Why We Should All Read The Happiness Project

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5 reasons we should all read (and buy) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Few books have changed my life. Till now, the only books that have changed my way of thinking are Simone de Beauvoir’s L’invitée (the dutch version Uitgenodigd) and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. In this review, we are going to talk about the latter.

One afternoon, waiting on the bus, I killed some time in the bookshop and right away I noticed this book. Even before reading what it was about, I knew I had to have it. Now, I’m not one to buy books in actual bookstores, I usually go to fleemarkets and buy last years book for 50 cents. But this book I had to buy. In the bus I started reading and I never stopped. I think I read it three times by now, and I can’t even count the times I just read a paragraph to boost my motivation. Since then I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know. I even started this project Thehappyspoonieproject based on this book. So, here are the reasons you should read (well, just buy it. You’re gonna want to keep it anyway) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

It’s crazy inspiring
In this book Rubin begins her journey toward happiness. Not that she’s unhappy now, but she wanted to see if she could be even happier. After doing a whole lot of research, she made a plan and set up her goals for a year, divided in months. Now you may think: what do I get out of reading about her goals? Just wait. In her book Rubin states that you can do all the research in the world regarding your goal, but reading about someone actively working towards their personal goal can be so much more inspiring, even if those goals don’t even resemble yours. For me this is completely true. I don’t want to read Aristotle necessarily, or sing in the morning, or eat low-carb (okay, that one I do want), but learning about how she does it and how it affects her is somehow crazy motivating. Trust me.

It’s entertaining
She’s just a very good writer. I love every word she writes and I should know, because I bought all her books. Yes, you could say I’m a fan. As Daily Beast described it in their review: “Practicle and never preachy… the rare self-help tome that doesn’t feel shameful to read.”. It’s honest and straightforward and just really… well,  entertaining. Even if you have no goals to work towards (which I find hard to imagine), you can still read this book with pleasure.

You learn a lot of cool facts
Rubin did her homework. She knows percentages and studies and ain’t afraid to show it. If you like random facts, she’s your girl.

You will get new ideas along the way
So maybe your original goal wasn’t to start meditating or go low-carb, but you might just get inspired to try something out of your comfortzone. Her enthousiasm is contagious. And why not read Aristotle?

It makes you think about what makes you happy
At the end of this book (or way sooner) you will start planning your own happiness project, I guarantee. You will start thinking about what you’d like to accomplish and which month will suit you. How you can reach that goal and stay motivated. You will. I know you will.

It’s not expensive
If I haven’t convinced you to buy the book yet, I probably will now. It’s only a few bucks, but it’s something you will (and should) cherish for a lifetime. Do you think I’m too enthousiastic? It cannot possibly be that good? Well, why don’t you try it and find out? I’d love to hear what you think (please comment below!).

And if you are not such a bookreader, don’t worry. I will blog about it regularly!

To end this review, here’s a picture of my own copy that’s been read a hundred times.

BUY THE HAPPINESS PROJECT HERE (Amazon) or HERE for the dutch readers.

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  2. Sheila Jo

    I listened to this as an audiobook during my commute to work. Enjoyed it, but haven’t tried her other books. May need to her other works to my TBR pile…

  3. This is a book I see all the time and never really consider. I will actually buy it next time! Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. admin

      You will not regret it!

  4. I have heard of this book before and i keep meaning to read it. I see if I can get this for my kindle. xx

    1. admin

      I think it is available for Kindle.

  5. Dee Dee

    Loved your review! Just ordered the book on Amazon. Can’t wait to start reading!

    1. admin

      Great! I’m sure you’ll love it! Please let me know what you think about it 🙂

  6. I have looked at this book several times, you have finally convinced me to read it. Great review!

    1. admin

      Great, you won’t regret it!

  7. Definitely sounds like a good read.

    1. admin

      It’s my favorite book of all time 🙂 thank you for commenting!

  8. Amy

    Sounds like a book I need in my life! I’m not unhappy! I’m a happy person, lol! But I love reading this stuff and need an uplifting read every once a while!

    1. admin

      Rubin didn’t write the book because she was unhappy, she was actually pretty happy but wanted to see if she could be happier. I think it’s such an uplifting book! Thank you for commenting!

  9. Lucy

    Hi, I find your blog posts inspiring and fun to read. I will check out The Happiness Project. I know what you mean about being inspired by others’ paths towards their goals. I think that’s why I like autobiographies and biographies so much. I develop role models. I’m currently reading the autobiography of Senator Marco Rubio whose parents immigrated to the US from Cuba. Great story, so inspiring.

    I am a spoonie but I also am recovering from issues around goal setting and creating structure. So, those things are sort of doubly difficult. Do you have any recommendations for other good resources on how to set goals and create structure? Other blog posts of yours or elsewhere? Thanks. I look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

    1. Lianne

      Hi Lucy, thank you so much! (again, haha). I never actually read biographies, but maybe I should. I will start a biography about Winston Churchill soon, also written by Gretchen Rubin. She also wrote a book about habits and how to develop them properly. Yeah I’m a fan of Rubin as you can see 🙂 I have started a bulletjournal, maybe that’s something you can look into (I will blog about it too). You can create a habit tracker and that helps a lot! I don’t know many bloggers yet, but you have inspired me to write a blogpost about what bloggers to follow if you want to know more about goalsetting. Stay tuned, I’m working on it! Love, Lianne

      1. Lucy

        Hi Lianne, Okay, I can see that Gretchen Rubin is going to become important to me. Thanks for telling me about her other books also. Can’t wait to explore her books. I’ll check out your post on a bullet journal. Looking forward to your post about goal setting blogs. I will start doing more research myself. Definitely more economical than paying a life coach or therapist (although I believe those things are very valuable as well). A biography of Churchill sounds wonderful. I’ve watched 3 documentaries on him lately. He is definitely one of my role models. Someone who overcame failure and rejection to become one of the most important leaders in history. Who believed in himself on a core, intuitive level despite his eccentricities and what we might call today, learning differences. Someone profoundly creative and original in his thinking 🙂

        best wishes to you and thanks,


  10. I have never heard of this but I am definitely interested! I actually love reading about others’ goals and successes, it is a constant reminder that you can achieve your own dreams if you work for it and motivation to keep going even when the times get tough! Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t wait to read it!

  11. Must be inspiring if you’re this enthusiastic. I will look out for it so I can have a flick through before I buy it. Totally agreed about buying books from flea markets or charity shops. I never like to pay full price!

  12. Areta

    Great review, thanks for sharing!

    1. admin

      Thank you Areta! 🙂

  13. This is such a good book! I read it when I was going through my freshman year of college and was having a hard time finding happiness!

  14. This is great! I am actually starting to set some new goals, and it sounds like this will be very inspiring!

  15. It doesn’t sound like the type of book I would normally read, but you did pique my curiosity. I’m sure it will just be a matter of time before I get my hands on a copy.

    1. admin

      Hi Jaime, sometimes it’s refreshing to read something else, don’t you think? What do you normally read? If you do ever read it, I’d love to know what you think! Have a nice weekend! 🙂

  16. This has been on my to read list for the past couple years. Thos year is going to be the year — your post convinced me.

    1. admin

      I’m so glad! Let me know what you think! 🙂

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