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 Hardcover – 15 Jan 2010
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“An enlightening, laugh-aloud read. . . . Filled with open, honest glimpses into [Rubin’s] real life, woven together with constant doses of humor.” (Terry Hong, Christian Science Monitor)
“For those who generally loathe the self-help genre, Rubin’s book is a breath of peppermint-scented air. Well-researched and sharply written. . . . Rubin takes an orderly, methodical approach to forging her own path to a happier state of mind.” (Kim Crow, Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“Practical and never preachy . . . the rare self-help tome that doesn’t feel shameful to read.” (Daily Beast)
“Packed with fascinating facts about the science of happiness and rich examples of how she improves her life through changes small and big The Happiness Project made me happier by just reading it.” (Amy Scribner, Bookpage)
From the Back Cover
“Wonderful. . . . Rubin shows how you can be happier, starting right now, with small, actionable steps accessible to everyone.” —Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of Organizing from the Inside Out
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—now updated with new material by the author—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.
“An enlightening, laugh-aloud read.”—Christian Science Monitor
This updated edition includes:
· A new extensive interview with the author
· Secrets of Adulthood
· An excerpt from Gretchen Rubin’s new book, Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier LifeSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
She writes SO well, such a warm and engaging and personal style. (I'm tempted to read the biographies she'd written before this, even though I wouldn't normally read biographies, just because she writes so well.)
And the content? Fascinating! Trying out lots of things with an open mind, things that others say will make you happy and seeing what it's like.
I can't praise this book highly enough. It's the best book I've read for a long time, fiction or non-fiction. It made me happy just to read it!
And at the end of it? I'm thinking about what makes me happy and how I can try out some of her ideas for myself. And if a book changes how you think or behave, then it's a Very Good Book.
I do hope someone else discovers what a great book this is because of what I'm writing here. That would make me very happy too!
I thought I waffled on a bit, but this woman uses a thousand words to say what can be said in a hundred. It made it a very difficult and tedious read for me. Rather than being uplifting or inspiring, I actually found it quite draining.
For the most part I didn’t really ‘get’ what the author was saying. One of her goals was to stop nagging her husband. She suggests that rather than asking him to fix the video camera, she just says ‘camera’ at him. Am I missing something?! When he says he doesn’t want to help fill in holiday cards, she does it herself and admits to resenting him, yet then says that she feels happy because she hasn’t nagged him?
There are also far too many percentages and statistics thrown in here, not always with an explanation of where they came from. Also too many quotes and conversations with friends and family that in most cases just draw the book out even further and act as ‘filler’. Needless to say, I wouldn’t recommend.
Usually I attempt to savour a good book but Rubin's well balanced blend of personal experiences, relevant quotes from inspirational figures and applications of positive psychology research was too enjoyable to put down.
The Happiness Project - it may not cure cancer or single-handedly rescue you from the paralysis of depression but if you aspire to being more present and better able to savour the little moments of enjoyment that everyday life can reveal, then this book is definitely for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
really enjoyed, found inspirational and will apply some of the stuff in my own journey of lifePublished 13 days ago by its all good
Very nice book. It feels like talking to a friend and finding common experiences. Thank you Gretchen for sharing your world with us. It does mean a lot to me. Read morePublished 15 days ago by kathy_great
All I can say is from a young age I've struggled with the concept of "being happy" and from the first chapter of this book I felt I'd taken a huge step. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Emma Ackland
Can you ever have too much? I don't think so! This is an interesting look at how the author boosted hers and improvements this led to in all aspects of her life.Published 27 days ago by Jan
The thing about this book is that really it comes under the category of self help. But really this book doesn't try to tell you what you must do, who you must be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Knitalong
I loved this book.
It inspired me to reevaluate my life and start my own happiness project and blog. Its not nessicarily about being happier its about reframing your life.
Good for inspiration. Enjoyable. It was a bit boring in some parts though because it was like reading about every day life. Def recommend though because it's thought provoking.Published 1 month ago by debbie barnes
Excellent book, made me happier just reading about Gretchens journey. A lot of inspiration in this book .Published 2 months ago by K. Cartin