Friday, October 22, 2010

Isn't It Time For You To Start Your Own Happiness Project?

One day, Gretchen Rubin realized that her life was passing by quicker than she had anticipated and that she hadn’t been spending enough time on things that really mattered. She decided to spend the next year of her life completing her “happiness project.” 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 is the New York Times’ bestselling chronicle of Rubin’s adventures test-driving many of the widely known suggestions for a happier life.

Each month she tackled a new set of resolutions drawn from a wide array of sources like scientific research, popular culture, and wisdom of the ages. She kept a “gratitude notebook,” made a greater effort to ask for help, and sought out more fun in her life. She immersed herself in the principles set forth by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Oprah.

Rubin gives readers a compelling and charming look at a new way of approaching one’s life. Her passion is infectious and has inspired many to start their own “happiness projects.” This concept has even begun making its way into the classroom. For example, psychologist Tom Glaser is teaching a community education course called “Your Happiness Project.” Inspired by The Happiness Project, Glaser designed a course which uses the text as well as the fields of positive psychology, emotional intelligence, and resilience theory. Consisting of exercises like meditations, music, and discussions, Glaser gives students daily homework and helps them to map out their one unique happiness plans for a more fulfilling life.

The Happiness Project’s societal impact doesn’t stop there! Recently it was announced that Sex ad the City star Kristin Davis will star in the NBC adaptation of Rubin’s book.

Praise for The Happiness Project:

“This book made me happy in the first five pages.” —AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

“Rubin’s funny, perceptive account is both inspirational and forgiving, and sprinkled with just enough wise tips, concrete advice and timely research . . . to qualify as self-help. Defying self-help expectations, however, Rubin writes with keen senses of self and narrative, balancing the personal and the universal with a light touch.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

For more information on the “happiness project” movement, please check out Gretchen Rubin’s blog. Please let us know if you need a desk copy or an examination copy.

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