Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project, answers reader’s questions – your questions – on this multi-series post on her Happiness Project. This page contains questions from my readers addressed to Gretchen Rubin. To see Gretchen’s answers, go to Happiness Project Part 1 and Happiness Project Part 2.
Be sure to read our other interviews in our leadership series.
Comment by Brandon Klive on February 10, 2010 @ 2:42 pm
Religion promises eternal life and joy, but I see a lot of “evil” people that seem pretty damn happy to me. What gives?
The relationship between virtue and happiness is one of the big questions of happiness! Is it possible for an evil person to be happy? Alas, I think so. Though for many – and I hope MOST people – the tie between behaving virtuously and feeling happy is very strong.
Comment by Joseph Tibco on February 10, 2010 @ 2:48 pm
I work in a hard manufacturing environment. Yeah, people get yelled at and I’ve done some yelling myself. Given that environment, you got any tips to help my crew find some joy in their job?
Try this: Act the way you want to feel. We think we act because of the way we feel, but often we feel because of the way we act. If you act angry, you will inflame your angry feelngs. If you behave in a calm, friendly manner, you will make yourself feeling calmer and friendlier. This is an almost uncanny strategy! Try it!
Comment by Katiana Tano on February 10, 2010 @ 4:09 pm
What do you say about Happiness to someone who survived Haiti’s earthquake, destruction, loss of family, and everything else? How are Hope and Happiness related?
Hope is very important to happiness, especially when we face enormous happiness challenges.