How do our everyday habits impact our happiness? According to Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of “The Happiness Project,” “Happier at Home,” and “Better than Before,” habits are “the invisible architecture of everyday life.” In order to thrive, you’ve got to tailor lifelong habits to your happiness.
In today’s talk, Rubin breaks down the ways you can “hack yourself” to make habits work for you. Learn her framework for the four unique human tendencies and where you fall. From there, determine which specific habits will help you thrive according to your unique personality, and how to use them mindfully. Find out why we expend so much energy on perceived losses instead of gains, and why spontaneity isn’t always all it’s chalked up to be. Finally, get the surprising truth about motivation and why rewarding your good behavior might be a trap.
- 5:00: From law school to self-help writer: How Gretchen Rubin found her happiness.
- 8:00: The happiness challenge: How habits are “the invisible architecture of everyday life.”
- 9:30: Hacking yourself: How to make habits work for you.
- 11:00: How Rubin used herself as a “happiness guinea pig.”
- 13:00: The monitoring strategy: Will it work for you?
- 15:00: The four human tendencies: How do you deal with personal and external expectations?
- 20:00: What habits will make you happier?
- 23:00: “The days are long, but the years are short:” Why you need to make the most of the everyday.
- 24:30: The habit paradox: How to use habits mindfully.
- 27:30: Is spontaneity and variety important?
- 30:00: Habits of mind vs. actions: Where should you focus your efforts?
- 34:00: Is motivation irrelevant? The surprising truth.
- 39:00: The danger of rewards: Are you breaking bad habits or promoting good ones?
- 42:00: Loss aversion: The powerful reason we focus on losses rather than gains.
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