If there's one person who knows how to achieve happiness, it's Gretchen Rubin. She's something of a happiness pioneer.

Long before Yale opened registration for what would become its most popular class ever, on how to be happy, (then started offering it to the public for free), Rubin was a guinea pig for her own happiness experiments. It led to The Happiness Project, her book that spent two years on the bestseller list.

Rubin has since written several more books on the topic, co-hosts the Happier Podcast, and has maintained a blog about her own happiness pursuits and habits for 12 years. She recently announced one more avenue to infiltrate the world with happiness.

She's teaching a new online program called The Four Tendencies Course. Over five weeks, students will receive video lessons, reflection questions and exercises, as well as access to Rubin herself during live "Ask Gretchen Anything" calls. Those taking the course will also be invited to join an online community.

You can join the waitlist through Rubin's blog, and registration will open to all April 30. Those who join the waitlist get a discount. Rubin didn't announce how much the course is or how many spots are available, but she did say the whole package will run under $100.

All About the Four Tendencies

The Four Tendencies is Rubin's framework for understanding yourself. These reference how people tend to respond to expectations--both external expectations and internal ones. She wrote an entire book about her Four Tendencies, frequently references them on her podcast and blog, and even offers a quiz so you can figure out if you're an Upholder, a Questioner, an Obliger, or a Rebel.

  • Upholders respond readily to outer and inner expectations

  • Questioners question all expectations; they'll meet an expectation if they think it makes sense

  • Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike

  • Obligers meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations they impose on themselves

Rubin holds that if you can identify and understand your tendency, you'll be better equipped to address the changes you might need to make to be happier. She says it's also important to understand other people's tendencies so you can work towards better relationships. By gaining more insight into these tendencies, she says people can "cut down on stress, burn-out, conflict, frustration, and procrastination." It helps you better understand yourself, and understand other people's perspectives, too. You can essentially become a better CEO of your own life.

While Rubin already offers plenty of content on the tendencies, the online course presents a different structure to learn about them and apply the insights in your day-to-day life. If you feel it's time to finally get happy, it could be worth exploring. ​

Published on: Apr 20, 2018