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

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

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by Gretchen Rubin
     
 

ISBN-10: 006158326X

ISBN-13: 2900061583260

Pub. Date: 03/01/2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

“Wonderful. . . . Rubin shows how you can be happier, starting right now, with small, actionable steps accessible to everyone.” —Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of Organizing from the Inside Out

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long,

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“Wonderful. . . . Rubin shows how you can be happier, starting right now, with small, actionable steps accessible to everyone.” —Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of Organizing from the Inside Out

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

In this lively and compelling account—now updated with new material by the author—Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

“An enlightening, laugh-aloud read.”—Christian Science Monitor

This updated edition includes:

·      A new extensive interview with the author

·      Secrets of Adulthood

·      An excerpt from Gretchen Rubin’s new book, Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900061583260
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
315

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader xvii

Getting Started 1

1 January: Boost Energy 17

Vitality

2 February: Remember Love 38

Marriage

3 March: Aim Higher 69

Work

4 April: Lighten Up 90

Parenthood

5 May: Be Serious About Play 112

Leisure

6 June: Make Time for Friends 141

Friendship

7 July: Buy Some Happiness 165

Money

8 August: Contemplate the Heavens 194

Eternity

9 September: Pursue a Passion 221

Books

10 October: Pay Attention 235

Mindfulness

11 November: Keep a Contented Heart 258

Attitude

12 December: Boot Camp Perfect 277

Happiness

Afterword 291

Acknowledgments 293

Your Happiness Project 295

Reading Group Guide 309

Suggestions for Further Readings 311

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