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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.

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