Blog Profile / The Happiness Project

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Archived Since:November 13, 2008

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Have You Ever Lost Your Love for Something–Like the Mountains? Did You Turn Elsewhere?

“I have to admit that, although I do not feel that I myself have changed, my love for the mountains is draining away from me like a wave running backwards down the sand. My thoughts are unchanged, but the mountains have taken leave of me. Show More Summary

Podcast 40: Holiday Episode: Cornucopia of Try-This-at-Homes from Listeners, and Thoughts on Decorations.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Very Special Episode, Holiday edition! Don’t miss the bonus at the end of the episode, when Elizabeth’s son Jack recites a holiday poem. Update: Elizabeth and I talk...Show More Summary

Five Very Big Things I’m Grateful for This Year.

Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree: gratitude is a critical element to a happy life. Research shows that people who cultivate gratitude get a boost in happiness and optimism, feel more connected to other people, are...Show More Summary

The Answer to a Question People Keep Asking Me: What Do I Eat Every Day?

Assay: People keep emailing to ask me what I eat, so here’s the answer. But before I respond, I want to say a few things. First, I do indeed eat a very low-carb diet. If you want to know why and how I came to do that, I describe it in...Show More Summary

Agree, Disagree? “Those Who Are Not Grateful Soon Begin to Complain of Everything.”

“Those who are not grateful soon begin to complain of everything.”  –Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude In the United States, we’re approaching the holiday of Thanksgiving — a great reminder to stop and take a moment to be thankful. In...Show More Summary

I Can Barely Say a Word. It’s an Interesting Situation.

Yesterday, I lost my voice. I woke up with a sore throat, then gave two long talks, back to back, at a conference and then — wham, my voice went out. I thought it would be back this morning, but no luck. My sister and I were supposed to record an episode of our podcast, but that just wasn’t possible. Show More Summary

Podcast 39: Elizabeth Talks about Getting Fired — and Do You Want More Time for Friends or for Solitude

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: For our upcoming Very Special Episode, Holiday edition, we want to hear from you: What’s the thing that’s the essential element of the holiday for you? For...Show More Summary

Did Pablo Picasso Paint Fakes? The Question of Creativity.

For some reason, I keep thinking about a story I read several years ago, in Arthur Koestler’s book, The Act of Creation. This anecdote caught my attention because it was about a subject that interests me — the mysterious nature of creativity. Show More Summary

Thinking About Paris — and What Churchill Said About London on September 11, 1940.

Like  just about everyone, I’ve been following the horrific events in Paris. And I keep remembering a speech that Winston Churchill gave — on September 11, 1940. On that date, which many years later would come to be so significant, Churchill...Show More Summary

Secrets of Adulthood: What’s Fun for Other People May Not Be Fun for You–and Vice Versa.

From Further Secrets of Adulthood: What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you–and vice versa. This sounds so obvious, but it was a huge revelation for me. Even now, I have to remind myself that people go skiing because they honestly...Show More Summary

Podcast 38: Do You Hate Being Told What to Do? Maybe You’re a Rebel.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: For our upcoming Very Special Episode, Holiday edition, we want to hear from you: What is your Try This at Home for staying happier, healthier, and more productive over the holidays? It can be a challenge. Show More Summary

Can’t Get Enough of Podcasts? Here’s a List of Interviews.

My sister and I are having so much fun with our new podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. We’ve had more than 4.2 million downloads, just since March! Zoikes. Thanks, listeners. And I’m lucky, because in addition to doing that podcast, I’ve also had the chance to be the guest on many other people’s podcasts — which has been terrific. Show More Summary

The Secret Weapon to Help You Stick to Your Good Habits.

It’s been so satisfying to have Better Than Before out in the world. (And, I must admit, also very satisfying that it’s a bestseller.) It’s fascinating to me to hear how people respond to it — what ideas they find most helpful or most...Show More Summary

“How Does One Find One’s Identity?” What’s Your Answer?

“How does one find one’s identity? My answer would be through work and through love, and both imply giving rather than getting. Each requires discipline, self-mastery, and a kind of selflessness, and they are each lifetime challenges.” –May Sarton, Recovering: A Journal 1978-1979 Yes, another quotation from May Sarton. Show More Summary

Secrets of Adulthood: If You Can’t Find Something, Clean Up. Agree, Disagree?

From Further Secrets of Adulthood:  If you can’t find something, clean up. This is one of the Secrets of Adulthood that sounds too easy to be true, but over and over, I’ve proven its value to myself. If I can’t find something, I clean...Show More Summary

Podcast 37: Meet a Work Deadline, but Can’t Go Running on Your Own? You May be an Obliger.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update:  Elizabeth and I reminisce about the trip we took together when I recorded a Super Soul Sunday episode with Oprah! Yes, I’m going to be on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday on November 8, 7:00 pm EST/PT on the OWN channel (find your station here). Show More Summary

5 Things Oprah Taught Me about How to Give a Good Interview.

One of the biggest thrills in my professional life was being interviewed by Oprah herself, for her amazing Super Soul Sunday series. Yowza! The interview airs on November 8, at 7 p.m EST/PT on OWN (find your station here.) Please watch. Show More Summary

Revealed! Book Club Choices for November. Excellent Reading.

First, a moment of self-book-promotion — feel free to skip. I’m excited, because the Better Than Before Day-by-Day Journal just hit the shelves. Part resource, part tool, part keepsake — it will help you change your habits. To watchShow More Summary

Habit Short-Cut! Use the Time Change to Help You Change Your Habits. Painlessly.

For Better Than Before, when I talk to people about the habits they want to change, they often mention that they lack the time for a new habit. To clear time to schedule a new morning habit, many people try waking up a bit earlier, but...Show More Summary

Agree, Disagree? “Completion Is Powerful.”

Happiness interview: Lewis Howes. I got to know Lewis Howes when mutual friends put us in touch, and I got to be a guest on his terrific and very popular podcast, The School of Greatness, which is all about what makes great people great. Show More Summary

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