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Interview and Giveaway: Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project

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I was perhaps the last person on the face of the planet to read The Happiness Project.

Earlier this year, a friend connected me with Gretchen Rubin, which prompted her to interview me for her blog. After I spent some time exploring her archives, I realized I needed to learn more.

If you’ve read The Happiness Project, you know Gretchen balances ancient wisdom with contemporary research to create a personal roadmap for happiness that hinges upon everyday choices.

She spent a year test-driving various “resolutions” for joy in a methodical, measurable way, and chronicled her experiences both on her blog and in her book.

One thing that drew me to Gretchen’s work is her admission that she was not unhappy before—she simply felt she didn’t appreciate the things in her life that might otherwise have made her happier.

While we all have different challenges, I suspect this is something we can all relate to.

I’m excited that Gretchen took the time to answer a few questions, and also that’s offered to give away one copy of her 2012 Page-A-Day Happiness Project calendar.

The Giveaway

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The Interview

1. It’s been two years since you released your wildly popular book, The Happiness Project. Did you feel an increase or decline in your happiness after you stopped working on the book part of the project?

I still write every day about happiness—both for my daily blog, and for my next book, Happier at Home—so I’m deeply and happily immersed in the subject, and still making progress in making my life happier.

2. You shared a great deal about your life in your book, and you continue to do that on your blog. Are there certain parts of your life you’ve decided are off limits in your writing? If so, why? 

Absolutely. I wouldn’t want to write a book about happiness that made someone I love unhappy, by feeling over-exposed. I don’t write about sex. I never criticize anyone but myself. However, the restrictions that I observe allow me plenty of room to explore the points I want to address, so I don’t feel constrained by them.

3. How does your blog affect your happiness—and what parts of blogging do you enjoy the most?

My blog has added hugely to my happiness. I love getting a little idea or interesting bit of information out there every day. I get a tremendous benefit from being in contact with engaged, thoughtful readers and bloggers. And creatively, it’s such a fun form! When I started, I never imagined that I would take to blogging, but now I can’t imagine life without it.

4. One thing I really enjoyed about your book is that you’re highly self-aware and honest about the things that impact your happiness (like the desire to get credit—or gold stars—when you do good things for people). Do you feel that self-awareness is integral to happiness? 

I think self-knowledge is a KEY to happiness. We can build happy lives only on the foundation of our own natures, our own values, and our own interests. But without self-knowledge, it’s easy to create a life that doesn’t reflect those elements. It’s odd—you’d think that knowing yourself would be a very easy, obvious task, but it’s a tremendous challenge that lasts a lifetime.

5. You’ve written that The Happiness Project is aimed at “ordinary unhappiness,” not depression. How would you define “ordinary unhappiness”—and how common do you think it is?

I think many people feel that their lives could be happier than they are. A happiness project is an approach to making your life as happy as it can be, given your nature and your circumstances. Rather than worrying about defining “happiness” and “unhappiness” and deciding what categories fit, I think it’s helpful to think about striving to be happier.

6. What’s the main message you hope people take away from The Happiness Project, in print or online?

That it is possible to be happier, by taking small, manageable steps in our ordinary lives. Happiness is right here, right now.

7. You have a 2012 Happiness Project calendar coming out—and I’m excited to get my hands on one! What else is next for you?

Thanks! I had so much fun putting it together. My next book is coming out July 31, 2012. It’s called Happier at Home and is about a happiness project I undertook to focus on making my home happier. I started it last September (September—the new January) and worked through May to make my home more homey. I looked at issues such as possessions, time, marriage, parenthood, body, and neighborhood. It was such a joy to write this book.


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About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Let’s be happy… Count me in!

  • sos s

    Have read the book from the library and would love to have it

  • Paula

    I read Gretchen’s blog every day and would love to win! 

  • Michele – Within Reach

    I retweeted about this, but I wanted to stop in to comment about how much I enjoyed Gretchen Rubin’s book.

  • Great interview!  I subscribe to both your and Gretchin’s blogs in my RSS.  Look forward to the wisdom of happiness daily.

  • Love this book and Gretchen’s blog. The part of her book about tackling clutter inspired me to begin tackling some of mine.  What a difficult process that is, but it is amazing how much freer you feel when you are able to let go of some of it.

