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This review is from: Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life (Hardcover)
I bought this book as it was mentioned on Brene Brown's blog. (author of The Gifts of ImperfectionThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to be and Embrace Who You are I love Brene Brown's work and on her recommendation bought this book. Gretchin is very honest in stating that the details of her own happiness project will be very different to those of anybody else's project; what makes one person happy won't necessarily make another person happy, and a lot of what she set off to do seemed really common sense to me e.g greeting and leaving your loved ones with warmth. She also seems to have a different take on life to me so when she started the book with "possessions" i really didnt agree with a lot of what she was saying, but there were these gems of insight that she would present and I think thats what she does well through out the book. I did not agree with everything, some things I thought were so common sense they didnt need to be pointed out, sometimes it felt like she was over-quoting BUT the whole way through there were fantastic little gems of insight dropped in which were worth the read. The book has a lovely point of living in the now, rather than waiting for a happier tommorrow to arrive. Its a good book but i was let down only because of all the hype that surrounded it which made me expect greater things (for which i would recommend Brene Brown's book instead). Perhaps i should read her previous book, but i think i will content myself with a copy from the library rather than buying it.