Podcast Episode 049: Happiness, Habits & Health – Gretchen Rubin

Oct 4, 2016


“To change our habits, we first have to figure out ourselves…When we change our habits, we change our lives.” – Gretchen Rubin 

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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft (who is a person living with Type 1 diabetes).

In her books and on her podcast, Gretchen provides surprising insights and practical advice drawn from cutting-edge research, ancient wisdom, and her own observations, about how we can make our lives better than before. She investigates the multiple strategies she’s identified that help us make and break our habits. After all, habits are the invisible architecture of a happy life, and when we change our habits, we change our lives. The secret to changing a habit? First, we must know ourselves, so we can suit our habits to our own nature. It was Gretchen’s longstanding interest in happiness that led her to the study of habits, because when she talked to people about their happiness challenges, they often pointed to a habit that they couldn’t make or break. This pattern made her ask, “When and why can people successfully change a habit—or not?”

Gretchen, Melissa and Elizabeth at Podcast Movement in Chicago, July 2016

Gretchen, Melissa, and Elizabeth at Podcast Movement in Chicago, July 2016

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Here are the resources we mentioned on the show: 

  1. Gretchen Rubin’s website and books   better-than-before-book-cover
  2. Gretchen on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube
  3. The Four Tendencies Quiz
  4. Sound Bites episode with Brian Wansink
  5. Sound Bites episode with James Hill
  6. Melissa’s Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner Initiative and blogs/podcasts and Pinterest board
  7. Melissa’s blog about her journey to triathlon

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Music by Dave Birk






  1. Denine on October 14, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Loving this episode, Melissa. I am also a huge fan of Gretchen´s work since it really relates to nutrition and health. As a fellow dietitian, I´m so glad you seized the opportunity to bridge the gap between habits and health! Thank you for sharing!! – Denine
    P.S. I love your Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner philosophy.

    • admin on October 14, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you, Denine!! I look forward to checking out your site!

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