I’m Off for Spring Break! (Mostly) See You in a Week.

It’s time for spring break! I’m off for the week with my family. I’ll post on Wednesday, when the new episode of Happier with Gretchen Rubin becomes available, but other than that, I’m off.

Every spring, my family takes exactly the same vacation with my in-laws. Very relaxing, lots of fun. In fact, it was on this vacation for years ago that I had the Lightning Bolt moment that completely transformed my eating habits — in a way that has made me very happy — after I read Gary Taubes’s book, Why We Get Fat. (I talk about that Lightning Bolt here.)

If you’re thinking, “But Gretchen, I will so miss reading your entries while you’re taking a break!” well, you’re in luck…

You can read The Happiness Project — my bestselling account of the year I spent working on my happiness. It was a #1 New York Times bestseller and stayed on the list for two years. Yowza.

You can read Happier at Home — also a New York Times bestseller. I went deeper into the subject of happiness, thinking about issues related to home, like relationships, possessions, neighborhood, time. If we’re not happy at home, it’s hard to be happy.

You can read Better Than Before — also a New York Times bestseller (I never get tired of typing that). All about how we can make or break our habits. This issue may sound a bit dry to some people, but I promise, it’s a fascinating subject.

Or you can listen to my podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, where I discuss how to be happier with my brilliant, hilarious sister, Elizabeth Craft. We try to make it fun, thought-provoking, and practical. iTunes named Happier one of the Top Podcasts of 2015. (Not sure how to listen to a podcast? Very easy instructions here. Or you can just get a link to listen by email.)

Or you can sign up for my daily happiness quotations, to get a great quotation delivered to your in-box each day.

Or you can sign up for my monthly email newsletter, which has highlights from this site, my podcast, and my Facebook Page. More than 300,000 people get it.

Okay, that’s enough to keep you busy.

Now I’m off to the library; I like to bring a lot of books when I go on vacation, because I plan to do a lot of reading.

I’m also going to work on my current project, my book about the Four Tendencies. It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Doing a little work makes goofing off more fun. Agree, disagree?

  • Barbara

    Have a wonderful break! I take lots of books on trips, too…when in a car I take a crate of them–when flying take my Kindle–post a picture of your reads when you get back!

  • Emily Lynn

    Have you talked about your way of eating other than mention Gary Taube’s book a few times? I would love to hear more about how it makes you happy.

  • Eva

    20th of March – the internation day of happiness – congratulations to everyone who strives for happiness and uses this blog as an inspiration or guide.

  • Jen McCormack

    I think it’s interesting that you take the exact same vacation every year and find that relaxing and wonderful, how long have you been doing that? After just a couple of years of taking the same vacation I get restless and anxious and pine for something different. Actually camping is always a good vacation, but I want to do it in different places, with different scenery and things to do and even then its not enough.

    Is this related to the 4 tendencies, or is it something different? Am i the only person that thinks taking the exact same vacation with the same people every year sounds terrible?

    • gretchenrubin

      Gosh, I think we’ve done it for about 14 years or so. Though I’ve missed a few times, for a book tour or SXSW. I do like the repetitiveness of it, but for many people, that would NOT be fun.