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  • Dec 31, 2009
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This deceptively simple little book has taught me more about happiness than any of the self-help books/courses/information I have come across, combined.

Gretchen Rubin spent a year investigating happiness- researching happiness (scientific, philosophical, behavorial, emotional, and otherwise) and then applying the different concepts and ideas she picked up to her own day-to-day life. "The Happiness Project" is the result of that investigation.

Rubin tackled a different topic (money, family, friendship, etc.) each month and the book is broken down in to a month-by-month summary of each area of her life. While at first I was slightly disappointed the book wasn't more like a novel, within the first few pages I was completely hooked.

This is a wonderful book and I can't recommend it enough!

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Starred Review. Rubin is not an unhappy woman: she has a loving husband, two great kids and a writing career in New York City. Still, she could-and, arguably, should-be happier. Thus, her methodical (and bizarre) happiness project: spend one year achieving careful, measurable goals in different areas of life (marriage, work, parenting, self-fulfillment) and build on them cumulatively, using concrete steps (such as, in January, going to bed earlier, exercising better, getting organized, and "acting more energetic"). By December, she's striving bemusedly to keep increasing happiness in every aspect of her life. The outcome is good, not perfect (in accordance with one of her "Secrets of Adulthood": "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good"), but Rubin's funny, perceptive account is both inspirational and forgiving, and sprinkled with just enough wise tips, concrete advice and timely research (including all those other recent books on happiness) to qualify as self-help. Defying self-help expectations, however, Rubin writes with keen senses of self and narrative, balancing the personal and the universal with a light touch. Rubin's project makes curiously compulsive reading, which is enough to make any reader happy.
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ISBN-10: 0061583251
ISBN-13: 978-0061583254
Author: Gretchen Rubin
Genre: Health, Mind & Body, Nonfiction
Publisher: Harper
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