Ultimately, this means that we can't always expect to be able to evoke change in others – whether it's in a restaurant or the rest of the world. We must accept that sometimes we have little control over the people who we encounter.
Notable Excerpt: "…although I feel like the center of the action, often I'm not. People aren't adjusting everything they do based on me. I need to remember that in many cases, I'm not responsible for the reactions that I think I'm provoking."
The Host: Dubbed a "Happiness Guru", best-selling author Gretchen Rubin started her career in law and was clerking at the Supreme Court when she realized she wanted to be a writer. To date, the Manhattan-based speaker has written several biographies, self-help guides, and indexes on the happiest places and practices in the world.