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One Year No Beer Podcast Episode 9 – with Gretchen Rubin

Everyday is an opportunity to stick to your good habits. Or if you have not-so-good ones, a chance to change them. Our featured guest in this episode provides us with a comprehensive toolkit to smash our bad habits.

In this installment of our podcast, One Year No Beer Co-Founder Ruari Fairbairns talks to Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen is the author of several bestselling books that include the blockbusters Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, plus biographies of John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill. Her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide in more than thirty languages. She also hosts an award-winning weekly podcast called Happier with Gretchen Rubin. She’s been interviewed by Oprah, has walked arm-in-arm with the Dalai Lama, and is considered as one of the “22 Brilliant Thinkers Everyone Should Follow on Twitter” by Business Insider.

The Transition

Gretchen relates in this episode that she had just started her law career (clerking for the former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She admits that writing started as a hobby for her and, lucky for us, has developed into a flourishing full-time job.

On cultivating the habit of writing, she advises, “You actually have to be writing, not just thinking it.” She also emphasizes that having a subject is the most important thing: “You cannot be a writer if you cannot figure out what you want to write about.”

“I want to be happy”

In the podcast, Gretchen shares that as she was finishing one of her itunes-buttonbiographies, she thought, “What do I want from life, anyway?” Well, she wanted to be happy, she determined. So she decided to do The Happiness Project, and found a world of happiness by changing habits for the better.

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If the key to happiness is changing our habits, then it’s crucial to know how we can change them. Gretchen’s most recent masterpiece of a book, Better Than Before, delivers answers to this conundrum.

Listen to this episode as Gretchen shares some of the most insightful research-based strategies to make or break habits. She also gives invaluable advice on leading an alcohol-free lifestyle.


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