Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Book Chat: The Happiness Project

Hey peoples! I'm linking up with Jessica today for The Book Chat! Here's this week's topic: 

And here's the book I read recently:

Synopsis from Amazon
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

This book gets 3.5 out of 5 stars for me.  The author, Gretchen Rubin, embarked on a year-long happiness project.  She wanted to figure out what made her happy and how to set long-term goals bringing more happiness into her life. 

I enjoyed the book a lot and it really inspired me to think about trying something similar.  The nerd in me wants to sit down and jot down some ideas for a year-long project.  I think it'd be something I'd enjoy. 

But the reason I gave it 3.5 stars is because it seemed just a tiny bit contrived... The author would give an example of something she wanted to try and then share a story about how awesome it was and how great it worked.... but she did so for almost EVERY single example.  Maybe it's the skeptic in me, but I wanted to hear more about the failures... and she did touch on some briefly, but that's real life, right? I want to hear about what happens when you try to do something to make yourself happy and it doesn't work. Then what do you do? 

But otherwise it was extremely inspiring.  Life is short! finding happiness should definitely be a big priority in our lives. 

Come check out Jessica @ Sweet Green Tangerine for some more posts about inspirational/self-help books! 

What have you read that inspired you lately?? Please share, I'd love to hear about it! :)



  1. I read this book about a year back and really enjoyed it, although I know what you mean about it seeming a bit contrived. It really made me think about my own happiness though and when I started to think about having a blog I considered doing it based around the happiness project. I want to read the sequel.

  2. Considering almost every linker mentioned this book today, I think I'm going to have to try it!

  3. I love this idea. I'm SO the type of person who would do this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I've heard about this book! A coworker of mine is actually making her own happiness year long plan!

  5. This sounds interesting... you should let us know if you decide to do a happiness project!

  6. I'm so happy you reviewed this book, I've been wanting to read it for a while and now I know what to expect - thanks girl!!!

  7. I also read this book just recently...I liked it well enough but it wasn't my favorite. I think you pretty much gave it a perfect review, though!

    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award over at my blog. You can come pick up your pretty award here!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. This is a great read. I'm almost done with it and I started in September! I took a lot of breaks. It has inspired me to start my own happiness project. Hopefully I will start that soon....-Jessica L

  9. I've been wanting to read this, although I can understand why it would be hard to stomach a book that only shared the successes and not the failures.

    Have you ever read MWF Seeking BFF? It's about a woman who searches for a new best friend and she chronicles ALL of it... ups and downs. Super good and very real.

  10. Great review, I will have to check it out!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  11. i love GR! i read the HP a couple years ago and i follow her blog. i actually perform an annual review on my personal life each year and write goals.. its based on the four questions she lists at the back of the book! xoxo


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