The Habits Of Happiness: 8 Core Truths From Author Gretchen Rubin

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Gretchen Rubin knows a lot about happiness.

She spent an entire year, using herself as a test subject, to determine what makes us happy and how we can be happier in our everyday lives. The results of her year-long journey are chronicled in the #1 New York Times and International bestselling book, The Happiness Project, which has sold 1.5 million copies in North America alone.

In her follow-up book, Happier at Home, she explores how to make your home a happier place. She dedicated a full school year to concentrate on the factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, parenthood, body, and neighborhood.

Now Gretchen is working on a book about habits and the strategies that help us make and break habits. I recently interviewed her for my upcoming Sticky Habits Course where she shared many of the strategies she’s uncovered in her extensive research.

If you’ve read Gretchen’s books, or any research on happiness and how to be happy, you probably know that happiness involves certain habits. Yes, we all have a happiness “set point” — with some of us being more naturally sanguine than others. But this set point only accounts for 50% of our happiness levels. The rest is pretty much in our control. We have the ability to profoundly impact our own happiness through our own thoughts, behaviors, and habits.

Through her research and writing, Gretchen has developed some fundamental principles around happiness. She calls these “The Eight Splendid Truths About Happiness.”

Here are Gretchen’s eight truths and the habits of happiness you can apply to these principles:


Changing Habits: 7 Lessons From Ultra Athlete Rich Roll

life changing habitsI recently had the pleasure of speaking with Rich Roll, an ultra-endurance athlete named one of the 25 fittest men in the world by Men’s Fitness magazine. I interviewed him for my upcoming Sticky Habits Course.

Rich’s story is fascinating and inspiring. He wasn’t always an ultra-endurance athlete and for most of his… Continue Reading…

Growth Mindset: 6 Keys To Unlock Your Potential

growth mindsetI learned something really amazing today.

This afternoon I interviewed Dr. Carol Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation. She’s a guest expert for my upcoming Sticky Habits Course.

Dr. Dweck has spent decades researching achievement and success, and through… Continue Reading…

Self-Motivated? 4 Science-Based Secrets To Achievement And Success

self-motivatedI run every other day.

However, only about a quarter of the time do I feel motivated to run before I begin. Even less so in the winter. It’s cold outside, and I’m quite comfortable inside. Most of the time, I’d rather stay put than put on my running clothes and push my body…. Continue Reading…

Positive Thoughts: 10 Vital Reasons You Must Practice Them

positive thoughtsHow often do you catch yourself in a positive thinking loop?

Are there days when your thoughts are so constantly positive, self-affirming, and confident that you feel upbeat and happy all day?

I’d bet the opposite scenario occurs far more often than the one I just described. I bet on any given day, you could… Continue Reading…

Fear Of Failure: 4 Steps To Tame It And Use It For Success

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A guest post by James Johnson


After spiders and heights, it’s the most common fear in the world. It’s big, it’s scary, and it’s the elephant in the room with all of your new ventures and life challenges.

Truth be told? You’re not alone. Nobody enjoys failure. It’s a painful experience we… Continue Reading…