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.”