This month’s book pick is the 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. You can get a look inside at the book at http://www.amazon.com/.
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, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.
What I like most about Gretchen’s book is that she designates each month to a specific area to work on to achieve happiness:
January — Boost Energy
February – Remember Love
March — Aim Higher
April — Lighten Up
May — Be Serious About Play
June — Make Time For Friends
July — Buy Some Happiness
August — Comtemplate the Heavens
September — Pursue a Passion
October — Pay Attention
November — Keep a Contented Heart
December — Boot Camp Perfect
Here’s a quote in her book from Robert Louis Stevenson that I think we should all try to remember —
“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.”