Blog Profile / The Happiness Project

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Archived Since:November 13, 2008

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Podcast: Getting More Sleep, Resisting Strong Temptations, and Why It’s OK To Be Boring

I’m very excited to announce the second episode of the new weekly podcast, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” One thing that makes this podcast especially fun is that I’m doing it with my sister the sage, Elizabeth Craft. So what will you...Show More Summary

“The Way We Live Our Days, What We Do at 10 A.M., Really Is the Way We Live Our Lives”

  Interview: Brigid Schulte. I’m fascinated by habits and happiness, so I’m very interested in how we can use our time wisely, get the most out of every day, include everything we value into our ordinary routine, and so on. So I was very interested to read journalist Brigid Schulte’s book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time. Show More Summary

Do You Find It Hard To Imagine That an Important Place Continues, After You Leave?

“I didn’t entirely like this glossy new surface, because it made the school look like a museum, and that’s exactly what it was to me, and what I did not want it to be. In the deep, tacit way in which feeling becomes stronger than thought,...Show More Summary

Revealed! Book Club Choices for March

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

To Be Creative, What Are the Best Habits To Follow?

Assay: This post is back by popular demand, because when I tell people that I’ve been working on Better Than Before, my book about habit change, one of the questions that people most often ask me is: “What habits are best for creativity?”...Show More Summary

Podcast: The First Episode of “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” — Exciting!

I’m thrilled to announce that...I have a podcast! It’s called “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” It has been hard to keep this secret, so I’m excited to reveal it at last. This podcast is one of many launching today on Panoply, a terrific new podcast network.  I’m so excited to be part of it — and in such good company. Show More Summary

Secret of Adulthood: Succeed by Failing

From Further Secrets of Adulthood. I try to see failure as a necessary aspect of success. Which is easier said than done. For instance, I often remind myself to Enjoy the fun of failure. This catchphrase has made a huge difference to me. Show More Summary

One Way To Use Someone Else to Strengthen Your Good Habits

In Better Than Before, my book about habit change, I outline the twenty-one strategies we can use to change our habits. Don’t be alarmed: twenty-one may seem like a huge number, but it’s actually good — it means that each of us has many options from which to choose. Show More Summary

For You, Does Abstaining Give Mastery Over a Pleasure–Or Not?

“It is not abstinence from pleasures that is best, but mastery over them without even being worsted. ” — Aristippus, quoted in A History of Ancient Philosophy This reminds me of one of my favorite lines from Samuel Johnson: “All severity...Show More Summary

How Laura Ingalls Wilder Got a Rebel To Learn His Lessons

I’m a huge fan of children’s literature (in fact, I’m in three reading groups where we read children’s and young-adult literature), and Laura Ingalls Wilder has always had a special place in my heart. So I was thrilled when I found out that her book Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, was being published. Show More Summary

Why I Was Stunned To Realize that Yesterday Was February 17.

Warning: This post is full of self-promotion. If you don’t like that sort of thing, skip it! (Most of my readers seem to understand that in a world of fewer bookstores and book coverage, we authors can get a bit pushy. I very much appreciate your patience on that front. Show More Summary

Be Selfless, If Only For Selfish Reasons; Selfish, If Only for Selfless Reasons

From Further Secrets of Adulthood: This is a very important Secret of Adulthood. Be selfless, if only for selfish reasons: do good, feel good — it really works! One of the best ways to make ourselves happier is to make someone else happier. Show More Summary

A Happy Habit: Celebrating Valentine’s Breakfast (as Pictured)

As part of the happiness-boosting experiments I tried while writing The Happiness Project — or was it while writing Happier at Home? — one of my favorite was to celebrate holiday breakfasts. I’ve been doing this for several years now. I copied this idea from a friend, after I saw how she’d set her table for her Valentine’s Day breakfast. Show More Summary

Feel Hurried Because You Have No Time, or Because You’re Wasting Your Life?

“The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time...Show More Summary

“Replying Too Quickly to Emails Is a Rotten Habit of Mine.”

Habits interview: Jennifer Senior. I’ve long been a big fan of Jennifer Senior’s writing in New York magazine — for instance, she recently published a fascinating piece, To the Office, With Love: What Do We Give Up When We All Become...Show More Summary

Which of These Four Stories Do You Tell Yourself About Money?

Paul Sullivan wrote an interesting New York Times piece, Stressed by Money? Get on the Couch,  about people going through “financial therapy” to get a better grip on their emotions and behavior around money. Certainly, from what I’ve...Show More Summary

Secret of Adulthood: You Know As Much As Most People

From Further Secrets of Adulthood. “I know as much as most people” is something that I remind myself when I’m confounded by an instruction manual, or by an app, or by some procedure I’m supposed to follow. This Secret of Adulthood reminds me that if I can’t figure something out, I shouldn’t beat myself up about it. Show More Summary

Do You Feel a Pull Toward Work, or a Pull Toward Leisure?

One of my most important happiness commandments — okay, my most important happiness commandment — is to “Be Gretchen.” I’m always trying to understand myself, and how I’m alike or different from other people.  (For instance, I ask myself...Show More Summary

Do You Have the Habit of Having Habits? Or Do You Fight Habits?

“Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.” –Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance How do you feel about habits? Do you fight against...Show More Summary

Before and After: An Obliger Figures Out How To Exercise Regularly

Have I mentioned that I have a book coming out, about habits? Oh right, I may have mentioned it. Yes, indeed, my book Better Than Before comes out March 17. So close and yet so far! Somehow the fact that it’s now “February” instead of...Show More Summary

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