The Happiness Project (Giveaway!)
I’m reading The Happiness Project. Devouring it. Breathing it in and out like air.
If it’s new to you, the #1 bestseller by Gretchen Rubin is a record of one happy-enough person (wife, mother, career woman) who wonders if she (busy, curious, critical, flawed, thoughtful, ambitious) could live a happier life. I’d love nothing so much as to write up a smashing review of the book, covering the breadth of its topics and the depth of its impact, but I hardly know what to say. I have too much to say.
I’ve underlined at least one line on every spread (and usually two or three or six lines), and the margins have become a shorthand reader’s journal of stars, exclamation points, question marks, and faces with all types of mouths, from up- or down-turned arcs to disgruntled squiggles. The abundance of insight the book contains means there’s something for everyone. In short: YOU SHOULD READ IT.
One of the things I love about the book (which I also loved about Meagan Francis’s Happiest Mom) is that it doesn’t direct so much as suggest; instead of telling readers what to do, it invites us to ask and answer questions specific to our unique personalities and situations, in order that the result will be solutions that fit our lives rather than just the author’s life. (I’ve heard Elizabeth Gilbert criticized for failing to look outward in this way; this is my code for “It ain’t Eat, Pray, Love.“)
I’d seen The Happiness Project mentioned here and there online for months, but this is the video spot that caused my overhead lightbulb to glow:
If you think you could be happier, raise your hand.
If you’re open to discovering solid advice in a (well-researched!) memoir rather than just another self-help book, raise your other hand.
And if you want to win one of three copies Nice Things Now is giving away courtesy of Gretchen Rubin and her publisher, put both hands down on your keyboard and leave a comment below telling me what makes you happy. I’ll take entries until next Thursday, September 29, and choose winners at random.
Thanks to Gretchen Rubin and HarperCollins for sending me a review copy of The Happiness Project and allowing me to host this giveaway. Click away for more on the book (including excerpts), the ongoing Happiness Project (in blog form), and the HP community.