Today Is One of the Happiest Days of My Life. Here’s Why.

Today is one of the very happiest days of my life.

I was happy when my two daughters were born, but having a baby is such a tremendous new responsibility; I was extremely happy, but also awestruck and slightly terrified.

I was happy on my wedding day, but I was also worried about how the whole day would unfold. For instance, strangely, I was very concerned that my veil might fall off as I was going down the aisle.


Today, though, I’m purely, absolutely happy.

In The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, I write about the fact that my husband got hepatitis C from a blood transfusion during a heart operation, when he was eight years old. You really don’t want to have hepatitis C; eventually, it destroys your liver. My husband tried many treatments over the years, but nothing worked.

I’ve so appreciated the thoughtfulness of readers who have emailed me to make sure that we knew about possible new treatments, or to send along their good wishes for my husband’s health. Last year, a new treatment was approved, and my husband went on it right away.

As of this morning, he has been declared CURED A few hours ago, we got the email from his extraordinary doctor, Dr. Leona Kim-Schluger. He is now free from the virus. It’s over.

I am so, so happy, and grateful, and relieved, and thrilled. I can’t really put it into words.

And yet there’s something more I want to say.

I love children’s literature, and at this minute, I’m reminded of a scene from one of my favorite books, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

It’s Meg’s wedding day, and she and Laurie start talking about drinking wine. Laurie explains, “I don’t care for it; but when a pretty girl offers it, one doesn’t like to refuse, you see.”

Meg answers, “But you will, for the sake of others, if not for your own. Come, Laurie, promise, and give me one more reason to call this the happiest day of my life.”

And in that spirit, my dear readers, out of the fullness of my heart, let me ask something of you, so I have one more reason to call this the happiest day of my life.

If you support organ donation, take a moment to sign the donor registry, and also to tell your friends and family that you’d want to donate your organs.

Very few of us die in a way that permits us to donate our organs, and in a time of sorrow and shock, the people around you might not know what you would’ve wanted. Let them know, now, if you would want to be an organ donor. Over the last many years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my husband’s liver, and I’m very glad that he gets to keep the one he was born with. But things might not have turned out this way.

Tears are running down my face…I’m beside myself with joy! I hardly know what to do with myself. What do you do on one of the happiest days of your life? I think I’ll go buy his favorite dessert: a pralines’n’cream ice cream cake.

  • Allison Ruth

    What wonderful news!! So happy for you and your family!

    • gretchenrubin

      Thank you so much. Such a happy day.

  • Myriam

    I am really happy for you Gretchen! You gotta celebrate. 🙂

  • TLD

    That is awesome! I’m so glad he’s finally cured! My brother has hemophilia and he got hepatitis C in a blood transfusion when he was a child in the 1980s. He went through an experimental procedure that cured him, too. I wish cures on everyone who has to deal with this disease!

  • So happy for you and your family!!! This is extraordinary news.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thank you!

  • Kathryn

    Such wonderful news!!

  • Kate

    Oh wow! Best wishes to you all xx

  • Kathleen

    Wow! That is beyond awesome! Here’s to many healthy, happy years!

  • Katie Slater

    Amazing! So glad to here it turned out this way 🙂

  • Linda Maki

    Such wonderful news! I have tears in my eyes, too; I am so happy for you, Jamie, and your daughters. We have a young family member who will almost certainly need a liver transplant one day. I can only echo your plea for everyone to become organ donors. Please.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thank you, and YES.

  • Nicole

    That is wonderful news for your family, Gretchen. I am completely with you on organ donation and carry a card stating my position. I am also grateful to all the dedicated researchers and medical professionals who strive to find effective treatments for challenging diseases, painstakingly and methodically moving the science forward.

  • Katy B

    Congratulations 🙂 what incredibly good news! For people in the UK you can sign up for organ donation here it’s so important to tell your family, in the uk your family has the final say so they need to know!

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific, thanks for supplying that information.

  • April Ellis

    So happy for you and your family, Gretchen! 🙂

  • mn

    Wonderful wonderful news! Enjoy the cake and enjoy the rest of your lives – what a great day it is!

  • jennie

    So happy for you and the family. Modern medicine is wonderful thing. Thank God we live in a wonderful country that values life.

  • Bri

    What wonderful news! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  • I’m so happy for you and your family, Gretchen! I’ve had two people dear to me who have survived and thrived after liver transplants, but only after some serious suffering and complications first. What wonderful relief. Enjoy your happiest of days.

  • T & K

    So happy for you, did not know what a heavy burden you and your family were carrying. What a tremendous relief !! I am a big organ donor believer, still baffled as to why everyone isn’t one. Celebrate tonight !!!!

  • Dina

    Gretchen, can you share what the treatment is? Short and sweet version as I realize this is a comment section. Thanks and so happy for you and your family!

  • LuAnn

    Wonderful news, Gretchen! I am thrilled for you and your family!

  • penelope schmitt

    Tears here, too Gretchen. I had hoped that when that medication became available that it would be helpful to your husband. I am sure many thousands of us, in our small way, are sharing in your great joy.

  • cruella

    I’m really happy to hear this news, Gretchen. And I’ve been on the donor register for many years already. A gift of life or improved quality of life if the opportunity arises is a rare and beautiful thing.

