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Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness ProjectGretchen Rubin’s new book, ‘The Happiness Project‘, has been out for just two weeks and is already making a splash. It tells Gretchen Rubin’s story of spending a year testing strategies to be happier. It’s not that her life was bad beforehand – it wasn’t, and Gretchen was living a perfectly fine life in New York with her husband and young child. But Gretchen was curious about what it really took to be happy, and spent a year experimenting and blogging and writing about her journey.

In this interview, Gretchen and I discuss:

  • How to convert the theory of happiness to the practices of happiness.
  • Whether novelty and challenge adds – or reduces – happiness.
  • The paradox of why things that increase your happiness don’t always make you happy.
  • The happiness strategy that Gretchen was most skeptical about – and what she ended up discovering.

You can follow Gretchen on Twitter at @GretchenRubin and read a sample chapter of her new book at her website, The Happiness Project. Be sure to visit her website, Gretchen Rubin.

Listen to my interview with Gretchen Rubin.

0:16    Michael introduces Gretchen Rubin
0:23    Gretchen’s book The Happiness Project
2:30    How to convert the theory of happiness to the practices of happiness
4:35    Whether novelty and challenge adds – or reduces – happiness
6:55    The paradox of why things that increase your happiness don’t always make you happy
9:00    The happiness strategy that Gretchen was most skeptical about – and what she ended up discovering
16:39   The  1-minute rule and why it works
25:24   Tricks and techniques to being a mindful person
30:41   How to find out more about Gretchen Rubin
31:25   Michael closes the interview

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