Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin explains how reading gives a daily dose of joy

Gretchen Rubin might have the best job on Earth: She’s a happiness expert.
Her 2010 book, “The Happiness Project,” has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. She also has a podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, and a new book called “The Four Tendencies,” where she explains how getting a sense of your personality type can improve your life.

Thousands of people flock to her social media channels for a daily dose of joy. Over 66,000 people follow her on Instagram and 133,000 on Twitter. For her die-hard fans, it’s no secret that Rubin is at her happiest doing one simple thing.

Reading books, Rubin says, is “my cubicle and my playground; my comfort and my adventure.”

And she’s very diligent about it too, making sure to set aside time for reading every week: “I visit the library often, visit bookstores often, and make sure I have plenty of reading time in my schedule.”
Rubin is a huge fan of children’s literature. Some favorites she read three times or more include “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman, “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott and J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”
Watch Rubin’s chat with Oprah about her unapologetic rereading habit.

Snacks From Influencers is a series asking social media influencers for advice on self-improvement. Responses are edited for space and clarity.

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