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The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun Paperback – December 29, 2015
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“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)
“For those who generally loathe the self-help genre, Rubin’s book is a breath of peppermint-scented air. Well-researched and sharply written. . . . Rubin takes an orderly, methodical approach to forging her own path to a happier state of mind.” (Kim Crow, Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“Practical and never preachy . . . the rare self-help tome that doesn’t feel shameful to read.” (Daily Beast)
“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)
From the Back Cover
“Wonderful. . . . Rubin shows how you can be happier, starting right now, with small, actionable steps accessible to everyone.” —Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of Organizing from the Inside Out
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—now updated with new material by the author—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.
“An enlightening, laugh-aloud read.”—Christian Science Monitor
This updated edition includes:
· A new extensive interview with the author
· Secrets of Adulthood
· An excerpt from Gretchen Rubin’s new book, Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
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the basic premise is that the author recognizes 12 main aspects of her life to work upon to be happier and then alots of month for each. she then goes about reading all she can about those aspects like work, parenting, relationships, etc and then implementing those strategies and researches on herself.
if you want to read a book on happiness then just get this and you will get all the knowledge you want to know.
small contract - the last few chapters somehow didn't feel as meaty as the earlier ones. In fact the middle chapters were the most meaty one's and the last few chapters felt almost as fillers. that none the less doesn't take even a smidge of the book.
and lastly I do wish the author had given meditation a more real try . It is life changing and millions swear by it/.b but again that doesn't take a thing away from this great book and I whole heartedly recommend it.
If you read the other reviews you'll see a lot of arguments about how the author Gretchen is a little too rich and has to solve really mundane happiness problems. It's true. She is very obviously a privileged individual, but it doesn't come across heavily in this book.
This book is about taking simple things and making the everyday happier. I think this is a concept that everyone can relate to. Some of her ideas are things I would never to do but the concept is solid. I enjoy having this book on my bookshelf to flip through occasionally for a little inspiration to stay positive and happy.
She also uses a really interesting tracking method for her progress. I really enjoyed reading about her method and have implemented it to help keep me on track with goals.
Overall I would recommend this book to everyone. It's a fast, different read.