The pursuit of happiness can be a pretty serious undertaking for anyone to whom it was ever promised in writing — and, as you’ll learn in today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit, one seriously happy writer has managed to cut through the static of the self-helpers and the life-coachers with a book that’s making a lot of people rethink some of the most cherished myths regarding that smiley state of being. For example, money can buy happiness. And not only can you not “have it all,” you never really wanted it in the first place.

The Happiness Project is an account by Gretchen Rubin (left) of “the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier.” It’s a popular book (with accompanying blog) that’s taken the former US Supreme Court clerk to some interesting places — like the Today show and the top of the NY Times bestseller list. On Thursday, the author comes to Red Bank for a reading and signing appearance at Kim Widener‘s new NovelTeas Authors Aromas & Gifts on Bridge Avenue.

Unfortunately for happy-come-latelys, that event is now sold out, but we’ve got an exclusive interview (well, we’re sharing her with Ann Curry) with the woman who’s brought a whole new “app” to “happy,” and there’s a lot to learn — including the meaning of the mystery word “shticklet” — right here in Red Bank oRBit!