  • crystal

    Thank you Gretchen and Lori!  Happy is as happy does!⊰ॐ♥ॐ⊱

  • Karla Gutierrez-Pugh

    I would love this book!

  • Sam

    Thanks Lori!!

  • Ajs__007

    I recently finished reading The Happiness Project and absolutely loved it! I am currently working on creating my own happiness project to start in the New Year!

  • Jennifer

    would love to win a copy 🙂

  • Carol

    Keep me where the happy is!

  • Yes! Outer order contributes to inner calm. Love it!

  • Very interesting.  My husband and I are always looking to get to that happy place!

  • ari d

    i’ve never heard of this book, but it looks really interesting. might have to go to the book store after work. :] thanks a bunch!

  • Rhonda Maxwell

    This one has been on my “To Read” list for a while!  Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  • Lori, you can’t be the last person to read the book because I haven’t read it yet!  I would like to though.  Sign me up.  Off to tweet it too.

  • Jennifer Campaniolo

    I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time now–I think it’s a great idea. And good for you, Gretchen, for writing on your blog everyday!

  • J9rose60

    Def sounds like a must read!  We could all use a bit of sunshine these days!

  • Gwennie52

    While I haven’t read this book yet, I just realized this moment that I was SO UNHAPPY when this book came out, that I didn’t want to read it. On some level, I didn’t want to examine how or why I was so unhappy. Fast forward a couple of years, and a divorce, and I am no longer spectacularly unhappy! This required a lot of work, and now I am ready to become more happy. I would love to win this giveaway.

  • Frantz

    I’ve been dying to read this too! 

  • Aoife

    I haven’t read this book, I haven’t even heard about it either! Seems interesting though

  • Christopher Rivera

    I LOVED reading this book and would absolutely recommend it to anyone. Thanks to Gretchen, I plan on doing my own “Project” this coming New Year and the calendar would help boost my motivation to put my ALL into it!!

  • Sierra Nicole

    Ah, I remember when this book came out too, stuck in high school still, depressed to the point of almost wanting to drop out. I saw it in the book store and it caught my eye. Neat covers like that one always do. I never read it though. I think I was feeling just as Gwennie52 was. But somehow it never left the back of my mind. I’m not really set on the giveaway, it’s been years now and I’ve gotten through quite a few things. But does anyone know if you can have a bookstore order in books? haha

  • Maggieodle

    It would be fabulous to win this calendar.  Please consider me!  I could really use this in my office.  It certainly could help lift all of our spirits!!!  Thanks for all the good work you do!

  • MJ

    I’ve read the book multiple times since it came out and gotten ideas each time. I also read Gretchen’s blog faithfully (since before the book was published) and I look forward to the next book! Still waiting for her to write about the career change to writer, I think that would help a lot of folks. I’d enjoy the calendar as a daily reminder to work on myself and my happiness.

  • Jul

    I’d love to win this book! I have many of your quotes posted on I desk at work 🙂

  • Jenni Finnie

    Great post! Wishing more happiness and joy for everyone!! I’ve got to read this book–maybe I’ll win it 😉

  • Donna@Gardens Eye View

    I love Gretchen’s blog and have been wanting to purchase this book…

  • Amberrosedean

    I think I am the only person who hasn’t heard of this book ! But it seems like a beautiful thing and just by reading the interview it made me smile. Thank you for posting this!

  • I have also not read the Happiness Project and would LOVE a chance to read it. 

  • Kellygerten

    Appreciate the information on the happiness project. It sounds like a book that everyone can benefit from!

  • stephanie

    Hope I win this!

  • Sunnygal

    I bought The Happiness Project at the Atlanta airport. I was scanning the shelves for something to read on my flight and the title grabbed my attention. On the flight, I enjoyed a conversation with the gentleman next to me when he asked me about the book. Had it not been for the book, I probably would have missed out on meeting and talking to this delightful man. The ironic part is that I hadn’t even opened the book to read it before he started asking me questions about it. After finishing the book I realized how important it is to step out of your comfort zone and experience new things and in this case, people! It’s a great book and offers some great bits of wisdom.

  • Andrea B.

    Thanks for introducing us to Gretchen.  I will definietly check out her Blog and her book – The Happiness Project.  Keep spreading the peace!

