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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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One major challenge within happiness is loneliness. The more I’ve learned about happiness, the more I’ve come to believe that loneliness is a common and important obstacle to consider. To be happy, we need intimate bonds; we need to be able to confide, we need to feel like we belong, we need to be able to get and give support. In fact, strong...

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It’s time for the next installment of Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Update: In response to our discussion in episode 102, listeners told us the different “missing puzzle pieces” they’d managed to find. Try This at Home: Leave on a high note. Happiness Hack: The Metropolitan Museum has introduced an extraordinary new resource: for artworks that...

One small but annoying daily challenge? Getting ready each morning. I very much dislike rushing or feeling pressed for time, and fervently agree with Thoreau, who wrote in Walden, “I love a broad margin to my life.” By figuring out easy, quick ways to make it faster to head out the door, we can give ourselves a bigger margin of time. Need some...

I often get my “America feeling” — whenever I vote, or serve on a jury (twice), when I see the Statue of Liberty, when I watch Schoolhouse Rock (yes, I’m dating myself with my love of Schoolhouse Rock). The America feeling is a happy, intense, transcendent feeling. I remember that I felt it very vividly one day when the song “The Farmer and the...