Book Review: The Happiness Project’
“A “happiness project” is an approach to changing your life. First is the preparation stage, when you identify what brings you joy, satisfaction and engagement, and also what brings you guilt, anger, boredom and remorse. Second is the making of resolutions, when you identify the concrete actions that will boost your happiness. Then comes the interesting part: keeping your resolutions”
Gretchen Rubin finds herself on a city bus, asking herself as many of us do, “What do I want from life, anyway?” She answers, “I want to be happy.” The Happiness project is Gretchen’s own venture into implementing achievable changes in her life to become a happier person. She writes with a certain matter-of fact ness and humour that makes this read stand out from personal development books. It takes place over a year with a different theme each month that Gretchen focuses on. From money to love, friendship to work, spirituality to vitality, Gretchen focuses on something that will resonate with everyone. The book is filled with intriguing research and facts about the science of Happiness and practical tips on finding the balance in life.
Gretchen now has her own podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin and has continued this project online on her blog where she continues to give tips in happiness and good habits.