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The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record Paperback – 2011

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  • ASIN: B008GB1XKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,658,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of "Happier at Home" and "The Happiness Project," about my experiences as I test-drove the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happy, to see what really worked. Happily, both books became New York Times bestsellers. My newest book "Better Than Before", releases March 17, 2015.

On my blog, www.gretchenrubin.com, I write about my daily adventures in happiness.

My previous books include a bestselling biography of Winston Churchill, "Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill," and one of John Kennedy, "Forty Ways to Look at JFK." My first book, "Power Money Fame S..: A User's Guide," is social criticism in the guise of a user's manual. "Profane Waste" was a collaboration with artist Dana Hoey. I've also written three dreadful novels that are safely locked away in a drawer.

Before turning to writing, I had a career in law. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, I clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. I live in New York City with my husband and two young daughters.

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By Miss K TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2012
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Five year diaries are nothing new - I actually had one as a teenager. I didn't know what to write or where to start and unsurprisingly lost momentum (and interest) quite quickly. I know that won't happen this time round; yes, because I'm older but also because the diary presents you with a 'concept' which will (if you stick with it) basically make you want to keep writing.

The idea is simple: you write one sentence every night - it can be anything from your day that you want to remember. Then as the years go by, you build up your diary and can start comparing entries so you can see what you were doing or feeling on the same day in previous years.

There's no years marked so you could actually buy the diary and start at any point in the year, on any year you like. My sister owns the previous diary by the Potter Style range which was a Q&A journal - a much better idea in my opinion because the diary asked you a new question every day and you would be able to compare 5 years of answers to the same question on each day. More fun but that diary is sadly nowhere to be found and this one is a decent substitute: you get a quote/thought for each day - your diary entries don't have to relate to the quote though so your entries could be anything at all. Obviously if you don't want the quotes each day or you don't like the blue & yellow quirky design, you could buy yourself any 5-year diary that takes your fancy and keep your 5 year record like that.

Either way, it's a great idea and it's amazing how one sentence (or a little cluster of sentences as I often make!) can prompt you to remember the day with such vivd recollection in years to come. It's also perfect for people who like the idea of keeping a memory journal or diary of some sort but just don't have the time!
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I got this little gem today is it's perfect .I am a journaler but sometimes I suffer from the dreaded "Blank page syndrome" The concept of one sentence a day is brilliant and takes no time at all to complete. I intend to keep mine by my bed as I will fill it in before I go to sleep.
Another good thing is you can start it anytime so that 1st January terror is removed. I started mine on January 31st
Some reviews mentioned it's too small but I disagree it would fit in your bag with ease and would be perfect for traveling
If you want to write pages and pages this isn't for you put if you want to get in the habit of keeping a Journals it's perfect
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Great size, lovely bold colour, very simple format and all in all a genius idea.. Not everybody has the time or energy to keep a diary. But just one sentence a day is much more manageable and it's great to be able to look back on the same day a year or 5 ago to see what was going on then!
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I loved the The 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 and so was enthusiastic about this diary, but disappointed when it arrived. I guess I didn't pay enough attention to size - this diary is thick (362 days to document!) but the page size is really small. Four lines to write on each day but that's barely the size of 3 postage stamps in a book this size. I also had the impression that there would be an interesting question to answer each day, so you could "see how your answers evolve" per the description. But there are no questions, just more of Gretchen's quotes, most of which you will be familiar with from the book or if you subscribe to her newsletters. (Love you Gretchen, but you are a bit bonkers in the quote-crazy department.) My advice is buy The Happiness Project book, and get a Breast Cancer 5 Year Diary by Letts - Pink, they are only a few pennies more, A5 size, and really feels more substantial and high-quality - like something you will hang onto for five years.
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Lovely simple idea of a diary, easy enough for any one to keep. Bought this as a gift for my daughter who loved it.
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This is a lot smaller than I thought it would be given the size of other 5 year journals I have seen, which actually makes it very cure. Lovely design, nice thoughts for the day on each page (sounds hokey but it's not). Really pleased with it and would make a lovely gift.
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ideal for what i need to write down where i have been working everyday , also just to jot down notes forwhen i fedmy sbakes and shedding , totally what i wanted i think yo an write more than one sentance you get about three lines .
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I really like this 'diary'. I keep a journal sporadically and my daily e-mails to various family members are like a diary. This is great in that you can only write a couple of sentences - so I don't feel obligated to write heaps. Good for me to write a couple of sentences last thing at night, and to write a fuller journal as and when I feel like it.
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