The Happiness Project.... written by someone who seems to already be happy, trying to figure out that she is.....already happy? This book was terribleThe Happiness Project.... written by someone who seems to already be happy, trying to figure out that she is.....already happy? This book was terrible. I can't understand how this got so many good reviews.
You can read a simple blog post on intent.com or thedailyzen.org or any other mindfulness website and get more of an understanding on happiness than this book offers.
First off, happiness should not be a project. I mean, yeah the idea of finding something to be happy about every day is wonderful. Or better yet, don't try -- and then note at least 1 think that made you happy every day of the year. (Wait! Whata great idea, maybe I should write a book about it.) [insert eye-roll] But making a project which is too much work, causing more stress by putting more on your plate, and dragging it on?? BLEH!
Not to mention, that every paragraph has a random quote or statistic.... BORING!! AND, this is coming from someone who LOVES quotes, collects quote books, and has blogs dedicated to quotes I love.
Lastly, there is a chapter on BUYING happiness. Yes, B-U-Y-I-N-G happiness. Seriously?? Happiness doesn't have to be bought! Don't even get me started on this...
PASS THIS ONE UP! You aren't missing anything.
Want a run down without wasting time on this book when there are better ones out there?
1. Clean your closets 2. Be nice to your husband 3. Enjoy your work 4. Make time for your children 5. Make time for yourself 6. Be good to your friends 7. Live for today
Let me start by saying that Jenny Lawson IS funny. She has some really funny stories, but the book was just TOO much. It seemed like she was trying toLet me start by saying that Jenny Lawson IS funny. She has some really funny stories, but the book was just TOO much. It seemed like she was trying to emulate Chelsea Handler and her stories just bounced around too much. Also, the "f" word was over abused in this book. (I don't mind cursing, I do however feel that it isn't always necessary) Finally, it felt like I was reading her blog...which I could do -- for free. (Well I did get this from the library but my point remains) I say skip the book and subscribe to her blog. ...more
I find it insulting (maybe insulting is a harsh word...disappointing, maybe?) to readers that Ms. Gilbert or "Mrs. Brazilian Felipe" can change the waI find it insulting (maybe insulting is a harsh word...disappointing, maybe?) to readers that Ms. Gilbert or "Mrs. Brazilian Felipe" can change the way she portrays herself in two memoirs and expect the readers to embrace it.
In Eat, Pray, Love, Liz portrayed herself as a spiritual person looking to better herself after self destructing (although I didn't feel that way about her situation until reading Committed) her first marriage. The readers loved her yearning for self discovery; some to the point where they tried to copy her exact route in order to find the same balance at the ending. In Committed, the only way Liz portrays herself is as a selfish, childish, feminist, nonconformist who can't fathom complying to any set of rules.
The first half of Committed is mostly history and statistics which being a history and religious buff, I highly enjoyed... and then Liz seeped through. Not in a spiritual, guided way; but that of a 3 year old child having a temper tantrum because she can't have things her way.
This book was a disappointment. Not just in her obsessive quoting, statistics and random ramblings about things she has read on the history of matrimony but a disappointment to readers who read EPL and mistook her childish escape to these countries as a search for self discovery.
Liz didn't go to Italy, India and Indonesia in EPL for spiritual guidance or to better herself. She went to hide in these places from the difficulties of divorce and didn't go back until she thought the "coast was clear."
Then after she left it all behind, she once again found something else she could rant and complain about....Marriage. Which is exactly what this book is: A childish rant, trying to justify her reasons to avoid conforming to the norm of marriage and parenting. ...more
This book is freakin' hilarious. I have never laughed so hard reading a book before. I couldn't hold it in. Tears werI officially have a girl crush.
This book is freakin' hilarious. I have never laughed so hard reading a book before. I couldn't hold it in. Tears were pouring down my face and at some points I had to stop and share with my husband because it was just so out there that I couldn't believe that this was a memoir and not just a comedy routine.
I must admit some of these stories are so extreme it makes you wonder whether they have been over embellished but at the same time you are laughing hysterically thinking, "Oh No!! She couldn't!" while the tears start running again. As she states in the book, she has no problem admitting that she is a compulsive liar and is known for not knowing where the truth ends and where the lies begin, so you can keep that in mind while reading this.
I never saw Chelsea Handler do her stand-up but this reads like mini bits and I could picture her doing all of these stories in her routine. I was going to share a glimspe of her humor but I can't choose, their are so many good parts and I don't want to offend anyone who reads this with her racy topics.
There is a lot of off-color humor and offensive material throughout the book so if you are sensitive this book is NOT for you. But, if you don't offend easily pick up this book and make sure you empty your bladder before reading otherwise you may pee your pants from laughing so hard and give yourself a few hours of free time because you won't want to put this book down....more