Gretchen Rubin

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Gretchen Rubin
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Rubin at the 2014
Brooklyn Book Festival
Occupation American author
blogger
speaker
Nationality United States
Notable works The Happiness Project
Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill
Forty Ways to Look at JFK
Website
Official website

Gretchen Craft Rubin is an American author, blogger and speaker.

Early life[edit]

Born Gretchen Anne Craft, Gretchen Rubin grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.[1] She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University, was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and won the Edgar M. Cullen Prize. She clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and served as a chief adviser to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt. She has also been a lecturer at the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management. She lives in New York City. She is the daughter-in-law of former US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.[2]

Career[edit]

Gretchen Rubin is a writer on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Better Than Before, Happier at Home, and The Happiness Project. Rubin's books have sold more than a million print and online copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. On her popular daily blog GretchenRubin.com, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness.

She is author of 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, along with her follow-up Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life. Her first book, Power Money Fame Sex: A User’s Guide, parodied self-help books by analyzing and exposing the techniques used to exploit those who strive for those worldly ambitions.

Her newest book, Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life was published in 2015.

Rubin is also the author and creator of a popular blog at GretchenRubin.com where she writes about her adventures as she test-drives the studies and theories about happiness and habits.[3]

On her weekly podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft, a Los Angeles-based television writer.[4]

Her follow up to The Happiness Project, Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life, was published on September 4, 2012.

Her two biographies, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill and Forty Ways to Look at JFK uses the "forty ways" structure to explore the complexities of these two great figures and to demonstrate the limits of biography.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Rubin lives on the Manhattan's Upper East Side with her husband, James ("Jamie") Rubin (son of former Clinton-administration Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin), a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and their daughters, Eliza and Eleanor.[1] Jamie caught hepatitis C when he was eight years old, supposedly from having unprotected blood transfusions. In January 2015 he declared himself cured.[5]

Writings[edit]

The Happiness Project is translated into 11 languages. This cover shown here is translated into Chinese.
  • Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life. New York, NY: Crown, 2015. ISBN 978-0385348614
  • Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life. New York, NY: Harper, 2012. ISBN 978-0307886781
  • 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. New York, NY: Harper, 2009. ISBN 978-0-06-158325-4
  • Profane Waste. Gregory R. Miller & Company, 2006. ISBN 978-0974364834
  • Power Money Fame Sex: A User's Guide. Atria, 2005. ISBN 978-0671041298
  • Forty Ways to Look at JFK. New York: Ballantine Books, 2005. ISBN 978-0345450494
  • Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life. New York: Ballantine Books, 2003. ISBN 978-0-345-45047-0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Harrison Smith, Sarah (October 5, 2012). "Happiness Expert, Plying Her Craft". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Hoffman, Jan (February 26, 2010). "On Top of the Happiness Racket". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  3. ^ Rubin, Gretchen. The Happiness Project. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Schawbel, Dan (March 17, 2015). "Gretchen Rubin: How To Create Healthy Workplace Habits". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  5. ^ Rubin, Gretchen (January 9, 2015). "Today is One of the Happiest Days of My Life. Here's Why." gretchenrubin.com.

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