Gretchen Rubin, Interview #43

Name: Gretchen Rubin

Where you live: New York City — U.S.A.

What you do as a vocation or avocation? After several years as a lawyer, I had an epiphany that I really wanted to be a writer. Zoikes, now that I think about it, I made the switch ten years ago!

Your two favorite books: I couldn’t possibly pick my two favorites. Reading is absolutely my favorite activity, and my list of favorites would be pages long. But to name one of my favorites — I just finished re-reading Carl Jung’s memoir, MEMORIES, DREAMS, REFLECTIONS for the third time.

Your two favorite songs: Under the Bridge, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers; and The Holly and the Ivy, by anyone who is singing it.

Why you are interested in spirituality? I am interested in vast and timeless subjects. Spirituality is the most vast and timeless.

Your favorite quote: Well, just as I have millions of favorite books, I have trillions of favorite quotations. But the last question reminded me of one of my favorites:
“Contemplate the extent and stability of the heavens, and then at last cease to admire worthless things.” Boethius

Your favorite web sites: I have so many friends who have blogs, I don’t want to answer that!Your hero? I wrote a biography of two of my heroes: Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy. I would add St. Therese of Lisieux, as well.

A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? Self-control.

A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?” In any library, in my office, or snuggled up on the couch with my children.
(Editor’s note: To see Gretchen’s cool happiness project, go to and you can sign up for her e-newsletter)

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