We all know that I read a lot. I mean A LOT. My usual genre is mystery/suspense with a classic or biography thrown in here and there, but when I came across The Happiness Project, I was intrigued. The author, Gretchen Rubin, came to a decision one day that while she was happy with her life, she could be happier.
Haven’t we all felt that one time or another? Things are going great, but we still see ways that we could improve. Or maybe things are not so great and we long to have the strength of character that we had in a better time to handle it better.
Rubin researched philosophers, comediennes, great poets, religions, scientific studies, you name it, in search of the secret of being happy. Turns out that happiness is elusive, hard to define and different for everyone, but she did find some pearls of wisdom to use on her quest.
What she decided to do was change things, habits, and routines in her life that would make her happy and in turn, hopefully, make those whose lives she touched a bit happier too. Deciding to call it The Happiness Project, she figured out 12 resolutions that she really needed to work on and tackle one each month, adding the last month’s resolution to the next. The last month, Boot Camp Perfect, took everything that she worked on that year. Some months were easier than others, but she always made progress, learned a lot about herself and her habits and achieved her goal of being happier.
I cannot even begin to tell you how invigorating this book is. With just the first chapter, Boost Energy, I was ready to jump on the Happiness Project bandwagon. Who doesn’t want more energy, to remember love, aim higher, lighten up, be serious about play, make time for friends, pursue a passion and more?
Rubin even started a blog and website as a companion piece to The Happiness Project to help you with yours. I have a really good feeling that 2010 is going to be a much happier year!
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper (December 29, 2009)