  • Christopher_T.

    It would be helpful to me! Thank you.

  • Shanda Kinkade

    Sounds like I could benefit greatly from this book.  Thank you for offering it.

  • Stephanie

    What a great way to focus on happiness with a daily calendar!  Thank you for offering this!

  • Flinkyb

    Love The Happiness Project!  Read the book and check the blog regularly.  I especially love the toolbox section.  There are great quotes, and it’s fun to read other people’s ideas on happiness.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful interview Lori 🙂 I have several friends who’ve read The Happiness Project, and now I think it’s my turn.

    I also have a great idea:  I could also give this book as a present to the moms of the children in need (my foundation Peg’s Presents helps).  I think they would cherish such a gift, and so would I!

    xo
    ~ Lee

  • Love it – great interview!  This must mean that actually *I* am the last person on the face of the planet to read the book 🙂

  • Twoodruff

    We could all use a little more happiness.

  • this is very inspirational! would love to read the book!

  • This was a great book.  Now reading her interview I was a more depressed unhappy and I was searching I think in the wrong place to “fix” it.  But I did pull some things from her book that did make a difference.  Definitly glad I read this book and would and have recommended it to several people.

  • Suejennings93

    the book sounds very intresting.i would like to read the book.

  • Ariela

    I’m in the middle of reading this book and LOVE it. Winning the calendar would be icing on the cake!

  • Heather

    Lori, you are not the last person on the face of the planet to read “The Happiness Project.”  I haven’t read it, but it sounds wonderful.

  • serendipity76

    I haven’t read it either.  Would be happy to get a free copy!

  • Yasemin

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  • Would love to have a copy!  🙂  Who can’t use more happiness?!

  • ~Chelsea~

    I’d love a copy!  Good luck to everyone!

  • Jessica

    This would be an excellent book to read for any and everyone.

  • Paula J.

    Great interview! Would love the calendar.

  • Rusticway

    Wonderful…would love to win it!

  • Zal

    nice…I’d love to win, but I’m going to look for it in my bookstore. 🙂

  • Ashleyrenee_84

    This book was fantastic. What I loved most about the book was how passionate the author was about her blessings. Cant wait for more 🙂

  • Prairigrl

    I could use a full calendar year of happiness. Thanks for the chance.

  • Hope

    Thank you! 🙂 Count me in

  • Anonymous

    just tweeted ~  and I’m a subscriber too 😉

  • Melraupp

    Thank you for offering me a chance! Peace!

  • Simplelife2

    After the past few years, I would love to make happiness my project.

  • Jo

    Thank you 🙂

  • Heather

    I am so thankful for your website and all that you do!  I would LOVE to receive a Copy of Gretchen Rubin’s upcoming book ,  The Happiness Project.  Keep doing what your doing.  On many a day, you have led my life.  Thanks again! Be Happy!

  • Whiteca

    Positive energy makes the world go round.

  • Heel1997

    September has long been January for me! 

  • vebeus

    Always look forward to my daily email from Tiny Buddha. This book looks like a great idea for a Christmas present 🙂

  • This has been a website that since I discovered it earlier this summer I have read every single day. The words of wisdom and inspiration written by you and the guest writers give me something to reflect on each day.

  • TheAnimeMouse

    I think we could all use more happiness in our lives, and this book sounds like a good way to learn how… Please enter me for it.

  • Satkisson

    Thanks for the chance to win … satkisson at aol dot com

  • Amyalquist

    No, Lori, you aren’t the last person to read the book…I haven’t either but intend to ASAP. Thanks!

  • Kathymiller11

    I must be at the back of the pack, too — I’m still reading it!

  • Aleks

    I teach in a very busy rough inner city Chicago School and try to take time every day to read the blog, and now hopefully (if I win, crossing my fingers) I will have another daily source of inspiration right on my desk. Thank you!

  • Sonia

    I cant wait to read this book! I am in!

  • Naughtybot007

    I’m going to buy both books with my next paycheck. I read TinyBuddha everyday.

  • Rebecca

    Many thanks for the offer. I’d love to receive a copy!

  • Leisa

    I just ordered this book and got it in the mail yesterday! Would love a chance to win the calendar. I’m a subscriber, but not on Twitter. I just began reading and am looking forward to finding more happiness ideas to try out in my own life.

