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.
If you are an introspective person who strives to improve yourself this book is for you. I didn't agree with Gretchen's approach to everything but I didn't need to. The whole purpose of a Happiness Project is to improve Yourself in a way that best suits Your life. I'm very excited about starting my own Happiness Project! Her website shows illustrations and has tools to get you started.
I was really looking forward to reading this book as I had heard so much hype. Boy was I disappointed, possible the worst book I have ever read on the topic.
The author (at least on the audio version) comes across a whiny and self absorbed. The way the book is filled with banal blog comments from her readers is also irritating. I have my own blog if I want to read what blog commentors think. Also, sometimes it was difficult to tell if she were still narrating the chapter or just reading a stream of filler comments that added nothing to the quality of the book.
If you want to read about how a wealthy woman tried to be less miserable (and often seemed to fail) and more grateful fro her life, then this is the book for you.
OTOH, there are so many books way, way better than this like Authentic Happiness, Stumbling on Happiness and The How in Happiness if you really want to get a grasp on the subject.
I have no idea how this book has become a best-seller!
Or maybe I do. Maybe it was brilliantly marketed and the cover looks very nice?
The book was an interesting and honest story and the science (or in some cases lack of science) behind Rubin's project to become happier. Rubin reads the book herself, which lends a personal touch, like you are getting to know her, not just her words. The writing is strong, the personal anecdotes great. I sometimes got a little annoyed at the over analyzing of every little nuance of every single little thing. That would make me a very unhappy person. However, Rubin clearly has a completely different personality than me. I did find some very helpful bits of info and insight that I will be using.
At first I found this book very irritating (like other listeners reviews), however I persevered through the first chapter and began to enjoy the story line and message. This book is full of great facts and little strategies that even the 'happiest' of people could benefit from. Really enjoyed it.
The author of this book reads it, which unfortunately, made me very UNHAPPY. Ever sentence is read instead of performed – sometimes with weird emphasis. Gretchen Rubin's monotone, throaty smoker's voice manages to make even the author sound bored with her own book.
This is NOT a happiness project - this is an awareness project. Michele Faier (a Whole Life Coach), coaches the very same (and more) awareness practices to cultivate sustainable change that lead to happier, more fulfilled lives. I picked this book up to see what an un-coached, DIY version was like and found the first page of every chapter to be potentially valuable to anyone. The rest manages to make a math problem out of happiness - which may make it a favorite for linear thinkers. I prefer Michele's more creative, balanced approach.
Other criticisms: it's a bit preachy coming from someone who seems to have to search for unhappiness. I would've found it more convincing if it had been written by someone with more chaos (or even a single challenge) in their life. Even someone average would've made it more compelling. But more than anything, I think a professional reader would've made me happiest.
An interesting and personalized view of courage, tenacity and family relationships. Story was told well, but got very technical - too technical - at times when talking about gene therapy, research, etc. Worth listening to, but not one of my faves.
Lots of great ideas to improve the quality of my time and daily activities. Easy to listen to the book and implement new ideas.