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Coping with COVID-19: Join Our Daily Conversations on Instagram Live for Hacks, Encouragement, and Connection. – Happiness Article

These days, we’re all anxious, and we’re all at home. It’s a tough combination, because while social distancing is obviously the right thing to do, our instinct in tough times is to connect more deeply with other people. My sister Elizabeth and I were talking about this conundrum (these days, we talk several times each day). Together, we host the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, where we talk about solutions and tips for making our lives happier, healthier, more productive,…

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With Liberty and Justice for All. – Personal Development Article

Like so many, I’m heartbroken and outraged by the recent killing of George Floyd in Minnesota while in the custody of police officers, the most recent example in a long history of racial injustice, attacks, and accusations—such as Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky—and the pain and fear that’s being felt across the country. I often experience my “America feeling”—say, when I vote or when I look at the Statue of Liberty—and right now my America feeling…

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What I Read This Month: May 2020 – Self Improvement Article

For three years now, every Monday morning, I’ve posted a photo on my Facebook Page of the books I finished during the week, with the tag #GretchenRubinReads. I get a big kick out of this weekly habit—it’s a way to shine a spotlight on all the terrific books that I’ve read. As I write about in my book Better Than Before, for most of my life, my habit was to finish any book that I started. Finally, I realized that this…

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Safe at Home? 42 Easy Challenges to Help You Spend the Time Productively—and Lift Your Spirits. – Happiness Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and all the…

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What Justice Clarence Thomas, a College Seminar, and a Zoom Conference Can Teach Us About How to Work Better. – Personal Development Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and all the essential…

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The Next Pick for the Happier Podcast Book Club: “The Dutch House: A Novel” by Ann Patchett. – Self Improvement Article

We’ve picked our next book for the Happier Podcast Book Club. Our next choice is a brilliant novel by Ann Patchett: The Dutch House. This novel has generated a tremendous amount of buzz and was an instant bestseller. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2019, and named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, The Washington Post, O: The…

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To Make Yourself Calmer and Happier, Try Grounding Yourself in Your Body. – Personal Development Article

The COVID-19 situation continues, and at last I’m finding it possible to think about other things, which means I’ve been able to return to working on my next book project. It’s a book about…what, exactly? How I want to shake myself awake—through the body, the senses. I want to reach my mind through my senses. Instead of thinking about mindfulness, I’m thinking a lot about bodyfulness. Well, there’s a certain lack of crispness and clarity at the moment, I admit,…

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Looking for a Terrific Podcast? Check Out Kate Bowler’s “Everything Happens,” Now Part of the Onward Project. – Happiness Article

Several years ago, I started “The Onward Project”—a family of podcasts meant to make your life better—happier, healthier, more productive, more creative. Each podcast in the group approaches that aim very differently, but they share a similar vibe. They’re fascinating, with great hosts, and they’re all full of concrete, manageable ideas, research, stories, and tips for how to make your life better. I’m thrilled to announce that a new podcast is joining the Onward Project: Everything Happens, hosted by the…

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Do You Struggle with Procrastination Now that You’re Working From Home? How to Get Things Done During COVID-19. – Self Improvement Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and all the…

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Jen Hatmaker: “Connection and Belonging Matter Almost More than Anything Else We Put Our Hands To.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Jen Hatmaker. Jen Hatmaker is a New York Times bestselling author, blogger, and sought-after speaker. She has written many books and hosts the podcast For the Love. (If you want to listen to the two of us in conversation, she interviewed me on For the Love here.) Jen and her husband, Brandon, are founders of the Legacy Collective, a giving community that granted more than a million dollars in its first year. The couple also pastors Austin New Church and lives on…

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Celeste Headlee: “If It’s a Habit that I Don’t Really Want to Do, I Need to Get It Done in the Morning.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Celeste Headlee. Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter. In her twenty-year career in public radio, she has anchored shows such as Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and The Takeaway. Her new book is Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving. I couldn’t wait to talk to Celeste about happiness, habits, and productivity. Gretchen:…

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We’re Thrilled! “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” Was Nominated for a Webby Award. Gold Star If You Vote. – Happiness Article

Elizabeth and I are thrilled—we just found out that the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast has been nominated for a Webby Award, which are awards given for excellence on the internet, in many different categories. We’re in the “Podcasts: Health and Wellness” category. There are two kinds of awards: Webby Awards, given by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and Webby People’s Voice Award, voted on by the online public. Which is where you come in! If you’re inclined,…

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15 tips for sharing parenting duties and workspaces during COVID-19 – Self Improvement Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and other essential…

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What I Read This Month: April 2020 – Personal Development Article

For three years now, every Monday morning, I’ve posted a photo on my Facebook Page of the books I finished during the week, with the tag #GretchenRubinReads. I get a big kick out of this weekly habit—it’s a way to shine a spotlight on all the terrific books that I’ve read. As I write about in my book Better Than Before, for most of my life, my habit was to finish any book that I started. Finally, I realized that this…

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Bethany Saltman: “I Never Could Have Guessed Just How Right I Was About Happiness When I Was 18.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Bethany Saltman. Bethany Saltman is an author, award-winning editor, and researcher. Her work has appeared in places such as the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Parents, Town & Country, and many others. Bethany also serves as a bestselling book partner and in-demand mindfulness mentor, helping writers and entrepreneurs at all stages of the creative process envision and execute their projects, including book proposals, content development, Big Ideas, messaging, and the like. Her new book is Strange Situation:…

