The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin Describes Her Year-Long Pursuit

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The Today Show this morning talked about an inspirational new book by Gretchen Rubin.  It’s call The Happiness Project, and it describes her experience dedicating a full year to figuring out ways to increase her happiness, without making the sort of rash changes (divorce, expensive purchases, moving) that many people consider as options to shake off that “midlife malaise.”

As Rubin describes it, “I wanted to change my life without changing my life, by finding more happiness in my own kitchen.”  She takes an incremental approach to self-improvement, focusing on making small changes in one area of her life each month.  January was preparation for the rest of the year – she organized her living space and made healthy changes to increase her energy.  February she works on her marriage, March she works on work, and April brings her to parenting, and so on.

In the end, Gretchen Rubin says the approach worked for her.  She’s formulated so-called “Four Splendid Truths” and her own “Twelve Commandments” for happiness.  I plan to check it out!  For now, we can all check out Rubin’s The Happiness Project blog.


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