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Have you ever wondered what makes us happy? Joining us on YAP this week is Gretchen Rubin, a best-selling author of several books on happiness, health and productivity. 

Many of us assume that happiness comes from power, money, fame and sex, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In many ways, happiness is connected with feeling a sense of inner calm and being in control of our lives. With the success of the Netflix show “Tidying Up with Mari Kondo,” there is an increased interest in decluttering and downsizing as people feel overwhelmed by the other events happening in their lives. Focusing on tidying up to create outer order also helps many of us generate a more positive inner experience of our lives.  

As Gretchen Rubin states during the interview: “We can all agree that in the context of a happy life, something like a crowded coat closet or a messy desk is pretty trivial. And yet over and over people say that when they get control over this stuff in their lives, they feel more in control of their lives, generally.”

Learning how to declutter the things we no longer need or love can make many of our lives easier and create a sense of inner peace.  In this episode, Hala Taha and our guest Gretchen Rubin discuss the effect that decluttering has on our environment and share tips on how each of us can find greater happiness in our lives.

For more on Gretchen Rubin follow her on Linkedin at, on Instagram/Twitter @gretchenrubin, and visit her website at 

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If you had to say what is the key to happiness? If you had to pick one thing, ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists would agree that it’s relationships. We need enduring intimate bonds. We need to feel like we belong.


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What we are yapping about in this episode:

  • How decluttering contributes to a sense of inner peace  [14:20]
  • Deciding what to keep and what to give up  [19:19]
  • The effect that our environment has on feelings and mood [40:11]
  • Defining happiness [45:11]

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