Gretchen Rubin

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From the Podcast

A Little Happier: How the Gift of a Dollhouse Illustrates the Happiness Philosophy of Bertrand Russell.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: How the Gift of a Dollhouse Illustrates the Happiness Philosophy of Bertrand Russell.

In giving the gift of a dollhouse, these loving grandparents illustrate a point argued by philosopher Bertrand Russsell: “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”
Sometimes, Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection.
A Little Happier

Sometimes, Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection.

A Little Happier: A story told by legendary children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom to E. B. White illustrates the notion that sometimes, flawed can be more perfect (or more fun) than perfection.
A Reminder from a Favorite Moment in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
A Little Happier

A Reminder from a Favorite Moment in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

A Little Happier: One of my favorite passages from C. S. Lewis's brilliant children's novel “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” holds a terrific happiness reminder: we can always try minding our own business.
A Happiness Lesson from a Founding Father.
A Little Happier

A Happiness Lesson from a Founding Father.

A Little Happier: As Benjamin Franklin explained, experience is a great teacher. A tough teacher, but a great teacher.
A Happiness Lesson from the Broadway Show “Oklahoma!”
A Little Happier

A Happiness Lesson from the Broadway Show “Oklahoma!”

A Little Happier: A happiness lesson from a song from the Broadway show “Oklahoma!”: “I don’t say I’m no better than anybody else, but I’ll be danged if I ain’t jist as good.”
One of My Favorite Images for Letting Go of Grief
A Little Happier

One of My Favorite Images for Letting Go of Grief

A passage from Ruth Ozeki’s novel “A Tale for the Time Being” provides a beautiful image of letting go of sorrow.
A Reminder about Happiness from 1662.
A Little Happier

A Reminder about Happiness from 1662.

A Little Happier: Way back in 1662, Samuel Pepys made a diary entry that reminds me that to be happy, I have to keep a contented heart.
How Do I Live Up to the Highest Ideals of My Country?
A Little Happier

How Do I Live Up to the Highest Ideals of My Country?

A Little Happier: Reading Harold Nicolson’s reflection that an “Englishman would not like to take snapshots of a fine vessel sinking” reminds me to ask myself: How, in my own life, can I live up to the highest ideas of my country?
Podcast 95: Practice Mise-En-Place, Pack a Canvas Tote Bag, and the Tragedy of the Messy Commons.
Podcast 95

Podcast 95: Practice Mise-En-Place, Pack a Canvas Tote Bag, and the Tragedy of the Messy Commons.

Podcast 95: Why it’s helpful to practice mis-en-place, the tragedy of the messy commons in the office kitchen, and a gold star related to the flu vaccine.
Flannery O’Connor Writes About What Some Folks Would Do.
A Little Happier

Flannery O’Connor Writes About What Some Folks Would Do.

A Little Happier: Flannery O’Connor explains that a country lady remarked, of her short stories, “Them stories just gone and shown you how some folks would do.” And so it goes.
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