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Ta-Da! Announcing My New App, Better — to Understand and Apply the Four Tendencies

I have an exciting announcement. Ever since I first came up with the Four Tendencies framework, I’ve been more and more interested in it — and more and more people keep asking me questions about it. (Don’t know about the framework? Don’t...Show More Summary

A Little Happier: Accept a Gift in the Spirit in Which It’s Offered. (Easier Said Than Done.)

In my books The Happiness Project, and on my blog, I’ve written about the fact that my spiritual master is St. Therese of Lisieux, which I learned after reading her spiritual memoir Story of a Soul. I’ve always been very struck by St. Show More Summary

How My Worst Fear Became My Greatest Strength

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So Fun! I Did the “By the Book” Interview for the New York Times Book Review.

As an ardent book-lover, I always look forward to reading the Book Review in the Sunday New York Times. So I was very happy to be asked to do the “By the Book” interview, a page of author q-and-a that’s one of my favorite parts of the book-review section. In “By the Book,” a writer is asked several questions about his or her reading habits. Show More Summary

Agree? “You Cannot Be a Leader Until You Have Learned to Be a Follower.”

Of his plebe year at West Point, Aldrin notes: “What we were being taught…is that you cannot be a leader until you have learned to be a follower.” –Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Return to Earth Buzz Aldrin is one of the astronauts who made...Show More Summary

5 Myths About Forgiveness That Keep You Imprisoned

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” ~ Buddha Do you struggle to let go past hurts? Would you like to be free of the burdens of the past but...Show More Summary

11 Household Chores Made Easier In a Smaller Home

Five years ago, our family of four moved into a smaller home. We made the decision because we recognized the benefits of owning a smaller house: less expense, less stress, more freedom, more family interaction, and more opportunity to spend our lives on greater things than square footage. One of the most attractive advantages we have experienced in […]

Why Going with the Flow Can Save Your Sanity

“Going with the flow is responding to cues from the universe. When you go with the flow, you’re surfing Life force. It’s about wakeful trust and total collaboration with what’s showing up for you.” – Danielle LePort I’ll admit that in the past, I was a nervous flyer. Show More Summary

3 Things I’ve Learned from Bad Relationships

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WCML 110: Moving shenanigans! - Pace Smith

Due to all of our movin’ and panickin’ We have the brainpower of mannequins. So here are the tales Of the trips and travails Of our Lansingward moving shenanigans. The tale of our move to Lansing and all the hijinks that have ensued, along with our hard-learned lessons. WCML 058: Technically accessible but not really […]

Podcast 87: Live From Seattle! Pick Your “Happiness 911” Song, Deep Dive into Manifestos, an Interview with Chris Guillebeau, and More on the Four Tendencies.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” This episode was recorded live! Elizabeth and I were at Town Hall in Seattle on October 13. We had such a great time. Thanks to everyone who came.  Elizabeth and I had fun doing a live video on Facebook before the show. Show More Summary

The Four Most Important Strategies for Getting Anything You Want

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New Data Confirms Increased Political Polarization

As the Presidential election in the US approaches, it is interesting to think about how political affiliation works.

Have to Give a Toast, Speech, or Presentation? 11 Tips for Improving Your Stage Performance.

Over the summer, my father happened to meet Livingston Taylor at a conference, and he was so impressed by his presence that he urged me to look him up. What I discovered is that Livingston Taylor is a singer-songwriter and a professor — he teaches a class on Stage Performance at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Show More Summary

5 Truths About Minimalism I Remind Myself Often

On average, we see 5,000 advertisements every day calling us to buy more and more. And I want to be just one voice inviting us to buy less. From the very beginning, Becoming Minimalist has had one goal: inspire others to live more by owning less. When I write, I write for those who have […]

A Little Happier: Do What You Love, and Then Your Friends Hire You.

I was reminded of this Secret of Adulthood just again last night. At a party, I was talking to someone I’d known from law school, who had gone on to be a very well-established artist. I asked her how she made this (fairly unusual) transition. Show More Summary

“If I Have a Regular Daily Routine and I Stick to It, I Can Be Much More Productive.”

Interview: Sharon Shinn. I love to read, all different kinds of books. One of my friends shares my taste for fantasy and science-fiction, and we swap books back and forth. A few months ago, she gave me a copy of Sharon Shinn’s Troubled Waters, and I was hooked. Show More Summary

The Secret to Charisma and Personal Magnetism

“Charisma is not so much getting people to like you as getting people to like themselves when you’re around.” – Robert Brault Have you ever met someone who had the ability to instantly light up a room when they enter it? Even without...Show More Summary

Podcast 86: Why It’s Good to Bring Good News, How Other People Affect our Habits, and a Look at Obliger-Rebellion.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Remember, if you live near Seattle, please come to our live event! We’ll be recording an episode of the podcast live on stage at Seattle’s Town Hall on October 13, 7:30. Show More Summary

WCME 059: A conversation with Maartje, a Self-Preservation Four (Tenacity) - Pace Smith

So Maartje’s a stoic Type Four. Her hurricane’s not a downpour. When her feelings abound, She tamps them back down, And stuffs them inside of a drawer. Thank you, Maartje, for sharing what it’s like to be you! If you enjoyed this episode, would you be so kind as to leave us a review? You […]

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