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

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 adventure Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. ?The days ar...

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Title: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
Author:Gretchen Rubin
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN: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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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:301 pages pages

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 Reviews

  • Tasha
    Apr 18, 2011
    All the navel-gazing of "Eat, Pray, Love" with none of the interesting commentary provided by other characters. Gretchen is the only actual being in her world; everyone else, including her husband and children, is merely a mirror reflecting who she thinks she should appear to be. I'm c...
  • Erin
    Jul 24, 2010
    Inspiring! Loved it! Totally want to start my Happiness Project. Gretchen Rubin, happily married mother of 2, had a realization while sitting on a bus that she was letting her life pass her by without fully appreciating it. Being a writer, she decided to research the origins, psycholog...
  • Alea
    Dec 05, 2009
    I have no idea how to properly convey how I feel about this book. I felt so much for it and because of it and it's kind of crazy. I saw so much of myself in the author and some of the examples she explained, half the time I was sitting there dumbstruck. She breaks down her resolutions ...
  • Diane
    Apr 20, 2010
    Oh, how I loved this book. I have read quite a few year-long project memoirs, but this is one of the most meaningful to me. Gretchen Rubin decided she wanted to be happier in her life, and, being an organized and thoughtful person, she devised a plan. Each month she would focus on o...
  • Lisa Lewis
    Jan 22, 2011
    When I started reading this book, I was really underwhelmed. I thought, "why am I interested in a New York yuppie's pursuit of happiness?" but I kept with it because it was so highly recommended by Jessica. I ended up appreciating Rubin and her happiness quest as I went along. One reas...
  • Books Ring Mah Bell
    Jan 25, 2010
    Author Gretchen Rubin dives into the stunt genre (where the author does something for a year and then writes a clever book about it) with a project on living happy for a year. Sitting on the bus one day, she realizes her life is zipping along and wonders if she can't make her days happ...
  • Kim
    Jul 20, 2014
    I don?t know. I just don?t get it. For the better part of my life I feel that I?ve leaned towards the glass half full-look at the bright side-I?d like to teach the world to sing-make lemonade-happy happy joy joy side of things. Reading this book made me feel doomed. I s...
  • Elyse Walters
    Jul 13, 2011
    I'm only reading this because our book club picked it for our 'non-fiction' month ---I'm bored stiff--but I'll finish it. (we read non-fiction every other month) Most of the time we choose better books to read. I have now finished this book....and I was wrong! I laughed --smiled ---...
  • Gina
    Jan 08, 2010
    Natasha's review of this book is perfect. I think Natasha should re-write The Happiness Project and then it will truly be a project about happiness. ____________________________________ Natasha wrote ..... "A short while ago I started a blog post by saying that I was depressed abo...
  • Gaijinmama
    May 06, 2011
    This book got mixed reviews, but I liked it. It was realistic, very readable, and not exploitative of developing cultures like some of these other "Go find yourself " stunt books (cough cough Eat,Pray cough cough). Rubin is up-front about the fact that she comes from a white, upper-mi...
  • Laura
    Jul 05, 2011
    I don?t know which is stranger ? that people like this book, or that it was written in the first place. It came into being because Gretchen Rubin, a woman with a bizarrely charmed life, decided to spend a year devoting each month to a ?theme? designed to make herself happier an...
  • Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
    Nov 23, 2009
    I won this advance copy book through the Goodreads Giveaway and could not have been more stoked! I am always creating lists and goals and things to improve my life. I feel like books, songs, movies always have a way of finding me when I need them most. I just quit my job because I was ...
  • Michele Chapman
    Feb 24, 2010
    I couldn't finish it. In fact, I couldn't get past page 49, and that really hurt, because I BOUGHT this book in HARDBACK. Sigh. And I wanted to like it, I swear, but it just wasn't happening for me. I picked this book up because I have an interest in how others achieve happiness, en...
  • Deb
    Feb 16, 2010
