I finished The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun a few weeks back, and I absolutely loved it. I will admit that I generally trend towards reading books by male authors. I don’t necessarily know why, but when I look at my bookshelves, it is the rare exception of a book which was written by a female.
This book is an exception to the rule, and I could not be more pleased that I decided to open the cover. I found often hilarious parallels between Gretchen’s analytical mind, desire to be extremely organized, and strategies for self-improvement and my overall outlook and mindset.
In this 336 page book, Rubin walked me through her year long experiment in becoming more intentional in her actions and in turn becoming happier as a person. The book is broken down into chapters corresponding to monthly goals and intentions. In each case, Rubin pulls in valuable insight from readings and interactions. And what is best: she doesn’t feign perfection. She tells it like it happened and admits to falling short every now and again. In doing so, she makes the book (and project) relateable and comes across as very down-to-earth.
At the back end of the book, Rubin references her blog and website, with plenty of resources for starting your own happiness project, finding a group to interact with, and generally learning more about how to become a happier person.
Overall, I would give the book an 8 out of 10. It was easy to read, I very much enjoyed the content, and it definitely inspired me to be more intentional in my actions. I would recommend it if you are interested in personal development or are looking for a way to become happier or experience new things in your free time. Check it out on Amazon: The Happiness Project.