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My book The Happiness Project came out almost ten years ago — wow, that’s hard to believe.

One of the most important things I learned as part of doing that project, and an idea that I put into practice in my own life all the time, is that I can influence my happiness. Yes of course, sometimes terrible circumstances make it impossible for me to be happy, but it’s almost always possible to be happier, and often with just a few small steps, I can give myself a big boost.

I try to recognize the fact that I’m feeling blue (oddly, this is often easier said than done) and take action to lift my spirits. …


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If you listen to the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, you’ve heard me mention the idea of “Happier Labor Day.”

In the United States, Labor Day falls on September 3 this year.

Labor Day celebrates the contributions and achievements of workers to the strength and prosperity of the country. It also unofficially marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new year (as I write about in Happier at Home, September is the other January).

This year, just as Valentine’s Day is a day to think about your romantic relationship, and New Year’s Day is a day to think about what you want to achieve in the upcoming year, try using Labor Day as a day to think about your ownlabor — your own work life.


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There’s a very helpful Daylight Saving Time mnemonic: “spring forward, fall back.”

This Sunday, we “spring forward” and turn our clocks ahead one hour — which means losing an hour of sleep. And for many of us, each hour of sleep is precious.

So what can you do to offset that loss? My book Better Than Before has lots of ideas about forming habits — including habits related to sleep.

1. Use the Strategy of First Steps.

There’s a magic to starting, to taking that first step. Often, it helps to have some kind of external prompt, or a cultural milestone, to remind us to take a first step. Like a New Year’s resolution, a cue like Daylight Saving Time makes a good time to start a new sleep habit. …

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Gretchen Rubin

Wrote The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project & Happier at Home (can't resist adding: New York Times bestsellers). Etc.

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