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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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    STEPH 03-23-16
    STEPH 03-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Gretchen is entertaining in her narration and performance of her own story. There were many tips and ideas around her pursuit of happiness that resonated with me, especially those shared in the first few chapters. I found however, that by the time the book hit "June", about mid-way, as the story is told in a calendar year format, with the chapters corresponding; the ideas seemed forced and the freshness and enthusiasm for the story had drifted. While I did finish the book, many whom I have referred this story to, can't get past "April"; they lose interest. This isn't a book that will tell you how to get happy, that's for you to decide, explore and uncover. Instead, read this and enjoy it for what it is: one person's story about how she worked to put happiness back into her life over one full calendar year.


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    RCDA USA 03-20-16
    RCDA USA 03-20-16
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    "insightful, well-researched"

    Love the book, appreciate how many studies were included, and that Gretchen was mindful of whether something really helped her. She does say everyone is different and what works for her may not work for you. I found the book VERY helpful and easy to understand.

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    Kate Kindbom 03-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "My first Audible book! Awesome!"

    What a great book! I have started reading it a couple times, but hearing Gretchen's voice on this version was so much better! I listen to her podcast, Happier, as well and enjoy hearing her voice daily! Great commandments, great truths, great book! Love!

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    Camina 03-01-16
    Camina 03-01-16
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    "Motivating"

    I loved this book. The resolutions & resolutions charts encouraged me to make my own & stick with them. I loved that it was realistic. Gretchen talks about her failures as she goes through each month & resolution so it's encouraging to see her progress, as well as motivating. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to improve their life in tangible ways.

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    Y. Vargas 02-19-16
    Y. Vargas 02-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoughtful and not overwhelming"

    Listening to this book gave me a lot of small moments throughout where I paused and found myself acknowledging both good and bad habits and characteristics. This book helped me realize I'm on the right path for some things and where I could use a course correction. Gretchen is awesome to listen to and I appreciate her candor. Great audiobook!

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    Jennifer 02-03-16
    Jennifer 02-03-16
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    "Wonderful book....I will be listening to it again!"

    I'm currently going through a rough patch with my emotions and my mood in my early 30's. this is a fantastic book and I've taken many good things from it. I would hands down recommend it and will be re-listening to it soon.

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    lunarchi Trenton, New Jersey 01-31-16
    lunarchi Trenton, New Jersey 01-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Happy Audiobook!"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved The Happiness Project! As I listened to the Audible edition, I kept thinking that I had read the book. While I may have, I can’t be sure that I did. Maybe it was just familiarity with the subject of happiness. Gretchen Rubin did a great job of narrating her own story. After an awakening of sorts, she decided to devote a year of her life to her ‘happiness project’. Each month had a specific focus. She shares her successes and failures, both those promoting happiness and those that did not. I found the audio version to be enlightening and entertaining. I hope Gretchen Rubin and all of her readers/listeners fine continuing success with their ‘Happiness Projects’. Definitely a valuable listen!

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    Susan 01-22-16
    Susan 01-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    If you could sum up The Happiness Project in three words, what would they be?

    How many times In one book can you say the work "I"?


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    blah


    What three words best describe Gretchen Rubin’s performance?

    blah too monotone


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Sophie 01-19-16
    Sophie 01-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Lot's of helpful ideas in the book."

    I would definitely recommend this book to others. If fact I already have.
    I wasn't crazy about the narration, but I suppose it adds something to the audiobook when it is being read by the author.
    I have implemented some of her ideas and suggestions into my daily life and I'm glad that I read this. I enjoyed it a lot.

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    Sheep 01-08-16
    Sheep 01-08-16
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    "surprisingly helpful, applicable, and not cheesy!"

    I listened to this book during my walks and found her advice to be actually really helpful. I liked and appreciated all the research she has done and quotes from Ben Franklin and other philosophers to help support her advice (looks like people have been struggling with happiness for centuries!) While sometimes she may have slightly appeared a tiny bit pretentious, she could also be humble and admit her challenges and shortcomings. I actually finished this book and was sorry it ended and that's a big compliment coming from me!

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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
    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 :)


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  • Amazon Customer
    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.

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  • 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."

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  • 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.

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  • Mav
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    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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