Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Happiness Project

There aren't many books that I can say have changed my life.  I don't mean anything drastic, like a book I had in my pocket stopped a bullet or prevented my imminent death from a lion. But I mean a book that has resonated so much with me, that I reflect on its words years and years later.  A book that I pull off the shelf and delve into when I am need of some inspiration or a pick-me-up. This is how I feel about The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  As January is the time where there seems to be an overwhelming urge to reflect on our lives, on our years and happiness, I thought this would be a good time to share with you the book that I would recommend to get on your book shelf, or your kindle, well, right now. 



First off, its not your typical read.  This is an account by  a lady called Gretchen Rubin on her happiness project to, well, be more happier. Now secondly, this isn't a self help book where by you have to do weird activities like chant at the moon or go and sing to your neighbours dog. This is Gretchen's story about the things she tried to do to make her appreciate the things she felt she wasn't appreciating enough.  To try and 'fight-right' in her marriage and boost her own well being.  The brilliant thing about this book is that Gretchen is just like you or me. She doesn't write her account balancing in a tree on a remote island. She hasn't overcome adversity or is struggling with a life limiting illness. And this is what makes the book completely relatable.  

Gretchen embarks on a 12 month happiness project and each month she dedicates her month to trying to change and improve little things in her life, like boosting her energy, her marriage and being a parent. But don't think this book is just for parents.  I first bought this book many years ago before I had even had my daughter, and its words resonated with me back then just as much as they do now.  

Her journey is documented in a way that really reflects everyday life. Rubin makes such accurate comments on life and how we think. She observes that, "the days are long, but the years are short". And how often do you want to hurry your day along and then all of a sudden a week has passed and you are yearning for the years to go slower? She also shows that it isn't all walks in the park, and I find her chapter on love and learning to 'fight right' with her husband so accurate and true.  

I find this book just so inspiring, and I find myself going back to it at certain times in my life, whether that be if I'm feeling down, if I'm spending way too much time nagging at my husband or if I just feel like I'm taking things for granted.  A quick dip into this book and I feel that it sort of gives me a little wake up call and off I go again.  

I recently wrote about how everyone talks about a New Year and a New You (you can read that here), and this book really isn't about finding a new you. Its about being appreciative, making small changes and really living the life that you have, right here and right now. The majority of us have in our lives all the love and material things we could possibly wish for, it's just a case of seeing it all, like Gretchen reflects in the book

"I found the ruby slippers had been on my feet all along".


Have you read this book? What did you think? Would you read it now? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 
Thank you so much for reading, 




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39 comments:

  1. I'm definitely guilty of letting the weeks pass by - I'll take a look at this book I think :) MMWBH

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    1. Yes its definitely worth a read. Thanks for stopping by x

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  2. Well now yes, yes I would read this! It sounds great. I have a similar book on my bookshelf which I have returned to over the years to re-inspire me. I am in need of a new read so might well look this one up! x

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    1. Let me know what you think if you read it and thanks for taking the time to stop by x

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  3. I read this book a couple years ago and loved it, too. She wrote a second book, called Happier At Home, that I liked even better. Great idea to read these in the New Year! #sharewithme

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    1. Really? I will be looking that book up. Thanks for the recommendation x

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  4. I loved The Happiness Project Laura and wrote my own review last year here: http://andthenthefunbegan.co.uk/books-and-stuff/the-happiness-project-a-review/ - I often refer back to it in my posts and especially to remind myself and others with small children that "the days are long but the years are short" !! X #sharewithme

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    1. Its just an amazing read. Will pop over and check out your review x

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  5. This sounds right up my street - am so glad you shared. I'm going to order it Right Now! And then try and read it rather than let it collect dust on the shelf ;)

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  6. I haven't read this book but it sounds like a good read. You look so cute in that photo! :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  7. Sounds really interesting, I think I will take a look x #MMWBH

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    1. Yes its such a good read...let me know what you think! x

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  8. *quickly opening up amazon to buy book! Thanks for your thoughts on such a great book. It sounds like something I really need to read asap. I hate January and with it all the things I want to achieve yet its' still gloomy and dark and cold outside to start in on them. Love the photo and love how positive you are in your positive. Always make me smile after. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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    1. You are very welcome and I've just seen that you have bought the book! Enjoy and let me know what you think! x

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  9. Sounds really inspiring....going to buy it for my Kindle right now x

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  10. Ah I love The Happiness Project and follow Gretchen's blog as it's always filled with perky inspiration and stuff that makes me think and grow. I actually have her follow-up Happier at Home on my reading list for 2015. Very much think everybody should have their own happiness project, whatever form it takes!

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    1. I have just downloaded the Happier at Home follow up to my kindle so another review coming soon! I have not read her blog actually so will pop over and take a look! x

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  11. You are the second person to write about reading this book- I really need to get it as I love the idea!!! And as I write this I notice the comment above says Gretchen has a blog! Well this is all very exciting! Good luck with your happiness project! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much and yes, this book is a must (in my humble opinion!) x

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  12. I couldn't agree more - in fact I've mentioned The Happiness Project in my post this week!! Love it!
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    1. Really? I will pop over and take a look! Thanks for stopping by x

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  13. Oh I love books like these thank you very much for the review :) xx

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  14. I read this book last year and want to re-read it this year and really implement some of her tips. It was such an enlightening book for me and I need more "Happiness" in my own life!

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    1. Completely agree...it is such an enlightening book. x

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  15. Totally buying this book and over Christmas and now in the new year , but not because of it really just I had time to reflect over Christmas, is about appreciating the little things and I feel so, so much happier. Fab post. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

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  16. Can't wait to order this #sharethejoylinky

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  17. Hurrah, another Happiness Project fan! I ordered this book just over a couple of weeks ago and am almost at the end. Like you, it has changed my life in that it's definitely made me look at things differently and think about my own behaviour, thoughts and choices. So glad you love it too? Have you visited her blog yet? x

    #sharethejoy

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    1. No, I've not visited her blog yet...I am off to do that now!!!
      Glad to find another fan and I've just started her follow up book...will let you know how I get on! x

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  18. This sounds like the perfect addition to my book stash for my Journey to Joy this year! I'll be writing soon about the other books that galvanised me into action and turn my inbuilt negativity around so that I don't miss out on the everyday joy in my life.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #sharethejoy x x

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    1. Look forward to reading about your book picks in January! And congratulations on the new linky. x

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  19. I haven't read this book yet but I've added it to my Amazon list!

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    1. Its a good one! Thanks you reading and taking the time to comment x

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  20. I have just started this! Love it already x

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  21. I've got this book and have dipped in and out of it. We read it as part of a Happiness Club I attended a couple of years ago. It's all about making little positive changes, and being true to what you want to do, and be. Great post! #sharethejoy xx

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