I listened to this book a couple of times as I was painting the walls on the first floor of our house a couple of years ago. Some sections I listened to more than once. I think that this was interesting as a story of one person's life, but not really anything ground breaking. I did, however, get some golden nuggets out of this book. My two favorites are 1) If it will take me less than one minute to take care of something that needs to be done, I will do it when first I notice it needs doing, and 2) When I am getting increasingly frustrated because my computer isn't working right, if I turn it off and then turn it back on again, 99% of the time, the problem is gone with the ReStart. While I am now tired of the genre of blogs into books, I did learn some things that I can honestly say have made me happier since I read this book.
Gretchen Rubin did a good job of reminding us that happiness, as is everything in life, is about decisions & process. Following her year long journey gave me a framework to guide my ongoing evolution.
This book and the narration are very dull. For a subject such as happiness, a little intonation and a sense of fun might have been a good approch to reading this.
The book itself is so incredibly trite, I could not believe it has even been published.
If you are looking for a book about happiness, check out The Happiness Hypothesis it is fantastic and fun.
Better content, a real actor. The voice of Gretchen is unbearable after 2min.
Never. I have read hundreds of books but I felt compelled to write this review as this book is completely superficial, doesn't provide any meaningful advice - except reading the classics.
Someone talented, or just anyone.
The part when she cleans her closet, all sections shall have been cut.
Worst book I have ever read.
This audio is inspiring and unique in that she is an ordinary person trying out happiness advice that she thoroughly researched. The format acts like a refresher on happiness for she talks about a theory and then what she will try and then how it worked out. It doesn’t always work but that is what makes this audio real. One definition I really liked was "You achieve a goal but keep a resolution."
Rubin is a professional journalist/research/writer with a good life with husband and children. But she had feeling that she should be appreciating her life more, should be happier about the general goodness of it all. So for one year, one month at a time, she research old wisdom and new research on activities and mindsets that promote happiness. January--clean out your closets and organize your space. Reading her journey was fun and insightful.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
Not another "self help" book. Those turn me off. I bought it because it was greatly recommended by a friend and he was right. To me, this is about the first book of its kind that was 1) easy 2) useful 3) "normal" 4) realistically helpful. Anyone can benefit from this book. It's easy to be happier and author shows you how. You don't have to revolutionize your life to use the tips. Take a chance on being a bit happier and read it. Not a Pollyanna book but left me feeling encouraged and uplifted. In today's enormously busy and complex life, this book shows one way how to do what needs done in one's career, family, personal life and keep the priorities right. I found it so downright USEFUL. I tried a few of the simple tips right away and am working on a few more. Nothing big deal, just some sensible changes. I do believe it has made me feel happier, and I was happy before I read the book! For some reason, the author understands what will improve life in the current day pace and don't worry, nothing is complex or over the top. Simple normal things. Useful to men and women equally. Younger and older equally. In fact, the busier you are, the more useful this will be. Seriously, if you hate self help books this one is for you. It DOES what the self help books are supposed to do. You won't be sorry.
This is a valiant if not vain attempt at trying to look into happiness. There is a bit of science mixed in with information but mostly self serving stories about someone trying to get attention for being happy. Unfortunately I didn't find this uplifting and although pedantic I didn't learn much. Regretful purchase.
Like reading someone's blog. shows things you may want to try, but also very idiosyncratic. the writing style and the narrating style annoyed me. also hearing about her so perfect life: I admire her ability to do this kind of thing but couldn't relate.