  • Erin

    Hooray! So happy for your and your family!

  • Wendy

    Wonderful news! Thank you for sharing your journey and your joy!

  • Carrie Pantier Caron

    I am so happy for you and your family. Scientist really do deserve to be treated like rock stars.

  • Gillian

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your joy and gratitude. What a burden and what a relief it must be now that it is lifted. Your story really highlights what is important in life. I have always resisted the call to think about organ donation and have felt guilty about doing so; I know how important it is. Perhaps now I will pay appropriate attention to the issue.

  • Carla

    This brought tears to my eyes. Modern medicine is so amazing. I am so very happy for you, your husband, and your family.

    And organ donor already. Hope this will prompt more to sign up.

  • This is fantastic! I am so happy for all of you!

  • Justine

    Happy tears! I am an organ donor, and I urge others to do the same. I also want you to know that your books changed my life, so thank you. I’m so very happy for you guys.

  • Cristina

    Who’s chopping all these onions in here? Seriously, though, I’m so happy for you and your family, Gretchen. And while I’m already an organ donor, I’ll definitely encourage others to sign up, too.

  • Jenya

    What a blessing! We really do live in a time of miracles. I’m so happy for you that all of the good energy you put out into the world is coming back to you in such a big way.

  • Margaret

    My husband also had HepC and was on treatment. He also now has a clean bill of health. Praise God. Rejoicing with you in your good news.

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  • aleishacd

    What wonderful news for your entire family! Thank you for sharing.

  • Fiona

    I am very pleased and happy for you both. And already on the organ donor register. Thank you for sharing your happiness.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks so much to everyone for the lovely good wishes. It makes me even happier that so many people are rejoicing with us.

  • Suzanne

    Oh my gosh, what fantastic news! Congratulations to your family and thank you for sharing.

  • Sara

    Very happy for you, Gretchen! I’m already an organ donor but will reaffirm my wishes with my loved ones after reading this. Best wishes to you and your family!

  • K

    This is amazing and wonderful!! I’m a registered organ donor and every year I reaffirm my wishes to my husband and extended family. Happy that you are sharing this important message with others. Thank you for thinking of others in your personal moment of joy.

  • Hope Perlman

    I’m so very happy for you and your family!

  • Guest

    So so so happy for you!! My twin sister contracted HepC also through a blood transfusion at birth. She went on interferon at around 12 years old as soon as we discovered she had it. She was so so lucky to beat the disease despite the effect the medicine took on her fragile little body. I have thought so many times about how your husband is doing because of my family’s experience with HepC!

  • Kani

    That is fantastic! So happy for Jamie and you! I have wondered how he was doing after reading your books. I am on the donor registry.

  • Barbara

    How very wonderful! Bliss for sure….so happy for your family!

  • Abby

    This is truly happy news! Blessings to you and your family.

  • Allison

    Gretchen, I am so happy to hear it. Blessings to your whole family! What a wonderful start to 2015.

  • Mimi Gregor

    Oh, this is wonderful news! We hear so much about how most diseases can only be “managed”. It’s marvelous to hear of one being cured! I’m so glad that you and your girls can breathe a sigh of relief now, and look forward to enjoying Jamie’s presence for many years to come!

  • Alexa

    Fantastic news. I’m so happy for you and your family.

  • katywolkstanley

    That is so wonderful to hear. I know it’s cliche, but if you don’t have your health nothing else is possible. Hooray!

  • Marina

    I am so touched by the news of your husband’s miracle and your incandescent joy! I am hoping that medical research will produce a similar miracle for my husband’s chronic leukemia. Wishing you many more very happy days together!

    • gretchenrubin

      I’ll be thinking of your family and hoping for the best.

  • Stephanie

    I am so very happy for you and your family! Wonderful, wonderful news! I am an organ donor.

  • wow.. that is amazing!!!! so touching, so spectacular, so sweet. love to your family!

  • Deanne

    Gretchen, that is wonderful news. I can’t imagine what this must feel like for you and your family. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I am an organ donor, and I appreciate you using this occasion to remind us why it is so important.

  • Julia

    What wonderful news for your family! Organ donation is such a great thing. “Cured” is even better.

  • lulu240788

    I’m so thrilled for you and your family! My fiancé and I have been meaning to sign up for a while, but you inspired us both to finally do it. We’re officially both organ donors.

    • gretchenrubin

      That’s so TERRIFIC! Wonderful to hear.

  • debbiedarline

    That is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news – so happy for you and your family!!!

  • Alana

    Congratulations! Such wonderful news for you, your husband and your friends and family! Celebrate indeed!

  • Mara

    Congratulations! What a blessing. I used the link you provided and signed up. It’s something I have wanted to do and you were the prompt to do it!

    • gretchenrubin

      So great you signed up. That’s wonderful!

  • kelly zepp

    Wonderful news. May you have a long and happy life together!!!

  • Chris B. Behrens

    This is so sweet…thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Carmen

    What wonderful news! Thanks for sharing the news & thinking about others who could use our help!

  • Oh Gretchen, that’s fantastic news. I wondered how things were going after reading your books and I’m so happy for you.

