Summary: Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of best-selling memoirs such as Julie and Julia, The Year of Living Biblically, and Eat, Pray, Love. With humor and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the 12 months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier…Read more.
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Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project Audio Book Summary
The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun audiobook is the work of the writer, lecturer and American blogger Gretchen Rubin.
Gretchen Rubin during a bus trip, realized that she was letting her life go by without really appreciating her. He made the decision that he wanted to achieve a happier life, so he set about organizing a plan that would allow him to do so. Each month, he would take care of one aspect of his life that could potentially be improved, so that after the twelve months of a year Rubin would have found a way to be measurably happier. To do this, he investigated the psychology of happiness, its origins and its implications.
The first month, he focused on simplifying and organizing his home, his office. It seems that the order favors that the energy flows, as well as it avoids that we are annoying for not finding something important or for having difficulties of mobility by a room due to the disorder.
The following month, it is about your marriage, do not assume that your partner will always be there, but strive to make you happy. Making you happier, makes you happy.
In the following months, he works on his friendships, making time to cultivate them and being there when he is needed. He also proposes to make three new friends. Another month is about finding a hobby as collecting something; Another about work; In short, covers most of the fundamental aspects of a functional life.
Rubin’s system set goals and measured goals to see if she really could be a better wife, better mother, better woman, and if that could make her happier.
Finally, the result is the realization that even though she had a good life, there were things she could improve to feel fuller and at the same time make the people around her happy. He succeeded, he was measurably happier.
It is a book that pretends that the reader also makes his own project of happiness, in which besides establishing its purposes, also be able to control and follow them in such a way that it is possible to achieve what is proposed.
It is easy to fantasize with a better life, worse what Rubin’s work proposes, is a way to achieve it here and now. She gives a very special treatment to her book, it is a work that helps the reader, but without having the sometimes too bland format of self-help books.
It is very pleasant to read it, it is appreciated its honesty to discuss subjects of his personal life recognizing those things that did not work in his role like mother, like wife and in his work.
It’s an inspiring and fun book. It promotes self-seeking, says you can not be happy trying to be something or someone you are not.