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“Attainable Happiness...”

Funny, moving, thoughtful, and highly relatable, this million-selling memoir details one woman's year-long journey to become happier.
Alex K.
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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 of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia, The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she 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.

Rubin didn't have the option to uproot herself, nor did she really want to; instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about results. She immersed herself in principles set forth by all manner of experts, from Epicurus to Thoreau to Oprah to Martin Seligman to the Dalai Lama to see what worked for her—and what didn't.

Her conclusions are sometimes surprising—she finds that money can buy happiness, when spent wisely; that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that "treating" yourself can make you feel worse; that venting bad feelings doesn't relieve them; that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference—and they range from the practical to the profound.

Written with charm and wit, The Happiness Project is illuminating yet entertaining, thought-provoking yet compulsively readable. Gretchen Rubin's passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.

Topics: United States of America, New York City, Episodic, Inspirational, Happiness, Family, Love, Marriage, Mindfulness, Spirituality , Productivity, Parenting, Career, Journeys, and Female Author

Published: HarperCollins on Dec 29, 2009
ISBN: 9780061962066
List price: $6.99
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Started very strongly, before tapering off toward the end.The Happiness Project began by discussing how you can turn happiness studies (think 'Tumbling on Happiness') to your advantage with a year-long 'project' or simply by learning how these can be made into actionable resolutions.By detailing her year-long project, her findings, failings and feelings, Gretchen Rubin can help you figure out how to improve your well-being.Importantly, Rubin describes how this isn't a self-help book or a how-to for depressed people. This is simply a way of appreciating happiness and small, actionable improvement that can be taken.That's exactly why I liked (loved?) the first third of the book.Unfortunately, the latter two thirds went more toward the same old tired self-help bumpf and didn't recover.Recommended, if only if you read up to and including March/April in her project.read more
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Started very strongly, before tapering off toward the end.The Happiness Project began by discussing how you can turn happiness studies (think 'Tumbling on Happiness') to your advantage with a year-long 'project' or simply by learning how these can be made into actionable resolutions.By detailing her year-long project, her findings, failings and feelings, Gretchen Rubin can help you figure out how to improve your well-being.Importantly, Rubin describes how this isn't a self-help book or a how-to for depressed people. This is simply a way of appreciating happiness and small, actionable improvement that can be taken.That's exactly why I liked (loved?) the first third of the book.Unfortunately, the latter two thirds went more toward the same old tired self-help bumpf and didn't recover.Recommended, if only if you read up to and including March/April in her project.
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Interesting mix of both the scope of research on happiness and reflections on the author's personal quest for the same. Ms. Rubin makes clear that each person's journey must be his/her own, but provides plenty of examples from her own experience. I liked that she wasn't afraid to point out her own failings along the way.
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What better book for me to read today, the first day of a new year, a new decade?I’ve been waiting and waiting for this book to be published. I first heard about it when I kept getting snippets in the wonderful Google e-mail I receive every day about items of interest about happiness. I love happiness. I’m fascinated with happiness. I suppose you could say that just thinking about happiness makes me happy. So I couldn’t wait to read this book.It was not a disappointment. I’ve been reading the author’s blog about the project on an almost daily basis, so the book felt, well, a little short. But that is okay. It was a good book. It gives readers lots of lovely ideas about how to be happier. Even if you just try one idea and it works for you, I’d say that would be worth the price of the book.I resolve to use these ideas and try them myself. I’m going to read through the book one more time and this time I’ll write down a few notes.
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fascinating examination of our personal lives, broken down into manageable categories for change.
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