Graduating with a undergrad and law degree at Yale, she has since strayed from her lawyer life path. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U Court of Appeals, then for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the US Supreme Court. She has also lectured at the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management but today, she is far from lawyer lady.
Today she is a best-selling author with books like Better Than Before, Happier at Home, The Happiness Project, and The Four Tendencies making New York Times Bestseller lists and selling over 2 million copies in 30 languages.
Not only does she write all thing happiness, she is also an avid podcaster on the topic as well with her sister Elizabeth Craft. Happier was named as one of the iTunes best podcasts in 2015, the Academy of Podcasters said it was the best podcast in 2016.
The goal of Rubin’s content in her books, podcast, blog, and speeches is that she want to help audiences develop behaviours to live happier and healthier lives. Now Rubin is the happiness lady.
“I love giving books as gifts – during the holiday season, and throughout the year. I constantly recommend a million books, but there is a handful of books that I find myself giving over and over, because they’ve had such an influence on me.”
Here are Gretchen Rubin’s favorite books.
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“As I write about in Better Than Before, this book changed my life in dramatic ways, and all for the better. It also changed my father's life. I hand this book out constantly. It's easy to read, interesting, and (for me) utterly convincing.” (Rubin on gretchenrubin.com)
“I'm not a visual person, and this book was a revelation to me; it allowed me to understand space and design in an entirely new way.” (Rubin on gretchenrubin.com)
“Yes, I know, it's the worst title ever, but it's a gorgeous, brilliant book that changed the way that I think about information. I just gave this book to a friend last week.” (Rubin on gretchenrubin.com)
“This is the novel that I give someone who's stuck in the hospital and needs to be distracted. It's so absorbing and exciting.” (Rubin on gretchenrubin.com)
“I admire Orwell's writing tremendously, and am always trying to encourage other people to read his work.” (Rubin on gretchenrubin.com)
“This is by far the most useful and entertaining parenting book that I've ever read. I use the advice to deal more effectively with my daughters, and also with adults. I've probably read it five times.” (Rubin on gretchenrubin.com)