The Happiness Project

I just finished reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, which means that I’ve finished nothing.  To follow her advice in this beginner’s guide to living happier, though not necessarily better, I would need to progressively tackle nagging tasks, while adhering to those that I’ve completed before.  The result: I would probably spend more time thinking about how to be happy than actually doing things that make me happy.  Fortunately, reading non-fiction makes me happy right now, and I’ve had this book on my wishlist for some time.  Though I started it mid-year and got stuck for several days leading into the July chapter, contemplating whether I should take on the challenges month-by-month for the remainder of the year, this book is a good read at any time.  It’s not overwhelming philosophical, though Aristotle is in the subtitle, but even so, the vast range of ideas makes the journey to happiness a little longer than it needs to be.

The book chronicles Rubin’s year-long study into happiness, month-by-month, through a combination of goals and resolutions (according to her explanation differ in the ability to complete in a definitive amount of time or over time respectively).  She breaks down the lofty objectives, such as attitude, family, money, etc, into small, easy to accomplish tasks that have to do mostly with speaking differently and thinking differently.  In this discourse creates action/reality mindset, she is able to re-examine her thoughts about happiness, even though, admittedly, she was never unhappy to begin with.   The book  and corresponding blog center on self-improvement as a solution to unhappiness, with decent tips, personal successes, and an ambition to enjoy life as it happens.

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