Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I Have The Book To Start Your New Year With!

The beginning of the week I mentioned that I was reviewing this book and really wanted to get it up so that maybe you could add it to your Christmas/holiday list before everyone is done with their shopping.

The Happiness Project by best-selling writer Gretchen Rubin is an amazing read. You will feel compelled to live your best life or at least start the journey that will lead to total life happiness.

Gretchen is like most of us, she is a mom, married to the love of her life, has a great career, great relationships with her family and friends but felt that she wasn't living the happiest life she was entitled to. So she gave herself a time line, and began The Happiness Project. Decideding on 12 Personal Commandments and tackling a few keypoints each month, the Happiness Project will show us the way to personal happiness.
What I appreciate about The Happiness Project is that Gretchen DECIDED to get happy and found a way to do it.

The book reads like a novel, it isn't just a self help book, all choppy and full of bold headlines. This is Gretchen's story on how she became happier. I always felt that you can MAKE yourself happy if you choose to. This is a very inspiring book and I am taking the Challenge in 2010.

You too, can take the Happiness Challenge starting in 2010. What a great way to really do something good for yourself. And as we know, if we do something good for ourselves, we do something good for everyone we touch in our lives. It's a win-win.

Check out the Happiness Project Toolbox for lists, inspirations, and more.

To help you get started with your happiness project, answer the following questions:
1. What makes you feel good? What activities do you find fun, satisfying, or energizing?
2. What makes you feel bad? What are sources of anger, irritation, boredom, frustration, or anxiety in your life?
3. Is there any way in which you don't feel right about your life? Do you wish you could change jobs, cities, family situation, or other circumstances? Are you living up to your expectations for yourself? Does your life reflect your values?
4. Do you have sources of an atmosphere of growth? In what areas of your life do you find progress, learning, challenge, improvement, and increased mastery?

Join in! Promise yourself to make 2010 a HAPPIER year.

Each month, Gretchen will propose an area of life to tackle in your happiness project, and suggest simple, manageable resolutions to help you boost your happiness.

Sign up now! Studies show that taking an action, like signing a pledge, will help you hold yourself accountable for your resolutions.
  • January--Body
  • February--Love
  • March--Work
  • April--Money
  • May--Mindfulness
  • June--Order
  • July--Spirit
  • August--Fun
  • September--Parenthood
  • October--Friends
  • November--Attitude
  • December--Boot Camp Perfect
These categories are just suggestions. The important thing is to get started. Whenever you read this, and wherever you are, you are in the right place to begin.

More? Well, Gretchen will be promoting the book on a tour next year starting in New York. Check the locations here.

To follow Gretchen on Facebook, go here.

Browse the book here for sample pages.

To pre-order the book go here.


  1. I may ponder this challenge. We could all stand more happiness in our lives.

  2. Happiness is a choice, in many ways. I would love to read this book and to pass it on to some people in my life that are choosing to be miserable! Thanks for the review.

  3. Sounds like a great book. You're right, we could all use more happiness in our lives. Gretchen's project sounds like a fantastic idea.
    Thanks for sharing a wonderful book for the new year. I think I'll suggest it for my book club. I'm tired of reading memoirs about people's terrible lives.


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