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WCML 046: Losing your way with Gemma Stone

It’s easy to doubt and bemoan When crashing into the unknown. But sometimes the wreck Is part of the trek, Says the lovely and wise Gemma Stone. Being off path is part of the path. Highlights: Gemma’s 25th birthday epiphany clean fear, messy fear, and pathfear losing your way loving being off path Pace losing […]

Podcast #7: Treat Yourself Like Todder, Beware the “I’m Right, You’re Wrong” Conversation, and the Benefit of Lowered Expectations.

My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having so much fun with our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ For the last few weeks, I’ve been on my book tour for Better Than Before, and many people have told me that they’re enjoying it. Show More Summary

Your Role Models Should Fit Your Goals

Humans are a social species, and so we are strongly influenced by the example that other people set for us. I have written frequently in this blog about goal contagion, which is the idea that we often adopt the goals of the people we see around us, even without realizing that we are doing so.

Staring Into the Face of Death

How many times have you been told that life is short an […] The post Staring Into the Face of Death appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

A Simple, Helpful Guide to Start Your Own Blog

It is becoming increasingly difficult for me to explain how influential blogging has become in my life. Becoming Minimalist was launched on a Monday evening in just a matter of minutes. I didn’t sit down at the computer that evening to start a blog. I just wanted to read and learn more about minimalism and owning […]

This New Yorker Cartoon Expresses a Big Idea in a Very Brief Way.

I’ve often thought that it would be fun to write a book about happiness and habits that would consist of a series of New Yorker cartoons, with my commentary. Wouldn’t that be fun? Consider, for instance, this cartoon by David Sipress. Show More Summary

#274 When your child reads you a bedtime story

Once upon a time you had a baby. Over those first few years you had ups and down, good times and bad, lots of laughs and lots of tears. You spooned applesauce off chins, you washed off their skin, and … Continue reading ?

How Are Your Habits Shaped by Your Surroundings?

“There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need only do inner work…that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself…The fact is, a person is so formed by his surroundings,...Show More Summary

Easter Thoughts on The Fruitful Tree

  Growth happens naturally, given time, and the right conditions.   For the seed the future is unknown. And the growth starts with darkness – falling into the ground and being covered. And then there is the breaking open of the husk, the limit that has always been and separated the seed from its environment. [...]

Secret of Adulthood: Give Myself Limits to Give Myself Freedom

From Further Secrets of Adulthood. This is one of my Secrets of Adulthood, absolutely, and I used to think it was true for everyone, but now I know that not everyone has the same view about limits and discipline that I do. I’m an Upholder. Show More Summary

“I Formed a ‘Resolution Club’ with Three Friends. We Each Had Different Resolutions.”

Interview: David Lat. I got to know David Lat through our connection as being combination lawyer/writers. He founded and is the managing editor of Above the Law, a site which covers law firms and the legal profession (in an edgy way). David recently published his dishy first novel, Supreme Ambitions. Show More Summary

Revealed! Book Club Choices for April.

Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: · one outstanding book about happiness or habits · one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for kidlit · one eccentric...Show More Summary

Podcast #6: Try “Power Hour,” Consider Envy, Back Up Your Phone, and Enjoy the Process

My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having so much fun with our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ For the last few weeks, I’ve been on my book tour for Better Than Before, and many people have told me that they’re enjoying it. Show More Summary

Want To Change a Habit? These May Help.

Now that my book Better Than Before is out in the world, and people are starting to read it, I’m starting to see a lot of interest in certain resources that I offer. So I wanted to make sure that everyone knows they’re available. STARTER...Show More Summary

What’s Your Favorite Quotation About Coming Home?

When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, “What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?” “They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,” Pa said. “Go to sleep, now.” But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. Show More Summary

“Better Than Before” Hits the Bestseller Lists! I’m So Happy.

Hooray! Better Than Before is an instant bestseller. In fact, it’s an international bestseller! Of course, I had to take a photo when I actually saw it in a bookstore for the first time. It appears on the… -New York Times bestsellerShow More Summary

Podcast #5: Embrace Good Smells; Remember That Working Is One of the Most Dangerous Forms of Procrastination.

My sister Elizabeth Craft and I are having so much fun with our new podcast,  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ I was in Los Angeles last weekend, as part of my book tour for Better Than Before, which was published last week. (Buy early, buy often!) It was great to have a chance to visit Elizabeth and her family — they live in Encino. Show More Summary

I Had a Very Odd Experience at the Gym This Morning.

Something odd happened to me this morning. Right now, I’m in Dallas for my book tour for Better Than Before (buy early, buy often!) I was in the gym, walking on the treadmill, when suddenly I felt something shift in my personality. The experience lasted about twenty seconds. It was like a dial turned inside me. Show More Summary

Wow. I Was on the Cover of Parade Magazine.

I’m still in shock. Yesterday, I was on the cover of Parade magazine. The week before, it was Al Pacino. Crazy! One small, nice thing: many people have emailed me to say that they enjoyed getting to see what my husband looked like. Show More Summary

What We Consume Determines The Lives We Live

For most of my life, I gave little thought to the food that I ate. Whether for a meal or a late night snack, if I liked the taste, I’d eat it. This was the extent of meal planning. Minimalism actually made me a healthier eater. It brought intentionality into my life in ways I […]

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