An Exercise in Reading About Happiness

The Happiness ProjectThe Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to admit, I’m a “projects” girl. Maybe it’s the fact that I operate in creative, dedicated spurts, or maybe it’s just that my entire life has patterned itself project after project. Needless to say, when I saw this book at Barnes & Noble, Anthropologie and Target (three stores I possess entirely too much love for), I knew I should pick it up.

“The Happiness Project”

(works for me…It’s in my hands now…)

“Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun”


The book itself is a reflection of one high-achieving NYC professional writer/mom/wife extraordinaire (former clerk for Sandra Day O’Conner), Gretchen Rubin. Rubin carefully lays out how she came to create (or carefully adapt from a multitude of great sources) The Happiness Project. I really liked her approach to the project, and found myself visiting her website often to figure out how I could do one of my own. (I’m still waiting for the toolkit to be emailed to me.) The first 90 pages or so flew by.

Then…I got bored. Rubin chronicles each month of resolutions for the entire year, and while her stories are sweet and spiced up with great quotes and blog reader posts, I found my “project-prone” brain wondering what MY next project would be. (Oh, how selfish I am…)

Maybe I’m not cut out to READ a book about finding happiness in the world that already exists for you…maybe I’d rather just go out and do it.

Regardless, lovely concept, basic read…we’ll see if The Happiness Project exercise ever makes the cut in my over-saturated life!

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