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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Want to Make 2016 a Happier Year? Here’s How I Did It, Month by Month.

January 1st, 2016

Episode 191 of 399 episodes

If you’re looking for ways to make 2016 a happier, healthier, more productive year, may I self-promotingly suggest my book, The Happiness Project? The first day of the new year always feels so fresh and full of promise to me — but at the same time, it’s very discouraging to look back over the year that’s just ended, and realize that I’d never accomplished an important, happiness-boosting change that I’d hoped to make. This feeling is one of the major reasons that I undertook my happiness project. I remember so clearly the moment when I had the idea to do it. I was on the 79th Street cross-town bus, and I looked out the window and thought, “What do I want from life anyway? I want to be happy.” I realized, though, that I didn’t spend any time thinking about whether I was happy, or how I could be happier. “I should have a happiness project!” I decided. I ran to the library the next day to get a big stack of books about happiness—and I had no notion of how much that single moment’s thought was going to shape my life, and bring me so much happiness. I divided the year into ...

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