November 13, 2016

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is a great Wellness Tool resource on happiness. Gretchen has written several books on how to create more happiness in your life. She has a wonderful and uplifting podcast that I love to listen to on the way to work at the psychiatric hospital. I always feel great hearing what she has to say about taking action to create my happiness. She, along with her sister offers many Wellness Tools in each podcast.
She has a newsletter and a free online self test where you can see which of the four  tendencies you are.  Check out her website of goodies at:

 Her latest book, Better Than Before sounds fascinating. I read the sample on her website and was so very encouraged. I think that I could actually be friends with this person if we were on a parallel universe where we were neighbors. I am going to order it and let you know how it goes. Starting small to make changes can work for some people. The author SARK says that baby steps can be too large so she invented the Micromovements concept. I share this in my wellness classses and this simple and easy way of looking at taking action is always met with appreciation. For others, Gretchen says, making a huge Blast Start to get going can be beneficial and then going smaller from there. Either way, I love hearing from someone else that change can happen and we can be the ones to create our changes in our lives.

To quote Gretchen Rubin:
"If you need a quick overview of the Four Tendencies:
In a nutshell, it distinguishes how people tend to respond to expectations: outer expectations (a deadline, a “request” from a sweetheart) and inner expectations (write a novel in your free time, keep a New Year’s resolution).
Your response to expectations may sound slightly obscure, but it turns out to be very, very important.
  • Upholders respond readily to outer and inner expectations (I’m an Upholder, 100%)
  • Questioners question all expectations; they’ll meet an expectation if they think it makes sense–essentially, they make all expectations into inner expectations
  • Obligers meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations they impose on themselves
  • Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike"  

                                                        Click here to learn more about the four tendencies

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