The Happiness Project

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The Happiness Project | Awesome in Manila

“One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.”

The Happiness Project. I thought, "What a cute way to name a novel. It must have a really happy and light story. Maybe I should read it, I haven't read anything really happy and light for a while." Because that was what I thought it was. It turned out to be either one or both of two things: 1) self-help and 2) a personal testimony of the author, Gretchen Rubin, who undertook a happiness project for one whole year.

It's a very quotable book, not only because it contains words from the known wise (Samuel Johnson, St Therese of Lisieux, etc) and facts from the author's research through experts' books and experience, but also because Ms Rubin has her own epiphanies to share. For one, I totally agreed when she said: "To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth." That is one of her Four Splendid Truths, along with this post's starting quote.

Ms Rubin came up with a resolutions chart and dedicated each month in an entire year to particular aspects of her life where she can apply these resolutions. My favorite month in her happiness project is November: Keeping a Contented Heart because it deals with attitude, which I think correlates with the association of "feeling good", "feeling bad", "feeling right" and "growth" to happiness. I think anyone who wishes to be happier needs to understand that in pursuit of more, one welcomes change - in habits and lifestyle, and since change often comes with challenges, one needs to keep his attitude checked.

What I like most about The Happiness Project is that it's close to reality and it's not pretentious. It's not like other self-help books that develop some sort of cult following - you know, the ones that bombard readers with all these terms and deep-shit philosophies that after reading, you'll sound like a walking Coelho book. (Disclaimer: I love Paulo Coelho. But I stopped reading after 3 or 4 books.) The ideas Ms Rubin presented are very practical, it's just like reading a blog.

By the way, to Sandie, thanks for lending me your copy! Check out Sandie's review of The Happiness Project here.

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  1. I need this. Thanks!
    Bili ako pag may pera na. Wahahaha.

  2. You're very welcome, Daney! Glad you liked it, kahit ako medyo napa hmmm... sa book na yan hahaha.

  3. i stopped reading Coelho after 3 books din haha.

    wow, it seems like a good read, not preachy preachy noh?

  4. I've been eyeing this book for quite a while now. Strikes me more like Eat, Pray, Love but I would definitely check it out after I finish my back logged books.:)

    1. I've seen the movie but I haven't read Gilbert's book. But I think The Happiness Project is a little comparable to it. :)


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