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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 - Gretchen Rubin

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

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Re-releasing to coincide with the publication of author's new book on 10th September (published by Hachette). 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 realized. "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. In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin chronicles her adventures test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about results. She immersed herself in principles set forth by everyone from Epicurus to Thoreau to Oprah to Martin Seligman to the Dalai Lama to see what worked for her-and what didn't. Written with charm and wit, THE HAPPINESS PROJECT is illuminating yet entertaining, thought-provoking yet compulsively readable. Gretchen Rubin's passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.

"Packed with fascinating facts about the science of happiness and rich examples of how she improves her life through changes small and big The Happiness Project made me happier by just reading it."--Amy Scribner, Bookpage

A Note to the Readerp. xvii
Getting Startedp. 1
January: Boost Energyp. 17
Vitality
February: Remember Lovep. 38
Marriage
March: Aim Higherp. 69
Work
April: Lighten Upp. 90
Parenthood
May: Be Serious About Playp. 112
Leisure
June: Make Time for Friendsp. 141
Friendship
July: Buy Some Happinessp. 165
Money
August: Contemplate the Heavensp. 194
Eternity
September: Pursue a Passionp. 221
Books
October: Pay Attentionp. 235
Mindfulness
November: Keep a Contented Heartp. 258
Attitude
December: Boot Camp Perfectp. 277
Happiness
Afterwordp. 291
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
Your Happiness Projectp. 295
Reading Group Guidep. 309
Suggestions for Further Readingsp. 311
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ISBN: 9780061583261
ISBN-10: 006158326X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st March 2011
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.25