    The work you have been doing to support organ donation is fantastic.



  • Rach

    What amazing news so fantastic for you both. Organ donation is so important. I am the wife of a recent kidney transplant recipient and without the gift we received from a grieving family I would now be a widow at 44. After the scary bit was over the day we were told he was good to go and everything was working well was the happiest day of my life so far.

    • gretchenrubin

      One person can save or help so many other people…It is really extraordinary. I’m so happy to hear that your husband got a kidney when he needed it.

  • Lorna

    What wonderful news! When I read in your book the enormous burden your husband, his parents and you faced everyday I wondered if I could ever be as strong and positive. How wonderful to be free!

  • Melanie Ryan

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your family.

  • Erin

    So incredibly happy for your good news about your husband. I can only imagine how difficult this has been on both of you and now its finally over!

  • Joelle

    So happy for you both, Gretchen!

  • Gemma

    I’m so happy for you! Such wonderful news! Sending my love and wishing you and your family all the best x

  • Elizabeth Wolf

    I am thrilled by this news. How absolutely wonderful. I couldn’t wish for anything better for you and your family. And may I take this moment to tell you how grateful I am to you and your work. It has, quite honestly, changed my life. To much more health and happiness.

  • Piper Sellon

    Whoa! So wonderful!!! I’m so happy for you all!!!!

  • Jenny Ellwood

    That is such wonderful news! Thank you for sharing your joy! It brought tears to my eyes too! Lovely! 🙂

  • Penelope Schmitt

    Oh and yes, a plug for organ donation! Even though I have known the downside (a close friend died very quickly after a heart transplant-she was dying slowly before it though) I also have a friend who had a double lung transplant in her 50s–her COPD had reduced her oxygen uptake to about 20 percent. It seemed impossible to me that she could ‘make it’. Last year, I think it is 3 years since the transplant, she participated in a 5K race and she is regularly back in the out of doors life she loved as a Park Ranger. Transplants can transform–even for older people with long term health problems.

    • gretchenrubin

      What a terrific example. A transplant can work a miracle.

  • MdgEdD

    Thank you for sharing this joyful news and taking this moment to advocate for organ donation. Tis a WONDERFUL Life!

  • Liz

    So, so happy for you – fantastic news!!!!!!!!!

  • Ginny Corrigan

    Wonderful news. Thanks so very much for sharing it and taking the time to remind us of something so very important.

  • Judy

    What wonderful news for your readers – we are so happy for all of your family. I can only imagine the celebration going on in the Rubin household! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Donna

    Gretchen, I am so happy for your family! I donated one of my kidneys to my husband two years ago, and unfortunately he has had a virus for 1 and 1/2 years that has been untreatable We are always hopeful that a new treatment will be found. Please let your readers know that living kidney donation is an option in addition to signing up for the organ donor registry should someone feel called to do so. There have been amazing advances in this field over the years and even if someone isn’t a direct match it is possible to do a kidney swap or chain to ensure recipients receive the best match. Two years after my donation I am healthier than I’ve ever been and have had no negative effects from my donation. I really appreciate your efforts in promoting the organ donor registry, and I wish your family every blessing.

    • gretchenrubin

      Yes, the possibilities with kidneys are amazing – and so many kidneys are needed. My best wishes for your husband —

  • Holly

    Oh Gretchen. my heart is full for you.

  • Kate

    Thank you for sharing your news! XO!
    Re: organs …. A coworker of mine passed in June — 45, healthy, 2 young sons – from a tragic, freak accident. His wife and brother donated his organs. 5 ppl have new lives as a result! It’s been a great comfort to his family + 5 others.

    • gretchenrubin

      Yes, so comforting when some good can come out of something terrible. It is really extraordinary.

  • Laura

    Great news, indeed. And yet another thank you for your endorsement of organ donation. It’s always helpful to refer to well known figures when the conversation arises with patients.
    Thank you for sharing –
    Laura M Erdman, MD

  • Kp

    Thanks for sharing your joy.

  • Carolyn Holm

    What wonderful news!! I’m so happy for your entire family!!! Now go out and live LARGE!!!

  • PolarSamovar

    Congratulations from an organ donor. 🙂

    I know well how it feels to be worried about a loved one’s health. Having that lifted must be amazing. I’m glad you can savor it!

  • Carol

    What wonderful news! It truly is a Happy New Year for him and your family! Thank you for sharing this joy with your loyal readers. (Just curious, though: he didn’t need a liver transplant, so did they cure it with medication?) HAPPY, HAPPY!

  • Olivia

    How absolutely wonderful! I am thrilled for your whole family. HURRAY!!

  • Just sharing your joy!

  • Guest

    What wonderful news! So happy to hear it!

  • CB

    What wonderful news! So happy for you!

  • Jean Ann Walth

    The “Happiness” writer is making me and many others SO VERY HAPPY with this post! Blessings overflowing to you and yours!

  • Shelley

    Gretchen, that is wonderful news about your husband! And yes, organ donation is so important; my husband and I both signed up this year. Funny thing, I always had the sense from your first two books that your fixation about finding happiness was to do with preparing for the potential tragedy hanging over your head because of his infection – I think you said as much. I wonder if you will write another happiness book or move to another topic? But never mind that, it is definitely a time to celebrate your excellent news!

