The Happiness Project

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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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 22mm | 204.12g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperPaperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 006158326X
  • 9780061583261
  • 1,200

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"An enlightening, laugh-aloud read... Filled with open, honest glimpses into [Rubin's] real life, woven together with constant doses of humor." -- Terry Hong, Christian Science Monitor "For those who generally loathe the self-help genre, Rubin's book is a breath of peppermint-scented air. Well-researched and sharply written... Rubin takes an orderly, methodical approach to forging her own path to a happier state of mind." -- Kim Crow, Cleveland Plain Dealer "Practical and never preachy ... the rare self-help tome that doesn't feel shameful to read." -- Daily Beast "Packed with fascinating facts about the science of happiness and rich examples of how she improves her life through changes small and big The Happiness Project made me happier by just reading it." -- Amy Scribner, Bookpage

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About Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several bestselling books, including Better Than Before and Happier at Home. She was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized that she really wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

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Am not even halfway through this book and am singing its praises! Written in a refreshing manner and makes you think beyond the superficiality. Loving itshow more
by Gerri Eden
Inspiring. I, like Gretchen Rubin don't think that I'm unhappy. But her story and the things she tried are inspiring. Life is too short to not notice it. Well worth the read!show more
by Freya