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

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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By (author) Gretchen Rubin

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  • Publisher: HarperPaperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 22mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 006158326X
  • ISBN 13: 9780061583261
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,017

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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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Author information

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the bestselling Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill and Forty Ways to Look at JFK. Her daily blog,, ranks in the prestigious Technorati "Top 5K" and appears on Slate and the Huffington Post. Rubin started her career as a lawyer, and she was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realised she really wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two young daughters.

Customer reviews

By Gerri Eden 03 Nov 2011 5

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 it

By Freya 20 May 2011 5

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!

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"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