The Happiness Project

The Happiness ProjectThe Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
Published by Harper on December 29, 2009
Pages: 301

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

I know that it has been a minute since I have written a post here, but if you have been following along with my Goodreads, always linked in the sidebar, you will know that I still have been reading. There are a few books that I finished this month that won’t end up being reviewed here, but if you saw that I finished it feel free to ask for my quick thoughts on the books. I may also end up doing a monthly wrap up of everything that happened this month, but we’ll see what happened.

Let’s get back to the real reason why we are here, I finished Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project earlier this month and it was a quick read. I loved that every month was a different chapter and in ways it felt quit a bit like some of the books she referenced. I also loved that she had some thought on goals and resolutions and creating a detailed vision of each month. This also gave me the idea of starting my own version of the project, but there will probably be for another year. There is just a lot happening this year ( more on that in a later post).

I would definitely recommend this book for someone who likes Gretchen Rubin, and someone who is into self help books. If you have read quite a bit of self help books you might find the information a bit repetitive, but Gretchen’s presentation of the information is different than others and it is worth giving a shot.


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