The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin is a great book. When I decided to start the Best Books series, The Happiness Project immediately came to mind. First off, it deals with a great topic- happiness. Pretty much all of us just want to be happy, but how much time do we really spend working with that specific goal in mind?
Gretchen Rubin decided to take a year to really work on being happy. She listed 11 areas she could work on to improve her happiness and spent a month focusing on each one and then dedicated the last month to practicing them all. I think that sort of project is a brilliant idea. The book details her experience throughout the journey and also has a lot of interesting facts about happiness thrown in from her research.
The writing style is enjoyable and easy-to-read. Many scenes are light-hearted and funny. It’s the sort of book that makes you want to just keep reading page after page.
I found many of the things she tried to be inspirational and wanted to apply them to my own life. It made me think about the little things I could to do be happier. There was a lot I could relate to, including a part about not liking some things she wished she liked. I even wrote a post on that same topic when I was in Chicago wishing that I liked big cities.
I think anybody could get something out of this book because we all want to be happier. It’s enjoyable to read, well-written, inspirational and informative. What more could one ask for from a book?
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