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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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“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
- Publisher : Harper Paperbacks; Revised edition (December 29, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062414852
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062414854
- Lexile measure : 1050
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.74 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tl;dr: Don’t bother reading the book.
The book makes me understand the one star reviewers’ unhappiness and the unhappy effect they made on people around them and spread by their reviews, and I am sincerely sorry for them. It is easy to be heavy (or negative) and it is hard to be light (happy and to make people around you happy). Thank you Gretchen for all your efforts to become more agreeable, more loving (to your children, husband, friends, strangers, etc.). You showed me how to become a happy person not for the sake of myself’s happiness but also for the sake of my children, my family, my friends, and the world.
I found myself tidying my house, decluttering my clothing and generally being more kind to those I love around me. Thanks for the boost and injection of energy to chase after my own goals and projects.
Top reviews from other countries
Will this book make you happy? It very well might help you along the road. Your life will be different to Gretchen's, as mine is, but the lessons are very easy to pick out and there's a lot of supporting material on-line from the author's blog and other sites. You'll be glad to know there is no on-line course or seminar to attend at the end of the book, so you can rest easy. There is an on-line community to engage with if you find yourself wanting to take things further.
Gretchen is clearly a successful and professional individual and a talented writer. The book is well organized, well structured, and very well written. It's an easy read, but is packed with info, and is great on detail. I'm glad I read it, and happy I was wrong in my initial impressions. :-)
Based on Gretchen's approach, I've been able to give some real thought into organising my own goals and resolutions and how I can take my random "oh I wish I loved going to the gym" and "I always wanted to try pottery" thoughts and rephrase and coordinate them a proper, actionable plan. The July/August chart is now stuck to the fridge. Let's see if I can make it the whole year!