226: Gretchen Rubin on Happiness, Human Nature, & Activating Your Five Senses

Although there are numerous ways and strategies to find happiness, it's important to recognize that not every pattern or strategy we observe from others will necessarily work for us. In this episode, Aileen speaks with Gretchen Rubin, a best-selling author, podcaster, and speaker who is known for her work on happiness, habits, and human nature. And together, they explore the concept of human nature and how it plays a role in our pursuit of happiness. Additionally, they discuss the benefits of activating your five senses to live a richer and more meaningful life.

Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She’s an unusual combination: a literary writer who explores how we can put transcendent ideas into practice.

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  • 1:45 – what sparks Gretchen to write about personal development
  • 7:30 – struggles in habit formation
  • 11:06 – Gretchen's philosophy in life
  • 13:48 – Gretchen's biggest inspirations
  • 16:18 – Explore your happiness
  • 21:50 – The four tendencies framework
  • 28:30 – connecting with your five senses
  • 34:21 – how to utilize your five senses

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