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How To Be Happier: The One Book You Need To Read

How To Be Happier: The One Book You Need To Read

How to be happy: the happiness project by Gretchen Rubin

I recently finished reading a book that was a bit of a departure from my usual fair: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I don't usually read anything that sounds remotely like a self-help book, but this is a happiness memoir I highly recommend. After finishing this book, I can honestly say that I am more appreciative of my every day life and that has given me a wonderful boost in happiness.

I thought I was happy to begin with, and I was. I have a very lovely life, so even if you don't think you need a self-help book (I definitely didn't), here's why reading The Happiness Project can still help you boost your mood.

1. Gretchen Rubin is not a guru. 

The author doesn't pretend to have all the secrets to happiness. She isn't a psychologist or theologian, so the book is isn't at all preachy or self-righteous. Instead of prescribing a list of Dos and Don'ts, Rubin takes you along on her own journey which is full of its own ups and downs. Instead of telling you what to do, she tells you what she did and encourages you to discover your own individual happiness project. The result is that you don't ever feel like you're reading a preachy self-help book, but you still feel inspired to follow Rubin's example.

2. Reading The Happiness Project is like hanging out with your best girlfriend.

The writing is honest, open, and friendly which makes the content easy to absorb and enjoyable to read. Feeling like you're chatting with a friend reinforces the idea that we're all on this journey together. I think we'd all like to be more appreciative of the blessings we have, and reading Rubin's writing is like getting a pep talk from your best friend. 

3. The Happiness Project encourages you to change your life without changing your life.

Maybe you're lucky enough to already be really happy, or maybe it's not possible for you to quit your job and move to a tropical island. Either way, Rubin's happiness project will help you appreciate the blessings you already have and really feel the full extent of your happiness. This is what I loved most about her book. I wouldn't say my life has miraculously changed since I read it, but it helped me remember to focus on the positive, appreciate what I have, and see every day as a blessing.

Like Rubin, I believe that happiness is a choice and a journey, not a destination. Stopping to reflect on how we can chose to be happier in our every day lives and be grateful for our own small blessings has helped me end each day with a smile on my face. I hope it can do the same for you. 

Have you read The Happiness Project? 

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