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Gretchen Rubin

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Gretchen Rubin is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Happiness Project—an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project, www.happiness-project.com, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, Rubin started her career in law, and she was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized that she really wanted to be a writer. Her bestselling Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill and Forty Ways to Look at JFK are succinct, provocative biographies. Power Money Fame Sex: A User’s Guide is biting social criticism in the form of a user’s manual. She also has three terrible novels safely locked in a desk drawer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two young daughters.

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Do First Things First

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • I'm constantly on the hunt for insights about happiness, or ideas about how to be happier -- which probably makes me a somewhat tiresome companion at times. ...

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6 Tips for Fighting Boredom

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible.”One ...

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7 Tips for Keeping School-Day Mornings Calm and Cheerful

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Every Wednesday is Tip Day.This Wednesday: Seven tips for keeping school-day mornings calm and cheery.Unbelievable, but school is already well underway. And ...

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Make a Joke of It. It's Difficult, but Effective

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join ...

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5 Common Happiness Mistakes

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Every Wednesday is Tip Day.This Wednesday: 5 happiness boosters that actually do more harm than good.Everyone has a few tricks for beating the blues – ...

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A "Little Thing" (Very Little) That Makes Me Happy: the Gift Bag

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible," and I’m ...

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