  • ahlea

    I would love to win this book. Namaste:)

  • Stanfordb

    Thanks for the opportunity Lori! I’d love to win this book; heard about it for months, but never picked it up!

  • Snowbune83

    I’m reading the book right now…in chapter 2 and it has completely inspired me to start my own happiness project…working on some major life changes right now and would love any support that the calendar could bring.  thanks for all that you’ve already given to so many by writing your inspirational story and having the courage to create more happiness in your life.  

  • Asrodrigu

    I’ve heard nothing, but wonderful reviews! This looks like an absolutely magnificent read! 

    I particularly like “how passionate the author was about her blessings.” I am so very excited for the opportunity to win this piece of art.

  • Laurieann Noel

    I would love to read this! Thank you!

  • Christie

    I would love to read this book! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

  • Kat

    This book caught my eye in a magazine review also, would love to win and read this!

  • Sunpup63

    Gretchen Rubin rocks! I want this book!

  • Samantha.k.b

    I have been aware of Gretchen and her amazing work for some time. Hopefully I can have a win!! Good Luck to everyone!!

  • Rebecca F

    this connection to gretchen is exactly what i needed today.
    i already am digging through her sight and am excited to read more…
    thanks for the opportunity to win the calendar!

  • caela

    ah, life

  • Overtherainbow0126

     I just moved into a new place and need a calendar! This one would be better than a free one from a bank!

  • Ria

    i hope i win this…i’ve been going though a very rough patch lately and i’ve been working on the letting go, letting be, and just being . it sure would be wonderful to have this to support me on my journey back to happiness 🙂 

  • Bailey

    I could always use more happiness in my life! 

  • Beth

    Great interview, gets me thinking about what in life makes me happy, and what barriers do I create at times that create distance in being there. 

    Being present and mindful appear essential to happiness – it is so easy to be caught up in the whirlwind of daily tasks, activity, and related stressors – we can forget to focus on the perfection  of each moment. 

    Seeing the curl of stream rising from the cup as we pour water for tea, inhaling the complex aroma, the pleasure of the taste and warmth as we take the first sip. 

    The emotion that arises as we see a friend walking up the street to meet us. 

    The comfort of preparing a workday dinner with one’s spouse or partner. 

    I believe these moments are where we find our serenity and center – simple authentic moments. 

    Many thanks, and joy this day to all,
    Beth

  • Kati

    By the sound uhm read of it 😉 this book will take things a step further from what I started to do myself with the help of TinyBuddha. who doesn’t want to be happier in life? I certainly do. I live with a partner with autism, a child with autism and it’s sometimes hard to keep spirits up. I keep trying. But eveything that will help me is more then welcome!

  • Tvadaya

    Reading the excerpts from the interview made me realize that happiness is here and now within each one’s reach.It llies in doing small little things of everyday life.
    Thanks a lot!

  • Natalieneelan

    Count me in!

  • Monia

    ooh that would be a wonderful win!! I just bought the book to get started with in 2012 so that would make a wonderful companion!

  • Fee

    Sounds like a great project!  I must check out the book 🙂

  • Karen

    Gretchen’s calendar sounds like a fun way to make each day a little happier.  I would love to win a copy. 

  • Carlafields01

    I haven’t read the book, but I ave read about it and read interviews with the author. That has been enough to inspire me to try to live my own life thankfully,but I have a long way to go! I really need to read the book!

  • Count me in 🙂 Tweeted too

  • Tamika

    So glad I found this site/ blog! I’ve been working on finding grace in my life and sitting still with it.

  • Jsartori09

    After reading the table of contents I went on to read a few pages of your book.  Honestly, it was a bit surreal to read about myself on those pages.  I really need to finish the rest of the pages as I journey to put this force inside me to rest.  I am really excited to not only see where I need to go but more importantly learn how I am supposed to get there!  Thank you!

  • I had the pleasure of hearing Gretchen speak recently at the PA Women’s Conference in Philadelphia in October.  Unfortunately, I have not had the time to read her book yet.  Happiness is something that is increased through self reflection, awareness and willingness to always improve.  I am excited to read her book and continue my journey of happiness.  Thank you, Gretchen!

