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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


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Savanna, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Savanna)
Wonderfully simplistic, the book manages to educate and inspire without any imposition or assumption. Rubin voices her own creation of happiness, illuminating how the most basic of tweaks in our lives can cultivate a truly more meaningful and enjoyable existence in the present. Fifty pages in within the first hour of my purchase and the only reason I was able to put it down was to call someone to rave about it. Intelligent, relatable and incredibly worth while read!
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Stacers1973, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Stacers1973)
I picked up the book because of an interest in pursuing more moments of happiness and it does provide many clever ideas and thoughts without coming across overly "New-Age-ish."

This is a book about focusing each month for a year on a different theme all relating to living happier. While I wouldn't necessarily pick each theme for myself there are some interesting and useful glimpses into someone else's goals and gains.

A fun book that I would recommend for anyone looking for ways to shake out of a slump!
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jaqchapman, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by jaqchapman)
This book offers some really great ideas on how to slow down and be more aware of life. Whether or not that leads to happiness in life might be different for each person but I did find a couple chapters that I could apply to my own life. To be sure Gretchen had a very ambitious plan and saw it through, which was impressive to read.
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bookbabeBG, February 20, 2012 (view all comments by bookbabeBG)
I usually hate self-help books, but this one grabbed me. I read a few lines in the bookstore and was hooked, I had to have it. The author is very practical and down-to-earth in her approach, her voice is fresh and humorous and her tale captivating. Unlike the "Eat, Pray, Love" heroine she does not embark on a journey around the world, she decided to change her own small corner of it step by tiny step. I was impressed by her achievements and will borrow some of her little tricks for making life more rewarding and, well, happy!
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PDX ex-pat, January 22, 2012 (view all comments by PDX ex-pat)
I was skeptical of this book, but I can't resist reading self-help books that have a do-over theme. I really love to read one every January just because it's make-resolution-time. But I have been burned by these books in the past -- I may be the only one on the planet apparently who loathes Elizabeth Gilbert and actually threw my copy of Eat, Pray, Love in the garbage after I forced myself to finish reading it (I wanted to make sure there was at least one fewer copy in the world). So I was a bit concerned that Gretchen Rubin would be someone I couldn't stomach either, but quite the opposite proved true. She's about as different from Gilbert as two members of the same species and gender can be. I read this book with much enjoyment. I even took notes and tried out her various exercises/tests -- very fun and quite self-illuminating. When I was done and January was over, I picked it up and read it again, month by month. Her questions about happiness resemble mine, but she took the time to research and study the issues that we all face but don't take the time to do anything about. Her attitude about herself and her quest were refreshingly down-to-earth -- no whiny, self-serving navel-gazing, thank you very much. If it's January and you're in the mood to think about your life and how happy you are, give this book a try.
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Rubin, Gretchen
Harper Paperbacks
Holbrook, Natalie
McHugh, Erin
Cahn, Lu Ann
Personal Memoirs
Sociology - General
Biography - General
Personal Transformation
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Trade PB
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Grade Level:
from 5
35 4-color illustrations, 15 b/w lilustr
8 x 7 in
Age Level:
from 10

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Product details 336 pages Harper Paperbacks - English 9780061583261 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Rubin is not an unhappy woman: she has a loving husband, two great kids and a writing career in New York City. Still, she could-and, arguably, should-be happier. Thus, her methodical (and bizarre) happiness project: spend one year achieving careful, measurable goals in different areas of life (marriage, work, parenting, self-fulfillment) and build on them cumulatively, using concrete steps (such as, in January, going to bed earlier, exercising better, getting organized, and 'acting more energetic'). By December, she's striving bemusedly to keep increasing happiness in every aspect of her life. The outcome is good, not perfect (in accordance with one of her 'Secrets of Adulthood': 'Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good'), but Rubin's funny, perceptive account is both inspirational and forgiving, and sprinkled with just enough wise tips, concrete advice and timely research (including all those other recent books on happiness) to qualify as self-help. Defying self-help expectations, however, Rubin writes with keen senses of self and narrative, balancing the personal and the universal with a light touch. Rubin's project makes curiously compulsive reading, which is enough to make any reader happy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Practical and never preachy . . . the rare self-help tome that doesn’t feel shameful to read."
"Review" by , "For those who generally loathe the self-help genre, Rubin’s book is a breath of peppermint-scented air. Well-researched and sharply written...Rubin takes an orderly, methodical approach to forging her own path to a happier state of mind."
"Review" by , "This book made me happy in the first five pages." AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
"Review" by , "A cross between the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love."
"Review" by , "Packed with fascinating facts about the science of happiness and rich examples of how she improves her life through changes small and big The Happiness Project made me happier by just reading it."
"Synopsis" by ,
Erin McHugh had spent the better part of her adult life doing community work, but in more recent years, the minutiae of life and working as a bookseller kept her busy and away from those higher impulses. Then one day she learned a distant relative was actually going to be canonized. Was this a sign? What followed next was McHughandrsquo;s sincere urge to recapture a sense of charity, and so she set out on her birthday to do one good deed every day for an entire year. Maybe she wouldnandrsquo;t be saving orphans from burning buildings, but she wanted to take one small, daily detour and make someone elseandrsquo;s life just a little bit better. One Good Deed is the inspiring, smart, and frequently funny chronicle of that year, in which each page represents a day in McHughandrsquo;s journey to reclaim the better part of herself, inspiring readers to do the same.

Praise for One Good Deed:

andldquo;Her memoir will inspire you to flex your do-gooder muscle without being preachy or a Pollyanna.andrdquo; andndash;Fitness

andldquo;7 Good Deeds That Could Change Your Lifeandrdquo; andmdash;Redbook

andldquo;Engaging, funny, wise, and winning. One Good Deed is a measure of humanity and of McHughandrsquo;s own striving towards it.andrdquo;

andmdash;Susan Orlean, author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief

andldquo;This instructive, funny, utterly relevant book reminds us that the simple (but not-so-simple) act of paying daily attention can make a profound differenceandmdash;to the world around us, and to our very selves.andrdquo;

andmdash;Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion: A Memoir

andldquo;The best book in the world...because it makes us our best.andrdquo;

andmdash;Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

"Synopsis" by ,


andldquo;Natalie Holbrookandrsquo;s sensibility is stylish and playful, as well as practical, loving, and down-to-earth. Hey Natalie Jean is a terrific read for anyone who wants to make her life more beautiful.andrdquo; andndash; Gretchen Rubin


The blog Hey Natalie Jean has won a cult following with writer Natalie Holbrookandrsquo;s honest, inspiring, and often witty posts on topics like marriage, babies, nesting, and style. Natalieandrsquo;s first book, Hey Natalie Jean is one part manifesto and three parts ideas, projects, and advice. Beautifully illustrated and whimsically designed, the book offers twenty-five essays and how-tos that serve as a guide to life: making date-night magic in the middle of the mundane, successfully exploring the city with a three-year-old, and creating a satisfying daily routine that still leaves room for little adventures and lots of magic.


Natalieandrsquo;s optimism, creativity, keen eye, and zeal for life are palpable, and she encourages others to make their lives beautiful with ease. This heartfelt, personal collection of essays and photographs shows Natalieandrsquo;s ability to identify and describe lifeandrsquo;s lovely incidentals in the everyday routine of errands, play dates, and naps. Inspiring, moving, and whip-smart, Hey Natalie Jean is an honest look at the hard work and courage that go into creating a beautiful life.

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