Teaching You to Be Better Than Before

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

In today’s Opening General Session, Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling book The Happiness Project, will talk about changing the habits that may be hindering you from achieving your essential goals.

In her new book, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, Rubin says the key to allowing yourself to change habits is self-knowledge. “The fact is, no one-size-fits-all solution exists,” she writes. “It’s easy to dream that if we copy the habits of creative, productive people, we’ll win similar success. But we each must cultivate the habits that work for us.”

When it comes to changing habits, people fit into one of four categories, Rubin writes in Better Than Before:

• Upholders respond readily to outer and inner expectations.
• Questioners question all expectations; they’ll meet an expectation if they think it makes sense.
• Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike.
• Obligers meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations they impose on themselves.

Attendees can plan to leave this session with a clearer understanding of their own nature, so they can work to change habits and choose strategies that lead to living better, happier lives.

“To a certain extent, you are who you are,” Rubin said in an interview with PCMA’s Convene magazine. When you accept yourself, “you can expect more from yourself in a way that’s compatible of your true nature. Don’t judge and think that you have to change yourself. You just have to change the way things are set up, and you can get the results you want.”