  • Chel

    I loved Gretchen’s first book and I can’t wait to read her second!

  • S_marcon26

    Happiness is so much more than an emotion , its a choice, a daily practice, a way of being. Love this blog and thank you for sharing this !

  • Hilary

    I hate to admit that I have never heard of this book. (Hopefully because I am too busy being happy.) It sounds fascinating.

  • Shoe

    I’m putting the Happiness Project on my list of books to read!

  • Aww I just bought this book for my Mom!  I sooo wanted to keep it lol.  Maybe I can win my own, yay!!

    Thanks <3

  • Patty

    Oh Happy Day!!! I would love to win a copy of Gretchen’s “Happiness Project” with the holidays right around the corner.  This year I’m striving to give meaningful gifts that will uplift the recipient in some way, be it a journal, book or token item that will “incite their inner light”!  As for myself, I’m asking that as opposed to material gifts, I want people to make donations to their favorite cause or charity in my honor. 
    love and light

  • Amanda Terrell

    I just love this blog!  I always feel peaceful and grateful every day that I read the blog.  I would just love this giveaway. 🙂

  • Sheilajulien333

    Small, manageable steps is where I’m at today.

  • Bam

    This sounds like a great book!

  • Tiffany7248

    Thank You!!

  • SO

    As always Tiny Buddha is my sanity break -we are in the process of moving countries again for the 3rd time in as many years and I was starting to feel overwhelmed but half an hour reading on here and I feel that I have some tools to get me through the next few weeks! Thanks and I am looking forward to exploring the happiness project

  • +sp

    So inspiring! Thanks for the awesome share and exposing me to the “happiness project.” Lori, you aren’t the last person!

  • Kristirocks

    I am so happy for the sunshine today, for Fridays, for my honeycrisp apple and all the love I have in my life.  And I wan to read this book after reading the clips.

  • El

    Love your blog. I am always happier after reading your blog!

  • gwynneve

    i am moving to another state. i am taking whatever totes will fit in the back of a jeep and a folding table and chair. i have a 3″ roll up futon and clothes and books. i can’t wait for this to be all i have. i have given away and am giving away just about everything i own. i did that when i moved here and was so happy. am looking forward to being happy and free again.

  • brittany denoon

    Thank you for sharing your interview and book recommendations. Rubin’s work sounds insightful and loving. I hadn’t heard of her work until you writing. Hopefully I will get to spend some time with it soon.
    Always my pleasure.
    Brittany Marie

  • Smitha20

    I am very interested in this book, especially with all that 2011 has thrown in my path. I need to find solid ground again and get back in touch with the happiness within my soul. Thanks!

  • Rapidwen

    Self knowledge is truly the hardest yet most direct path to happiness!

  • Otterspace2001

    Good stuff. In the interview I’m surprised I didn’t see Making a “gratitude list”. That’s one of the most effective ways to change the way I’m feeling into happiness. And then there are those times (I believe) when sadness and or fear is what is happening and I now work to stay with these  uncomfortable feelings instead of changing or running from them. I find that as i allow myself to experience the discomfort it does dissipate and often conveys an understanding that is helpful in teaching me something more about myself and living.

  • I would love a copy. Thank you!

  • Ashley

    her book is on my reading list! would love to win the giveaway.

  • Olivia

    I had not heard of the Page-A-Day Happiness Project until today! What a great addition this would be to my ongoing Happiness Project for 2012!

  • Susan

    she talks about how she grew bored w/ her gratitude journal in her book …because it started to repeat itself. I found the same thing. I was so relieved she felt that way because I’d felt like a failure dropping it. She started a  one sentence journal instead, easier to stick w/.  still a source of happiness. usually you can find one sentence in an entire day that cheers you up. PS i hope this counts as a comment. 
    I’d like to win a calendar a day thing too 🙂

  • Laurie

    I appeciated the question in which you asked Ms. Rubin about off limit topics. It’s an issure I’ve been grappling with in my own writing. One of my Personal Commandements is to know when to bite my tongue. I’ve learned that sometimes it’s better to leave things unsaid.

  • Barbaramberry

    I love the balance in family exposure,  between honesty and care for her family members that Gretchen uses.  Bravo!

