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New post (Revealed! Book Club Choices for June 2015.) has been published on Gretchen Rubin
Before I get to the fun of recommending some good books to read for May, here’s a quick bit of book-self-promotion: Father’s Day is coming up on June 21. If you’re looking for a good gift for a father in your life, may I suggest…you guessed it…Better Than Before. Most of us have habits that we want to make or break, and Better Than Before explains how to do that. Really! If you'd like a signed bookplate to make the book more special, request it h...
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New post ("Getting a Good Night's Sleep Is a Top Priority, and a Bath Is a Delightful Habit.") has been published on Gretchen Rubin
Interview: Michelle Segar. I was excited to get my copy of motivation scientist Michelle Segar's new book, No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness. She and I are interested in so many of the same things -- in particular, the big question of how we can stick to healthier behaviors. Her work is especially interesting to me, because she focuses on "motivation," which is a term that I generally don't use.  I...
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Of everything that I've considered and concluded about happiness and good habits, I think this phrase sums it up best. We must strive to know ourselves, and accept the truth about ourselves, but at the same time, try to do the best we can. As Flannery O'Connor put it, "Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better." (Letter, December 9, 1961, quoted in The Habit of Being.) Agree, disagree?
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“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” -Robert Louis Stevenson I love this image, and often recall it to my mind when I feel anxious or harried. Do you have an image that calms you?
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New post (Podcast 14: Stop Reading a Book, a Know-Yourself-Better Quiz, and the Trap of Free Stuff.) has been published on Gretchen Rubin
Time for the next episode of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ Always game to talk about her clutter issues, Elizabeth reports on the status of her closet, in the aftermath of our special clutter-clearing in episode 10. For better and after closet photos, look here. (Boy, I love before-and-afters.) Also, many listeners responded to tell us how they "treat themselves," which was the Try This at Home for episode 9. Excellent treats! This week: Try Th...
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New post (Have You Ever Felt a "Call" to Do a Certain Kind of Work?) has been published on Gretchen Rubin
Assay: A few weeks ago, my family and I went to see Sequence 8, a performance by Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers, if your French is rusty). It's a performance that's part circus, part dance...it's very compelling. But as much as I enjoyed the show, I was just as interested in the playbill. I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to experience a "call" -- that is, a powerful, practically irresistible feeling that you're meant to do ...
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"Of all the things that wisdom provides for living one's entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of friendship." --Epicurus Agree, disagree?  How would you fill in the blank? "Of all the things that wisdom provides for living one's entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of _________." For instance: faith; true love; meaningful work; peace of mind.
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It's Wednesday-- time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ Updates: we have listeners in 192 countries! Zoikes. And we've heard from a lot of people who have successfully used the "one-minute rule" that we discussed in the first episode. Great to hear that it's working for people. This week: Try This at Home: Cultivate a shrine. As promised, here are photos of Elizabeth's Shrine to Mugs and my Shrine to Smell. If you'd like...
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 Sunday, June 21, is Father’s Day in the United States and Canada. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for a father in your life, may I suggest my new (bestselling) book, Better Than Before? It's all about how we can master our habits. I’ve heard from a lot of people who are giving the book as a gift. I offer free, signed bookplates, to make books more special, but if you'd like one (or as many as you'd like), request soon, because it can tak...
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Today is Tip Day: Avoid five habit traps that can destroy your good habits. In my book Better Than Before, I describe the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. Habits -- the most fascinating subject ever. One thing I observed is that when we’re trying to master our habits, it’s important to be aware of the justifications or arguments that we sometimes invoke that interfere with keeping a good habit. They slip in so easily and q...
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New post (Secret of Adulthood: The Fun Part Doesn't Come Later; Now Is the Fun Part) has been published on Gretchen Rubin
From Further Secrets of Adulthood. I remind myself of this often. For instance, when I'm writing a book, and I'm thinking of how nice it will be to have it published and out in the world, I remind myself, "Ah, but the research! The writing! The editing! These are the fun parts." My father often reminded my sister and me to "Enjoy the process." It's important, I've realized, because when you enjoy the process, you don't depend on any particular ou...
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Interview: Kamy Wicoff. Years ago, I got to know Kamy when we met through common acquaintances, and she started inviting me to her monthly Salon for Women Writers. It was terrific -- not only did I get to know Kamy, but I met several other people who are still close friends, and I learned a lot about writing. Partly based on the experience of hosting the Salon, Kamy launched She Writes, a terrific resource for women at every stage of writing. She...
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Introduction

I’m a writer. My most recent book is Happier at Home, about...you guessed it...how to be happier at home! Before that, I wrote The Happiness Project, about the year I spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the tips from popular culture about how to be happier. Happily, the book is a #1 New York Times and international bestseller -- and was even featured on the game show Jeopardy!

I have a popular daily blog, also called The Happiness Project, www.happiness-project.com, where I report on my daily adventures in happiness. 

My previous books include Forty Ways to Look at JFK, a concise, unconventional biography of John F. Kennedy that uses the same structure I developed for my bestselling biography, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill. My first book, Power Money Fame Sex: A User’s Guide, is social criticism in the guise of a user’s manual. (I've also written three novels that are safely locked in a desk drawer.) And in collaboration with artist Dana Hoey, I wrote Profane Waste.

I started out as a lawyer. At Yale Law School, I was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, and I was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when I realized I really wanted to be a writer.

Raised in Kansas City, I now live in New York City with my husband and two young daughters. My only hobbies are reading and writing—and helping other people clean out their closets. I’m left-handed, terrible at sports, tone-deaf, a constant hair-twister, and afraid to drive. I talk to my parents and my sister all the time, and I live around the corner from my in-laws.

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