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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

Rubin, Gretchen Craft

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Happiness Project
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On the outside, Gretchen Rubin had it all--a good marriage, healthy children and a successful career--but something was missing. Determined to end that nagging feeling, she set out on a year-long quest to learn how to better enjoy the life she already had. Each month, Gretchen pursued a different set of resolutions--go to sleep earlier, tackle a nagging task, bring people together, take time to be silly. She read everything from classical philosophy to cutting-edge scientific studies, from Winston Churchill to Oprah, developing her own definition of happiness and a plan for how to achieve it. She kept track of which resolutions worked and which didn't, sharing her stories and collecting those of others. Bit by bit, she began to appreciate and amplify the happiness in her life. With a wicked sense of humour and sharp insight, Gretchen's story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives.--From publisher description. A thoughtful and prescriptive work on happiness filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061583254
Characteristics: xiv, 301 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Jan 01, 2014
  • swong1000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Found this book kind of annoying to read because the author sounds like an irritating, self-centred person. There are several pretty self serving, shameless references to previous books she has written (or even her sister has written) and her blog. Feels like this is all a way to just promote herself and her next book (which was disappointing).

Didn't Gretchen Rubin's family profit from the global economic meltdown? Isn't she therefore a purveyor of unhappiness to many, many others?

Dec 06, 2012
  • deneler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I like stunt fiction. And annual projects. So this book really was a win for me.

Nov 29, 2012
  • sablegirl rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Just skimmed this book and didn't find it very interesting. Not highly recommended.

worth to try our own happiness project

Aug 15, 2012
  • cantilcm2008 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book helped me learn how to eliminate clutter from my room. I'm kind of a pack rat and it really was a great guide for letting go of useless stuff. There are instances where certain chapters may not apply to every reader but the author makes every effort to have a least some parts of it to apply to anyone's life.

Jul 17, 2012
  • librarylynners rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This will give me a lot to think about for awhile....

Jun 25, 2012
  • meganmca rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I struggle with it. I do think there is a lot of food for thought, and for that, I appreciate her perspective. I also believe she has more hours in her day than I do. I am a stay at home mom and this book exhausts me.

May 29, 2012
  • jvanderg rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Pretty good read with great ideas, however as the author stated near the beginning, her experience is very different from other's experiences and in a way she cannot connect with many people as she has never had a huge tragic problem. For those of us without children a whole chapter is almost irrelevant.

Oct 22, 2011
  • claire1953 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

After hearing Gretchen Ruben interviewed on a talk show, I decided to give her book a chance. I expected one of those flimsy, dime-a-dozen self-help books. Since I am retired and very happy, I did not expect to learn a whole lot. I was, however, pleasantly surprised and fascinated to read about the author's year-long process to become happier. It made me realize that even I. Retirement, I should still set goals to ensure that I continue to be happy. This book is highly recommended for people in their twenties and thirties since it can give them a lot of personal insight.
A good book.

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