Tara Carpenter's Reviews > 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

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Dec 30, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from April 23 to December 30, 2012

I'm a goal setter and a list maker. Even when I don't accomplish my goals I feel better just for having set them. And for any small progress I made. And I continue to want to make changes/keep resolutions even if I'm past a deadline or have failed in the past. So of course I enjoyed The Happiness Project, which was about Rubin's year-long resolution-keeping smorgasbord.

Rubin has a simple, clear voice that is easy to read. The book is organized by month, with a theme to each month and some specific sub-goals for each. I can see how so many people have taken to this book and started their own projects, which Rubin encourages. I even like the idea of a group to encourage & discuss. My book club almost chose this book for January, which I think would have been awesome, but ended up going with something else. We would have had some excellent discussions and I think a lot of people would have been inspired to start their own project or at least make their own resolutions.

I admire Rubin's desire to be more happy in her life, even though she was already happy and didn't want to change anything major. That's how I feel too. So as I make some resolutions for 2013, I will keep The Happiness Project in mind and refer back to some concepts. It will make a difference to me.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Happiness Project.
Sign In »

Comments (showing 1-1 of 1) (1 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

Katie Lorsch Man, I'm sorry I didn't pick this one for book club! I'm glad you liked it though :)

back to top