The Happiness Project – The Book that Changed My Attitude to Life

Lovely readers, here is the book I have been raving about for the past couple of weeks.

If you read one book this year make it this one:


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

by Gretchen Rubin

Seriously, if you want to improve your life in any way, shape, or form then this book will change your attitude. And definitely for better.

The Happiness Project is written by the wonderful Gretchen Rubinย and recounts the year she spent searching for new ways to improve her quality of life and find more happiness.

It’s at the same time a beautifully written book and an incredibly useful instruction manual for how to improve your happiness.

When reading it is clear that she is writing from the heart and it is full of anecdotes from her experiences and her life. She is completely honest about her failings and is modest about success. There is no preaching and no admonishing.

Each month Gretchen focused on a different set of resolutions around a different theme, things like: sing in the mornings, stop complaining, start a blog, stop nagging, go to sleep earlier, exercise better, keep a one-sentence journal…

She writes herself Twelve Commandments and a set of Secrets of Adulthood alongside her resolutions. The commandments remind her to “be Gretchen”, to “act the way I want to feel” etc. The Secrets of Adulthood particularly hit me, they’re just great, I really think that everyone can relate to at least some of them.

Perhaps that is actually the key to why I love this book so much, you really can relate to most of the topics and issues Gretchen covers, it touches you personally.


Reason why you should: It will change your outlook on life. It might even help you become a little happier.

Reason why you shouldn’t: If you’re a grump. (Sorry if anyone didn’t enjoy it!)ย 

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!



    1. I wouldn’t say that I’m not happy, it’s just that as she says in the first chapter, we can all make a little more effort to appreciate life and make it even better ๐Ÿ™‚
      I agree, it’s such a nice idea!

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