Length: 368 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 15 minutes
First Published: 2009
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—now updated with new material by the author—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.
Quotes from The Happiness Project
The days are long, but the years are short.
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
The things that go wrong often make the best memories.
Look for happiness under your own roof.
About Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin is a blogger and the author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Better than Before, The Four Tendencies, and Outer Order, Inner Calm. She is the host of the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin. She currently lives in New York City. Visit the author’s website →