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Gretchen Rubin on "Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness"

4:00-4:59pm check-in; 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm book talk; 6:00-6:10pm book sale

Event Details

Speaker Series

Date: Tuesday April 09, 2019 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Gretchen Rubin, New York Times Bestselling Author and Podcaster
Topic: "Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness" (Harmony, Mar. 5, 2019)
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $22.99 per person plus HST (includes 1 signed hardcover copy of "Outer Order, Inner Calm" and 1 seat for the talk)
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Book Synopsis: In the latest work by bestselling author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin illuminates one of her key realizations about happiness: For most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. And for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn't work.  In this easy-to-read but hard-to-put-down book, Gretchen Rubin suggests more than 150 short, concrete clutter-clearing ideas so each reader can choose the ones that resonate most. The fact is, when we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we're far more likely to be able to create the order that will make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.  In the context of a happy life, a messy desk or crowded coat closet is a trivial problem--yet Gretchen Rubin has found that getting control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives. By getting rid of things we don't use, don't need, or don't love, as well as things that don't work, don't fit, or don't suit, we free our mind (and our shelves) for what we truly value.  In this trim book filled with insights, strategies, and sometimes surprising tips, Gretchen tackles the key challenges of creating outer order, by explaining how to "Make Choices," "Create Order," "Know Yourself--and Others," "Cultivate Helpful Habits," and, of course, "Add Beauty." At home, at work, and in life, when we get our possessions under control we feel both calmer and more energetic. 

With a sense of fun, and also a clear idea of what's realistic for most people, Gretchen Rubin suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment--one that helps us to create the lives we yearn for.

  • #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Gretchen has sold over 3 million copies worldwide of her bestselling books The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Better Than Before, and The Four Tendencies.
  • NEW FORMAT AND TRIM FOR GRETCHEN: With over 100 tips in a small, short practical book, Outer Order, Inner Calm will give readers Gretchen's coveted wisdom at a low price point.
  • MUCH MORE THAN "CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET": This book helps you organize your home for a purpose--to find more time and space to enjoy what you love and discover your own sense of peace.
  • EVER GROWING PLATFORM: Gretchen's Happier podcast has over 40 million downloads a month and 150k per episode. Gretchen has a large and devoted fan base, including 1.2 million newsletter subscribers, 235k Facebook fans, 138k Twitter followers, and 84k Instagram followers.

About Our Speaker: 
Gretchen  Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She's the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project. A member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, Rubin has an enormous following, in print and online; her books have sold more than three million copies worldwide, in more than 35 languages, and on her popular daily blog,, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness. She also has a top-ranked, award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Rubin started her career in law, and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.Residence: New York, NY. 

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