Did not read, but prefer audio books.
"Imagine" in a very abstract way.
Overall suggestions to obtain a method to attain happiness.
Gretchen did a great job in writing this book, but I think she had too many personal anecdotes and experiences in it. Very good self help book, though.
A refreshing reminder of how small incremental improvements can change our lives. This is not a self-help book but an inspirational journey. Beautiful narration and I loved Rubin's attention to referencing her claims and discoveries.
I listened to it once and then immediately listened to it again with my husband. We both loved it.
This book has some nice ideas on listening to your kids and spouse, but who actually has the amount of free time required to do all the other activities? Inspired me to try and fit some creative activites in between my 60 hour work week and household chores.
While I enjoyed this book immensely, I found that Gretchen Rubin's reading made it difficult to tell when she was reading "reader's responses" to her blog posts or her own words. I did enjoy The Happiness Project enough to listen to it multiple times, however I can only take Gretchen Rubin's voice for so long.
Imagine how an MBA with no background in the subject might approach the quest for happiness. They might do some research, determine what their goals are, implement some strategies and measure their results. That's the approach Gretchen Rubin takes after reading a few books on the topic by other authors. I didn't find much enlightening here. There are many other books on the topic I would recommend before this one, maybe even some of the books Gretchen Rubin read and used to write this book.
The author of this book took the time to try out many theories on happiness. She researched and applied authoritative quotes and personal experiences in all the right places. The information given is presented in a way that gives readers the opportunity to form their own theories and apply them personally. When an author actually works hard, we all benefit! I think the best thing I can say is that this purchase was certainly worth my money.
I found it very easy to relate to, and used a lot of her project ideas in my own "H/P"
I love Gretchen, and she is easy to listen to, not annoying at all!
Overall, I thought it was an excellent book!
The concept for the book is interesting, but the fact that the author narrated book and sounded like one of the most joyless people completely killed the experience. Hard to believe Gretchen is happy at all from hearing her speak.
I had seen Gretchen Rubin on CBS Sunday Morning and immediately bought the book! And I'm so glad I did. I was constantly feeling uplifted and grateful for her Happiness Project and her candid journey through a year of her life. While I would have not had the patience or inclination to research the topic as thoroughly as she did, I appreciate the work she used to lay a sound foundation for her project. Her tenacity was amazing (I don't do flow sheets!).
I found this book to be uplifting and entertaining. It gave me a lot of food for thought and I came to appreciate more the things I do to bring happiness to my life. I've become an avid reader of her blog. The grass is greener in our own backyards, if we just know how to look at it. Her suggestions can be applied to just about any setting.
Highly recommended (and I'm going to get the print version, cuz underlining books makes me happy!)
I loved the book and I also love Gretchen's blog. Actually I was first hooked on the blog and only after that read the book. As happiness studies go it's the most down to earth and applicable that I've seen. I know for sure many of the things Gretchen mentions in her book actually work. for anybody interested in happiness or just in improving themselves, it is an excellent read.