Blog Profile / The Happiness Project

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Archived Since:November 13, 2008

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“A Good Nap Can Change a Person’s Whole Perspective.”

Interview: Anna Palmer. Anna Palmer is the senior Washington correspondent for POLITICO and the co-author of POLITICO's Playbook She’s also the co-host of the daily POLITICO morning podcast Playbook Audio Briefing (which she records at 4 a.m. every morning!) as well as host of the Women Rule podcast. I couldn’t wait to talk to Anna […]

A Question I’m Often Asked: What Kind of Treadmill Desk Does Elizabeth Use?

In my book The Happiness Project, I describe how and why I bought my sister Elizabeth a treadmill desk, to use in her office where she works as a writer and producer in Hollywood. Along with getting my husband a subscription to Sports Illustrated, this is the most successful gift I’ve ever given. I had […]

“I Made a Decision to Stop Complaining. About Anything.”

Interview: Geneen Roth. Geneen Roth is a bestselling writer of many books who, in her work, examines the relationships among identity, food, spirituality, body image, money, and other aspects of our everyday lives. That is, some of the most some complex and charged issues within the larger subject of happiness. She has a new book […]

I Wrote My “18 for 2018” List. Now It’s Time to See How I’m Doing So Far

In episodes 149 and 152 of the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, my sister Elizabeth and I talked about how we created a list of our "18 for 2018" – eighteen things we wanted to get done in 2018. Well, we’re a few months into 2018 now, and I thought I’d review my progress so far. […]

Secret of Adulthood: I’m Unique, Just Like Everyone Else.

In her memoir Life with Picasso, Francoise Gilot quoted Matisse: As Matisse said, "When I look at a fig tree, every leaf has a different design. They all have their own manner of moving in space; yet in their own separate ways, they all cry, 'Fig tree.'" It's one of my Secrets of Adulthood: I'm […]

A Question I’m Often Asked: What Are Some Fun Things to Do in Kansas City?

I love my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, and talk about it often – and people ask, "What are some fun things to do in Kansas City?" I like that question, because it reminds me that I can be a tourist without leaving home. A tourist reads and studies, a tourist shows up, a tourist […]

A Question I’m Often Asked: What’s My Process for Taking Notes?

One of my favorite things about myself is that I often become obsessed with certain subjects. I’ll do countless hours of research to learn more about these subjects, sometimes over the course of years. For instance, some of my obsessions have included: color, clutter, the placebo response, the sense of smell, dogs, the Eleusinian Mysteries, […]

“Spend More Time with Friends, Spend More Time in Nature, and Remember that My Job Is Just My Job, Not My Identity.”

Interview: John Leland. John Leland is a longtime journalist who has been at The New York Times since 2000. He's covered a wide range of topics, among them, retirement and religion. He also writes books, and he has a new book that is just hitting the shelves: Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from […]

Anton Chekhov’s Letter to His Brother about the 8 Conditions for “Civilized People.”

In 1886, Russian playwright and short-story writer Anton Chekhov wrote a letter of advice to his beloved older brother Nikolai, a talented painter and writer who suffered from severe alcoholism. Chekhov writes: To my mind, civilized people ought to satisfy the following conditions: 1. They respect the individual and are therefore always indulgent, gentle, polite […]

“I Love Running More for the Mental Clarity It Provides Than Anything Else.”

Interview: Melissa Dahl. Melissa is a senior editor at New York Magazine, and I got to know her work because I've been a long-time fan of Science of Us, a site that has now joined The Cut. The sites cover mental health, human behavior, personality, relationships, work, health, wellness -- all subjects that I love […]

Self-knowledge Can Help You Strengthen Your Romantic Relationships

Valentine’s Day is almost here – and if you’ve been thinking about the relationships in your life, you may be thinking about some questions that I often get: "How do people’s Tendencies play out in romantic relationships? Are any pairings particularly strong – or particularly troubled? Can The Four Tendencies help me improve my relationship?" […]

My 5 Favorite Novels About Relationships

Given that Valentine’s Day is approaching, if you’d like to read a novel about relationships, here are some of my favorites. Never fear, each one stands on its own, and is well worth reading even if you’re not particularly interested in the subject. If you’re looking for a compelling, page-turning novel, choose any one of […]

“I Can Be Critical, Yet Also Defensive (I Can Dish It Out, But I Can’t Take It.)”

Interview: Anya Kamenetz. I got to know Anya Kamenetz through a writers' group to which we both belong. Among other subjects, such as education and student debt, she writes about something that's of deep interest to just about everyone in the world today -- how to use technology to make our lives happier, healthier, more […]

“The Data Revealed a Big Surprise: Top Performers Do Less.”

Interview: Morten Hansen. Morten Hansen is a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the co-author with Jim Collins of the book Great by Choice and also the author of Collaboration, and he has a new book that's just hitting the shelves, Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and […]

“Physical Movement, Especially in a Beautiful Place, Will Unstick Your Brain.”

Interview: Rebecca Soffer and Gabi Birkner A common happiness stumbling block is that it's hard to talk candidly about grief -- often, we just don't know what to say or what to do. In recognition of that difficulty, several years ago, Rebecca Soffer and Gabi Birkner launched the website Modern Loss. Now their new collection […]

Want to Be Happier in Romance? “Focus on What’s Going Right in the Relationship, Rather than Dwelling on What’s Going Wrong.”

Interview: Suzie Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski. Suzie Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski are the co-authors of a new book, Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts They're both positive psychology experts, and they're also married to each other -- very fitting, given their subject! In their book, they […]

“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 […]

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