Gretchen Rubin on Finding Your Joy

Happiness is an elusive and subjective concept. Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author, co-host of the popular podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin and one of the leading experts on habits and happiness, says rather than trying to define or imagine what it looks like, we should focus on building it in our individual lives. After all, studies who 40 percent of happiness is in our control, in our conscious thoughts and actions. In this interview with SUCCESS contributing editor Mel Robbins, Rubin stresses how important relationships are to building happiness. Plus, learn Rubin’s four habit tendency types—Upholder, Obliger, Questioner and Rebel—and learn the ways your type affects how you react to inner and outer expectations.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the February 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.


  • What is happiness? Does it need to be defined? Rubin answers these questions by identifying what’s really important in our lives.
  • Relationships are the key to happiness. Are you cultivating yours in a healthy way?
  • Your habit tendency type can reveal how you’re motivated to get things done. Learn how to use your type for maximum productivity.
  • Listen in to hear why silence and solitude is absolutely essential to restore your brain and refresh your body.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“Before I started “The Happiness Project,” I never thought about happiness. Once we do start thinking about it, we have a good idea of the things that would make us happier. It’s just the struggle to stop and reflect on that.”

—Gretchen Rubin

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