Gretchen Rubin Says These Books Make Her Happy

Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin and Oprah. Photo Credit: George Burns


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.

Some highlights from her writing career?

Being interviewed by Oprah. Eating dinner with Daniel Kahneman. Walking arm-in-arm with the Dalai Lama. Having her work written up in a medical journal. And being an answer on the game show Jeopardy!

She started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer.

Thousands of people flock to her social media channels for a daily dose of joy. Over 117,000 people follow her on Instagram and 142,000 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.”

Gretchen Rubin’s Happy Book List

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.”

She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft.

Watch Rubin talking about creating your own 12 personal commandments for happiness.

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