Gretchen Rubin

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A Little Happier: Who Is the Main Character, Who Is the Supporting Character?
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Who Is the Main Character, Who Is the Supporting Character?

I realized that I often made the mistake of thinking of some people as main characters and some people as supporting characters. We’re all main characters, and we’re all supporting characters.
A Little Happier: Novelist John Steinbeck and King Arthur Show Me How to Think Outside the Box
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Novelist John Steinbeck and King Arthur Show Me How to Think Outside the Box

Novelist John Steinbeck’s decision to set his King Arthur story in the hazy “before” showed me a solution that I would never have devised—and taught me a great lesson.
Podcast 241: Malcolm Gladwell Talks About “Talking to Strangers” Plus a Delicious, Healthy Hack
Podcast 241

Podcast 241: Malcolm Gladwell Talks About “Talking to Strangers” Plus a Delicious, Healthy Hack

We talk to Malcolm Gladwell about “Talking to Strangers” and explore why taking a shower can boost your happiness, and I reveal the easy, new low-carb recipe I love.
A Little Happier: The Right Thing to Say to Someone Who Has Big Hopes.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: The Right Thing to Say to Someone Who Has Big Hopes.

I remind myself, and other writers, “There are many ways for a book to succeed.” And many ways for a vacation to succeed, or a college student to succeed. It’s a comforting thought, because it’s true.
Podcast 237: #HappierLaborDay—How Can We Make Our Work Lives Happier?
Podcast 237

Podcast 237: #HappierLaborDay—How Can We Make Our Work Lives Happier?

We can use the Labor Day holiday as a catalyst to think about making our work lives happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative. #HappierLaborDay
Podcast 230: Book Club: Lisa Brennan-Jobs on Growing Up as Steve Jobs’s Daughter in “Small Fry.”
Podcast 230

Podcast 230: Book Club: Lisa Brennan-Jobs on Growing Up as Steve Jobs’s Daughter in “Small Fry.”

For our second Happier Podcast Book Club, we talk to Lisa Brennan-Jobs about the role of family, love, and identity in her acclaimed memoir Small Fry.
A Little Happier: Reading Isaac Mizrahi Taught Me About Myself
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Reading Isaac Mizrahi Taught Me About Myself

Reading Isaac Mizrahi’s memoir I.M. helped me understand something about myself: my uncomfortable reaction to a work of art I admire.
A Little Happier: A Friend’s Description of Herself Reminded Me of Who I Am.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Friend’s Description of Herself Reminded Me of Who I Am.

Sometimes, it’s other people who remind us of our deepest values, and the truest things about ourselves. I must read—but I needed a friend to remind me of that truth.
Podcast 212: Our First Happier Podcast Book Club Episode! With Dani Shapiro About Her Memoir “Inheritance.”
Podcast 212

Podcast 212: Our First Happier Podcast Book Club Episode! With Dani Shapiro About Her Memoir “Inheritance.”

This week is a milestone episode for us. It’s our first Happier Podcast Book Club episode. We talk to Dani Shapiro about her memoir: Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love.
Podcast 209: Fourth Anniversary! Our Most Popular Try-This-at-Home Tips, Happiness Hacks & Favorite Moments.
Podcast 209

Podcast 209: Fourth Anniversary! Our Most Popular Try-This-at-Home Tips, Happiness Hacks & Favorite Moments.

It’s our fourth anniversary! We review our most popular Try-This-at-Home tips, Happiness Hacks, and favorite moments from the previous year.
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