Sign Up for a Daily Moment of Happiness.

I take notes whenever I read. I have several notebooks full of quotations, plus two gigantic documents on my computer that I keep meaning to print out. I’ve had this habit for years; I started my first notebook when I was in sixth grade, and while my taste has changed, the habit has never left me.

I’ve copied hundreds of passages, and of course, happiness is a particularly rich source of memorable writing. I know that many readers share my love of quotations, so I’m introducing something new.


Starting Monday, every weekday morning, you can receive a daily email with a short, thoughtful, happiness-related quotation.

Mindfulness is essential to happiness. Reading a thought-provoking, beautifully written passage is a happy way to start your day — plus it will help remind you to make choices in your ordinary routine that will boost your happiness. So sign up for the Moment of Happiness.

Sign up here. And if you have any suggestions for quotations, I’d love to get them. Just email me at grubin at gretchenrubin dot com.

Happy reading.

* Love that time-lapse photography! Here’s a video of a lightning storm over Toronto.

* If you’d rather email me to sign up for the daily email of happiness quotations, just drop me a note at grubin at gretchenrubin dot com.

  • Susan

    What a nice Monday morning idea, Gretchen. Thanks.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks! It starts Monday, but will come out every weekday. I hope people
      enjoy it!

      • R Sparks Newcomb

        Don’t you put quotes on the website? I rather like that they come to my rss feed that way.

        • gretchenrubin

          Yes, I post a quotation on Saturday or Sunday. I was looking at my huge
          trove of quotations and thought this would be a way to use them even more.

      • MiriamDYoung

        I love the ones I’ve received so far! Thanks a ton!

        • gretchenrubin

          Terrific!I’m glad you like it.

  • thank you Gretchen! lovely idea!!

  • Candace

    I used to copy passages myself by hand then I thought to myself why don’t I just photocopy it instead b/c writing it down is so tedious but writing it down makes it memorable!

    Daily quotations are awesome tidbits to add to the email newsletter that you send out. 🙂

  • Gretchen,
    You and I are kindred spirits! I have notebooks filled with stuff too! I love to take notes when I read. It helps me to remember and internalize what I’ve read. I am not quite as orgnaized as you sound however! For on the go notes, I have been using my blackberry, works better than ransom scraps of paper!

  • Kherndon2

    Thanks for doing this!! I look forward to receiving my notes of happiness. Some days you need all the inspiration you can get.

  • barbG

    nice idea. “Zoikes!” I happen to think that expression is charming.
    I bought your book pre-publication and look forward to your next one.

  • LivewithFlair

    Here was a good quote from my Weight Watchers meeting this morning: “Remember you are stronger than the food.” I like that in terms of anything that seems to overpower me. I reorganized my closet today and thought, “I am stronger than this mess.” Same with my daughter’s underwear drawer:

  • What a great idea to share all the knowledge you’ve accumulated over the years. Thanks a lot Gretchen, I am signing up right now!

  • Chanel replica

    Enjoyed every bit of your article.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  • is it possible that with all this searching and writing of passages about happiness that you may just be missing those amazing things that happen all around us when we are not searching for it.

    • gretchenrubin

      No, that hasn’t happened. The more I think about happiness, the more attuned
      I become to moments of happiness. Mindfulness!

  • Deb Hayden

    I’ve kept happiness notebooks for years using Strathmore artist notebooks. I include quotations, fragments of emails printed, recipes, bits from events I’ve attended, even compliments, scraps of colored paper, photographs, notices of friends’ successes, cuttings from magazines, lists — anything that has a positive association. If I find anything that no longer feels positive, I paste something over it. Words alone don’t make it– I like images and lots of color.

  • Mary

    Don’t remember the name of the author ” Happiness is a journey not a destination”.

  • Sabrina

    I have this quote on a very worn sticky note…I’ve kept it with me through many job transitions. Here it is:

    “Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretneding we are indicifuals that can go it alone.”

    Margaret Wheatley

    Even typing it fills me with joy and a feeling of connectedness.
    Good luck with your new venture in daily emails!

  • Maryann

    Hi, you sent a quote regarding acknowledgement in the last few days and I erroneously deleted it, can you remind me of what it was? Also is there anywhere that the daily quotes are archived to go back and find something we missed?