Thursday Book Review: The Happiness Project

It’s time for me to give this book the space it deserves. I have written about it in two posts already (April Goals and Healthful, Happy, and Loving Project) so my regular readers know how much I love it, but let me give you some details.


The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin, is for every person of every type of life. If you think you can get more happiness out of your everyday routine, or if you’re just looking for a bit of motivation, read it!

Basically it chronicles a lawyer turned author’s year-long quest to make a happier life for herself. What I love about it is that she decided she already loved the pieces of her life: her kids, her hubby, her location, etc, but she wasn’t as thankful for them and she knew she should be. How many of us are guilty of that? It’s probably why you read this blog (and any other blog) in the first place. You are trying to improve your life without seriously changing it.

And we have all tried. Goodness have we tried. Personally, I set goals pretty frequently but rarely do they make an impact on my life. That’s because they aren’t tangible resolutions. That’s a key phrase: tangible resolution. It has to be a resolution not a goal because goals only exist until you reach them, resolutions are forever. And you have to lay out tangible steps to make these resolutions a reality. Otherwise they will never stick.

Commandments^ Here’s my list of rules for my Happiness Project.

And here’s and example of my resolution: I want to lower my overall stress and anxiety level throughout the day.

My tangible steps to reach that goal: I will build in a walk or breathing meditation, some quiet time, in the middle of everyday so that I have a few spare minutes to reset my stress-meter. And it’s working!

Basically, this book is an inspiration. Rubin spent an entire year figuring out how to make her happiness a reality. She researched and then she experimented. She laid out a plan and then went for it. The sheer determination and will power it took to keep those resolutions was massive, I’m sure.

I have recommended it to several patients and now I’m recommending it to you. Any self-analytical and driven person should read this book. Check it out from the library, buy it here, or just follow Rubin’s blog! And no, I’m not getting paid for this, there are just things in life that deserve attention.

And if you read my blog with any regularity, you’ll see me implementing these resolutions myself. Mine need some work but I’m on the right path! I’ll keep you all updated. In the meantime, have a stellar Thursday 🙂

Love and a big smile. – Ash


8 thoughts on “Thursday Book Review: The Happiness Project

  1. Al

    Hi! That’s a great review of the book! It’s making me excited to read this book as I have just bought it recently but currently reading my library book 🙂 Will be following your blog as well, you seem like someone whom I can relate to 🙂

    1. ahappylass Post author

      Al, thanks for all the compliments! It is a great book. Indulge as soon as you finished with your current one. And thanks for the follow 🙂

      1. Al

        That I will! Currently reading a pretty negative book about the world so it’ll be a great contrast haha! Looking forward to more of your posts 🙂

  2. Tina

    Sounds like the type of book I could really use right now. I’m really liking your blog btw, it’s an inspiration that came along at the right time. 🙂 To the library I go!

    1. ahappylass Post author

      Tina, I’m so glad! It’s definitely worth the effort. Let me know how you like it.
      And thanks for the compliment. I frequently wonder who reads my little blog and how it impacts them so thanks for letting me know!

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