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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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It’s time for the next installment of Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Holidays are approaching! Want a Happier t-shirt? Email us if you want to get one. Or if you want to buy one of my books, journals, calendar, mug, etc., look here. Try This at Home: Don’t treat yourself. We talked before in episode 9 about why you should treat yourself, and in...

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A Little Happier: During busy holiday time, it’s tempting to say “no” to try to make life easier, but in the end, we’re usually happier if we say “yes”—to the office party, the school show, or the holiday gathering. So the hack is: say “yes”if you can. Don’t do anything contrary to your nature or your values, but if you can, say “yes.” In the...

Do you agree? It’s a difficult question. “We are all the same people as we were at three, six, ten or twenty years old. More noticeably so, perhaps, at six or seven, because we were not pretending so much then, whereas at twenty we put on a show of being someone else, of being in the mode of the moment. If there is an intellectual fashion, you...

Periodically, I get obsessed with subjects. And nothing makes me happier than a new obsession! It’s energizing and exciting. Sometimes, this obsession leads to a book — like The Happiness Project or Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill. Sometimes it stays a private obsession — like my obsession with beautiful scents. Sometimes the subject is...