Book Reviews

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

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to engineer your own happiness? Gretchen Rubin did, and her journey is nothing short of inspirational. The Happiness Project is a book that feels like sitting down with a good friend who’s embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Rubin’s epiphany on a city bus – “The days are long, but the years are short” – hits home for many of us caught up in the day-to-day grind, often losing sight of what truly matters.

What makes Rubin’s account so relatable and engaging is her approach: she didn’t escape to a remote island or abandon her daily life; instead, she sought to transform it from the inside out. Each month’s new resolutions, from showing love to maintaining a gratitude notebook, are grounded in both ancient wisdom and modern science, making happiness seem like an attainable goal rather than a fleeting moment.

Rubin’s exploration is filled with humour, honesty, and revelations that are as profound as they are practical. Surprisingly, she discovers that small pleasures and changes can yield enormous dividends in our overall sense of well-being. It’s the kind of book that doesn’t just inspire you to start your own happiness project; it practically dares you not to.

In a world that often values productivity over happiness, Rubin’s book serves as a reminder that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. The Happiness Project isn’t just about finding joy; it’s about creating it in the everyday, making it a choice rather than a serendipitous occurrence. Rubin’s journey encourages us all to pause, reflect, and ask ourselves: What makes me happy? And more importantly, what am I going to do about it?

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