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Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

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Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

<p>Gretchen Rubin is the author of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, <em><span>The Happiness Project</span></em>&mdash;an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her blog, <a href="http://www.happiness-project.com/" target="_blank"><b>The Happiness Project</b></a>, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness. <br /> <br /> Rubin started her career in law, and she was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O&rsquo;Connor when she realized that she really wanted to be a writer.<br /> <br /> Her bestselling <em>Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill</em> and <em>Forty Ways to Look at JFK </em>are succinct, provocative biographies. <em>Power Money Fame Sex: A User&rsquo;s Guide</em> is biting social criticism in the form of a user&rsquo;s manual. She also has three terrible novels safely locked in a desk drawer.</p> <p>Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two young daughters.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://www.happiness-project.com/" target="_blank"><b>Happiness-Project.com</b></a> to learn more.</p>

Stories by Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

One of my worst faults is my tendency to “snap”—to react sharply, in a minor but harsh way. This trait clouds my happiness and the...
We’ve all had terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. A bad work evaluation, a disappointing grade, a potential crush who turns out to be...
Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as...
Dorothea Brande was an American writer and editor, well known for her books Wake Up and Live and Becoming a Writer (which is a useful resource for...
Unbelievable, but school is already well underway. And that means that the early-morning scramble is underway, too. I wrote this list a while back,...
If you’re in a relationship, your sweetheart’s happiness matters a lot to you. Not only because you care about him or her, but also...
Your happiness at work will depend mostly, of course, on how much you like your job and your co-workers. But, as Samuel Johnson observed, “It...
I think the relationship between money and happiness is one of the most interesting, most complicated, and most sensitive questions in the study of...
Why should employers take steps to help make their employees happy? Two reasons. First, because it’s the right thing to do. A 2001 study...
In marriage, or in any partnership, chores are a huge source of conflict. How do you get your sweetheart to hold up his or her end without nagging?...
One happiness-project exercise I undertook was to consider the different times of day, and days of the week, to see if any particular dayparts were...
You can make yourself happier—and this doesn’t have to be a long-term ambition. Over the long term, habits like getting enough sleep,...
Exercise is one of the keys to happiness. Research shows that people who exercise are healthier, more energetic, think more clearly, sleep better,...
A few days ago, I was extremely upset. It’s too complicated to explain the whole situation, but an encounter left me feeling anxious, agitated...
I read this list in a biography of the English writer Sydney Smith, in Hesketh Pearson’s The Smith of Smiths. In 1820, Smith wrote a letter to...

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