Are you happy?
Do you feel that although you have everything, you have this vague feeling of discontentment that doesn’t allow you to have the joy of life that you want?
One April morning, Gretchen Rubin, happily married mother of two little girls, realizes that she suffers from “midlife malaise”, a sense that she is not as happy as she would like to be. She has everything she could possibly want, a beautiful house, a healthy family, financial stability and security but she does’t feel the joy that all those things deserved.
So, she decides to start working towards the life that she wants, to start her very own “happiness project”. To do that she focuses on twelve different subjects for the twelve months of the year, starting January first. The subjects are: vitality, marriage, work, parenthood, leisure, friendship, money, eternity, books, mindfulness, attitude and in the boot camp month of December she tackles the overall subject of happiness. Every month she identifies 4-5 goals for each category and takes steps for them e.g in the month of September – parenthood- her goal is “to lighten up” and the specific ways for her to do that are: sing in the morning, acknowledge the reality of people’s feelings, be a treasure house of happy memories and take time for projects. The whole book is full of anecdotes from her own life.
First, I have to say that I am a huge fan of Mrs. Rubin’s work. I have read all her “Happiness” books ( “The Happiness Project”, “Happier at Home” and “Better than Before“). She has also very kindly sent me, all the way from New York, this lovely card
“The Happiness Project” is one of those books that really makes you think. Mrs. Rubin has the gift of using very simple language to tackle complex ideas. What I loved about the book is that it is a very practical book meaning it gives you very specific steps to make little changes in your life by using her example. I absolutely love Mrs. Rubin’s upbeat and energetic tone of voice and I can’t tell you how many times I can hear her voice in my head telling me:
“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”
To be honest, that is what gave me courage to start this blog!
It’s a book that you will read it again and again through the years. I find it fascinating to see how someone takes the everyday life and lifts it to something extraordinary without taking any drastic measures but with just some fine tuning. It really makes you feel that everything that you wish is under your control if you are willing to work hard.
Mrs. Rubin has also a very “feel-good” podcast with her sister Elisabeth that is really a delight to listen to. I highly recommend it.
Did you know?
- It has sold over one million copies and it has been translated into 35 languages.
- It has spent more than two years on the NY Times bestseller list.
- It was an answer on the game show “Jeopardy”.
You can, too, begin your Happiness Project perhaps by purchasing this wonderful book in the following formats: