Blog Profile / The Happiness Project


URL :http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Happiness
Posts on Regator:1265
Posts / Week:3.6
Archived Since:November 13, 2008

Blog Post Archive

My College Roommate Sent Me a Sketch of Myself–What a Memory.

One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: “Always remember how easy it is to forget.” I’ve tried a lot of things — keeping a one-sentence journal, taking tourist photos of my own romance — to help hang on to memories. It’s funny, though, what can unleash a memory. Show More Summary

Revealed! Book Club Choices for August 2015.

Pardon this moment of book self-promotion: I was very happy that the Washington Post included Better Than Before in its terrific list, A summer reading list that will help you professionally. Many great ideas for reading. (Want to know more about Better Than Before? Excerpt here. Show More Summary

Podcast 24: Choose an Office TV Show, Do You Savor or Spree, and Keeping Good Habits While Traveling.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Elizabeth clarifies that Adam is protective, but not over-protective (she felt that she was a bit harsh in episode 20). Try This at Home: Choose an office TV show. Show More Summary

How Do You Feel About Gifts? A List of Questions.

Today is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day: A list of questions about gifts. People often ask, “What’s the key to happiness?” I think that question can be answered in a few different ways, depending on the framework used to approach the question. For instance, one answer is: self-knowledge. Show More Summary

Butter Scraped Over Too Much Bread–Know the Feeling?

For a while, I’d been feeling very…depleted. I kept feeling as though I needed to catch my breath. As I was trying to describe how I felt, to myself, I was reminded of something Bilbo said to Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Show More Summary

Video: “The Label Says This Snack is Healthy,” and Other Questionable Assumptions.

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

Podcast 22: Creativity! Listen to Rosanne Cash, Save Your String, Fight Drift, and a Lesson from the Writers’ Room.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” This week, we have a theme! Creativity. Update: Elizabeth and I, and our families, were recently in Kansas City together, to celebrate our mother’s birthday. We shot a quick little video to say hi to listeners. Show More Summary

What’s Your Idea of Luxury?

In her memoir Plant Dreaming Deep, May Sarton describes her move into a new house — how she renovated it, planted the garden, met her neighbors. I wish I’d known about this book when I was writing Happier at Home — so many of the same ideas emerged. Show More Summary

The 10 Inalienable Rights of the Reader — Agree, Disagree?

Today is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday, back by popular demand: the 10 inalienable rights of the reader. A thoughtful reader pointed out a wonderful list written by French author Daniel Pennac, in The Rights of the...Show More Summary

What Did Flannery O’Connor Prayed For?

Often when I read, I’m struck by something, but I’m not sure why. I’ve read The Habit of Being several times — it’s a collection of Flannery O’Connor’s extraordinary letters. O’Connor is one of my favorite writers, but I can hardly bear...Show More Summary

Video: The This-Doesn’t-Count 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

Podcast 21: Join a Group, Put an Item on the Schedule, Enjoy the Present Time, and the Joy of a Treadmill Desk.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” This episode was particularly fun to record; Elizabeth was in New York City for a wedding, so we were together in the studio — and not only that, our mother was there,...Show More Summary

Secrets of Adulthood: Remember to Go Outside.

From Further Secrets of Adulthood: Remember to go outside. I remind myself of this often! My favorite activities are reading and writing, both of which are mostly done indoors. I remind myself to enjoy the outdoors. It’s both energizing and calming to be outside. Agree, disagree?

A Memoir and a List of Loopholes Used to Justify Drinking.

Because of my interest in habits, I read a lot of memoirs of addiction. I don’t tackle addiction in Better Than Before, but still, I find that I get a lot of insights from these accounts. I recently finished an excellent new memoir,Show More Summary

Do You Keep a Contented Heart? I Work at This.

“This day by God’s mercy I am 29 years of age, and in very good health, and like to live and get an estate; and if I have a heart to be contented, I think I may reckon myself as happy a man as any is in the world, for which God be praised. Show More Summary

Two Million Downloads! Thank You, Readers and Listeners!

My sister Elizabeth and I are so happy. We just passed a big milestone for our podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. We’ve had more than two million downloads! (2, 019,041 for anyone who, hypothetically, checks the numbers constantly.) Our...Show More Summary

Podcast 20: Very Special Episode! Featuring Great Comments from Our Listeners.

It’s Wednesday — time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Yes, it’s the Very Special Episode! (I’ve always loved that phrase so very happy to have an excuse to use it.) We’ve had such terrific comments from listeners that we wanted to give everyone a chance to hear from everyone else. Show More Summary

Secrets of Adulthood: Hell Is Other People. Heaven Is Other People.

From Further Secrets of Adulthood: Hell is other people. Heaven is other people. Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree: to be happy, we need relationships. We need enduring, intimate bonds; we need to be able to confide;...Show More Summary

Why This Scene from Game of Thrones Made Me Happy

I’m a big fan of (A) Game of Thrones — the books (I’ve read them all twice) and the TV show. And, of course, the Coldplay musical. Of everything I’ve ever written, the phrase, “The days are long, but the years are short” from The Happiness...Show More Summary

Podcast 19: Enjoy the Fun of Failure, an Interview with TV Anchor Dan Harris, and Plane-Ticket Pain.

It’s Wednesday — time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” First, a quick digression: do you try to say “Rabbit, rabbit,” on the first day of the month? I do, and today I remembered. Yay. Thanks again to everyone who contacted us with a comment for our next episode, the Very Special Episode where we’ll feature our listeners. Show More Summary

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