|Publish Date:||Mar 2011|
|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|
|A Note to the Reader|
|January: Boost Energy|
|February: Remember Love|
|March: Aim Higher|
|April: Lighten Up|
|May: Be Serious About Play|
|June: Make Time for Friends|
|July: Buy Some Happiness|
|August: Contemplate the Heavens|
|September: Pursue a Passion|
|October: Pay Attention|
|November: Keep a Contented Heart|
|December: Boot Camp Perfect|
|Your Happiness Project|
|Reading Group Guide|
|Suggestions for Further Readings|
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
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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.
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