Todays post is a little review of a book I read recently called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Now I love to read but it seems to get harder & harder to find the time as life gets busier. So when I visited KikkiK in London for a workshop & they had a limited edition design of the book for sale I figured it might just be the motivation I needed to find time for reading again, improve my life a smidge & stop me from buying all the pens instead!
Ok so I sneaked 1 little pen in…
I’ve always preferred a true story over fiction – unless I’m stretched out on a sun-bed somewhere in the sun – & development books seem to be an extension of that desire to learn. I’ve never been a big fan however of self-help books so I was a little nervous that The Happiness Project might turn out to be full of wishy-washy advice that I wouldn’t be able to use or learn from. Luckily I was wrong!
The book is written from the perspective of someone who is not unhappy or depressed but who is worried that she isn’t appreciating her life as much as she should…
“I have such a good life, I want to appreciate it more – and live up to it better.”
I liked this idea & thought it was something I could definitely do myself so was keen to learn about her journey.
First of all it is clear that Gretchen had done a considerable amount of research & preparation before beginning the project which meant that I felt the lessons learned throughout were based on something concrete. Secondly Gretchen takes a very methodical approach to her project – which the structured organiser in me loved – taking each month & giving it a different focus. She sets aims such as Lighten Up, Pursue a Passion & Pay Attention which give structure to the study & appealed to my methodical approach to work.
Now not all of the focuses applied to my life – such as Parenthood – but it was interesting to contemplate these in terms of future life & they generated interesting discussions with friends & family who could relate.
My favourite aspect of the book is that it’s full of small & easy to implement actions. January inspired a big clear out at home which definitely boosted my happiness especially as the husband also got in on the action! Another element to this is the ‘One Minute Rule’ which is probably my favourite thing from the book where you don’t postpone anything that can be done is less than a minute. Strategies like this have definitely become a daily habit for me & have increased my happiness as a result.
So in summary is this book going to change your life… maybe not, will it cause you to think about your day-to-day existence & encourage you to seek a happier way of living… well it did for me & continues to do so so that’s a winner for me!
I’ve recently discovered Gretchen’s podcast too which has been added to the studio playlist. I’d love to know if you’ve read the book & what you thought so do let me know in the comments.
I was lucky enough to be gifted ‘Misfit to Maven’ by Ebonie Allard recently so this is next on my list.
Have a ‘happy’ weekend peeps!