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The Happiness Project Audiobook

The Happiness Project

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Mary G. 11-10-15
    Mary G. 11-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought-provoking and good use of time"

    I love reading/listening to books that promote personal growth. This book gave me a lot to think about. The Happiness Project provides a systematic approach to cultivating richer, fuller happiness in our lives. She shared relatable personal experiences and research that helped me see the importance in putting more thought into creating a plan for more happiness, not just expecting it.

    Gretchen Rubin's struggles are not at all similar to my own. That really did not matter. Her candor helped me appreciate our individual humanness and that each person's project will be individual.

    I want to find others willing to try this whole thing out so that I can measure my growth with others interested in these ideas. I think Gretchen Rubin's ideas are worthy of a movement in how we all could accomplish more meaningful and richer interactions with others as well as enriching our own lives. This is a thought-provoking, good use of time.

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    Seth H. Wilson Venice, CA USA 11-08-15
    Seth H. Wilson Venice, CA USA 11-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Something for everyone"

    As Rubin prefaces her book, happiness looks different for all of us. So not every chapter of this book will be directly relevant to you or your life. Still, the principles of growth, mindfulness, and accountability outlined herein will make everyone happier.

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    R. Malech Maryland 11-05-15
    R. Malech Maryland 11-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Who wouldn't want to strive to be happier?"
    What did you love best about The Happiness Project?

    I had read mixed reviews and almost did not purchase this book. I would have missed out on a terrific book. I miss Gretchen already and may listen to it again, especially because I could not take notes while driving. Even if you do not fit into Gretchen's demographic (as I think that some of the bad reviewers did not), anyone can gain insight from her project. she has a blog and other online forums that can enhance the experience if you want more. I have certainly become much more self aware and tried to employ some of Gretchen's suggestions.


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    Monique & Torin Peacock Kailua-Kona, HI United States 11-02-15
    Monique & Torin Peacock Kailua-Kona, HI United States 11-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Genuine and thought-inspiring"

    Very thought-inspiring and genuine. Its the kind of book that you want to read periodically. It leads you to some "ah-hah" moments that inspire change in perspective.

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    A. Gore 10-26-15
    A. Gore 10-26-15

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    "Loved this book. Great ideas to improve yourself!"

    Loved that Gretchen was the narrarator, seemed she was talking to just me! Improving life seems doable, no matter who you are.

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    Ana 10-23-15
    Ana 10-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just the thing"

    I am in a point of transition in my life and Gretchen gave me a lot of enjoyable food for thought. Even though writing is not something I find enjoyable I could see how I could adapt my own happiness project. I really enjoyed the quotes from so varied authors. It encouraged me to broaden my reading list.

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    always reading 10-16-15

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    "Life changing!"

    This book is full of actual tips that one can realistically follow and really make a positive change in one's life.

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    Tyson R. 10-08-15
    Tyson R. 10-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wasnt for me"

    Was too instructional i guess. it wasnt a good read for me. at least give it 2 chapters before you decide because i can twll she is very good. maybe ill try another of her books.

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    Debbie 10-06-15
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    "Enjoyable"
    Any additional comments?

    This was an enjoyable book to listen to and had some good points about striving for happiness in our daily lives. Nothing earth shattering, but I'm on a quest to keep myself reminded to face each day with joy and expectation. This book fit in nicely with that goal.

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    Nita 10-03-15
    Nita 10-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Funny, memorable and full of great advice."

    I've listened to this book twice already and will probably listen to it again. So much great information and so well written. I find Gretchen very relatable and down to earth in her approaches.

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  • Jason
    harpenden, United Kingdom
    9/13/14
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    "fun listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this was a fun listen that i dipped in and out of over a period of time, and towards the end it touched a couple of really interesting and resonant points. anyone who posted a negative review because they couldn't get over the the author's voice should get over themselves.


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  • Mrs
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    "Absolutely loved it."
    What made the experience of listening to The Happiness Project the most enjoyable?

    Well read, and an inspiring journey. I loved the way it was broken down into each month and would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about making some changes to be happier without destroying what they already have :)


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    8/11/16
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    "A must read"

    I absolutely loved this book. well researched fantastic read. Can't wait to start my happiness project.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tinuvielle
    6/17/16
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    "Happiness within reach"
    If you could sum up The Happiness Project in three words, what would they be?

    Hopefull, Inspiring and Systematic


    What about Gretchen Rubin’s performance did you like?

    When I read a book I often try to imagine that the writer is reading it to me. And this was exactly that! I loved that it sounded so natural, like listening to a friend's story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to give it a second listen and start my own Happiness Project. I've already did a major clean up in my house because I couldn't wait to get started. Gretchen has a point: "It's the rare person who can't benefit from a Happiness Project."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss G
    5/20/16
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    "Really interesting"

    I found this a really interesting thought provoking book. I think I might have to just start my own happiness project.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz R.
    1/1/16
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    "Annoying woman narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Happiness Project to be better than the print version?

    No it would be easier to follow the program she suggests if it were read rather than listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Happiness Project?

    When her child threw up.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, yes I know she's the author but I would've preferred a different narrator. She sounded really whiny.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The longest year of your life!


    Any additional comments?

    A great idea and one I will be trying in 2016 but at times I struggled to listen to her and almost gave up countless times. But I'm English. Folk from other countries especially the US may find her easier to listen to. Great ideas but poor narrator choice. Also it was difficult to tell when she was talking about her own life or quoting people who had shared their experiences with her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aysel
    12/27/15
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    "Easy and inspiring listen"

    I find the book easy to listen and follow. it has very practical ideas about how to improve ones daily and overall life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kamila
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    10/27/15
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    "Filled my morning walks nicely "

    Good listen not much practical tips more of a read through her own experiences, saying that I haven't yet requetsed the tool kit so I will do so. I'm sure there is more materials. It's a motivating audio I will for sure listen to it many times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita Fronczak
    Warsaw, Poland
    5/31/15
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    "Inspiring"

    I found the book very inspiring. Many people make resolutions and then do not keep them. This book shows a structured approach to accomplish them. It also shows a success story that inspired you and shows that it is achievable and worth to work on yourself and your happiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • liz
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    4/6/15
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    Great deal of common sense delivered in a numerous and self deprecating way. If you listen to this book and think of it as journalism rather than 'self help' I think you will get more from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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