- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Revised ed. edition (December 29, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062414852
- ISBN-13: 978-0062414854
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,516 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Starred Review. Rubin is not an unhappy woman: she has a loving husband, two great kids and a writing career in New York City. Still, she could-and, arguably, should-be happier. Thus, her methodical (and bizarre) happiness project: spend one year achieving careful, measurable goals in different areas of life (marriage, work, parenting, self-fulfillment) and build on them cumulatively, using concrete steps (such as, in January, going to bed earlier, exercising better, getting organized, and "acting more energetic"). By December, she's striving bemusedly to keep increasing happiness in every aspect of her life. The outcome is good, not perfect (in accordance with one of her "Secrets of Adulthood": "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good"), but Rubin's funny, perceptive account is both inspirational and forgiving, and sprinkled with just enough wise tips, concrete advice and timely research (including all those other recent books on happiness) to qualify as self-help. Defying self-help expectations, however, Rubin writes with keen senses of self and narrative, balancing the personal and the universal with a light touch. Rubin's project makes curiously compulsive reading, which is enough to make any reader happy. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
“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)
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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.
Con- The author is a highly educated, highly successful, upper middle class, urban dwelling white American female, who does not seem to have a very complicated/challenging upbringing, marriage, or other obviously serious life challenges, so for some people it might be challenging to relate to her. What helps is that she is very candid about her position in life and the fact that she may not be dealing with the most serious challenges and she comes across very authentic which helps take her more seriously. T
hat being said, the book is full of good research and the writing style is easy to read and I believe this book would be beneficial to most readers.