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.
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.
Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.
I had high hopes for this book, but it just didn't live up to the hype. I might have had more appreciation for it if I had read the actual book rather than listening to the author's narration of it. I really disliked the narration. What disappointed me most was just how superficial it all seemed to me. I expected something deep and enlightening, but this wasn't it.
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."
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.
I've never read anything so dull. The author runs on and on about stupid things like her habits of shopping for toilet paper, vaguely interesting stories about her kids, and useless meanderings of her day. It reads like a child's diary, and her narrative sounds like she's reading a Dr. Seuss book -- with every annunciation ending like the statement was a question... (voice inflected up here)?
Move on to the next read.
It was fun to hear the author read this book.
This book made me think about what I truly find enjoyable or fun, and what brings me happiness in my own life and then to embrace it. I also found myself asking others what they consider "fun", etc. There are many subjects this book brings up that I wanted to discuss with others.
This book is very upbeat and I recommended it to many of my friends and family members.
I only listened to the audio version. I prefer listening to books.
The first person narrative of a high-functioning man with Asperger's syndrome was a novel way to build interest in the character and the plot.
I loved that, unlike other self-development books, this particular book did not focus on changing anything about yourself as a person. Instead, Gretchen Rubin simply focuses on her own life and the areas she would like to improve in. Yet, as you listen, you will find yourself doing the same thing in your own life.
I enjoyed the whit and the personalization of it all. By the end of the book, you feel like you have gotten to know the author.