Book Review- The Happiness Project

Being very obsessed about project management and the illusion that comes when managing things with definite starting and ending point, I found the Happiness Project as one of the best projects that EVERYONE should do at least once per a lifetime. The book, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin provides a very practical way to tackle the areas that we think they directly contribute to our happiness level. Instead of setting long lists of New Year’s Resolutions, I believe thinking of our personal dreams and goals as sub-projects with exact time frame make the process of fulfilling them more attainable.

6398634Unfortunately, some parts of the books were very boring and could be easily rephrased using few bullet points. However, I still believe that the book is a must-have for everyone. Personally, I was amazed by the author’s personal happiness initiatives that she tackled as a part of her Happiness Project and I would love to do the same.

Here are some of my best parts of the book:

  • “Fake it till you feel it”
  • “What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while”.
  • “To be happy, I needed to generate more positive emotions, so that I increased the amount of joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, gratitude, intimacy, and friendship in my life. That wasn’t hard to understand. I also needed to remove sources of bad feelings, so that I suffered less guilt, remorse, shame, anger, envy, boredom, and irritation. Also easy to understand. And apart from feeling more “good” and feeling less “bad,” I saw that I also needed to consider feeling right”.
  • “Resolutions Chart was the key element of my happiness project. Constantly reviewing my resolutions kept them fresh in my mind, so that as I went through my days, the words of my resolutions flickered constantly in my  mind”
  • “Figure out ways to “Buy some happiness”.

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