The Happiness Project book

“A cross between the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, and seamlessly buttressed by insights from sources as diverse as psychological scientists, novelists, poets, and philosophers, Gretchen Rubin has written a book that readers will revisit again and again as they seek to fulfill their own dreams for happiness.”
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want


“This book made me happy in the first five pages. And the more I read it, the happier I got. It’s filled with great insights that have changed every part of my life, from love to money, from work to play, from writing to Diet Coke.”
A.J. Jacobs, The Year of Living Biblically and The Guinea Pig Diaries


“Happiness is contagious. And so is The Happiness Project. Once you’ve read Gretchen Rubin’s tale of a year searching for satisfaction, you’ll want to start your own happiness project and get your friends and family to join you. This is the rare book that will make you both smile and think—often on the same page.”
Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind


“The Happiness Project is a wonderful book. Gretchen shows how you can be happier, starting right now, with small, actionable steps accessible to everyone.  Among her many attainable strategies, her discovery of the connection between inner happiness and outer order is spot on!”
Julie Morgenstern, Organizing from the Inside Out and SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life

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The Happiness Project is one of the most thoughtful works on happiness to have emerged from the recent explosion of interest in the subject. Rubin weaves together philosophy, scientific research, history, analysis, and real-life experiences as she explains what worked for her—and what didn’t. Her conclusions are sometimes counter-intuitive – for example, she finds that money can buy happiness, when spent correctly – but they resonate with readers of all backgrounds.

Filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor, The Happiness Project manages to be illuminating yet entertaining, profound yet compulsively readable. But The Happiness Project isn’t just an engaging and provocative book. Gretchen’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.

Gretchen has a wide, enthusiastic following, and her idea for a “happiness project” no longer describes just a book or a blog; it’s a movement. Happiness Project groups have sprung up from Los Angeles to Enid, Oklahoma to Boston, where people meet to discuss their own happiness projects. More than a dozen blogs have been launched by people who are following Gretchen’s example.

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  • Natasha Fotopulos


    Is The Happiness Project available in French yet?


    • gretchenrubin

      Yes. Published by Belfond.

      • Natasha Fotopulos

        Thank you! N

  • Mary Tegan

    I recently finished reading “The Happiness Project”. Great, thought provoking, and useful tool. Now I am signed onto the daily quotes and contemplating beginning my own ‘happiness project’…(I have been on a life-long happiness project, but it didn’t have a name). Today’s “Curious George” quote brought back so many memories of my childhood. I know the books by heart. My father worked as a pressman at the Riverside Press in Cambridge, where they printed the books. He would bring home the ‘seconds’…those books with upside down covers, glue on the cover…books they couldn’t sell. Curious George was one of my favorites!

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  • disqus_LxGV8uqkvc

    Can I find this book in China mainland?

    • cookiil

      you can

  • jq

    does this woman do anything but write these inane books? I would be a LOT happier if I wrote books that suckers bought… instead of sitting at my crappy job all day.

  • Kris Pradez

    Just got this book yesterday from a bookstore here in Manila while looking for an eat-all-u-can buffet. I dunno why I bought it in the first place but it looks like I’ll be finishing this one.

    • cookiil

      it mut be fine

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  • Saidi

    I just finished the book, which I got from my daughter who got it during her stay in Newyork. I think it’s a very good book for many reasons.

  • Shaleen Sehgal

    How do I get this book here in India?

  • Francis Villalba Ortalla

    I had just purchased the book last Friday and I am totally loving it. Truly thought provoking and motivating. I am thinking of creating my personal blog to take account of my version of the Happiness Project.