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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


Published: 19th March 2011
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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.


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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    Comments about The Happiness Project:

    I just wanted to get started on taking action. Such a great step by step guide to being a better you...better organised, healthier, happier

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    "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
    February: Remember Lovep. 38
    March: Aim Higherp. 69
    April: Lighten Upp. 90
    May: Be Serious About Playp. 112
    June: Make Time for Friendsp. 141
    July: Buy Some Happinessp. 165
    August: Contemplate the Heavensp. 194
    September: Pursue a Passionp. 221
    October: Pay Attentionp. 235
    November: Keep a Contented Heartp. 258
    December: Boot Camp Perfectp. 277
    Afterwordp. 291
    Acknowledgmentsp. 293
    Your Happiness Projectp. 295
    Reading Group Guidep. 309
    Suggestions for Further Readingsp. 311
    Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780061583261
    ISBN-10: 006158326X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 19th March 2011
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.5  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.27