I have really enjoyed this book. It reminded me that ‘happiness’ isn’t a destination, you need to bring more happiness into your everyday life.Image Source.
I found The Happiness Project to be a great summary of pulling yourself and your life goals together in a smart way. Gretchen Rubin works through her goals month by month keeping herself on track by focusing on one particular change per month. This book is funny, engaging and witty. Now if you’re thinking this just some “self-help” book and you are going to have to follow it through step by step, it’s not and you don’t. It’s more an account of what the author did to improve her own happiness over a year. I would say its more like a biography. You could easily create your own Happiness Project after reading this book though, so in a sense it could be seen as a guide.
In a nutshell 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.
It is something I have thought on too and I found Rubin’s book opened my eyes to the smaller things we need to take more notice of. Things that might frustrate us on a daily basis but we never take the time to fix (Such as her account of a tidy home, she never hangs her coat up and it ends up on the floor or a chair, simply because she doesn’t feel she has time to mess with coat hangers. After thinking it over she decides hooks on the inside of the door would solve this problem and make her life easier).
This book is a quick and interesting read with plenty of science and facts to back things up. If you have notices the winter blues sneaking up on you I recommend giving this one a read. If not the book itself you can always read Gretchen’s blog.
Praise for The Happiness Project
“An enlightening, laugh-aloud read. . . . Filled with open, honest glimpses into [Rubin’s] real life, woven together with constant doses of humor.” (Terry Hong, Christian Science Monitor)
“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.” (Amy Scribner, Bookpage)