  • Sara

    That is wonderful news! I have never commented, but I’ve read your books and had a lingering concern for your husband’s liver and health. I am genuinely happy for you and your entire family. Thank you for the organ donor reminder, we hate to think of dying, but wouldn’t we love to know we helped someone even after death?

    • gretchenrubin


      Thank you!

  • Julia Myers

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful news! My whole family signed our organ donor cards years ago. we’ve all been blood donors as well as signing up for the bone marrow donor registry.

  • Mo B.

    What wonderful, HAPPY news!! Congrats!!! 🙂 We share in your joy.. through your books, we’ve gotten to “know” Jamie and care for him, so this is very good news indeed!!! I’m so HAPPY for you both!

  • Julian Moseley

    I am so happy for you both – having that sword over your heads must have been awful.

  • Karenlynna

    Gretchen~the most wonderful news! I had tears in my eyes when I’d finished reading. I can’t wait to share the news with my family later. (I couldn’t share right now or I’d cry instead of talk!) What’s really odd is that I wondered about your husband’s Hep C just this morning when I was waking-it just popped in my head…and I come here & find this wonderful news! (I am currently rereading my copy of Happier at Home so you were with me just before I dozed off last night.) Oh, and Dh & I have already discussed organ donations and are completely on board.

    • gretchenrubin

      Wonderful! Terrific —

  • Katie

    Gretchen, This is amazing!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you and your family! Life is a precious gift and thank you for sharing these parts of yours with us, because it enriches our lives too- a lot! —A teary-eyed organ donor from PA

  • Tina Mayo

    Gretchen, congratulations to your husband and your family. What wonderful news! I have always meant to sign up as an organ donor but never actually took the time to do it. I just signed up using your link. Since reading your books (which I love, by the way) I have continued to try to find ways to increase my happiness. By signing up, I did just that. Helping and giving to others is such a powerful happiness booster! Thank you and congrats again!

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! So great that you’ve signed up!

  • Richard

    Such great news, Gretchen! Thank you for sharing.

  • Martha_Brettschneider

    Your happiness and call to action on organ donation touches me personally, Gretchen. My father was a member of the team of doctors who performed the first liver and kidney transplants in the 1960s. His hands were on the cover of Life Magazine performing one of those operations. He died when I was 13, but I’m reminded of his legacy whenever the topic of organ donation comes up. I am thrilled for your family that your husband’s ordeal is over. Sending celebratory energy your way!! 🙂

    • gretchenrubin

      What a tremendous achievement. It is amazing what can be done with transplants.

  • Grace

    Great news! Congratulations!!!

  • Katy

    Congratulations! I signed up on the registry. It’s the least I can do after reading The Happiness Project taught me to go easier on myself and to pay attention to what I love to do vs what I have to do! That change in mindset helped me get through a surprise pregnancy and now life with three kids under five, plus working a demanding job.

  • maria

    I’m thrilled by the good news for you and your family! Congratulations!

  • Erin

    This is so awesome. Pure happiness!!!! Thank you for sharing your good news…we can all use more of that.

  • shalomew

    What a blessing to you and your family! I have a friend who is alive today because of a double lung transplant. Amazing! I didn’t know my state had an online form to fill out. I always have done it at the driver’s license form. I just went and did the online form also. Thanks for the nudge and link.

  • Leah

    This is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing the news with your readers.

  • Sue

    Hooray! Hooray for this happiest day, and for your husband, his doctors, and you for sharing this news and inviting us all to do more good in the world. Congratulations on this wonderful news! I bet no dessert will ever have tasted as sweet as today’s ice cream cake.

  • msps

    So glad for this wonderful news! Wishing you, your husband, and all your family a long lifetime of joy and wonderful perfect health!

  • Linda

    Wonderful news! I had forgot about your husband when I read about the new treatment last year. How great it worked for him!

  • Juanita

    Your happiness came right through the screen at me! What wonderful news for your family. I am grateful that you shared this with us. Best wishes!

  • Sue

    Gretchen, that’s wonderful! I’m so happy to hear it! My driver’s license shows me as an organ donor, and I’ve just signed the registry.

  • HEHink

    Wow, amazing news! So happy for you and your family. What a ray of hope for others, too, who are living with chronic illnesses. Here’s to the continued progress of medical research and practice in 2015!

  • Sharing in your joy and happiness at this time! Thank you so much for inviting us into this intimate moment.

  • Paul Latta

    I’m so happy for you and your husband. What was the treatment, though? I would love to spread the word about it. Thanks.

  • Michael J.

    One of the things I love about your Happiness books is that you have the courage to write so openly about yourself and your family. Thank you for sharing your joy in your husband’s recovery! It really means a lot to me. (And I already have a donor designation on my driver’s license and a habit of donating blood – although I’ve never actually watched.)

  • Stacey

    Gretchen: I am so happy for you and your husband. I work with the American Liver Foundation and the new drugs have been life-changing for people. As you know, some of the older treatments were pretty toxic and many people suffered debilitating side effects. Our patient advocates have some remarkable stories. And what is also remarkable is that hepatitis C was once something people didn’t want others to know they had. Now, everyone wants to share their experiences of hope and healing. With the new meds, as many as 90% of patients with hep C can be cured. Very exciting indeed. But organ donation is so critical. If you met people who would otherwise have died without a new liver, you would shout it from the rooftops.

