18. A book with a blue cover

The Happiness Project

by Gretchen Rubin

“The time to start exercising, stop nagging, and organize our digital photos was when everything was going smoothly. I didn’t want to wait for a crisis to remake my life.”

This book was absolutely inspirational to me. Gretchen takes she through a year of her life, through the search to be more happy, to find happiness in her day-to-day life without radically changing anything. Some people move to another town, embark on a journey around the world, or find another job. I liked that she didn’t want to do any of these things, but tried to make the life that she has now better, tried to life fuller and love deeper. Her honesty was much appreciated, she’s fully aware that she might be more privileged than others, because she works from home, has a good marriage and two lovely children. Her project fits with her job as a writer, but it never felt as if the project would be something I couldn’t do myself. I don’t work from home, do have a good marriage as well, and I “only” have a fur baby. So maybe her privileges are not so far from mine after all.  However, no matter what your background might be, Gretchen gives great advice on how to start for yourself and make your own happiness project a success.

Her main goal was to live lighter, so she would be better prepared for hard times that would undoubtedly occur. I learned this years ago from Dr. Phil (whose book I have yet to finish, maybe that one could be in this challenge as well).

She gave each month their own chapter, added a theme, and made subcategories with goals for that particular month. My favourites were January through December, the book made me happier just by reading it. Gretchen didn’t make it look easy, she actually made it easy. I learned so much through her experiences. Most of the issues she writes about are relatable and that makes it that much more accessible for her readers. First thing I did? I joined a gym near my home. And the second? Started working on my blog again! And hopefully I’m less nagging nowadays too. The digital photo collection organization will have to wait awhile..



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