I ran across this book while browsing the book section in Target. I wasn’t even planning to buy a book, but two things caught my attention – the brightly colored, almost playful book cover and the words ‘happiness’ and ‘project’. I am a big fan of self-help books, but I have found that I normally only read the first few chapters and then get bored with them. The Happiness Project is one of the few self-help books that I read in its entirety.
In this book, Gretchen Rubin documents her year-long project to become a happier person. And as any good project manager knows, the key to a successful project is having clearly identified tasks, deadlines and a tracking mechanism to document progress. Rubin came up with specific resolutions each month, as well as a chart that she used to keep up with how she was doing on each resolution.
A few things about this book really spoke to me:
Overall, I give this book a thumbs up and definitely recommend it (unless you feel like you are living your life with all cylinders fired up, doing exactly what it is you were put on this earth to do and couldn’t imagine being any happier than you are at this very moment – for those 5 people, this book may be a waste of your time :-)).