Blog Profile / The Happiness Project

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Archived Since:November 13, 2008

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“When I Dread a Task, I Remind Myself, ‘The Only Way Past It Is Through It.'”

Interview: Greer Hendricks. Greer Hendricks is one of my favorite people, and someone who had a huge influence on my life as a writer: she was the first editor to buy one of my books. She and I worked together to publish Power Money Fame Sex: A User's Guide. What a joy it was to […]

Today Is the Anniversary of the Happiest Day of My Life. Here’s Why.

Every year, I celebrate January 9. January 9, 2015, was one of the happiest days of my whole life. Back then, I wrote this piece about why January 9 was one of the happiest days of my life, and I re-post it every year, to commemorate the occasion. So here it is... Assay: Today is […]

Agree: Even One Task Fulfilled at Regular Intervals…Can Bring Order into Life as a Whole.

"Even one task fulfilled at regular intervals in a man's life can bring order into his life as a whole; everything else hinges upon it. By keeping a record of my experiences I live my life twice over. The past returns to me. The future is always with me." -- The Journal of Eugene Delacroix […]

“I Will Not Say ‘Yes’ When My Heart Says ‘No.'”

Interview: Courtney Carver. I love the subject of clutter-clearing. So, of course, I'm intrigued by the work of Courtney Carver -- her site declares: "Are you overwhelmed with clutter and busyness? It's time to create a life with more clarity, ease, and joy." Wonderful. Her new book, Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead […]

An Interesting and Useful Exercise: The Year-End Review with Myself.

In my book The Happiness Project, I describe how I belong to the three-person group "MGM" where we get together periodically to talk about issues, challenges, hopes, and frustrations related to our careers. I'm the "G" in the MGM, and the Ms are Michael Melcher and Marci Alboher. We've been meeting now for a long […]

Agree? “I Can’t Be the Only One Who Wants to Wear Color in Wintertime.”

Interview: Melissa Nicholson. The other day I posted about my color adventure in London: getting my colors analyzed. I'm doing everything I can think of to feed my obsession with color. I'm trying to follow that interest anywhere it leads, as a way to get myself to do the novel and challenging things that I […]

Beautiful Color! Coral and Apple-Green and Lavender and Faint Orange, and Indian Blue.

From F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby: Recovering himself in a minute he opened for us two hulking patent cabinets which held his massed suits and dressing-gowns and ties, and his shirts, piled like bricks in stacks a dozen high. “I’ve got a man in England who buys me clothes. He sends over a […]

Use the Four Tendencies to Tackle Your New Year’s Resolutions (Or Not).

If you want to keep a resolution -- for the New Year, or at any other time -- knowing your Tendency can help you stick to it. This knowledge provides important clues for how to address any challenges that might come up.

More Gift-Giving Suggestions! 7 of My Favorite Suggestions from the “Happier” Podcast.

On the "Happier with Gretchen Rubin" podcast, Elizabeth and I have mentioned several items that might make good gifts. So, in case gift-finding is turning into a Happiness Stumbling Block for you, consider these: Flying Wish Paper -- this is so fun to use. You see it fly into the air, and you get to […]

“When Writing, I Procrastinate for Weeks, Then I Write a Huge Chunk in a Few Days.”

Interview: Robin Benway. I've written many times about how I'm a huge, raving fan of children's and young-adult literature. I read these books as a child, and I continue to read them as an adult. I'm in three (yes, three) book groups where we talk about kidlit. (If you want to see my list of […]

Need Holiday Gift-Giving Ideas? Here are the 7 Books I Most Often Give as Gifts.

I love giving books as gifts -- during the holiday season, and throughout the year. I constantly recommend a million books, but there is a handful of books that I find myself giving over and over, because they've had such an influence on me. Here are the seven that I most often give as gifts: […]

Ever Get the Feeling that You Just Can’t Contain the Beauty of the World?

O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!    Thy winds, thy wide grey skies!    Thy mists, that roll and rise! Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag And all but cry with colour!   That gaunt crag To crush!   To lift the lean of that black bluff! World, World, I cannot get thee close enough! Long […]

My London Color Adventure, Part II — Getting My “Color Season” Analyzed.

The other day, I wrote about my decision to have color adventures while I was visiting London. Before I left New York City, I'd made a plan to visit the Lycurgus Cup in the British Museum. As reluctant as I usually am to have spontaneous adventures (Upholder), I did have an unplanned color adventure during […]

Looking for Holiday Gifts? Consider These Suggestions. (Warning: Blatant Self-Promotion!)

'Tis the season to buy presents, and most of us can use some good suggestions. So be warned, I’m going to make a plug for my various creations -- books, journals, calendar, coloring book, and even mugs.

My London Color Adventure, Part I — the Lycurgus Cup in the British Museum.

I'm in London to promote my book The Four Tendencies, and to make my explorations of London even more fun, I decided to have some color-related adventures while I'm here. Now why color? I spend most of my time reflecting and writing on human nature -- happiness, habits, the Four Tendencies, and so on. But […]

From London: Some Thoughts About Happiness, and a Few Travel Hacks.

Hello from London! I'm here after a whirlwind stops in Dublin and Belfast -- I want to go back to both places for a longer visit. It's often noted how travel expands the mind and our sense of possibilities, and how it shakes us out of routine and familiarity. And like many cliched ideas, it's […]

As You’ve Grown Older, Have You Become More Willing to Consider a Person “Good?”

“As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms than I was formerly.” --Samuel Johnson, quoted in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson As you've grown older, and had more experience of the world, do you think you […]

Working Is One of the Most Dangerous Forms of Procrastination–18th Century Style.

“Idleness is often covered by turbulence and hurry. He that neglects his known duty and real employment naturally endeavours to crowd his mind with something that may bar out the remembrance of his own folly, and does any thing but what he ought to do with eager diligence, that he may keep himself in his […]

What Do You Plan to Read Tomorrow?–Apparently It’s the Biggest Reading Day of the Year?

According to a study commissioned by the huge bookseller Barnes & Noble, Thanksgiving Eve--which this year falls tomorrow, on Wednesday, November 22--is the busiest reading day of the year. It's a very popular (and therefore stressful) travel day, and many people turn to books and periodicals to make traveling more pleasant. My family usually celebrates […]

Which Do You Prefer? “Simple Beauty with No Explanation, or Knowing Exactly How and Why?”

I don't know which is better: simple beauty with no explanation, or knowing exactly how and why seed pods are organized.'

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