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“I found Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project to be so enlightening and mind-blowing that I'm encouraging absolutely everyone I come in contact with to read it. Her goal is to change her life and become more happy without drastically changing anything in her life...this isn't a story of escaping and...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I know this will be one of the few (if any) dissenting opinions on this book. Technically, I didn't read the whole book. I just couldn't. Hate is a strong word and books don't deserve it but authors on the other hand... I didn't make it past the April chapter. I just couldn't stand it. Not...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Fun read, although I wish it had a few more tips for creating your own happiness project. It was really mostly a memoir of the author's experience. Still a really great read with lots of good info!”Sonja Foust wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was outstanding. Jim Rohn spoke of hapiness as a study. Well, Ms. Rubin did it! I have already begun my happier projects. I feel great. This book can real help you add more enjoyment to everyday! ”Susan Corey wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book really makes you think about what resolutions would make you happier. If you like Julie & Julia and Eat, Love, Pray you'll probably like this, though not as funny.”Lisa wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Even if you aren't a fan of Self Help type books you need to pick this one up. My son thought I must be unhappy if I'm reading a book about happiness but that isn't what this book is about at all. Even if you are happy there are little things you can do to promote more happiness or appreciate the things that make you happy. It's all about making the most of every day, being grateful, being mindful, going outside of your comfort zone, improving your relationships with your family, friends, self and even strangers. The book is written in a very approachable way that never gets boring. There's also an accompanying blog (http://www.happiness-project.com/) for those who are interested in trying some of the techniques outlined in the book. ”Amber wrote this review Tuesday, April 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved her insights and as I started to pay attention to what made me happy, I recognized a lot of her insights as helpful and true for me as we'll.”Laura O wrote this review Tuesday, April 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Down to earth, practical and doable. A good read, a good reminder.”Karen M wrote this review Monday, April 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read it a couple of years ago. Now I'm reading it again and creating personal resolutions each month like the author did. This is an inspiring and practical book. Rubin writes well, from the heart and mind.”L C P wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Gretchen Rubin's, The Happiness Project (2009 HarperCollins Publishing),was an ideal read before the start of the year but this is a book that could inspire any month in which you read it. Rubin begins her project by acknowledging that she is not depressed and has no reason to be unhappy. The goal of the project is to feel happier by changing her attitude not her surroundings. By incorporating positive thoughts and reactions into her daily routine, Rubin details her year of success and failure in trying to achieve happiness while things are calm in her life so that she is more prepared to deal with setbacks when they are bound to occur. Even the author questions her own purpose for wanting to begin this project. "Was I searching for spiritual growth and a life more dedicated to transcendent principles- or was my happiness project just an attempt to extend my driven, perfectionist ways to every aspect of my life?" (page 4) Read more at http://thekeytothegate.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-happiness-project-by-gretchin-rubin.html.
“I borrowed this book from my local library because I was taking a short trip and heaven forbid I would go anywhere without at least ten books I haven't read on my iPad. I don't know what my phobia is called, but I am sure there is a name for "fear of not having enough to read". At least I don't have to physically carry all those books with me.
So having this book available turned out to be a good thing. I didn't start it on my trip, but I had several appointments this week and I read this while waiting. I learned in reading this book that there is a name for this type of book, stunt non-fiction. I don't always like this kind of writing because it seems very self-centered. That was my problem with Anne Lamott's book about her new grandson.
For a number of reasons, I found Rubin's book more to my taste than I expected. I would never undertake this kind of project, but she did give me lots to think about. For example, I know that acting as you want to feel is a good thing, but I often forget to try it. Her ideas about spending were also interesting - I am definitely an under-spender.
On the other hand, I could barely read some of her ideas about parenting. I believe that Rubin is fairly well off and that also made some of her suggestions hard to take.”