The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Hav
  • The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Hav
  • The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Hav
  • The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Hav
ISBN: 0061583251
EAN13: 9780061583254
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 29, 2009
Pages: 301
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 9.1" L x 6.3" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Wonderful. . . . Rubin shows how you can be happier, starting right now, with small, actionable steps accessible to everyone. --Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of Organizing from the Inside Out

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--now updated with new material by the author--Rubin 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. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

An enlightening, laugh-aloud read.--Christian Science Monitor

This updated edition includes:

- A new extensive interview with the author

- Secrets of Adulthood

- An excerpt from Gretchen Rubin's new book, Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life

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   Good but not new
I'm not saying this is not a good book, but it wasn't very helpful to me. Only one chapter of the book interests me, Lustig said. Not that money was wasted.
 
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   One of my favorite books EVER!
If you are looking for a good read that will give you something worthwhile to think about, then this is it. Many of the things that she tries are so easy for the average person to integrate into their own life, she said. I took so much away from this book and looking forward to creating my own happiness project, Thibault said.
 
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   This month I read 10% Happier and The Happiness Project
I also read The Happiness Project by Robert Hein. I really enjoyed the happiness project which surprised me as I was sure it would be corny and preachy, Morgenthau said. It was either a parody or a parody. It was simply the story of one person's journey -- but with ideas of how you could take or leave parts of that journey for yourself. No let me fix your no life this is the one way to do things just... This is my experience and I want to share it.
 
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   Loved the book and found parallels to my own life ...
Loved the book and found parallels to my own life and my own journey, Morgenthau said. While the book was more of a memoir than I thought it would be, I found myself more energized to take on my own happiness project after the book was finished. Feeling like I was losing a good friend, I found myself tidying my house, decluttering my clothing and generally being more kind to those I love around me.
 
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   not written for my age
The Happiness Project Or, I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, and Generally Have Fun: What It's Like to Be a Millennial. I haven't finished reading it yet, and I am still hoping to find the fun suggestions that I am looking for in my life.
 
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   It is just so full of information and research to support to look at your own sources of happiness. Love her writing!
This is the second copy I have bought. I gave the first copy to someone I knew needed it! Amazon also sells the kindle edition. It is just so full of information to support why it is okay to let go of some of the stuff you tend to hold on to and why it is good for your self to DO some things. I just love it, Tunick said.
 
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   The Happiness Project
I had not read the entire book when I found it at our local library, but I had an excerpt from one of the magazines I subscribe to. Very good book. Rubin is very down to earth about her experience and provides a thoughtful commentary on the ups and downs of trying to improve your outlook in an imperfect world. Very uplifting read. Will refer to this in the future navigating the ups and downs of life, he said.
 
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   Great Insight
A fun read, said Jeffery Tannenbaum, co-author of the book. This book provides interesting insight, while remaining totally relatable, Morgenthau said. I imagine the almost everyone who reads it will walk away with either a new idea or new inspiration.
 
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   A Wealth of Happiness!
I've seen the book on the internet, and I'm intrigued by the woman behind it. She is a talented writer who with the help of a surgeon strips away the layers of her soul to find happiness. In "The One-to-One Happiness Journey," Jennette Tamayo reveals the true meaning of happiness and how to attain it. In “No One's Daughter,” the reader will enjoy this journey and laugh and cry along with the author as she works out all the ups and downs in life. This book will give readers a good sense of how this author went about researching her happiness project. If you have any doubts about your capacity to be happy, I would recommend this book to all readers. Now I know that happiness is inside me. Thanks to Gretchen, I was able to unlock the key.
 
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   life changing
Amazing examples of how relatable and I found myself aware of the authors resolutions in my own life and taking the time to apply to many of them as I want to be the person I think that I am!
 
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