The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short”, she realised. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

I listened to a really good interview of author Gretchen Rubin on the The Tim Ferriss Show podcast. I then went on to read her book, The Happiness Project, which I just happened to have in my bookcase – I must have known I would need to read this book one day!

Easy to follow and action – it includes some good prompts, relatable everyday anecdotes, as well as frameworks that are made to be used.

It prompted me to come up with my own happiness project – at its very basic just a list of the key areas and actions I can take to make myself happier every day. There’s a lot on there! I think the hardest part is actually narrowing it down.

Overall I found it to be a very worthwhile exercise of self-reflection and self-improvement.

“The belief that unhappiness is selfless and happiness is selfish is misguided. It’s more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted, yet everyone takes the happy person for granted. No one is careful of his feelings or tries to keep his spirits high. He seems self-sufficient; he becomes a cushion for others. And because happiness seems unforced, that person usually gets no credit.”

READ NOW: The Happiness Project [Tenth Anniversary Edition]


GENRE: Self Help

PAGES: 301

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