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Narcissists Think Highly of Themselves, Mostly.

A central aspect of narcissism is grandiosity. That is, narcissists tend to think highly of themselves. They tend to have a positive view of themselves compared to others.

WCML 075: Communication for the holidays, part 2 - Pace Smith

Here are some more of our best tips for making that awkward family visit even less awkward than it was in Part 1. the monkeysphere how you stay a kid in people’s minds how to deepen finding common ground you get to pick what you share about yourself you are not obligated what to do […]

One Small Step #5

This post is part of a series, each one is an exercise that addresses one part of your life and is designed to be brief and simple enough to become a habit. The first post in the series is One Small Step #1.   Today smelling Smelling (if you are in a sterile environment you […]

3 Biggest Holiday Stressors and How to Overcome Them

Holiday stressors can ruin the festive season for you. The holidays offer precious time to enjoy food, time off, and people we love. But the magic of the season can turn to stress when we find ourselves around the person we avoid all...Show More Summary

Podcast 43: “You Can’t Make Me, and Neither Can I.” Listener Round-Up of the Four Tendencies.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Remember, if you live in the Bay area:  Elizabeth and I are doing our first live recording of the podcast! January 21, Brava Theater, we hope to see you there. Show More Summary

WCME 026: Exploring Type Four, The Romantic - Pace Smith

Path #4: The Jewel in my heart is Depth. When my Jewel shines clearly, I reflect Depth into the world like Alanis Morissette, diving into my own heart to unearth the treasures buried within, helping others know themselves more deeply through my own vulnerable self-expression. When my Jewel is obstructed by envy or melancholy, my […]

Today Is a Big Day for Me!

Warning: Blatant self-promotion to follow. You’ve been warned! Yesterday was my birthday, so I’m very happy that today is the release date for the paperback of Better Than Before. A wonderful kind of birthday marker. I’m so lucky. Every book I write has been absolutely fascinating to me. Show More Summary

3 Steps to a More Peaceful Home in the New Year

Note: This is a guest post from Melissa of Melissa Camara Wilkins. While watching our kids play, a friend and I noticed how very quickly the little ones took out every toy they could reach. I think the room went from “clean and clear” to “buried up to our ankles in legos, doll clothes, blocks, […]

#93 Making it through airport security without any beeps

AWESOME! — Hey everyone, Hope you’re having a great week. It’s been a wild year so to help celebrate everything winding down I’m giving away $2000 worth of gifts to spread some holiday happiness. Prizes include signed copies of The Books...Show More Summary

Is Oxytocin the “Trust Molecule.”

People love simple stories about human psychology. They get touted in the news all the time. Play brain games and get smarter. Meditate and watch your stress melt away.

A Fun Way to Make a New Year’s Resolution: Choose a One-Word Theme for 2016.

I love New Year’s resolutions – and I’m not the only one. Some 44% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. I love resolutions,, and as I wrote about in my book Happier at Home, for the last several years, I’ve identified one idea,Show More Summary

#94 Correctly spelling that word that you always spell wrong

What are your brainjam words? For me, I mix up ‘know’ and ‘now’ every single time I use them. Yes, some neural pathways fused together in my brain twenty years ago and since then I always do a three-second triple-check-stutter-step whenever I’m writing either word out a sentence. Show More Summary

One Small Step #4

This post is part of a series, each one is an exercise that addresses one part of your life and is designed to be brief and simple enough to become a habit. The first post in the series is One Small Step #1.   Today touching For five breaths, with your eyes closed if this […]

Agree? “I Sometimes Feel Like I Have a Brain Issue Around Understanding How Long Things Will Take Me.”

Interview: Laurie Berkner. I have Twelve Personal Commandments, and the first commandment, and the most important, is to “Be Gretchen.” In some ways, it makes me sad to “Be Gretchen,” because it means admitting my limitations. And one...Show More Summary

Hope Effect Update and a Birthday Wish

Six weeks ago, on November 1, we announced the creation of a new nonprofit organization called The Hope Effect. The Hope Effect exists to change orphan care around the world by focusing on new solutions that better mimic the family unit. Rather than building large instutional orphanages with high child-to-adult ratios, we are solving the […]

Determined to Keep Your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s How.

I love making New Year’s resolutions. Yes, January 1 might be an arbitrary date, but I think it’s good that we all have a cue to ask ourselves, “What would I like to change about my life? How could it be better than before?” Most of us have a list of things we’d like to do better — and very often, those things involve habits. Show More Summary

WCML 074: Communication for the holidays, part 1 - Pace Smith

Here are some of our best tips for making that awkward family visit a little less awkward. ask for what you need ahead of time What do you want to get out of this visit? the usual error How it’s different communicating with people you rarely visit different personality types boundaries “I am not green” […]

#97 When someone takes care of you when you’re sick

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One Small Step #3

This post is part of a series, each one is an exercise that addresses one part of your life and is designed to be brief and simple enough to become a habit. The first post in the series is One Small Step #1.   Today tasting For this you will need something to chew – […]

Podcast 42: Act the Way You Want to Feel, Consider Giving Up a Temptation, and I Manage to Get Back to the Gym.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: I hold Elizabeth accountable for pondering her YA novel. And loyal sister that she is, Elizabeth gave a plug for the paperback of Better Than Before, which...Show More Summary

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