The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent A Year Trying To Sing In The Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, And Generally Have More Fun (2009)
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun (2009)
3.52 of 5 Votes: 5
0061583251 (ISBN13: 9780061583254)
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Reading this book felt similarly satisfying as reorganizing my closet, crossing off multiple tasks from a list, or throwing away junk that I don't need. A quick read, but left me feeling inspired in a simple and undaunted way. I also really appreciated the many real life tips and actually feel compelled to use them, like Rubin's "One-Minute Rule", where you must do any task that can be finished in one minute. It had some good tips. And she is a clever and funny writer ... so it is breeze to go through. But the one thing that sort of annoyed me about this book was ... the question that kept coming up in my head was - Why shouldn't she be happy?The author has a pretty idyllic life - a successful career as an author - which allows her a lot more free time to do pleasurable things than most people. She has a happy marriage to a successful husband. And between them they have an upper middle-class lifestyle in New York City. She has two healthy, happy, well-adjusted children.She has close ties to friends and family within her community. And she seems to be psychologically well-adjusted without mental health challenges.In her case, being unhappy, would seem sort of a luxury, in a world when so many people have so much less. We all have our problems, but when one is as blessed as she is ... happiness really is a matter of "attitude adjustment" no more, no less.I think the Dalai Lama's - The Art of Happiness is a more relevant read, for anyone that is battling significant problems and trying to find to some happiness in the midst of them. His issues, being an exiled leader of Tibet which is under the tyranny of Chinese Rule - isn't a tragedy that is superficial or transient ... it is ongoing.
A nice read with some really good ideas and examples of how to make yourself and your world happier.
Loved the initial idea of the book, but I feel like her happiness was too forced.
Will be looking through this again straight away to plan my own project.
Worth reading and some of the ideas are appealing to try.
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