Monday, April 15, 2013

MareReads: The Happiness Project

Today I thought I would review a book I recently finished: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This is a book that's caught my eye for a couple years now.  I have seen it displayed on countless shelves among bestsellers and just never followed through to read it.  Finally I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go.
As you can see from the picture, the premise of this book is based on one year in the life of a woman in her pursuit of happiness.  She does in-depth research on ways to be more happy and then dedicates each month to a different area of her life, working to improve.  I was mistakenly expecting more of a novel and the story of this woman's life.  But she includes a lot of research, fact and information.  Rubin does include first-hand accounts of how her research is put into play, but I would have liked a little more personal experience and a little less research.  
That being said, I definitely got a lot out of The Happiness Project.  As with any "self-help" book, I took away bits and pieces to incorporate into my own life.  Rubin talks a lot about acting how you want to feel.  You want to be happy?  Act it, and sooner than expected you will notice yourself actually feeling happier.  She also realized that it takes more effort to be positive than negative, but the hard work really is worth it.  I found myself putting some of her ideas into practice and almost instantly noticed a difference.
I think no matter what your stage of life you could benefit from Rubin's honesty in this book.  I have subscribed to receive a daily happiness quote through her website I linked above and am loving them too! 

4 comments:

  1. Did you find it an easy read even with it being a lot of research and facts?

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    1. It was still an easy and fulfilling read. You are more than welcome to borrow it:)

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  2. Just ordered it and the Alchemist from Amazon.ca. Look forward to reading them both. I've had the Alchemist on my to read list for a while now. Val xo

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  3. It's always harder to read facts and research results than a story. I'm glad you stuck with it and got quite a lot out of it which is benefiting you. The bible says 'Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness' so when we smile and 'sing in the morning' as Gretchen recommends it does make us feel more cheerful. This is good because it spreads to those around us instead of bringing them down with our negativity. Love, Mum xx

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