January 25th, 2016
Episode 205 of 487 episodes
Last week, my sister Elizabeth and I did something that felt very new and bold — we recorded an episode of our podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, live in front of a whole theater full of people. And I was reminded of theimportance of anatmosphere of growth. As I discuss in The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, I’ve identified Eight Splendid Truths of Happiness. (I was enchanted by all the numbered lists in Buddhism, so wanted to do my own numbered list.) My First Splendid Truth is: To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth. It makes us happier to feel that we’re growing — that we’re learning, that we’re helping, that we’re making something grow, or fixing something that’s not working, or teaching someone, or improving ourselves. For instance, my father was a great tennis player and played a lot when I was growing up. At some point, he started playing golf, and over time, gave up tennis. I asked him why. “My tennis game,” he explained, “was gradually getting worse, but my golf game is gradually improving.” For Elizabeth and me, doing ...
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