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7 Dream-Killing Habits (and How to Break Them)

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A Little Happier: Laura Ingalls Wilder, and We Can Admit that the People We Love Aren’t Perfect.

I’m a huge fan of children’s literature. I’m in three children’s literature reading groups, and I read that literature all the time. So naturally one of my favorite writers is Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her Little House books are masterpieces. The...Show More Summary

Why We Are More Similar Than Different

I was seated at a Starbucks café, gazing at the throngs of people whizzing past me in London’s busy Heathrow airport while leisurely sipping my warm chai latte. Some were running into a nearby bistro to grab a quick bite to eat, while...Show More Summary

According to Stephen King: “The Scariest Moment Is Always ____.”

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” –Stephen King, On Writing Stephen King is talking about writing, but I think this applies to starting, generally. And for people who struggle with procrastination, it’s a very helpful thing to remember. Show More Summary

How I Became a More Positive Person

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How To Make Your Own Luck And Love Your Life

Isn’t that just your luck? Another year of no opportunities. Another year of Lady Luck bypassing your door. Another year of the same old same old…nothing. Some people just seem to attract good fortune. Once in a lifetime opportunities...Show More Summary

Do You Ever Enjoy Listening to a Spirited Discussion about a Subject You Know Nothing About? I Do.

Have I mentioned that I have a podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin? Oh right, I think maybe I have. Well, because I’m fascinated with all things podcast-related, I get a brilliant newsletter called Hot Pod, which is written by my friend...Show More Summary

Why I Stepped Off the Beaten Path & Stayed Off

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8 Practical Ways to Change Your Self-Description

How we talk to ourselves matters. Numerous studies indicate that our self-description, in a very real way, becomes the end to which we live. The words we use with ourselves—both aloud and in our mind—begin to define the reality that we live. When we describe ourselves as lazy, undisciplined, or prone to procrastination, we begin to reflect those patterns […]

Podcast 78: Seek Out Silence, Are You Pulled Toward Work or Leisure, and Don’t Over-Plan Your Summer.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Our listener Kristen pointed out that when using the Strategy of Pairing (one of the Strategies from my book Better Than Before), it’s also important to be...Show More Summary

WCME 055: What if I don’t identify with my Passion? (aka False Jewel) - Pace Smith

Start with a few deadly sins, Then add two, just for shits and grins. Now call it a “passion” with words out of fashion And that’s where our story begins. Cherie asks: “What if you don’t feel your Passion is true for you? I really do not identify with avarice. Does anyone else of any […]

News Flash: Watching TV with Your Sweetheart May Boost Your Happiness.

I’m very interested in the role of TV-watching in our happiness. After all,  after sleeping and work, it’s the biggest consumer of the world’s time. So I was interested to see that new research suggests that for  couples who don’t have...Show More Summary

A Little Happier: Sisters Nora and Delia Ephron, and the Intimacy of “I’ll Take Food from Your Fridge.”

I’m a big fan of Nora Ephron’s movies and books (books like Heartburn, Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble, I Feel Bad about My Neck; movies like When Harry Met, Sleepless in Seattle). In fact, I just recommended Heartburn for my monthly...Show More Summary

Talent Matters for Excellence

When looking at the performance of a world-class performer like Usain Bolt, it is easy to ask about the role of talent in highly skilled performance.

WCML 105: High-demand groups, part 2 of 2 (with Emma and Kelly) - Pace Smith

Emma, with whom we’ll consult, Is a lovely and awesome adult. And if you’re concerned, She’ll share what she learned From spending six years in a cult. (And Kelly I rashly insult.) A high-demand group is a group that makes high demands on your time and attention, also sometimes your money, your beliefs, or even […]

Podcast 77: Go On an “Errand Date,” Deal with the Nasty Areas of Your House, and Handling Sentimental Items.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: A listener updates us on her theme for the year: “More Music.” Try This at Home: Go on an “errand date.” Happiness Hack: For people sharing a space, Erin suggests...Show More Summary

This Is the Secret to Getting Anything Done

We've all had the experience of intending to do something and then forgetting when the time comes to do it. This happens because you are not reminded to perform the action.

A Little Happier: I Read the Short Story that Was Read as Part of My Wedding.

In episode 76, a listener asked for suggestions for great wedding readings, and I promised that I’d read “I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone,” the short story from Richard Brautigan’s wonderful story collection The Revenge of the...Show More Summary

One Important Shift in Mindset to Find More Satisfaction in Life

Recently, the New York Times published an important piece by Robert H. Frank, an Economics professor at Cornell University: The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You Love. While I will summarize a few of the findings, you should read the entire article. It includes fascinating thoughts on the connection between money and happiness. But I was […]

Agree? A Song Can Fix a Particular Year in Your Mind.

“Songs last forever. They fix particular years in your mind.” — D.V., Diana Vreeland I certainly find this to be true in my own life. Like a scent, a song can instantly transport me back to a particular time. Agree, disagree? What songs...Show More Summary

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