Teena in Toronto'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
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Feb 11, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

Like Rubin, I'm not unhappy ... but we can all be happier.

She has twelve commandments which help her which she expands on and goes back to again and again:

Be Gretchen.
Let it go.
Act the way I want to feel.
Do it now.
Be polite and be fair.
Enjoy the process.
Spend out.
Identify the problem.
Lighten up.
Do what ought to be done.
No calculation.
There is only love.

Every chapter is a new month with things to work on. For example, January is all about Vitality - Boosting Energy. The topics covered include:

Go to sleep earlier
Exercise better
Toss, restore, organize
Tackle a nagging problem
Act more energetic

May is about Leisure - Be Serious about Play and the topics include:

Find more fun
Take time to be silly
Go off the path
Start a collection

Rubin includes a lot of examples of the changes she is trying to make in her life and is honest about when things don't work as expected. She has set up a blog to support this project ... you should check it out.

I enjoyed this book and got a lot out of it.

Blog review: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2011/01...
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