The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – How the Happy Can Get Happier

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Do you ever wish you had a little more joy? A spark that lit up your world? The Happiness Project might just be your next book to pick up on Amazon.

Gretchen Rubin explores this concept in her #1 New York Times bestselling novel The Happiness Project. In the novel, she chronicles the year she spent choosing habits that boosted her happiness and made her feel the most like herself. One of the things she talks about in the book is that we must do things we actually like, not things we would like others to think we like. For example, she always loved children’s books, but pretended not to because it’s not an “adult” habit.

This experience of choosing something from what others want you to do (instead of what you want to do) may hit close to home. How many times have you done something just because it sounds good on paper? Better yet… what if we could all cultivate the things that make us happiest instead?

Maybe you force yourself to get on the treadmill every morning, but leap happily out of bed at the idea of going to belly dancing class. Or maybe you feel energized about waking up early in the morning, but still, you sleep in with your family every day.

These energetic frequencies from our bodies are not to be ignored. If we could just pay attention to the things that make us happier, and choose to incorporate those things into our daily lives, we would be more fulfilled, energetic, productive people. In short, that’s what The Happiness Project is about–how to discipline yourself to choose things that give you fulfillment on a regular basis.

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“We must know ourselves, so we can suit our habits to our own nature.”

About the Author Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on habits and happiness. Her next book, Better than Before, is about how we change our habits. Her books The Happiness Project and Happier at Home were both instant New York Times bestsellers, and The Happiness Project spent more than two years on the bestseller list, including at #1. Her books have sold more than two million copies, in 30 languages. Here, she writes about her adventures as she test-drives ideas from contemporary science and ancient wisdom about building good habits and a happier life.