Saturday, 3 September 2011
Book Review – The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
I wish I could remember who told me about this book, I want to go back and give them a huge hug, for introducing me to a book that might just be life changing.
As you can probably tell I really loved The Happiness Project, which is why it’s getting a mention here, when it’s not YA. Normally I am not a fan of self help books, and I hesitate to call The Happiness Project that. It’s more an inspirational memoir of one woman’s year. I started my own Happiness Project on the 1st September and I do hope I’ll keep going for the whole year. I even set up a blog to detail it all (but I’ve failed to post there yet – excellent start right?)
The Happiness Project is a really nice mix of Gretchen Rubin’s own Happiness Project and all the books she’s read on happiness (there are a lot) I loved all the research she did from Ben Franklin to St. Thérèse. She splits the book into twelve months and focuses on a different area of her life each month – love, work, parenthood, etc. I found most of the scientific and psychological research she shared fascinating. I love stuff like that. I was also completely involved in her story, it was like reading about a friend. She’s very honest, and I felt like I knew her by the end of the book. I was also
deadly jealous inspired when she set up a book group for adults who love YA .
I think most people will feel a connection to Gretchen Rubin when they read this, due to her style of writing, and the fact that a lot of the small barriers to happiness are things we all deal with but don’t give much thought too. For example I would never claim that a pile of papers and junk mail on the side makes me unhappy, but it does annoy me and some days it can be the tipping point. Frequently I look back and realize I got upset about the small stuff to avoid getting upset about the big stuff. If the small stuff is sorted though then the big stuff becomes more manageable. Or so I’m hoping.
Even if you’re a generally upbeat, happy person, I think The Happiness Project is worth reading. It’s a great reminder of how important the small things are, and how we should make the most of, and appreciate each moment. As my favourite quote from the book goes “The days are long, but the years are short.”
Gretchen Rubin also has an excellent blog The Happiness Project