- her laptopWriting and reading about happiness, present
- Davis Polk & Wardwell; Judge Pierre Leval; Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Federal Communications Commission, Huffington Post, Real Simple, Harper
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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- Sunset Hill School; Yale; Yale Law School