Review – The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Just back from vacation. I read less than anticipated. I suppose that is what happens when you have a 4 year old nephew and 2 year old niece running around.

Background

I figured I could use a little bit more happiness in my life, so I went over to the “Personal Growth” section of the library and decided to give this a whirl.

Quick Thoughts

A lot of the ideas that Rubin presented were inspiring and challenging – attempting to be more caring, less judgemental, and the like. The way that she structured her happiness project with her personal “Commandments” and “Secrets of Adulthood” made me want to create these sorts of goals in my own life.

The one thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the way that she talked about her blog over and over again. Maybe I’m just jealous she quickly created a successful blog, but as the mentions of her blog increased my annoyance levels also rose. I guess that just means I need to be less judgemental and take some more of the advice from the book.

Recommendation

Meh, this one I could go either way. I didn’t dislike it, but I’m not wild about it. Read if:

  • You want to make an intentional (and sort of structured) effort to live a happier life
  • You like self-help books with personal anecdotes
  • You want to read about someone else’s blog (sort of joking…)

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