Blog Profile / The Happiness Project

Filed Under:Lifestyle / Happiness
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Archived Since:November 13, 2008

Blog Post Archive

“Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Is a Top Priority, and a Bath Is a Delightful Habit.”

Interview: Michelle Segar. I was excited to get my copy of motivation scientist Michelle Segar’s new book, No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness. She and I are interested in so many of the...Show More Summary

Podcast 14: Cultivate a Shrine, Know What’s Different about You, and Fight Hostess Neurosis.

It’s Wednesday– time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ Updates: we have listeners in 192 countries! Zoikes. And we’ve heard from a lot of people who have successfully used the “one-minute rule” that we discussed in the first episode. Show More Summary

Secret of Adulthood: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves

Of everything that I’ve considered and concluded about happiness and good habits, I think this phrase sums it up best. We must strive to know ourselves, and accept the truth about ourselves, but at the same time, try to do the best we...Show More Summary

Need a Good Gift for a Father in Your Life? Look No Further!

 Sunday, June 21, is Father’s Day in the United States and Canada. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for a father in your life, may I suggest my new (bestselling) book, Better Than Before? It’s all about how we can master our habits. I’ve heard from a lot of people who are giving the book as a gift. Show More Summary

Do You Have an Image that Calms You? Like a Clock During a Thunderstorm.

“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” -Robert Louis Stevenson I love this image, and often recall it to my mind when I feel anxious or harried. Do you have an image that calms you?

Trying to Change a Habit? Beware These 5 Traps.

Today is Tip Day: Avoid five habit traps that can destroy your good habits. In my book Better Than Before, I describe the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. Habits — the most fascinating subject ever. One thingShow More Summary

Podcast 14: Stop Reading a Book, a Know-Yourself-Better Quiz, and the Trap of Free Stuff.

Time for the next episode of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ Always game to talk about her clutter issues, Elizabeth reports on the status of her closet, in the aftermath of our special clutter-clearing in episode 10. For better and after closet photos, look here. Show More Summary

Secret of Adulthood: The Fun Part Doesn’t Come Later; Now Is the Fun Part

From Further Secrets of Adulthood. I remind myself of this often. For instance, when I’m writing a book, and I’m thinking of how nice it will be to have it published and out in the world, I remind myself, “Ah, but the research! The writing!...Show More Summary

Have You Ever Felt a “Call” to Do a Certain Kind of Work?

Assay: A few weeks ago, my family and I went to see Sequence 8, a performance by Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers, if your French is rusty). It’s a performance that’s part circus, part dance…it’s very compelling. But as much as I enjoyed...Show More Summary

We Really Don’t Have That Kind of Time.

“But about a month before my friend Pammy died, she said something that may have permanently changed me. “We had gone shopping for a dress for me to wear that night to a nightclub with the man I was seeing at the time. Pammy was in a wheelchair, wearing her Queen Mum wig, the Easy Rider look in her eyes. Show More Summary

“I Can Be More Effective If I Don’t Overcommit; There Are Few Truly Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunities.”

Interview: Kamy Wicoff. Years ago, I got to know Kamy when we met through common acquaintances, and she started inviting me to her monthly Salon for Women Writers. It was terrific — not only did I get to know Kamy, but I met severalShow More Summary

Podcast #12: Indulge in a Modest Splurge, Tigger vs. Eeyore, Road Rage, and April Fool’s Pranks.

Time for the next episode of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ A fun episode, because Elizabeth got to record it from our hometown, Kansas City (Missouri, for those of you who know your K.C.). Back in episode 2, Elizabeth vowed that she would start setting an alarm to help her get to bed earlier, and in this episode she reports on her progress. Show More Summary

Secret of Adulthood: What We Do Every Day Matters More Than What We Do Once in a While.

From Further Secrets of Adulthood. Agree, disagree? I think this Secret of Adulthood is very helpful when it comes to habits. If we want our lives to be better than before, it helps to think about what we do most of the time. In Better...Show More Summary

Of All the Posts I’ve Ever Written, This Is One of My Favorites.

Assay: Lately I’ve been doing some research on Thomas Merton (long story), and that got me thinking about Flannery O’Connor, and that got me thinking about a post that I wrote several years ago. Of all the posts I’ve ever written, this...Show More Summary

“So Much of Life in Its Meshes! She Called in Her Soul to Come and See.”

“Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.” — Zora Neal Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Video: The Moral Licensing Loophole. Very Popular!

In my new (bestselling) book, Better Than Before, I identify the twenty-one strategies of habit-formation, and one is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the ten categories of loopholes. I love studying loopholes, because they’re so funny. Show More Summary

Tom Rath and Gretchen Rubin Talk about Habits That Create Well-Being.

From Gretchen Rubin:  I got to know Tom Rath because we’re both members of the Silicon Guild, though of course, I’d known Tom’s work for years. He has written five bestsellers, including his blockbuster StrengthsFinder 2.0. I read his...Show More Summary

Podcast #11: Make the Positive Argument, Simplicity vs. Abundance, and Sunscreen.

Time for the next episode of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ Last week’s special closet-clearing episode was a ton of fun. Don’t miss the before-and-after photos! This week, we’re back to the usual format. Here’s what Elizabeth and I discuss in today’s episode: We update listeners on “updates” — from episode 2. Show More Summary

Secret of Adulthood: Sometimes, You Have to Work Hard to Be Lazy.

From Further Secrets of Adulthood. I feel this way often. I need to schedule time to be unscheduled, I need to force myself to wander, I have to reassure myself that staring into space is as useful as staring into my laptop. I guessShow More Summary

Why It’s a Bad Idea to “Interview for Pain.”

One of my favorite parenting books is Michael Thompson and Catherine O’Neill’s Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understand the Social Lives of Children. Like most good parenting books, the advice turns out to be just as useful when dealing with adults as it is when dealing with children. Show More Summary

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