The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

Paperback | April 24, 2012

byGretchen Rubin

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What if you could change your life without really changing your life? On the outside, Gretchen Rubin had it all -- a good marriage, healthy children and a successful career -- but she knew something was missing. Determined to end that nagging feeling, she set out on a year-long quest to learn how to better enjoy the life she already had.

Each month, Gretchen pursued a different set of resolutions -- go to sleep earlier, tackle a nagging task, bring people together, take time to be silly -- along with dozens of other goals. She read everything from classical philosophy to cutting-edge scientific studies, from Winston Churchill to Oprah, developing her own definition of happiness and a plan for how to achieve it. She kept track of which resolutions worked and which didn’t, sharing her stories and collecting those of others through her blog (created to fulfill one of March’s resolutions). Bit by bit, she began to appreciate and amplify the happiness in her life.

The Happiness Project is the engaging, relatable and inspiring result of the author’s twelve-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humour and sharp insight, Gretchen Rubin’s story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun.

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What if you could change your life without really changing your life? On the outside, Gretchen Rubin had it all -- a good marriage, healthy children and a successful career -- but she knew something was missing. Determined to end that nagging feeling, she set out on a year-long quest to learn how to better enjoy the life she already ha...

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the bestsellingForty Ways to Look at Winston ChurchillandForty Ways to Look at JFK. Rubin began her career in law, and she was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City wit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Read I enjoyed this book! Her happiness experiences could be applied to anyone really!
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read A while ago I went through a really tough break up which left me unable to even get myself out the door. This book presented me with a new perspective. It doesn't matter if you are single, married, young or old... often just hearing another persons story inspires us to take responsibility for the happiness we could have in our own life. We aren't living hers, we are living ours, but this book helped me see through the window of her life. These types of books are not meant to give us the answers, just a perspective and a new way of thinking. This book does exactly that. I don't have children or a husband, but Gretchens point runs deeper than that. It's about pausing to recognize the little things, and maximize our enjoyment of them. It's about recognizing the sad moments as essential moments for our growth. Its about taking mundane things and looking at them through a new lens. I would recommend this book to anyone, it's a really encouraging read.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not for the single person demographic I tried to get past her mentioning her husband and children frequently but since I have neither, I felt totally unrelatable to her situation and stopped reading a couple chapters in.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy i got this book I received this for Xmas last year and read one chapter a month. I am nearly finished and I loved her excepts from her blog and I loved how she had a 'conclusion' after each month. I recommend it!
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What Makes you Happy? I read this book for my book club. Rather than read it one sitting, we did one chapter a month for a year, as the chapters are based. Who dosen't wnat to be happier? What can I/you/we do to be happier? That is what the author wondered? She wanted to be happier. Each month she would research different things that she thought that would make her happy. They seemed to work for her. There were a few I tried, like writing a blog. I was never good at keeping a diary or jounal. I decided to start a blog of the books I read. I was writing reviews anyway. I did receive some pleasure when a author thanked me for reviewing their book on my blog. There were two things that the author did that I found funny because they were almost opposite of each other. De-cluttering and stating a collection. Funny thing, both can make you happy, but seem opposite of each other. I enjoyed the book. You do not have to read it one chapter at a time. I do recommend reading a chapter at a time to ponder what the author did and what you might do. We all have different things that make us happy.
Date published: 2014-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Although Ruben is obviously very conscientious and seemed to a good job of covering all the angles of her topic, it was a little boring. She seemed to slack off half way through her year and had way too much filler from her blog's comment section. The only parts I really enjoyed were her researched bits--studies and theories revolving around happiness.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The author writes very candidly about her life giving a fresh perspective on every day things. All of her happiness experiments can easily be applied into anyone's life. Very interesting read and had me talking to my family and friends!
Date published: 2014-01-23

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Editorial Reviews

“Both inspirational and forgiving. . . . Rubin’s project makes curiously compulsive reading, which is enough to make any reader happy.”

- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)

“The more I read it, the happier I got. It’s filled with great insights that have changed every part of my life.”

- A.J. JACOBS, AUTHOR OF THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY