Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


How Do You Feel About Gifts? A List of Questions.

July 27th, 2015

Episode 98 of 540 episodes

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 — and maybe the best answer — is relationships. To be happy, we need strong bonds to other people; we need to get support and give support; we need to be able to confide; we need to feel like we belong. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role of gifts in our relationships. Consider these questions — and post your answers, if you’re so inclined! I’d love to hear them. What’s the most successful gift you’ve ever given? I’ve given two outstanding gifts: I bought my husband a TiVO device when that technology was fairly new, and I bought my sister a treadmill desk, as pictured (you can read about that gift exchange in Better Than Before, or ...

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