The Happiness Project Hardcover – Dec 21 2009
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"A cross between the Dalai Lama?s The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert?s Eat, Pray, Love."
?Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness ()
"This book made me happy in the first five pages. And the more I read it, the happier I got. It's filled with great insights that have changed every part of my life, from love to money, from work to play, from writing to Diet Coke."
—A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
"A cross between the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love."
—Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness
"Happiness is contagious. And so is The Happiness Project. This is the rare book that will make you both smile and think—often on the same page." —Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
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I loved this book! I managed to pick up a lot of great ideas from the tasks that Gretchen set out to do. I learned the most from the months of January (Boost Energy), February (Remember Love), April (Parenthood), and July (Buy Some Happiness). After reading January's chapter I was inspired to organize my home more effectively, February's chapter inspired me to nag my husband less and to be thankful for the great person that he is, April reminded me to be more patient with my frustrating, aggravating, yet amazing children, and July inspired me to make some more concrete goals when it comes to saving money.
Another thing that I liked about the book was that Gretchen never tries to be anything that she isn't. In fact, one of her commandments is "Be Gretchen". When some of her friends tell her that she should take up meditiation, or that she should see a therapist, and those suggestions don't resonate with her personally, she just doesn't do them. She's not saying that they don't work, just that they don't work for her. She doesn't encourage anyone to do "her" happiness project, but to do one that works for "them". She also openly admits when she fails, giving her a human quality that I really appreciated.Read more ›
Chapter after chapter, I kept giving it a try and ultimately grew bored of her rambling. And yet, this is meant to be a #1 Best Seller? That's definitely a sign of the politics involved in choosing what's a best seller because it's definitely not based on the writing style. If you want to read something that is introspective and yet eloquently written, read Thoreau, Krishnamurti or Gibran.
After giving up on the book, I researched the author (and found out that she is the daughter of Robert Rubin, the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury during both the first and second Clinton administrations), and both she and her husband are multimillionaires. I'm not suggesting that if one is swimming in cash that they don't have a right to search for happiness, but at the same time, when _that_ privileged, with hired help keeping your house clean and minding your children, I can't say I feel too much empathy as you stare out your New York high society home, trying to find ways to cope with how difficult your life seems to be.Read more ›
I rarely put a book down. It feels like a defeat to me; that there was a story out there that failed to capture my attention, or a project I started but didn’t finish. But alas, I put The Happiness Project down with less than 100 pages to go. I started off really enjoying the book. Rubin goes through how she came up with the concept of putting a happiness project in place. Sitting on a bus one day, realizing that life was passing her by and wondering if she was getting the most out of it, she set certain goals throughout the year - her happiness project - to “appreciate and amplify the happiness in her life.”
Before reading any book, I like to take a quick look at reviews. For those wondering, among the book review sites I regularly visit are goodreads.com and amazon.ca. I was surprised that people were complaining about Rubin’s book, a common sentiment being that she was too selfish and self-absorbed. I find that a strange view to take of someone telling a story of their personal journey. They are the subjects of their own experiment so of course it’s going to sound self-absorbed.
However, through the course of the book I realized what these critics were talking about.Read more ›
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Although the book is overall in fine condition, the food stains. Old have been washed off before it was mailed!Published 4 months ago by Katherine Davidson
Fun little read. Some interesting ideas. Nothing earth shattering.Published 8 months ago by Cathy Gill
i saw a lot of people reading this book so i jumped on the bandwagon and bought it myself. I have to admit though I'm having trouble getting through it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by LF
One of the worst books I've ever tried to read. The author comes off as extremely self-absorbed. It feels like going for coffee with a friend who won't stop talking about herself... Read morePublished 18 months ago by M
I read this book for my book club. Rather than read it one sitting, we did one chapter a month for a year, as the chapters are based.
Who dosen't wnat to be happier? Read more
I've now read this book four times and each time it inspires me. I see this book less as a how-to guide on happiness and more as a narrative on one woman's journey. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2014 by Natasha Cooper
That was the book I ordered but when I received it I fonded the quality of the paper a bit cheap. It was for a Christmas gift so I was disapointed.Published on Dec 29 2013 by Hélène Moore