Gretchen Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she finally admitted to herself that she wanted to be a writer. But what was her subject? It took a long time, but finally, she grasped it: her subject is human nature. Gretchen is constantly trying to tackle the questions, “Who are we? Why do we do the things we do? How can we change?” She has come to see more and more clearly that the crucial step is to know ourselves.

    Her first Personal Commandment is to “Be Gretchen,” because she believes you can build a happy life only on the foundation of your own interests, your own values and your own nature. “Be Gretchen!” It sounds so simple, but Gretchen says it’s the great challenge of her life.

    Gretchen grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and now lives in New York City with her husband, two daughters and new puppy. She is red-haired, left-handed, low-carb, afraid to drive, loves to read (she’s in four book groups) and never passes up the chance to have a cup of coffee.

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