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We can accept ourselves and also expect more from ourselves.

In my work, I investigate unexpected truths about everyday life—and identify ways we can take happiness from the transcendent to the concrete.


Work smarter, not harder.
Overcome coworker conflicts using the Four Tendencies.

September 26, 2023  |  7:30 p.m. ET


“Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence—neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish—it is an imponderably valuable gift.”
—Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now


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With our new journal feature in the Happier app, subscribers can save their responses to weekly self-knowledge prompts, creating a valuable archive of insights. First-time subscribers can try this new premium feature free for a limited time.


443: Clear the Decks! We Try Something New to Get Ready for September, the Other New Year

We’re trying something new for this episode: a fun “Clear the Decks” exercise. This time, we’re using it to help prepare to return to the usual routines after the summer, but it can be used any time we need to gear up for a change or challenge.


The Four Tendencies

Self-knowledge is a key to happiness. The Four Tendencies personality framework offers insight into how we respond to expectations—from ourselves and others—so that we can more effectively achieve our aims.


Know Yourself Better: What Kind of Procrastinator Are You?

As with any know-yourself-better question, clarity brings insight. Once we know the kinds of procrastination we tend to use, we can more easily spot unhelpful patterns.


The Five-Senses Journal

This six-month journal prompts you to explore your five senses to find new sources of calm, creativity, and connection and engage with the world around you.

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About Gretchen

Hi, I’m Gretchen Rubin. For more than a decade, I’ve been studying human nature—the science of the soul. My happiness project is to understand myself, the people around me, and how we can move from good intentions to concrete actions to build happier lives.