Win a copy of The Happiness Project in paperback: We have a winner.

Hi All,

Update Feb 16th: We have a winner. Congratulations, KLZ, you are the winner of a paperback copy of The Happiness Project.  Please email me at with your mailing address.

Oooh, we have a nice giveaway today.  Gretchen Rubin is giving away a copy of the paperback of her New York Times #1 Bestseller The Happiness Project to a Writing is My Drink reader. Make a comment below to enter. A winner will be randomly drawn and announced Wednesday February 16th at Noon PST.

The paperback release of The Happiness Project is March 1st, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon. Gretchen is offering a copy of her “Happiness Paradoxes”to those who pre-order and send her an email with mailing address in body of the email and the phrase “I pre-ordered” in the subject line.  Her email is

Here’s the interview Gretchen did with Drink in November about her writing process:

Today I’m talking to Gretchen Rubin, author of the New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, an exploration of what truly makes us happy.  I read it last summer when a very good and trusted friend said that I must read it.  One of the insights I got from the book was this: it’s way too easy to default into a low-level dissatisfaction even when life’s going fairly well, but often if we take the time to make some small changes, we can reset our happiness thermostat just a wee bit higher.  That’s right. We have to try! (And most everyone I know, including myself, seems to need to be reminded of that)

Theo: The Happiness Project seems to be all about examining your life and then making small simple changes that in the long run or the short are going to make you happier. What if one underwent a Happiness Project for one’s writing life?  What habits, beliefs might we examine?  What small changes might—n the long run or the short—make us happier writers?

Gretchen: I think it’s very helpful to write every day. Not for the whole day, every day, of course, but even for just ten minutes – that way, you stay current with a project. It’s on your mind all the time. That helps good ideas come more easily. Also, I used to think I could only be productive if I had big chunks of time, but now, if I have even twenty minutes, I’ll sit down and do what I can. I also make sure to get plenty of exercise! I’m a restless person, and it’s tough for me to sit still. If I exercise, I’m less likely to jump up and down. For my own writing, I need to read constantly – that’s how I get ideas, both in terms of subject, and in style. I have to fight to keep enough time for a lot of reading in my schedule.

Theo: I’m curious how you fit writing into your life these days? Do you have a writing routine?

Gretchen: I’m a full-time writer, but that doesn’t mean I’m writing for the entire day, alas. For me, every day’s schedule is different. I used to find that frustrating, because I love routine, but now I’m used to it. I try to make sure that I have several hours to do “hard” work, that is, original writing, plus I do several hours of “light” work, like answering emails, taking reading notes, getting my newsletter organized, reading Twitter and Facebook, etc.

Theo: Do you have a favorite writing tip you’d like to share?

Gretchen: Have something to say! Whenever I have trouble writing, I stop and say, “What am I trying to express?” Once I know the thought I’m trying to communicate, the writing comes easily. This sounds so obvious, but it’s surprisingly common that a writer is trying to write without having much to say.

Theo: I love how your book takes a methodical approach to something so intimate as happiness.  You were a biographer of famous leaders, a lawyer, and clearly a logical sort of person, so what was it like to write about all the personal parts of your life?

Gretchen: For some reason, that wasn’t a problem for me. It was very clear to me what personal stuff I would include, and what I wouldn’t include, so I didn’t struggle with that question. I’d never written in first person before, though, so that was an interesting writing challenge.

Theo: Do you have any tips about building a platform?

Gretchen: Start as early as you can. A lot of writers say, “I’m going to work on that as soon as I turn in my manuscript.” Building a platform is a matter of tiny steps, over a long period of time – so start as soon as you can.

Theo: What are you working on now?

Gretchen: Another book about happiness – an inexhaustible subject.

Learn more about Gretchen Rubin @

About Theo Pauline Nestor

Author of Writing Is My Drink (Simon & Schuster) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed. Learn more about my courses, editing, and coaching at
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56 Responses to Win a copy of The Happiness Project in paperback: We have a winner.

  1. Soccer Mom says:

    Wow. I am so interested in learning more about happiness. I fall very easily into a trap of unhappiness–even when things are going really right in my life. I’m curious about those small changes 🙂

  2. Kris says:

    I’m a reader of Gretchen’s website but haven’t read her book yet…would love a copy!

  3. Bob says:

    Having read the preview chapters, it looks like a great (and practical) book!

  4. I have struggled with the concept of happiness for years and have resolved to make it a priority in my life. I love that there is a guidebook out there to lead the way. Great interview. Thanks!

  5. Sheba Scott says:

    I loved the Happiness Project. I read the book a year ago and I have since read 50 more books related to Happiness.

  6. Kelly O says:

    I’d love a copy of this – it’s on my short “to-read next” list.

  7. Dave says:

    Gretchen’s book really makes a lot of sense and will help people find happiness.

  8. Julie says:

    I like Gretchen’s project because I value individual’s subjective experience, so hearing about her personal experience trying different approaches to happiness sometimes means more to me than published behavioral studies which can have so much statistical bias.

  9. Robin says:

    Ahh happiness– that elusive, mostly-in-the-mind quality we all crave. Gretchen has some great daily thoughts and quotes when you sign up for her email list. Would love to see her book too.

  10. Maureen says:

    I enjoy reading Gretchen’s blog and would love to win a copy of her book.

  11. KLZ says:

    I’ve been quietly following Gretchen for years.

  12. Zoya says:

    Gretchen’s book is one I would like for my book club to read next. We read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, but we have the best discussions around books that may be filed under “Self-Help”. Thanks! 🙂

  13. Ivone says:

    Looking forward to the book’s release!

  14. Heidi Chun says:

    I would love a copy of your book. It’s nice to see your Facebook posts. Keep up the happy work!