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Jen Gotch: “I Think the Connection of Success to Busyness Is Dangerous.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Jen Gotch. I couldn’t wait to talk to Jen about happiness, habits, and creativity. Gretchen: What’s a simple activity or habit that consistently makes you happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative? Jen: Dancing—usually by myself. I’m not incredibly good at it, but when I’m dancing, it sure feels like I am and that’s enough to make me happy. I dance when I am feeling bad, I dance when I am feeling good. Even if only for a minute.…

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The Uncanny Beauty of Nature During the COVID-19 Crisis – Personal Development Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and all the…

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Trouble Sleeping? How to Sleep Better During Covid-19. – Happiness Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and all the…

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“New York City, Lexington Avenue, Rush Hour”—The Song from My COVID-19 Musical. – Self Improvement Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and other essential…

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Deborah Gruenfeld: “A Mantra You Can Say to Yourself Before Taking the Stage: ‘I’m Glad to Be Here, and I Know What I Know.’” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Deborah Gruenfeld. Deborah Gruenfeld is a leading social psychologist and the Joseph McDonald chaired professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In her work, she examines the way people are transformed by the organizations and social structures in which they work. Gruenfeld’s award-winning research on power, influence, and group dynamics has been featured in many scholarly journals as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s co-founder and…

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Is It Selfish, Shallow, or Frivolous to Worry About Our Own State of Mind During a Time of World Crisis? – Happiness Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and all the…

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Coping with COVID-19: How I Yearn to Be Packed Tight with Strangers. – Self Improvement Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and other essential…

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Coping with COVID-19: How to Volunteer and Support Others During This Difficult Time. – Personal Development Article

Right now, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue and change for a long time. While everyone across the globe is affected, it’s hitting people differently in different places. Countries are experiencing it at different times, and within the United States, states are being hit at different times. The crisis affects individuals very differently, too; people’s fears and challenges vary dramatically. Wherever we are, we’re all so grateful for the healthcare workers and other essential…

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Coping with COVID-19: Suggestions and Hacks to Help Children Get Some Exercise. – Happiness Article

It’s clear that the COVID-19 situation is going to last for a while, and while we’re all safe at home, we need to create healthy activities for ourselves. This situation raises countless issues for people; we’re all facing different situations.There are many terrible, difficult issues that we all must grapple with—now and for a long time to come. But one concrete issue that’s common to us all is…exercise. Exercise is so important for mood, focus, health—and immune function, which is…

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Coping with COVID-19: How My “Four Tendencies” Personality Framework Shows Up in the Context of Social Distancing. – Self Improvement Article

Right now, I see everything in the world through the lens of COVID-19, and I already saw the world through the lens of the Four Tendencies—so I’ve been thinking a lot about the interaction of COVID-19, and the massive changes it has brought, and the responses by the Four Tendencies. (No idea what I’m talking about? Read about my “Four Tendencies” personality framework here. Take the short, free quiz here—more than 2.5 million people have taken it, to learn if…

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Coping with COVID-19: Ideas for Staying Connected in this Time of Social Distancing. – Personal Development Article

Because of COVID-19, all our usual habits are being disrupted—including our social habits. That means that we must recreate or even re-imagine the ways that we usually connect now that we’re not going into work, going out for drinks, going to a book club, dropping off kids at school, going to religious services, or playing sports. For instance, I love going for a walk in the park with a friend, but these days, I’m walking alone and staying very far…

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Coping with COVID-19: Some Terrific Podcasts to Help Keep Anxiety at Bay. – Happiness Article

If you’re like me, you’re using books, TV shows, movies, and podcasts to help distract you from the COVID-19 news. I’ve also been going for lots of long walks in Central Park—staying six feet away from other people, of course! Getting exercise and sunshine helps calm my nerves, take the edge off my restlessness, and it feels productive. It helps that Central Park is bursting with flowers, such as daffodils, forsythia, and trees with bright pink blooms. These days, I…

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“The Infinite Mystery of Children Is a Wondrous, Ever-Bountiful Source of Happiness.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Stewart Friedman. I met Stewart Friedman several years ago, during a visit to The Wharton School. He’s a professor of organizational psychology at Wharton as well as the founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program and Work/Life Integration Project. He’s been recognized twice as one of “HR’s Most Influential International Thinkers.” He was chosen by Working Mother as one of America’s 25 most influential men to have made things better for working parents, and honored by the Families and…

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Do You Like Spring Cleaning? Here Are Some Ideas If You Do (Even More Helpful If You Don’t). – Personal Development Article

Do you like spring cleaning? I hear the Questioners saying, “Why do this in the spring? There’s no magic to that season. It’s an arbitrary choice!” True. But one I’ve my clutter-clearing aphorisms is “Things that can be done at any time are often done at no time,” so it’s helpful to have a catalyst to undertake a certain effort. And there’s something about the natural renewal of spring, with its fresh breezes, bright green leaves, and clear sky, that…

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11 Tips for Staying Calm During the Time of the Coronavirus. – Happiness Article

There’s so much fear and uncertainty around the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. People all around the world are grappling with it in different ways. So a question that we all face is: How can we be as calm and happy as we can be, under these circumstances? Sometimes people assume that a happiness project means being 100% happy, 100% of the time. No! That’s not possible, and even if it were possible, it wouldn’t be a good life. There are…

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