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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

Want to Write Better? 21 Reminders about the Elements of Good Style.

Whether you write all the time, or only occasionally, you’ve probably thought about how to write better. One of the best books about writing is The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White. It has been in print for forty years. I don’t know anything about Strunk, but I’m a huge fan of the writing of E. Show More Summary

A Little Happier: We Can’t Spare Our Children Normal Social Pain.

I have a few favorite parenting books that I’ve read and re-read, books such as Faber and Mazlish’s How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk and Siblings Without Rivalry; Schulman and Birnbaum’s Practical Wisdom for...Show More Summary

Is There One “Best” Type of Temperament? Or Tendency?

“Temperament does not predestine one man to sanctity and another to reprobation. All temperaments can serve as the material for ruin or for salvation…It does not matter how poor or how difficult a temperament we may be endowed with.Show More Summary

Episode 73: Get Rid of Something Useless, What to Do When Everything “Turns to Ashes”–and Something Beautiful for Free.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: We’ve heard from so many people about their signature colors, from episode 71; we’re going to do a Deep Dive soon. And despite her screaming, Elizabeth has...Show More Summary

Do You Love a Conference as Much as I Do? Plus, We Won an Award!

I just got back from Chicago, where I went to the Podcast Movement conference for podcasters. (Have I mentioned that I have a podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin? Yes, I think I have.) Beforehand, I had a funny conversation with a friend...Show More Summary

A Little Happier: If Others Think I Can Do a Job, I Can Probably Do It.

I love it when people know just the right thing to say in a situation. Here’s one of my favorite examples — when a friend found the right thing to say to me, when I was nervous before a job interview with Justice O’Connor. (Spoiler alert:...Show More Summary

Do You Have an Intense Interest in a Subject–Such as Nature?

The other night, I had a fun dinner with my law-school roommate — the roommate who told me about how she had the signature color of fuschia, if you listened to that recent episode of the Happier podcast. I was telling her how, thanks...Show More Summary

Podcast 72: Make Sure to Have “Room of Your Own,” Beware the Incomplete Upgrade, and My Parental Failure.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: In episode 64, we introduced the segment of the “Happiness Hack.” Some listeners sent us their favorite hacks. Keep sending them in! We love reading them. Try This at Home: Have room of your own. Show More Summary

5 Tips to Deal with Insomnia

Recently I had a bad night of tossing and turning. I was up for a few hours, then overslept the next morning. And while I was lying there, unable to sleep, I knew I was violating some of the beat-the-insomnia advice that experts give. Show More Summary

A Little Happier: I May Not Be the Best, But I’m Probably Not the Worst.

This conversation I had with my husband, during the first year we were married, is something I recall often. I don’t want to settle for mediocrity, but it’s comforting to remember that — well, I may not the best at something, but I’m probably not the worst. Thanks to my terrific sponsor: Squarespace. Show More Summary

What Makes You Creative? What You’ve Seen and Remember–or Something Else?

‘Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory. Nothing can come of nothing; he who has laid up no materials, can produce no combinations.” –Sir...Show More Summary

Revealed! Book Club Choices for July. Such Great 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

I Make a Good Happiness Choice, and a Bad Happiness Choice.

One of the advantages of being a writer is that I have a lot of control over my time. However, I often don’t take advantage of that. I feel uncomfortable if I’m not being “productive” when I feel like I should be working — and most of the time, I feel like I should be working. But the other morning, I made a good happiness choice. Show More Summary

Podcast 71: Choose a Signature Color, and Ask “Am I an Alchemist or a Leopard?” Plus FOMO.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: We’ve heard from people about how they’re designing their summer. Great ideas. Try This at Home: Choose a signature color. This is a big commitment! I’m not sure I can make the jump, but I’m intrigued. Show More Summary

Struggling with Tasks That You Don’t Want To Do? Try These 7 Tips.

How many times each day do you try to work yourself up to tackle some undesirable task? If you’re like me – several times. For instance, I’ve been refining my Four Tendencies Quiz. Almost 500,000 people have taken the quiz — which is...Show More Summary

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