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We can accept ourselves and also expect more from ourselves.

In my work, I investigate unexpected truths about everyday life—and identify ways we can take happiness from the transcendent to the concrete.

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Life in Five Senses is available now!

Order a print copy of my new book, or get the audio book.


“Every man makes his own summer.”
—Robertson Davies


Go Outside 23 in 23

Go outside for 23 minutes a day in 2023 and track your activity in the Happier™ app. At one million entries, the Happier app will make a donation to One Tree Planted. Free to download and participate.


430: Hacks, Hacks, and More Hacks for Making Entertaining Easier and More Fun

For this Very Special Episode, we discuss dozens of hacks for entertaining, suggested by listeners and ourselves. We have suggestions and tips for making tasks easier, lowering the bar, doing preparations efficiently, and generally having more fun.


What’s Your Most Neglected Sense?

Take the free quiz to discover which of your senses is the most neglected. Once you identify your neglected sense, you might look for fun ways to tap into it this summer.


The Opposite of Meditation Is…Recess & I Need More Recess.

I’ve spent many years pursuing self-knowledge and self-mastery. Now I wanted to illuminate my thoughts from the outside—not with detachment, not with discipline, but with wildness.


The Happier™ app

This month in the Happier app, find fresh ways to explore your senses, a playful summer Jump-Start beginning June 11, and fun ideas for the “Go Outside 23 in ‘23” Challenge.

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About Gretchen

Hi, I’m Gretchen Rubin. For more than a decade, I’ve been studying human nature—the science of the soul. My happiness project is to understand myself, the people around me, and how we can move from good intentions to concrete actions to build happier lives.