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The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record Diary – November 1, 2011
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On my blog, www.gretchenrubin.com, I write about my daily adventures in happiness.
My previous books include a bestselling biography of Winston Churchill, "Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill," and one of John Kennedy, "Forty Ways to Look at JFK." My first book, "Power Money Fame S..: A User's Guide," is social criticism in the guise of a user's manual. "Profane Waste" was a collaboration with artist Dana Hoey. I've also written three dreadful novels that are safely locked away in a drawer.
Before turning to writing, I had a career in law. A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, I clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. I live in New York City with my husband and two daughters.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is laid out so that you log one sentence a day for five years, and you cycle back through the journal each year to do so. This means Your five Feb. 14 entries will be on the same page, one under the other. Having just started this particular journaling practice, I'm not sure how I will feel about rereading the journal this way, but have been enjoying the invitation to maintain a brief daily journaling practice.
I have made the commitment to doing this for at least a year, but I find it more frustrating than fun. I can't imagine doing it for the full 5 years.
My grandmother used to keep a 5-Year Journal and after looking at old notebook Journals of mine I realized how interesting it was to look back at the different chapters of my life: going to school, raising children, working etc. Sometimes a few sentences can put you back into that day. For authors, aspiring or published, it might provide ideas for stories and books.
Buy yourself a pen you love and writing in this daily is a treat. I bought it along with Q and A a Day: 5-Year Journal which asks you a random question each day for 5 years and you can stretch your creative thinking with it. I write in both these journals at the same time each day. If you like this HAPPINESS PROJECT Journal, you should check out Rubin's THE HAPPINESS PROJECT book on how she applied happiness research to her own life to see how it changed her life. It is a very rewarding read and offers ideas on new activities to try.
This would make a great gift for someone you love who is reflective and likes to write.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has become one of my new presents to give to loved ones, and they seem to appreciate it. I have my own and have been using it for about a two and a half years. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Ellen
It's really cute, but how is one supposed to summarize their day in a sentence a day or decide what that sentence should be? I bought this for myself, but quit using quickly. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Margot Lemon
I have been using this every day or at least catching up only one day behind. I have never been able to keep up a journal before, but a couple of sentences is not so intimidatingPublished 7 days ago by D. Ullman
I am in my 5th year of using this little journal. Here are a few things that I really love about it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Smart Shopper
great book - it is super easy to write one sentence and capture your day.Published 12 days ago by K Lynn
A year later and I find myself using this little journal even more often than when I first purchased it. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer