This Best-Selling Author Has Studied Happiness for Years—Here's Her Best Advice

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Gretchen Rubin could be considered the authority on all things related to happiness. In addition to her award-winning podcast, Happier With Gretchen Rubin, the inspirational speaker and mother of two has written three New York Times best-selling books on the subject: The Happiness Project, Better Than Before, and Happier at Home. In light of her daughter's looming high school graduation, Rubin was recently inspired to share her best bits of wisdom when it comes to navigating life's many ups and downs. Below, find what she considers to be the tentpoles of a happy and healthy life: 

"Something that's clearer to me every day is that there's no magic, one-size-fits-all solution for building a happy, healthy, and productive life. You have to know yourself: your temperament, your interests, your values."

Happiness Expert Gretchen Rubin

"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good  Having friends over for takeout is better than never having people to an elegant dinner party."

Happiness Expert Gretchen Rubin

"Identify the problem. This idea seems so obvious, but it has been one of my most important insights. Now I've disciplined myself to ask, 'What's bugging me? Why is something not working? What's the problem here?'"

Happiness Expert Gretchen Rubin

"If we're feeling exhausted or sluggish, it's hard to be happy and productive. Get enough sleep, and get some exercise, and you'll find it much easier to be happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative."

Happiness Expert Gretchen Rubin

"The most essential key to happiness is strong relationships with other people. We need enduring, intimate bonds; we need to feel like we belong; we need to be able to confide; we need to be able to get and give support."

Happiness Expert Gretchen Rubin

Head over to Business Insider Australia for more quotes from Rubin, and add your own advice in the comments below!

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