Gretchen Rubin is another entrepreneur I follow and I’m a huge fan of her work. Originally a successful lawyer, she transitioned to authoring political biographies but is currently best known for her writing/blogging/podcasting about habits and happiness.
The Happiness Project is Rubin’s honest account of the year she devoted to the pursuit of happiness. She focused on a different aspect of her life each month and then tried a number of activities and strategies to see what would stick….and ultimately increase her happiness. For example, January focused on boosting energy whereas May focused on play.
I loved this book. However, I can easily see how some readers might be intimidated by Rubin’s countless accomplishments and be asking themselves “why does an ex-lawyer/author/multi-gazillionaire living in New York City need a ‘project’ to stop nagging her kids, declutter and be nicer to her husband??”
That being said, for me personally, The Happiness Project isn’t #bookcaseworthy. Why you might be asking?? I resonated with several chapters where I think my own happiness could be increased, but ultimately, this book is about Gretchen Rubin’s happiness; not Brooke’s and not yours. Therefore, I’m taking all of the best lessons and tips with me, but I know I won’t re-read it, so it’s off to find a new home.
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