About The Authors
The Nine Rooms of Happiness co-authored by Lucy S. Danziger, Editor-in-Chief of SELF magazine, and Dr. Catherine Birndorf, psychiatrist and women's mental health expert are here to help you feel happier and less dissatisfied, in every area of your life, starting now. Both women live in New York City with their families. (Neither one in a nine room house!) The book will be published March 2, 2010 by the Voice imprint of Disney’s Hyperion publishing. But you can buy it online any time.
Contact us at: Lucy@NineRooms.com Catherine@NineRooms.com
Lucy has been the editor in chief of SELF Magazine, a post she has held for nearly nine years. During that time she has grown the circulation to over 6 million monthly readers and nearly a million unique visitors online to Self.com. Lucy writes popular blogs about trying to live her healthiest, on Self.com and Yahoo Health. On this site, she’ll blog about happiness and trying to be “more grateful” and content every day. Check out The Keys Blog for her regular insights on happiness and striving to appreciate the “perfect moments.”
Catherine Birndorf, M.D.
Catherine is a board-certified psychiatrist and the founding Director of the Payne Whitney Women's Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology, lectures internationally, and has a private practice in New York City. Dr. Birndorf is a contributing columnist for SELF. Check out The Keys Blog for her insights about psychological approaches to every day problems.
The Nine Rooms of Happiness is the first book we’ve written. In a million years, we never dreamed we'd write a book about happiness (neither one of us felt that a simple book could help make all women happy!) but as we developed greater understanding about what makes women (and ourselves) happier, we realized there are ways to make this complex subject accessible in a practical way. We don’t have THE key to happiness. But we do spend our days hearing from women, through emails, blog comments and surveys at Self.com, and in Catherine’s practice. We hear what makes women happy and what brings them down. Generally it’s the little things that can sabotage our otherwise happy lives.
We felt driven to write this book because we kept hearing the same worries, laments, stressors, and also joys day after day, month after month. Mostly women find that we repeat the same patterns over and over, and there are valid reasons we get stuck. Thankfully, there are ways to get un-stuck, if you know how! This new book, our two blogs, and the users on this website, will offer women new ways to think about what brings you down, when most things in your life are going well. And we offer practical solutions to the problems that are universal to women—relationships, friendships, family, work/money stress, time crunch and work/life balance, body image and health, personal fulfillment, finding your purpose and the search for a meaningful life. We have some strategies to help you, but what's really going to make this website interesting is YOU. So write in! Join the discussion in each room. We will be there, every step of the way, in your journey toward a happier life. We look forward to hearing what’s on your mind.