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On My Bookshelf: “The Happiness Project”

Happy Monday!

Here’s a nugget of Monday wisdom for you:


Anyway, I want to talk about one of my FAVORITE books today, “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. I’ve read this book honestly probably four or five times, and I learn something new everytime. Gretchen decided one day that she wanted to be a happier person, but wasn’t quite sure how to do that, so she did a bunch of extensive research (and I mean EXTENSIVE! It’s quite admirable.) and decided that she was going to start a Happiness Project.

She outlines all the research she did in the book. She created a set of commandments for herself, which range from things like “Be Gretchen” to “Spend out.” There are also the Secrets of Adulthood,  which are simple nuggets of wisdom she learned throughout her life, such as “Bring a sweater,” and “It’s okay to ask for help.”

She splits her project into twelve months, with twelve main focuses (one per month.) It’s a cumulative project; in January, she focuses on vitality and boosting energy, so in February, she’ll focus on her marriage and bringing more love PLUS January’s goal, and so on. She outlines the overall headings, the smaller goals she decided would get her to the larger goal, and she goes deep into how she went about accomplishing them and how it felt.

happiness project


This book takes such a look at the ways we approach happiness, the definition of happiness, and even goes into psychology with intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, and things of that nature. This book never made me THINK so hard about happiness, and it really shows that if you want to truly be happy, you have to put in the effort in the areas of your life that bring you joy. Being happy is definitely, in part, a choice.

I would 10/10 recommend this book to anyone. It helps to give me perspective, makes me examine my own life, and dare I say motivates me to choose happiness everyday.  You can pick it up on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Target.



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