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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gretchen Rubin Narrator: Gretchen Rubin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780061996924
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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 of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia, The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she 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.

Rubin didn’t have the option to uproot herself, nor did she really want to; instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about results. She immersed herself in principles set forth by all manner of experts—from Epicurus to Thoreau to Oprah to Martin Seligman to the Dalai Lama—to see what worked for her … and what didn’t.

Her conclusions are sometimes surprising: she finds that money can buy happiness, when spent wisely; that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that “treating” yourself can make you feel worse; that venting bad feelings doesn’t relieve them; that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference—and they range from the practical to the profound.

Written and read with charm and wit, The Happiness Project is illuminating yet entertaining, thought-provoking yet compulsively readable. Gretchen Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.

As an added bonus, this recording includes a sampling of Gretchen’s podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin. In this episode, “Choose the Bigger Life,” Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, discuss happiness, good habits, and whether Gretchen is going to get a dog.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is the rare book that will make you smile and think—often on the same page.”

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This book made me happy in the first five pages. And the more I read it, the happier I got. It’s filled with great insights that have changed every part of my life, from love to money, from work to play, from writing to Diet Coke.”

    A. J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Happiness Project is a wonderful book. Gretchen Rubin shows how you can be happier, starting right now, with small, actionable steps accessible to everyone. Among her many attainable strategies, her discovery of the connection between inner happiness and outer order is spot-on!”

    Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “An enlightening, laugh-aloud read...Filled with open, honest glimpses into [Rubin’s] real life, woven together with constant doses of humor.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Practical and never preachy...the rare self-help tome that doesn’t feel shameful to read.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Rubin’s funny, perceptive account is both inspirational and forgiving, and sprinkled with just enough wise tips, concrete advice, and timely research 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)

  • “It’s easy to relate to the down-to-earth Rubin, and her slightly raspy voice and enthusiastic delivery enhance that connection. She’s not afraid to share personal foibles or admit failure.”

    AudioFile

  • “[An] intriguing little book...librarians will particularly like how she loves her local library, and self-helpers will be fascinated by her process.

    Library Journal

  • “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.”

    BookPage

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 2/14/2014

    " Reading this book brought me a lot of happiness, inspiration, and energy! I have already started in on my own Happiness Project and am finding great success! Thank you Gretchen for your ideas, insight, and words of wisdom! 2013 is off to a great start! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C'Anne | 2/7/2014

    " Didn't finish this, but that was just because I couldn't renew it. A great motivating book to get some organization and happiness into your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janessa | 2/7/2014

    " Loved this book! It was entertaining with a lot of helpful tips for improving your life and done interesting and useful insights. I recommend it for everyone!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa Woolery | 2/6/2014

    " A smattering of selfish shallowness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Alexander | 1/19/2014

    " I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunatly, it failed to live up to them. There were some chapters I really liked, for example, the first chapter which was about getting more sleep and being more organized - two things I need to work on. And there were chapters I skimmed through because they bored me, like the chapter on writing a novel (I read and publish books, but have no interest in writing them.) But what I disliked the most about the book was the tone. Rubin wrote as if she were researching a dissertation, not trying to improve her happiness. She questions the success of her hapiness project throughout the book, often asking other people if she "seems happier". If you have to ask, you're probably not...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/16/2014

    " Self helpers out there will like this one. I dog-eared quite a few pages with things I want to implement myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Petro-Roy | 12/16/2013

    " 3.5 stars. Interesting, but a lot of it I felt like I've heard before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 12/9/2013

    " well worth the read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Turner | 12/5/2013

    " good ideas and found I could relate to her personal study on happiness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leorah | 12/5/2013

    " A well written book, but I don't think that I would "work" this hard to be "happier". Still thinking about... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisa | 10/18/2013

    " Very interesting read, even though I'm already on the high spectrum of happy. I like how, even though the author has written a secular book, all of her happiness-creating decisions fall absolutely and perfectly in line with what the Bible teaches will bring us happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 10/18/2013

    " I read this after our book group meeting. I really liked the nuggets of truth in this book. I won't try everything she did, but I can pick and choose and try some things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Johnson | 9/23/2013

    " I really wanted to finish this, but read the first chapter and stopped. I guess it just didn't interest me as much as I thought it would. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DeNae | 7/22/2013

    " I'd give it a 2.5. It is a fun idea, but got a little monotonous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonny Albo | 7/21/2013

    " I wanted to love this book. I wanted to glean insights into a happier world, but instead found myself skimming regularly by the third chapter and crossing my eyes every time the author mentioned a study with no way for me to go and review it myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judie Parks | 2/24/2013

    " Well thought out and detailed but not as much fun to read as I had anticipated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Phillips | 1/13/2013

    " Loved, loved this book. Not for the seriously depressed or those facing major life issues. Simply a guide to thinking differently about your own life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maddog | 10/5/2012

    " Not something I would normally read, but I did find I got things of value out of it. I connected with the first sentence: "I'd always vaguely expected to outgrow my limitations." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justine | 4/28/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's fill of great tips that everybody could benefit from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darci | 1/10/2012

    " It was a good book with lots of ideas to lead a happier life. I will try to implement some of these things into my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 12/15/2011

    " I found it full of good ideas and interesting quotes. I'm inspired to clean out my closets, read children's literature, try a one sentence journal... and more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 9/3/2011

    " Some parts were better than others...maybe I will clean my closet today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Stairs | 8/13/2011

    " I couldn't finish it. It was quite disappointing. I felt like the author was using the book to promote how awesome she is, as opposed to sharing a story with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayleigh Felice | 8/10/2011

    " Uplifting and motivating memoir. For those who want to increase their happiness or simply read about someone who did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Phelps | 6/5/2011

    " This book was the best recommendation I ever received. It helped provide clarity and perspective on the important things in my life. A very positive read that helped me to practice being patient and kind over being right. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacque | 5/20/2011

    " Great little gems to hold on to, but walked the line of preachy or repetitive. But, I'd still recommend it for a pick-me-up when in need of a life-aint-so-bad perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/17/2011

    " I loved this book. The author spends a year trying to figure out how to be happier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 5/16/2011

    " Some helpful hints for day to day life. I hate saying this, but I found the author's "voice" to be annoying. And, I kept thinking that her husband was a saint for putting up with her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 5/16/2011

    " Some practical tactics for raising awareness about ways of being in the world. I laughed out loud once, which was kind of disappointing :). Didn't really resonate with the author, unfortunately, but there are useful strategies in this book for increasing your overall well being. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 5/15/2011

    " This is the type of book that is practical. I loved it. I thought the author was sweet in her honesty and had actual advice to dish out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 5/15/2011

    " Interesting, although I didn't feel like there was enough of an overall message. Fun read, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/13/2011

    " I could have been reading my own diary...LOVED this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/12/2011

    " This book sounds light, fluffy. Maybe it is. (Maybe I AM!) But I really like how the author presented her one year happiness project. Many things she presented struck home with me and I retained. Fun and helpful reading. "

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About the Author
Author Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Happier at Home and The Happiness Project. Rubin has an enormous following, in print and online; her books have sold more than a million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages, and on her popular daily blog she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness. Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.