16 August 2017

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin - Book Review

This summer I've been going through a massive reading slump but I'm currently managing to look at a few books. Alongside Tolle's spiritual book, I got myself two books: a fun one, The Happiness Project, and a novel, Songs of Willow Frost by James Ford, although in the end I brought another book with me to Palestine. It took me a while to get into this one as it's quite personal and a sort of diary, which I wasn't expecting. Slowly though (especially during my epic wait at Sofia airport), I learnt to appreciate it and made more time for it.

The book, which is autobiographical, is about Gretchen Rubin, a writer in her 40s, who has a fantastic life - a beautiful family, a great job and plenty of hobbies - but that realises she wants to make a difference and spend more time doing things she loves, making others happy. She then starts a 'happiness project' extended over the period of a year. The book is actually divided into 12 chapters corresponding to each month. Topics range from getting rid of clutter, improving a relationship, stop complaining, becoming more mindful and more.

I liked the honest and easygoing style of the author, although sometimes the book seemed slightly superficial and suggested ideas I didn't share (like reading books on catastrophes to make you feel better). On the other hand, I enjoyed many aspects of it, such as suggestions on how to avoid drama in your family.

I recommend this book if you're looking for a challenge and want to add good habits in your day-to-day life, get rid of things you don't need, learn to use time to increase your happiness levels. On her website, Rubin actually offers the chance to create your own happiness project.

My edition: Gretchen Rubin, 2009. The Happiness Project. Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closet, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. Harper Collins: New York.

Goodreads: 3/5


  1. I had read a bit of this book! I agree with you - some of her ideas were inspiring, and others didn't pertain to me. Overall, a good concept. We could all use a bit more happiness, couldn't we? :-)


    1. Hey Lor, so cool that you also read this book :) I'd love to hear more of your reads on your blog or we could just share our reads through private messages:)

    2. It's so true - I don't do enough book reviews! I just finished one from the library "The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a..." well, you get it ;) It's sort of a spoof off Marie Kondo's novel. Currently I'm reading "The Summer Without You" by Karen Swan. Maybe I will do more book reviews for the future :)

    3. You definitely should :) and the first book is actually on my reading list!

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