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The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by [Rubin, Gretchen]
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“Wonderful. . . . Rubin shows how you can be happier, starting right now, with small, actionable steps accessible to everyone.” —Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of Organizing from the Inside Out

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

In this lively and compelling account—now updated with new material by the author—Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

“An enlightening, laugh-aloud read.”—Christian Science Monitor

This updated edition includes:

·      A new extensive interview with the author

·      Secrets of Adulthood

·      An excerpt from Gretchen Rubin’s new book, Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1559 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061583251
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Revised ed. edition (29 December 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017H7FUIK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The most important thing to say about this book is that it is NOT just another one of those vague, hard-to-believe self-help books that promise the world but deliver only vague platitudes and tall tales. There are a few reasons, in my opinion, why this book is vastly more interesting and readable.

- It actually has a specific focus (becoming happier over 12 months, broken down into one life area per month such as money, family, fun)
- It is based on genuine research about happiness, social attitudes and thinking patterns in different societies and over time and human misunderstanding about what will make us happier
- It contains regular practical ideas about how to achieve personal change, from not eating food at children's parties to going on a 5-day intensive art class
- It is not preachy. In fact I can't remember any direct suggestions to the reader, it was almost entirely about the author's own personal journey and the changes she made.
- Most importantly, the author fails in a number of experimental changes she undertakes, and tells us so. This is entirely different from the unrealistic "I achieved instant success without even trying" kind of nonsense in many low-brow self-help books. It also meant I had a lot more trust in the book as a whole and its author.

This is unlikely to turn anybody into a millionaire supermodel overnight, but for me it has been a great prompt to make small changes to my general approach to problems, to seek out new challenges and to make better use of my time. Ultimately anybody can change their life for the better with a bit of self-reflection about what needs to change and an action plan to make it happen.

Oh, and it was also an enjoyable read!
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It's like when you catch up with a friend you haven't seen in a while and all they do is complain, and you keep looking at your watch and into the dregs of your coffee waiting to escape this silent hell. Its like this but in book form, when your at home chilling on your couch.
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as a generally content person i really related to the idea of just engaging with life and being as happy as i can be. There was so much in this book that i could see reflected in my own life and it helped set me on the track to create my own little happiness project that i'm excited to be starting.
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I really enjoyed this book. Some of it is cliched and obvious but it is funny how we sometimes still need the obvious pointed out to us. I am glad the author shared her experiences in such an honest manner.
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