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The Happiness Project, Tenth Anniversary 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 – October 30, 2018
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“Happiness is contagious. And so is The Happiness Project. Once you’ve read Gretchen Rubin’s tale of a year searching for satisfaction, you’ll want to start your own happiness project and get your friends and family to join you. This is the rare book that will make you both smile and think—often on the same page.” -- Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
“Rubin had learned that there was a close correlation between habits and happiness, so she figured out how we form them, use them, and change them. Once I came to understand habits as harnessing our own laziness—making a habit frees you from decision-making, which you can use to your advantage—my relationship to them changed permanently.” -- New Yorker
“Lays out life’s essential goals… serves as a kind of detailed instruction manual on how to achieve them.” -- New York Times Book Review
“If anyone can help us stop procrastinating, start exercising or get organized, it’s Gretchen Rubin. The happiness guru takes a sledgehammer to old-fashioned notions about change.” -- Parade
“Gretchen Rubin combines deep research and observations from her own life to explain how habits emerge and—more important—how they can change. It’s indispensable for anyone hoping to overhaul how they (almost unthinkingly) behave.” -- Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
“Gretchen Rubin is a writer after my own heart—seriously brilliant, very warm, and funny. I think she’s amazing.” -- Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird and Help, Thanks, Wow
“Gretchen Rubin’s superpower is curiosity… Weaving together research, unforgettable examples, and her brilliant insight, Better Than Before is a force for real change.” -- Brené Brown, Dare to Lead and Daring Greatly
"Loaded with practical solutions and impeccable research. Rubin is also a fine writer, and her enthusiasm for improving lives is contagious." -- Harlan Coben
“With her characteristic mix of delightful charm, thoughtful research, and insightful advice… Gretchen Rubin shows how to add fun, joy, and harmony to your home life.” -- Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
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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.
This updated edition includes:
- A new extensive interview with the author
- A guide to dozens of free resources for readers
- The Happiness Project Manifesto
- An excerpt from Gretchen Rubin’s bestselling book The Four Tendencies
- Publisher : Harper Paperbacks; Anniversary edition (October 30, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062888749
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062888747
- Lexile measure : 1050L
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.83 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,317 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 think what I didn’t like about the book was the author. She’s telling you what she did, instead of instructing you on how to find your own happiness. Not that her life doesn’t make for a great framework of how to incorporate happiness into your own life, but the author is so type A that I just didn’t like her.
To be honest, I think Gretchen is a lot like me, and that made her happiness project hard for me to read at times. It comes off as uptight and perfectionistic, and while I am absolutely both of these things, I don’t want to read about them for the few hours a day when I’m actually trying to relax.
For those who aren’t so organized and methodical, maybe this book would be a great way to bring some order to their lives. But for those of us who are already over-structured, over-planned perfectionists, the book can make achieving happiness seem like a stressful process.
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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. :-)
The positives: it’s no surprise that there are some useful tips to take on board within these pages. They may well lead you to be more mindful and focussed on your personal growth. It’s obvious the author has done extensive research and has a passionate interest in this field too.
The negatives: I realise this was an experiment by the author but I found it to be really self indulgent on her behalf. I imagine she’s not an easy person to be around! Also a lot of her tips seemed fairly obvious to me. I read fast but this book seemed to take me an age to get through - I just felt quite disengaged by it.
As I mentioned there are some useful tips like the personal commandments and the resolutions chart but I was expecting better (based on the reviews) but thought it a little dull. I’m glad I’ve finished it!