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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 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 | Gretchen Craft Rubin
What if you could change your life without really changing your life? On the outside, Gretchen Rubin had it all -- a good marriage, healthy children and a successful career -- but she knew something was missing. Determined to end that nagging feeling, she set out on a year-long quest to learn how to better enjoy the life she already had. Each month, Gretchen pursued a different set of resolutions -- go to sleep earlier, tackle a nagging task, bring people together, take time to be silly -- along with dozens of other goals. She read everything from classical philosophy to cutting-edge scientific studies, from Winston Churchill to Oprah, developing her own definition of happiness and a plan for how to achieve it. She kept track of which resolutions worked and which didn't, sharing her stories and collecting those of others through her blog (created to fulfill one of March's resolutions). Bit by bit, she began to appreciate and amplify the happiness in her life. The Happiness Project is the engaging, relatable and inspiring result of the author's twelve-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humour and sharp insight, Gretchen Rubin's story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun.
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Finally competed this as a part of #NFNov. The books focuses on Gretchen Reuben‘s resolutions, experiments, and findings, over the course of a year. She focuses on goals for each month and works through them. Her happiness project can be different for everyone.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux wrote, “When one loves, one does not calculate.”
“To be happy, I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.”

rsteve388 6 pts 3w
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NeedsMoreBooks

#TIL that: “By contrast, I realized, happiness has four stages. To eke out the most happiness from an experience, we must anticipate it, savor it as it unfolds, express happiness, and recall a happy memory.”

This is one of the best takeaways from this book. Need to stretch our happiness to be happy ❣️ #NFNov

rsteve388 4 pts 3w
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#TIL and reminder:
Mindfulness brings many benefits: scientists point out that it calms the mind and elevates brain function, it gives clarity and vividness to present experience, it may help people break unhealthy habits, and it can soothe troubled spirits and lift people‘s moods. It reduces stress and chronic pain. It makes people happier, less defensive, and more engaged with others.

This is slightly difficult for me with a monkey brain #NFNov

rsteve388 4 pts 3w
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#TIL that In his book Happier, Tal Ben-Shahar describes the “arrival fallacy,” the belief that when you arrive at a certain destination, you‘ll be happy. The arrival fallacy is a fallacy because, though you may anticipate great happiness in arrival, arriving rarely makes you as happy as you anticipate. The solution is to enjoy and savory each moment

#NFNov

rsteve388 4 pts 3w
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Pierre Reverdy wrote, There is no love; there are only proofs of love.” Whatever love I might feel in my heart, others will see only my actions.

#NFNov

rsteve388 4 pts I am assuming this is a TIL? 3w
NeedsMoreBooks @rsteve388 I was hoping this to be a quote, 1 point as I will post another TIL by tonight 3w
NeedsMoreBooks @Clwojick I am adding up my points and this was a confusion. 1w
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#TIL The repetitive activity of walking, studies show, triggers the body‘s relaxation response and so helps reduce stress; at the same time, even a quick ten-minute walk provides an immediate energy boost and improves mood—in fact, exercise is an effective way to snap out of a funk.

Good advice for me to walk with the dog, despite the cold weather #NFNov

rsteve388 4 pts! 3w
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#TIL that “What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.”

Will try to remember this in my daily routine. #NFNov

Another reminder: In marriage, it‘s less important to have many pleasant experiences than it is to have fewer unpleasant experiences, because people have a “negativity bias”; our reactions to bad events are faster, stronger, and stickier than our reactions to good events.”

rsteve388 Is this the post you emailed me about? I get it now. 4 pts :) 3w
NeedsMoreBooks @rsteve388 No but thanks. Had emailed you about the previous post (edited) 3w
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#TIL according to Aristotle, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Epicurus wrote, “We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.”

#NFNov
How many TILS can we post in a day? @rsteve388

rsteve388 Hmm I don't think we considered this.. let me think Bout this and I'll get back to you. 3w
NeedsMoreBooks Will this count as a TIL @rsteve388 @Clwojick ? 3w
NeedsMoreBooks @rsteve388 had emailed you about this one. Will this be 3 points for TIL and 1 pint for participation? (edited) 3w
NeedsMoreBooks @Clwojick I am adding up my points and this was not given any points. 1w
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Hazel2019
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🤔 now I feel like I want to take an art class and do some before and after...before: stick figure, after: Mona Lisa 😆

mcipher That‘s so cool! Now I also want to take an art class. 😉 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Not read but this seems fit for #chasingrainbows . It tells of the author‘s year-long commitment to work on improving her happiness. Image from the author‘s website.

#ayupaugust

Cinfhen Love your choice 🌈 3mo
squirrelbrain Great pick! ❤️🌈 3mo
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AngieKWilson
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“Junk attracts more junk. If you clear it off, it‘s likely to stay clear.”

