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Secret of Adulthood: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Of everything that I’ve considered and concluded about happiness and good habits, I think this phrase sums it up best. We must strive to know ourselves, and accept the ... Read on »
Need a Good Gift for a Father in Your Life? Look No Further! by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness  Sunday, June 21, is Father’s Day in the United States and Canada. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for a father in your life, may I suggest my new (bestselli ... Read on »
Do You Have an Image that Calms You? Like a Clock During a Thunderstorm. by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness “Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” -Robert Louis Stevenso ... Read on »
Trying to Change a Habit? Beware These 5 Traps. by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Today is Tip Day: Avoid five habit traps that can destroy your good habits. In my book Better Than Before, I describe the multiple strategies we can exploit to change ... Read on »
Podcast 14: Stop Reading a Book, a Know-Yourself-Better Quiz, and the Trap of Free Stuff. by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Time for the next episode of  “ Happier with Gretchen Rubin . “ Always game to talk about her clutter issues, Elizabeth reports on the status of her closet, in the aft ... Read on »
Secret of Adulthood: The Fun Part Doesn’t Come Later; Now Is the Fun Part by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness From Further Secrets of Adulthood . I remind myself of this often. For instance, when I’m writing a book, and I’m thinking of how nice it will be to have it publis ... Read on »
Have You Ever Felt a “Call” to Do a Certain Kind of Work? by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Assay : A few weeks ago, my family and I went to see Sequence 8 , a performance by Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers, if your French is rusty). It’s a performance th ... Read on »
We Really Don’t Have That Kind of Time. by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness “But about a month before my friend Pammy died, she said something that may have permanently changed me. “We had gone shopping for a dress for me to wear that night to ... Read on »
“I Can Be More Effective If I Don’t Overcommit; There Are Few Truly Once-in-a-Lifetime... by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Interview: Kamy Wicoff . Years ago, I got to know Kamy when we met through common acquaintances, and she started inviting me to her monthly Salon for Women Writers. It ... Read on »
Podcast #12: Indulge in a Modest Splurge, Tigger vs. Eeyore, Road Rage, and April Fool’s... by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Time for the next episode of  “ Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ A fun episode, because Elizabeth got to record it from our hometown, Kansas City (Missouri, for those of you ... Read on »
Secret of Adulthood: What We Do Every Day Matters More Than What We Do Once in a While. by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness From Further Secrets of Adulthood . Agree, disagree? I think this Secret of Adulthood is very helpful when it comes to habits. If we want our lives to be better th ... Read on »
Of All the Posts I’ve Ever Written, This Is One of My Favorites. by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Assay : Lately I’ve been doing some research on Thomas Merton (long story), and that got me thinking about Flannery O’Connor, and that got me thinking about a post that I ... Read on »
“So Much of Life in Its Meshes! She Called in Her Soul to Come and See.” by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness “Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its mesh ... Read on »
Video: The Moral Licensing Loophole. Very Popular! by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness In my new (bestselling) book, Better Than Before , I identify the twenty-one strategies of habit-formation, and one is the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. I’m doing a v ... Read on »
Tom Rath and Gretchen Rubin Talk about Habits That Create Well-Being. by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness From Gretchen Rubin :  I got to know Tom Rath because we’re both members of the Silicon Guild, though of course, I’d known Tom’s work for years. He has written five be ... Read on »
Podcast #11: Make the Positive Argument, Simplicity vs. Abundance, and Sunscreen. by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness Time for the next episode of  “ Happier with Gretchen Rubin.“ Last week’s special closet-clearing episode was a ton of fun. Don’t miss the before-and-after photos ! T ... Read on »
Secret of Adulthood: Sometimes, You Have to Work Hard to Be Lazy. by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness From Further Secrets of Adulthood . I feel this way often. I need to schedule time to be unscheduled, I need to force myself to wander, I have to reassure myself that ... Read on »
Secret of Adulthood: Sometimes, You Have to Work Hard to Be Lazy. by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness From Further Secrets of Adulthood . I feel this way often. I need to schedule time to be unscheduled, I need to force myself to wander, I have to reassure myself that ... Read on »
Why It’s a Bad Idea to “Interview for Pain.” by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness One of my favorite parenting books is Michael Thompson and Catherine O’Neill’s Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understand the Social Lives of Children . Like most good pa ... Read on »
Why It’s a Bad Idea to “Interview for Pain.” by Gretchen R. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Happiness One of my favorite parenting books is Michael Thompson and Catherine O’Neill’s Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understand the Social Lives of Children . Like most good pa ... Read on »