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Gretchen Rubin – Better Than Before

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# Episode 156


In Episode #156 Ari invites [Gretchen Rubin](, a happiness hero and author of [The Happiness Project]( and [Better Then Before]( to the Less Doing podcast. Listen in as Gretchen and Ari talk about their tips and tricks surrounding happiness, habits and all-around better living.

**Special Announcements:**

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EO Vancouver On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for _EO Vancouver_. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

## [EO Victoria]( Join Ari at one of the Entrepreneur Organization’s high-impact learning events in Victoria, B.C. Like EO Vancouver, this will undoubtedly be a unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

[Fuel the Fire]( Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: _Fuel the Fire_. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

**Time Stamped Show Notes:**

  • – 11:20 – Introduction of [Gretchen Rubin](, author of [The Happiness Project]( and [Better Then Before](
  • – 11:55 – How the Happiness Project came to pass
  • – 12:15 – We often don’t spend enough time thinking about happiness
  • – 13:08 – Gretchen shares some of the things she found immediately improved her happiness
  • – 13:30 – Your physical experience always colors your emotional experience
  • – 14:30 – [The Japanese Art of Decluttering](
  • – 16:00 – Testing the big theories of happiness
  • – 16:55 – [](
  • – 17:08 – [Happier with Gretchen Rubin](
  • – 17:45 – Sometimes you have to accept a negative period in order to get the benefits that ultimately lead to happiness
  • – 19:05 – Sometimes you just have to trust yourself—You’re doing the right thing, just be patient
  • – 20:15 – Even if you don’t see the change right away, stick with it!—As long as you know what you’re doing is right for you
  • – 21:10 – Research suggests that 40% of our day is shaped by habit
  • – 22:50 – The Four Tendencies
  • – 25:25 – Keeping the “streak” is incredibly important in keeping your habits up
  • – 26:04 – Ari’s 5 daily habits that he MUST keep up
  • – 28:52 – Ari’s habits are about staying balanced and maintaining self-control
  • – 29:45 – Some people assume that if they load themselves with guilt and shame they can better practice th —

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