Gretchen Rubin's book begins with the "story behind the story." In Getting Started, Gretchen shares what sparked the whole idea of a "Happiness Project" to begin with. The idea was rooted in nothing more fateful than a bus ride. It was a typical day and a typical commute when Gretchen caught sight out the bus window of a woman juggling an umbrella, a cell phone, and a child. Not a very extraordinary woman, but someone that Gretchen could see herself in. She was that woman.