The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin documents the author’s journal to improving her happiness quotient in her ordinary non-depressed life.
How this Book is Organized
Each chapter is one month with one main area of focus (e.g. January is vitality, February is marriage, March is work, etc). Each month consists of subgoals and habits related to the main theme.
The book goes through Rubin’s own goals and activities, and nicely integrates scientific literature regarding happiness. For those who are unfamiliar with the psychological research about happiness, this book provides understandable interpretations of those studies.
When I first read this book, I was in a very sluggish state of mind. I had achieved all the things that I thought I had needed to up to that point. I had very little direction on what to do next. Reading this book inspired me to get back to all those activities that I loved to do as a kid. It inspired me to spend out (a concept that encourages you to use an enjoy the good stuff instead of saving it for later) and to plan out more adventures.
This book is useful for anyone interested in learning more about the science of happiness. This book is great for anyone looking for inspiration for shaking things up in the ordinary everyday lives.
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