The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

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The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Format:  Paperback,

315 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Mar 2011

ISBN-13: 9780061583261

ISBN-10: 006158326X

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Bretchen 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, 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.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Mar 2011
ISBN-13: 9780061583261
ISBN-10: 006158326X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 315
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

A Note to the Reader
Getting Started
January: Boost Energy
Vitality
February: Remember Love
Marriage
March: Aim Higher
Work
April: Lighten Up
Parenthood
May: Be Serious About Play
Leisure
June: Make Time for Friends
Friendship
July: Buy Some Happiness
Money
August: Contemplate the Heavens
Eternity
September: Pursue a Passion
Books
October: Pay Attention
Mindfulness
November: Keep a Contented Heart
Attitude
December: Boot Camp Perfect
Happiness
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Your Happiness Project
Reading Group Guide
Suggestions for Further Readings

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-11-15)

For this chatty and intriguing little book, Rubin, a lawyer-turned-writer (Forty Ways To Look at Winston Churchill), undertook a yearlong quest for happiness. A "Resolution Chart" with specific activities for each month (e.g., "Ask for help") helped her define happiness and become happier with her very good life, as did interesting facts from her scholarly research (though there are no footnotes or formal bibliography). Peppering the text are quotes from a vast array of people who have considered happiness, including Aristotle, St. TherEse, and Viktor Frankl.

Verdict: This whole process might have come off as frivolously self-centered but for the excellent points Rubin highlights. Although the excerpts from her biog (www.happinessprojecttoolbox.com) begin to feel like filler, librarians will particularly like how she loves her local library, and self-helpers will be fascinated by her process.

-Margaret Cardwell, Memphis, TN

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Over one million copies sold.

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, 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.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5★ by Great book This book was given to me by a friend and I have purchased it for my friends. I see myself in so many chapters of this book, I honestly could have written it. Nice twist on how to tackle the wanna be better organized so i can feel better syndrome. 12/19/2012
Rated 3 out of 5 Decent book, not terribly original This book is full of your typical Oprah-fied positive thinking tips. It's a history of how the author changed her life by actively focusing on trying to improve her happiness. This strategy is good for people who are down, but ultimately trying to fix yourself will only take you so far. 09/30/2011
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