The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

Sep 9, 2012

Gretchen realized at one point that her life was passing by like a fast train and that she was not focusing on things that are important or that matter to her. She reminds her audience that a person does not need to divorce a spouse and travel the globe to look for happiness or the real “self.”

She derived a strategy on how to recognize what is important to her and how to incorporate it into her everyday life.  This book chronicles her one year attempt of self discovery and self improvements. Part of the book is a memoir of her life, as Rubin ruminates over the life lived so far. With an intellectual curiosity the author studied up on happiness studies by the founding fathers and mothers in the field of psychology, read related philosophical works and Psychology Today.

This is an excellent and engaging book, well structured, easy to read and encouraging to follow. This book is by far the best book in the field of self-improvement books I’ve encountered. Reading it is well worth ones’ time.  The index of chapter titles is a good reminder of goals for past months.

…and then she lived happily ever after…

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Reviewed by Library Staff