  • Bob Dalton

    I too was just recently cured of Hep-c with the new drugs that are out. As of 11/11/14 I was BLESSED with a liver and kidney that I would be able to live. Thank You Donor Family for this the “Happiest Days of My Life”

  • Shoham

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful news. I’m am so happy for your husband and your whole intact family. Great news.

  • Karen Hornsby

    That is wonderful news! God bless you all!

  • Priyanka

    This is wonderful news indeed! Thank you for sharing!

  • Miranda

    It made me so happy to hear your good news. Yay!

  • Jeanne

    I am SO happy for you and your family. A slightly belated Christmas miracle!

  • Dell Hilton

    I have never commented on one of your blog posts before, Gretchen, even though I read and enjoy The Happiness Blog regularly. But today, I just have to say that I am so, so happy for this happiest day of your life! Thank you for sharing.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thank you!!

  • jojo1878

    Gretchen, such wonderful news for your family, may you enjoy this happy memory forever, like many others I love your work bug have never commented on your blog before but this news inspired me to x

  • Cathe Chapman-Martin

    I’m so happy for you and your family!!

  • Sue Lasbury

    Great news! My brother has Hep C, so this is indeed good news. Having a family illness like this is so draining. Now you can relax and be grateful. Happy New Year! And best wishes on the success of your new book.

  • Karen

    So very happy for you and your husband – awesome news!!!! Can’t wait to read your new book!

  • Felicia

    So few people ever get to hear the word “cured”! We are all celebrating with you and your husband. After years of living under Damocles’ sword, your whole family is freed of a terrible tyranny. You’ve done much to improve my personal happiness and habits and I’m so grateful for your words of wisdom and today to celebrate this great good news with you. Thank you for including all of us in this fabulous victory of health and good life.

  • Caroline

    That’s so awesome! Congrats to you all.

    I’ve been signed up to be an organ donor for years, and have a wallet card that my parents witnessed. Since my father died, carrying his signature with me means even more.

  • Nicole

    I am so happy for your family. My mother passed away in August and as we left the hospital we received a phone call that in sorrow made us smile–it was the organ donation center gathering the necessary information. As we have been going through the grieving process this year a bright moment came when we received a letter finding out how she changed the lives of 2 women with their site. Enjoy your dessert!

  • Bonnie

    Great news about your husband! A close friend who had Hep C for 30 years just completed 3 months of treatment and is now virus free. I understand your elation — my friend carried such a heavy burden of worry and fear for her future, and is now able to lay it down — it’s wonderful.

  • Susan S

    Oh, what extraordinary news! Blessings to all of you.

  • Maria

    i am so thrilled for your husband, you and all of your family! I just signed up for the donor registry and my husband, parents and sister know to ‘scrap me for parts’ should need be. May you and your husband have many, many happy years without this cloud over you!

  • Sheri Anderson

    I am so thrilled for you and your family. Wonderful news!!! You have changed my life and put me on a better path which allows me to live the life I was hoping for. Thank you for all your research and musings. Wishing you and your family much joy for 2015

  • Msconduct

    Gretchen, that is FANTASTIC news! I am so thrilled! I used to work with a haemophiliac who had contracted Hep C from a blood tranfusion, and I well remember the horror of that future staring him in the face, and the misery he experienced on a year of interferon treatment (that failed anyway). What an amazing day for you and Jamie and for Hep C sufferers everywhere!

  • Natalie

    What a wonderful day. I’ve always been a registered organ donor, but here in Australia at least it is still up to the family to decide. So make sure your loved ones are clear about what you want.

  • BB

    Thank you for sharing your good news. It is truly a blessing to you and the girls. While reading your book, The Happiness Project, you mentioned the project being a way to prepare for the bad news potentially in your future, so I imagine your happiness has increased exponentially. I read your book this fall and it has inspired me to start a happiness project of my own (for some of the same reasons you did) and invited several friends and family members to join me. I tried searching for a blog, like the one you started while writing the book, but yours was not active and I could not find one that met my needs, so I decided to start my own as a way of sharing ideas at Thank you for being an inspiration.

    • bb

      And oh yes, always an organ donor!

  • Joanna

    I’m so happy for you and most importantly for your husband. Congratulations on such an amazing news!

  • Laurie Alexander Young

    So so HAPPY for you, Gretchen, and for your husband and children. What a day!! Thank you for sharing it with us.
    I am already signed up as an organ donor.

  • Christine

    Congratulations to your family!

  • Jennifer

    I have never met you Gretchen, but I have loved your books and followed your blog for years and I feel genuinely happy and relieved for your family. Many congratulations and much love to you all! Enjoy the relief and revel in the love!

