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.
©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 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.
Great and relevant research work done on this topic and presented with layman in mind. A married man with children can relate very well to the fun filled initiatives to uplift everyone and thrive.
It could've been shorter. There were long passages dedicated to things like "cleaning my closet" that probably could've been cut.
Sure. I like her writing style.
It inspired me to get back to working on my bucket list.
Senior User Experience Designer for CNN Digital, Health Nut, Moonlight Product Designer and UX Consultant. Trying to live each day better than the las
This books is not transcendent or very philosophical. It has a taste of spirituality but not a hint of sanctimony. What is this book?
Immediately applicable to daily life. Funny. Real. Self-depreciatingly honest but filled with self-love. A simple and no-nonsense look at the complexities of life and searching for happiness. Filled with write-that-down wisdom for life alongside write-that-down decluttering tips.
I am actually in the process of designing my own happiness project right now and cannot wait to start. And will definitely be buying her next book, "Happier at Home". Can't wait.
I would recommend listening AND buying a hardcopy to follow up with. I loved listening to Gretchen tell her own story, but I had to get the hardcopy too for underlining and notes in the margin.
Yes, I walk every morning and this is a postive way to start out my day.
Sometimes it is good just to say no!
Yes, there's a lot to think about and changes I'd like to try to make.
I think the author is a bit of an over achiever. There's too much for me to focus on in a single month. But with so many "resolutions" to consider, it gave me a lot to think about and to try in my own life.
The Author does give a lot of good information and examples about Happiness, she is clear about how everybody can improve their everyday life and be happier, despite how different we all are. What I loved the most is how respectful she is giving advice. She is friendly and real about her project! I thought this was going to be another of those "Don't worry, be happy" light written book by the next Happiness "Guru". But it is not at all. The author has researched about the topic immensely from many different resources which makes it more interesting.
I am looking forward to read her next book, "Happier at home" within the next few weeks.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This book is full of good ideas to help ones self improve there happiness. I realized right away that the goals of the author would defiantly not be mine, but she did hit on some great ideas that sparked some in me. The author is way to ambitious for my taste, I am more laid back in my life and have no desire to do many of the goals that Gretchen had, that’s where realizing my goals right away made this book enjoyable. I listened to this book in installments of months/chapters in between other books I was reading so that I would ponder on the ideas Gretchen has come up with over time and not just forget right away.
This book was on our bookclub's reading list & I was bored
Stiff the whole way through. I have no idea how this book ended up on the best seller list. Don't waste your time.
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