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Publisher's Note:

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "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 her happiness project. In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia, The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the twelve months 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 really want to; instead she focused on improving her life as it was. Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions: give proofs of love, ask for help, find more fun, keep a gratitude notebook, forget about …

The Happiness Project

by Gretchen Rubin

Overall Book Review:

The Happiness Project is the kind of book you need to read with a paper and pen close by. I found author Gretchen Rubin relatable, smart, and witty and I was constantly jotting notes down. Besides detailing her year-long experiment, Rubin’s Happiness Project includes quotes from famous authors and philosophers, as well as research to back each of her monthly resolutions. While I found some months’ aims more interesting than others, I quickly and easily made it through this uplifting memoir. Rubin’s journey will inspire readers to reflect on their levels of personal satisfaction and perhaps start a happiness project of their own. 


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 4 mild obscenities

Violence/Gore: ***

Sex/Nudity: A few sexual references; mostly sayings like “sleep is the new sex”.

Mature Subject Matter:

 Life-threatening illness.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Author comments on drinking at parties and her ultimate discussion to give up alcohol.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
2
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
0
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.