The Happiness Project, 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 Happiness Project, Or, Why I Spent A Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Large Print - 2012
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Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Large Print, 2012, c2009
Edition: Center Point large print ed. --
ISBN: 9781611735390
1611735394
Branch Call Number: LP 158 Rub
Characteristics: 479 p. ; 22 cm. --

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camdavis11 May 09, 2014

Though the author gets too self-involved--especially about her marriage, she includes great quotes and citations by philosophers on "happiness" and makes an important point: most people have to work for happiness. It doesn't just happen.

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Vic4132
Jun 06, 2013

This book is filled with scores of fascinating factoids, and well-written by one who is obviously very smart. The author herself, with her personal stories and relentless vitality, is a fascinating subject in herself. But as her year passed the tone and pace of the book diminished until I became anxious to finish.

sablegirl Nov 29, 2012

Just skimmed this book and didn't find it very interesting. Not highly recommended.

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cantilcm2008
Aug 15, 2012

This book helped me learn how to eliminate clutter from my room. I'm kind of a pack rat and it really was a great guide for letting go of useless stuff. There are instances where certain chapters may not apply to every reader but the author makes every effort to have a least some parts of it to apply to anyone's life.

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modestgoddess
Aug 11, 2012

What I really enjoyed about this book, was that the author didn't whitewash her behaviour. It's always so refreshing to read about other people who don't get it right all the time! I liked this book enough to buy my own copy to keep and go back to and encourage all my nearest and dearest to read. Lots to ponder and lots that could help just about anyone. I like that it was by and about someone who felt she already has plenty to be happy about, but that she wasn't behaving in a happy way and wanted to find a way to be more present in her life and appreciate the good things she has. I suspect that's true of a lot of us.

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librarylynners
Jul 17, 2012

This will give me a lot to think about for awhile....

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meganmca
Jun 25, 2012

I struggle with it. I do think there is a lot of food for thought, and for that, I appreciate her perspective. I also believe she has more hours in her day than I do. I am a stay at home mom and this book exhausts me.

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lilwordworm
Dec 21, 2011

Just your very average woman with a Yale law degree, excellent career, wealthy husband, fancy New York apartment, and cute kids, helping you find simple ways to happiness. Decent advice for people with FiWoProblems.

ksoles Aug 17, 2011

"Act the way you want to feel." Deceptively simple advice but the most profound concept I took away from "The Happiness Project." In self-help's newest "do something off-beat for a year and write a book about it" memoir, Gretchen Rubin dismisses the notion that increased happiness only comes from sweeping life changes. Instead, the author creates a few resolutions per month based on a specific theme (marriage, money, spirituality etc) and chronicles her struggles to make small adjustments to her everyday attitude.

Rubin writes in an appealing, conversational style and shares many thought-provoking tips on fostering a greater sense of well-being: cut people slack, tackle a nagging task, laugh every day. She backs up her anecdotes with extensive research and always maintains that what makes HER happy won't necessarily make others happy. Thus, she encourages independence in her readers, guiding us to improve our own unique lives instead of simply following her model. Responsibly, she also makes it clear that she offers no magic formula; her book will not treat depression.

Unfortunately, though, a lot of Rubin's memoir feels both tedious and obvious; by the April chapter I started skimming and didn't really stop. Cliches such as, "you can't change your partner, you can only change yourself" crop up all too often and epiphanies like using file boxes to store cards and photos seem ridiculous coming from an intelligent, organized woman who used to clerk for Sandra Day O'Connor.

Finally, much of the book's latter half consists of comments that internet users have left on The Happiness Project's blog. A few insightful thoughts from others may have added interest but the larger volume only disrupted Rubin's flow in the name of filling space.

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ac807
Oct 22, 2010

Lots of inspiring moments and food for thought. Very enjoyable read!

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