Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Review: The Happiness Project

One blog that I read on a regular basis is Peanut Butter Fingers, a fabulous healthy living blog. Julie has such a sunny personality and great writing style that makes reading her blog fun. In addition to that, she regularly features a monthly book club.

This is the first time I've participated. A few times I have read along and followed the subsequent reviews but hadn't bitten the bullet to join in. I guess you could say that this month’s book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin inspired me!


The Happiness Project  follows Gretchen’s year-long journey to become happier overall because, as she puts it: “the days are long, but the years are short.” Each month, Gretchen focuses on a different area of her life (work, parenthood, money, etc) that she’d like to boost happiness in and, from there, sets a couple of benchmark goals to hit each month.

Many pieces of advice stuck out at me during reading, particularly “tackle a nagging task.” We all seem to have those items on our to do lists that linger on there for ages on end – a phone call to make, an errand to run, whatever.  I am spectacular at procrastinating when the task is something I dread doing. But, immediately after reading that section of the book, I marched over to the phone and made a phone call I’d been putting off for weeks. And you know what? It took me less than five minutes…and I felt terrifically accomplished afterwards! It made me wonder why I had even been delaying that darn call.


Reading the book got me thinking about my own life and how I would improve upon it. And while I might not go about it the same way Gretchen did, The Happiness Project is a great tool and resource to create a game plan of your own. Not only that, the book is chock-full of inspiring quotes and mentions of other inspiring happiness writers to help fire you up! (Maybe it’s just me but I’m a sucker for those encouraging quotes!)

I’m a pretty happy person most of the time already but hey, I could always be happier. ;) With 2013 on the horizon, might as well begin brainstorming some goals for the coming months and start the year off right. Check out PBF for Julie's review (and a list of others who read along this month) and get inspired!


Questions for other readers:
* What was your favorite, stand out piece of advice? Have you taken any of her ideas to heart already?
* Which area of your life would you choose to tackle first in your own Happiness Project?      
* Was there a particular quote that you loved and what was it?

15 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great concept for a book. One cool piece of advice I like is if you are unhappy, you have to do something to change it.

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    1. It was definitely an interesting read and got me fired up to make a couple of changes! So you're totally right about that :)

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  2. I plan to come up with goals to tackle for the new year too and I may even create my own "Happiness Plan"! I absolutely loved this book and the quote that really hit home for me was, "the days are long, but the years are short". I often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day without truly taking time to enjoy the little moments of day-to-day life.

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    1. Too true! I definitely think its important to slow down and savor the little things. Too many of us, myself included, are just trying to get through the day - which seems like a rather sad way to go through life! Time to change that! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. I always put off "nagging tasks" and they are always something simple- like a phone call. It really makes you realize how much time you spend worrying or putting off a task that could only take minutes!

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    1. Exactly! It sounds pretty crazy to stress over a 2 minute phone call for a week or more, doesn't it?! And even though finally tackling that task feels SO good - the empty to do list is even better ;) Thanks for reading!!

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  4. I read this book a while ago...I like her attitude that she was sick of complaining about it and determined to try new things and change up her daily routine

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    1. It was certainly refreshing to see someone taking action, rather than just complaining! Change definitely yields more results :)

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  5. Great Review! I also have a bad habit of putting off "nagging tasks." I hate to say it, but sometimes the smallest things will stay on my to-do list for MONTHS. Oh, the procrastinator in us all! :P Like you, that motivated me to start crossing some items of my list.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Loving that her motivation is rubbing off on me...and you, it sounds like! Let's keep it up ;)

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  6. I agree - "tackle a nagging task" can make such a complete difference in your day! I try to remember it every time I look at my email inbox now, and just delete or reply to things instead of leaving them there for later. Seriously stress relieving!

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    1. It sounds like such simple advice - almost too simple. But it truly does make a world of difference! Thank you for swinging through :)

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  7. Hi Meridien,

    I came across your blog when looking for some photos in regards to this book. I read this book awhile back and LOVED IT. I mention it in my blog post today and reference your blog b/c I used the photo you have above. Check out my blog & I'd love if you followed me. I am just getting started but plan to have some great stuff to come into the New Year. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more from you. Happy Monday!

    Mags
    http://magsmind22.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hello Mags, I apologize for the lateness of my reply but I've been away on holiday!

      I loved the book too - it was super motivating! I hope it proves helpful in your quest for successful blogging this year as I can't wait for more updates! Thanks for linking back to my blog :)

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    2. You are welcome and I am excited to be following you also. I have some new stuff being posted this week, so make sure to stop by. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

      xoxo
      Mags
      http://magsmind22.blogspot.com/

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