Blog Profile / The Happiness Project

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Archived Since:November 13, 2008

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A Little Happier: Laura Ingalls Wilder, and We Can Admit that the People We Love Aren’t Perfect.

I’m a huge fan of children’s literature. I’m in three children’s literature reading groups, and I read that literature all the time. So naturally one of my favorite writers is Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her Little House books are masterpieces. The...Show More Summary

According to Stephen King: “The Scariest Moment Is Always ____.”

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” –Stephen King, On Writing Stephen King is talking about writing, but I think this applies to starting, generally. And for people who struggle with procrastination, it’s a very helpful thing to remember. Show More Summary

Do You Ever Enjoy Listening to a Spirited Discussion about a Subject You Know Nothing About? I Do.

Have I mentioned that I have a podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin? Oh right, I think maybe I have. Well, because I’m fascinated with all things podcast-related, I get a brilliant newsletter called Hot Pod, which is written by my friend...Show More Summary

Podcast 78: Seek Out Silence, Are You Pulled Toward Work or Leisure, and Don’t Over-Plan Your Summer.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Our listener Kristen pointed out that when using the Strategy of Pairing (one of the Strategies from my book Better Than Before), it’s also important to be...Show More Summary

News Flash: Watching TV with Your Sweetheart May Boost Your Happiness.

I’m very interested in the role of TV-watching in our happiness. After all,  after sleeping and work, it’s the biggest consumer of the world’s time. So I was interested to see that new research suggests that for  couples who don’t have...Show More Summary

A Little Happier: Sisters Nora and Delia Ephron, and the Intimacy of “I’ll Take Food from Your Fridge.”

I’m a big fan of Nora Ephron’s movies and books (books like Heartburn, Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble, I Feel Bad about My Neck; movies like When Harry Met, Sleepless in Seattle). In fact, I just recommended Heartburn for my monthly...Show More Summary

Podcast 77: Go On an “Errand Date,” Deal with the Nasty Areas of Your House, and Handling Sentimental Items.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: A listener updates us on her theme for the year: “More Music.” Try This at Home: Go on an “errand date.” Happiness Hack: For people sharing a space, Erin suggests...Show More Summary

A Little Happier: I Read the Short Story that Was Read as Part of My Wedding.

In episode 76, a listener asked for suggestions for great wedding readings, and I promised that I’d read “I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone,” the short story from Richard Brautigan’s wonderful story collection The Revenge of the...Show More Summary

Agree? A Song Can Fix a Particular Year in Your Mind.

“Songs last forever. They fix particular years in your mind.” — D.V., Diana Vreeland I certainly find this to be true in my own life. Like a scent, a song can instantly transport me back to a particular time. Agree, disagree? What songs...Show More Summary

I Do Love Writing Manifestos. Here’s My 11-Point Manifesto for Podcasting.

As I mention in episode 76 of the Happier podcast, I love writing manifestos — and I think it’s a very valuable exercise. Whenever I try to distill my ideas into a clear, succinct list, I find that my understanding improves, and I have a much better sense of what I’m trying to do. I’ve done a Happiness Manifesto and a Habits Manifesto. Show More Summary

Podcast 76: Write Your Manifesto, Bring Your Own Condiments, the Challenges of Being Distracted by Your Phone and Picking a Wedding Reading.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Elizabeth found a very worthless item in her kitchen. Sorry–she sent me a photo of it, and now I can’t find it anywhere. Try This at Home: Write your own manifesto. Show More Summary

Revealed! Book Club Choices for August. Three Terrific Books.

Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: one outstanding book about happiness or habits one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for kidlit one eccentric...Show More Summary

A Little Happier: Important Lesson from Dr. Seuss–It’s Fun to Have Fun, But You Have to Know How.

The Cat in the Hat said it, and it’s a truth that I feel more deeply with every year that passes: It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how — and that may take some serious reflection. Research shows that the absence of “feeling...Show More Summary

Do You Struggle to Give Up an Object that Once Served You Well? For Me, My Laptops.

“We conceive…a sort of gratitude for those inanimated objects, which have been the causes of great or frequent pleasure to us. The sailor, who, as soon as he got ashore, should mend [build] his fire with the plank upon which he had just escaped from a shipwreck, would seem to be guilty of an unnatural action. Show More Summary

I Need Suggestions! What’s a Great Book to Read on an Airplane?

My daughter and I are going to London next week. I’m not a huge traveler, but I know that novelty and challenge boost happiness, that new experiences stay in the memory better than familiar experiences, and that shared adventures are a great way to get closer to the people we love. Show More Summary

Podcast 75: Develop a Minor Expertise, a Deep Dive into Signature Color, and How Do You Help a Rebel Sweetheart to Get a New Job?

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: We won an award! At the recent Podcast Movement conference, Happier with Gretchen Rubin” won the Academy of Podcasters “Best Health and Fitness Podcast 2016.” Exciting! Try This at Home: Develop a minor expertise. Show More Summary

What Are the Funniest Movies? 11 Suggestions to Get You Thinking.

I have a friend who’s going through a very rough patch, and I said to him, “You need to take short breaks from your worries. Why don’t you make an effort to watch funny movies? They’ll give you a little boost, when you’re feeling low. Show More Summary

A Little Happier: Why General Eisenhower Sent a 15-Word Telegram Instead of an Elaborate Message.

This  story makes me choke up, every time. I came across so many powerful stories like this when I was researching Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill. What a subject! Have you ever had an experience like this — when you felt that...Show More Summary

One of the Biggest Happiness Mistakes that I Keep Making, Over and Over.

“One lives in the naïve notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past.” –Elias Canetti, The Human Province I continually remind myself of this truth. Too often, I tell myself, “I’ll have time for this when summerShow More Summary

Podcast 74: Choose the Quote for Your Yearbook Page, Use the Strategy of Pairing, and Some Thoughts about the Four Tendencies.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: If you want to take the Four Tendencies quiz, it’s here, to find out if you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel. What would be some good questions...Show More Summary

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