Okay, so it’s been a while since I wrote about a “need to read as soon as you possibly can” book, but after reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I couldn’t wait to share.
I’m sure you’ve heard of The Happiness Project, you’ve probably seen it around, on the tables at Barnes and Noble, in the hands of commuters, on your friends bookshelves, because this book is practically everywhere. And for good reason.
It would be cliche, but not untrue for me to say that this book, sort of changed my life. A self-help book, parading as a memoir has made me rethink so many things about the way I was living my life. I know, that’s like saying a book by Dr. Phil can change your life, but I’m showing you my cards, because for me, this was totally true.
Rubin’s book tells the story of a year where she tries little things to become a happier person. Each month, she focuses on a different aspect of her life (family, friends, work, etc.) and focuses on making small changes that will build up to a greater happiness. And one of the best parts? She realizes that her journey is completely different from everyone else’s. There’s no prescribed “you must do this,” or “you can’t do that,” it’s about taking what will make you, as an individual happy and finding a way to apply that to your daily life.
So it’s actually totally awesome.
I haven’t always been the happiest of people. I’ve been very fortunate and so lucky to have the support from my family, a job I love, and a great group of friends, but lately (especially this month) I haven’t exactly been happy. Something always seems a bit off and I feel like I’m ALWAYS complaining. But, I don’t want to be like that, so I’m going to start brainstorming about my own happiness project.
I’ve been utilizing Rubin’s site and have started working on my own commandments, my resolutions, and just marinating on what I really love and what’s important to me.
If you’re interested in getting a bit more happiness in your life, I’d definitely pick up a copy of this book, you never know how it might change you!