The Happiness Project

The 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

Large Print - 2012
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Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany: “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 a happiness project. With humor and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the year 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 want to; instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions. 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.



Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2012
ISBN: 9781611735390
1611735394
Characteristics: 479 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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ankeeler
Jan 08, 2018

Reading this book is the equivalent of being stuck in a conversation with someone who starts every sentence with "Studies show that...". The inanity of her advice reaches its peak in her "buy yourself nice things" month of making herself happy (even though she admits to not being unhappy in the first place). Save yourself, and skip this entitled, vacuous, and annoying read.

AL_ANNA May 19, 2017

A light story written and read by Gretchen Rubin, telling about the year long project she did to increase her happiness. You can follow her structured plan to create your own personal happiness project. Don't wait, "The days are long, but the years are short."

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darladoodles
Mar 31, 2017

Weirdly enough, just reading this book increased my happiness. I really connected to Gretchen and her quest. The way she approached it resonated with me and I am more aware of how I have made recent changes that have increased my happiness as well as simple ways I can have happier days in the future.

The book is broken up into a chapter for each month. Every month had a theme, so the flow of the chapters made it very readable. Since I was reading this as part of a book group at my library, I started taking notes from the very first chapter. That made me happy as I do tend to enjoy collecting tidbits of information and famous quotes as Gretchen did from childhood in her Blank Books.

Two resolutions really touched me as wonderful reminders for my family life: "Give proofs of love" and "Be a treasure house of happy memories."

Highly recommended!

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CarleeMcDot
Jan 14, 2017

Really liked this one. Walked away with quite a few nuggets of tangible ways to add some extra happiness to my life (especially from the "energy", "marriage" and "family/ relationships" chapters)!

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spiridiona
Dec 07, 2016

If you are looking to live a more fulfilling life and wanting to add more happiness to your every day, this book may give you some inspiration to achieve that. However, if you are looking more for a guide towards that purpose, this is not the book for you. It is filled with the author's very personal and systematic way of achieving happiness in her life.
It's an easy book to read. It can get boring at some points but overall I enjoyed it.

karolka Oct 26, 2016

I really tried to like this book but.... I just couldn't !! No for me, not worth it! So many others, way better than this one...

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kwsmith
Aug 08, 2016

Very few of us can take a lengthy time-out from life to Eat, Pray, Love. Gretchen Rubin's very well researched book, The Happiness Project, offers a simpler alternative by suggesting numerous small ways to boost our happiness without making dramatic life changes. I agree with many of Gretchen's thoughtful suggestions and her slice-of-family-life anecdotes will appeal to many parents with young children. On the other hand, Gretchen Rubin is an ambitious young Yale-educated lawyer who married into an extremely wealthy and very politically connected family. At the start of the book, she admits to marrying her perfect soul-mate, having healthy and happy children, and having the resources to work in her dream job (writer). Perhaps your personal happiness obstacles are somewhat more challenging than Gretchen's?

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josiahabarber
May 27, 2016

This was a very quick, enjoyable read. Rubin first starts out by creating her ten commandments, principles she uses to guide her life, and the foundation of her 12 resolutions--one for each month. What struck me was the value of writing down items, as that brings an additional level of commitment and a better way to track what's happening. If others were to undertake this project, it would look different for everyone. One of Rubin's guiding principles is, in fact, that what one person finds fun, or what makes one person happy, may not make another person happy. This is an excellent point to keep in mind in life, and while reading the book. There were also just little tidbits that I thought would be interesting to integrate in my life. It definitely gave me some ideas of writing done professional and personal goals, though.

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joe24642
Mar 20, 2016

Take time to be silly.

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bheat4141
Mar 01, 2016

Echoing some other comments, it is a useful read, but mostly found myself picking out select nuggets of inspiration, as a whole it was not always applicable or smooth to get through.

It accomplished its purpose for me, but I feel like there must be a more effective way to convey these ideas and principles in a more easly consumed manner. Perhaps this concept was best consumed on the author's blog rather than in the form of a novel.

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