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Gretchen Rubin
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Attended Sunset Hill School; Yale; Yale Law School
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New post (My College Roommate Sent Me a Sketch of Myself--What a Memory.) has been published on Gretchen Rubin
One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: "Always remember how easy it is to forget." I've tried a lot of things -- keeping a one-sentence journal, taking tourist photos of my own romance -- to help hang on to memories. It's funny, though, what can unleash a memory. A smell, for instance, can invoke memories very powerfully. I had a rush of memory when Rebecca Lemov, one of my college roommates, emailed me this sketch. While looking through her dusty sk...
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New post (Podcast 24: Choose an Office TV Show, Do You Savor or Spree, and Keeping Good Habits While Traveling.) has been published on Gretchen Rubin
It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Elizabeth clarifies that Adam is protective, but not over-protective (she felt that she was a bit harsh in episode 20). Try This at Home: Choose an office TV show. Elizabeth's office watches Game of Thrones, and everyone has fun discussing it.  Or maybe a family TV show--my family's TV show is The Office. (Listen to the bonus clip.) Or you could have an office podcast! ...
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New post (Butter Scraped Over Too Much Bread--Know the Feeling?) has been published on Gretchen Rubin
For a while, I'd been feeling very...depleted. I kept feeling as though I needed to catch my breath. As I was trying to describe how I felt, to myself, I was reminded of something Bilbo said to Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. It perfectly describes how I'd been feeling. Bilbo said: I feel I need a holiday, a very long holiday, as I have told you before...Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: lik...
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Pardon this moment of book self-promotion: I was very happy that the Washington Post included Better Than Before in its terrific list, A summer reading list that will help you professionally. Many great ideas for reading. (Want to know more about Better Than Before? Excerpt here. Audio clip here. Discussion guides here.) Now enough about me and my book (!) — on to the fun part. Three terrific books. Because nothing boosts happiness more than a gr...
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Today is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day: A list of questions about gifts. People often ask, "What's the key to happiness?" I think that question can be answered in a few different ways, depending on the framework used to approach the question. For instance, one answer is: self-knowledge. As the Fifth Splendid Truth holds, we can build a happy life only on the foundation of our own nature, our own interests, our own values. Another answer -- an...
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In my new (bestselling) book, Better Than Before, I identify the twenty-one strategies of habit-formation, and one is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the ten categories of loopholes. I love studying loopholes, because they’re so funny. And ingenious! We’re such great advocates for ourselves — in any situation, we can always think of some loophole to invoke. Well, what is a “loophole?” When we try to...
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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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Gretchen Craft