You're doing your habits wrong
"So, how much sleep do you get every night?"
"Do you write a certain number of words a day?"
"How's that Paleo Diet working out for you?"
I have this strange, er, habit of questioning people about minute details, often with the selfish goal of stealing their good practices and incorporating them into my own life. But what always fascinated me is why certain individuals are so much better at creating fulfilling, long-lasting habits and others...well, others abandon their new goals before January 31st. Lo, the answer is here: The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin wrote a new book, Better Than Before, which proposes that cultivating good habits is less about willpower than it is about your personality type. Figure out whether you're an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, or Rebel, and suddenly having a more sustainable, happier lifestyle doesn't seem so hard. Read more on "How to Hack Your Bad Habits" in my story on The Daily Beast. And if you have a spare 30 minutes, listen to her excellent podcast "Happier with Gretchen Rubin." It's one of my favorite new habits.