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Gretchen Rubin

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I am the author of New York Times bestsellers The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and Better Than Before, and The Four Tendencies. My newest book, Outer Order, Inner Calm , is on sale now.

Curious about The Four Tendencies? Find out if you're an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, or Rebel (and how to harness your strengths. Take the free Four Tendencies quiz.

I have a popular, award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin (search in your favorite podcast app) and a blog (GretchenRubin.com), where I write about my daily adventures in happiness and habit-formation.

My previous books include a bestselling biography of Winston Churchill, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, and one of John Kennedy, Forty Ways to Look at JFK. My first b
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It took me a long time to make the switch from law to writing, but it was made easier because I had an idea for a book that I desperately wanted to write (and was already writing, in fact), my sister was a professional writer, so I had that model; and everyone in my family was very supportive of me taking a big risk. At one point, I thought, "I'd rather fail as a writer than succeed as a lawyer," so I knew I had to give writing a shot.(less)
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I Embrace Anything That Helps Me to Experience the World More Deeply.

I'm writing a book about the five senses, and I was drawn to this subject, in large part, because I'm so unaware of what's going on around me. I very easily get lost in my own thoughts, and I don't notice the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of the world.

As Andy Warhol observed, “Nobody really looks at anything; it’s too hard.”

In the book, I'm writing about exercises I've tried to help

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“The belief that unhappiness is selfless and happiness is selfish is misguided. It's more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted, yet everyone takes the happy person for granted. No one is careful of his feelings or tries to keep his spirits high. He seems self-sufficient; he becomes a cushion for others. And because happiness seems unforced, that person usually gets no credit.”
Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

“The days are long, but the years are short.”
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“Never start a sentence with the words 'No offense.”
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Luisa I love Flannery O'Connor's works. But then I like a variety of writers and different genres.

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