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Podcast 193: Have You Ever Felt Your Personality Slip?


Try This at Home: Celebrate a personal anniversary.

Every year on January 9, we celebrate my husband Jamie's miraculous cure. You can read about the happiest day of my life here.

I'm also very happy to celebrate the tenth anniversary of my book The Happiness Project, with the release yesterday of The Happiness Project Tenth Anniversary Edition. It has a lot of new materials, such as an update about what has happened to me in the past ten years, more resources, etc.

It's a huge milestone for a writer to hit this kind of anniversary. If you haven't read it, I can't help mentioning that it was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and stayed on the bestseller list for more than two years. Yowza!

If you're planning to give a copy of this book as a gift, you may want to request a personalized, free bookplate to put in it, or you can request a bookplate for yourself. Sign up here. U.S. and Canada only, I'm afraid—mailing costs.

If you want to see a clip about "The Happiness Project" on the TV game show Jeopardy!, it's here.

My cell phone bandolier

If you'd like to do a happiness project yourself, and you want a little support or encouragement along the way, sign up for The Happiness Project Experience—a year-long video course, starting in January 2019, that will help you do your own happiness project. Get info here.

Happiness Hack: I got a Bandolier, a cell-phone case and strap that let me wear my phone looped across my body. I love it, especially in the subway, airports, or other places where I might be more likely to lose track of my phone.

Know Yourself Better: Have you ever had an experience where your personality seemed to "slip?" This has happened to me twice, and it's strange.

Listener Question: If you're dealing with friends or family members who refuse to tackle end-of-life tasks, how can you help persuade them to begin? We need your suggestions!

We talk about the Four Tendencies. If you want to know if you're an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel (or what someone else's Tendency is), take the quiz here.

Gretchen's Demerit: I was having synch problems with my laptop, and instead of staying calm and doing what I know to do, I got rattled and overlooked an obvious solution.

Elizabeth's Gold Star: Jack gets a gold star for learning (from the TV show Ninjago) to believe in himself. A powerful lesson!


  1. If you have a great happiness project, please share your story on Instagram or elsewhere! I love hearing these stories.
  2. If you'd like to take a video course to create your own happiness project, you can get information about The Happiness Project Experience here.
  3. I do a weekly live show on Facebook called: “Ask Gretchen Rubin Live.” To join the conversation, check the schedule.

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