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BritanyA
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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stephothebesto
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1. Going to Maine to visit my friend and see my favorite comedian (Gary Gulman)
2. My hair- the cut and color and shine
3. I'm proud of the effort I put into my relationships and keeping in touch.
4. @Applenabe @Mtroiano

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SW-T
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'A little reading is all the therapy a person needs sometimes'

#booktherapy #readingtherapy

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PagesOfAnOldSoul
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I am at a point in my life where I am trying to focus on creating more happiness— so of course this book made it onto my reading list. 💙 I really enjoyed some of the insights and thoughts that the author produced during her year of happiness research, and I would say it‘s worth a causal read. 📖 #TheHappinessProject #GretchenRubin #Happiness

ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!💙💜❤️ 10mo
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mrg81
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After months of putting on hold, I'm finally finishing up this book!

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chelreads
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Just a few of the books I‘m planning on reading this year that aren‘t just for entertainment! Does anyone have any other books they recommend that focus on personal development? #100in19

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First read of 2019 is in the books. This was a reread to get motivated for my own happiness project this year. I turn 40 so it seemed like a good time to take one on. I love Gretchen‘s concrete approach and that it didn‘t require drastic life changes but simply small incremental improvements for a big overall happiness boost. Rereading it 10 years later it still rang true. #relatedtoapodcast #booked2019

valeriegeary This seems like a great and inspirational book to kick off the new year! 11mo
Cinfhen Nice!!!! What a fabulous way to approach your bday!!! And one book done 🥳🥳🥳 11mo
Blaire @valeriegeary @cinfhen thanks!!! And sorry for the quadruple post. Service on ship is spotty. 11mo
Cinfhen No problem and it was Litsy acting up today.... I think your ship was innocent 😊😆😎 11mo
Blaire @Cinfhen 😂👌. Good to know. 11mo
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Blaire
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First read of 2019 is in the books. This was a reread to get motivated for my own happiness project this year. I turn 40 so it seemed like a good time to take one on. I love Gretchen‘s concrete approach and that it didn‘t require drastic life changes but simply small incremental improvements for a big overall happiness boost. Rereading it 10 years later it still rang true. #relatedtoapodcast #booked2019

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Blaire
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The first book of 2019 is in the books! This was a reread to motivate me for my own happiness project. I‘m turning 40 this year so seemed like a good time. I liked Gretchen‘s methodical approach and the fact that you don‘t need to necessarily make big changes but that incremental improvement can really lead to greater happiness. I also love her podcast as well as happier in Hollywood. Happy 2019! #relatedtoapodcast #booked2019

4thhouseontheleft I‘m turning 40 this year too. 😃 I still use the power hour idea from this book. What does your happiness project entail? 11mo
readordierachel Great view! 11mo
Blaire @4thhouseontheleft basically I‘ve picked health as my theme for this year and then chosen different aspects for each month (career, physical, emotional, community, financial etc). I have resolutions for each month related to those - some task that need to get done once and some daily resolutions to improve each area and make me happier in all areas. 11mo
4thhouseontheleft That‘s awesome! 11mo
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Blaire
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Reading the happiness project while hanging out on a sunny cruise ship 🚢 is definitely a happiness booster.

Hollie We are going on a cruise in March and I cannot wait!!! 11mo
batsy Fun! 😍 11mo
Blaire @Hollie it‘s been a lot of fun! We have a big group of cousins and my kids have had so much fun hanging with the extended family and being in the sun! ☀️ 🚢 11mo
Blaire @batsy yes! So nice to escape the grey and cold for a bit. 11mo
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Merry Christmas #littens 😊🎄🎁🎅🏽🤶🏽⛄️❄️

Treat yourself well 🎁
Eat something tasty 🎂
Read what you want to 📚
Find some quiet time if you need it 📖
Hug your furry (or scaled or feathered) loved one if you can 🐶🐱🐕🐈

#merrychristmas #petsoflitsy

gradcat Love this! 😍 11mo
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Andrew65
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The only #sweater quote I need.
#QuotsyDec18

gradcat Omigod...is there really a sweater out there that looks like that? 11mo
Andrew65 @gradcat I found it on the internet so presumably it does exist somewhere. 11mo
gradcat It‘s a howl!! 😂😂😂 11mo
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This is the key to happiness.

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dxmy
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I needed this

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dxmy
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4,5/5⭐

Well, I read the last chapter, since December has started, and I have now finished this book. I read 1 chapter every month, to keep myself focused on spending time on happiness.
I've decided I'm going to try and set up my own happiness project for next year and see how it goes!
Overall, it was an amazing book that made me giggle quite often, but it also made me wonder about my own life and happiness. I'm glad to have read it!

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LazyLimaLife
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Giving this a go....

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Deborah42
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“The days are long, but the years are short.”

Gretchen Rubin felt adrift in her own life and decided to spend a year building new habits that would support her desire to be happier and more true to her authentic self. There‘s nothing earth-shattering here, and it gets a bit cheesy/name-droppy at times, but it was also the reminder I needed right now to make time for things that bring me joy. I want to do my own happiness project!

