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Make Your Bed (And Other Tips For Happiness)

Gretchen Rubin at the World Domination Summit 2013 in Portland, Oregon.
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Gretchen Rubin at the World Domination Summit 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

Gretchen Rubin is a student of human nature. And she’s built a cottage industry around helping people improve their habits and happiness.

“Habits are the invisible architecture of a happy life, and when we change our habits, we change our lives,” she said.

In this podcast, Rubin discusses a positive strategy involving treats, the fact that we often give up an activity after reaching a goal, and why it's important to make your bed.

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Rubin is the best-selling author of “Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life.” Anna Tatistcheff recorded her talk at The Seattle Public Library Central Library on Jan. 19.

Web Exclusive: Listen to Rubin's full talk below.

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