Gretchen Rubin

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Gretchen Rubin

"Gretchen was exceptionally well received and had a very long line for her book signing immediately following her session. We sold out of her book! We can happily say Gretchen did just fabulous!"
-ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

Gretchen Rubin is the creator of The Happiness Project. A “happiness project” is an approach to changing your life. First is the preparation stage, when you identify what brings you joy, satisfaction, and engagement, and also what brings you guilt, anger, boredom, and remorse. Second is the making of resolutions, when you identify the concrete actions that will boost your happiness. Then comes the interesting part: keeping your resolutions.

Read an excerpt of Gretchen's newest book Happier at Home which discusses her transformational experience of turning her home into a place of comfort, simplicity, and love.



  • The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

    Gretchen has a wide, enthusiastic following, and her idea for a “happiness project” no longer describes just a book or a blog; it’s a movement. Happiness Project groups have sprung up from Los Angeles to Enid, Oklahoma to Boston, where people meet to discuss their own happiness projects. More than a dozen blogs have been launched by people who are following Gretchen’s example. On her companion website, the Happiness Project Toolbox, enthusiastic readers track and share their own happiness projects.

  • Why Happiness is Good for Business: For Bosses and Employees

    In this program Gretchen explains why happiness is good for business and describes the steps businesses can take to make employees happier. For employees, Gretchen lays out a plan to make yourself happier at work, especially when working with difficult people; how to re-think your work space and your work day to be more fulfilling.

  • Applying the Happiness Project to All Aspects of Life: Money, Parenting, Relationships, Health, Education, Family

    “Does money buy happiness?” Gretchen examines the veracity of that statement and suggests alternatives on how spending money may bring happiness. Gretchen will also address the following questions:

    -Are you an under-buyer or an over-buyer?
    -How to stay happy when you’ve lost your job?
    -The first three happiness-boosting things you should do after losing your job

  • Sparking Creativity to Write and Publish, and the Virtues of Social Media

    Gretchen invites you into The Happiness Project community. She discusses how she uses her blog, the Happiness Project Toolbox, her newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to spread ideas and connect with an audience. She describes five visionary statements that guide innovative thinking about using the internet to connect with people.

  • For the full keynote of this talk go here.
    For Gretchen Rubin's TED Talk go here

    Happier at Home

    Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place. Rubin dedicated a school year--September through May--to making her home a place of greater simplicity, comfort, and love... MORE →

    The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

    The Happiness Project is the engaging, relatable and inspiring result of the author’s twelve-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humour and sharp insight, Gretchen Rubin’s story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun... MORE →


  • The Happiness Project online
  • NBC's The Today Show: Video
  • Gretchen on Katie Couric's Katie: Video
  • Interview: SXSW
  • Interview: CNN
  • @GretchenRubin: Follow Gretchen on Twitter