The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

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Inspiring but Annoying!

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin is a compilation of her efforts to test drive scientific studies, principles and tips that promote happiness. Gretchen Rubin is a bestselling author with numerous highly popular books to her credit. Her latest one, The Happiness Project is published by Harper Paperbacks, and it chronicles her day to day adventures in an effort to find happiness.

She used age-old wisdom along with lessons derived from populist culture, and modern scientific research to drive home the secret of happiness. Rubin experimented with different options to find out what exactly worked for her. In spite of a seemingly complete life filled with two beautiful kids, a loving husband, and a well-established writing career Rubin was feeling less happy. So began her search for this elusive state of mind with a project that lasted for one year. She followed Twelve Commandments throughout, with the first one being ‘Be Gretchen’.

This was a methodical project where she strives to achieve measurable and careful goals related to self fulfillment, marriage, parenting, and work. Later, she works towards a cumulative buildup via concrete steps. Her outcomes, when they come, are good even if not perfect. Interestingly, it is in keeping with what she wanted to achieve in the first place since she believes that the perfect drives away the good and so is not desirable. The combination of timely research, concrete tips and advice makes The Happiness Project an ideal self-help book. Buy online to find your own secret of happiness. Other bestselling books by the author include Forty ways to look at Winston Churchill, Forty ways to look at JFK, Profane Waste, and Power Money Fame S….A User’s Guide.

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About the Author

Gretchen Rubin is the author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Happier at Home and The Happiness Project–accounts of her experiences test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her popular blog, The Happiness Project,, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness.

Rubin is an enthusiastic proponent of using technology to engage with readers about ideas, and she has a wide, active following. Not only that–“The Happiness Project” was even an answer on the game-show Jeopardy! A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, Rubin started her career in law, and she was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She has written several books, including three novels that are safely locked in a desk drawer. Raised in Kansas City, she lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

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