While I must admit I am really not a “self help” book kind of girl, I started reading The Happiness Project because Amazon suggested it for me (thanks a lot Amazon! What are you trying to tell me??) and I really wanted to get ****super saver shipping!!***. I consider myself a generally happy person, in fact maybe sometimes I am a little too happy… Anyways, Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project is more about her journey not out of a deep depression or some life changing catastrophic event that she endured, but rather finding more joy in everyday life and learning to appreciate what she has been given. She didn’t want to wait for something really bad to happen and then start changing her life, she wanted to do it now, so when those inevitable “bad things” happen, she would be prepared. So, she created her own “happiness project”and for an entire year she would devote each month to a particular area in her life to work on – January was energy, April was to “lighten up”, September was to pursue a passion, and so on. That was her happiness project and her message is that everyone has their own happiness project, and it doesn’t have to be anything like hers. I really liked her message of not waiting until the inevitable to change your life, do the things you have always wanted to do now while you are still able.
She has some really great quotes throughout the book. I loved this one.