The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin


This book belongs in the non-fiction category of stunt journalism. The genre may have been kickstarted by Supersize Me. Julie and Julia is another example. Many started out as blogs as did this book and Julie and Julia. Basically, someone does something out of the ordinary for a period of time and documents their experience.

How can you not like a book that tries to bring more happiness to the world. I did like this book and would recommend it to people who liked Eat, Pray, Love. The author spends a year working on a different aspect of her life for a month in order to become a happier person. Gretchen is a voracious reader, a serious researcher and a former lawyer. These aspects of her personality elevate the book above your average blog.

Her number one principle was “To be Gretchen.” Things and activities that make other people happy don’t necessarily make her happy and vice versa. Gretchen gets more sleep, resists nagging her husband, “lightens up”, cleans up the clutter, expresses more gratitude and tries overall to be a more pleasant person to others because one of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make others happy and one of the best ways to make others happy is to be happy yourself.

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