I love the idea behind this book. It's not a ground breaking idea and it's nothing I haven't already heard/thought/tried/read somewhere before, but so...moreI love the idea behind this book. It's not a ground breaking idea and it's nothing I haven't already heard/thought/tried/read somewhere before, but somehow right now in my life I related to the authors need to have a happiness project. A project where I take the goals I'm already always and forever striving toward, and actually put it down on paper and formulate a plan to help me reach and keep those goals once and for all. The first half of the book is great. She has some good ideas on how to eliminate and keep down all the clutter in your life (a big source of unhappiness for me). She also has some straightforward parenting advice that I have implemented and even seen results with my own children already. Also, being a former psych major, I enjoyed reading about the various psychological studies done on happiness and their findings.
The second half of the book, I began to feel a bit bogged down by her project. It was like she was just trying to stuff as much content into this thing as she could, so she started searching for more and more projects to take on to leave absolutely no facet of her life untouched by her project. Granted, everyone's happiness project will be different, just as she says, but it was getting tiring even reading about hers after awhile. Read one piece of poetry per day. Really? Like, assign yourself homework? Start a collection of something you don't even love. Uhh...no. I couldn't relate to her entire section on spirituality at all. By this point I just wanted the book to end. I think that when your happiness project becomes a full time job in and of itself, it's no longer going to bring much happiness. In the end, I'll give this book four stars however, not because I think the writing or her story is four stars, but the inspiration it gave me recognize and make some changes that I need in my life.(less)