I particularly love Buddhism’s eight auspicious symbols. Read More
Agree, disagree? I asked people about the habits they most wanted to change. I found that most habits fall into the “Essential Seven“: Read More
I’ve concluded that when dealing with temptation, people are either “Moderators” or “Abstainers.” Read More
In talking about their attempts to have healthier eating habits, people often told me that an important person in their life made this aim more difficult. Read More
Your response to expectations may sound slightly obscure, but it turns out to be very, very important. Read More
Your response to expectations may sound slightly obscure, but it turns out to be very, very important.
Many experts suggest a magical, one-size-fits-all solution, but we all know from experience, that alas, such an answer doesn’t exist. Read More
We can’t change our fundamental nature. We have to form the habits that work for us. Read More
How can we make an exception to a good habit, without disrupting that good habit Read More
All too often, the areas of our lives that we decide to ignore can become the areas that dominate our lives, later. And not in a good way. Read More
In one week, this has resulted in me having the fortitude to address dreaded tasks for her, because after all, tomorrow is MY day. Read More
With a lot of loopholes — especially those in the Questionable Assumptions category — if you look at them closely, you realize that you don’t really believe what you think. Read More
Do you feel inspired to turn over a new leaf in September? Read More
Zeus, who guided men to think,
who has laid it down that wisdom
comes alone through suffering. Read More
How about you? Do you do better with small changes or big changes? Read More
Often, I know I’d be happier if I do something I really don’t feel like doing. Read More
As I was lying there, I felt the earthquake hit. Read More
“Self-command is not only itself a great virtue, but from it all the other virtues seem to derive their principal lustre.” Read More
Sometimes, a behavior that one person considers to be healthy and positive is viewed as another person as extreme and negative. Read More
Habits are easier when they feel like treats. Try never to let yourself feel deprived. Read More
Is there an area where you struggle to decide whether to “accept yourself” or to “expect more from myself”? Read More
Of my hundreds of happiness-project resolutions, and of the habits I’ve tried to form, one of my very favorites is to read more. Read More
One of my big conclusions: if you want to change a habit, you should start by understanding yourself. Read More
Because I’m focused on clutter-busting, I’m now very wary of anything that’s free. Read More
For some reason, I lay awake last night thinking about toys. Do you have any toys or “comfort objects” from childhood that are still important to you? Read More
Do you find that deprivation makes you feel justified in indulging or breaking a good habit? Read More
Many people have the habit of constantly running late — and they drive themselves, and other people, crazy.
One thing that took me a long time to realize, in the study of habits: the danger of finish lines.
The fresh start, the do-over, or the new year is a crucial time, because it offers tremendous opportunity for forming new habits - but it can also pose great risk to existing habits that we want to maintain. Read More
Keeping track of my stuff. Not being able to find something is a minor challenge to happiness, of course—but it’s one of those minor things that can make me crazy. Read More
Gretchen Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project, a book and a blog about her adventures learning to be happier.
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