So relatable to any woman's experiences. I found myself wanting to write her and thank her for putting thoughts I have had into words!
Didn't know she was already so well known until I got into the book. I can see why people want to reach out to her. Such a great ability to get her thoughts across in a very winsom way!
The real life practicality and the excitement to try this ourselves. We have since started our own happiness group to hold each other accountable and we love it!
This book comprised a budding new author's personal journey into her happiness project. Please don't buy this book if you're looking for a social science study on happiness. It's very low on research and low on examples that are not part of Gretchen's personal application. Gretchen applied those areas of Happiness that she happened to come across in her research and that she liked the sound of. Gretchen is not a Happiness expert. If you want to read books for the experts, try Audible's The Happiness Advantage (very good). I found Gretchen to be far too long winded, and was bored by many of the personal details she shared - sorry.
Gretchen's family and friends
What a wonderful way to spend my commute to and from work. I finished the audiobook and have started it already from the beginning again.
Her journey and way of articulating it was wonderfully written, and the fact that it is her reading her own book always allows you to identify more.
I highly recommend this audiobook!
Read with emotion
There were tidbits on interesting things to try.
Gretchen has a very dry monotone voice. She also has some personality quirks that are not something I would be proud of. I believe she needed a happiness project from where she started. I myself didn't uncover more than a couple interesting statistics.
This was right up my alley as I am always trying to find ways to simplify our lives and make our time more joyful and less stressful. It made me want to embark on a happiness project of my own. The author did a wonderful job reading her awesome book.
I enjoyed her tellings of both her successes and her failures along the way. I could relate to many of her foibles.
I have not.
If only there was time yes! I will probably go back to listen to some chapters again.
I am ready to read her follow up to this book!
I love how she focused on different parts of happiness each month.
I was inspired to start some of my own happiness projects.
Though somewhat systematic and task oriented I enjoyed the book immensely. It seemed to show whatever energy you put into a project is what you get out of it.
Easy read and I would recommend this book to everyone!! Gretchen is analytical about happiness and creating a better life filled with more joy. She accomplishes this through organization, taking better care of her body, attending to her relationships, and many other aspects. I love that she doesn’t treat happiness as an isolated feeling to fix, but from a holistic view. I think the focus on anti-depressants and trying to normalize is some senses takes away from finding true joy and happiness. I understand medication is needed, but no one should settle for feeling ok. Gretchen’s experiment and journey are eloquently described and have encouraged me to be a better person to others, tackle tasks that seem to grand, and to try be honest with myself.
This book was similar to “The Courage to Start” by John “The Penguin” Bingham and to “My Stoke of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor because I was inspired by all, and given new perspectives that forced growth in my life. However, The Happiness Project was different in the fact that the author addresses all areas of life for growth.
She is able to portray the feelings and difficulty of situations through her reading that while stated, one might not get the full impact. You can also better appreciate her ability to laugh at herself and situations in her life. Her excitement and confidence in her findings or truths, is contagious. While a similar experience may be derived from reading the book, her narration is highly recommended.
I have laughed out loud at some of the situational stories in the book, especially when about conversations with her husband.
I am not a big fan of self help books, but I really enjoyed Gretchen's journey to being a better person. I was able to identify with her on many levels and realized that the changes to a more fulfilled life need to come from within and not from others.