  • Kathy Chin

    Gretchen, this is my first time posting to this blog even though I am a regular reader. I had de-lurk after reading your wonderful news to say congratulations! So happy for you, and of course for your husband most of all 🙂

  • Margret Schell

    Yay for you guys!! Big love to you and your family xx

  • s_ifat

    OMG. your post brought tears to my eyes. I knew this about your husband from your books, I knew many years had past and was wondering from time to time how you, GR, will cope with this over time. I was so so happy to read it’s over, I don’t really know you guys but my heart is truly filled with

  • Kay nuckols

    I have to say this post hit home. But first I want to say how happy I am that this is your happiest day and that your husband will be ok. You see, I know exactly what you are talking about when you talk about hep C. My brother was born a hemophilia and he contracted hepatitis C through his blood transfusions. He has lived with it for over 30 years until it took a toll on his liver. He was so bad that he was placed on the organ transplant list. I’ll never forget the night that they called. My husband and I and daughter had just went to bed. Our phone rang and it was my brother with the news that the doctors had called. We jumped out of bed and met him as he was coming down his driveway with his family. It was a three hour drive but I honestly don’t remember that drive at all. On the way, we had picked up our mom and we were all on cloud 9! When we arrived they prepped my brother for surgery and we all had our few seconds to tell him that we loved him and that we would be praying for him. He went thru the surgery very well and came home a week or so later. Everyday he seemed to be getting stronger and stronger. He healed completely and tried to get use to taking the rejection meds. Going to the hospital every week was just something he was going to have to get use to doing. Then every month. He went a few months with all his blood work being great. Then…one week…the nurse called him and said they needed to see him. He went in and the doctor told him that his numbers were increasing. The hepatitis C had returned and was doing damage again. Every week, the numbers would go up thousands. It was like it was in overdrive. We were all, well I don’t have words. My brother went into depression. He went out of his mind with anger. He went months and years and then started on the damaging medicine to try to kill out the hepatitis C. But every time he would try he would get so sick. Then we got the information about a new drug last year. He started on the new medicine right away and within a few weeks, he was getting better. I am HAPPY to say that my brother is free from the dreaded hepatitis C that he contracted through a transfusion to save his life because of hemophilia. I am also HAPPY to say that he is also free from hemophilia! When he was given life back through donation of the liver, that,ended his fight with hemophilia. So yeah, I know exactly how HAPPY you are today and I celebrate with you! Because I celebrate everyday having my brother..

    • gretchenrubin

      I’m so thrilled to hear about your brother. How wonderful to be free from both of the terrible conditions.

  • Jan Rockliff

    Congratulations to both of you! I have made sure everyone knows that I’m a organ donor, after all I will be finished with them

  • Kathy

    Gretchen, I’m so happy to hear the news about your husband. That is so very awesome, for you, your family, and all the others who have Hepatitis C.

  • Beth

    This is such exciting news! So much happiness for you, your husband, and your entire family. When I first got my license, I automatically signed to be an organ donor, it was never even really a thought. It still isn’t but I’ve also never REALLY thought about how important an action like that is. Thank you for spreading awareness!

  • Holly

    I am so very happy for all of you. I am a nurse practitioner and have just taken a new position (haven’t started yet) with a liver transplant surgeon. I am so grateful for your support of organ and tissue donation!!!

  • What a classy way to celebrate such wonderful news, Gretchen! Kudos!

  • Felicity

    So happy for your family!

  • marie

    That is so amazing and marvelous, Gretchen! Blessings to all of you!
    Yes, I am certainly a fan of organ donation. Wow. I’m a little teary at the good news. Love you lots!

  • Barbie

    Gretchen, I am so happy for you and your family. I have read your books and loved sharing your life. Thank you for sharing this next chapter with all of us.

  • Fantastic news! Absolutely fabulous. Happiest blog post ever.

  • Rachel

    THRILLED for you. Truly. My husband is a brain cancer survivor, and I identify with so much of what you said in HP about your husband’s condition. Praise God for the cure!!

  • Dianne Ochiltree

    So happy for you, your husband and family. Blessings on you.

  • Gailmarie26

    Glad to hear the news. Such a joy for you and your family.

  • Cheryl

    So happy for you both! What wonderful news!

  • Carmelita Scott

    Wow! What wonderful news, Gretchen. That’s got to be the happiest post ever! I’m so happy your husband is well and can look forward to a lifetime with you and your daughters. I love to hear of miracles, even when they come in the form of medical advancements. If that treatment cured your husband I’m sure it will help so many others as well. Fantastic.

  • Jo G

    Hi Gretchen, I’m so happy for you all. My daughter was diagnosed with a rare incurable kidney disease (MPGN1) just before her 3rd birthday. She was about the youngest child to be diagnosed but, she is currently well (6.5yrs old). Daily meds yes, but that’s it. I know via a Facebook group that there are many many others, children and adults, who are very much worse. But, she is well at the moment. It may change, but she is well now. So I am living in the moment and maintaining my happiness. Thank you for your insights to a happier life, it’s working! I hope you can too embrace this moment and fly high with happiness. ☺️

  • Rosefinch

    Delighted to hear this wonderful news!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Anne

    Good news for you and everyone with Hepatitis C !

  • Now, THAT’s a happy post! Bless your and your husband’s hearts. I’m so happy for you both!

    As for the organ donation thing — I’ve been an organ donor for decades. It’s noted on my driver’s license.

  • Vanessa

    So happy for you and your family!

