NBC’s Today Show this morning featured a truly inspirational new book by Gretchen Rubin.
It’s called “The Happiness Project” (or if you prefer: “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”).
The book describes the author’s experience dedicating an entire year of her life to figuring out ways to increase her happiness without making the sort of drastic changes (divorce, big purchases, moving, etc.) that many people consider as options to ditch their midlife blues.
As Rubin describes it, “I wanted to change my life without changing my life, by finding more happiness in my own kitchen.”
She takes an incremental approach to self-improvement, focusing on making tiny changes in one particular area of her life each month. In January, for example, she prepared for the remainder of the year, organizing her living space and making positive changes to help increase her energy level. In February, she worked on her marriage. In March, she worked on her work, then parenting, etc, etc.
Finally, Gretchen says the project was a success for her. She’s formulated “Four Splendid Truths” and her own “Twelve Commandments for Happiness”.
Sounds like a winner to me. I’m going to be buying this one. We could all use a little more happiness these days.
You can check out Rubin’s The Happiness Project blog here.
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