The Happiness Project

I am currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  I would love to say that I was recommended this book or read about it somewhere and wanted to check it out.  Nope, I saw it in an Anthropologie store and picked it up.  It looked so bright and, yes, happy on the shelf.  I thumbed through it and thought it would be a fun and productive read (plus it would be super cute on my coffee table).  I texted a photo of it to Scott and he surprised me with it later.  Sweet, eh?

Rubin seeks to provide insight into the topic of happiness.  She shows you how day by day, chapter by chapter, how you can be happier.  Through being transparent with her own journey of seeking happiness (her own happiness project), she gives examples of starting small, setting goals and using attainable strategies to be happier.   This novel shares her insights to help readers do their own happiness project.

From The Happiness Project blog:

One rainy afternoon, while riding a city bus, Gretchen Rubin asked herself, “What do I want from life, anyway?” She answered, “I want to be happy”—yet she spent no time thinking about her happiness. In a flash, she decided to dedicate a year to a happiness project. The result? One of the most thoughtful and engaging works on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject.

The Happiness Project synthesizes the wisdom of the ages with current scientific research, as Rubin brings readers along on her year to greater happiness.

In the beginning of the book, something really spoke to me about happiness being strongly related to growth.  Rubin quotes William Butler Yeats, a 1900s poet and writer, on the subject of happiness:

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing or that, but simply growth.  We are happy when we are growing.”

I love that.  That concept totally resonates with me.  Gretchen Rubin adds,

“It isn’t goal attainment, but the process of striving after goals, that is, growth that brings happiness.”

As I catch little opportunities to sneak and read from this delightful book, I feel challenged to live my life in an atmosphere of growth (one of Rubin’s sayings).  I think I can relate to Rubin’s pursuit of more happiness.  I think exploring, acknowledging and confronting areas of my life that hinder and can also promote happiness— is a worthy quest.

Hopefully after finishing the book, I can report more take aways from my readings.  If you have not read it, I do recommend it.  If you have read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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