  • Mayb

    I have been reading Tiny Buddha and The Happiness Project for quite a while now, and they have both gotten me through some pretty dark and trying times. I always find something that gives me hope or helps me reframe a situation.

  • I think there is no better way to grow in happiness then to write, research, and discuss happiness on a daily basis. The more I learn about myself and the world around me, the happier I become. Does that make sense? Well, it does in my head. It’s the same for anything – personal growth, healthier relationships, and anything else – if you are constantly focused on it, discussing it, writing about it, and researching it then you can’t help but to improve in that area. And the calendar is a really good idea. I love one a day tear-away calendars for their daily reminders.

  • kcc

    i love gretchen’s book, her daily moment of happiness, and her newsletter.   this particular pursuit of happiness has given me glimpses of a better way to live, of new meaning.  i never before connected my personal happiness with the rest of life and the world— i guess i thought  it would exist in opposition to the rest.  always learning, and a bit happier!

  • Alanna_migliacci

    I’ve been following the happiness project blog for a long time and I save so many post to go back and re-read.  I’ve found some great posts on your site as well, but I never subscribed…doing it now.

  • Ang, never Angie

    Terrific blog!  I love the simplicity and wisdom.  I also follow Gretchen.

  • CLA

    Love this 🙂 Haven’t read it yet, but it sounds like just what I need. Thanks!

  • Irma

    I just stumbled upon the ‘Tiny Buddha’ from Gretchen’s site and subscribed!
    The giveaway would be a great new (more positive) way for me to start my day, everyday.
    Thank you!
    Irma

  • Nanci

    I’m so happy to find your Tiny Buddha website, which I found today from The Happiness Project’s blog that came in my email today.  I also wanted to say that I think I’m probably one of the last ones to read “The Happiness Project” and I will be reading it for a book club project for the end of this month.  I’m looking forward to reading the book and also to spending some time exploring your website

  • Rakefet

    I’m a big fan of both of you from the beginning, and would love to win :))

  • I opened a letter that came in the mail the other day. It said Gina- To your happiness. It was from Gretchen Rubin. At first I didn’t know who this came from, but I just felt happy that someone was cheering to my happiness:) Thank you. 

  • Linda

    This an awesome interview with Gretchen Rubin and also Lori from the Tiny Buddha!

  • Wordsculpter

    As s_marcon26 noted, happiness really is a choice. Somwetimes, it takes an outside perspective to know how to choose, or to find an inroad to be able to examine your own thinking.

    I encountered Gretchen somewhere online several years ago (before the Happiness Project); then there she was with her blog before the book. I’ve learned a great deal about myself and what I’ve vreated in my life from both Gretchen and from Lori Morerro at ClutterDiet.com. It’s been interesting to see how the two sets of insights have merged and become more than the sum of the parts for me.

    I’m looking forward to adding insights from Tiny Buddah.

  • Lisabarman

    Gretchen’s work is so inspiring–looking forward to the new book.

  • C.

    I love the Happiness Project book.  It was by sheer chance that I picked up this book at a bookstore and then proceeded to the checkout counter. Yet, it came to me exactly when I needed it most.  I couldn’t stop reading the book, and I have started my own happiness project.  Just what I needed, a nudge in the right direction.  I am already much happier!  Thanks Gretchen!

  • Gina Cioffari

    I loved this book!! It changed the way I view life. Thank you Gretchen for sharing your story.

  • kphillipso

    Thank you for featuring Gretchen Rubin, who’s definitely one of my kindred spirits. I’ve been reading Gretchen’s blog for several years and also own her book. Her posts and her “Moments of Happiness” quotes are two emails that are never summarily deleted from my inbox!

  • UnearthMyMuse

    I enjoyed this interview, and have been a fan of Gretchen Rubin’s since picking up her book last year.  I read her blog and her “Moment of Happiness” e-mail every day.  I’m still working on my own happiness project, finding it hardest to be myself.

  • Carrie Johns

    After reading this post, I am going to buy this book.  Happiness is within my reach. 

    I love Tiny Buddha!  I can’t wait for it to come up in my email everyday!

  • Meredith

    I really appreciate you talking about the importance of getting to know oneself, but also your honesty in that knowing yourself can be a lifelong process. It can be an exciting and fun challenge, but still will probably last a lifetime for me…Thank you! 

  • Aravinda

    I want one!