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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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When I was still working as a lawyer, before I switched to writing, I worked at the Federal Communications Commission. My former boss, Chairman Reed Hundt, had a line he often quoted, and it made a big impression on me. It’s from the Founding Father Benjamin Franklin: “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.” Note: “...

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Tomorrow (Monday, March 20), is the International Day of Happiness (there’s a day for just about everything, isn’t there?). That got me thinking. I’ve been researching, thinking, and writing about it for a decade now: what’s the most important thing I’ve learned about happiness? How can we help ourselves to become happier? And I realize that my...

“It is hard, so terribly hard, to please yourself. Far from being the easy thing that it sounds like, it is almost the hardest thing in the world, because we are not always comfortable with that true self that lies deep within us.” –Christopher Alexander, The Nature of Order Book Four: The Luminous Ground I agree. It is so, so hard to please...

In my book Better Than Before, I describe the many strategies that we can use to change our habits. We all have our favorite strategies — but I think most of us would agree that the Strategy of Treats is the most fun strategy. “Treats” may sound like a self-indulgent, frivolous strategy, but it’s not. Because forming good habits can be...