It’s Back! The Page-a-Day Calendar to Make Your Days Happier.

Some years ago, I did a Page-a-Day calendar based on The Happiness Project. To my delight, the calendar proved to be a very popular item, and it sold out very quickly.

For a variety of reasons, I haven’t done another calendar — until now! Yes, for 2017, I’ve created a Page-a-Day Calendar, crammed with tips, ideas, and quotes for how to build a happier life.

I had so much fun creating this calendar. For my whole life, my family has always given lots of Page-a-Day calendars to each other as gifts. I get the Word-a-Day calendar in my stocking each year (fun fact: today’s word is “nonplus”), and for a long time, my father always got the Gary Larson Page-a-Day; we’re all huge fans of Gary Larson’s cartoons. He kept it on his desk at his office, and when there was an especially good cartoon, he’d bring it home to show us. He even mailed me some of the pages when I was in college.

I love this way of taking in information in a bite-sized, day-by-day way. Thinking about one idea each day feels helpful and manageable, and gives a feeling of slow and steady progress.

The calendars are still being printed, but you can pre-order a calendar now:

UPDATE: Calendars are available now! Order yours today.


Because pre-orders build buzz among readers, retailers, and publishers, if you’re planning to buy a calendar (or one of my books), it really helps me if you pre-order it now. Plus, last time I heard from a lot of people who wanted to buy the calendar after it was out of stock. As you can imagine, calendar publishers are very wary about printing too many calendars.


As always, if you’d like to give the calendar or a book as gifts, sign up here to get free, personalized bookplates for the recipient. (U.S. and Canada only, sorry, mailing costs.) Or request a bookplate for yourself, of course.

I hope you find the calendar an engaging tool as you try to make your life a little happier. It’s not about perfection — it’s about being better than before.

Are you a fan of these kinds of calendars, that give you more than just the dates? I love them.

  • Natalie

    That example quote, of looking out the window, is something I do many times a day! I see trees, sometimes flowers and birds, and it is a lovely restful scene. A great way to rest my eyes from the computer and enjoy nature (from air conditioned comfort). It does help me take a moment and feel gratitude.

    • Natalie

      PS I don’t think I’m quite ready to think about 2017 yet.

  • kath

    Very exciting this calendar! Just ordered my copy 🙂

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! I hope you enjoy it.

  • Marie Murray

    Wonderful news–
    And I love your word of the day in adjective form–nonplussed–because it means the opposite of itself; it means both totally perplexed AND totally unperturbed 🙂

  • michelle

    This is unrelated to the calendars, but BJ Fogg from Stanford just did a talk about how to take advantage of ‘waves in motivation’ to maintain good habits. I thought you might be interested! Its on Business Insider, and the title is “A Stanford scientist shares a simple way to stick with good habits even when you’re feeling lazy.” Also here is a link:

    Hope you enjoy!

  • Holly Koppel

    Just pre-ordered one for myself and one for the hubby!

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! I hope you both enjoy it.

  • Lisa K.

    Hooray! I loved the Happiness Project page a day calendar – will definitely pre-order the new one for 2017. Thanks, Gretchen!!

  • Deb

    This looks great! I’d like to order a few for my friends and me. Will I be able to get them from a Canadian retailer?

    • gretchenrubin

      Yes! Thanks for your interest. They’ll be available!

  • Laura

    Loved the first page and day and I’m so happy it’s back for 2017! Just read this post and pre-ordered from Amazon. Thank you!

    • gretchenrubin


  • PKW

    Gretchen, I don’t know if it can be done, but I would love the daily calendar to be 365 calendar reminders for my electronic calendar. I would pay good money for that!