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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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Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany. One rainy afternoon on a city bus, she realised that she wasn't as happy as she could be. In danger of wasting her days - always yearning for something more, waiting for problems to miraculously solve themselves - she realized her life wasn't going to change unless she did something about it. On January 1, she embarked on her Happiness Project, and each month she pursued a different set of resolutions: to get more sleep, quit nagging her husband, sing in the morning to her two young daughters, start a blog, imitate a spiritual master, keep a one-sentence journal. She immersed herself in everything from classical philosophy to contemporary psychology to see what worked for her-and what didn't. Illuminating yet entertaining, profound yet compulsively readable, "The Happiness Project" is one of the most thoughtful and prescriptive works on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject. Filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor, her story will inspire readers to navigate their own paths to happiness.


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
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  • Inspirational
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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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    "An enlightening, laugh-aloud read... Filled with open, honest glimpses into [Rubin's] real life, woven together with constant doses of humor." -- Terry Hong, Christian Science Monitor "For those who generally loathe the self-help genre, Rubin's book is a breath of peppermint-scented air. Well-researched and sharply written... Rubin takes an orderly, methodical approach to forging her own path to a happier state of mind." -- Kim Crow, Cleveland Plain Dealer "Practical and never preachy ... the rare self-help tome that doesn't feel shameful to read." -- Daily Beast "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: 336
    Published: 2nd June 2011
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.5  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.25