When I started listening to this, I couldn't resist thinking of a New York based Yuppie with tons of extra money. I almost gave up before the first chapter ended, but I persisted. She proceeded in a huge story about increasing her happiness. I though it was a good idea to listen, but after listening, I felt like the book was almost pointless. She used so many references to "me" and "i" that if the book were typeset, the publisher would have run out of I's:-) I think if she weren't to self-centered, she would not need a happiness project. The one positive thing about it was her section on spiritual happiness, and not actually practicing religion.
Yes, I am listening to it again. I listened once all the way through, now I am listening to each month and doing some of the things she suggests.
I actually have quite a bit in common with the author, but even the dissimilarities were interesting to listen to and learn from her learning process.
These are her experiences & she really puts a lot of feeling into her discoveries. You can visualize the conversations between her and her husband & others.
This is one of the best, most meaningful books I have ever read/listened to.
Enjoyed listening to this book and was inspired to start some of the plans.
Will need to re-listen again and make notes as I didn't the first time through!
After listening through I was so eager to start my own Happiness Project. I am relistening now, it is just that good.
There are so many ideas that I never thought of relating to happiness before (clean closets, empty shelves.) I am a parent, and so is the author. A large part of the book related directly to children and to marriage. I think there's still a lot to be found for anyone who has a close relationship and/or nieces or nephews/children in their lives. I never really thought about how my every day actions could add up or detract from my happiness. I'm very glad Gretchen wrote this book - despite her critics. Her website is also a great compliment to this book.
Gretchen's "Happiness at Home" is read by another performer. I might have to read that as a hard copy instead of the audio book. I became spoiled listening to Gretchen read this book because It just felt more authentic to hear her discussing her personal life changes.
Just do it!
The Dalai Lama's book on happiness. It was a religious experience for both authors. :)
Her candidness. What worked and didn't work for her, that failures were ok, but don't give up.
Be all you can be - happily
I really enjoyed listening to this book. There was some eyeopeners for me and I am going to start my own Happiness Project.
It's great to hear the author read the book.
writer, thinker, designer, business woman. spiritual, yogi, film+music+food lover. spanish, french, italian speaker. M's lover!
I read and hear many books, on different subjects. This year is all about happiness and a better life. This book mixes in a balanced manner the rationality needed to be happy.
In simple words, Gretchen Rubin organizes the world outside her, to make the inner world function better. Isn't that what we ll want?
Plus, the recording and reading is really good!
My advise: read it, think about your life and live a better quality life, with the people you want, not with things and imposed subjects. Your life.