and 10:45 and get up at 6am
- Go for a short walk with dog every morning and a long walk in Central Park when she can
- Work every day
- Read every day
2. What personal development book do you recommend? [17:27]
3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote [18:28]
- Be Gretchen
4. What’s your one guilty pleasure? [19:10]
- Drink immense amounts of caffeine.
5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered? [19:55]
- As someone who helped other people to find happiness.
[20:46] Where to find Gretchen
- Website: GretchenRubin.com
- Four Tendencies quiz: Quiz.GretchenRubin.com
- Instagram: @gretchenrubin
- Twitter: @gretchenrubin
- Podcast: Happier with Gretchen Rubin
[22:09] Mindfulness contributor Joelle Anderson on why meditation isn’t always relaxing
Joelle Anderson is a therapist specializing in mindfulness meditation and creator and host of the Kernel of Wisdom YouTube channel.
In this conversation, Keith and Joelle discuss:
- It’s a common misconception that mindfulness is supposed to be relaxing [23:20]
- If meditation isn’t going to make us feel better, why bother? [25:05]
- Where to find Joelle