Blog Profile / The Happiness Project


URL :http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Happiness
Posts on Regator:1206
Posts / Week:3.6
Archived Since:November 13, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Do People Ask Themselves the Right Questions?

“People often ask themselves the right questions. Where they fail is in answering the questions they ask themselves, and even there they do not fail by much…But it takes time, it takes humility and a serious reason for searching.” —Show More Summary

Video: The Tomorrow Loophole. A Very Popular Loophole!

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

“As Long as the Good Habits Outnumber the Bad Ones, I’m Ahead of the Game.”

Interview: Frank Bruni. Frank Bruni has written several books and is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times. His brand-new book is a bestseller that has received a huge amount of buzz: Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. Show More Summary

Podcast #9: Treat Yourself, But Resist “YOLO”; the Challenge of Changing Someone Else’s Habit; Why Elizabeth TP’d a Friend’s House.

My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having a great time doing our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ We’re thrilled–we’ve hit more than 500,000 downloads, in just eight episodes! Thanks for listening! (If you like the podcast,...Show More Summary

Secret of Adulthood: We Have More Time Than We Think. And Less Time.

From Further Secrets of Adulthood. I’m always surprised by how much I can get done in a relatively short period of time, if I really settle down to it. I’ve learned that from my habit of Power Hour, for instance. But we always need to remember that we may have less time than we think, too. Show More Summary

Something Becomes Important Because We’re Paying Attention.

I take giant amounts of notes, and I’m constantly copying passages from books that I read. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also one of my favorite things to do. Oddly, I’ll often take notes, or copy passages, where the meaning isn’t clear to me. Show More Summary

Are Souls Like Athletes, That Must Be Pushed to Their Full Capacity to Develop?

“Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity.” –Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain WhatShow More Summary

London Always Makes Me Think of Winston Churchill.

Last week, I was in London for my book tour for Better Than Before. What a beautiful, beautiful city. And I took even greater pleasure in it, because I was reminded of Winston Churchill. One of the great joys of my life was writing Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, my biography of Churchill. Show More Summary

Podcast #8: On Warm Hellos and Good-byes, the Atmosphere of Growth, and Playing “Divorce Lawyer.”

My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having a great time doing our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ This episode was especially fun; I was in Los Angeles for my book tour for my new book Better Than Before, so Elizabeth and I got to be the same room as we were recording. Show More Summary

Why I Don’t Read Reviews of My Books or Profiles of Myself.

Yay! Better Than Before was reviewed this weekend in the New York Times, in a  piece by Hanna Rosin. You can read it here. Here’s the illustration that accompanied it — flossing seems to be one of the paradigmatic habits-that-everyone-wants. I was thrilled to included — these days, very few of the books that are published get a review there. Show More Summary

Is It Better To Be Held to an Action By Habit, Than Not To Be Held at All?

“The things that we are obliged to do, such as hear Mass on Sunday, fast and abstain on the days appointed, etc. can become mechanical and merely habit. But it is better to be held to the Church by habit than not to be held at all. The Church is mighty realistic about human nature.” –Flannery O’Connor, letter to T. Show More Summary

Want To Talk about Your Habits in a Group? It’s a Good Idea.

It’s been so satisfying to have Better Than Before out in the world at last. I must admit, I do look in every bookstore I pass, to see it on the shelves. I get a thrill every time. (I’ve also been known to sneak around putting copies...Show More Summary

Podcast #7: Treat Yourself Like Todder, Beware the “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” Conversation, and the Benefit of Lowered Expectations.

My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having so much fun with our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ For the last few weeks, I’ve been on my book tour for Better Than Before, and many people have told me that they’re enjoying it. Show More Summary

This New Yorker Cartoon Expresses a Big Idea in a Very Brief Way.

I’ve often thought that it would be fun to write a book about happiness and habits that would consist of a series of New Yorker cartoons, with my commentary. Wouldn’t that be fun? Consider, for instance, this cartoon by David Sipress. Show More Summary

How Are Your Habits Shaped by Your Surroundings?

“There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need only do inner work…that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself…The fact is, a person is so formed by his surroundings,...Show More Summary

Secret of Adulthood: Give Myself Limits to Give Myself Freedom

From Further Secrets of Adulthood. This is one of my Secrets of Adulthood, absolutely, and I used to think it was true for everyone, but now I know that not everyone has the same view about limits and discipline that I do. I’m an Upholder. Show More Summary

“I Formed a ‘Resolution Club’ with Three Friends. We Each Had Different Resolutions.”

Interview: David Lat. I got to know David Lat through our connection as being combination lawyer/writers. He founded and is the managing editor of Above the Law, a site which covers law firms and the legal profession (in an edgy way). David recently published his dishy first novel, Supreme Ambitions. Show More Summary

Revealed! Book Club Choices for April.

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

Podcast #6: Try “Power Hour,” Consider Envy, Back Up Your Phone, and Enjoy the Process

My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having so much fun with our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ For the last few weeks, I’ve been on my book tour for Better Than Before, and many people have told me that they’re enjoying it. Show More Summary

Want To Change a Habit? These May Help.

Now that my book Better Than Before is out in the world, and people are starting to read it, I’m starting to see a lot of interest in certain resources that I offer. So I wanted to make sure that everyone knows they’re available. STARTER...Show More Summary

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