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

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HarperCollins Canada, Dec 28, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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What if you could change your life without really changing your life? On the outside, Gretchen had it all -- a good marriage, healthy children and a successful career -- but she knew something was missing. Determined to end that nagging feeling, Gretchen set out on a year-long quest, her own “happiness project,” to learn how to better enjoy the life she already had.

Each month, Gretchen pursued a different set of resolutions: go to sleep earlier, tackle a nagging task, bring people together, take time to be silly, along with dozens of other goals. She read everything from classical philosophy to cutting-edge scientific studies, from Winston Churchill to Oprah, developing her own definition of happiness and a plan for how to achieve it. She kept track of which resolutions worked and which didn’t, sharing her stories and collecting those of others through her blog (created to fulfill one of March’s resolutions). Bit by bit, she began to appreciate and amplify the happiness that already existed in her life. Written with humour and insight, Gretchen’s story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun.

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Review: 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

User Review  - Sherry Mackay - Goodreads

I give this 4 stars not so much for the writing but for the ideas behind it. I found the author's insights to be very useful and practical. I am not into airy fairy stuff; I like a framework to hang ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mariana - Goodreads

I neither like this book nor dislike it. I don't like it because it felt like something was missing, or something was wrong or off. It felt shallow in its telling and the author spent a lot of time ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

GRETCHEN RUBIN is the author of several books, including the bestselling Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill. Visit her popular blog at happiness-project.com, follow her on Twitter @gretchenrubin or become a fan on Facebook.

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