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 cannot be accused of having a vague title. It’s not a book for the unhappy. It’s a book for anyone who’s feeling bleh.
When you’re planning a wedding, there is a certain amount of pressure. There’s a certain amount of stress. There are a certain number of occasions when you wonder will it be worth it. Gretchen’s book can help you stop and smell the roses.
A New York Attorney-turned writer, Rubin decided one January that while she had a lot to be thankful for, she didn’t always feel as if she had. She spent time stressing, bickering with her husband and being crabby with her kids. The Solution? A Happiness Project. Every month she would assign herself a number of aims for that month to improve her level of happiness. As she went on she added to the list, so as well as maintaining her resolutions from January, in February she added some more. And so on and so forth.
This book did make me stop and think. Ok, you say, how many times can the self-help genre rehash the same material? And that would be a fair point. I don’t suppose it would help if I told you Oprah was a fan of this book.Yes, she keeps a gratitude journal, yes she follows the advice of numerous self-help tomes. But a lot of it works for her.
All in all it was an interesting read, some of the things she did worked, others didn’t. What I liked about it was that it acted as a reminder that life is about the journey, not about the destination.
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