Secrets of Adulthood: Hell Is Other People. Heaven Is Other People.

From Further Secrets of Adulthood: Hell is other people. Heaven is other people.

Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree: to be happy, we need relationships. We need enduring, intimate bonds; we need to be able to confide; we need to feel like we belong; we need to be able to get support–and just as important for happiness, we need to be able to givesupport.

Hell is other people. Heaven is other people, too.

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Also …

These days, I don’t often run across a mention of my biography Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill. What a joy it was to write that book! So I was very pleased to see it included in the reading pile for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s What I’m Into (June 2015 edition).

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Gretchen Rubin is the author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and Happier at Home. She writes about happiness and habit-formation at Follow her on Twitter, @gretchenrubin, and on Facebook,

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