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 have been following Gretchen Rubins happiness project online for a few years but for some reason had not read the book. It is very much worth the effort. Lots of research, tips and information and encouragement to start our own happiness project.
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*
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.
Got some good ideas from the author that I can implement into my own life for organization in the home.
Enjoyed the author's voice and narration.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
"Absolutely loved it."
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 :)
"Annoying woman narrator"
No it would be easier to follow the program she suggests if it were read rather than listened to.
When her child threw up.
Yes, yes I know she's the author but I would've preferred a different narrator. She sounded really whiny.
The longest year of your life!
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.
"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.
"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
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.
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.
"Helpful tips on finding happiness"
This is a wonderful book for anyone who is looking to explore ways of improving the quality of their life without actually having to change their lives much at all. Also easily digestible for those of us who normally find self help books boring, tedious and patronising. Thank you Gretchen for the energy and ideas you have given me! Why wait. I'll try it now. I'm not unhappy, in fact, I think I'm quite happy already,
but having listened to this I think I can be even happier, with a little mindfulness and a tiny bit of effort.
Only thing that didn't resonate with me was a lot of talk about the authors children since I don't have any myself. Minor detail however. I quite enjoyed this book and would like more Gretchen Rubin books on audible.
Yes. This offered practical insights of things one can do in every day life.
This is not relevent as it is a self help book.
I have not listened to any other 'performances'
Enjoyable and already put some things into practice. I especially liked that she uses examples from her own life which helps you see examples in your own.
thought-provoking, entertaining, focused
Drop-dead healthy by AJ Jacobs. Both authors spent one year testing theories in their own lifes. Both look at the most convincing research in their respective fields. They also both live in New York and write about their marriage, family life etc.
Read by the author Gretchen Rubin. It's obviously not of the same quality as books read by professional actors, but (contrary to others) I didn't mind her voice. It made the audiobook more authentic.
I didn't find it emotionally involving, but it did make me think about me own life and choices.
I would recommend this audiobook.
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