A #1 "New York Times" bestseller, this relatable, inspiring project is the result of the author's 12-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humor and sharp insight, her story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun.A #1 "New York Times" bestseller, this relatable, inspiring project is the result of the author's 12-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humor and sharp insight, her story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun.Read Less
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New. Tight binding with clean text. New. Cover has wear along edges. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 315 p. Contains: Illustrations, black & white. Audience: General/trade. Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany. One rainy afternoon on a city bus, she realised that she wasn't as happy as she could be. In danger of wasting her days-always yearning for something more, waiting for problems to miraculously solve themselves-she realized her life wasn't going to change unless she did something about it. On January 1, she embarked on her Happiness Project, and each month she pursued a different set of resolutions: to get more sleep, quit nagging her husband, sing in the morning to her two young daughters, start a blog, imitate a spiritual master, keep a one-sentence journal. She immersed herself in everything from classical philosophy to contemporary psychology to see what worked for her-and what didn't. Illuminating yet entertaining, profound yet compulsively readable, "The Happiness Project" is one of the most thoughtful and prescriptive works on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject. Filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor, her story will inspire readers to navigate their own paths to happiness.
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Helpful but sometimes difficult to understand the writers desire for happiness or control. Perhaps control is happiness for some.
Aug 16, 2012
Great for discussion group
We have taken a chapter a week and pulled it apart with appreciation. Are we happier? Well- we sure learned that it is up to "US".
Jun 30, 2011
Surprising and not Preachy
I resisted reading this book, although have been reading Ms. Rubin's blog for months. She is incredibly honest about her feelings, which is the biggest surprise about this book. Although I did not immediately start my own happiness project nor make any resolutions, this book did help me to slow down and look at things and other people. The big lesson that you can only change yourself was presented repeatedly, which is an excellent reminder. Worth a read.
May 27, 2010
This book has lots of ideas for being happy. I don't think most of us have the time or money to do what she did for a year...but she is a writer who does research for her books and she does have the time since she has resources that most of us don't have. And yet, I found it thought stimulating and made me want to put some new ideas into action and after all, if you can get that from a book that's easy to read - it's worth it!
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