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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
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Feb 22, 13

bookshelves: self-help, spirituality, nonfiction, happiness
Read in January, 2011, read count: 2

My company's women's network sponsored an event where we got to hear Gretchen Rubin speak and I was able to get a free signed copy of this book! And I really loved it. Rubin spends a year exhaustively researching happiness--what famous people have written about it, what conventional wisdom says will make us happy, what studies show is important, and more--and works to distill "happiness" down to what it means for her specifically to be happy. Every month she focuses on a different aspect of happiness (energy, marriage, fun, spirituality, etc.) and identifies key areas to focus on, things she can improve right now in her own life. She uses charts and journals to track her progress (which she finds to be crucial), and starts a blog, where she both inspires others and receives inspiration from around the world. I found her journey to be fascinating, fun, and endearing. I have too much going on right now to start a happiness project of my own (yes, I know, if I can't make time for it now then when can I, but I honestly have another major year-long project about to start), but I'm going to make my husband read this, and then I'm going to read it again next year and see where it takes me.

*Originally read in January 2011. Reread in February 2013.
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message 1: by h (new)

h can i borrow this sometime?

Roxanne Sure! My copy is signed and personalized, though, so I will definitely want it back.

message 3: by h (new)

h it is good to know about a signed copy in advance! whenever the magical borrowing time comes, i will be sure to be extra careful. :)

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