If you haven’t read The Happiness Project or Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin, I suggest you get copies and start reading. Gretchen Rubin has a wonderful way of sharing her personal journeys with finding and achieving happiness. Not to mention, she’s an amazing lady.
Gretchen was kind enough to provide an endorsement for my newest book – A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best LIfe, and recently interviewed me for her weekly Happiness Interview on her site – The-Happiness-Project.com:
I met Brett Blumenthal in June, at BookExpo America (BEA), a big conference for the book world. It was great to have the chance to sit down for a conversation, because we’re both fascinated by the questions of human nature, how people change, and what steps can make people happier.
She has written several books, and has a new one that just hit the shelves this week: A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life. It’s all about how to make real change in your life.
Gretchen: What’s a simple activity that consistently makes you happier?
Brett: The pure act of working towards something and accomplishing it makes me happier. Setting goals and achieving them gives me a sense of direction and purpose. And for those goals that often result in a finished tangible product (a book, a painting, a photo album), I draw a huge sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. There is nothing like having your hard work result in something you can touch, feel and visually appreciate.
What’s something you know now about happiness that you didn’t know when you were 18 years old?
I had no clue what happiness meant when I was 18. When I was 18 I always thought about what I should …