Gretchen Rubin

Creativity

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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.
A Little Happier: A Lesson in Creativity from a Bottle Episode of the TV Show “Friends.”
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Lesson in Creativity from a Bottle Episode of the TV Show “Friends.”

It may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s true: Imagination is often sparked more by constraint than by freedom.
Podcast 174: Make Something by Hand that You’d Ordinarily Buy, Throw a “Take My Stuff” Party, and Are You More Interested in the Event or Company?
Podcast 174

Podcast 174: Make Something by Hand that You’d Ordinarily Buy, Throw a “Take My Stuff” Party, and Are You More Interested in the Event or Company?

A question to Know Yourself Better: As you're making particular plans, what's more important to you: the event or the company?
The Book “The Hobbit” Illustrates How Boredom Can Spark Creativity.
A Little Happier

The Book “The Hobbit” Illustrates How Boredom Can Spark Creativity.

A Little Happier: The dull task of grading papers inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write the first line of his masterpiece, “The Hobbit.” Boredom can lay the groundwork for great creativity.
Podcast 105: Leave on High Note, Childlike Wonder vs. Adultlike Wonder–and What I Eat Every Day.
Podcast 105

Podcast 105: Leave on High Note, Childlike Wonder vs. Adultlike Wonder–and What I Eat Every Day.

Podcast 105: Why we should try to leave on a high note, child-like wonder vs. adult-like wonder, and a confession of unjust accusation.
Podcast 83: Are You A Hedgehog or a Fox? and Read 3 Unfamiliar Magazines
Podcast 83

Podcast 83: Are You A Hedgehog or a Fox? and Read 3 Unfamiliar Magazines

Podcast 83: Are you a hedgehog or a fox? Read three magazines that you don't usually read.
Podcast 72: Make Sure to Have “Room of Your Own,” Beware the Incomplete Upgrade, and My Parental Failure.
Podcast 72

Podcast 72: Make Sure to Have “Room of Your Own,” Beware the Incomplete Upgrade, and My Parental Failure.

Podcast 72: Why we’re happier when we have room of our own, the challenge of the “incomplete upgrade,” and Gretchen gives herself a demerit for a parenting mistake. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; [email protected]; happiercast.com/72; 774-277-9336.
Podcast 69: Give a Surprise Treat, a Conversation with Musician Moby, and Double Gold Stars.
Podcast 69

Podcast 69: Give a Surprise Treat, a Conversation with Musician Moby, and Double Gold Stars.

Podcast 69 Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; [email protected]; happiercast.com/69; 774-277-9336.
Am I Painting My Own Fakes?
A Little Happier

Am I Painting My Own Fakes?

A Little Happier: Inspired by Picasso, I ask myself, "Am I painting my own fakes?"
Podcast 60: Very Special Episode! Live from the TV Sound Stage Where Elizabeth Is Working.
Episode 60

Podcast 60: Very Special Episode! Live from the TV Sound Stage Where Elizabeth Is Working.

Episode 60: A Very Special Episode. Henry and I visit Elizabeth on the set, and discuss you should let people do their jobs, interview Helen Childress, and hear a guest gold star from Elizabeth's writing partner Sarah Fain. Want to get in touch? @gretchenrubin; @elizabethcraft; [email protected]; happiercast.com/60; 774-277-9336.
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