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

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Center Point Large Print, 2012 - Self-Help - 479 pages
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Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany: “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 a happiness project. With humor and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

Rubin didn't have the option to uproot herself, nor did she want to; instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions. She immersed herself in principles set forth by all manner of experts, from Epicurus to Thoreau to Oprah to Martin Seligman to the Dalai Lama to see what worked for her -- and what didn't.

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User Review  - Emma_Manolis - LibraryThing

This is a book that I have been hearing about for ages. I'm a big fan of creating personal projects for yourself, so I was excited to read about Gretchen's. I like the idea behind the book and I ... Read full review

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In an effort to read more non-fiction books this year, I picked up The Happiness Project, which I'd heard a lot about before but had never taken the time to read it. And I really loved it, more than I ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Gretchen Craft Rubin was editor in chief of the Yale Law Journal. She clerked on the Supreme Court under Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and served as counsel to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. An adjunct professor at Yale, she currently lives in Manhattan.

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