We love hearing feedback about our books from professors and educators—after all, they’re the experts, as we see it. Recently we mailed copies of Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project to professors of psychology. The feedback was largely positive, including a note Ms. Rubin personally received from Dr. Brian Higley from the Department of Psychology at University of North Florida. Dr. Higley was initially quite skeptical about The Happiness Project and its usefulness in psychology coursework; he noted that "as a scientist with an interest in meaningful change, I have learned that most popular books in this arena are often based on flimsy evidence at best." However, he quickly realized that Ms. Rubin's book was not like other comparable titles.
The Happiness Project is a call to action; a call that is grounded in some of the best science, philosophy and literature across the ages. Although Ms. Rubin fills The Happiness Project with specific advice and lessons from her own journey, her book encourages students to use their own critical thinking skills to discover their own path to happiness. Rather than positioning her process as a “cure all,” Rubin merely asks students to walk their own path to happiness—try different things, stretch themselves beyond their comfort zones, and experiment with the concepts.
Dr. Higley agreed, telling Ms. Rubin that he "will be recommending your book in many of my courses and for many of my clients. I think the content is rock solid and the process you recommend is grounded in much of the change literature. I thank you for your fantastic example of how various branches of epistemology can come together to create useful changes in life—bravo!”
If you haven’t had a chance to consider The Happiness Project for class reading—it’s never too late to change!