Gretchen Rubin: The Four Tendencies (how to start and stick to anything).

Guest: Gretchen Rubin is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Four TendenciesBetter Than Before and The Happiness Project.

On her weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft.

Want to hear more from Gretchen? Listen here to her 2015 conversation with Jonathan.

Four TendenciesAbout The Four Tendencies: During her investigation into understanding human nature, Gretchen discovered that when it comes to our ability to start and stick with anything, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and succeed in nearly anything meaningful.

Big Idea:  Gretchen reveals the surprising truth about the four hidden personality types or tendencies that drive everything we do. Learn how to understand yourself better—and also how to influence others more effectively.

Current passion project: Her new book, The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too). Join more than 600,000 people and learn more about your tendency by taking The Four Tendencies quiz here. 

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