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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.
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.