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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42,518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gretchen Rubin Narrator: Gretchen Rubin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “[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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Lisa Woolery | 2/6/2014

    " A smattering of selfish shallowness. "

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