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Podcast 106: Second Anniversary! Our Most Popular Try-This-at-Home Tips, Before-&-After Stories, and Favorite Moments.

It’s time for the next installment of  Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

It’s our second anniversary! Hard to believe. The days are long, but the years are short.

As I mention, if you’d like to buy a cotton Happier t-shirt, in honor of our second anniversary (which is the “cotton” anniversary), email us here for info.

 

Try-This-at-Homes that have proved most popular with listeners:

 

Our listener Ashley had some questions and reservations about how we do Demerits and Gold Stars. So we explain our theory and pattern.

Before-and-After stories from listeners:

So fascinating!

 

Favorite moments:

 

Gold Star: For everyone! Listeners, thanks for listening, writing in, calling in, and gold star for us, too, for our second year.

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Want to know what to expect from other episodes of the podcast, when you listen to the award-winning Happier with Gretchen Rubin?” We talk about how to build happier habits into everyday life, as we draw from cutting-edge science, ancient wisdom, lessons from pop culture—and our own experiences (and mistakes).  We’re sisters, so we don’t let each other get away with much!

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Podcast 54: One-Year Anniversary! Our Most Popular Try-This-at-Home Tips, Before-&-After Stories, and Favorite Moments.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

We’ve been doing the show for one year! Yay. We had a great time doing this anniversary show.

Want to listen to our very first episode? Listen here.

Try-This-at-Homes that have proved the most popular with listeners:

 

Note: I thought my Four Tendencies book would be small, but it has turned out to be BIG. In fact, I was already working on my next big project! If you want to hear when my book about the Four Tendencies is ready, sign up here.

Before-and-After stories from our listeners: So fascinating! Readers talked about using lots of different ideas.

 

Once again, I find myself talking about hard-boiled eggs and my Krups egg-cooker.

Our Favorite Moments: Elizabeth loved hearing from the listener who did the detailed analysis of her voice, and episode 30, when my daughter Eliza was our guest. Remember, Eliza now has a podcast of her own, Eliza Starting at 16 (she does the entire thing herself), so if you want to hear more from her, check it out.

I loved episode 10, when we recorded in Elizabeth’s closet as we cleared her clutter.

Henry played his favorite “Classic Gretch” and “Classic Liz” moments. You can hear us laughing in the background.

Gretchen’s Demerit: A friend and I started a big project featuring our two daughters, but we’ve stalled out. I need to re-start it. The project I mentioned is Four to Llewelyn’s Edge.  Update: I followed Elizabeth’s advice, and my friend and I scheduled a meeting to re-start our project.

Elizabeth’s Gold Star: Elizabeth gives a gold star to her in-laws, for being willing cheerfully to help out, even when it’s a hassle.

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Why the Anniversary of D-Day Gave Me a Moment of Happiness.

My husband and I sleep with all-news radio playing (which I’m sure is a very bad idea, but we do), and I woke this morning to the reminder that today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied trips landed on the beaches of  Normandy.

I read a lot about D-Day when I was writing Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, my biography of Churchill. What a subject! How I loved writing that book.

And one of my favorite moments in my research was when I read about what General Eisenhower did to prepare for the invasion.

In case the invasion failed, Eisenhower had prepared a statement, known as “In Case of Failure”:

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Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.

 

 

This is a momentous example of one of the best pieces of advice that I’ve ever received, from my father. He said, “If you take the blame, when you deserve it, people will give you responsibility.” I’ve found that to be very true.

And this memory reminded me of another story that I love about Eisenhower. It illustrates one of my Secrets of Adulthood: Sometimes, words only diminish what we want to convey.

I love this story so much that I get choked up whenever I think about it. (If you want to see me tell the story, you can watch the video here.)

At the end of the war, in May 1945, the German military commanders had unconditionally surrendered, and the time came when they signed the surrender documents. Obviously this was a momentous, awe-inspiring event.

Afterwards, General Eisenhower needed to send a message to the combined Chiefs of Staff, to tell them that this had been done, and Eisenhower’s colleagues proposed various drafts of grand language for the victory message.

Eisenhower rejected all suggestions, and wrote:

“The mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241, local time, May 7th, 1945.”

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So simple, so beautiful. Sometimes words can only diminish what we want to convey.

One of the most pure, satisfying sources of happiness is the feeling of transcendence. It can be difficult, in the crush of everyday life, to find moments of transcendence. Memories prompted by this D-Day anniversary brought me that feeling of awe.

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Remembering JFK: Law Alone Cannot Make Men See Right.

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy.

This anniversary means a lot to me, because I’ve always felt a particular interest in John F. Kennedy–and much more so, after I wrote his biography, Forty Ways to Look at JFK. Surprisingly, perhaps, I didn’t feel particularly enthusiastic about Kennedy; I was fascinated by him.

More than 40,ooo books have been published about JFK, and I couldn’t resist adding one myself.

I wanted to study his life, and I wanted to find a way to capture its complexity–with all his strengths and weaknesses, his virtues and vices, his particular history, and most of all, I wanted to try to understand the mystery of his enduring appeal. What has made Kennedy such a dazzling, unforgettable figure?

It took me a whole book to express exactly what I wanted to say about John Kennedy.

Here is the quotation from Herman Melville which I weave throughout the book and place on the final page:

Not seldom in this life, when, on the right side, fortune’s favorites sail by us, we, though all adroop before, catch somewhat of the rushing breeze, and joyfully feel our bagging sails fill out.

Here’s my favorite Kennedy speech, the Civil Rights announcement of June 11, 1963. My favorite line, which gives me a thrill every time: “Law alone cannot make men see right.

 

I also wrote a biography of Winston Churchill, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill. What a life! Oh, what a joy it was to write these biographies. I never forget how fortunate I’ve been to have the opportunity to study these tremendous figures.

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P.S. If you’re tempted to post a comment to remind me about the weaknesses and mistakes of John Kennedy (or Winston Churchill), you don’t need to bother, because believe me, I know. My biographies show “forty ways” to look at these men, and that critical material is covered at length. In the end, we must judge, we must weigh, we must learn.

I Missed My Own Anniversary! Of Blogging.

March 27 marked my in-laws’ fiftieth wedding anniversary, and my parents’ fifty-second anniversary, so it was only a few days ago that I realized March 27 (auspiciously) marked an important anniversary for me, as well: the seventh anniversary of my first post on this blog.

Here’s a link to that very first entry: The blog begins. I wish I could see it the way it was formatted back then.  (I just tried, using the Wayback Machine, but didn’t manage to get it.)

When I started this blog, I had no expectations for it; I started it as a way to test the happiness finding that novelty and challenge bring happiness. What could I do that was novel and challenging? My agent had told me she thought I’d enjoy having a blog, so I decided to try that.  I was very nervous about putting something out there–and comforted myself with the thought that it didn’t matter what it looked  like, because no one would ever read it!

It’s unnerving to reflect on how flippantly I undertook this project. I might well have tried something else novel and challenging, like learning PhotoShop. It’s unnerving, because now this blog is one of the major engines of happiness in my life. It’s a daily creation that’s wholly under my control; it allows me to think more deeply, because I can think only through writing; it has given me an entirely new identity, field of knowledge, and circle of friends.

Best of all, it’s a way to engage with others on fascinating issues — and your comments here have done so much to deepen my understand of my subject. Thank you, readers. I so appreciate your enthusiasm, your support, and your insightful conversation.