Blog Profile / The Happiness Project


URL :http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Happiness
Posts on Regator:1454
Posts / Week:3.7
Archived Since:November 13, 2008

Blog Post Archive

A Little Happier: Accept Myself, and Expect More from Myself.

It’s time for the latest A Little Happier. It’s a Secret of Adulthood: I want to accept myself, and expect more from myself. Here, again, are those quotations I read: In The Dyer’s Hand, in the essay “Reading,” W.  H. Auden wrote: “Between...Show More Summary

Do You Feel the “Pleasure of the Expected?” Like the Opening Routine of the Tonight Show.

“There is such a thing as the pleasure of the expected. Opening routine of ‘Tonight Show’ provides it; millions would feel cheated if the ceremony were changed.” — Kenneth Tynan, “Fifteen Years of the Salto Mortale,” New Yorker (FYI:...Show More Summary

Got the Urge to Do Some Spring-Cleaning? Avoid These 5 Classic Mistakes.

It’s spring! (In my part of the world, at least.) And with spring comes the urge to do some spring-cleaning. The warmer weather and the fresh breezes make me want my home to feel orderly, spacious, and clean. So far, I’ve tackled three kitchen cabinets, a closet, and my pile of white t-shirts. Show More Summary

Podcast 66: Why It’s Helpful to Give Advice Only When Asked, and the Challenges of Email Etiquette and Vacation Hangovers.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: We got many interesting responses to the “Stop stockpiling” discussion from episode 62. Remember,  I’m doing weekly live videos on my Facebook Page about the podcast. Show More Summary

Agree? “A Little Too Much Anger Can Destroy More Than You Would Ever Imagine.”

“A little too much anger, too often or at the wrong time, can destroy more than you would ever imagine. Above all, mind what you say.” — Marilynne Robinson, Gilead How I love all the novels of Marilynne Robinson. Housekeeping, so brilliant. Show More Summary

A Little Happier: There’s Great Value, Especially in a Family, Of Knowing When to Say Nothing.

It’s time for the latest A Little Happier. Can you think of a time when you — or someone else — managed to leave words unsaid? It’s harder than it sounds. Thanks to my terrific sponsor: Squarespace. Start building your website and get...Show More Summary

Can You “Drift” Your Way into Graduate School? Oh Yes.

From time to time, I write about “drift.” Drift is the decision you make by not deciding, or by making a decision that unleashes consequences for which you don’t take responsibility. You want to dodge a fight with the people around you,...Show More Summary

Have You Ever Been Made Happier by a “Modest Splurge?” Of What? For Me, Magic Markers.

I’m an under-buyer, and for the most part, I dislike shopping, errands, and buying stuff. In fact, one of my happiness-project resolutions is to “Indulge in a modest splurge.” I remind myself that sometimes, it makes me happy to indulge...Show More Summary

Podcast 65: Enjoy Your Home’s Special Features, Arianna Huffington Talks About Sleep, and the Pleasure of Children’s Literature.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Remember,  I’m doing weekly live videos on my Facebook Page about the podcast. I talk to viewers about questions, comments, suggestions. Any episode; don’t worry if you’re not caught up. Show More Summary

Want to Read about Happiness or Habits? Check Out These 15 Outstanding Books.

My favorite thing to do, by a long shot, is to read books — and then to try to persuade other people to read the books I love. So I get great joy from my monthly book club, where I recommend three books: one book about happiness, habits,...Show More Summary

A Little Happier: People Do Best What Comes Naturally. Agree?

Do you agree, that people do best what comes naturally? As I mentioned, I came across this story when I was doing research for my short biography Forty Ways to Look at JFK. What a joy it was to write that book! Kennedy is such an enigmatic...Show More Summary

Are You Clutter-Blind? Or Do You Know Someone Who Is?

One thing that continues to surprise me about the nature of good habits and happiness is the degree to which, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm. More, really, than it should. In the context of life of a happy life,...Show More Summary

Podcast 64: Go Slow to Go Fast; What Do You Lie About; and a New Segment–the “Happiness Hack.”

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Remember,  I’m doing weekly live videos on my Facebook Page about the podcast. I talk to viewers about questions, comments, suggestions. Any episode; don’t worry if you’re not caught up. Show More Summary

Are You a Worrier? Three Tips to Worry Less.

I worry to some extent, of course, but I don’t think I worry as much as a lot of people. Many people worry about how much they worry! Today, the New York Times had an interesting article by Roni Caryn Rabin, “Worried? You’re Not Alone.” In...Show More Summary

A Little Happier: The Days Are Long, But the Years Are Short.

Of everything I’ve ever created, I think my one-minute video The Years Are Short is the thing that resonates most with people. It’s even more poignant now — my daughter Eliza, the little girl in the story, is seventeen years old! Sunrise,...Show More Summary

Agree? “You Take More Care of Your Shoe, Than Your Foot.”

“You take more care of your shoes, than your foot.” –Traditional proverb Agree, disagree? I love all proverbs, aphorisms, koans, and teaching stories — which is one reason I started doing the “A Little Happier” mini-episodes of our podcast. Show More Summary

Why It Doesn’t Matter Much Whether You’re a Man or a Woman, for Happiness and Good Habits.

When it comes to figuring out happiness and good habits, I don’t think it matters much if you’re a man or a woman. It’s easy to assume that certain aspects of ourselves matter more than they do. For instance, birth order. People believe that birth order has a big influence on personality — but research has disproved this. Show More Summary

Book Club Choices Revealed! Three Terrific Books to Read in May.

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

Episode 63: The Problem of Passwords, Why Rewards Can Be Dangerous, and Does Elizabeth Have to Write These Thank-You Notes?

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Big news! (At least for me.) I’m doing weekly live videos on my Facebook Page about the podcast. I talk to viewers about questions, comments, suggestions. Any episode; don’t worry if you’re not caught up. Show More Summary

A Little Happier: Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good.

It’s a Secret of Adulthood — admittedly, cribbed from Voltaire: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Be Gretchen! Just in time, I remembered not to let the perfect, fantasy Gretchen crowd out the actual, real Gretchen (who...Show More Summary

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