    I really wanted to like this book, but the further and further I got into my reading, the more I realized that such would not be the case. The premise of The Happiness Project was admirable, but I never really felt like the author was really making any strides in truly becoming a happi...
  • Kate
    Jan 18, 2010
    Wow, when did I become so cynical and not even realize it? Just like Julia from Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen I too am in danger of becoming nothing but a secretary on a road to nowhere, drifting toward frosted hair and menthol addiction. Howe...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 07, 2010
    "I did, however, vow to stop reading books that I didn't enjoy. I used to pride myself on finishing every book I started -- no longer." Using the author's own words, that pretty much sums up how I felt about reading this book...although I didn't stop. I read it all the way through a...
  • MC
    Aug 04, 2012
    At the start, I was very enthusiastic to read this book but by the time I got halfway through, I was still waiting for the "Eureka!" moment where it all seemed worthwhile. It was mostly skippable and some parts were just frustrating (starting a collection for the sake of starting a col...
  • Tina
    Dec 06, 2012
    The most useful part of this book was when the author suggests not continuing to read a book you're not enjoying. I stopped there. Great advice. ...
  • Beth
    Jun 26, 2011
    This book annoyed me in the same way that "Eat, Pray, Love" annoyed me. I mean, a wealthy woman, with a nanny to boot, spends a year trying things like "de-cluttering the closet" and "organizing files" and then emerges with helpful tips like "de-clutter your closet" and "organize your ...
  • Jenna Copeland
    Jan 10, 2013
    Wow... what interesting irony that a book on happiness has so many haters. I'm not one of them-- while I don't think the book will change the mostly-good-already trajectory of my life, there were some nice insights and a swift kick in the rump to remember to enjoy life more and nag les...
  • Caroline
    Jun 14, 2018
    I enjoyed reading this book, it was fun and stimulating, and it made me HAPPY. It involved following Gretchen Rubin in her year-long pursuit to increase the amount of happiness in her life. I learnt a lot along the way, and often they were things I was not expecting to learn. I didn...
  • molly
    Jan 15, 2013
    I really want to rate this higher, but the author's writing voice and content just grated on me. The whole premise of the book is to give yourself gold stars for doing everyday life type things. There is no sort of higher thinking here- instead, her advice is essentially to trick yours...
  • Sarah
    Aug 19, 2012
    For fun, someone should do a search through this book to see how many times the phrase "studies show that" actually appears. The entire book reads like a college term project written by a self-absorbed teacher's pet. (The author readily admits to being the type of person who always wan...
  • Melanie
    Nov 22, 2013
    This is not great literature. This is not earth-shattering or mind blowing in any way. Yet somehow, underneath the veneer of light-hearted entertainment, this sneaky little book is filled with profound truths. It is also filled with extremely interesting bits of psychology and socio...
  • Katie
    May 19, 2013
    Let me preface this review by saying, I really tried to like this book. I found it at Sam's Club for $7 when I was on my monthly TP run. The cover looked fun. The concept up lifting. I went into reading it with high hopes. I didn't look at any previous review (I should have). So, here ...
  • Lori
    Jul 31, 2012
    I found it the epitomy of self absorbtion. I've read many happiness books, often looking to use excerpts in my hospice speaches and volunteer training, but I felt this was so dumbed down. If you don't mind the constant references to her clerking for Supreme Court Justice O'Connor and h...
  • Christy
    Dec 11, 2017
    3.5 stars I enjoyed the audio book of The Happiness Project. I always like when authors narrate their own books, and Gretchen Rubin did a nice job with the audio. I listened to the book fairly quickly, it only took me 2 days. On the parts that related to my life, I can give an awes...
  • sleeps9hours
    Apr 15, 2010
    This was an inspiring book in some ways, but also annoying. The author admits that she is part of a new trend in books in which the author takes a year for self improvement. I liked that she seems fairly normal and doesn?t escape her regular routine to make some changes. Over time th...
  • Rosie Nguyễn
    May 25, 2017
    C hai ch? ?? tm t?t quy?n sch ny: nng c?n. Nng c?n, v h?i h?t, v v?t ch?t. M?i nh?ng trang d?u ? khng th?y thch r?i, nh?ng v ?ang tm hi?u cc sch vi?t v? h?nh phc ?? tm t? li?u cho quy?n sch th? 3 v?...
  • ||Swaroop||
    May 07, 2018
    ?Pierre Reverdy wrote: ?There is no love; there are only proofs of love.?? Gretchen Rubin`s 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 is good with some practical poin...