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Enjoying The Fun of Failure

(3) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 6:48 PM

As I think about my happiness, I have to acknowledge that I'm competitive, and a perfectionist, and I hate the feeling of failure or making mistakes. But I also know that failure is a necessary part of creativity, of risk-taking, of aiming high. I remind myself that if I'm not...

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Do You Find Yourself Falling for These 12 Familiar Myths About Clutter?

(109) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 9:46 AM

Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling book The Happiness Project, talks about ways we can be happier at home. Below is an excerpt from her blog about the myths we tell ourselves about clutter and why we shouldn't believe them.

One of my Secrets...

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7 Reasons Why Photographs Can Boost Your Happiness

(6) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling book The Happiness Project, talks about the different ways photography can make us happier. Below is an excerpt from her blog about the powers of photos and how they can improve our outlook on life.

Photographs are such a joy,...

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Are You Boring Someone? Watch For These 7 Signs

(136) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:02 PM

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. Follow Gretchen Rubin on LinkedIn.

Like most people, I have several pet subjects – that may or may not be interesting to other people. Don’t get me started on happiness,...

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Feeling Resentful? 6 Hard Facts About Shared Work

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 12:40 AM

One obstacle to happiness is feeling resentful when another person won't do his or her share of the work. In Happier at Home, in my description of the three kinds of "happiness leeches," this kind of person is a "slacker."

Resentment comes when you feel angry that you've been...

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12 Tips for a Happier Home, Adapted From Nursery School

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 5:00 PM

One of my resolutions is to treat myself like a toddler. I've found that much of the advice aimed at children is just as helpful for me.

For instance, I'm reading Nicole Malenfant's Routines and Transitions: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals (non sequitur: a surprising...

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Do You Share the Compulsion to Take Notes?

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 6:35 PM

One of my "Secrets of Adulthood" is: People are more alike than we think, and we're less alike than we think.

For instance: For years, I thought that my habit of constant note-taking was quite peculiar. But since I've written about my love of note-taking I've discovered that...

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The Happiness Project Pigeon Of Disontent: I Dread Errands

(6) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 2:42 PM

Do you hate running errands? If so, you're not the only one. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, feels your pain, and she put together a little video to help you solve this problem. Her new book Happier at Home is available now, and below,...

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Test Yourself: Do You Have Clutter Mentality?

(6) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 12:22 PM

If your home or office is a becoming a bit of a mess, Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, wants to help you. She put together a little quiz to see if you're letting clutter ruin your life. Her new book Happier at Home is...

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The Happiness Project: How to Keep Reality TV from Ruining Your Life

(4) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 4:06 PM

We're all guilty of getting sucked into the black hole of reality television, but Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, put together some tips to help you avoid letting it ruin your life. Her new book Happier at Home is available now, and below, we're...

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5 Tips I Used This Morning To Help Myself Feel Calmer

(31) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 1:10 PM

I started this morning feeling overwhelmed -- not in a bad way, but still overwhelmed. I just got back from traveling to Toronto on my book tour. It was a lot of fun, and I was thrilled to get the chance to do it, but traveling -- and...

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19 Tips For 'Little Things' To Boost Your Happiness At The Office

(7) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 12:19 PM

There's one place you probably spend more time in than your actual home, and that's the office. So, it's equally as important for you to find happiness at work as it is in your abode. And Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-seller The Happiness Project, put together some...

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Don't Train Yourself Like a Dog

(3) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 7:25 PM

These days, there's quite an emphasis on appreciating the animal side of human nature. We're cautioned to respect the power of our lizard brain, and to consider how we respond to stimuli in an instinctual way. We should train ourselves like a dog to improve our habits, say.

I agree...

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Do You Have Any 'Tells' That Show That You're Feeling Stressed?

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 9:00 PM

I really work on paying attention to the clues my self is giving myself.

For instance, I think of myself in the third person. That allows me to manage myself better.

I also follow the resolution to "pay attention to my 'tells.'" (A "tell," in poker, is an...

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Check Out My Video Book Trailer: 'Ten Ways to be Happier at Home.'

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 12:34 PM

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, previously enlightened us with 7 ways to be happier at home. And since her new book, Happier At Home was released on September 4th, we're re-publishing a video she originally made for her blog, The...

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What Did Johnny Cash Write in His To-Do List?

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 11:40 AM

I love lists in every form, whether by me or by other people. I was crushed to realize that I'd missed the Morgan Library's recent exhibition, Lists: To-dos, illustrated inventories, collected thought and other artists' enumerations. I really wanted to see that.

I was enchanted to see Phil...

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7 Ways To Be Happier At Home

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 12:16 PM

If you've been feeling a little dissatisfied with your home life, Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-seller The Happiness Project, wants to help you be happier at home. Her new book Happier at Home will be available on September 4th, and below, in anticipation, we're re-publishing...

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9 Common Myths About Clearing Clutter

(5) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 1:03 PM

For many of us, removing clutter from our homes is a huge problem. We've told ourselves (and everyone else) a million reasons why we just can't part with certain items. Gretchen Rubin comma author of the best-seller The Happiness Project, wants to put an end to our excuses....

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9 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Home Feeling Serene and Organized

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 6:14 PM

Lately we've been thinking a lot about how to make our homes more peaceful--perhaps HuffPost's Oasis at the RNC (and next, the DNC) has something to do with it. And rather coincidentally, Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-seller The Happiness Project, has...

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Find It Hard to Wake Up in the Morning? Try Stretching

(3) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 3:48 PM

Every morning, first thing, to help myself wake up (it is 6 a.m., after all), I spend a minute or so stretching. This isn't a rigorous or carefully designed set of stretches -- more the kind of desultory stretches that we did in my seventh grade P.E. class...

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