Consider Giving “The Happiness Project” Book as a Gift.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in — no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

Warning: self-promotion post!

The holiday season is coming fast. If you’re looking for gift ideas, let me suggest my book, The Happiness Project.

Obviously, I like the book, but I’ll also point out that it’s a #1 New York Times bestseller, and stayed on the bestseller list for months; it’s an international bestseller that’s being published in 31 foreign editions; it has inspired people to launch their own happiness-project groups; and it has been read by hundreds of book clubs. It was even a question on Jeopardy!

You can read sample chapters here and listen to a sample of the audiobook here. You can watch the 30-second TV ad (!) here.

Or, if you like the blog, consider asking for the book as a gift for yourself. “Um, why should I read your book,” some people have asked, “when I can read the blog for free?” Other people have asked, more delicately, “I read your blog regularly, so isn’t reading the book just more of the same?”

Here are some reasons to read the book:

1. One friend who has read both said she thought the blog was process, the book was conclusion. The ideas in the book are presented in a more distilled, thoughtful way, and the book framework allows me to tell longer stories and explain more complicated ideas. I’m able to show how different ideas fit together, which can be tough to do in one blog post. The book goes deeper.

2. On the blog, I write about whatever subject interests me that day, so it skips from topic to topic. The book is organized by subject matter: Energy, Parenthood, Work, Marriage, Play, Spirituality, Mindfulness, etc. If you’re interested in particular subjects, you can focus there.

3. If you’ve been enjoying the blog, and you’d like to share it with a friend, you can give the book as a gift. You can’t give the experience of reading a blog as a gift, but you can give a book.

4. In a book, you can more easily underline and take notes. (You can do this electronically, but many people still find it easier to do with old-fashioned pen and paper.)

5. I’m more forthcoming in my book. I call my family members by their true names. I talk about juicy episodes that I’ve never mentioned on my blog. I reveal a very major fact about my life that I’ve never discussed on my blog.

6. Many of my readers have written that they want to buy the book to show their support—a “thank you” for everything I’ve done for free. Which I very much appreciate.

It has been enormously gratifying for me to hear from readers who have enjoyed the book — and who say that it has helped them become happier. Perhaps The Happiness Project is something that someone you know — or you — would enjoy as a gift.

Ok, enough with the self-promotion!

* On the holiday theme, I loved this Muppets version of “The Carol of the Bells” (one of my favorite carols).

* Speaking of gifts, if you’d like a free, personalized, signed bookplate for a copy of The Happiness Project, email me at grubin at gretchenrubin dot com (be sure to include your mailing address). I will try my best to send these out right away, but I can’t guarantee when they’ll arrive. I’ll be as fast as I can.

Other posts you might be interested in . . .

  • Gretchen, I really loved your book and I think it would make a great gift. I even was on a cruise and met someone who was reading the same book 🙂 Happy Holidays.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks so much!

  • Kay Chase

    I already have given your book as a gift! I like the blog, but it doesn’t compare — the book tells a story, which is different from a sequence of articles.

  • I bought this as a gift for my Mum for her birthday in September as my Dad passed away earlier this year and she’d been struggling with life without him. She hasn’t finished it yet but she’s been enjoying it!
    So thank-you! 🙂

  • I’m sorta blatantly self-promoting here too. I loved The Happiness Project and am giving it away to someone who comments on my blog post about it:

    It’s a fun and eye-opening book and I’ll probably be giving a few more away to friends. Thanks, Gretchen! Now I need to go check out the Toolbox….

  • Wow! The Toolbox is fabulous, just registered and can’t wait to get started. Thanks again!

  • jenny_o

    The book IS different – I like both the blog and the book, and highly recommend the book for yourself or as a gift. As with any other book, you have to know the person it’s intended for and what their interests are.

    Ah, the muppets! Love ’em.

  • Alana in Canada

    I just finished the book (a copy from the library). Now I want my own copy. It will be easier to use it as a reference for my own Happiness project that way. It is a truly wonderful book about a journey of self-awareness and self-control.

    On another note, I wondered if you had seen Ali’s class at Big Picture Classes called “One little word.” (I’ve tried to include the url twice for you but I can’t seem to do it.)

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks! I’m so pleased to hear that you found the book engaging.

      Now I’m off to look up the “One little word.”

  • Ellen D.

    I just wanted to say thanks for the little bonus that you add at the end of each day’s blog – like the Muppets song today. That’s nice!
    Ellen D.

  • Peninith1

    I have recently acquired the book, after following your blog and using the toolbox for several months now. The book does definitely offer a dimension of reality and some ideas that I had not encountered before in the blog. The practice of looking at something important 40 (or more) ways does seem to be a great way to accumulate more happiness experiences.
    I especially appreciate your willingness to share your continuing struggles with things that matter to you or that you find difficult (needing gold stars & recognition).
    Long ago, my Mother and I had a great conversation about those ‘besetting sins’ that we must struggle with. My Mom complained that she wished it wasn’t always the SAME things, and I countered that it was probably better to have to keep fighting the same few fights because we had a chance to get better at it . . . “what if tomorrow I woke up anorexic and too uptight about orderliness?” I asked her. Then I would have to start all over on a new tack . . . I’d as soon keep fighting overeating and untidiness! And you know, I was right. At least I’ve gotten better about keeping order around myself! So there’s a Pollyanna-ish reason to appreciate and embrace my faults!
    My favorite feature of your toolbox is the one sentence journal. I don’t do too well with charts, but a running self-commentary on a variety of themes does seem to help me maintain focus on things I want to improve in my life.
    Thank you very much for all the threads you are gathering into our collective happiness tapestry!

