21 Jan

Book Review: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Every passing year makes us reflect on what is really important to us. Happiness is foremost. It can be a little daunting to pursue it but Gretchen’s book is an excellent guide to stay on course.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin is inspirational, honest and humorous. Her book compiled real-life stories of her very own journey in finding happiness and the strategies she adopted along the way.

This blockbuster best-seller has spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including hitting #1 sold more than 1.5 million copies and published in more than 30 languages.

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Rubin chronicles her journey during her 12-month project testing various theories, current scientific research and lessons from popular culture about how to be happy. Here are some things I found inspiring from her book.

Firstly, addressing unwanted clutter using her “one-minute-rule”—if there is a task you can do in less than a minute, do it without delay. For example, hanging a coat or throwing away a can of coke. Tackling these small tasks will help us confront bigger challenges with a greater sense of conviction, resulting in a higher success rate.

“Unfinished tasks were draining my energy and making me feel guilty energy.”

Secondly, throughout the book, she reminds us that we decide what makes us happy, and we can decide to be grateful for Ordinary things. Fitting ourselves to someone else’s mould only brings discomfort and setbacks. Only by being grateful can happiness be realised.

“It’s easier to complain than to laugh, easier to yell than to joke, easier to be demanding than to be satisfied. Keeping a heart to be contented, I expected would change my actions.’’

Lastly, she emphasises connecting with similar minded individuals, loved ones, colleagues so that there is growth and success for both parties. Gretchen discovered that by driving herself to make friends, all she needed to do was simply “act the way I want to feel’’.

“Connecting with other people lifts people’s mood.”

Self-knowledge, building relationships and preserving energy help us to attain happiness in our lives. Gretchen’s style of writing is light, breezy and engaging. Readers who refrain from self-help genres will find this book a refreshing change.

Realizing what is important to oneself and what matters, building relationships and preserving energy help us to attain happiness in our lives. Gretchen’s style of writing is light, breezy and engaging. Readers who refrain from self-help genres will find this book a refreshing change.

Borrow the ebook here! Unlimited access to this book ends on 28 Jan 2019.

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