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Archived Since:November 13, 2008

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Podcast 28: Don’t Interview for Pain, Face the Challenge of Shared Work, and Whether to Keep Ice Cream in the Freezer.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” To listen to this episode, just zip to the bottom of this post and hit the red “play” button. Or if you’re reading this post by email, click to view online, to listen...Show More Summary

Revealed! Book Club Choices for September 2015. Such Good Books.

Pardon this moment of book self-promotion: For many people — at least in this part of the world — September marks a time of new beginnings. In my book, Happier at Home, I write about how I did a project from September through May, to make my home a happier place. Show More Summary

Agree, Disagree? September is the Other January. Time for a New Start.

Even though I haven’t been in school for a long time, for me, September  marks the beginning of a new year.  Orange is the new black, breakfast is the new lunch, Monday is the new Thursday, pork is the other white meat, and September is the other January. Show More Summary

Do You Do Your Best Thinking in the Bathtub?

Interview: Elisabeth Egan. I got to know Liz Egan because so many people told me, “You’ve got to meet Liz Egan!” We knew so many people in common that finally we just had lunch — which was a ton of fun.  She’s the books editor at Glamour and has written for numerous publications, and we have writerly friends in common. Now she’s also a novelist. Show More Summary

Podcast 27: Choose the Bigger Life, Identify Your “Tell”–and I Reveal Whether I’ll Get a Dog.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” I’m just back from vacation, this minute! But before I unpack, I want to post about the latest episode. Update: In episode 24, Elizabeth talked about her beloved “Blankey,” her childhood blanket that she still sleeps with every night. Show More Summary

Podcast 26: Pick a One-Word Theme for the Year, Take the First Step–and Paper or Digital Calendar?

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” I’m actually on vacation, but am making a brief appearance to post about this episode. Update: Elizabeth records live from her treadmill desk Which we’ve discussed many times, including in the very first episode. Show More Summary

Happiness Is…Taking a Vacation.

Farewell — I’m off on a family vacation. It’s time for an “island of leisure,” as William Edward Hartpole Lecky put it: “Pleasure is a jewel which will only retain its luster when it is in a setting of work, and a vacant life is oneShow More Summary

Podcast 25: Hilarious Tips from A. J. Jacobs: Posture, Brainstorming, and Eat from the Fridge, Not the Pantry.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: In episode 21,we discussed the try-this-at-home tip, “Join or start a group.” We heard about many interesting, productive groups. Remember, you can request the starter kit for starting a Better Than Before Habits group, or a Happiness Project group. Show More Summary

Agree, Disagree? Outer Order Contributes to Inner Calm.

From Further Secrets of Adulthood: Outer order contributes to inner calm. Agree, disagree? One of the things about happiness that continually surprises me is the degree to which, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm,...Show More Summary

Like Me, Are You Haunted by Reading People’s Final Journal Entries?

Lately, I’ve been somewhat obsessively reading Thomas Merton’s journals. It was very eerie to read the final entry in his journal — which, of course, he had no idea would be his last. And that got me remembering other final journal entries from authors I love. From Thomas Merton: Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Show More Summary

“You Know What I Was,/You See What I Am: Change Me, Change Me!”

The saris go by me from the embassies. Cloth from the moon. Cloth from another planet. They look back at the leopard like the leopard. And I….                this print of mine, that has kept its color Alive through so many cleanings;...Show More Summary

Video: “I Can’t Stick to My Good Habit, Because I’ll Inconvenience Someone Else.”

In my latest (bestselling) book, Better Than Before, I identify the twenty-one strategies of habit-formation, and one is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the ten categories of loopholes. I love studying loopholes, because they’re so funny. Show More Summary

Agree, Disagree? Memories Live Longer Than Dreams.

Interview: James Wallman. I’ve long been fascinated by the relationships between people and possessions. It’s a complicated, rich, emotionally-fraught bond. In the chapter on the Strategy of Distinctions in my book Better Than Before,...Show More Summary

Podcast 24: Take Photos of Everyday Life, the Tension that Exists in Love–and Should I Get a Dog?

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: After episode 17, listeners got in touch to tell us about the things that they call their preciousssss. Fascinating. And do you have a beloved toy — or other...Show More Summary

Secrets of Adulthood: “__ Is a Good Servant But a Bad Master.” Fill in the Blank.

From Further Secrets of Adulthood: “_____ is a good servant but a bad master.” What else would you suggest? Habits, certainly. Ambition. Television. Punctuality. How would you fill in that blank?    

5 Reasons Why Going to a Podcasting Conference Made Me Happier.

This weekend, my sister Elizabeth and I went to the Podcast Movement conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Now that we’re doing our weekly podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin,  how better to embrace our podcaster identity than to go to a...Show More Summary

My College Roommate Sent Me a Sketch of Myself–What a Memory.

One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: “Always remember how easy it is to forget.” I’ve tried a lot of things — keeping a one-sentence journal, taking tourist photos of my own romance — to help hang on to memories. It’s funny, though, what can unleash a memory. Show More Summary

Revealed! Book Club Choices for August 2015.

Pardon this moment of book self-promotion: I was very happy that the Washington Post included Better Than Before in its terrific list, A summer reading list that will help you professionally. Many great ideas for reading. (Want to know more about Better Than Before? Excerpt here. Show More Summary

Podcast 24: Choose an Office TV Show, Do You Savor or Spree, and Keeping Good Habits While Traveling.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Elizabeth clarifies that Adam is protective, but not over-protective (she felt that she was a bit harsh in episode 20). Try This at Home: Choose an office TV show. Show More Summary

How Do You Feel About Gifts? A List of Questions.

Today is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day: A list of questions about gifts. People often ask, “What’s the key to happiness?” I think that question can be answered in a few different ways, depending on the framework used to approach the question. For instance, one answer is: self-knowledge. Show More Summary

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