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3 Perfect Happiness Tips from NYT Bestselling Author Gretchen Rubin

Gretch Rubin Better Together with Maria Menounos

After finding herself unsatisifed in academia, NYT Bestselling Author Gretchen Rubin decided it was time for a change. That change led to her writing her betseller, The Happiness Project, and since the publication of that book, Gretchen has become a go to source for all things happiness, with the NYT calling her “the queen of the self-help memoir.” Maria Menounos chatted with Gretchen, seeking immediate ways that we can elevate our happiness within 10 minutes! Here are three “911” methods to elevate our happiness.

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It is fascinating to see changes in our usual habits of life and work play out during the time, and to try to draw lessons from what we observe. For instance, many people—including me—have been doing lots of video calls over the past few months. A friend told me, "In my workplace, we always have this problem: some people tend to dominate discussions, and others tend not to participate as much. It's something we're always working on, and Zoom makes it a bigger issue than ever." I can see why that would be. And I've also heard the opposite. A friend told me that her son is enjoying his college seminar much more by video chat than he had when the class was taught in person because doing it by video has apparently made The professor more aware that he's not giving the students get a chance to talk. When students were able to contribute more, the class became more engaging. Brent Kendall and Jess Bravin's Wall Street Journal piece "New Format Pulls Thomas into the Fray" noted a recent significant increase in Justice Clarence Thomas's participation in oral arguments before the Supreme Court. The article notes; "Empowered by the court's orderly format during the coronavirus, under which justices speak in order of seniority rather than jump in at will, Justice Thomas said more during oral arguments last week than he has in many years combined, asking questions of every attorney in the four cases the court heard by teleconference." New tools change habits of participation. The lesson isn't that video-chat itself is "better" or that it's "worse"; it's probably better AND worse. The lesson is that by trying to understand how and why video-chat changes things—for better and for worse—we can try to discover the lessons that can benefit everyone, going forward. @wsj @brkend @zoom_video_communications #videocall #technology #covid19

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Do Ten Jumping Jacks

Many of the world’s most celebrated life coaches, Tony Robbins among them, stress the importance of physical movement as a source for elevating mood. Gretchen echoes this, offering, “Do 10 jumping jacks! I find that getting my feet off the floor is incredibly valuable. It’s energetic, its playful, and its kind of goofy!”

Find Sunlight

All of the experts talk about the importance of getting outside, but we CAN’T forget about the science of sunlight for promoting happiness. Gretchen’s insight here is incredible: “We spend most of our time indoors, and even in a brightly lit room it’s a much dimmer environment than if you went outside. On even a very overcast day, that light goes right into our eyes. It’s helpful for our circadian rhythm, and all kinds of things that are happening in our body. It will improve our mood or our energy our immune function which everybody’s focused on right now.”

Listen To Your Favorite Upbeat Music

Engaging our senses is a great way to inspire happiness, and positive art leads to positive emotions. Gretchen stresses the importance of music. Another way to boost our happiness is music,” she offers. “Listening to your favorite upbeat music is one of the quickest easiest ways to intervene in your mood. I have a podcast with my sister called Happier, and we invited listeners to send their favorite songs like their go-to songs. And so there’s a happier 9-1-1 playlist that we put together, and this is everybody’s, like, if you had that one song that you play when you need your fix, this is it!”
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Jeff Graham

Jeffrey C. Graham is a writer, host, and producer living in Los Angeles, California. You’ve seen (or heard) his work on Sirius XM, AfterBuzz TV, and Earwolf, among other outlets. Jeff thinks of himself “intellectual,” but he’s a voracious fan of The Bachelor franchise, so perhaps not?

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