  • Kris

    Good idea. I’m going to get a copy for my daughter and another for my good friend. I read the book last week and just found the blog. I’m trying to figure out how to do my own project in 2011.

  • Miss Heidi

    I love the book, love the blog, hate the self-promotion. For me, the self promotion starts to leave a bad taste in my mouth. Have faith in the strength of your ideas. You do not need to push so hard, I am afraid you will push people away.

    I quit visiting Dr Weil’s site (a very interesting site on integrative medicine) because I got tired of the endless sales pitches and self-promotion.

    It is disappointing to look forward to reading an interesting nugget on your blog, only to realize it’s just a commercial. I recommend that you do what you do best and leave the promotion to your publisher.

    • gretchenrubin

      I appreciate your honesty and taking the time to write — and your kind

      Unfortunately, the reality of book publishing is that if I don’t promote my
      book, it doesn’t get promoted.

      I love my blog, and I love my book. I use each to let people know about the
      other. I try to keep a good balance.

      • Miss Heidi

        Of course now I feel beastly for whining. Just so you know, I have given a dozen copies of The Happiness Project to my dearest women friends who have given it to their friends who are starting book clubs and their own happiness projects. You might be surprised by how many mini-promotion departments you have!

        • gretchenrubin

          Thank you! that’s great to hear! I so appreciate that.

  • Smith

    Be original, Gretchen. You censored my thoughts, are you happy with that action?

    • Miguelmasduro

      What is your weird trip, “Smith?” It seems strange that someone who is so hostile spends time on a happiness blog.

  • Miss Heidi

    Yes, this book is a good Christmas present – but it may be an even better Mother’s Day present. I sent this book to my Mom, and it has generated so many good conversations between us. There are so many thoughts and concepts in the book that are new to us – and fun to ponder. As a side benefit, we find the book validating in many ways. We each get to point to different pages in the book and say “I told you so!”

  • Smiths

    are you censoring?

    • Happyasshole

      Yes, I saw your comments about Ms. Rubin stealing other people’s work.
      Now it is gone.
      Well, guess that’s how she stays happy!
      Can’t handle the truth!

      • gretchenrubin

        I didn’t delete anything! Maybe it was a comment on a different post. They
        are in several places.

  • Fiona

    Definitely read the book and it would make a brilliant Christmas gift too. I’ve just discovered the blog after reading the book and have to say it’s not the same thing, the blog is a great addition to the book but the book is the main venue!

  • awesome book…highly recommended to anyone that hasnt had the opportunity to read it!

  • Hi Gretchen, great job in promoting your book! 😉

    I already ordered a copy for one of my best friends who will surely appreciate it.

    I was going to suggest an italian version of the book – only a few of my friends knows english well enough to read a book in this language – but I just discovered it already exists!
    Unfortunately, the cover is not nearly as beautiful as the US version, and it is unavailable at the moment…

    Anyway, I’m re-reading the book and I find it lovely… Again.

  • Hi Gretchen, great job in promoting your book! 😉

    I already ordered a copy for one of my best friends who will surely appreciate it.

    I was going to suggest an italian version of the book – only a few of my friends knows english well enough to read a book in this language – but I just discovered it already exists!
    Unfortunately, the cover is not nearly as beautiful as the US version, and it is unavailable at the moment…

    Anyway, I’m re-reading the book and I find it lovely… Again.

  • Meghan

    I read and loved The Happiness Project. But every time you post your list of 6 reasons to read it, number 5 makes me crazy: “. . . I reveal a very major fact about my life that I’ve never discussed on my blog.”

    I’m no more nosy than the next person (I hope?), but it drives me crazy that I’ve read the book and I still have no idea what you’re talking about. Hints???

  • Sofia

    The book is really good. I checked it out from the library (I’m on a budget). I have read most of your posts, and yes, there was some repetition, but there were a lot of juicier details!

    I read it almost straight through, even though I work full-time and I have two small children. Priorities! I got a lot of useful advice from it. My favorite parts were about how much harder it is to be upbeat and enthusiastic about life than critical and aloof.

    I think if a person likes your writing enough to check in on your blog regularly, they would obviously like the book, they just do not want to spend the money.

    • gretchenrubin

      I so appreciate your kind words — and very happy to hear that the book
      resonated with you.

  • Kathleen

    Got it for Christmas last year and loved it! Great way to start out a new year!

  • Susan

    I loved the book but surprisingly I loved even more the audio version of the book from Audibles! I think the fact that you narrate the book yourself makes it very personal. Thanks for a great blog and a great book (in all forms)

  • I just received my own copy this morning from my husband. The first thing I did was put the book plate you sent me in it. Then I kissed him and thanked him for the last 9 years of married life. 😀

    I have started reading it and have after about 50 pages stopped to get out my post-its.

    Looking forward to the journey now.

    Thank you!

  • Marina Abbruzzese

    Why all the censorhip inside this blog?

  • Encarni

    I woul like to say to you that this afternoon I just saw, on may faivourite bookstore on Madrid, your book Spanish translated. It maked me feel happy because now more people (non english readers) are going to get know about this amazing book and project.
    Have a Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year 😉
    XOXO from Spain!

  • Byrdie

    On a whim, I purchased 3 copies of your paperbook as a “family” Christmas gift! One for my husband and me, one for my daughter and her new husband, and one for my just-out-of college son! I may be the only one who has read the book, but I am loving it! Trying not to feel overwhelmed starting my resolutions at the end of January. Today I typed up my Jan/Feb resolution chart, typed up a list of questions to determine our splendid truths, and am heading out to meet my husband for lunch to see if I can start that conversation with him–what makes you feel good, bad? It’s a start!! Thanks!