Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, The

Gretchen Rubin
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, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.


Reviewed: 2021-06-26
I loved this book! I loved that the author talked about ideas she had for being happier and then shared her own experiences trying to find which practices brought actual happiness.
Reviewed: 2018-12-10

This year I wanted to look at my life differently and decided to read this, one chapter a month. Each chapter is one month's resolutions. There are differences between Rubin's life and my own, she's married with children while I'm single with a dog. I've seen reviews where readers felt that this bit made it difficult to continue with the book. I used her insights to look outside of my bounds. By thinking about the activities in my life I used Rubin's insights to change the way I approached my life. For instance, in 2015 I started a blog, which wasn't getting any traffic. In her March chapter, she talks about looking at creating a blog and learning to use the program. For a few months, I'd been thinking about changing my blog and I finally broke down and switched programs and with the first post I had readers, something I hadn't had with my first blog. 


Instead of reading this book in one sitting try reading it over the year. I found it an interesting project.

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