Gretchen Rubin, Author, Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin gave up a career in law where she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to start a career in writing. She created success with The Happiness Project, a book that tells the story of her year long quest to be happier.

We talk about her journey, writing process, and her upcoming book on habits.

Below is a summary of our interview:


“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Her journey

Gretchen take us through how her career in law dovetailed into writing

Low Point

Gretchen recounts the leap to writing and how she knew it was her calling

When Everything Clicked

Moments on inspiration for her first couple books are retold.

Gretchen’s Work 

We go through Gretchen’s weekly workflow and how she has become so popular in social media.

What’s Exciting Gretchen

We discuss her books Happier at Home and upcoming book Before and After, which uncovers what happens to people before and after learning habits. Plus an aromatic surprise.

Lightning Round

Book – My Life in France by Julia Child[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”0307277690″ cloaking=”default” height=”75″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”” tag=”purposerockst-20″ width=”48″]

Helpful Habit – One Minute Rule

Internet Resource – Science Daily

Helpful People – Gretchen’s sister, also a writer and Christy Fletcher, her agent

Gretchen’s Purpose “Try to understand human nature”

How to follow Gretchen

Happiness Project Blog

Parting Words

“Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree that the key to happiness is relationships…When we shape our lives and our habits to reflect our nature and values then we are happier.”

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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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