The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

my happiness project

Have you ever read a book that in that moment you felt so inspired to DO something? I read The Happiness Project ages ago… BUT I must have just skimmed it, or not been in the right frame of mind to let it move me like it has done recently. I felt so inspired that I am going to do my own personal Happiness Project.

The concept of this book is much the same to how I would view myself… that’s why I think I connected with it so well. Gretchen is a relatively happy person already, but knows there are certain areas of her life in which she could be happier. So she decides to dedicate one whole year to The Happiness Project. She maps out resolutions and focuses on a different area of her life for one whole month, then the next month she tackles a new set of resolutions. You will have to read the book to hear the outcome! In only working on one area at a time for a month makes these goals much more attainable. They can range from making your bed in the morning, to writing a book!

It is easy to be heavy; hard to be light.

Here’s the thing… Gretchen’s resolutions are small, but have big outcomes in her daily happiness. She’s also not so naive that she thinks this is a cure all to her happiness, but that it can make her daily life a lot better. And what I really took away from this book is that you can go through life just getting by, or you can truly examine what is holding you back and work on it. I chose to examine as soon as I finished reading this book… actually WHILE I was reading this book I was making notes in which areas and certain resolutions that I could make.

The days are long, but the years are short.

SO… in short, I mentioned early that this book inspired me to start My Happiness Project. You can jump on over to that page if you want to see my notes and my little map on it. I am going to be keeping you all in the loop about it, and would love if anyone wants to join me! Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions/comments regarding this.

ALSO, if you are a podcast fan check out Gretchen’s podcast, Happier. She co-hosts with her sister, Liz Craft, and it’s a great little resource if this type of book sounds interesting to you.

Until next time, happy reading!


One thought on “The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I listened to this for the first time this year and I loved her ideas. But, I did think she came across as preachy and overbearing by the end…but maybe that was just the audio.
    I’m listened to Better Than Before right now and I like it better than The Happiness Project though many of the ideas are similar.


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