What Will Make You Happy?


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July 14, 2011

 

Interview with Gretchen Rubin, author of the book 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

 

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Mike Carruthers:
While happiness means different things to different people one thing we do know about happiness is…

 

Gretchen Rubin:
Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree that the key to happiness is strong relationships with other people.
 


Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin, author of the book The Happiness Project, set out to discover if she could find ways to deliberately make herself more happy.

 

So I found that when I used my time, my energy, my money in ways that deepen my relationships with other people or give me new relationships those things really gave me a lot of happiness bang for the buck.

 

If you’re not feeling happy consider tidying up.

 

I was surprised to find out how much clutter weighs on people’s happiness. In the context of a happy life clutter seems trivial and yet over and over people would say, “Gosh I cleaned out my closet, or I cleaned off my desk, or I cleaned out my car and I feel so much happier.” There’s something about outer order it contributes to inner calm.

 

And your level of happiness will always be affected by the other people around you.

 

And it’s very true because of emotional contagion, people pick up in milliseconds - people pick up moods from each other. Even by talking on the phone or looking at pictures of people they pick up moods from each. And negative moods are more catching than positive moods and so it’s true and it takes conscious effort to focus your mind on what’s going right, what you’re enthusiastic about, what you have to be grateful for.
 

 

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