  • Leslie H

    OH! What wonderful news! Rejoicing with you…

  • Lisa

    What wonderful news! Congratulations.

  • Cindy

    Gretchen, I am not usually a “commenter,” but I just had to respond to say how happy I am for you, your husband, and your whole family. Glory to God for such wonderful news for you, and how thankful we are for the amazing medical treatment we have available in our part of the world.
    Thank you so much for sharing today — your happiness is contagious!

  • Lford

    I like best that you are going to buy him the ice cream cake. Something I take it you don’t eat from your posts about sugar. Joy is for joy! To feel the freedom that you know that though we will all die you won’t lose your beloved husband to that awful disease. A reprieve. Thanks Gretchen for your marvelous blog. Life affirming to the maximum. And congratulations on your news!

  • Kathy F

    We rejoice with you… I love it when the cup runneth over!

  • Tanzle

    So glad to hear that your husband is cured…gives hope to many others out there with lifelong illnesses. Have a wonderful day!

  • Bridget

    Congratulations and celebrations are in order for your family. Wish my brother could have lived long enough to benefit from this cure – he passed 8 years ago from hep c. Appreciate your wonderful articles about happiness. You have a beautiful spirit and philosophy on life!

    • gretchenrubin

      I’m so very sorry to hear about your brother. It is so thrilling to have hep C defeated at last.

  • nhr2000

    Wonderful news, Gretchen!

  • Claudia

    Absolutely the best news. What a happy New Year this means for your family, Gretchen. Congratulations.

  • basma m

    Congratulations to u and ur family! Truly heartwarming news! Praying all families are blessed with the same happy news for their sick family members.

  • Adam Shehata

    Congratulations!! This is one of the purest joys I’ve ever heard of and I’m very happy it happened to you and your family!

    I follow medical news but I didn’t know that a cure was even possible. Thanks for the work that you do, including promoting organ donation.

    What a great day! I hope this joy lasts a long time for you and the family.

  • Madel

    Congratulations! So happy to hear that your husband’s treatment went well. It’s definitely time to celebrate 🙂

  • Sue Singleton

    Your joy absolutely jumps off the page. We are so happy for you and hope you never lose that glorious feeling of happiness. Scientific research really delivered a home run!

  • Wow, I had no idea that hep c could be cured. What thrilling news! I look forward to reading your new book and will pre-order now.

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  • Lori Yacenda Manning

    Congratulations on your husbands cure. And thank you for supporting organ donation. My father had a kidney transplant 13 years ago. This life saving gift from a family’s grief has enabled him to meet and love 3 beautiful grandchildren. It really is such a life changing gift.

    • gretchenrubin

      How wonderful about your father. Truly it’s amazing what organ donation can do.

  • Sherri Williams

    Gretchen, I was having an ordinary day but reading your post quite brightened it. There’s that old saying, “A sorrow shared is half a sorrow, a joy shared is twice a joy.” And that was certainly true when I read your post. I am affected all the time by news of the sadness and horror others experience in the world, but it was surprising to me that the good news of a complete stranger on the other side of the ocean could actually make my little world more joyful as well. I read your news in the metro on my phone and afterwards just sat quietly for a few minutes basking in YOUR joy! I don’t remember the last time I read anything by anyone that had that effect on me. I think part of it is your willingness to share your experiences with others in a personal, contemplative way that really helps us share these moments with you. I have greatly enjoyed reading your insights and reflections on habit-forming, and appreciate that you also shared this personal experience with us.

    Thanks for sending your happiness all the way to Berlin, Germany!

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks very much!

  • Brooke Koch

    This made me smile. My dad is on a waiting list (Hep C–transplant in 1996) for the new medication and we are hoping it works! This made my day–so happy for you, your husband, and your family!!

    • gretchenrubin

      Good luck! I hope it all works out for your father!

  • Jessica

    I have been reading your blog and your books for years, and I must quote you at least several times a week. (Beating a “spasmodic Hercules” is a constant goal and the quote is well-known to all my friends and family members, along with the idea of abstainer v. moderator, and so much more—in fact, I was discussing your work with a friend just yesterday!) All this is to say that you, and your family, have had a big impact on my life. I am *thrilled* to read that your husband is cured!! Very very best wishes for continued health and happiness to him, to you and your girls, and to your extended family.

    • Jessica

      And I want to assure you that I’ve been a registered organ donor, via my driver’s license, since I was 18. Off to check the registry you linked to make sure I’m not missing anything. Thank you!

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks so much for your kind words – and your good wishes!

  • Lisa Miller

    I understand how you feel. A dear friend has been on dialysis for 6 1/2 years, she had even been removed from one waiting list but was still on another. One night the call came and she was in surgery the next morning. She received a new kidney, at the age of 70. Life is good.

    Why yes, of course I’m a donor, and everyone knows it.

  • Lucy S Gratz

    So very happy for you since this I can imagine is something that was always there,and available for worry. So pleased to know you don’t have to worry now. I have a friend waiting for a transplant and hearing there is a new drug that prevents the return of disease in the liver is,great news.

