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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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    dj 05-25-15
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    this is an awesome book I recommend to all people looking for a way to be happy

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    A. Hernandez Tampa, FL 05-13-15
    A. Hernandez Tampa, FL 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    I love it
    Very informative
    I love the audio vet sun it's very convenient
    Hope you enjoy
    Good luck
    Bye

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    The Frankos 05-06-15
    The Frankos 05-06-15 Listener Since 2006
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    "Happiness is...."

    I loved how "real" and relatable this book was to my life. It wasn't just a bunch of pie in the sky ideas. I would highly recommend it.

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    Laura M. Houghton Weare, NH USA 05-01-15
    Laura M. Houghton Weare, NH USA 05-01-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Totally inspiring!"

    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.

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    Bryanda 04-22-15
    Bryanda 04-22-15 Member Since 2015
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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
    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
    Lisa 03-28-15 Member Since 2014
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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
    GregoryM 03-26-15 Member Since 2012
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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
    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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  • Jason
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    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
    Harlow, United Kingdom
    4/6/14
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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 :)


    1 of 1 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Kamila
    UK
    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

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  • 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.

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  • Amazon Customer
    Dublin, Ireland
    11/4/13
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    "Helpful tips on finding happiness"
    What made the experience of listening to The Happiness Project the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    Great Cornard, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Really Useable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This offered practical insights of things one can do in every day life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not relevent as it is a self help book.


    Have you listened to any of Gretchen Rubin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other 'performances'


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    7/1/13
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    "enjoyable"
    If you could sum up The Happiness Project in three words, what would they be?

    thought-provoking, entertaining, focused


    What other book might you compare The Happiness Project to, and why?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't find it emotionally involving, but it did make me think about me own life and choices.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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