9780061583261

The Happiness Project

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  • ISBN13:

    9780061583261

  • ISBN10:

    006158326X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/1/2011
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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Summary

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany. One rainy afternoon on a city bus, she realised that she wasn't as happy as she could be. In danger of wasting her days-always yearning for something more, waiting for problems to miraculously solve themselves-she realized her life wasn't going to change unless she did something about it. On January 1, she embarked on her Happiness Project, and each month she pursued a different set of resolutions: to get more sleep, quit nagging her husband, sing in the morning to her two young daughters, start a blog, imitate a spiritual master, keep a one-sentence journal. She immersed herself in everything from classical philosophy to contemporary psychology to see what worked for her-and what didn't. Illuminating yet entertaining, profound yet compulsively readable, The Happiness Project is one of the most thoughtful and prescriptive works on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject. Filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor, her story will inspire readers to navigate their own paths to happiness.

Author Biography

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the bestselling Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill. She was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized that she really wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two young daughters.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Readerp. xvii
Getting Startedp. 1
January: Boost Energyp. 17
Vitality
February: Remember Lovep. 38
Marriage
March: Aim Higherp. 69
Work
April: Lighten Upp. 90
Parenthood
May: Be Serious About Playp. 112
Leisure
June: Make Time for Friendsp. 141
Friendship
July: Buy Some Happinessp. 165
Money
August: Contemplate the Heavensp. 194
Eternity
September: Pursue a Passionp. 221
Books
October: Pay Attentionp. 235
Mindfulness
November: Keep a Contented Heartp. 258
Attitude
December: Boot Camp Perfectp. 277
Happiness
Afterwordp. 291
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
Your Happiness Projectp. 295
Reading Group Guidep. 309
Suggestions for Further Readingsp. 311
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