Book Club

We’re Launching the Happier Podcast Book Club! And Announced Our First Choice.

Nothing makes me happier than reading a great book — unless it’s the chance to talk to other people who’ve loved that book as well. Elizabeth and I both love to read, and we know that the listeners of the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast love to read, too. For instance, we noticed that “Read more” or “Read X number of books this year” appeared on a huge number of “18 for 2018” and “19 for 2019” lists. So…announcement! We decided…

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Book Club: Tao Te Ching (March 2018)

This month we read Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. About the book: the book is comprised of eighty-one short chapters which cover the ways of the “Way” and lay out all the main ideas of one, Taoism (also known as Daoism) of the world’s oldest philosophies. The main attraction to this way of thinking is the Tao itself, which is the idea of great flow of everything. The Tao is that mysterious, unnamable process through which everything in the…

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Book Club: The Enigma of Reason (April 2018)

This month we read The Enigma of Reason. In the book, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber consider a double enigma: If reason is so valuable, such a boon to our cognition, why did it evolve only in human beings? Second, if reason is supposed to be so good, why are we so bad at it? Why do we suffer from so many cognitive biases and mental illusions that undermine its ideal power? This book tries to explain this double enigma.…

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Book Club: The Selfish Gene (May 2018)

This month we read The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. If you would like to stream audio on your browser, click here listen on Soundcloud About the book: Evolution by natural selection is a topic that many people either champion or dismiss, but far fewer really understand. As one of the fundamental patterns of nature, I decided to pick one of the best books written on the subject. In The Selfish Gene, Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins argues that it is not…

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