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The Happiness Project Audiobook

The Happiness Project

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.
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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.

©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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    Bryanda 04-22-15
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    "A Happiness Textbook!"

    Gretchen did most of the work for me... extensive research and self experimentation, her project helps me (and anyone else) jump start my own. Though I will have to put in the study time, I'll be happy to do so, and so will the people around me. Reading this has infected me with a HAPPINESS VIRUS, and I hope I am contagious; I want to spread it to everyone. Aaa-choo! *wink*

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    Michael 04-09-15
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    "Eh, it was fine."

    Like reading someone's blog. shows things you may want to try, but also very idiosyncratic. the writing style and the narrating style annoyed me. also hearing about her so perfect life: I admire her ability to do this kind of thing but couldn't relate.

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    Lisa 03-28-15
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    "Great book!!"

    As soon I finished the book, I read it again. There are so many practical lessons to learn from this gem!

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    Lisa M Thurman 03-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty Enjoyable overall"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Got some good ideas from the author that I can implement into my own life for organization in the home.


    Which character – as performed by Gretchen Rubin – was your favorite?

    Enjoyed the author's voice and narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the personal stories were a bit drawn out, but overall, a good listen. Nice that you can pick it up anytime, and not lose track of the storyline.

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    GregoryM 03-26-15
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    "I will never pick up another novel by this author"

    Sadly her best advice came with only two hours left, never finish a book you don't like. There are definitely some gems in this book, but no matter how hard I tried I could not get past how pretentious and self-absorbed the author came across.

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    Michaela 03-14-15
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    "Love this"

    My favourite thing I've found on audible. Really great ideas, and I find it uplifting to listen to. I really like that the author narrates, and it's made a big difference in both my thoughts and actions over the past few months. Big recommend!!

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    readingbooth 03-14-15 Member Since 2007
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    ". inspiring"

    loved it! funny and inspirational. The fact that the author is reading it makes you feels you and understanding her experiences on a more personal level, you can really relate to a lot of it.

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    "Excellent book!"

    So many gems of truth and daily take-aways. I know I'll revisiting this book from time to time for a "pick-me-up" or to refocus my efforts to progress in my own resolutions. Thanks Gretchen!

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    Vanessa Du 01-20-15
    Vanessa Du 01-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Close to Real Life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to others. I've seen this book before, but never read it. I decided to purchase it because I was looking for more happiness and peacefulness in my life. And, I really like the idea for a one-year plan for the resolution. I think this book is perfect for people who wants to start a resolution (and keep it).


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I like most about this book is that it is very close to our everyday life. The writer is a normal person, she is not depression, and she have ordinary life problems like us. Her project of finding happiness doesn't not include going abroad nor have a fresh new start. The happiness project is to put happiness into our everyday life. Which is an idea I really like. Her personality is also very down to earth. There is no magic passageway to happiness, just a story of a normal person looking for it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book talking about the authors resolution. She had a whole year long plan, and something specific to work on every month. Her resolution is very different from mine since what makes other people happy doesn't always makes me happy. But, this book inspires me to start a Happiness Project of mine own. To make a list of what to achieve every month. And, to do thing that will be fun and make me really happy.
    The audiobook version makes the experience even more relaxing. It's like a friend talking to me about her resolution plan and ask me to join the fun.

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    Jason 12-31-14
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    "Yeah!"

    Very inspiring - started my project before I finished the book. I highly recommend this to all happy or not so.

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