Gretchen Rubin

Author, The Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin

Author, The Happiness Project


Gretchen Rubin is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. Her latest 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 (Broadway, 2015) appeared in paperback on December 15, 2016.

Raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Gretchen graduated from Yale University and Yale Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the school’s law review.

Gretchen went on to clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and it was while she was clerking that she realized that she really wanted to be a writer. “I’d rather fail as a writer,” she decided, “than succeed as a lawyer.”

In 2009, Gretchen’s fifth book hit the shelves: 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. An account of her year-long project to be happy, the book has been a blockbuster hit. It spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including at #1, and has sold more than 2 million copies, in more than 30 languages.

In 2012, Gretchen followed up this success with her next New York Times bestseller: Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life. Gretchen dedicated a school year—from September through May—to concentrate on the factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, parenthood, body, neighborhood

Released in March 2015 (in hardcover) Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life, continued Gretchen’s streak of bestsellers, as it hit the lists for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Gretchen identifies the crucial first step in changing our habits: first, we must understand ourselves, and what works for us. Once we have that in mind, she details the 21 strategies we can use to make and break our habits. It turns out that it’s not that hard to change our habits—once we know how.

In December 2015, this bestselling book will be released in paperback.

Gretchen is also co-host of the wildly popular podcast, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” along with her sister Elizabeth Craft. She has an active community on her daily blog,, as well as on her Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, where she is a top Influencer. Gretchen served as a columnist for Good Housekeeping.

Gretchen lives in New York City with her husband, Jamie Rubin, Commissioner of Homes and Community Renewal for New York State, and their two daughters, and a new puppy.