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Gretchen Rubin Knows How to be Happy

People | July 9th, 2008 1 Comment

When Gretchen Rubin called from New York to book a Style Statement session, we didn’t know that we were becoming part of her year-long exploration into the theories, methods and musings on how to be happy. Her blog is the go to place on happiness tips.

Top 5 Things We Love About Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project

1. “There is only love.” Check out Gretchen’s Twelve Commandments. Lovely precision.
2. Fourteen tips to avoid nagging. (Every Wednesday is Tip Day!)
3. The How Mindful Are You? Take the quiz.
4. “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” (Colette.) One of the many great quotes that Gretchen has collected.
5. Our interview! Gretchen asked us some great questions about what floats our boats.

Carrie & Danielle ask Gretchen Rubin what makes her…her?

We believe that the roots of happiness lie in your essence, and that expressing your true self is what makes your life flourish. So we asked Gretchen, the Chief Investigator of Happiness how her true self flourishes:
What are you incredibly grateful for?
My family, my work, and New York City.

What are the tools of your trade?
Books, the internet, the New York Society Library where I go to write, and my laptop. Oh, how I love my laptop! It’s tiny and light, and I bring it with me everywhere I go.

What do you collect, or have a lot of?
Children’s literature. It took me a long time to “Be Gretchen” and recognize that children’s literature is one of my passions; it didn’t suit the idea I had of myself as a grown-up, sophisticated person. Now I indulge in my passion for children’s literature, have an ever-growing collection of my favorite books, started a kidlit book group – all of which make me very HAPPY.

Top 5 Children’s Book Authors, according to Gretchen:
1. Phillip Pullman
2. Frances Hodgson Burnett
3. Elizabeth Enright
4. C.S. Lewis
5. Edward Eager
… and I could go on and on.

What are your Top 6 Inspiring and Useful Books:
1. St. Therese’s Story of a Soul shows how a person can bring heroic virtue and happiness to the most unexceptional life.
2. Wayne Koestenbaum’s Jackie Under My Skin transformed my idea of how a biography could be written.
3. Carl Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections
4. The strange book A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander, showed me the legitimacy of considering the mystical, universal patterns in everyday life.
5. Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics
6. Edward Tufte’s The Visual Presentation of Quantitative Information got me excited about the possibilities of presentation.

What would you like to be a master of?
You can reach Gretchen at: grubin [AT] gretchenrubin [DOT] com, or sign up here for her truly inspiring newsletter.

PS…We know you’re dying to know…Gretchen Rubin’s Style Statement is Constructive Insouciant.

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