Episode 52: What Makes a Happiness Expert, HAPPY? with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft; they’ve been called the “Click and Clack of podcasters.” The podcast was named in iTunes’s lists of “Best Podcasts of 2015.” Gretchen Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

GretchenRubinHeadshotSitting_CA34577_636001173593536339Starting out in the filed of law, Gretchen started to realize the difference between a position and a passion. She held a renowned position clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, but knew her passion was really in writing, which led her to become a New York Time’s Best Selling Author. Lucky for us, this brought me one of my favorite reads ever, The Happiness Project.

“A happiness problem, is a habits problem”

Gretchen not only shares with us her beginnings, but also her on-going journey to a happy, healthy and more productive life. These are all the things she portrays in her podcast and books and helps others just like us, achieve.

Becoming aware of our thoughts and mindset is one sure way of also becoming happier. Placing gratitude around all things instead of worry and fear will bring on more blessings than you could imagine.

“It’s not about the things you have to do, its about the things you get to do.”

We then start to realize it has nothing to do with having the glass half empty, or half full, its more about having the glass in general.

She gives us the reminder to treasure each moment, and that even if something is unpleasant, it will be over soon.

“The days can seem long, but the years are short.”

Gretchen points out, that there is no one thing, that makes someone “happy.” Each habit must be personal, it has to coincide with what is true to you.

With that being said, creating habits around the things that make you happy, whether small or large can change a mediocre life, to a rockstar world!

We’re riding that happiness train, climb aboard!

In This Episode You Will Learn About:

  • Following your passions
  • Happiness at home
  • Creating habits
  • Living happier, healthier and more productive lives
  • Being aware of your thoughts
  • Gratitude
  • Perspective


Get your daily dose of happy at GretchenRubin.com and follow her on Twitter @gretcehnrubin.

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