Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of best-selling memoirs such as Julie and Julia, The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the 12 months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.
Rubin didn't have the option to uproot herself, nor did she really want to; instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about results. She immersed herself in principles set forth by all manner of experts, from Epicurus to Thoreau to Oprah to Martin Seligman to the Dalai Lama to see what worked for her - and what didn't. Her conclusions are sometimes surprising - she finds that money can buy happiness, when spent wisely; that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that "treating" yourself can make you feel worse; that venting bad feelings doesn't relieve them; that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference - and they range from the practical to the profound.
As an added bonus, this recording includes a sampling of Gretchen's podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. In this episode, "Choose the Bigger Life", Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, discuss happiness, good habits, and whether Gretchen is going to get a dog.
©2009 Gretchen Rubin (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
"Packed with fascinating facts about the science of happiness and rich examples of how she improves her life through changes small and big. The Happiness Project made me happier by just reading it." (Bookpage.com)
I'm currently going through a rough patch with my emotions and my mood in my early 30's. this is a fantastic book and I've taken many good things from it. I would hands down recommend it and will be re-listening to it soon.
I loved The Happiness Project! As I listened to the Audible edition, I kept thinking that I had read the book. While I may have, I can’t be sure that I did. Maybe it was just familiarity with the subject of happiness. Gretchen Rubin did a great job of narrating her own story. After an awakening of sorts, she decided to devote a year of her life to her ‘happiness project’. Each month had a specific focus. She shares her successes and failures, both those promoting happiness and those that did not. I found the audio version to be enlightening and entertaining. I hope Gretchen Rubin and all of her readers/listeners fine continuing success with their ‘Happiness Projects’. Definitely a valuable listen!
How many times In one book can you say the work "I"?
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I would definitely recommend this book to others. If fact I already have.
I wasn't crazy about the narration, but I suppose it adds something to the audiobook when it is being read by the author.
I have implemented some of her ideas and suggestions into my daily life and I'm glad that I read this. I enjoyed it a lot.
I listened to this book during my walks and found her advice to be actually really helpful. I liked and appreciated all the research she has done and quotes from Ben Franklin and other philosophers to help support her advice (looks like people have been struggling with happiness for centuries!) While sometimes she may have slightly appeared a tiny bit pretentious, she could also be humble and admit her challenges and shortcomings. I actually finished this book and was sorry it ended and that's a big compliment coming from me!
I have lost count of how many times I've read and listened to Gretchen's happiness books. I've learned that each new pass brings something new to me and that my commitment to being happy is strengthened and maintained through Gretchen's work. Don't miss this or her other two books or her podcast or blog! Her candor, clarity and exhaustive knowledge of the subject will change you for the better. Thank you Gretchen.
I found Gretchen Rubin's ideas, observations and resolutions to be very insightful. I'm really excited to implement this into my life, and it has already helped me be more mindful of my actions and thoughts.
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