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Secret of Adulthood: Experience the Experience.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:     I constantly struggle to experience the experience, to experience now. Not to think about the past, or the future, but now. In fact, the last chapter of Happier at Home is titled “Now.” It always seems as though experiencing the present moment should be easy, but it’s so challenging. At least for me. But …


Do You Have the Most Vivid Memories from Your Life from Age 15 to 25?

I don’t have much time to write, because I’m leaving for L.A. in an hour–I’m going to be on The Talk on Tuesday, which will be a lot of fun. Tune in! I’ll also get to see my sister and her family, which will be a real treat. I was very intrigued by this observation in Jennifer Senior’s piece in …


“My Experience Is What I Agree To Attend To.”

“My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind.” –William James, The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1 * Sign up for the Moment of Happiness, and every weekday morning, you’ll get a happiness quotation in your email inbox. Sign up here, or email me at gretchenrubin1 at gmail dot com.


“The Things That Go Wrong Often Make the Best Memories” — and Further Secrets of Adulthood.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: More Secrets of Adulthood. What have I learned, with time and experience? Not much, I fear. Here are my latest Secrets of Adulthood. Although these items may not seem particularly profound, each one was a revelation when I finally figured it out: The things that go wrong often make the best memories. Approval …