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Spotted on Charlotte airport _ 10th anniversary edition

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dxmy I'm also reading this! I'm even considering starting my own happiness project next year 😁 12mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 12mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 12mo
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Slajaunie Hello and Welcome! 📚📖 12mo
Eggbeater Welcome to Litsy! 🌻 12mo
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 12mo
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November has arrived, so it was time for me to read the corresponding chapter. All about attitude, how a positive way of thinking and interacting will help you with feeling happier: do good, feel good; feel good, do good. I thought it was very interesting and could find myself in Gretchen's discoveries.
Only one month left now.

I'm really considering starting my own happiness project next year. I'm going to do some research about it this month!

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Mitch
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I love how everything has a name - books to make you feel good = up-lit!

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dxmy
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October is here, time for another chapter! This time all about mindfulness. I'm currently taking a minor in college all about philosophy, spirituality and religion, and mindfulness is definitely a subject that will be coming up a lot more during the semester. It's good tobe aware of yourself, it helps to get you further in life and in your own personal growth. Good chapter! Even thinking of starting my own happiness project next year!

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Okay, Day Two of the #TarotTakeover #OctoberPhotoChallenge is The World, namely a book that brings to mind prosperity, peace of mind, balance and fulfillment. The first book that sprung to mind is Gretchen Rubin‘s The Happiness Project, the world rendered micro into the individual (she‘s also got a great podcast!!!). 😊😊😊

ErinSueMreads I love the note under the title 😂 13mo
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A shout-out to my Litsy pen pals tonight! I had to take a break from letter writing over the last couple of weeks due to impending deadlines for a couple of my postal book clubs. BUT I am back at it again and writing in full force! Thank you for continuing to flood me with letters and for being patient. Some of you already have responses in the mail. Everyone else - I‘m working on it! You will hear from me soon!

#jb #litsypenpals #yourock

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CBee 😁 1y
AmyG 💕 1y
SaturnDoo ❤🤗😘😍 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No worries!!!! ❤️😘❤️😘 1y
Avanders 💜🌈 1y
rather_be_reading i see mine ❤ 1y
Gizmo86 How do you join to be part of the litsy pen pals? X 14mo
StephanieGeiser @Gizmo86 I get the majority of my letters from my #Jb pen pal group run by @Kaye (I was lucky enough to see a post about this group and was able to join before we hit capacity.). My other pen pal, @rather_be_reading, just put out an announcement one day that she was looking for a pen pal so that‘s how we connected (That was before #JB came along. She‘s my OG pen pal!). I hope that helps! Good luck finding the perfect pen pal! 14mo
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dxmy
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"No matter how much time I spent reading, I wanted more"

September started, so it was time for me to keep with my goal to read one chapter each month. This month is all about passions and I full heartedly share this passion with Gretchen. It's good to be reminded to make time for your passions, because with the new school year starting it's been kind of hectic. Good reminder for me!

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At the beginning of the year, I set myself the goal to read this book. One chapter per month, since that's the build up. I thought it would be inspiring to read about someone's effort to pursue happiness every month and that it would keep me motivated to keep going! It works! I just finished the August chapter, which was all about something I've been exploring lately: spirituality. It was a great chapter with very interesting views on happiness!

plaidchuck Sounds intriguing gonna have to check this out! 1y
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Mehso-so

Interesting read and has some great tips but a lot of her methods and actions kind of bothered me.

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Such a thought provoking book. Had to buy it for the kindle so wife and I can share/take notes.

#happiness #audiotoebook #improvement

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There are three types of fun: challenging fun, accommodating fun, and relaxing fun.

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The opposite of happy is unhappy, not depression.

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gilroyc
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My latest audio book. Listen to the podcast regularly, figured it time I read the book.

#happiness #audio #improvement

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jillannjohn
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Jax is sending his love to @Emiller

Emiller Too cute! Thank you 🐶❤️ 2y
Tanzy13 🐶 2y
JoScho I love this puppy! 2y
ladym30 What a sweet face!! 2y
tammysue ❤️☺️ 2y
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LauraBeth
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@Emiller Bitsy and Gray Cat send their love 💕

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I thought this was an interesting project to write about; it gave me an idea of what I've been doing right and what more I could do to achieve happiness
I do think it was easier for the author to achieve her goals living in New York City then it would be for someone living in a small town. Overall I enjoyed this book.

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This book was just ok. Her life was quite charmed so it‘s hard for me to take her seriously.

DivineDiana I like her podcast! 😀 2y
SoniaC @DivineDiana I‘m not familiar with it. If i knew her better maybe I‘d of enjoyed the book more. I should check it out. 2y
Twocougs I felt the same way. 2y
mcipher It was fun to do a happiness project of my own after I read it. A lot of work, but fun. I think I liked her being charmed - it made me feel less guilty. A lot of books about people rising up from adversity make me feel like a complainer! 😂 2y
SoniaC @mcipher that‘s actually a really good point. 2y
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