  15. Sue says:

    I get The Happiness Project emails and read them daily. It would be so great to win the paperback book.

  16. Trish says:

    I go to the site frequently but haven’t read the book yet & would love a copy. Working on being a better me! It takes time, thought, and insights always are helpful!

  17. Sarah Cooper says:

    Fan of the website, LOVE the emails… but alas still book-less.
    Thank-you for a chance to win a copy. :O)

  18. Souj says:

    I have been following Gretchen’s blog for a while now. In fact, I found this blog through hers 🙂 I would love to have a copy of her book. Thank you.

  19. Gintare says:

    I hope to be a winner 🙂

  20. Karen Mansur says:

    Gretchen, LOVE the blog and all of the great tips and motivation. I have not yet read Happiness Project. Winning a copy would be WONDERFUL – so I can read, be inspired and share the love of a happy life 🙂


  21. Emmasota says:

    Sounds like a book that I would love!

  22. Wendy says:

    Fingers crossed! I’d love to win this book.

  23. Kevin says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  24. Margaret says:

    I love happiness so would love this book!

  25. Kathryn says:

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  26. Robin says:

    My goal this year is to increase my happiness – I think I owe it to the world, everyone does.

  27. The eternal cynical optimist definitely could use a copy of The Happiness Project.

  28. Christian says:

    Looks great. I’d love to read it.

  29. jay says:

    looking forward to this book, would liketo reed it before i need it.

  30. jordie says:

    Great productivity tips here. They can even be applied to areas other than writing.

  31. Simran Kaur says:

    I love love love the blog and the newsletter – one of the highlights of my day is reading the daily e-mail newsletter. I would sooo love to own the book!!

  32. Maki says:

    Happiness is a lot of work, and I didn’t even realize that I need to work towards it until recently. I appreciate Gretchen for laying out a road map towards happiness. Nice interview, too.

  33. I’ve been waiting for the book to come out in paperback. Can’t wait to read it!!

  34. Gretchen Clark says:

    I hadn’t heard of this Gretchen before, I am reading through the blog now!

  35. Linda Childers says:

    I’ve heard many wonderful things about Gretchen’s book and would love to win a copy! Thanks!

  36. Karen Renzi says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book – it’s on my short list of future reads! I’ve heard so many good things about it from friends!

  37. Michelle says:

    It would make me HAPPY to win this book!

  38. Page says:

    I work with an adult client who is chronically un-happy. He is living in his thoughts that just go round and round and round and have a negative effect on his body; he literally “freezes” and cannot walk forward when he is especially stressed. We have tried many strategies to break through his mental looping and negative mind/body connection; hatha yoga is one of the most effective for helping release some of the tension he feels. He is a very bright person who wants to do well in life. I think Gretchen’s book could be a valuable resource for us to explore. Thank you for your consideration! Jai!

  39. Karen F says:

    pick me! pick me!

  40. I would love this book. She is an amazing writer. And we should all strive for happiness.

  41. Sarah says:

    I have been following Gretchen on the Happiness Project blog for some time now, and I can honestly say that her tips and insights have been a wonderful resource for me in my personal search for happiness. She is wise and inspiring, and I am thoroughly looking forward to reading her book. Thanks to Gretchen, I have my own first rule for happiness: be Sarah! A concept which is surprisingly difficult to consistently maintain, but hugely rewarding to attempt to achieve. Thanks Gretchen for spreading the happiness!

  42. Maria M. says:

    This is right up my alley! I’d love to read this book.

  43. Jenny Stamos says:

    “This sounds so obvious, but it’s surprisingly common that a writer is trying to write without having much to say.”

    I love this! And it’s so true! I also love the advice to force time for reading. I’m saving this just in case I ever need it. 🙂

  44. Nancy Hankle says:

    This is on my to-read list!

  45. Theresa Mingacci says:

    Love the book beyond words! Has completely changed my outlook (and I was a generally happy person to begin with)….Would love to win the paperwork just to have an additional copy!

  46. I am just so thankful that this books exists, thank you Gretchen, I get inspire everyday with your amazing words and mind on your blog, I still don’t have the book so it would be amazing if I get it 🙂

  47. Jane says:

    Hi Theo, thanks for the great blog!

    Happiness – it’s not something I aim for often; I’ve lowered the bar to ‘content’; I’d like to read this book.

  48. Carissa Nester says:

    I adore Gretchen! I stumbled upon – I don’t even remember how – during her year-long project, before the book came out. She sparked a HUGE interest in the study of Happiness for me! I faithfully read her newsletter and website…but I haven’t read her book yet. I am MOST DEFINATELY looking forward to it!!! ❤

  49. Amy says:

    This sounds like an amazing book. I would love to read it.

  50. Monika says:

    Gretchen says that making your bed boost your happiness. I wonder if I will be three times happier if I make the beds of my children too. Maybe I can find the answer in her book. Anyway, I will figure it out!

  51. Emily Smith says:

    This book has been on my and amazon wishlist forever. Winning a copy would make me, well, happy! 🙂

  52. In December I had decided to unsubscribe to a ton of sites I had accumulated. That’s about when I discovered The Happiness Project and it’s ideas on resolutions. I needed new ideas for the new year. Getting the newsletter and following Twitter has made me feel that Gretchen is my new friend. Would love to have her book!

  53. Maggie Ruth says:

    Constant and consistent. I love it. Even if I touch a task for only 10 min, I should do it daily. I can do it. Thanks.

  54. Theo Nestor says:

    Update Feb 16th: We have a winner. Congratulations, KLZ, you are the winner of a paperback copy of The Happiness Project. Please email me at with your mailing address.

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