  • Starved Rock Man

    Such wonderful news for your family! I agree that people should consider organ donation. I am in the registry and join you in encouraging others to do the same. Many people who would suspect that their organs are of no use could be mistaken. My lady friend’s father passed away a few years ago. His eyes and heart could not be used, but his skin was used to help over a dozen people.

  • Kimkay

    Thank you for sharing your good news. I’m happy for you and your family. A nice case of goose bumps while reading too. 14 years ago I donated a kidney to my Mom. She usually introduces me this way: This is my daughter, Kimberely, she gave me a kidney. Promoting organ donation is so important and you have really spread the work. Thank you again.

    • gretchenrubin

      Organ donation is so important! So happy to hear about you and your mother.

  • Gretchen how do you sign the donor register in the UK?

  • Gretchen, this is such amazing news! Congratulations to you and your family, I am so HAPPY for you! Woo-hoo, HAPPY DANCE!

  • Jody

    Yeah! I am just plain happy for you and your whole family.

  • GS

    I have been “off your blog” (busy) for some time, Gretchen, but you are always in my heart –an inspiration and a role model– so I am thrilled to hear your good news. May your husband live a long, happy life!
    It’s so hard to express pure, deep, joy–ice cream doesn’t seem to be enough–and I am sure you agree. May I suggest one more way? Get a basket of roses and strew them everywhere!

    • gretchenrubin

      Yes! I thought along those lines often, as we waited for results of my husband’s blood work.

  • Jenzi

    I am THRILLED for you and Jamie! Wonderful news!! And BTW…my husband and I are both donors 🙂

  • shaji arakkal

    I had just finished reading your book “the happiness project ” today, and first time visiting your blog.
    I am so so happy to hear the news !

  • That’s such AMAZING news, Gretchen!! Congratulations to you and your family. What a lovely way for you all to begin the new year. 🙂

  • Lilly

    Congratulations to you and your family! These are great news! God bless you.

  • Hugh

    Congratulations to your family on the cure, and thanks so much for sharing about hepatitis C!
    It’s so important to acknowledge that the infection is not a shameful condition and one that can be treated. We have prescribed the new drugs to over 500 patients at our clinic, and their successful response has been a wonderful experience. It’s just unfortunate that getting patients covered for treatment is such a challenging and intensive process.

  • Tracy

    So happy for you and your family! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Jessica

    This is such amazing news! I know the feeling of overwhelming happiness and i can only imagine this is how you’re feeling in your heart! The future only holds amazing things for you and your family.

    Warm regards,


  • Wow that is fantastic news! Every time I read the Happiness Project or Happier at Home I wonder how he is going so it’s so incredible to hear he has been cured!

  • Lisa Ham

    Gretchen, what wonderful news! I am so happy for you, Jamie, your girls – your whole extended family! Thank you for sharing your joy with us.

  • Amy

    Yay!! This is amazing news, Gretchen! Thank you for sharing with us both about his illness and then about his cure! I hope he loved his dessert and that your happiness because of his cure extends for a long, long time!

  • DJ

    Oh my goodness, I am crying with happiness for you. That is the most wonderful news. Congratulations to your whole family! Your children must be so happy 🙂

    • gretchenrubin

      It is truly AMAZING.

  • Lauren Gaskill

    Just now coming across this post — this is wonderful news! So happy for you two! Praise the Lord.

  • cassio guilherme wadhy borges

    I’m happy for you , Gretchen!!!

  • Carolyn


  • I rejoice in your happiness!!

  • Yahya

    Reading your life story makes me think that you are a perservered woman. May God bless your life and family.

  • Jeanette

    Wow my 1st review! Im a huge fan and am thrilled to have bumped into this blog. I wasn’t searching for this particular topic, but as always- it seems to find me. Talk about Law Of Attraction.

    I was compelled to write as I was fierce in my loyalty, passion and had an insatiable hunger, to help – if not completly cure my fathers hep C on my own. Obviously, that’s unrealistic, but I just couldn’t stop fighting even when he himself couldn’t. Its baffling that when picking a book to try and instill the habit of reading, not only did the Happiness Project find me, but its author and I shared something so personal, so difficult and rare. I nearly dropped the book when I first read Gretchen make mention of Jamie’s hep c. In-freakin’-credible. Any-who, I write today (though this thread was posted a year ago) because I’m incredibly thrilled that you can say, “Jamie is cured!” I can actually FEEL your genuine gratitude through your post for his liver and overall health. What a blessing your fan, Kay Nuckols has experienced the same fortune with her beloved brother!!
    Can I dare ask, for my own peace what med (s) finally did the trick? I just desperately want to know, (Harvoni?..) I ask because, with the deepest most painful part of my being, I regret to inform that my father and I lost the battle with the damning hep c virus- on the unforgettable 18th of April, 2015. As I sit here allowing myself to be exposed to whom ever reads this (if anyone) my heart is unexplainably heavy as I look up, from typing this very reply- and see the only thing left of Pop, pictures…

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my reply.

    Warmest Regards,
    Jeanette G.

  • bcullo

    I know I’m really late to the party, but by any chance was the medication Harvoni? My husband is a music composer and just wrote the jingle for the commercial which airs soon. The commercial was so well done it brought tears to my eyes. I’m so happy there is a cure and that you husband has been set free.